Significations Graduate Student Conference

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The English Department and the English Graduate Student Association at California State University, Los Angeles will host its annual graduate studies conference, Significations, on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 8:30am-5pm on the Cal State LA campus. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Annie McClanahan from UC Irvine. The title of her talk is “Credit, Debt, and Social Personhood.”

Image of Annie McClanahan (UC Irvine)Dr. Annie McClanahan is an Assistant Professor of English at UC Irvine. Her book Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture (Stanford UP, 2016), reads post-2008 objects (from conceptual poems to horror films) alongside developments in the credit economy (from credit scoring to anti-eviction activism). Her work has appeared in theory & eventRepresentations, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Cultural Economies, South Atlantic Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is currently embarking on a new project exploring the cultural history of microeconomics, and she still owes around $70,000 in student loans.

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About Significations

Significations examines the significations of language, image, and literary representations of meaning and experience. We invite papers from all periods and genres of literary, linguistic, and visual culture. In addition, we welcome investigations of cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies, philosophy, the social sciences, and visual and performing arts.

Past Significations Conferences

Significations 2016

Significations 2015

Significations 2014

Significations 2013

Significations 2012

Significations 2011

Significations 2010

Significations 2009

Significations 2008

Significations 2007

Significations 2006

Significations 2005