Ethnic and Third World Literature
Ethnic and Third World Literature

Sequels 2015

Sequels, an annual symposium sponsored by the Ethnic and Third World Literatures graduate specialization in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, hosts distinguished E3W graduates and honors their recently published books. The symposium is convened each year in the spring semester and includes a roundtable discussion with the featured alumni on their books, a keynote address from these alumni on their new work in progress, and panel discussions by current graduate students on topics raised by the books. In addition, events are held before the conference to circulate ideas about the visiting scholars' work.

For the 14th Annual Sequels Symposium we are excited to announce that E3W alums Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College, SUNY) and Jeremy Dean (Education Czar at Genius). will be the keynote speakers. The symposium will take place on April 9-10, 2015 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Deadline - Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Shaka Networking, whether social, activist, or educational, has taken on profound new dimensions in the digital age.  Distinguished UT alumni Shaka McGlotten and Jeremy Dean both address new and exciting facets of such developments through their work with online communities and archives, both within and beyond academia.  McGlotten’s book Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality uses gay men’s online sociality to explore the way sexuality and technology shape one another.  Against dominant beliefs that “virtual intimacies are failed intimacies that disrupt the flow of a good life lived right” McGlotten argues that “intimacy is and always has been virtual” and that “virtual intimacies…underscore the ways intimacy still possesses unrealized capacities and lines of flight.”  

As the Education Czar for Genius (formerly Rap Genius), Jeremy Dean works to integrate the company’s virtual annotation platform into classrooms nationwide.  Genius software brings together students, academics, and critics in conversations about both literary and popular texts.  Together, McGlotten and Dean’s new understandings of academic community and political uses of the digital inspire the Fourteenth Annual Sequels Symposium Call for Papers.
UT Austin’s Ethnic and Third World (E3W) Literatures Interest Group calls for papers in honor of the work of distinguished alumni Shaka McGlotten, Purchase College, SUNY and Jeremy Dean, Education Czar at Genius.  We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that engage with topics related but not limited to:
  • Online communities and digital intimacies
  • Gaming, virtual realities, fandoms
  • Annotation and marginalia
  • Digital classrooms and technology in education
  • Race and gender online
  • Social networks and online activism
  • Archives and material culture
  • Queer communities
  • Rap and hip hop
  • Lyrics and poetry
  • Contemporary African literature and digital archives


Send the following information to with the subject line, Abstract 14th Annual Sequels Symposium. 
  • Abstract (150-250 words)
  • Brief biographical statement (max 150 words)
  • Complete contact information
  • Copy & paste this information into the body of the email (no attachments).
  • Deadline: Monday, February 9th, 2015.
Allison Haas & Lauren Grewe, 
Department of English

  • Ethnic and Third World Literature

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    Austin, Texas 78712-1164

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