PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference at Northern Arizona University 2018

Is knowledge dangerous? Under what circumstances does knowledge aid or hinder the individual? The community? What is the relationship between knowledge and progress; stagnation; desire? What does knowledge perpetuate? To honor the elements of language, communication, “otherness,” science and science-fiction, nature, psychology, history, and much more, and to discuss the implications of knowledge, the 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference would like to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In that spirit, PEAKS encourages submissions on the novel, the novel’s histories and themes, adaptations (film, print, other media), and Frankenstein and his creature as cultural icons. Topics not related to this year’s theme are also welcome!

Title: Dangerous Knowledge

Deadline for Submissions: January 14, 2018

Full Name/ Name of Organization: NAU’s Graduate English Organization

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Keynote Speaker: Salvador Plascencia, Harvey Mudd College, author of The People of Paper

Conference Date and Time

  • Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Panels and Presentations: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: 6:30 p.m.

As an interdisciplinary conference, PEAKS encourages 15-20 minute papers from a wide range of scholarly and creative disciplines such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric, education, creative writing, history, art history, musicology, women and gender studies, film studies, psychology, and communications. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Postcoloniality and “Otherness”
  • Science, Pseudoscience, and Science Fiction
  • Nature and Natural Sciences
  • Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, and Gender Studies
  • Quest for Knowledge; or, Dangerous Knowledge
  • Existence and Consciousness
  • Revenge and Revenge Narratives
  • “Birth” Myths and Family Studies
  • Construction and Creation Studies
  • History and Historical Narratives
  • Philosophy, Morality, and Ethics
  • Image, Ego, and Formation of Identity
  • Language and Communication
  • Imaginary Geographics

Types of Presentations: 

  • Individual Paper (8-10 pages, 15-20 minutes with Q & A)
  • Research Project (15-20 minutes with Q & A)
  • Creative Writing (15-20 minutes with Q & A)
  • Panels (3-4 Presenters) (60-90 minutes)

**Registration Fee:

  • $10 for presenters
  • Free to the public

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words along with a brief, 50 words or less, description of the paper to be used on the conference website. Use the “Submit” link on by the deadline: January 14, 2018.

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