GEO Conference: Witness

March 9, 2019
9:00 - 5:00 PM
Tawes Hall

This year’s conference theme invites papers that address the literary, cultural, and political implications of witness. This conference explores the many forms of witness that inform literary and cultural practice. We ask, how do writers represent witness? How do texts bear witness? What paradoxes emerge when fictional texts bear witness to historical realities? How do literary texts define witnesses, and what are the stakes of representing someone as a witness? How have witnesses been imagined at different times and places, and who has been allowed to count as a witness? We expect papers will address topics including aesthetics, epistemology, literature and law, and race and gender studies. The conference will combine immediate political and social relevance to the #MeToo moment with deep questions applicable to a wide range of eras and specialties even as it speaks to the current CLCS theme, “Resistance.”

Tentative schedule

  • Registration and breakfast
  • Morning panels
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon panels (including an MFA creative panel)
  • Plenary panel
  • Dinner and reception
For more information contact: William Gonch (