Abstract Review

Many thanks to all who submitted abstracts!  We received what on first glance seems to be a wonderfully diverse range of paper proposals, and we look forward to reviewing them in the coming weeks.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, and we hope to notify people of our decisions in early January.

If you have any questions about the submission or review process, please don’t hesitate to contact us: esaconference2012@gmail.com.

All best,
(on behalf of the conference co-chairs)


Lennard J. Davis Seminar

We’re thrilled to announce that Lennard J. Davis will be leading a seminar on Thursday the 22nd titled “The End of Normal: Diversity, Disability and Neoliberalism.”  For more on the seminar and Davis’ distinguished work in the field of Disability Studies, please visit our Plenary Talks page.

CFP Deadline Approaching, Additional Events

Dear all,

The CFP deadline is in just under a month (Monday, December 5), so please don’t hesitate to contact us at ESAConference2012@gmail.com if you have any questions.  We look forward to reading your proposals!

We’re also in the process of planning additional conference events, so check the site in the coming weeks for additional announcements.

All best,
Emily B. Stanback
(on behalf of the conference co-chairs)

Autism Studies Seminar

We’re happy to announce that that we’ll be adding a seminar on Autism Studies to the conference program.  The seminar will take place on the morning of Thursday, March 22, and will be led by CUNY Bronx Community College faculty member Julia Miele Rodas.  More information on the seminar, Constructions of Autism: Theorizing Voice and Identity “On the Spectrum,is available on our Workshops / Seminars page.

Claire P. Curtis Utopia Seminar

We’re thrilled to announce that at noon on Friday, March 23, Claire P. Curtis (political science, College of Charleston) will be leading a seminar titled “Accommodating Utopia: Finding a place at the table.”  This event is sponsored by The Center for Humanities Seminar “Possible Worlds, Alternative Futures: Utopianism in Theory and Practice” and the Utopian Studies Group (a Doctoral Students’ Council Chartered Organization at the CUNY Graduate Center).

A description of the seminar is available on our Workshops / Seminars page.

Plenary Panel: March 22

We’re happy to announce that five CUNY faculty members have confirmed that they’ll participate in our plenary panel on the evening of Thursday, March 22:

Sarah Chinn, English, Hunter College

Ruth O’Brien, political science, Graduate Center

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center

Joseph Straus, music, Graduate Center

Talia Schaffer, English, Queens College and the Graduate Center

For more information about the panel and for biographical information on each panelist, please view our plenary panel page.

Call for Papers

We are now accepting abstracts for the conference from graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and applied fields.

Please see our call for papers: https://esaconference2012.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

250- to 500-word abstracts are due Monday December 5 to 2011 to ESAConference2012@gmail.com.

In the meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!


Emily B. Stanback



Welcome to the blog for the 2012 CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference, “Cripples, Idiots, Lepers, and Freaks: Extraordinary Bodies / Extraordinary Minds.”  The conference will be held on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23, 2012 at the CUNY Graduate Center on 5th Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan.

As the conference gets closer we will update this site with information related to the conference.  Please subscribe to this blog if you would like to be alerted of updates as they’re posted.


Marissa Brostoff, Andrew Lucchesi, and Emily B. Stanback, Conference Co-Chairs