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Mardi Gras Conference


Conference History


The LSU English Graduate Student Association’s annual Mardi Gras Conference takes place every year on the week prior to Mardi Gras. This conference has a long and prestigious history, and it is currently in its 23rd year through the financial support of PSIF Organizational Support, the English department, and the EGSA.  Presenters have come not only from the United States but also from across the world, including Canada, Israel, England, Germany, and a host of other countries.  Furthermore, the conference has attracted many top scholars as keynote speakers, such as Terry Eagleton, Brian McHale, Cathy Davidson, Timothy Brennan, and Meredith McGill. Information on past conferences can be obtained through the "Past Conferences" link on the sidebar.




Deadline for abstracts extended through January 2nd, 2015


TRANS-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self :: Feb. 12 - 13, 2015


Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes, reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.


Recent theoretical efforts (Animal Studies, Object Oriented Ontology, Cyborg Studies, etc.) challenge notions of the knowable, privileged self, expanding concepts of subjectivity beyond the human. Such readings challenge us to abandon certain routine methods of human engagement with worldly objects and systems in order to conceptualize a new self: one that recognizes its own anthropocentric view of the world in order to distance itself from this given perspective.


Our call for papers this year is looking for graduate and exceptional undergraduate papers from all scholarly fields exploring not only performative processes of subjective becoming and transfiguration, but also larger, theoretical reworkings of individuation, autonomy, agency, and selfhood. 


  • Identity and spatiality
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Methods of exchange with radical alterity
  • Identity of/within networks of community 
  • Subjectivity as represented or performed across various media; subjectivity as determined by communicative exchange
  • Subjective temporalities: steadfast or enduring selfhood; ephemeral, wayward, fading identities
  • Negotiating and performing multiple identities 


Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words as well as your University affiliation to by January 2nd, 2015.


We are happy to welcome Dr. Ian Bogost as this year's keynote speaker.


Dr. Bogost is an award-winning author and game designer whose work focuses on videogames and computational media. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds and appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic. Bogost's research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political games and artgames. He is author of How to Do Things with Videogames,and Alien Phenomenology, or What it's Like to Be a Thing.