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GradCon 2022



You’ve heard it before: the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness of the complex, and often fragile, networks of human connection that make the world function as it does -- for better or worse. From mutual aid campaigns to LinkedIn profiles, the very word network has permeated modern life nearly to the point of meaninglessness. How might we, as scholars and community members, reinvigorate the term?

This year, the University of Virginia’s English Department GradCon invites thinkers, both from within the academy and without, to consider what “networks” means to them.

Can the “individual” be reconciled with the “collective”? Can “binaries” be reconciled with “systems”? How can methodologies of citation, quotation, and publication honor the complex relationships among the people and texts behind knowledge production? How does the higher education classroom function as a node in the university or broader community (and which pedagogies capitalize on or trouble this framework)?

Conference Program

GradCon 2022 will be a hybrid event, meaning that we will offer panels and events with in-person and virtual components. More details regarding the hybrid components of individual program items are forthcoming. Be sure to check out our Eventbrite hub to register for events, and visit our website here for more information.

April 7, 9:00 a.m. - Opening Talk with Professor Sandhya Shukla. Faculty Lounge, Bryan Hall / Hybrid
April 7, 2:00 p.m. - Community Roundtable. Newcomb Hall 389 / Hybrid
April 7, 6:30 p.m. - Conference Dinner at Soul Food Joint (300 E. Market St.), registration required
April 8, 12:30 p.m. - Keynote Talk with Professor Rabih Alameddine. Harrison/Small Auditorium, Special Collections Library / Hybrid
April 9, 9:00 a.m. - Wikipedia Hack-a-Thon, UVa School of Data Science (3 Elliewood Ave.) / Hybrid, registration required
April 9, 6:00 p.m. - Documentary screening of Słabe Jajko, by Eyal Handelsman Katz, and rooftop reception at Light House Studio (220 W. Market Street), registration required

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April 7, 2022 to April 9, 2022 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

hybrid virtual/in-person conference

Event type: Conference