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This is the home page of the 2013 GAFIS Graduate Student Symposium.  To learn more about this year's symposium, please click here.


The GAFIS Graduate Student Symposium, now in its 26th year, provides a forum for intellectual and scholarly exchange in a positive collegial atmosphere. Interdisciplinary in nature, this national event gives future colleagues the chance to meet each other and to hear about current issues in upcoming research. Excellence and pertinence are assured through an anonymous and peer juried selection process.

This year's symposium, (Dis)Illusion, will be held at the University of Madison-Wisconsin on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2013.

This symposium aims to examine the interrelationship between illusion and disillusion in all their various forms and the role they play in the perpetually symbiotic contact between art and human experience. How do we distinguish illusion from reality? How do our evolving perceptions of the world around us affect our understanding of self and the human condition?

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russ Castronovo, Dorothy Draheim Professor of English and American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison