The University of Washington's Interdisciplinary Graduate student conference is pleased to announce this year’s theme, “Absurdity and the Everyday,” funded and supported by the departments of Comparative Literature, English, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.   

Because of our emphasis on multimodal presentations and cross-disciplinary research, we would like to mix presentations typically thought incompatible.  Participants are encouraged to think about how an everyday event, such as a conference, can itself turn absurd.  Has the twenty-first century offered a reconceptualization of absurdity?  And if the everyday experience is itself absurd, is there room left for aberrant experience?   Ultimately, the conference aims to encourage difficult connections—perhaps even absurd ones—not possible in everyday discourse.