Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees.
This roundtable will look at pedagogical strategies for examining the 2016 election in Standard Freshman English Composition courses. English Composition instructors are struggling with approaching relevant concepts (ex. argument) and reading selections that do not alienate portions of the classroom with every choice. While it would be ideal, it is not necessarily feasible or responsible to be bi-partisan with every lesson plan. Submissions should present pedagogical approaches that stimulate constructive inquiry, application of course concepts, and/or address concerns of partisan discourse (in the texts, by instructors, or students).
The last few decades have witnessed a growing interest in the benefits of linking the learning of a foreign language to the study of its literature. In fact, the emphasis on working with culturally authentic texts is one of the central claims for curriculum reform in EFL/ESL teaching nowadays. Moreover, the latest developments in text-based teaching point to a curriculum in which language, culture, and literature are taught as a continuum.
Nevertheless, the incorporation of literary texts into the language curriculum is not easy to tackle. Many linguists refer to literary content as extremely demanding for both teachers and students. Not surprisingly, many teachers tend to avoid using literary texts for this reason.
LACC 2017: “Writing in the 21st Century and Beyond: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to College Writing”
The Louisiana Association of College Composition Conference 2017 is scheduled for Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Call for Papers, Panels and Workshop Proposals / Deadline: Sept. 9th, 2017
Our Conference theme this year is “Writing in the 21st Century and Beyond: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to College Writing.”
In our current climate of fake news from seemingly authoritative sources, and high journalistic integrity from formerly discounted sources, it is clear that our criteria for evaluating the reliability of sources is shifting. I propose that a lack of news literacy is part of a larger literacy problem: readers need to understand tone from context and form. For as long as we have been assigning our composition or literature classes to read "A Modest Proposal" or anything else with an unreliable narrator, and as long as we have been explaining to potential book banners that a book with blatantly racist characters is not inherently racist, we language and literature instructors have been developing strategies to teach tone.
The session is focused on the themes of visibility, visuality, and ways of seeing, and we are also interested in receiving submissions addressing other aspects of children's literature (including forms such as folktales, fables, fairytales, and nursery rhymes; conduct books, spelling books, school books). Please feel free to share the general call for papers with anyone who might have a paper to contribute: Paper proposals must be made via the online system found here:
ESBB is a non-profit circle of international academics. The aim of our conferences is to assemble English teachers and scholars from across the globe in order to expand conceptual horizons. The conference will explore the diverse borders and boundaries that English teachers and scholars negotiate to benefit learners. Further information can be found on the group’s website here: http://www.englishscholarsbeyondborders.org/
Please send proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include a brief biodata, a 50-75 word abstract and a one page summary of approximately 300 words.
The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to June 26.
The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12.
The “Composition and Rhetoric” session welcomes proposals on any topic related to the crafting of critical thinking and written expression in the classroom. However, we are particularly interested in papers that engage this year’s conference theme "The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing."
Individual paper presentations will be between 15 and 20 minutes long. Please submit proposals via the online system by June 26, 2017.
Culture In Focus, a new eJournal of the English Department at Middle Georgia State University, is seeking papers for its inaugural issue. Never before has culture been so important. Culture, after all, matters! So for our first issue of Culture in Focus we are setting our sights on nothing less than the state of cultural studies as it is being practiced throughout the realms of language and literature, and indeed, in all the relevant areas that fall within the scope of this journal. What is new in critical analysis? What is being reassessed or reinterpreted? What are cultural specialists doing and saying now?
Elsewhere: Wandering In and Out of the Humanities
J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Although this quotation has experienced its fair share of "inspirational quote" status by both Tolkien and Coachella fans alike, there remains a question of what "wandering" and "being elsewhere" means for the academic community.