deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
MARGINS Conference 2019

Conference Theme

In 2005, Jenny Rice suggested that we might move away from notions of rhetorical discourse as situated in a fixed place and time, with a specific aim and audience, towards an ecological view of rhetoric, where circulating texts transform rhetors, audiences, spaces, and events. Like biological ecologies, rhetorical ecologies are fluid rather than fixed, permeable rather than bounded. The Clemson University English Department invites graduate students from all disciplines to join us as we explore ecologies at the 2019 Margins Conference.

Our theme of ecologies invites contributors to consider how ecological thinking can shed light on the intertwined symbolic and material forces of our shared world. From the viral spread of the “Me Too” movement to the ecological impacts of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, today’s world demands scholarship that can grapple with the dynamic interrelations between language, rhetoric, things, places, people, and events.

Conference Aims and Topics

We invite proposals addressing rhetorical, literary, political, or environmental ecologies. We welcome theoretical examinations as well as applications of ecological approaches to specific texts, contexts, and events. Topics of interest for the 2019 Margins Conference might include:

  • globalization
  • environmental activism and sustainability
  • literary ecologies
  • social networks and digital rhetoric
  • academic and institutional ecosystems
  • urbanization
  • design

At Margins, we hope scholars in rhetoric, literature, linguistics, and other disciplines will join us in considering the affordances and limitations of ecologies as both a theoretical framework and an analytical tool. Ecological studies might look to the past, present, or future. Ecological thinking asks scholars to cross boundaries, to link topics and concerns that are traditionally treated as separate, and so we welcome interdisciplinary conversations on any topic where an ecological approach might be provocative or generative.

Submissions Guidelines

Submissions may include individual paper or poster presentations, panels, or digital/multimodal compositions. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words for individual presentations and 750 words for panels.

All proposals should be submitted at

The submission deadline is December 1, 2018.

Accepted authors will be notified by January 15, 2019. 

Organizing Committee

  • Myers Enlow (co-organizer)
  • Kristian Wilson (co-organizer)
  • Michelle C. Smith (faculty sponsor)

All questions regarding the conference should be directed to the organizing committee at