Humanities Education and Research in Teaching (HEART) Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 11, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Bishop's University
contact email: 


CFP: HEART Conference


“Locating the HEART and SOULS in Higher Education”:

An International Conference on the Future of the Humanities

10thAnnual Conference 

Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC

March 15-16, 2019



HEART: Humanities Education and Research in Teaching

This international conference seeks to build capacities in scholarly teaching and supports research around learning in higher education within the field of the humanities. Standing at the intersection of disciplinary knowledge and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), this conference makes the case for the classroom experience as a rich site of knowledge production and, in doing so, challenges the typical disciplinary division of “real” research from its less-valued cousin, “just” teaching. 


How can we understand classrooms as generative spaces brimming with fresh insights into the cultural, historical, and critical importance of the humanities? We believe that this is a crucial question in the fraught global climate of the 21st century, and higher education is one key space where we help foster and support future global citizens. 


In exploring both the delight and the rich sites of research in teaching, this conference advocates for a pedagogical-scholarly practice grounded in and motivated by our experiences in forging intentionally designed, ethical, and curiosity-driven classrooms. 



There are three submission options


1. Research paper (15min paper presentation):We invite proposals for single paper presentations on the conference theme – teaching in a humanities classroom. The goal of these papers is to share knowledge and to encourage critical dialogue among conference participants. Paper proposals should be submitted by the first author and will last a maximum of 15 minutes each, including at least 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Papers will be grouped into sessions of two or three. The abstract part of the proposal text should be between 300 and 400 words.


2. Panel Proposal (1 hour 15min session): Panel discussions are particularly appropriate for topics that benefit from multiple perspectives and presenters, including disciplinary, institutional, and national perspectives. The goal for panel discussions is to provide panelists and audience members the opportunity to exchange insights, engage in discussion, and learn from each other’s experiences. Panel proposals should be submitted by the panel organizer and should feature two to four panelists, and last 60 minutes, with at least 15 minutes for discussion with the audience. The abstract part of the proposal text should be between 500 and 1,000 words, describing the panel as a whole (may also include descriptions of individual contributions and titles within the panel).


3. Welcome to my classroom (1 hour session):“Welcome to my classroom” is an interactive session that simulates a teaching experience. Presenters give a sample interactive class suitable for first-year students or a general audience. The 60 minute sessions would consist of two components: a presentation of a teaching moment, innovation or style, and a discussion of the pedagogy behind the presentation. The second part is intended as a forum for the audience to ask questions and relate the enacted elements to their own teaching experiences. 



All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process and we are working a special journal issue on teaching and learning in the humanities to publish some of the papers following the conference. 


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Deadline for submission is January 11th, 2019.

Deadline to register as a presenter or a delegate is February 15, 2019.

For more information, please visit our website at



Since its inception in 2009, QUEUC (Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference) has blossomed into the most successful English Undergraduate conference in Canada. This conference is held at Bishop’s University (in the beautiful Eastern Townships, 1.5 hours southeast of Montreal). Bishop’s University is located on Traditional and Unceded territory of the Abenaki People.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of QUEUC, which started as a small, Quebec-based, student-run conference in September 2009. Now, in its 10th year, we have updated our name – and our guiding vision – to champion undergraduate research andundergraduate teaching excellence in the Humanities.


This year, we have created two streams for the conference, one for showcasing undergraduate research (SOULS), and a new stream focused on research related to teaching in the humanities (HEART). This conference invites students and faculty from across Canada and around the world to consider taking part in rich conversation about the importance and urgency of learning and teaching the humanities in the 21st century.


Thanks to their strong commitment to undergraduate research and teaching, Bishop's University and the Maple League of Universities are sponsoring the conference and subsidizing the registration fees. Registration for students is $25 and for faculty, it is $75. This includes 2 dinners, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, coffee and snacks, and 2 wine and cheese receptions. Travel and accommodations are not included, but we coordinate billets, car pools, pick-ups (when available) from the airport and bus stations, etc. We have made great efforts to ensure this conference is inclusive and affordable for all members of our learning communities.


QUESTIONS? Contact us:


Virginia Larose

HEART and SOULS 2019 Coordinator


Dr. Jessica Riddell

Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Executive Director, The Maple League

Associate Professor, Department of English, Bishop’s University

3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)

Chair, Teaching and Leaning Centre (TLC)

Bishop’s University

2600 College

Sherbrooke, QC

Canada J1M 1Z7