CFP Virginia Tech English Grad Conference - Let's Talk About Text

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Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Conference

With Pen in Hand: Let's Talk About Text
Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, February 27, 2010

We respond to text in all its variety with strong, raw emotions. Additionally, as graduate students, we are expected to expand our emotional reactions to text in cultural, historical, and theoretical groundings. This year, our conference takes a cue from popular music to talk about text in surprising and unexpected directions. We want to see the fresh and innovative ways you represent our disciplines (Rhet/Comp, English Literature, Creative Writing) in the classroom, in your scholarship, in the writing you put into the world.

Panel and paper topics may include but are not limited to:
*Constructing the Self through Text: the Development of Online and Offline Identities
*Evolving Englishes: Dialect Studies and Beyond
*Textual Relations: Collaboratively Presented Papers and Papers on Collaboration
*Birthing Genres: Using New Technology from the Printing Press to Twitter
*Genre Bending: Works that Cross the Lines between Genres
*Spicing Things Up: New Ideas in the Classroom
*It's Business Time: The Changing Nature of Documentation, Document Design, and Editing
*Making Up: Acknowledging the Role of a Diverse Authorship in Literary Studies
*Brain Candy: Popular Culture in Literature and Composition Studies
*Caught in the Act: A Presentation of Creative Pieces (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction) and Some Thoughts by the Authors on Writing Process

Submission Guidelines:
*250-500 word proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format. Do not include name on abstract. Include name, affiliation, email address, phone number, and title of paper, as well as a brief biographical statement in the body of the email. Indicate possible A/V needs.
*Panel proposals (three presenters should explain panel topic in 250-500 words and include a 250-500 word abstract plus biographical statement for each presenter.
*Creative submissions should include a short, descriptive abstract as well as a sample of the work to be considered. Please specify "Creative Submission" in your proposal.

Submit proposals by January 10th to
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