"Language: It's Alive!" 12th Annual English Graduate Student Conference, January 20th, 2012]
UNC Charlotte's 12th Annual English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) conference is looking for new work across the disciplines that explores the dynamic and situated qualities of language. Language exists in and is created through multiple and shifting contexts; as scholars, creators, and analysts, we imbue language with meaning and give it life. As we explore our role in the creation of meaning, it becomes important to examine the frameworks we bring to language, and the implications thereof. And in doing so, we must also acknowledge the reflexive dimension of language use and the ways it acts upon and shapes us. This conference will provide an opportunity for presenters to use insights from various disciplines to examine and depict these dynamic and situated qualities of language.
Language: It's Alive! welcomes both scholarly and creative submissions in a conference that is open to faculty, students, and anyone interested in the creative and constraining power of a living language.
Please submit an abstract of up to 350 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the words "Conference Submission" in the subject line of your email. If you would like to propose a panel, please submit a group proposal and individual abstracts for each presenter. Screening begins on December 16, 2011.
We look forward to an engaging and animated conversation!