The Text and Time: Past, Present, Future
Call for Papers:
We are soliciting papers and panel proposals from graduate students in English studies as well as other fields of research and are seeking a range of perspectives and topics for the 2014 Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University.
About the Conference:
The theme of this year's conference highlights the text in relation to the passage of time as well as the evolution of the text in all its forms, but the theme is intentionally very broad in scope and open to multiple approaches. Further, the definition of the text is not narrowly defined as literary nor is the sole focal point English studies. Thus, papers that focus on studies of the text in other disciplines are also welcome. The text may be visual, aural, or tactile. Literary texts, graphic novels, diaries, cinema, maps, hypertexts, websites, music, and graffiti are all relevant areas of research.
The History and Purpose of the Conference:
The Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University was launched in 1999. It has always been intended as a welcoming venue for graduate students to share their research with their peers and experience the rewarding intellectual experience of attending and participating in a professional gathering.
Possibility of Publication:
Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the section on selected papers in Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal: http://www.southernct.edu/academics/schools/arts/departments/english/gra...
We welcome approaches from a range of areas including, but not limited to:
African American Studies
Composition and Rhetoric Studies
Young Adult Literature
Guidelines for Proposals for the 2014 Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University:
Submissions for individual papers must include the paper title and the name, email address, phone number and institutional affiliation.
A proposal should consist of a 250-350 word abstract with the title and contact information noted above.
Submissions for panels must include the panel title and the titles of the panelists' papers, the panelists' names, email addresses), phone numbers and institutional affiliations.
A proposal for a panel should consist of an overall description of the panel (approximately 250 words) and a 250-350 word abstract for each paper or presentation with titles and contact information as noted above.
Panels will be one and a half hours long.
Presentations will be 15-20 minutes long (papers should be 6-8 pages in length maximum) depending on whether there are three or four presenters on a panel.
Submission of proposal(s):
All proposals must be submitted electronically.
The submission(s) should be included in the body of the email message AND as an email attachment (in Word .doc, .docx, or RTF format).
The submission should have "Annual Graduate English Conference" in the subject line and be sent by email to
Dr. Vara Neverow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also indicate in your email whether you might be willing to chair or moderate a session.
Please indicate if you will need AV support.
You may submit more than one proposal for consideration.
Deadline for receipt of submissions:
5:00 p.m., 1 March 2014.
Notification of Acceptance:
Presenters will be notified of the conference committee's decision by email on or about 17 March 2014
Payment may be made online via credit card (note: the website is not yet activated) or by check.
Payment by check:
Checks must be made payable to SCSUF (Southern CT State University Foundation) and must include "Graduate English Conference" in the memo. For pre-registration rates, the envelope must post-marked by 3 April 2014.
The conference pre-registration fee online or by check is $30 ($15 for Southern CT students and faculty); the payment is due by 7 April 2014.
Registration fees will increase after 7 April 2014. Additional information about these fees will be available later.
Checks must be mailed to:
Dr. Vara Neverow, Graduate English Conference Organizer, English Department, Southern CT State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515.
Registration fees include all food service
(continental breakfast, beverage breaks, luncheon and closing reception).
For more information, contact Dr. Vara Neverow
Dr. Vara Neverow
Graduate Conference Organizer
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515.