"21st Century Englishes" Graduate student conference

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"21st Century Englishes" Graduate Student Conference

Date: Oct. 4, 2014
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Contact email: bgsucon@gmail.com
Proposal Submission Deadline: July 14, 2014

We invite proposals for scholarly and creative works and readings for a Midwest graduate student conference titled "21st Century Englishes" to be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University. The conference's keynote speaker will be Dr. Melanie Yergeau, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Michigan, who specializes in digital media studies and disability studies, and is working on a book project about autism and embodied authorship (Kuiama.net).

As the concept of "Englishes" evolves into the 21st century, issues of access evolve as well. Indeed, we must continually consider neurological, gender, race, language, technological skill, and socio-economic diversities, among many others, and the effects such diversities have on teacher, student, and citizen access to educational, professional and social opportunities. Thus, it is vital that graduate students craft their understanding of "Englishes" and the resulting issues of access, in order to create spaces where such opportunities are abundant for themselves and others.

Toward this aim, we welcome proposals that address how Englishes might manifest in theory, practice, and praxis; and how considerations and definitions of Englishes impact various forms of access. We are especially interested in explorations that defy or reconceptualize more traditional approaches to scholarship and teaching, and how changing landscapes affect disciplines such as literary studies, rhetoric and composition/writing, creative writing, TESOL, technical writing, and linguistics. We also encourage submissions that explore the conference themes through creative representations and readings, as well submissions that instruct others on the affordances of specific technologies in the Englishes.

Presentations may explore, but are not limited, to the following:

● What are Englishes and how might we (re)define them?
● How do conceptions of Englishes impact various forms of access in the 21st Century?
● How is English(es) pedagogy transforming (in) the 21st century?
● How might/are we facilitating collaboration across disciplinary boundaries?
● What new or non-traditional lines of thought in your particular field offer the potential to alter our idea of English(es) and how should we foster such potential?
● How do digital technologies [re]shape the Englishes in areas such as collaborative work, pedagogies, disciplinary scope, etc.? How might a media studies approach inform these areas? How should we as emerging scholars concern ourselves with the digital divide?
● What do literacies look like in the 21st century? In what ways are current literacies affecting or reshaping the various subfields of English?
● What are the methodologies, methods, theories, pedagogies, technologies, tools, policies, and people that drive the state of 21st century English?
● Do you have creative work (poetry, fiction, other) that addresses themes of diversity, difference, transition, resistance, or redefinition?

Panel Proposals: Please include a cover page with panel title, individual presentation titles, each presenter's full name, the name of a moderator (if available), university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should introduce the panel with a 250-word description, followed by a 150-word abstract for each presentation (3 to 4 people). Please do not include any identifying information on the second page. Panel presentations should plan for 80 minutes total, including Q & A time.

Individual Proposals: Please include a cover page with the presentation title, your full name, university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should contain a 150-word abstract. Please do not include any identifying information on the second page. Individual presentations should plan on 15-20 minutes each, depending on how many people are on the panel.

Special Interest Group Proposals (SIGs): These more loosely-structured sessions can include 3–6 presenters/participants. Sessions can take any form, such as a roundtable discussion, a collection of creative readings with similar themes/topics, a workshop, a Q & A session, an interactive presentation, or networking and brainstorming for a future project. Please include a cover page containing your SIG title, each participant/presenter's full name, the name of a moderator (if applicable), presentation titles, university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should include a 500-word summation of what you hope the SIG will accomplish. Each SIG session should plan for 80 minutes.

We encourage presenters to take advantage of multimodal delivery. Presentations might take the form of a Prezi, installation or poster, short film, podcast, web design, creative performance, combination of these, or other possibilities, including traditional presentations.

~There is no fee to attend or present at this conference~

*Please email proposals and questions to bgsucon@gmail.com. Proposal deadline is July 14, 2014. We will be sending out acceptance notices in mid-August.

*For more information regarding the conference, please visit our conference website at: http://21stcenturyenglishes.wordpress.com/