21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference, Saturday, October 15, 2016

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Bowling Green State University Department of English
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Call for Papers: 21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference, sponsored by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, the BGSU Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Contact email: bgsucon@gmail.com

Proposal Deadline (for panel and individual presentations): Friday, July 15, 2016

Conference Theme: Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century: Studies Within and Across Disciplinary Boundaries

A review of recent scholarship reveals an ever growing need to question, break, subvert, and transcend the rigidness of disciplinary boundaries. What are the intersections within and across the fields of English, (T)ESOL, speech and communications, linguistics, creative writing, literary studies, cultural studies, digital humanities, and more, that help define scholarship in the 21st century? What intersections already exist or can be established across English and other fields?

This conference will consider the theme of transdisciplinarity in English studies from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of opening up and welcoming channels of communication much needed in the 21st century. The theme of this conference is a relevant and timely concept in English studies, as conversations about transdisciplinarity abound. Researchers and instructors in writing, literature, digital humanities, (T)ESOL, speech, communications and creative writing, are exploring ways in which collaborative, transdisciplinary opportunities may present themselves.

Toward this aim, the 21st Century Englishes Conference invites graduate students to submit proposals that investigate and engage in the ever growing, ever expanding transdisciplinary nature of English studies and allied fields. Whether your paper or project examines a topic from creative writing, literature, digital humanities, (T)ESOL, linguistics, composition studies, classical or modern rhetoric(s), or another aspect of scholarship that transcends these fields of study, we welcome your proposal. Presentations can cover, but are not limited, to the following:
• Collaborative Practices
• Communications Studies
• Creative Writing
• Digital Humanities
• Disability Studies
• Emerging Theories & Practices
• Identities & Sexualities
• K-12 Teacher Education
• Linguistics & Language Studies
• Literature Studies
• Networking & Social Media
• New Literacies, Media & Technologies
• Pedagogies
• Publishing
• Reflective Practices
• Reinterpreting/Revisiting Archives
• Rhetoric & Composition
• Social & Political Impacts on English Studies
• Technical Writing
• Writing Program Administration
• Writing Center Studies


At this time, we are still coordinating arrangements for a keynote speaker. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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.

*For more information regarding the conference, please visit our conference website at: https://bgsucon.wordpress.com/

Interested in submitting a proposal? These questions might help generate some ideas:
• What are Englishes and how might we (re)define them?
• How is English(es) pedagogy transforming (in) the 21st century?
• How are we facilitating reflection across disciplinary boundaries?
• How are creative writers addressing themes of transitions between, resistance to, redefinition of, or reflection on the past, present, and future?
• How are new or non-traditional disciplinary norms altering Englishes?
• How had digital technologies [re]shaped the Englishes in areas such as archival research, collaborative work, pedagogies, disciplinary scope, etc., and are they shaping the futures of these areas?
• What do literacies look like in the 21st century? In what ways are literacies affecting or reshaping the various subfields of English? In what ways are literacies affecting or reshaping allied fields?
• What are the methodologies, methods, theories, pedagogies, technologies, tools, policies, and people that drive the state of 21st century English?