Instrumental English: Interdisciplinary Approaches to English Studies Grad Conference

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UNCW Graduate English Association Conference
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Instrumental English: Interdisciplinary
Approaches to English Studies

UNCW Graduate English Association Conference
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Fisher Student Center

The field of English Studies grows increasingly complex as the 21st century progresses. With
rapid political, social, and technological advances occurring globally, our multifaceted discipline
is more relevant than ever. This conference seeks to celebrate the universality of English Studies
and emphasize its utility and congruence with other academic disciplines.

We encourage submissions, especially from graduate students, on topics related to the
conference theme. That is, how does English help us better understand the world around us?
How can we perceive English at work in other humanities and social sciences? How are
traditional topics in English studies still relevant? Some categories may include, but are not
limited to:

• Non-canonical Literature
• Critical Theory
• Cultural Studies
• Rhetoric and Composition
• Writing with technology
• Linguistics
• New approaches to canonical literature
• Professional and technical writing

Submission Guidelines:

*Please submit 250-500 word proposals for 15-minute papers 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
250-300 word abstract for each presentation (attached and formatted as indicated above). Please
include a biographical statement for each presenter and contact information for one
representative in the body of the email.

Send proposals to by March 1, 2010.
Selections will be announced via email by March 15, 2010.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, an integral branch of North Carolina's acclaimed
university system, continues to grow in scope and prestige and enjoys an active community of
graduate students. The English department faculty comprises notable scholars who specialize in
a variety of topics, such as canonical and non-canonical literature across genres, professional
writing, cultural studies, and rhetoric and composition—to name a few—which represent the
diverse landscape of English studies.

An important goal of the annual UNCW GEA Conference
is to reflect the convivial and intellectually rewarding experience of graduate student life at this
university. For more information about UNCW and the English Department, please visit

A visit to our conference in April also provides an enticing opportunity to explore the
surrounding area. Wilmington is a popular and charming city located on the southern coast of
North Carolina. Besides its scenic beaches, Wilmington boasts a beautiful historic downtown
district on the Cape Fear waterfront. For more information about Wilmington attractions and
accommodations, visit

For questions or concerns, contact one of the GEA co-chairs:
Ashley Ess, or
Laura Fussell,

For conference information and updates, visit