[UPDATE] 21st Century Englishes Conference - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Bowling Green State University, Department of English
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21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Contact email: bgsucon@gmail.com

Proposal Deadline (for panel and individual presentations): Friday, August 14, 2015

We invite proposals for scholarly and creative works and readings for the third annual 21st Century Englishes graduate student conference to be held Saturday, October 24, 2015, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University.

CONFERENCE THEME: Englishes Now and Then, Then and Now

English studies in the 21st century has been, and continues to be, an evolving and diverse discipline. Scholars and creative writers are often asked to "look back" to take stock of where we are and where we were to make predictions about where we will go and, indeed, where we must go to prepare for future generations of English students and teachers. An exploration of Englishes also involves delving into both histories and futures with critical contemplation and imagination. It is important for graduate students to develop their own understanding of Englishes, and investigate how that understanding is shaped by history and projects the future.

Toward this aim, we welcome proposals that address how Englishes manifest in theory, practices, and praxis, both historically and contemporarily; and how historical and future considerations and definitions of Englishes shape current research, themes, trends, and issues. We invite proposals that look back and look forward while exploring the broad, ever-changing conversations and landscapes of English studies. 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
Reflective Practices
Reinterpreting/Revisiting Archives
Rhetoric & Composition
Social & Political Impacts on English Studies
Technical Writing
Writing Program Administration
Writing Center Studies

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Gold from the University of Michigan will be speaking at this year's conference. Dr. Gold is an Associate Professor of English at UM, specializing in rhetoric, composition, and writing, and he has recently published two works on women's rhetorical and educational history, Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945 and the edited collection Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak. His book Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947 received the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

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://21stcenturyenglishes.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?

What are the methodologies, methods, theories, pedagogies, technologies, tools, policies, and people that drive the state of 21st century English?