deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Studies in the History of the English Language
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Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL) 10

SHEL 10 will be hosted by the English Department at the University of Kansas on June 2-4, 2017. This 10th anniversary conference in the SHEL series seeks to allow scholars to explore long-standing and emerging questions in the study of the history of the English language (HEL). The conference invites abstracts and workshop proposals from all linguistic approaches to and methodological perspectives on HEL, and welcomes presentations on all varieties and periods of the language. (More information on the conference website:

Deadline for abstracts and workshop proposals: November 1, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2016

Submission procedure:

Full papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions): Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words (excluding references) to Please ensure that the abstract is anonymized (by, e.g., omitting personal information and any revealing self-references). The abstract will undergo blind peer review by the program committee.

Workshops (3-6 papers): A limited number of slots will be available for workshops. Potential conveners of workshops are encouraged to contact the organizers as soon as possible to indicate their interest. Proposals should be no more than 1,000 words (excluding references) and include a preliminary list of participants and paper titles, submitted to

Following a long-standing SHEL tradition, SHEL 10 will include a HEL teaching workshop. This workshop is open to all approaches, and will be convened by Chris Palmer, Kennesaw State University. (For more details, please see separate CFP and the conference homepage.) If you are interested in contributing to this workshop, please submit a full abstract (as described above), and indicate at the top of the abstract that the paper is intended for the HEL teaching workshop. Questions should be directed to the conference organizers ( and Chris Palmer (

SHEL 10 will also feature a panel discussion on the future of HEL as an academic discipline in North America. More information on this panel will be forthcoming on the conference website ( 

We look forward to welcoming you to KU!