(Re)Defining Disciplinary Conversations

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Graduate Scholars of English Association at Arizona State University
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The 22nd Southwest English Symposium at Arizona State University

February 10 & 11, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Connors, University of Washington

Professor and Chair of Classics and Adjunct in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Our theme for the 2017 Southwest English Symposium conference is (Re)Defining Disciplinary Conversations. We as scholars are continually engaged in conversations regarding our ever-evolving fields of practice and/or research, which may involve shifts in pedagogy, methodology, praxis, and objects of study. This theme allows for a myriad of explorations into how the changes in our disciplines and institutions affect our work and research, and how we in turn become the agents of change.

Some questions we might ask include:

  • How can we adapt existing methods to new objects of study?

  • What changes/shifts are required when engaging with interdisciplinarity and new theories?

  • How is our research shaped by issues such as ethics, disciplinarity, and professionalization?

  • In what ways are changes in culture affecting the academy?

We encourage a diverse range of proposals under the umbrella of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including (but not limited to) film analysis, creative writing (PFCNF), linguistic and applied linguistic analysis, technical writing, literary scholarship, rhetorical analysis, composition theory, pedagogical approaches, digital scholarship and pedagogies, feminist interpretations, Liberal Arts education (course design & syllabi), and multi-modal presentations.

Possible topics might include:

  • historicist approaches to pedagogy

  • balancing posthumanism against intersectionality

  • interview tactics when engaging in sociolinguistic interviews

  • de/re-constructing literary canons

  • digital pedagogy strategies, methods, and methodologies

  • understandings and representations of rhetorics

  • diversifying theory/methodology through feminism, reflexivity, & inclusion of experience

  • political, social, and economic realities (e.g. systemic racism or global climate change)

  • curriculum design, including reading lists and syllabi

We also welcome creative work and performances.

Submission deadline: November 30th, 2016. Abstracts should be 200-250 words in length.

Please see our website for more information:http://swesatasu.wixsite.com/home

Submit your proposal here: https://goo.gl/forms/Ohwy65A9BlhevKvI3