Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference 2017: Identity, Language, and Community

deadline for submissions: 
January 6, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Northern Arizona University Graduate English Organization
contact email: 

Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference 2017

Identity, Language, and Community

Thursday, February 23 – Friday, February 24


Presented by Northern Arizona’s Graduate English Organization (GEO)


Call for Papers:

The Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference is accepting paper and presentation abstracts for our spring conference. This year’s theme hopes to spark conversations about the ways language and community can shape our identity. We welcome graduate and undergraduate work on a range of topics. Peaks is an excellent opportunity to share work in a stimulating and collegial environment. Possible paper topics include: literary criticism, pedagogy, rhetoric, travel writing, ethnic studies, sociology, gender studies, and creative writing. Topics not related to this year’s theme are also welcome.


Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 6, 2017


Keynote Speaker: Natalie Diaz author of a collection of poetry When My Brother Was an Aztec and professor at Arizona State University.


Types of Presentations

-          Papers (15-20 minutes with Q & A)

-          Research Projects (15-20 minutes with Q & A)

-          Creative Writing (15-20 minutes with Q & A)

-          Panels (3-4 Presenters) (60-90 minutes)

-          Workshops (60-90 minutes)

*Conference papers are usually 8-9 pages in length.

**Registration Fee: $10 NAU Students and outside participants


Submission Instructions for Papers and Panel Proposals

  1. For individual papers, please submit an abstract (250 words maximum) along with your name and contact information.
  2. Creative Writing submissions, please include an abstract plus a 1-2 page(s) excerpt of your piece.
  3. For panels, pleas submit:
    1. A proposal abstract for the panel (200 words maximum).
    2. A brief description of each individual panelist’s paper (200 words maximum).
    3. If your presentation requires any visual media please not that a computer (not Apple compatible) is available upon request.
    4. Please submit email proposals as Microsoft Word attachments (.doc or .docx) and include the phrase “Peaks Conference Abstract Submission 2017” in the subject line.


Contact Information


GEO Email:

President: Erica Thompson