Truth, Post-Truth, and Truthiness--2019 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Annamarie Carlson / Graduate English Organization, Northern Arizona University
contact email: 

2019 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Northern Arizona University 

March 9, 2019 for more information and to submit a proposal 

Located at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference is a non-profit graduate conference that hosts readings, oral and poster presentations, artwork, panelists, workshops, and a notable keynote speaker. The conference is annually organized and overseen by the Graduate English Organization, whose aim is to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their hard work and research. With a relaxed professional environment, PEAKS allows students to obtain experience in reading for a live audience, network among like-minded individuals, and interact with disciplines outside their chosen field. Presenters can also add the conference to their resume, CV, or professional profile. Graduates leave the conference with new ideas and ways of thinking, as PEAKS encourages original and personal interpretations of the provided, and often open-ended, theme.


2019 Call for Papers:

What does it mean to be true? While seemingly a simple question, is a given definition of truth equally applicable across disciplines, particularly in the so-called age of “post-truth”? Or is “truthiness,” the term coined by Stephen Colbert to describe the feeling of something being true, what is left to use in the face of “fake news” and rampant anti-intellectualism? Northern Arizona University’s Graduate English Organization has chosen the theme of “Truth, Post-Truth, and Truthiness,” and we invite academic papers or creative projects related to this theme and the questions inherent in it. We are interested in examining the role of truth both in the broader contexts of society or academia as well as in individual texts, projects, or creative works. Additionally, we hope to raise questions surrounding any obligation towards "truth" one might have as a scholar, an educator, an artist, or a scientist.  


Papers or creative projects that do not address the theme are also welcomed.


Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2019.

Keynote speaker: Christine Tardy, University of Arizona


Types of Submissions Accepted:

  • Individual Paper (8-10 pages, 15-20 minutes with Q & A)

  • Research Project (15-20 minutes with Q & A)

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

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

There is a $10 registration fee for presenters due on the day of the conference.


Submission Instructions:

Proposals must be submitted through the Google Form on our website, Please submit proposals of no more than 300 words along with a brief, 50 words or less, description of the paper to be used in the conference program. For creative submissions, please include a 200 word excerpt of your piece. For panel submissions, please submit individual proposals and include all presenter’s names. Use the “Submit” link on for submissions.


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