NEXUS 2020: Threshold(s)

deadline for submissions: 
December 6, 2019
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NEXUS 2020 Interdisciplinary Conference - The University of Tennessee
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Call For PapersNEXUS 2020: Threshold(s)March 6-8, 2020University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

Conference Information: The 2020 NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference Committee and the University of Tennessee Graduate Students in English invite proposals for papers and posters for the 2020 NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference: “Threshold(s).” 


NEXUS is a biennial conference held in Knoxville, TN; this year’s conference will be held March 6-8, 2020 and will feature keynote speakers Elizabeth Wardle, Maia Butler, and Frank X. Walker. We encourage submissions from across the disciplines and scholars from underrepresented populations. This year, we are pleased to also invite undergraduate students to submit. The goal of the conference is to foster interdisciplinary connections and support conversations about the transformative experiences, concepts, and texts within and across the disciplines. This conference also asks participants to consider how we inhabit, navigate, and transgress our communities in meaningful ways.


About the Theme: The idea of “thresholds” is at the center of many current conversations, from questions about remix, remediation, and adaptation to the threshold concepts which make learning possible. Because the theme of “Threshold(s)” specifically draws attention to border(s) between communities, ideas, and/or spaces, the conference welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplines and areas of expertise, including but not limited to literary studies and rhetoric/composition, history, sociology, psychology, geography and educational studies. 


Proposals may consider themes and topics such as:

  • Current/emerging, visible/invisible “threshold concepts” at the boundaries of your field; interactions and tensions among threshold concepts; threshold concepts in pedagogies.  
  • Remix, remediation, and adaptation, as they relate to (re)shaping boundary genres, themes/motifs, identity and community, pedagogies, etc. 
  • Language diversity, students’ right to their own language, code switching in diverse contexts including primary texts, pedagogy, disciplinary work, public outreach, etc. 
  • Disability/accessibility studies. Physical and mental health in graduate school. Accessibility in the disciplines, in pedagogies, in academic spaces and locations. Universal access. 
  • UX design and design studies. Technical and professional communication. 
  • Body and materiality studies. Interaction between the body and space, corporeality, (re)making the body, body adaptations and art, body positivity, and Thing theory. 
  • Ecological/environmental studies, interactions among space(s), identities, texts, and/or audiences; rural/urban rhetorics and literature; rhetorics or literature of climate change; refugees, displacement, and migration.
  • Emerging technologies, technology in the classroom, virtual/digital/online communities, technological transformation within the disciplines, technologies as (re)shaping and (re)imagining texts, the future of technology. 
  • Cultural diversity and/or cultural rhetorics; pluralism and cosmopolitanism; adaptation; navigating ideological and cultural differences among people. 
  • Changing/multiplying social communities; diverse kinds of families and ways of making a living; rise of the gig economy; new media and social change. 
  • Higher education studies. Assessment, organization, curriculum development, and communication within community colleges and 2-4 year institutions. 


Other topics are welcome! 


Submission information

We welcome a range of session formats, including individual paper, panel, roundtable, and poster. Undergraduate students are also specifically encouraged to apply.