A New Frontier - 2020 Intermountain Graduate Student Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 17, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
English Graduate Student Association - Idaho State University
contact email: 


March 13 & 14, 2020


LOCATION: Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho


TIMES: 12p-7p March 13 & 9a-5p March 14, 2020


Sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association at Idaho State University


We are pleased to announce the 2020 Intermountain Graduate Conference. This year we are seeking a variety of papers around the theme “A New Frontier,” interpreted and explored broadly across topics and perspectives. We acknowledge that the term “frontier” has problematic connotations, the history of conquest associated with the term and the infringement upon peoples and species which already inhabited the “unexplored” or “uninhabited” areas is a major issue. Therefore, we propose to look at the frontier more as the exploration and pushing of the self-imposed/societal boundaries which currently exist. The concept of the frontier appears throughout human history, from the Age of Discovery to the exploration of space and beyond.

Various approaches to our theme mightinclude:


  • Historical, artistic, or scientific methods to explore the concept of the frontier
  • Unique intersections between genres or disciplines
  • Representations of new frontiers in gender, racial, and cultural studies
  • Pedagogies that promote ways of teaching about frontiers (both old and new)
  • Attempts to broaden our understanding of new frontiers
  • Engages in new ways to explore rhetoric and composition theories, or new ways of teaching these types of courses


We welcome submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines. In addition, we would happily consider other forms of presentation, such as performance art, poster presentations, and readings of creative work.


Please submit a 300-word proposal to egsa@isu.edu by Saturday, January 17, 2020.

Undergraduate students should submit with their proposal a scanned signature from a professor who has reviewed the proposal or paper.


For more information, please do not hesitate to email us or visit our website at intermountaingraduateconference.wordpress.com


The conference is free and open to the public.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melody Graulich, Utah State University, Faculty Emeritus

Keynote Topic: Frontiers of Tourism in the Mountain West – Tourism at Yellowstone