2020 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference: Thresholds and Threshold Concepts

deadline for submissions: 
January 19, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northern Arizona University Graduate English Organization

2020 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference 

Thresholds and Threshold Concepts 

Saturday, February 29, 2019


Call for Papers: 

In a physical sense, a threshold is the bottom of a doorway that must be crossed to enter into a room. Kathleen Blake Yancey views threshold concepts as the “articulation of shared beliefs” that leads to the “modification, extension, and boundary marking” of spaces in social, professional, academic and other communities. Threshold concepts are entry points of knowledge that impact ideas and participants in discourse communities.


Thresholds create boundaries that contain certain ideas while excluding others. What are threshold concepts in different disciplines or fields? Who determines them? How are they negotiated?  How gatekeepers of thresholds control the flow of information? How are threshold concepts revealed or hidden? How do threshold concepts create new conversations in previously unentered spaces? What happen to the spaces that are inhibited and then intruded on? What thresholds should be created, maintained, challenged, renegotiated, or dissolved? How do we negotiate the constraints of appropriateness in particular spaces? How can thresholds be circumvented for alternative entry?


We invite papers or creative presentations related to thresholds or threshold concepts in the broader context of society or academia.


We invite presetationations from:


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Composition & Writing Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Exercise Science
  • Literature
  • Pedagogy
  • Rhetoric



  • Secondary Education
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • World Languages
  • And any other field with a connection to our theme




Deadline for submissions: January 19, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. MST.

Types of Submissions Accepted:

  • Individual Paper (15-20 minutes including Q & A)
  • Research Project (15-20 minutes including Q & A)
  • Creative Writing (15-20 minutes including Q & A)
  • Panels (3-4 Presenters) (60-75 minutes including)


There is a $10 registration fee for each presentation due on the day of the conference. We accept cash and all major credit/ debit cards.


Submission Instructions:

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 and a 200-word excerpt. For panel submissions, submit one proposal with the names of all panelists. Use the “Submit” link on peaksconference.weebly.com for submissions.


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