Beyond Tradition: Multimodality in English Scholarship

deadline for submissions: 
February 26, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Red River Graduate Student Conference at North Dakota State University
contact email: 

In today’s world, the function of the English classroom has fundamentally shifted. Instead of teaching the fully paper-based curriculum of the past, instructors of English now must incorporate genres that encompass anything from videos to website creation. 


In the study of literature, rhetoric, and composition, too, the field is beginning to recognize new and more multimodal forms of scholarship. Think of Kairos, the online only rhet/comp journal. Think of the work of scholars like Kristen Arola, Cynthia Selfe, and Qwo Li Driskill—work that asks us to think outside the box of the academic paper. 


That’s what we at the RRGSC want to see. Have a multimodal approach to teaching? Come demonstrate your activity with us. Have a video essay on ghosts, real and imagined, in Hamlet? Come present it to us. 


Possible project types:

Teaching demos 





Anything else outside of the norm. 


And yes, essays. Especially essays that focus on or analyze a piece of multimodal media.


Any work that pushes the boundaries of our discipline is welcome at this conference. 


Conference Date: April 22-23, 2021

Proposals for a 15-minute presentation must be 250-500 words. Proposals for a panel must be 1000 words. Email proposals to