Re: Telling and Re: Form

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana University Department of English

Call for Papers

“Re: Telling and Re: Form”

19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington

Dates: Friday May 13th – Saturday May 14th, 2022


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for Indiana University’s 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, hosted by the Department of English. This conference will be held virtually on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th. Our keynote speaker is Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem), the author of Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit.


The conference theme seeks to address questions surrounding how stories are crafted, shared, remembered, and revised. Why do the stories we tell ourselves – and others – matter? This conference will attempt to theorize the spaces between a story told about oneself and a story told about another, and how these stories could help or hinder us as we try to make sense of the so-called unprecedented times in which we live. How do certain types of narratives both reflect and shape certain realities? And in the classroom, how might questions of narrative be addressed through antiracist and anticolonial pedagogies? Papers may choose to investigate how storytellers of various kinds respond to the crucial political and social challenges of our time through histories, accounts, and recitations – spoken, written, embodied, or otherwise expressed.


Relevant topics may include (but are by no means limited to):


  • The relationship between past and future
  • Theater and performance
  • Theories of collectivity and collaboration
  • Autotheory
  • Generational memory
  • Autoethnography
  • Auto/biography
  • Worldbuilding
  • Library sciences
  • Technologies
  • Fanfiction
  • Archival studies/the archive


Proposals might also consider how the virtual sphere has changed the ways in which we have told/retold, recorded, and distributed our individual and collective stories over the past two years. We seek proposals that wrestle with these (or related) questions about what it means to impose a narrative, establish a record, or compose a history. Papers that bring together critical and creative elements are also encouraged.


We invite proposals for both individual papers and organized panels:


  • Individual scholarly papers and creative works (15-minute presentations; please submit a 250-word abstract)
  • Panels organized around a thematic topic (three 20-minute papers or four 15-minute papers; please submit a 350-word panel abstract as well as a 100-word abstract for each individual paper on the panel)


Email your submission to by February 1st 2022. In your email, please submit your abstract (both in the body of the email and as a Word attachment), along with your name, institutional affiliation, email, and phone number. Please note that both the keynote and the panels will be given synchronously via Zoom.


This conference is generously supported by the Department of English, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Department of American Studies, and Department of Anthropology.