Call for Papers and Proposals

We’ve compiled a list of upcoming opportunities to submit papers and presentation proposals.

Conference Opportunities

(Dis) Embodied Disciplines: Blurring Boundaries in the Academy

New Directions Graduate Student Conference at the University of Arizona

This interdisciplinary conference solicits all papers/performances centered around “the body” in order to join students and faculty in dialogues that further create connections across departments. The goal is to blur the boundaries between disciplines and discuss the body, in its myriad forms and conceptions, across all possible understandings and interpretations. We invite you to participate in this truly interdisciplinary conference with the hope that you will find new bodies to interpret and perform.

If we consider the body as a site wherein discourse and power are inscribed, we must also consider how the body inscribes itself onto other discourses in academia. How do we define the body? How does the body represent a people and not just the individual person? How do we blur the divide between the interior/exterior, the personal/global, the text/meaning? How does the body render itself in relation to medicine, anthropology, physics, race studies, geography, gender studies, etc.?

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Dates: April 11-12, 2014

Deadline: January 20, 2014

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Theory/Post Theory:  An Interdisciplinary Conference

Graduate Student Association of the Department of Rhetoric of the University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to invite papers that investigate the role, value, and efficacy of theory in the contemporary humanities and social sciences.  By its very nature, theory both contests and is contested, and as such, is subject to constant self-criticism and revision. As a method for examining not just the content but the very nature of a text qua text, theory has provided the necessary space for critical interventions into the ways in which the humanistic disciplines are produced and reproduced; as a body of texts with its own rhetorical, discursive, and historical traditions, it is itself a product constantly subject to critique and, ultimately, the site of new interventions. “Theory,” as both a method and a particular body of texts, thus seems to exist always in a state of critique, and as critique, to be concerned always with what comes after.

This conference aims to investigate whether theory has indeed come to an end, and if so, to ask: not just why did it end, but how could such an end be possible? If it is the case that we live in a ‘Post-Theory’ age, what comes after theory? What is left of theory as a disciplinary and interdisciplinary method after a particular set of texts has seen its influence wane? In this light, perhaps it is better to speak not of a monolithic “Theory,” but of theories. We might ask: what are the prevailing theories of today? What purposes do they serve, both intentional and unintentional? What is the relationship between theory and interdisciplinarity? What role, if any, can theory play in the future of humanistic inquiry?

Location: Berkeley, California

Dates: April 18, 2014

Deadline: February 14, 2014

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The Text and Time:  Past, Present, Future

Graduate Student English Conference of Southern Connecticut State University

The Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University solicits papers and panel proposals from graduate students in English and other related fields. The theme of this year’s conference highlights the text in relation to the passage of time as well as the evolution of the text in all its forms, but the theme is intentionally very broad in scope and open to multiple approaches. Further, the definition of the text is not narrowly defined as literary nor is the sole focal point English studies. Thus, papers that focus on studies of the text in other disciplines are also welcome. The text may be visual, aural, or tactile. Literary texts, graphic novels, diaries, cinema, maps, hypertexts, websites, music, and graffiti are all relevant areas of research.  Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in Text in Context:  A Graduate Student Journal.

Location: New Haven, CT

Dates: April 26, 2014

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Full details: Dr. Vara Neverow,


Council of Writing Program Administrators 2014 Summer Conference

The CWPA invites scholars to consider the relationship between the noun “work” and its range of meanings and associations for writing program administrators. Historically, the term “WPA” evokes the New Deal vision of the Works Progress Administration. Yet as collective bargaining rights for all workers are eroded and contingent faculty positions multiply in colleges and universities, WPAs find themselves in a difficult position: having to advocate for their work as contributing to universities’ increasingly efficiency-driven missions while still maintaining their own, and their discipline’s, core values. Papers, panels and workshops may consider, among other topics, WPA work in terms of public and private institutions, race, gender, and sexuality or may explore what it means to be “productive” as a WPA.

Location: Normal, IL

Dates: July 17-20, 2014

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Full details: Rita Malenczyk,


Publication Opportunities

Computers & Composition 32.3 (Special Fall 2015 Issue)

Digital media have permanently changed how we thing about writing processes. By removing many conventional barriers of time and space, technological affordances allow us to reach broadly distributed global audiences instantly and directly. Moreover, the international adoption of information communication technologies (ICTs) means the messages one creates in a local setting (e.g., a local community meeting or a neighborhood coffee shop) can be read, shared, commented on, or re-purposed by persons with a range of linguistic, cultural, and national backgrounds in the international media ecosystem. This online global context, however, raises a range of key questions for how global readers think about rhetoric and composition and how we teach digital composing practices to our students.

  • What do factors of language, culture, international economics, and global geopolitics mean for how we teach composition in the age of the global Internet?
  • How do language, culture, and geopolitics affect how we compose messages for globally distributed audiences?
  • What variables must we consider and what approaches can we use to better understand and address communication needs inside and outside the classroom?
  • What approaches can we use to provide students with meaningful and successful educational experiences in relation to vastly disparate global online contexts?

Deadline:  April 15, 2014

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