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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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CFP Graduate Scholars of English Association, Mankato Minnesota, Graduate Symposium 4/25/15

The Third Annual English Department Graduate Student Conference is a collaborative symposium focused on the written word across all English-focused academic disciplines.

The Graduate Scholars of English Association is a cross-disciplinary graduate student organization working in the field of the English language. We look to bring together in conversation students from the Technical Writing, Creative Writing, Literature, and Teaching English as a Second Language tracks. Our goals are to foster cross-pollination between the tracks and strengthen professional development. Towards these ends, we plan to host our annual conference with cross-track panels for the first time, featuring the variety of work done in English. Our plan is to solicit presentations across the tracks both in our own department and from graduate students in the area, around the country, and, if possible, around the world. We will then put diverse panels together, providing the space to identify overlaps and differences in our craft, pedagogy, and analysis to spur new research and new understanding.

This year our topic is “More than Writing.” We encourage papers that talk about narrative in terms of craft, analysis, and pedagogy. How and why do we write and teach writing? We will be putting panels together that showcase the spectrum of disciplines within English and create conversation between teachers, technical writers, creative writers, and literary critics. We encourage you to adapt your existing material to meet this theme!

This conference will also include Q&A sessions with working professionals from the community who have professional experiences to share both inside and outside of academia. The conference committee requests presentations from scholars across all English programs including Creative Writing, English Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching Writing, and Technical Communication. We invite papers analyzing all periods and genres of literary, linguistic, and visual culture; investigations of cultural studies, critical theory, and film; creative works, including, but not limited to, fiction and poetry; papers on pedagogy; presentations on Teaching English as a Second Language; and presentations on technical and professional writing.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words and a short bio by Saturday, March 14th.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Analyses of literary works or films
  • Analyses of languages
  • Analyses of communication
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies
  • Collaborative authorship
  • Cross-cultural connections
  • Connections in the writing classroom
  • Intersections between visual and written arts
  • Integration of technology in the classroom
  • Integration of technology in society
  • Perspectives on learning
  • Perspectives on writing
  • Perspectives on identity
  • Creative writing