Forging Connections in New Directions

Below is the CFP for a great conference opportunity for ISU students, both graduate and undergraduate. New Directions is low-stress and lots of fun. The conference is Feb. 3, and you can send me other questions as I’m on the organizing committee.  Also note–though the CFP below says the deadline for submissions was Dec. 1, the deadline was extended. So far as I know, tomorrow (Dec. 16) is the last day for submissions. 

CFP – Forging Connections in New Directions
The New Directions in English Studies Symposium invites proposals from graduate students on the theme of forging connections between and across fields and disciplines. This year we hope to see especially robust interdisciplinary work that engages deeply with multiple areas of scholarly interest in an effort to show the possibilities created by a program based on an English Studies model. We are especially excited to review panels that include scholars from diverse areas of interest, and we hope that discussions at the conference will be focused on the English Studies model as well.
Individual proposals should be two separate pages: (1) cover sheet including name, presentation title, e-mail address, technology needs; and (2) a 250-word abstract with no identifying information. Panel and roundtable proposals should include (1) a cover sheet including panel/roundtable title, presenters’ names, presentation titles, e-mail addresses, and technology needs followed by (2) a separate abstract (250-500 words) that describes the significance of the panel/roundtable topic and each presentation without identifying information. Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format by December 1, 2011. Presentations should be developed to last 15 minutes or less.
Scholars with questions about the Symposium should feel free to contact committee chairwoman Meghann Meeussen.  The New Directions Symposium is an inclusive space that provides a platform for graduate students to present their work in a comfortable and supportive environment. It facilitates the sharing of innovative research, scholarly, creative, and pedagogical work in English Studies.

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