Current CFP

English Studies At Large: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Student Conference
Call for Papers: “Hybrid Places and liminal spaces”

“Hybridity” and “liminality” are terms that connote many meanings across various areas of English Studies in order to suggest mixing, mutating, multiplicity and transition. They are often used in celebration of the multiple, the in-between, the chimera, to respond to exclusionary practices involving gender, race, religion, ethnicity and class.

Organizers of the sixth annual English Studies At Large (ESAL) Conference invite undergraduate students to submit proposals for 15-minute scholarly presentations exploring hybridity and/or liminality in contemporary, historical, or fictional circumstances through one or more areas of English Studies.

  • Hybrid spaces in literature, TV, film, or art
  • Liminality in relation to gender, class, race, or cultural norms and/or structures
  • Monstrous or mutated spaces
  • The rhetoric of hybridity and/or liminality
  • Borders, peripheries, or boundaries in any area of English Studies
  • Cross-culturalism, transnationalism, or globalization
  • Hybridity and language (i.e. code-switching, code-meshing)
  • Hybridity in relation to genre (i.e. mash ups, remixes, hypertext, transformations)
  • The hybrid classroom
  • Multimedia/multimodal pedagogies

Organizers welcome the submission of pre-formed panels on related topics. They also encourage presentations engaging with diverse areas of English Studies, which include: literatures and cultures, language and linguistics, rhetoric and composition, technical communication, and digital humanities. Organizers would also invite presentations which emphasizing pedagogy and teaching or publishing as they engage with areas of English Studies.

Individual proposals should include a first page with the participant’s name, school affiliation, presentation title, technology needs, a brief (100 word) biography, and a contact e-mail address as well as a second page with a 250-word abstract of the proposed presentation with no identifying information.

Panel proposals should include a title for the panel and presenter information for three presenters on the first page and abstracts for each presenter without identifying information on successive pages. Proposals may also indicate the name of a pre-chosen moderator if applicable.

Proposals should be electronically submitted via e-mail to The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, December 11th, 2015. The 2016 ESAL Conference will be held on Saturday, February 6th in Stevenson Hall at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Megan Gregory at, or visit the conference website at

Co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the Illinois State University English Department.


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