Call for Proposals and Participation

Call for Proposals and Participation
Metaphors We Teach By
51st Allerton English Articulation Conference

April 15-16, 2015

Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2015

In cooperation with Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 51st Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 15-16, 2015. 

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities for discussions and presentations, takes place at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping with tradition, our two-day format will include plenty of opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.

This year’s theme will be Metaphors We Teach By, in the context of articulation in English Studies at two- and four-year institutions. This theme is meant to be generative, and asks us to consider the metaphors that might help us think creatively and constructively about the limits and possibilities of our teaching. Is teaching a matter of balance? A form of mindfulness? A craft or an art, or both? Does it force us into or out of boxes or well-trodden paths? Does it ask us to take ownership or depend on others?  Is it more like photography, cooking, parenting, sports, or giving birth?  These are suggestive examples, meant to evoke or invoke constructive presentations rather than limit us in our discussions.

Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, culture and diversity, English education, film, genre, literature, reading communities, and technology. Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, we are inviting proposals for both collaborative sessions and individual presentations. Rather than formal paper-reading, the Allerton conference has become known for its highly interactive sessions and/or informal discussion. We expect sessions to equally balance presentation with discussion. Please note that presenters are frequently paired within a single 60-minute session.

Keynote speakers will be Philip Eubanks, Professor of English at Northern Illinois University, and Christopher Blankenship, Director of Composition at Emporia State University. Eubanks and Blankenship will present “Metaphors That Refuse to Die: Contending with Persistent Frames for Composition” in a dialogic format.

We hope you'll join us for convivial, productive conversation as we celebrate our connections at Allerton House. We offer reduced registration rates for students, high school teachers, and contingent faculty. If you know of interested high school instructors who might help us shape these discussions, we would be grateful if you would pass this invitation on to them. 

Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your panel or individual presentation proposal to by February 1, 2015. Those accepted will be notified by March 1, 2015.

Find us on Facebook (Friends of Allerton English Conference) for conference planning updates and conversations with participants past and present!

We look forward to connecting with you at Allerton House in April!