Call for Proposals and Participation

Call for Proposals and Participation
Charting Our Future: Evolutions, Revolutions, and Revelations
52nd Allerton English Articulation Conference

April 13-14, 2016

Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2016

In cooperation with Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 52nd Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 13-14, 2016.

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities for discussions, presentations, networking, and co-mentoring, 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, Charting Our Future: Evolutions, Revolutions, and Revelations, invites presentations related to the  articulation in English Studies at two- and four-year institutions. In the context of change, with budgets slashed, MAP grants in jeopardy, and the COMPASS placement test gone, in what ways should we evolve, revolt, or remap the territory with new tools of our own choosing? This theme is meant to be generative and exploratory, and asks us to consider how and why our professions evolve, what themes and approaches emerge and re-emerge, and how we discover and reveal our practice with students and colleagues.

Since our theme is suggestive, meant to evoke or invoke constructive presentations rather than limit us in our discussions, proposals need not include the title language or theme. Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to what’s new, composition, culture and diversity, English education, film, genre, literature, reading/decoding, cognition, collaboration, technology, placement, and assessment.

Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, we are inviting proposals for three different formats, all of which must be interactive:

  • individual presentations,
  • group presentations,  and, new this year,
  • poster presentations. 

In your proposal, be sure to explain how you plan to equally balance presentation with discussion; that is, tell us what participants in your session will DO. Please note that presenters are frequently paired within a single 60-minute session.

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. Historically, about half of our conference attendees have joined us because of a recommendation from a colleague; if you know of interested colleagues 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 individual, group, or poster presentation proposal to by February 15, 2016. Those accepted will be notified by March 1, 2016.

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!