Call for Proposals and Participation

Call for Proposals and Participation

Addressing the Moment:  Resistance and Resilience

53rd Allerton English Articulation Conference

April 19-20, 2017

Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2017

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 53rd Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-20, 2017.

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, Addressing the Moment: Resistance and Resilience, invites us to consider challenges we and our campuses face in light of budgetary exigencies and changing political tides. With budgets slashed, MAP grants in jeopardy, and resources for higher education more fragile than ever, how do we find the spirit and equanimity to support our students and colleagues through our work in English Studies? Since our theme is suggestive, meant to invigorate rather than limit our discussions, proposals need not adhere strictly to our thematic invitation. As always, suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, cultural studies, diversity, English education, first-year experience, English language learning, film, genre, literature, developmental writing, reading, cognition, collaboration, technology, placement, assessment, and Writing Across the Curriculum.

Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, we are inviting proposals for both individual and group presentations, both of which must be interactive. 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 AllertonConference@niu.edu by February 1, 2017. Those accepted will be notified by March 1, 2017.

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!