Conference Agenda

Twenty First Century Englishes Agenda   For a digital copy of the agenda, click the link provided here, or view the information provided below.

Registration and Registration

8:00-8:30:              Business Administration (BA) building

Opening Remarks, BA 110

8:30-8:45:              Estee Beck, PhD Student and Co-Committee Member, Department of English, Kristine Blair, Professor and Chair, Department of English

Language/Literacy 8:45-10:00

BA 101:  Digital Literacy in the Mess of Things

  • Kyle Vealey & Jeffrey Gerding, Purdue University

BA 103: The World’s Languages

  • Language Attitudes in Algeria ǀ Kamal Belmihoub, Purdue University
  • What Has the Wind Blown to Us, Changes and Trends of TESOL Methods in China ǀ Ying Wen & Ziyi Jiang, California State University, San Bernardino

BA 110: Demands of a New Age: Literacy Cycles

  • April Conway, Tiffany Richmond, Aimee Taylor, & Tina Ardunini, Bowling Green State University

Complexity/Affect/Veterans 10:10-11:25

BA 101: Complexity Theories of Writing in Economies and Academies

  • Theorizing Mental Models and Other Knowledge Structures in Complex Disciplinary Writing Ecologies ǀ Laural Adams, Bowling Green State University
  • The Cost of Complexity: An Exploration of Twenty-First Century English in the Service of Commerce ǀ Talitha May & Cactus Ma, Ohio University

BA 103: Circulating Texts, Affects, and Performativity

  • Emotional literacy:  Using Multimodal Composing Processes and E-Portfolios to Develop Students’ Abilities to Engage with Emotion ǀ Martha Wilson Schaffer, Bowling Green State University
  • Toward New Media Texts: New Approaches in Multimodal Composition ǀ Jason Tham, St. Cloud State University
  • Austin and affordances:  Applying Austinian Performatives In Evaluating New Media Scholarship ǀ Erin Kathleen Cahill, The Ohio State University

BA 110: Nontraditional: Women Student Veterans Problematizing 21st Century English Pedagogy

  • Mariana Grohowski, Megan Adams, Amy Piffenberger, Tanya Schardt, & Aimee Taylor, Bowling Green State University

Keynote, Jason Palmeri 1:00-2:00, BA 110

Literacy Crises, Then and Now: The Multimodal, Multilingual Past, Present, and Future of English Studies

Working to historicize contemporary conversations about multimodality and globalization in English studies, Palmeri revisits past moments in the field (such as the turn of the 70s) when English scholars and teachers confronted profound shifts in communication technologies and college student demographics.  On the one hand, a look back at previous “literacy crises” can remind us to be wary of how hyperbolic narratives of technological and cultural change can be employed to reinforce oppressive power structures and to sediment narrowly alphabetic and Eurocentric epistemologies. On the other hand, a look back at past times of “crisis” can also uncover transformative moments of possibility—moments when English scholars and teachers embraced and began to enact a radically multimodal, multilingual vision of the field. By reclaiming and remixing our field’s past engagements with multimodal and linguistic diversity, Palmeri ultimately seeks to outline a capacious, activist vision for the Department of Englishes in the twenty-first century.

Jason Palmeri is Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in Interactive Media Studies at Miami University, where he also serves as the Director of the Composition Program and Co-Coordinator of Digital Writing Collaborative. Palmeri is author of Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy (SIUP 2012) as well as numerous articles on digital pedagogy in journals such as Computers and Composition and Technical Communication Quarterly.

Language/Poetry/Translation 2:10-3:25

BA 101: Language, Comics, and MOOCs

  • Surviving the MOOCacolypse: Pursuing Massively Meaningful, Gamified Course Models ǀ Jack Hennes
  • The English Language as a Vector for Ideology in Zombie Film Pontypool: Commentary on Globalized English Education ǀ Tricia Saab, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Image Memes: The New Comics? ǀ Craig Olsen, Bowling Green State University

BA 103: Evolution and Transformation: Writing the New Worlds

  • Through the Eyes of a Writer: A Journey of Learning, Discovering, and Transforming ǀ Entisar Elsherif, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • “What Is a Good Poem Idea for My Digital Poetry Assignment? I Already Know That I Want to Do a Stop Motion Picture Involving Some Stuffed Animals; I Just Need a Good Poem to Use”—Unresolved Questions on Ask Yahoo!—What Digital Poetry Says About Poetry ǀ Dave Nielsen, St. Cloud State University, MN
  • Imposing Narratives: Why Speaking the Same Language Doesn’t Mean Speaking the Same Language ǀ Robyn Stone, College of Mount St. Joseph

BA 110: Translation and The Reshaping of English Education Practices

  • Gail Gibson, Elizabeth Hutton, &  Ruth Anna Spponer, University of Michigan

Subjectivities/Multiculturalisms/MOOCs 3:25-4:50

BA 101: Subjectivities in New Media and Mediums

  • Dragon, Siri, and “Dick Tate”: Voice Capture as Composing Technology ǀ Hannah Rule, University of Cincinnati
  • Who is the Subject Supposed to Know? Reflections on Lacan’s notion of Transference ǀDonald R. Moore, University of Memphis
  • Negotiating Sexualities in the Boundaries: Warhol, Identity, and Discourse ǀ Nick Baca, Bowling Green State University

BA 103: Writing in The Multicultural Context

  • Teaching English and Multiculturalism ǀ Terry Lee Kindig, University of Toledo
  • “Writing Good”: Fostering Dialectal Diversity in Higher Education ǀ Tricia Saab, Eastern Kentucky University
  • LeAnn Stokes, Eastern Kentucky University

Closing Remarks, BA 110/ 5:00-5:15

Lee Nickoson, Associate Professor, Department of English; and
Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Call for Papers

Graduate Student Conference: “21st Century Englishes” on Oct. 19, 2013
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Contact email:
Proposal Submission Deadline (extended): July 15, 2013

We invite proposals for scholarly and creative works and readings for a Midwest graduate student conference titled “21st Century Englishes” to be held Saturday, October 19th, 2013, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University. Keynote speaker, Jason Palmeri, Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in Interactive Media Studies at Miami University will discuss “Literacy Crises, Then and Now: The Multimodal, Multilingual Past, Present, and Future of English Studies,” historicizing contemporary conversations about multimodality and globalization in English studies to arrive at an activist vision for the Department of Englishes in the twenty-first century.

This conference’s focus on Englishes arises out of the fact that technological change and globalization have increasingly put us into contact with communities and cultures around the world, so that scholars of language and writing have begun to regard the term “English” as problematic. Emerging scholars are now contending with the heterogeneity of speakers of English, the Englishes they speak, and their participation in today’s curricula. This conference will offer graduate students the opportunity to explore Englishes through themes of diversity, difference, transition, resistance, and redefinition by exploring the new discourses and new realities of English, as well as how these are resituated in the traditional idea of “English.” Englishes are comprised of multiple discourses but can also be understood as the variety of disciplinary fields under the “English Department” banner, including literature, rhetoric and composition/writing, creative writing, linguistics, TESOL, technical writing, and media studies. Theories and schools of thought have at times led to disciplinary entrenchment, divisions, and camps, but also to cross-disciplinary and collaborative work that blossoms into scholarship and teaching. While it may be difficult to disentangle institutional silos, we can make in-roads to [re]define, imagine, and practice transdisciplinary Englishes, particularly through the rise of digital technologies and increasing access to others and their ideas.

Toward that aim, we welcome proposals that address how Englishes might manifest in theory, practice, and praxis. Additionally, the conference theme embraces changing conceptions: How might theory translate, or be transformed, into/by practice? What new English studies work extends previous English studies’ developments or challenges traditional conceptions of English studies? What developments outside of English studies have been instrumental in shaping current thought? We are especially interested in explorations that defy or reconceptualize more traditional approaches to scholarship and teaching and how changing landscapes affect disciplines such as literary studies, rhetoric and composition/writing, creative writing, TESOL, technical writing, and linguistics. We also encourage submissions that explore the conference themes through creative representations and readings, as well submissions that instruct others on the affordances of specific technologies in the Englishes.

Presentations may explore, but are not limited, to the following:

●      What are Englishes and how might we (re)define them?
●      As a graduate student, how do you see your disciplinary work changing? How do current debates in the humanities affect the future of Englishes?
●      How is English(es) pedagogy transforming (in) the 21st century?
●      How might/are we facilitating collaboration across disciplinary boundaries?
●      What new or non-traditional lines of thought in your particular field offer the potential to alter our idea of English(es) and how should we foster such potential?
●      How do digital technologies [re]shape the Englishes in areas such as collaborative work, pedagogies, disciplinary scope, etc.? How might a media studies approach inform these areas? How should we as emerging scholars concern ourselves with the digital divide?
●      What do literacies look like in the 21st century? In what ways are current literacies affecting or reshaping the various subfields of English?
●      What are the methodologies, methods, theories, pedagogies, technologies, tools, policies, and people that drive the state of 21st century English?
●      Do you have creative work (poetry, fiction, other) that addresses themes of diversity, difference, transition, resistance, or redefinition?

Panel Proposals: Please include a cover page with panel title, individual presentation titles, each presenter’s full name, the name of a moderator (if available), university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should introduce the panel with a 250-word description, followed by a 150-word abstract for each presentation (3 to 4 people). Please do not include any identifying information on the second page. Panel presentations should plan for 80 minutes total, including Q & A time.

Individual Proposals: Please include a cover page with the presentation title, your full name, university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should contain a 150-word abstract. Please do not include any identifying information on the second page. Individual presentations should plan on 15-20 minutes each, depending on how many people are on the panel.

Special Interest Group Proposals (SIGs): These more loosely-structured sessions can include 3–6 presenters/participants. Sessions can take any form, such as a roundtable discussion, a collection of creative readings with similar themes/topics, a workshop, a Q & A session, an interactive presentation, or networking and brainstorming for a future project. Please include a cover page containing your SIG title, each participant/presenter’s full name, the name of a moderator (if applicable), presentation titles (if applicable), university affiliation, email address, phone number, and technology requests; the second page should include a 500-word summation of what you hope the SIG will accomplish. Each SIG session should plan for 80 minutes.

We encourage presenters to take advantage of multimodal delivery. Presentations might take the form of a PowerPoint project, Prezi, installation or poster, short film, podcast, web design, creative performance, combination of these, or other possibilities, including traditional presentations.

There is no fee to attend or present at this conference.

*Please email proposals and questions to Proposal deadline is July 15, 2013. We will be sending out acceptance notices in mid-August.