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In/Between 2017 Call for Papers

The School of LCSL is delighted to announce the call for papers for our annual In/Between Conference, which will be held on March 9-10 2017. The keynote speaker is Susan Goldin-Meadow, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago.

We invite papers based on all current research by our faculty and graduate students. No matter your topic, we’d love to hear what you’re working on! Important goals of the School’s annual conference include showcasing the diversity of our research projects and sharing our current interests with colleagues. We will also be having the poster session with undergraduate research projects; the Honors College should have resources to help undergraduates put their posters and presentations together.

In addition to welcoming papers on all topics, we are designating a theme that we invite you to explore: Representation. Please see below for an elaboration of this theme. The purpose of designating a conference theme is to provide an opportunity for extended discussion of one particular concept. By offering a broad theme that connects the keynote address to various papers from different disciplines, we hope to foster a School-wide conversation that can highlight common interests as well as expose us to new insights.

We are accepting proposals for individual papers as well as panels and roundtables. All papers must be in English. Please send 250-word abstracts to Heather Cohen ( and Ellen McClure ( by Friday, December 9, 2016. At the top of your abstract, please include the following information:

1. Your name and department

2. Whether your proposal is for an individual paper (15 minutes), a panel, or a roundtable (one hour). If you are submitting a proposal for a panel or a roundtable, please include the names of the individuals who comprise the panel or roundtable. If the proposal is for a panel, please also include the titles and short abstracts of the panelists’ papers. By mid-January we expect to have a draft of the conference program.

3. 3-4 keywords which will help us assemble the panels (if you are submitting an individual paper).

2017 Theme: Representation

Representation, broadly conceived, and extending to literature, language, politics, visual culture, and religion. How does representation contribute to, or detract from, understanding? What is the relationship between the representation and what is represented? Is perfectly transparent representation imaginable, or even desirable? How do we think about the question of representation in our highly mediated contemporary society? Is there a space beyond or before representation?

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions at all. I very much look forward to learning more about everyone's work!