Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deadline Extended to Feb. 15, 2015

We have recently extended the deadline for proposals to February 15th. If you know any graduate students in English Studies or other fields, we’d love if if you can forward this on to let them know. The conference itself will take place on Friday, April 17th on the ISU campus in Bloomington-Normal. To submit your abstract, please use our online submission form.

About the Conference: Preparing Graduate Students for Academic Conferences
Word’s Worth focuses on professional development, and is an ideal “first conference” for students who would like to practice their presentation skills before submitting proposals for regional or national conferences.

2015 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Hipchen

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Emily Hipchen. Dr. Hipchen is an Associate Professor of English at the University of West Georgia. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the MLA Division on Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing. She is co-editor of the academic journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and editor of Adoption & Culture. Also, Dr. Hipchen is co-editor of the books Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez, The Autobiography Studies Reader, and of Autobiography Studies across the Americas. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Bayou Magazine, Solstice, Fourth Genre, Arts & Letters, Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. Furthermore, Dr. Hipchen has taught a breadth of courses under the English Studies umbrella, ranging from “New Journalism and Modernist Forms” to “Life Writing and Trauma.”