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Department of English Graduate Student Conference

Each year, the University of Memphis English Department hosts a Graduate Student Conference in conjunction with the UofM English Graduate Organization (UMEGO).

This year's University of Memphis English Graduate Student Conference is sponsored by the Talbot Roundtable and hosted by Dr. Lyn Wright. 

2024 Talbot Roundtable: Reclaiming Indigenous Languages

Talbot Roundtable 2024

Friday, April 12th | 5:00pm | UC Bluff Room (304)

Keynote Speakers:

Kendall King | University of Minnesota
"Engaging with Indigenous language reclamation is essential for language scholars: Why and how"

Joshua (Lokosh) Hinson | Executive Director of Language Preservation, Chickasaw Nation
"Nanna ittonchololi' ilaliichi (We are cultivating new growth): Twenty-five years in Chikashshanompa' Revitalization"

2024 Graduate Student Conference: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Diversity 

April 12-13, 2024
Location: Patterson Hall

8:00-8:30am: Registration
8:30-9:00am: Breakfast, Patterson Hall 4th floor
9:00-10:35am: Breakout sessions, see full schedule below
10:35-11:00am: Poster Session, Patterson Hall 448
11:00-12:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Sanita Martena, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, "Multilingualism in Latvia: Language Practices and Ideologies in Families and Beyond", PT 456

Click here to see the full conference schedule (PDF)
Click here to view the conference abstracts (PDF)
Register as a participant here

Call for Proposals

The English Department at the University of Memphis will host a graduate student conference on “Transdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Diversity,” April 12-13, 2024, in Memphis, Tennessee. This conference will bring scholars from diverse fields of study (including, but not limited to, linguistics, literature, rhetoric, composition, creative writing, anthropology, history, and others) to examine different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of linguistic diversity across modalities and genres.

Conference Topics
We are particularly interested in papers that engage with multilingual language use, minority languages, dialects, and various other forms of linguistic diversity from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Paper topics for consideration include:

  • Language policy and planning
  • Family language policy
  • Translanguaging (code-switching, style shifting)
  • Dialect use and/or variation
  • Bi- and multilingualism
  • Translingual writing
  • Writing non-standard varieties
  • Language(s) and identity
  • Linguistic diversity and art
  • Multilingual education
  • Indigenous language reclamation
  • Invented languages
  • Language shift
  • Heritage languages
  • Archival research on linguistic diversity
  • Writing systems
  • Language documentation
  • Multimodal language use
  • Linguistic diversity and technology

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
  • Submissions must be sent to ewfogle@memphis.edu by March 1, 2024
    • *deadline extended to March 8!*
  • Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent via email on or before March 15, 2024.
  • All conference attendees must also register as a participant here.