Call for Papers

12th Annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Rhode Island

April 7, 2018

2018 Conference Theme: Co-generative Dialogue: Encouraging Conversation Beyond the Classroom

Have you ever felt that you were writing from an audience that was removed far from yourself? Or, did you write something with the intention to reach a broader audience and later realize that it fell short of your target? This conference will be a collective opportunity for dialogue. Beginning conversations that  will reach a broader audience beyond the classroom or office. This conference does not seek to diminish any of the work that is done within the classroom; instead, it encourages scholars to think about how they might take the beautiful thoughts they produce within a classroom setting and apply them to create opportunities for change in communities. Historically, scholars have written on different demographics. Unfortunately not every scholar has been read by the demographic that they write about. We hope that as a result of our panels, poster sessions, and subsequent discussions, participants will be inspired to think about how they can make more accessible the work that they produce and read. We encourage applicants to keep this in mind while submitting an abstract. How will the material you are working on proceed from an academic setting into local communities to make a difference?

Who can submit their work to the conference? Graduate students from all disciplines and universities.
What types of submissions are there? Papers, posters, panels, and roundtables.
What do I need to submit? A 250-300 abstract or proposal, a short bio, and contact information through the “submit your abstract” link on the website (
When are submissions due? The submission deadline is 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
When will I be notified of my submission status? Notification of acceptance will be by Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
How much does it cost to attend? This year the conference will be adapting a Pay-What-You-Want Conference Registration fee, where you have full control in deciding how much you want to pay (including $0).
Who do I email if I have further questions? The conference email is the best way to reach us for comments or questions (
Where can I get more updates about the conference? Check out our website ( and social media pages (Facebook: (Twitter: @URI_GradCon).
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