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

      As graduate students, we have common goals in our research: to gain a better understanding of our world and to advance how we perceive, interact with, and transform the world. This year’s theme focuses on making interdisciplinary connections through dialogue. The Oxford English Dictionary defines dialogue as holding a “conversation, especially with another person; to communicate by speech or writing.” The publication of our work, now and in future years, might restrict the amount of communication we are able to achieve with our targeted audience. In some instances, scholars specifically write for other professionals in their field. This conference will use the poster sessions and panel presentations to create a dialogue around each scholar’s work and collectively outline ways of making that work more accessible We are accepting any current work that graduate students are working on. If your existing projects do not “neatly” fall into the proposed theme they will still be considered for acceptance.

Please email us at with any questions about submission.

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 to our email 
When are submissions due? The submission deadline is 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 28, 2018.
When will I be notified of my submission status? For those who submitted prior to extension, by February 28th. Those who submit work after the extension beginning on February 16th will hear by the first two weeks of March.
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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