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Call for Proposals

George Orwell claimed that “in our age there is no keeping out of politics. All issues are political issues” (1946: 154). This statement cannot be more true to our 21st century existence: we are in the middle of the 2016 presidential election season where the nuances of language use can make or break a candidate; political correctness is hotly debated; and even our everyday decisions can be seen in a political light. Therefore, politics stretches far beyond the traditional definition, and political language is in use all the time, all around us, not just in the narrow sense of political discourse.

Whether from a linguistic, sociological, historical, anthropological, economic, political, literary or educational lens, scholars across the community colleges of CUNY share a common interest in analyzing and understanding the connections between language use and politics. Toward this end, we invite abstracts for a one-day conference for faculty and students from across the CUNY Community Colleges. Submissions may include empirical, theoretical, or methodological contributions that in some way highlight the relationship between language and politics

Please submit an abstract of not more than 300 words to larvai@bmcc.cuny.edu by March 13, 2016.

The abstract selection committee (composed of faculty from various CUNY Community Colleges) will blind review the abstracts. Each presentation will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for Q & A.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to send a 50 word mini-abstract to be included in the conference program.

Abstracts will be judged based on a rubric including the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the theme of the conference, Language and Politics; Political Discourse.
  2. Empirical research as well as theoretical and methodological papers should include a description of the problem/ tension/gap in the field, research questions, methodology, findings, and implications.
  3. Abstracts should be well-written, adhering to established academic standards for conferences in your field.

Faculty submitting abstracts are encouraged to present with students. FACULTY—PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL TO PRESENT A POSTER AT THIS EXCITING UPCOMING CONFERENCE.