Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, “Reading Matters,” will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.
This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.
“Reading Matters” will address issues about both digital and material texts. We welcome presentation topics including, but not limited to:
-The value of reading and re-reading
-Engaged reading and the academy
-The art and skill of reading
-Reading literature and its humanizing influence on the reader
-Contemporary ethical and sociability (of/and) reading practices
-Technology and reading
-Community reading and its outcomes/ Reading environments
-The “primary” and “secondary” literature dyad (role of critical reading)
-Reading student writing
-Engaging a non-reader or reluctant reader
Because the goal of this conference will be to foster a dialogue on general issues on reading, we are especially interested in proposals that will foster discussion for constituted panels, non-traditional presentations, and also individual papers.
Please send abstracts of about 300 words by January 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Panels will be finalized and participants notified by no later than March 15, 2014.
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