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Criteria and Guidelines

Submit a Proposal

Submission Deadline:

11:59 p.m. EDT, May 7, 2018

All proposals must be submitted online through the Online Program Proposal System. No mailed proposals will be accepted.


Criteria and Guidelines

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Criteria for Review

In a continuing effort to make the proposal review process transparent, the 2019 proposal reviewers will use the following in their evaluations:

  • Is the proposal situated inter-contextually in theories, histories, and performances of college rhetoric and composition, or within the current issues and/or practices thereof?
  • Is the proposal focused on the scene of performance-rhetoric and/or performance-composition that is to occur during the session/presentation? What will happen and who will perform what during the time allotted?
  • Is the proposal innovative? Does it buttress traditions, break new ground, build distinctly on previous work, take a fresh approach, or offer a unique performative perspective?
  • Is the proposal audience oriented and performative, explaining how the widest possible kinds of attendees will be engaged, particularly as co-performers, in the proposed session?  How will the co-performers, the audience, be engaged, transformed? What will YOU and THEY “get” from the experience? How might YOU and THEY benefit or be transformed?
  • Does the proposal address how it is inclusive, aware of social justice concerns, engaged with social and political aims, discourses, and ideas that impact what is done in college rhetoric and composition?
  • Does the proposal add a new or underrepresented voice(s) or performances to the conversation in which the presentation(s) are engaging?

For poster sessions, in addition to considering the criteria above (as relevant to the context), reviewers will look specifically for the following:

  • Will the proposed presentation engage performance and performativity both as it relates to the presentation of the study and the results to be presented?
  • Does the proposal discuss what sorts of qualitative, ethnographic, or empirical data that will be included (textual and visual)?
  • Does the proposal describe how ideas and evidence will be represented or performed graphically?


General Guidelines for Proposals

  • Follow the proposal format.
  • Be as specific and clear as possible about the focus and purpose of your proposals, and provide only the information requested. The intense reviewing procedure makes supplemental material a hindrance.
  • Make sure the proposal attends to performance-rhetoric and/or performance composition.
  • Meet the May 7 deadline and submit electronically through the online program proposal system.
  • Official invitations will be sent by late August to persons whose proposals have been accepted.
  • Names appearing in the 2019 Convention Program will represent only peer-reviewed proposals and paid registrations.




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