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The call for proposals for the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention is now closed.

Proposals will be sent to review soon and announcements will go out in late August 2018. 

Registration and housing information will be available in late summer.

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The 2019 CCCC Annual Convention consists chiefly of 75-minute concurrent sessions offered Thursday through late Saturday afternoon. Special presentations by featured speakers will be organized by the Program Chair. Half-day and all-day workshops take place on Wednesday. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meet Thursday and Friday for one-hour business meetings. There will also be special programming on Saturday of the convention for local K–12 teachers to explore hip-hop pedagogies and performative writing/communication.

Concurrent and Roundtable Sessions

Members may propose whole sessions (75-minute sessions consisting of three or more speakers/performers) as either a series of solo performances, an ensemble performance, a panel, or a roundtable. Members may also submit individual proposals (one or two speakers/performers), which will be combined into a panel or series of solo performances by the Program Chair and Stage 2 Reviewers.

Presenters may propose separately titled papers, performances, digital installations, visual presentations, etc., in whatever format best delivers the presenters’ ideas and engages the audience. In a panel or ensemble performance where more than three speakers/performers are proposed, formats such as position statements and abstracts are acceptable.

The 2019 Convention will put a premium on engagement, co-performance, and performativity; therefore, every panel must be designed to allow at least 30 minutes of audience specific co-performance and discussion in some way, which may include brainstorming, audience response, or opportunities for collaboration. As per CCCC policy, individuals may be proposed for only one speaking/performance role in a concurrent session.

Poster Sessions

Posters are visual presentations displayed on bulletin boards. Posters will be on display throughout the Convention, and members will present/perform and discuss their work at a dedicated session during the Convention. During these poster sessions—which can be exploratory and experimental, a work in progress, new concepts, late-breaking research results—presenters/performers stand or perform beside their displays to explain content and answer questions.

Proposals for posters will be peer reviewed, and those accepted will appear on the program. A poster session at this Convention is considered in every respect to be equivalent to a panel presentation and will be listed as such in the program.

Workshop Sessions

Workshops provide opportunities for engaged introductions to new developments in the field and participatory discussion of current ideas and practice. Workshops that engage performance/performativity are especially sought. Successful workshop proposals explain clearly how registrants will co-perform in workshop activities and must include a schedule indicating times, registrant activities, and speakers/performers. Workshops are limited to 30–50 registrants and carry an additional fee.

Preconvention workshops are scheduled for either a full day on Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., or a half-day on Wednesday, either 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Additionally, some workshops will be scheduled as postconvention workshops on Saturday, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Proposed workshops with no evidence of active participation by registrants will not be accepted.

Member Groups: SIGs and Standing Groups

Member Groups convene for one-hour business meetings after the last concurrent session on Thursday and Friday, and Standing Groups can also host a sponsored panel. Every Member Group that wishes to hold a business meeting must submit a proposal each year that includes a statement of the group’s interest and potential value to CCCC members, as well as any special space requirements (subject to availability). Presentation titles and speakers will not be listed in the Convention Program. Please click here for the full guidelines.

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