CFP: Allotropes of the Academic Essay, RMMLA, Oct. 11-13, 2012 (Boulder, CO)

Dear Colleagues,

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association welcomes submissions for the “Allotropes of the Academic Essay” Panel at the 66th Annual RMMLA Convention next fall (Oct. 11-13, 2012) in Boulder, CO.

CFP: Allotropes of the Academic Essay: How to Teach Writing for the Academy without Assigning the
‘Academic Essay.’

There are many instantiations of the “academic essay” and many ways of teaching those forms. This panel hopes to explore strategies for teaching the “academic essay” without necessarily assigning the academic essay per se. The goal is to illuminate ways in which other genres/forms of writing (in the broadest sense of the term) can help students develop the necessary subskills for composing successful academic essays and other forms of writing privileged at university. Some allotropes of the “academic essay” include satire, dialogue, and the micro-essay. What other forms or genres can we use in the classroom to help students transition into the discourse community of academia? What pedagogical strategies do you use for teaching these forms? How do these forms help students become better prepared for the writing that is expected of them at university? Ultimately, the aim of the panel is to provide imaginative and accessible approaches to the composition classroom.
Please submit abstracts to Stephen Sweat ( by March 01, 2012. Submissions should include your name, email, university affiliation, title of paper, and paper abstract (no more than 500 words). Acceptance letters will be sent out by March 15.

Travel grants are available for both graduate students and faculty (the Neila and Candadai Seshachari Faculty Convention Travel Grant). See the RMMLA homepage for more information.