ICEA 2020: Bridging the Gap(s) Date: October 16, 2020 Location: Zoom, hosted in Indiana
This year marked 85 years since ICEA began hosting academic conferences. It was fitting, then, to be able to mark this occasion by moving forward together in another landmark occasion: our first fully digital conference experience, using Zoom as our teleconference software of choice.
Our keynote speakers were Indiana State Poet LaureateMatthew Graham (also Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Indiana) and well-known Hoosier Artist Katie Waters (also former Chair of the Art and Design Department at the University of Southern Indiana). They shared insight into their collaborative work, where art, poetry, and inspiration meet and influence one another. Our theme was “Bridging the Gap(s):” "As scholars and educators, we recognize gaps of many kinds: academic, educational, financial, intellectual, geographic, emotional, sociological, racial, interpersonal, etc. As mindful citizens, we recognize the gap(s) occurring in our current society: what gaps have been created or bridged in education because of COVID-19? What gaps have been created or healed in society because of the ongoing racial and political unrest in our state, in our country? Some gaps divide, while others invite innovation or growth in order to create new connections. Bridging these gaps, then, is an essential and inescapable part of the human experience. While we invite any and all papers related to post-secondary English studies, we especially encourage papers that explore this theme through (but not limited to) the following avenues: *Literary analysis and/or textual criticism *Teaching digitally; the pedagogical shift due to COVID-19 *Writing across the curriculum (WAC) and/or writing in the disciplines (WID) *Rhetoric and composition *Linguistics/language studies *Creative writing *Historical and/or cultural contextualizations of gaps in literature *Other pedagogy and classroom practices *Professional writing *Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/TEFL/TELL, etc.) *Educational efforts to explore or bridge between other disciplines; cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary work *Ways literature has bridged other gap(s) …and more!"
We collected 200-word abstracts, complete with name, position (if applicable), and affiliation by September 1, 2020, emailed to IndianaCEA@gmail.com. Graduate students were also encouraged to submit; undergraduates with faculty support were considered as well.
As we are part of the greater College English Association, successful papers presented at ICEA 2020 are welcomed for submission at CEA’s next national conference; this allows for further refinement of a paper/idea, to a broader audience.