Listed below are several professional conferences of interest to graduate students in the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication.

Many conferences have deadlines for proposals several months in advance of the conferences themselves. One conference, CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), for example, requires proposals by early June and takes place the following March. Information about the place and exact dates of upcoming conferences is published in academic journals and in flyers distributed by the conference planners.

Calls for papers are generally published one to two months prior to the deadline. Some publications print extensive information about upcoming meetings, such as calls for papers and addresses to write to for further information, in every issue. Look in Spectra (the monthly publication of the Speech Communication Association), the ICA Newsletter (the quarterly newsletter of the International Communication Association), the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the journal Women and Language, as well as the section entitled "Announcements and Calls for Papers" in College English and the section "Forthcoming Meetings and Conferences" in the PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association).

Two other sources of information about conferences are Comserve and LL&C's ring binder holding conference announcements. The binder is on a podium in the mailroom (by the bulletin board). If you join Comserve, you can get the calls for papers and announcements for conferences that it carries. (If you are unfamiliar with Comserve, there is information about this on-line forum on the counter outside LL&C's main offices.)

Some conferences are sponsored by organizations which also publish journals. In these cases, you can write to the journal's editor for conference information. Of course, if you are a member of the organization, you will automatically receive both the journal and any conference announcements.

Because most conferences are organized around particular themes, you will want to get specific information about a conference before submitting a proposal. For some conferences, you must submit your proposal on a form produced by the conference planners. In a few cases, abstracts of papers or even completed papers are due sometime before the conference meets.

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