Main Call for Papers

SHEL 10 invites abstracts and workshop proposals from all linguistic approaches to and methodological perspectives on HEL, and welcomes presentations on all varieties and periods of the language.

Deadline for abstracts and workshop proposals: November 1, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2016

Submission procedure:

Full papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions): Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words (excluding references) to Please ensure that the abstract is anonymized (by, e.g., omitting personal information and any revealing self-references). The abstract will undergo blind peer review by the program committee.

Workshops (3-6 papers): A limited number of slots will be available for workshops. Potential conveners of workshops are encouraged to contact the organizers as soon as possible to indicate their interest. Proposals should be no more than 1,000 words (excluding references) and include a preliminary list of participants and paper titles, submitted to

SHEL 10 will also feature a Pedagogy workshop (see CFP below) and a panel discussion on the future of HEL as an academic discipline in North America. More information on this panel is forthcoming. 

Pedagogy Workshop Call for Papers

Maintaining a tradition at SHEL meetings, SHEL 10 will feature a workshop on teaching HEL. The workshop is convened by Chris Palmer, Kennesaw State University. Presenters will spend approximately fifteen minutes discussing approaches to teaching the HEL class and/or teaching HEL content in related courses (such as literature, linguistics, composition, rhetoric, or education). And they will also participate in a question-and-answer session with attendees.

Presentations are invited on all topics and approaches. Themes and issues for the 2017 pedagogy session could include (but are not limited to) the following:

·      Breadth vs. Depth: How does the HEL instructor effectively strike a balance between the scope of the course and a deep engagement with specific course topics?

·      Curricular Questions: How can the HEL course and HEL content play an important role in engaging students with the curricula of different academic disciplines? What are the benefits and challenges of foregrounding the interdisciplinary aspects of HEL?

·      Research: How can research in HEL—both new linguistic discoveries and new methods—enrich the learning experiences of undergraduate and graduate students?

·      Periodization: Are there strategies for rethinking how we teach the traditional periods of HEL? Are there effective alternative strategies for teaching HEL content beyond traditional periodization?

Abstracts of no more than 400 words (excluding references) should be sent to by November 1, 2016. Please ensure that the abstract is anonymized (by, e.g., omitting personal information and any revealing self-references). Please indicate at the top of the abstract that the paper is intended for the HEL teaching workshop. Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 15, 2016. Questions should be directed to Chris Palmer, and to the conference organizers

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