The 21st Century Englishes Conference is hosted by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU) Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, and BGSU’s Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program. It is sponsored by BGSU’s English Department.
Following the perspective on creativity sparked by the expressivist movement, we seek to explore all of the questions and interpretations of creativity as they relate to the field of writing studies. Creativity and art-based approaches have an important place within writing studies, as these encourage identity, agency, writing transfer, and a full breadth of expression. “Creative, multigenre identity work can help students to thrive as the multidimensional writers they are” (Nolan, 2019, p. 234) and creative work belongs to other realms of academic work as well. Throughout this conference, we hope to engage in conversations surrounding where we have been, where we currently stand, and where we might go in the future of writing studies concerning creativity.
We invite individual and panel proposals on this theme from graduate students as well as their collaborators (colleagues, faculty, staff, students, research participants, community members, etc.).