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The 2024 Benedict College Inaugural International Multidisciplinary Conference (BCIIMC)

Columbia, South Carolina
Organization: Benedict College
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, British, Lingustics, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Science, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-05-16 to 2024-05-17 Abstract Due: 2024-04-14

CALL FOR PAPERS

When:   May 16-17, 2024
Where:  Columbia, SC (Benedict College)
Abstract Deadline:  Sunday, April 14, 2024 @ 11:59 PM
Abstract Acceptance Notification:  Sunday, April 28, 2024 @ 11:59 PM

INTRODUCTION
Sponsored by Benedict College School of Communication, Arts, and Social Sciences, the 2024 Benedict College Inaugural International Multidisciplinary Conference (BCIIMC) promotes the following theme: "Reaffirming Intellectual Rigor in Pursuit of Liberal Arts Research and Scholarship." To continue fostering students' inquiring research and scholarship in higher education, the 2024 BCIIMC calls for papers on research and scholarship that promote and foster intellectual rigor in the liberal arts. Liberal arts programs at institutions of higher education are essential for the critical thinking and intellectual development of students. In a published article, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College, states, “We are committed to developing critical thinkers who will question, challenge, engage, and serve their communities in a meaningful and equitable way” (Artis, 2023, cited in “Benedict College President Joins Coordinated, Urgent Action to Champion Free Expression on U.S. Campuses”). The 2024 BCIIMC wishes to invite local, state, regional, and global researchers and scholars in “Reaffirming Intellectual Rigor in Pursuit of Liberal Arts Research and Scholarship.” Abstracts and presentations in all disciplines below should be focused on and be linked to the overall conference theme above.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Bios of keynote speakers will be updated shortly.

CONFERENCE INQUIRIES
Some questions to consider when thinking about your topic and composing the abstract and paper are listed below:

1) How do liberal arts disciplines define critical inquiry and critical thinking?
2) How do disciplines in the liberal arts promote and foster critical inquiry and critical thinking?
3) How do students in the liberal arts perceive critical inquiry and critical thinking?
4) What impacts might artificial intelligence have on students' critical inquiry and critical thinking in liberal arts disciplines?

CONFERENCE TOPIC THEMES
Humanities: Languages, Literature, Linguistics, Pidgin and Creole Studies, Oral History, Public History, African American Art, African American Musical Traditions, Hip Hop, Rap, and Cultural Studies, Rap as a Form of Resistance and Oppression, Digital Humanities, New Literacies, Critical, Literary, and Contemporary Theories

Rhetoric & Composition: Rhetoric, Composition, Critical Discourse Analysis, English Language Teaching, and English Studies

Fine Arts: Studio Arts, Design Arts, Art History, Design History, Art Education, Music Industry, Music Education, Music Composition, Music Theory, Music Performance, and Music History

Mass Communication: Philosophy of Communication, Communication Theories, Communication Technology and Society, Media Studies, Media Institutions, Artificial Intelligence in the Newsroom, Organizational Communication and Public Relations, Science and Health Communication, Technical Communication

Education: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Higher Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Social Work

Social Sciences: African American History, History, Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminal Justice Administration, Cybersecurity, Information Security, and Artificial Intelligence

Sciences: Studies in Physical, Earth, Life, Health, and Computer Sciences, Environmental and Electrical Engineering, and Physics and Math

Health and Sports Management: Public Health, Sports Management, E-Sports

Business: Business Administration and Marketing, Globalization and E-Commerce, and Entrepreneurship

Interdisciplinary: Immigration, Refugee, Diaspora, Social Movement Studies, Peace Studies, Sovereignty Movement Studies, Extended Learning, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

ABSTRACT SPECIFICATION, SUBMISSION, NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE
Abstracts, a summary of the proposed presentation, should be 300-500 words.
Abstracts are due on Sunday, April 14, 2024 by 11:59 pm.

The link to upload abstracts is https://benedict.edu/bciimc/. Uploaded abstracts will be automatically directed to LiberalBCIIMC@gmail.com. 
Notification of Acceptance is Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 11:59 pm.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND FEES
Conference Registration and Fee Payment begin March 24, 2024. The link to register for the conference is https://benedict.edu/bciimc/. Please see registration and fees table below:

EARLY REGISTRATION - $250
March 24, 2024-
April 6, 2024

REGULAR REGISTRATION - $275
April 7, 2024-
April 20, 2024

LATE REGISTRATION - $300
April 21, 2024-
May 4, 2024

 

EARLY REGISTRATION - $125
One-Day Conference Presenter/Attendee
March 24, 2024-
April 6, 2024

REGULAR REGISTRATION - $135
One-Day Conference Presenter/Attendee
April 7, 2024-
April 20, 2024

LATE REGISTRATION - $150
One-Day Conference Presenter/Attendee
April 21, 2024-
May 4, 2024

CONFERENCE VENUE
Benedict College
David H. Swinton Campus Center
1616 Oak Street
Columbia, SC 29204

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS, DIETARY NEEDS, AND SANITATION STATION
On May 16, 2024-May 17, 2024, in-person registration for tags and bags will occur between 8:30 and 9:30 am., at the Benedict College David H. Swinton Campus Center. Complimentary Refreshments will be provided early morning and later afternoon on both days. Dietary needs considered with vegetarian choices for lunch on both days. The sanitation station will provide masks and hand sanitizer for presenters’ and attendees’ use during the conference.

ACCOMMODATIONS, DINING, AND ATTRACTIONS
Accommodations in Columbia, South Carolina
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Dining Out in Columbia, South Carolina
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Attractions in Columbia, South Carolina
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CONTACT INFORMATION
For inquiries about the 2024 BCIIMC, please contact Dr. Victoria Batten at Victoria.Batten@benedict.edu and/or Dr. Amita Singh at Amita.Singh@benedict.edu.

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, Benedict College President and CEO


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