ST&D 2017 conference: First call for proposals

First Call for Proposals:

The Society for Text & Discourse (ST&D) announces the

27th Annual Meeting

July 31 – August 2, 2017

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, PA

Conference rate: (Single/Double Occupancy): $159.00/night

Submission Website:

Conference Website: Forthcoming


The Society for Text & Discourse is an international society of researchers who investigate all aspects of text and discourse including processing and analysis. The purpose of the Society is to foster and promote excellence in research, to enhance communication among researchers in different disciplines, and to contribute to the education and professional development of those in the field or entering the field.

We invite students and scholars from various disciplines (e.g., psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, learning sciences, and others) to attend and participate. We invite proposals for individual papers and posters presenting original research on text and discourse processing, representation, and analysis.

Call for Proposals

The 2017 first call for proposals opens January 1 and has a deadline of February 17.

Topic Areas

·         Adult Readers
·         Brain Imaging & Neurophysiological Measures
·         Cohesion & Referential Devices
·         Computational Linguistics
·         Computer Mediated/Online Communication
·         Conversational/Discourse Analysis
·         Corpus Analysis
·         Early Readers
·         Electronic/Online/Hypertext
·         Embodiment
·         Emotion
·         Expository Text Processing
·         Gesture & Paralinguistic Communication
·         Graphics & Visual Communication
·         Human-Computer Interaction
·         Individual Differences
·         Inferences
·         Learning & Instruction
·         Misinformation & Inconsistencies
·         Metaphor & Figurative Language
·         Multiple Text Comprehension
·         Narrative Processes
·         Qualitative Methodology
·         Quantitative Methodology (Advances & HLM/SEM)
·         Rhetorical Structure & Processing
·         Sentence Processing
·         Sourcing
·         Struggling Readers
·         Strategic Reading
·         Text Comprehension & Representation
·         Think-aloud Methods
·         Web & Knowledge Technologies
·         Writing

Suggestions for additional topic areas should be sent to

Submission Format

Proposals should include:

1.   Title
2.   Author information (Name, Affiliation, Country and Email addresses for all authors)
3.   First author student status (this will be used for award eligibility)
4.   Submission preference (Spoken Only, Poster Only, Spoken or Poster)
5.   At least three relevant keywords
6.   Appropriate topic areas for reviewing (see end of document).
7.   A 75-word abstract
8.   A 1200-word summary of the presentation (including bibliography).

The summary should have a title but no author information. It should contain basic sections including a short theoretical introduction/framework, methodological overview (including quantitative or qualitative approach), key findings, and a brief discussion. The summary will be submitted as a pdf file and should be saved using a generic same (e.g. summary.pdf) Proposals that exceed the length specified will not be reviewed.


The Society recognizes excellence in research with two annual submission-based awards for papers submitted to the Annual Meeting:

The Outstanding Student Paper Award

The Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) recognizes quality in work that is predominantly that of a graduate student. Accordingly, the student must be first author on the paper. The student’s major advisor will be asked to confirm that this work has been done primarily by the student.

The Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award

The Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award (JAOYSA) honors the memory of Jason Albrecht, a promising young text and discourse researcher who passed away in 1996. The award recognizes an outstanding paper based on a doctoral dissertation. The doctoral candidate or recent doctorate must be first author on the paper. The student’s dissertation advisor must send an email certifying that the work is based on the nominee’s doctoral dissertation, and recommending the candidate for the award. Proposals eligible for the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award and the Outstanding Student Paper Award will undergo two reviews: one by the regular Program Review Committee and a second by the Awards Committee. Only proposals that are accepted for presentation as spoken papers on the program will be considered for the awards. Finalists may be asked for additional information regarding the submission for the final award review process.

Recipients of each award receive a certificate and a $150 award check.


In addition, if you have suggestions for Symposia or Themed Sessions, please send them (title, short description, list of potential contributors) to the Program Chairs (John Sabatini and Tenaha O’Reilly; emails listed below) by January 10, 2017. Agreed upon symposium proposals will then have to be submitted following the same guidelines as regular proposals. We will be adding information to the website over the coming months so please check back!

The Program Committee will review the proposals and make decisions regarding acceptance, format, and arrangement into sessions. Authors will be notified of decisions by the beginning of April 2017.

Inquiries about the submission process or the conference should be sent to

Submit Your Proposal (Opens January 1, 2017)

Additional Information

For more information on the Society for Text & Discourse and the 2017 Annual Meeting, please see

Program Chairs

John Sabatini (
Tenaha O’Reilly (

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