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SPE 56th Annual Conference Call for Proposal

The Myths of Photography and the American Dream

Society for Photographic Education   /   Deadline: 06/01/18

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Local, national, and international photographers, artists, activists, scholars, educators, students, art directors, journalists, picture editors, curators, historians, writers, thought leaders, and citizens are invited to gather in Cleveland, Ohio, to engage the American Dream and photography as two powerful myth-making forces. rnrnWe seek speakers who will address the conference theme through 15-minute public talks and 40-minute panels in a dynamic conference structure that will offer thought-provoking, myth-busting and clarifying content. Selected presentations will be complimented by formal breakout sessions to provide opportunities for in-depth dialogues between speakers and conference attendees.


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SPE members and nonmembers are eligible to submit one proposal for consideration. Individuals who have presented at two SPE annual conferences since 2016 (Las Vegas) are not eligible. This also applies to co-presenters and/or panelists.


- SPE conference proposal submissions are conducted using SlideRoom, an online review system. Applicants must register and submit all required proposal materials on the SlideRoom website using SPE's portal.
- Visit and follow the instructions provided.
- Complete the submission form, including a biographical summary for each intended presenter (max: 750 characters each).
- Upload a two-minute audio abstract of your proposed conference "talk." We want to hear how concise, comprehensive, and compelling you can be using two of the 15 minutes that will be allotted to each presenter.
- Upload images and/or video (max of 15 files)

Presentation Formats:
Graduate Student (15 min) presentation of your own artistic work and a brief introduction to your graduate program (must be enrolled in graduate program at time of submission)
Imagemaker (15 min) presentation on your own artistic work
Lecture (15 min) presentation on an historical topic, theory, or on another artist's work
Teaching & Learning (15 min) presentations, workshops, demos that addresses educational issues, including teaching resources and strategies (syllabi, videos, assignments, readings, class prep/setup, and PowerPoint presentations); curricula to serve diverse artists and changing student populations; seeking promotion and tenure; avoiding burnout; and professional exchange
Panel Discussion (40 min) active discussion among panelists (max: 3), moderator, and audience to discuss a chosen topic


Membership Requirements: Current SPE membership is required for all participants of accepted proposals. All presenters, co-presenters, panelists, and moderators will have 10 days to join SPE or renew their membership once acceptance notifications are sent out.

Conference Registration Discount: Accepted presenters are eligible to receive a discounted rate on conference registration. (Co-presenters/panelists for graduate, imagemaker, lecture, and teaching & learning presentations are NOT eligible for discounted rates). Panel discussion format presentations are eligible for up to four discounted registrations (one moderator and up to three panelists

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions are reviewed by a 10-member peer review panel, which forwards recommendations to the 2019 Conference Committee. The SPE Board's Executive Committee approves the final conference program to ensure the broadest representation of concerns in the field. You will be notified by September 1, 2018, on the status of your submission.

Contact Information

Ginenne Clark
2530 Superior Ave Suite 407
Cleveland, OH 44114

P: 216-622-2733

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