Inaugural International Multidisciplinary Conference

Reaffirming Intellectual Rigor in Pursuit of Liberal Arts Research and Scholarship

May 16-17, 2024 at 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Reaffirming Intellectual Rigor in Pursuit of Liberal Arts Research and Scholarship


Sponsored by the 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.

Conference Topic Themes


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


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

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


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


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

Conference Inquiries

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

Abstract Upload

Abstracts are due on Sunday, April 14, 2024 by 11:59 pm.  Attach a brief bio, academic title and discipline, and academic or personal email address to Abstracts.  Notification of Acceptance is Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 11:59 pm.

Conference Registration and Fee Payment begin March 24, 2024.

Please submit your 300-500 words Abstract.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 200 MB.

Conference Registration and Fees


Regular Registration

April 7, 2024 – May 4, 2024

What's included?


Regular Registration

One-Day Conference Presenter/Attendee

April 7, 2024 – May 4, 2024

What's included?

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.

Conference Registration and Fees

David H. Swinton Campus Center

1616 Oak Street
Columbia, SC 29204

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Contact Information

For inquiries about the 2024 BCIIMC, please contact Dr. Victoria Batten at and/or Dr. Amita Singh at 


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