Sunday, October 4, 2009

English Studies Conference (please announce)

This is our official Call for Papers for Sigma Tau Delta's annual English Studies Conference (ESC)!
The ESC is a yearly conference held by Sigma Tau Delta that celebrates student work in the field of English studies at WMU. Anything English related is fair game to submit, and we mean that very literally. That includes poetry (single poems or a collection), prose, creative non-fiction, linguistics papers, literary analysis, lit/cultural theory, poetry explications, English education and pedagogy (but not teaching tips or lesson plans, please), etc etc.
If you have a piece of English-related work but you're not sure if it fits as conference material, feel free to shoot us an email! Also, please tell all your literary-minded and creative friends! Presenters do not have to be members of Sigma Tau Delta in order to participate.
We also allow whole panel submissions - so if you and a couple students are in the same class or have written similar papers that would complement each other in one panel, please feel free to submit them all together!
Please keep in mind that works-in-progress are always welcome! As is the case with all professional conferences, we expect that you will further polish and improve upon drafts before presenting them at a conference.
We ask that no more than two submissions be sent in per person, and to keep these submissions in different genres. We all love to see a ton of variety and loads of new faces at our conferences!
More practical info: the conference will take place Friday, November 6th from 12:30-5:00PM in in various classrooms and meeting rooms in Brown Hall.
The deadline for submissions is October 23rd. Please send all submissions to Include your name, contact information, and a short biography for the program along with your submission.
Special note to faculty and graduate students: please encourage your students to submit! It's a great way to network with other English faculty and students, as well as practice important conference skills in a relaxed format.
Sound good? Of course it does. Tell all your friends and strangers on the street (but not the unsavory-looking ones) and get those submissions in! As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email us back!
We hope to hear from you by the 23rd!
Laura Citino
Communications Officer

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