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Regional Events

Participating in regional conferences and events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers.

If your chapter is contemplating hosting a regional event, your first step should be to contact your Regent for information about promotional, and possible financial, assistance. Note: In order not to conflict with Sigma Tau Delta's annual spring convention, regional events should only be planned for the fall.

As a service to its members, Sigma Tau Delta provides links to regional conferences and other non-Society-sponsored English events. If you wish to have a link to your conference or event on this web page, please complete the Event Posting Request Form.

Regional events will be posted on this page.

English Studies at Large Undergraduate Conference

Sponsored by the Lambda Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Illinois State University English Department, and Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Location: Stevenson Hall, Illinois State University; Normal, IL

English Studies at Large is a student conference hosted by Illinois State University in Normal, IL, each spring.

While scholarship can often focus on texts, conversations, or issues that occur at the center of a discipline, it is also imperative to consider alternatives. Addressing aspects of English Studies that exist on the peripheries or acknowledge the possibility of multiplicities is one way we, as scholars, can continue to challenge and resist dominant hegemony.

Submission Requirements:
Organizers of the eighth annual English Studies At Large (ESAL) Conference invite undergraduate students to submit proposals for 15-minute scholarly presentations exploring the peripheries and multiplicities present in contemporary, historical, or fictional circumstances through one or more areas of English Studies.

Organizers welcome the submission of pre-formed panels on related topics. They also encourage presentations engaging with diverse areas of English Studies, which include: literatures and cultures, language and linguistics, rhetoric and composition, technical communication, and digital humanities. Organizers would also invite presentations that emphasize pedagogy and teaching or publishing as they engage with areas of English studies.

Possible topics involving the conference theme may include but are not limited to:

  • Challenges to or absences from the canons
  • Reclamations of texts, authors, or discourses
  • Alternative readings
  • Positions of dominance and subservience
  • Language and materiality
  • Current and historical disenfranchisement and oppression
  • Spectrums and binaries
  • Disparate and homogenous entities
  • Representations of race, gender, sexuality, ability, and socio-economic status
  • Challenges to cultural norms and ideologies
  • Mixtures and nonconformity
  • Pedagogy

Document Format:

Individual proposals should include a first page with the participant’s name, school affiliation, presentation title, technology needs, a brief (100-word) biography, and a contact e-mail address as well as a second page with a 250-word abstract of the proposed presentation with no identifying information.

Panel proposals should include a title for the panel and presenter information for three presenters on the first page and abstracts for each presenter without identifying information on successive pages. Proposals may also indicate the name of a pre-chosen moderator, if applicable.

  • Word document, PDF

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017
Email Submissions to:
Shelby Ragan & Britni 
Email Questions to: Shelby Ragan,

Papers & Publications: A Southeastern Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

University of North Georgia; Oakwood, GA

Papers & Publications (P&P) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research and creative works published and supported by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) at University of North Georgia. This journal promotes student learning by disseminating undergraduate research and creative works that make an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for our next volume will be February 28, 2018. Students in the southeastern region of the United States—including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia—are invited to submit original work that has been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional/national conference site. Original research papers and creative works are welcome from all departments and disciplines.

Submission Requirements:
Students may submit original work that has been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional/national conference site. The work must have been completed while the student was an undergraduate; the student may submit research within a year after graduating. Original research papers, including those developed in collaboration with faculty mentors, are welcome from all departments and disciplines. Faculty in the appropriate discipline will review all submissions.

Submissions are welcome from students affiliated with colleges and universities in the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The work may not be printed or under consideration by other publications.

Creative works—fiction, creative non-fiction, works of art and poetry—are also welcome, providing the work has been presented at a conference, class, or showcase.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • 12 point Times New Roman
  • Numbered Pages
  • 5,000-word maximum
  • 250-word abstract
  • Keywords
  • 300-word (maximum) student author biography
  • Citations should be formatted in the most recent editions of the citation style appropriate to their academic disciplines, e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA, etc. The chosen format must be used consistently throughout the manuscript.
  • Visual arts entries should include an artist’s statement and image files in a single PDF.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Email Questions to: Leigh Dillard,

Additional Information:

Annual International Convention

March 21 - 24, 2018
Cincinnati, OH

Regional Events

Feb. 10
Midwestern Region
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Feb. 28
Southern Region
University of North Georgia
Oakwood, GA