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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.


Tri Regional Conference: High Plains, Midwest, and Southwest Regions

Looking Forward: Emerging Scholars from the High Plains, Midwest, and Southwest Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter at Wichita State University

Date:
Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 21, 2018

Location: 
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Purpose: 
Wichita State University’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Theta Omicron, is seeking undergraduate and graduate papers for presentation at our tri-regional conference, titled, Looking Forward: Emerging Scholars from the High Plains, Midwest, and Southwest Regional Conference, September 21-22, 2018.

This conference is meant to prepare students for presentations at the international conference as well as allow for opportunities to network across all three regions. Hopefully this meeting of minds will spark ideas for roundtable discussions and panel proposals for the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention the following March.

Submission Requirements:

Graduate and undergraduate students in any of the following regions: Midwest, Southwest, or High Plains are eligible to submit critical papers, creative works and roundtable proposals.

Follow the 2019 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Submission Guidelines

Document Type: doc or docx

Please include in addition:

  • One page abastract for critical works
  • Short description for creative works

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018
Registration Fee: $10.00
Questions, Submissions, and Registration Details: contact Zachary Parker, stdato.wsu@gmail.com


Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Conference

"Thriving (or Living) in a Digital World: An Educational Opportunity"

Co-Sponsored by the Phi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Graduate Organization at Western Illinois University

Date:
Friday, October 19, 2018 - Saturday, October 20, 2018

Location: 
Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University; Macomb, IL

Purpose: 
This co-sponsored conference serves all Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region. Cash prizes for best conference papers will be given separately to undergraduate and graduate students; see the end of this announcement for the submission instructions.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Kishonna Gray is the author of Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live: Theoretical Perspectives from the Virtual Margin (Routledge 2014). She will present “Hypervisible Blackness. Invisible Narratives: the Digital Stories that Games Tell” at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 in 109 Morgan Hall.

Sigma Tau Delta Regional Networking and Workshop: 
The conference will include regional networking and a special workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. Midwestern Student Representative Mary Arnold and Midwestern Associate Student Representative Rhiannon Minster will host a workshop entitled, "How to Recruit on a College Campus," and will offer best practices and strategies for recruiting new members and increasing involvement. We hope you will join us!

Submission Requirements:
Active undergraduate and graduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta are eligible to submit.

In the 1990s, an optimistic Al Gore promised an “information superhighway.” The infrastructure of the postwar interstate highway system transformed how Americans lived and worked, creating new kinds of living (vast suburbs), new pleasures (road trips, muscle cars), and new problems (urban blight, sprawl). The infrastructure of digital life is far larger and more disruptive than the interstates that touched only the edge of town. Our new digital infrastructure runs directly through everyone’s homes, schools, businesses, and government. Indeed, though the smartphone, it has colonized our very bodies. With it comes new kind of living (telecommuting, social media), new pleasures (tinder, trolling), and new problems (fake news, doxing). Moreover, unlike the shared public investment and governance that characterized the interstate highways, this new digital infrastructure is entirely privatized and almost completely unregulated. It has transformed everything you can think of: work, sex, democracy, childhood, shopping, and education.

How can English Studies help us think about all this? Can we thrive in what the futurist Alvin Toffler conceptualized as “future shock,” a state of “shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time?” We invite conference participants to write about living, thriving, and learning in our new digital reality, but we welcome paper and panel proposals on any subject in English Studies. We also welcome submissions of creative work.

The conference will include regional networking and a special workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta.

Propose a paper or a complete panel, critical or creative. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Big data
  • Digital Divides
  • Digital film
  • Fake news
  • Fascism
  • Focus on major authors
  • Future Shock
  • Interventions by feminist, gender, and queer theorists
  • Literature for, against, or beyond the digital
  • Resistance movements, from Charlottesville to Parkland
  • Pedagogy
  • Shakespeare goes digital
  • Virtual Violence

Paper Abstract Format:

  • Word document
  • 250-word abstract

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018
Email Submissions to: English Graduate Organization, ego@wiu.edu
Email Questions to: Midwestern Regent, Dr. Timothy Helwig, tw-helwig@wiu.edu
Registration Fee: Undergraduate Students $10; Graduate Students $15; Faculty $20

Directions for Undergraduate Conference Paper Awards:
Undergraduate members of Midwestern chapters of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society are eligible to apply for prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for the best three overall papers (critical or creative) and $50 for the best paper (critical or creative) responding to our common reader, Work & Days by Tess Taylor, which are presented at the annual STD/EGO Regional Conference at Western Illinois University. To apply, students must send their complete work, as it will be presented, of no more than 10 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Dr. Timothy Helwig (TW-Helwig@wiu.edu) no later than 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Winners, who will be announced at the end of the conference, must attend and present their papers at the conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Directions for the Graduate Conference Paper Awards, sponsored by the English Graduate Organization, will be forthcoming.

Additional Information: A conference website, hosted by WIU’s English Graduate Organization, will be available by early September and will provide details about registration, local hotels, best paper awards, and more.


Sigma Tau Delta North Georgia Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Location: 
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus; Oakwood, GA

Purpose: 
The Sigma Tau Delta North Georgia Regional Conference invites participants to share papers broadly related to the field of English studies in this one-day event on the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia (UNG). This annual conference offers students a friendly presentation environment and an opportunity to forward their ideas to a small but engaged audience.

Submission Requirements:
Those wishing to participate should submit a 200-250 word abstract of your paper, the essay title, and your university affiliation using this form.

Electronic Form Submission:

  • 200-250-word abstract

Types of Submissions:

  • Papers
  • Panels
  • Round table discussions

Submission Deadline: Saturday, September 29, 2018.
Email Questions to: Leigh Dillard, leigh.dillard@ung.edu

Additional Information: Paper presentations should be no more than 15 minutes long, or roughly 2,000 words. All students, including non-members, are eligible to submit


An Evening with Tess Taylor (author of Work & Days)

Sponsored by The Xi Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Elon University

Date:
Monday, October 29, 2018

Location:
Lakeside Dining Hall, Elon University, Elon, NC

Description:
Elon University welcomes Tess Taylor, author of Work & Days, for its common reading series of events. In preparation for the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society's International Convention in March 2019, the chapter will invite our campus community and other local chapters and English departments to attend Taylor's free, public lecture on Monday, October 29, 2018, in Lakeside Dining Hall. In addition to the free, public lecture, Taylor will attend classes to discuss her work and give the keynote address at the chapter's 39th annual dinner and induction ceremony (a private, invitation-only event that precedes the public lecture). Students and faculty will also have the opportunity to engage Taylor in Q & As at both events and during class time.

Registration:
The event is free and open to the public. No registration or tickets are required. However, institutions bringing groups to the event may email Prudence Layne at playne@elon.edu to reserve seating.

 

Annual International Convention

March 27 - 30, 2019
St. Louis, MO

Regional Events

Sept. 21-22
Emerging Scholars Conference
Wichita State Univeristy
Wichita, KS

Oct. 19 - 20
Midwestern Region
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Oct. 20
Southern Region
University of North Georgia
Oakwood, GA

Oct. 29
An Evening with Tess Taylor
Elon University
Elon, NC