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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.


The 6th Annual Conference on English Studies: Identity, Imagination, (Re) Invention

Co-Sponsored by Central Michigan University's English Department and Central Michigan University’s Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Location:
Central Michigan University Campus; Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose:
Who are you? What defines you? What identity crises have you experienced that shaped who you are today? The building and recreating of personal identity is an issue addressed in many historical works of literature as well as by contemporary creative works. This year's CMU sponsored Sigma Tau Delta Conference will host panel presentations, analytical papers, and creative works that are connected to these ideas.

Submission Requirements:
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit a 250-300 word abstract and title of their creative poetry, prose, analytical essay, or panel presentation.

Submitters are required to attend the event if their submission is accepted.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • Please include a title
  • 12-point font
  • Double-spaced
  • 250-300 word abstract

Registration Fee:

  • Online Registration: $15
  • On-Site Registration: $20

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017
Email Submissions to: sigmataudeltacmu@gmail.com
Email Questions to: sigmataudeltacmu@gmail.com

Additional Information:
Online registration will be open through October 28
More information and updates on the conference can be found at: sigmataudeltacmu.weebly.com


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

Purpose:
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 Williamsenglishstudiesatlarge@gmail.com 
Email Questions to: Shelby Ragan, slragan@ilstu.edu

Annual International Convention

March 29-April 1, 2016
Louisville, KY

Regional Events

Nov. 18
Midwestern Region
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI

Feb. 10
Midwestern Region
Illinois State University
Normal, IL