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.


Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Conference

"Economy: Moral Challenges and Opportunities": A Conference on Language and Literature

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

Date:
Friday, September 30, 2016 - Saturday, October 1, 2016

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. Literary critics have long used the concept of economy in a multitude of ways to understand literary texts, from internal economies of forms and genres to the profound effects of economic structures that produce and constrain knowledge and literacy. From the production and distribution of writing to the funding of universities, economics is often the determining factor in what is written, what is read, and how it is all interpreted. Critical movements including Marxism and new historicism are steeped in economic understandings of literature and writing practices, while deconstructionists, gender and sexuality theorists, critical race theorists, and postcolonial critics all speak of both global economics and specific symbolic economies of meaning. Writing studies is also steeped in questions of economics that define the possibilities for literacy and social justice and that undergird all pedagogies.

Scholars of literature and writing studies are hardly dispassionate or uninterested ethical actors. At the heart of humanism are serious moral and ethical aspirations, but these are always defined and constrained in the last analysis by economics. From the history of colonialism to contemporary debates about the value of a humanities degree, meaning and money are always deeply intertwined.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Jennifer Ruth, an Associate Professor of English at Portland State University and co-author of The Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments (2015), will deliver the keynote address "Flannery O'Connor's Boxcars, Hannah Arendt's Conscience" on Friday, September 30, 2016, at [time to be determined] in the Sandburg Theater in the University Union.

The conference will include regional networking and a special workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. Midwestern Student Representative Haley Helgesen and Midwestern Associate Student Representative Shelly Romero will host a roundtable entitled, "Maximizing Your Convention Experience," and will offer advice and answer questions related to presenting analytical papers and creative writing at the international convention to be held in Louisville, KY, in March 2017.

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

This year, we invite proposals for analytical papers, creative writing, or complete panels that address literature, writing, ethics, and economy.

WIU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter and English Graduate Organization invite undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, to submit 250-word abstract proposals for conference papers. Submissions, one per person, may be directly related to the topic of economy and literature, but any topics within English Studies are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Literature and Economics
  • Writing and Economics
  • Literary Criticism and Economics
  • Literary Forms, Genres, and Economics
  • Literary Celebrity and Economics
  • Canons and Economics
  • Shakespeare and Economics
  • Symbolic Economies
  • Postcolonial Economies
  • Literature, Writing, and Sustainability
  • Economics and Pedagogies, Radical and Otherwise
  • English Studies and the Economics of the Contemporary University

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

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • 250-word abstract

Registration Fee:

  • Undergraduate students: $10
  • Graduate students: $15
  • Faculty: $20

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016
Email Submissions to: English Graduate Organization, ego@wiu.edu
Email Questions to: Dr. Timothy Helwig, tw-helwig@wiu.edu

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 Southern Conference

Sigma Tau Delta North Georgia Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and Dr. Leigh Dillard

Date:
Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Purpose: 
In the past, Sigma Tau Delta's Alpha Upsilon Phi chapter has hosted two successful invitation only mini-conferences. This fall, we are expanding the conference to anyone who wishes to present works related to English or literary studies.

The Sigma Tau Delta North Georgia Conference is the perfect opportunity to practice conference presentation skills and receive constructive criticism from faculty and peers.

Submission Requirements:
To participate, fill out the brief survey below. The survey serves as your proposal. Be prepared to include a 200-250 word abstract of your paper, the essay title, and your university affiliation. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes, or roughly 2,000 words.

Submission Survey

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

Registration:

Participants will be notified by Friday, September 30. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes, or roughly 2,000 words. Works are presented on a panel of 3-4 other participants. All registered participants will be served lunch.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Email Submissions to: Holly Smith, hmsmith6581@ung.edu
Email Questions to: Ashley Brooks, anbroo7434@ung.edu or Holly Smith, hmsmith6581@ung.edu

Additional Information: Please note that it is not necessary to be a Sigma Tau Delta member to participate, as long as the paper topic relates to English. If you have any questions, email Ashley Brooks, anbroo7434@ung.edu or Holly Smith, hmsmith6581@ung.edu.


Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Alpha Theta Eta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the Department of English at Kansas State University

Date:
Friday, October 14 - Saturday, October 15, 2016

Location: 
Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS

Purpose: 
This co-sponsored conference serves all Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate students in the High Plains region. We invite critical and creative work on all topics relevant to the study of English.

Keynote Speaker: 
Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Friday, October 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas taught elementary language arts, high school English, and creative writing in public schools for several years after graduating from Florida A&M, a historically Black university in Tallahassee, FL. She earned her MA from Wayne State University (19th Century British and American Literature) and her PhD from the University of Michigan's joint program in English and Education. Her research focuses on children's and adolescent texts (broadly construed); the teaching of African American literature, history, and culture in K-12 classrooms; and the roles that race, class, and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction. She will speak on one of her current projects, The Dark Fantastic, which explores the ways that children and teens of color are represented in early 21st century speculative fiction, comics, and multimedia. Sponsored by the Department of English and the A&S Diversity Committee.

Submission Requirements:
Undergraduate and graduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta are eligible to submit and given priority; other undergraduate and graduate student submissions will be considered as space permits.

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

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 10 a.m. on September 16.

Document Format:

  • 250-word abstract proposal
  • Word or rich text format

Final version should take no longer than 10 minutes to read.

Registration:

Registration is due by Wednesday, September 28.

Submission Deadline: The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 10 a.m. on September 16.
Email Submissions to: sigmatau@ksu.edu
Email Questions to: Dr. Naomi Wood, njwood@ksu.edu

Additional Information:  Additional information can be found on the Alpha Theta Eta Chapter website.


Lee University Literary Symposium

Sponsored by the Alpha Beta Iota Chapter at Lee University

Date:
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location:
Lee University; Cleveland, TN

Purpose:
The symposium showcases literary-critical and creative undergraduate work at Lee and around the region.

Keynote Speaker:
Our plenary speaker this year, Martha Greene Eads, is professor of English at Eastern Mennonite University. She specializes in contemporary drama and Southern and Appalachian literature. Additionally, she has published and presented extensively in those fields, and is a much-loved undergraduate teacher and mentor.

Submission Requirements:
Topics will vary; genres can include anything from literary critical analyses to all genres of creative writing (poems, stories, plays, nonfiction).

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

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced
  • One-inch margins
  • Submissions should not exceed 10 pages

Registration Fee:

  • $10
  • Includes breakfast and lunch

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016
Email Submissions to:
Chad Schrock, cschrock@leeuniversity.edu
Email Questions to: Chad Schrock, cschrock@leeuniversity.edu


Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Conference

Caught at the Intersection: Mapping Narrative, Ethics, and Aesthetics

Sponsored by the Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Friday, November 4 - Saturday, November 5, 2016

Location:
California State University, Fullerton; Fullerton, CA

Purpose:
Sigma Tau Delta at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), invites submissions from all disciplines and fields to this year's Far Western Regional Conference, "Caught at the Intersection: Mapping Narrative, Ethics, and Aesthetics."

This conference aims to foster an environment in which the creation, execution, and distribution of narratives and the surrounding ethical questions and issues of story-telling, voice, and identity can be examined. The myriad of literary images, sounds, and texts across diverse cultural milieus rely on vast webs of interconnected narratives, which occupy a space both "micro" in its intimacy with those who narrate and "macro" in the socio-political relations and disruptions produced from within the genre(s) stories boldly occupy. In Felix Guattari’s Chaosmosis, for example, he encourages us to consider a new aesthetic paradigm with "ethico-political implications because to speak of creation is to speak of the responsibility of the creative instance with regard to the thing created." As such, narrative can be regarded in many forms, including traditional literary texts—novels, poetry, plays, and essays—as well as broader expressions of emotions and creative vision communicated through art, film, music, media, performance, and photography or any hybridity thereof.

Submission Requirements:
We strongly encourage submissions with innovative approaches to texts, ideologies, and philosophies, which work towards an intersectionality of dialogues about provocative topics, including but not limited to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and [non]human life and ability. Abstracts should discuss how narrative, ethics, and aesthetics intersect within traditional and/or nontraditional texts, highlighting alternative interpretations or modalities of experience.

Possible topics for the conference may include:

  • Issues of Authorship and Identity
  • Ethics of Adaptation: Retelling, Reproduction, and Appropriation
  • Pedagogy and Education: Ideology and Dogma in Instruction
  • Cultural Conventions, Traditions, and/or Commonalities
  • Politics of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Politics
  • Space and Borders: Ecocriticism, Postcolonialism, and Territorialization of Language
  • History vs. Historical: Reshaping, A-Temporality, and Continuity
  • Modernity, [Pop] Culture, and/or Consumerism: Technology, Advertising, Social Media, Journalism, and/or Television

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

Document Format:

  • Word document or PDF
  • Include your name, university affiliation, and academic standing (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral student, or independent scholar)
  • 250-500 word abstract

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 10, 2016
Email Submissions to: sigma.abstracts.csuf@gmail.com
Email Questions to: Eliza Ebro, lisaebro@csu.fullerton.edu


The 5th Annual Conference on English Studies: Phase-Shifts, Phantoms, Phenomena

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

Date:
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Location:
Central Michigan University Campus, Education and Human Services Building; Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose:
Ghosts have always been a prevalent topic of discussion in society. Moreover, the idea of futuristic travel and technology has made the genre of sci-fi extremely popular over the years. Writers fascinated by these same ideas have often depicted certain settings revolving around the possibility and invention of these concepts. Additionally, literature itself has influenced society's interest in these areas possibly leading to the invention of certain technological advancements.

The 5th Annual Conference on English Studies will focus on discussion surrounding these three themes.

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 14, 2016
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

Annual International Convention

March 29-April 1, 2016
Louisville, KY

Regional Events

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
Midwestern Region
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Oct. 14
Southern Region
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus
Oakwood, GA

Oct. 14-15
High Plains Region
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

Oct. 22
Southern Region
Lee University
Cleveland, TN

Nov. 4-5
Far Western Region
CSUF
Fullerton, CA

Nov. 12
Midwestern Region
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI