Conference on English Studies

The 3rd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies
Autonomy, Authority, and Anarchy

CMU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter, in conjunction with the Department of English, invite undergraduate and graduate students to submit abstract proposals for conference papers. Our theme this year is Autonomy, Authority and Anarchy. Submissions may be directly related to this topic within language and literature, but the theme is open to interpretation including interdisciplinar​y studies. Specific guidelines and more information concerning submissions can be found at All submissions are to be emailed to:

The 3rd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies is intended to promote discussion on the themes of Autonomy, Authority, and Anarchy. Central to the idea of democratic governance is the autonomy of the individual and the authority of the state, often juxtaposed by the threat of anarchy. These concepts apply not only to conflicts of government, but also to fields of thought in academic studies. By examining these three principles, the conference presenters and attendees will explore the past, present, and future of English studies.

We will consider autonomy through examination of the ability of the individual to create and subscribe to his or her own beliefs. Conversations about authority will inspire exploration into the values of society. Finally, we will explore the concept of anarchy and its potential to complicate the relationship between autonomy and authority.

This year's conference will be held on November 8, 2014. Online Registration will be open from September 2, 2014, through November 3, 2014.

Conference Costs*

​Undergraduate students: $15

Graduate Students: $15

Faculty and general public: $20

*A $5 fee with be added to original admission prices for those registering on the day of the event. 

Conference costs include admission to all sessions, panels, and a continental breakfast as well as an informal lunch.

More information and conference updates can be found at: 

Or contact Katelyn Polhemus, Central Michigan University