Revolution, Reconstruction, and Revival
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Saturday, April 26th
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
(Check-in at 8:30)
The 2nd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies is intended to promote discussion on the themes of Revolution, Reconstruction, and Revival as it pertains to current trends and possible futures of English in the humanities. We will be addressing the revolutionary techniques used to develop, articulate, and mold the minds of young English studies students. We will also discuss areas that could or have been reconstructed in the current and future of the English studies curriculum. Finally, we will be meditating on the revival of historic pieces and their importance in the education scene, of English studies.
The conference will start with a roundtable discussion about the current environment and future of English in the humanities. Then, throughout the rest of the day, panels of undergraduate and graduate student presenters will share papers and lead discussions about these themes. 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. Submissions may be directly related to this topic within language and literature, but the theme is open to interpretation including interdisciplinary studies.
While registration costs will be collected at the door by credit or debit card only
we do ask that you pre-register
so we can keep you informed about conference updates. Electronic receipts will be dispersed via email or text message. Cash will not be accepted.
Conference fees include admission to all panels and a continental breakfast as well as an informal lunch.
Undergraduate students: $15
Graduate students: $15
Faculty and general public: $20
Call for Proposals and Submission Guidelines
Deadline: March 1, 2014
We find ourselves searching for where revolution begins, and what changes it brings?
What stories are told through reconstruction?
What happens when we revive or revise our traditions?
While the theme of the roundtable discussion is about the current standing and future of English Studies, participants intending to present papers at the Conference are requested to submit an abstract of the full paper (in MS word format with double spacing 12 point Times New Roman font) incorporating the themes of revolution, reconstruction, and revival to the email provided below. Participants can submit abstracts based on literary analysis, cultural studies, or creative pieces that deal directly with one or more of the conference themes, which may be interpreted broadly. Email your proposal including: the title of your presentation, an abstract of no more than 250-300 words, along with your name, university affiliation, email, and phone number to:
Brittney Head, Central Michigan University
Please also identify at least three key words that would help us to organize sessions thematically, such as:
African-American, American, British literature, children’s literature, classical studies, cultural and historical approaches, critical analysis, ecocriticism, environmental studies, eighteenth century, ethnicity and national identity, imaginative pieces, fantasy, film and television, gender, interdisciplinary, medieval, modernist, poetry, pop culture, postcolonial, professionalism, renaissance, rhetoric and composition, romantic, science and culture, theory, travel writing, twentieth century and beyond, Victorian, witness literature, world literature, or young adult literature.
* Material can be presented through verbal readings, recorded readings, or visual (digital) presentations. Modes of presentation must be approved and mentioned in submissions.
Call For Papers Deadline: March 1, 2014
Authors Notification: April 10, 2014
Pre-registration Deadline: April 22, 2014
Conference Date: April 26, 2014
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