Lost and Found: Texts as Exploration and Discovery - Extended Deadline

deadline for submissions: 
February 3, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The Acacia Group, California State University, Fullerton

The Acacia Group invites submissions both academic and creative from all disciplines for this year’s conference “Lost and Found: Texts as Exploration and Discovery” at California State University, Fullerton on March 17th-18th, 2017.

This conference seeks to find the lost voices of marginalized groups, scholarship that is “just a student paper,” identity in an age of technology, and connections between seemingly disparate experiences. Ultimately, we are looking for work that explores what is lost and what is found through our interaction with texts (which includes literary texts as well as performative, cinematic, social media, and other forms of textuality). What is lost? What is found? What happens now that it is lost/found?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Finding/losing authorship, ownership, and agency
  • Self-exploration, self-realization, coming-of-age stories
  • Texts lost in translation and uncovering lost meanings
  • Complexities of memory
  • Found poetry and experimental writing
  • Questions of digital and physical archiving
  • Voices, identities, cultural artifacts, etc., at risk of being lost
  • Family histories, heritage, and cultural roots
  • Experiences of searching and hiding
  • Detective and speculative fiction

In addition to panel presentations, the conference will have an exhibition of student work (art, self-publications, research posters, etc.) and a hands-on workshop on bookmaking and composition with found materials.

For academic and creative presentations/performances, send abstracts of 200-300 words as a .doc or .pdf attachment to theacaciagroup.csuf@gmail.com by February 3rd. Please include your name, institution, and academic standing (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral student, or independent scholar) in the email. Each presentation will be given 15-20 minutes.

For panel proposals, send a 200-300 word explanation of the panel including its title, topic, and format as well as abstracts for each presentation (see above).

If you want to also be part of the exhibit, attach an additional sample/excerpt to your submission with the title, format, and dimensions.


Contact The Acacia Group president Emily Robles at erobles122789@csu.fullerton.edu for any questions or additional information.