Borders, Walls, and Bridges

deadline for submissions: 
September 24, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Michigan College English Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers:  Michigan College English Association Conference on Saturday, October 5, 2019


Themes:  Borders, Walls, and Bridges


Luncheon Speaker:  Dennis Hinrichsen, Lansing Poet Laureate


Location:  Michigan State University, Bessey Hall, 434 Farm Lane, East Lansing MI 48824

Although technology permits us to be more connected than ever, we nonetheless live in divisive times.  What contributes to these divisions and connections, and how do these manifest themselves in our classrooms, our teaching, our scholarly research, and our creative work?  What limits and parameters might exist in our classrooms, and how can these factors move students forward or hold them back?  How do works of literature respond to these ideas?  How are borders, walls, and bridges manifest in what we read, learn, study, and teach?  How might borders, walls, or bridges appear in our day-to-day work or in work structures?  How might our teaching and writing contribute to, reflect, and/or heal division?


The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete panels for our Fall 2019 Conference.  We welcome proposals from experienced academics, young scholars, and graduate students.  We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as work from creative writers.  Here are some possible areas for presentations:


fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction           professional expectations/evaluation/assessment

classroom management                                       teaching composition, literature, linguistics

preparing students for the work world                  English departments and our society

curriculum development                                       the creative process

computer or on-line instruction                             union/administration differences

race, class, and gender studies                            film studies


Graduate Students: Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards.  To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed papers must be submitted to the program chairs by September 24, 2019.


Although we encourage papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals from all areas that English and Writing departments encompass:  cultural studies; developmental education; English as a second language; literary studies; multicultural literature; popular culture; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; and technical writing.

Proposals are due by September 24, 2019.  Early submissions are welcome.  Please send your name, university affiliation, e-mail address, AV requests, time/day preference, and a 200-word abstract or sample of creative writing to Joyce Meier and Cheryl Caesar, the Program Chairs, via email at and  To submit a panel proposal, please include the information for all members (4 maximum participants) in the same proposal.