Michigan College English Association Conference -- "Vulnerability"

deadline for submissions: 
September 10, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Michigan College English Association
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Call for Papers:  Michigan College English Association Conference

Friday, September30, 2022

Theme:  Vulnerability

Featured Speaker: Alison Swan, Environmental Writer*

Location: Davenport University / 200 S. Grand Avenue / Lansing, MI 48933

The conference theme of “Vulnerability” refers to a broad range of issues that we face in 2022. Climate change, development of previously wild areas, drought, fires, floods, hurricanes, etc. threaten people, animals, and plants in our environment.  Wars, epidemics, poverty, homelessness, prejudice, racism, political conflict, and isolation also make us feel insecure. Many colleges are laying off professors and instructors, and some institutions are closing. How can we faculty members help our vulnerable students and colleagues? How can writing assignments enable students to better cope with current conditions? How can we make our classrooms and colleges safer spaces for people of color, women, GLBTQ individuals, immigrants, religious minorities? Which works of literature reflect on vulnerability and/or provide reassurance? What are advantages and disadvantages of online instruction during a time of insecurity? How can we educators, administrators, and creative writers foster resilience?


We are planning for an in-person conference at Davenport University.  However, we will offer some Zoom sessions to enable individuals who cannot travel to give presentations.  If necessary, we will have the entire conference online via Zoom.


The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete panels for our Fall 2022 Conference. We welcome proposals from experienced academics, young scholars, and graduate students. We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical work, scholarly essays, creative writing, as well as workshops, crafting circles, and other activity-directed sessions. All proposals will be peer-reviewed.


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

literacy                                                                    textual analysisConference proposals are due by September 10, 2022.  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 Program Chairs Ilse Schweitzer, Curtis VanDonkelaar, and Lori Burlingame via email at schwei53@msu.edu , vandonkc@msu.edu , and lburlinga@emich.edu .  To submit a panel proposal, please include the information for all members (5 maximum participants) in the same proposal.

Topic Tags:  call for papers, Michigan College English Association, conference, Vulnerability, Resilience, Environment, teaching, creative writing, composition, literature, linguistics


*Alison Swan teaches for the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. Her poems and environmental writing have appeared in many publications, including her books A Fine Canopy: Poems, Before the Snow Moon, and Dog Heart, and the recent anthologies Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction, Here: Women Writing on the Upper Peninsula, and Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry. Alison Swan’s book Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes is a Michigan Notable Book. Her other awards include a Mesa Refuge Fellowship and the Michigan Environmental Council’s Petoskey Prize for Grassroots Environmental Leadership which she shared with David Swan for their ongoing work to protect and preserve the Saugatuck Dunes at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.