Call for Papers: Pennsylvania College English Association Annual Conference
Call For Papers: Narrative Matters
“Spaces can be real and imagined. Spaces can tell stories and unfold histories. Spaces can be interrupted, appropriated, and transformed through artistic and literary practice.”
The Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) will hold its annual conference at Slippery Rock University on April 25, 2024. “Narrative Matters” is the theme for PCEA 2024, and this play on words aims to invite both presentations that focus on any element of narrative and presentations that speak to the importance of narratives in our personal lives and in our classrooms.
In an age that sees an ever-expanding number of platforms for expression, we also see accelerated competition for audience attention, and with it more grounds for debate over what is expressed and how it is expressed. From traditional forms of print to an array of online venues, contested spaces around narrative expression and production raise questions over whose narratives are told, how they are framed, and even who constitutes the audience. These spaces range from debates over traditional scholarship and practice, to curricula at grade schools, secondary schools, and at the university level, and to areas of public discourse and history. These often fraught terrains include debates over areas as disparate as public monuments, dress codes, libraries, book bans, drag shows, and political speech.
We therefore invite proposals from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars from all areas of English and Language Studies for individual presentations, panel proposals, roundtables, and poster sessions, with particular emphasis on narrative matters in the following areas:
Literary History Queer Activism, Theory, and Topics
Literature Critical Theories of Race and Ethnicity
Film Studies Ecocriticism and Environmental Justice Issues
English Education Adaptation Studies
Language Education Popular Culture
Professional Writing Censorship
Linguistics Theater and Performance Studies
Book Arts Translation
Comics Studies Language Acquisition
Creative Writing Cultural Narratives
Critical Videogame Studies Digital Humanities
We especially welcome the reading of original Creative Writing. Proposals from undergraduates will be considered when sponsored by a faculty member who co-presents or chairs the presentation panel.
Proposal Deadline and Submissions:
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief biographical statement by January 20, 2024, to PCEAconference2024@gmail.com.
The PCEA 2024 Conference will be held at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 25, 2024. The conference will have a hybrid modality, with a Zoom option. Those accepted must register as a member of the Pennsylvania College English Association to present. Costs are as follows: $80.00 for full-time faculty/scholar membership and conference fees; $25.00 for part-time faculty/student membership and conference fees; and $25.00 for optional lunch with keynote address. For more conference information, please visit: http://www.pcea.online.