The Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University


The Text and Time: Past, Present, Future



9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Call for Proposals:
We are soliciting papers and panel proposals from graduate students in English studies as well as other fields of research and are seeking a range of perspectives and topics.

About the Conference:
The theme of this year’s conference highlights the text in relation to the passage of time as well as the evolution of the text in all its forms, but the theme is intentionally very broad in scope and open to multiple approaches. Further, the definition of the text is not narrowly defined as literary nor is the sole focal point English studies. Thus, papers that focus on studies of the text in other disciplines are also welcome. The text may be visual, aural, or tactile. For example, maps, archives, hypertexts, websites, social media, music, and graffiti are all relevant areas of research. So too are any and all literary texts (poems, drama, novels, short stories, essays, and creative non-fiction) as well as film. Creative writing that addresses the theme of the text in time is also welcome. 

Possibility of Publication:
Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the section on selected papers in
Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal

We welcome approaches from a range of areas including, but not limited to:

African American Studies
Children's Literature
Classical Studies
Comparative Literature
Composition and Rhetorical Studies
Creative Writing
Critical Theory
Cultural Studies
Disability Studies
Diaspora Studies
Film Studies
Queer Studies
Latino/a Studies
Media Studies
Popular Culture
Professional Writing
Religious Studies
Secondary Education
Teaching Technologies
Textual Studies
Women's Studies
World Literature
Young Adult Literature

Guidelines for Proposals for the 2014 Annual Graduate English Conference at
Southern Connecticut State University:

Individual papers:
Submissions for individual papers must include the paper title and the name, email address, phone number and institutional affiliation.

A proposal should consist of a 250-350 word abstract with the title and contact information noted above.

Submissions for panels must include the panel title and the titles of the panelists’ papers, the panelists’ names, email addresses), phone numbers and institutional affiliations.

A proposal for a panel should consist of an overall description of the panel (approximately 250 words) and a 250-350 word abstract for each paper or presentation with titles and contact information as noted above.

About the Panels and Presentations:
Panels will be one and a half hours long.

Presentations will be 15-20 minutes long (papers should be 6-8 pages in length maximum) depending on whether there are three or four presenters on a panel.

Submission of proposal(s):
All proposals must be submitted electronically.

The submission(s) should be included in the body of the email message AND as an email attachment
(in Word .doc, .docx, or RTF format).

The submission should have “Annual Graduate English Conference” in the subject line and be sent by email to Dr. Vara Neverow at

Additional information:
Please also indicate in your email whether you might be willing to chair or moderate a session.

Please also indicate if you will need AV support.

You may submit more than one proposal for consideration.

Deadline for receipt of submissions:
5:00 p.m., 15 March 2014

Notification of Acceptance:
Presenters will be notified of the conference committee's decision by email on or about 17 March 2014

About Registration:
Payment may be made online via credit card at:
 or by check drawn on a U.S. bank.

Payment by Check:
Checks must be made payable to SCSUF (Southern CT State University Foundation) and must include “Graduate English Conference” in the memo.

For pre-registration rates, the envelope must be
post-marked by 3 April 2014.

For registration rates, the envelope must be
post-marked by 8 April 2014.

Checks must be mailed to:
Dr. Vara Neverow, Graduate English Conference Organizer, English Department, Southern CT State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515.

The conference pre-registration fee online or by check is $30 ($15 for Southern CT students and faculty); 
the payment is due by 7 April 2014 (see information above regarding payment by check).

Registration fees will increase after pre-registration closes on 7 April 2014.
The fees are as follows:

Regular registration: 8 April to 20 April: 
$40 ($20 for Southern CT students and faculty)

Late registration: 21 April to 24 April:
$50 ($25 for Southern CT students and faculty)

Online registration ends on 24 April.
On-site registration: 26 April at registration table--cash and checks made payable to SCSUF only:
$55 ($30 fro Southern CT students and faculty)

Registration fees include all food service
(continental breakfast, beverage breaks, luncheon and closing reception).

For more information,
contact Dr. Vara Neverow
via email:

or by surface mail:

Dr. Vara Neverow
Graduate Conference Organizer
English Department
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

The Annual Graduate English Conference at SCSU, founded in 1999, was envisioned as and continues to be a wonderful opportunity for students to share ideas in
a professionally and intellectually stimulating environment.

With the launch of Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal in Fall 2013, presenters at the annual conference are now able to submit papers from conference to be considered for publication in the Fall 2014 issue. Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal is seeking submissions for the Spring 2014 issue. The theme is "Sex in Context" (submissions are due by 28 February 2014).