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EAPSU Annual Conference

  • October 08, 2021
  • October 09, 2021
  • Online - host: East Stroudsburg University

“Regeneration and Reflection”

The English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) invites faculty and students at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, as well as outside of the PASSHE system, to its 41st annual conference, hosted by East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. We invite faculty and students from across the PASSHE schools, as well as faculty and students from outside PASSHE, to discuss the theme of regeneration, the emergence and reckoning with the aftermath of the pandemic, and the psychic and physical toll the pandemic has taken on communities within and outside of PASSHE.

DEADLINE for proposals is August 9, 2021.

We welcome submissions for single-paper presentations, group panels, roundtables, working groups, and creative works that offer vision and perspective for what the study of English has been before the pandemic and how the pandemic has changed it.

Please submit your 150-word (or less) proposal(s) for panels, working groups, roundtables, workshops, creative works, individual papers, or similar formats, to Jasmine Villa at jvilla@esu.edu by August 9, 2021.

All proposals should include:

  1. Title of presentation(s) or panel.
  2. Contact name, the name and institutional affiliation of any speakers, email and phone contact for all participants.

This year’s conference will be held online via Zoom, a teleconference app licensed by ESU. Participants will receive a conference program with links to individual rooms where presentations will be delivered.

Regeneration: What is the “new” normal?

This last year, we have often faced insurmountable challenges, loss, and grief to our professional and private lives due to the ravages of COVID. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of regeneration and its various forms and tonalities and ways we can move forward from the challenges that caused us to create new approaches to the study of English. Although we have been presented with a post-pandemic “future” or

“normalcy” in the media, the dangers and stressors of pandemic-related challenges continue to affect how we build a more accessible and equitable pedagogy and how we, as individuals, grow in our professional and private lives. How do we define and adjust to a post-pandemic reality or new “normal”?

We ask you to consider one or more of these questions for paper presentations and creative work:

  • How have pandemic-related challenges affected your critical, pedagogical, creative work?
  • What does the new “normal” look like for ourselves as individuals? As faculty? Students?
  • What pre-pandemic behaviours, attitudes, pedagogies, ideologies, etc. need to be shed in order to grow as faculty? student? or as a community?
  • How can faculty support students’ mental health as we transition to in-person or hybrid learning?
  • What can be done to help heal and strengthen communities?
  • What does collective goodwill look like moving forward?


We invite work for all disciplines and dimensions of English studies, including but not limited to literature, linguistics, creative writing, technical and professional writing, rhetoric and rhet-comp, first-year composition and experiences, English curriculum, computers and writing, media and film studies, cultural criticism, LGBTQIA literature, transnational literature, new media, outreach, pedagogy, popular culture, service learning, research, papers in process, and theory-building. In addition, we would like to continue to build on the work of past conferences by inviting panels on professionalism; i.e., professional writing, publishing, and careers in English.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Cynthia Leenerts (cleenerts@esu.edu), Jan Selving (jselving@esu.edu), or Jasmine Villa (jvilla@esu.edu).

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