Gone But Not Quite Forgotten:
Recovering Lost Writers and Texts
The Living and Learning Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
PCEA Conference May 20-21, 2022
The Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) invites proposals from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars for its 2022 Annual Conference on the theme of recovering lost writers and lost texts. We are especially interested in recovering marginalized voices, finding reasons for their disappearance, and charting a path to bring their writing and lives back into the light of current scholarship. Lost or forgotten work by canonical authors would also be welcome subjects of literary inquiry as part of this call, as would be papers that trace the evolution of a literary text from manuscript to magazine publication to book form if the changes are radical. Papers should account for the “loss” of the text or writer, and the critical context or shift in reception that allows for their recovery.
We also invite proposals from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars from all areas of English Studies for individual presentations, panel proposals, or roundtables. In addition, we welcome the reading of original, not yet published (at the time of submission) poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Faculty members are also welcome to propose and chair a session of three to five of their best undergraduate scholars or writers. Each presenter will be allowed up to 15 minutes of time to present.
Proposal Deadline and Submissions: Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief biographical statement by March 1, 2022 here. Fees for those whose abstracts have been accepted will include membership, conference, and lunch (optional).