Department of English at Illinois State University

English Studies At Large 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference

On February 11, 2012 Sigma Tau Delta will sponsor the English Studies At Large An Interdisciplinary Conference. Cultural artifacts are things we treasure, hold as part of our collective history, and deem worthy of study. Broadly defined, cultural artifacts include things like novels, illustrations, poems, advertisements, and many other kinds of texts that cultures have produced over time. But how do these cultural artifacts work? Who gets to decide what qualifies as a cultural artifact? And how do these artifacts increasingly figure within the scope of English Studies?

At this conference, the goal is to examine the idea of cultural artifacts from every facet of English Studies, including the standpoints of literature and culture, rhetoric/s and composition, and language and linguistics. As cultural studies increasingly figures within the many iterations of the field of English, this conference explores the relationships between the disciplines of English Studies and cultural artifacts.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Dec. 16, 2011. 

Proposals should be electronically submitted via e-mail to

Questions?  E-mail Erin Frost at or Gretchen Frank at or visit:

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