The Ball State English department is proud to present a Joint Conference, Undergraduate English Studies and Practical Criticism Midwest. As emerging scholars, graduate and undergraduate students are eager to participate in knowledge-making, but they may be uncertain about the expectations of engaging in an academic forum: learning the rules, speaking the language, mastering the idioms, and situating their arguments within the framework of other scholarship. The UES-PCM Joint Conference provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between education and experience at a half-day conference. Submissions are open to all students who will be enrolled during the Fall 2017 semester in a college-level institution. We welcome submissions from undergraduate students and graduate students from Ball State University or any other university.


Undergraduate English Studies Conference (UES)
We welcome submissions related to all areas of English Studies – Creative Writing, Education, Linguistics/Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition. Share and present your scholarly and creative work, including class projects, at the conference. Be immersed in the richness of English studies at the conference to begin professional career in English Studies.


Practical Criticism Midwest conference (PCM)
The annual Practical Criticism Midwest conference (PCM) aims to provide graduate students in English with a forum to share their work in the field of English. This year’s theme is: vibe. A vibe is an emotional state or the atmosphere of a place. We are looking for submissions that explore this theme. Interested in studying how emotion and atmosphere in the classroom affects teaching and learning experience? Investigating personal or community relationships? Be immersed in the in-depth inquiry in the diverse fields of English Studies.


Get Involved
This year’s conference will be held on October 13, 2017 and invites both graduate and undergraduate students to submit work and attend. Find instruction for the proposal process and registration on the Participate tab and updates including scheduling information in the Schedule tab as the conference nears closer.
This joint conference is sponsored by the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) and the English Department and is open and free to all

PCM  and UES submissions are now closed! 

Thank you to all who submitted. A schedule of presenters is posted on the Schedule tab of this website.

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Click here to see the Ball State Joint Conference Call For Papers and submit your proposal on the “participate” page above!