Call For Papers

10th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas

Department of English
California State University, Fresno
Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, 2018
University Business Center (PB 192)

Download the 2019 Call for Papers (doc, 30kb)


About the Conference

This conference focuses on the multiethnic literatures of North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Students from any major may submit abstracts. We encourage analytical papers on any thematic or formal aspect of a text or group of texts, including film and other cultural productions. The argument should illuminate the work(s) in original ways while drawing on available scholarship to make its case.

We invite current undergraduate students and those who have graduated within the past year to submit a 250-word abstract (summary) of their papers. Students whose abstracts are accepted will present their papers at the conference.

We hope that by presenting at the conference or attending some of the panel discussions, many undergraduates will find themselves interested in the possibility of graduate school and that many others will discover the rewards of being part of a community of scholars.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

Deadline for submission of your 250-word abstract is Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

Submit your abstract to the UCMLA committee by email either in Word or in the body of the email.

For further details, please see our FAQ sheet.

Help with Your Abstract

If you have never written an abstract before or would like advice and feedback on your abstract, the UCMLA organizing committee offers these opportunities:

Workshop on Writing Abstracts
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Philip Levine Reading Room (HML 2124) inside Henry Madden Library

Graduate students will be available to provide advice and guidelines for writing abstracts, to answer questions, and to provide examples.

Early submission of drafts of abstracts:
If you submit a draft of your abstract by email by Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, you will receive feedback by email and will have time to revise and polish your abstract by the Jan. 22, 2019 deadline.

Second Workshop on Writing Abstracts
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Philip Levine Reading Room (HML 2124) inside Henry Madden Library

A student may sign up for a specific time to get feedback from a graduate student on a draft of an abstract or help with writing an abstract of a paper that the student has already written.