Call For Papers

8th Annual
Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas

Department of English
California State University, Fresno
Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017
University Business Center (PB 192)

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

Submit your 250-word abstract by email to the UCMLA organizing committee by Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Your abstract should be 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 plans to offer a workshop of writing abstracts on Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in PB 182A.

Members of the committee will be available at the workshop to provide advice and guidelines for writing abstracts, to answer questions, to provide examples, and to provide immediate feedback for drafts of abstracts.

The committee will also offer the opportunity for early submission of drafts of abstracts for advice and feedback. If you are interested in submitting your draft early and receiving feedback, you must submit your abstract by Dec. 1, 2016. You will receive feedback by email and will have enough time to revise and polish your abstract before the Jan. 23, 2017 deadline.

Download the Call for Papers (pdf, 47kb)