Go back

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals

The deadline for submitting your abstract is December 15, 2021. 

TPA Conference 2022: Trauma

In the midst of a global pandemic and various societal reckonings, we find ourselves in a time of great hardship, tragedy, and uncertainty. To better understand the wounds suffered these past two years, we may look to the innumerable narratives that reveal to us the effects of great tragedy and, sometimes, the subsequent paths forward. The 2022 TPA Annual Conference will focus on Trauma in Literature. Trauma as a critical lens through which to explore literature arose in the 1990s, due in large part to the trailblazing work of Cathy Caruth, who wrote in Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History, “trauma seems to be much more than a pathology, or the simple illness of a wounded psyche: it is always the story of a wound that cries out, that addresses us in the attempt to tell us of a reality or truth that is not otherwise available.” On-theme paper topics may cover any genre of literature and how the author, characters, or narratives reveal or express the profound effects of traumatic experiences.

Papers addressing the year’s theme will receive first consideration for publication in the TPA Bulletin; however, papers on any subject in literature, English pedagogy, or diverse media are welcome. Abstracts for papers dealing with any aspect of literature, language, and linguistics (including foreign language) should be no more than 300 words. Papers must be kept to a twenty-minute (20-minute) reading time, not to exceed ten (10) pages. Papers should be written and read in English. Panel proposals (3-5 members) should be no more than two (2) pages. Panels are for one-hour sessions. 

To submit your paper and/or panel proposal, complete this form Word form or PDF form to attach to e-mail to both TPA Secretary Jenna Campbell Field (TPA_Secretary@apsu.edu) and Treasurer John McLaughlin (jmclaughlin@fhu.edu). Graduate students may not submit panel proposals unless faculty members are included. Deadline:  December 15, 2021.

Upon acceptance of your submission, the TPA will contact you about conference registration. If you wish only to attend the conference but do not wish to propose a paper or panel, please contact Jenna Campbell Field at TPA_Secretary@apsu.edu

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Conference Fee ($30); Conference Fee for Graduate Students ($20).