Participating in regional events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers. While face-to-face events have all been cancelled, several regions are offering virtual events in their stead this year. View upcoming events on the Regional Events page. Check back often for new developments.
Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Regional Conference
Turmoil, Transcendence, and the Twenties
Sponsored by Lambda Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Missouri Southern State University
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Virtual Event
We are far removed from the Golden Age of the Roaring 1920s, which ended with a crash in 1929; the Romantic poetry, industrial revolution, and colonial expansion of the 1820s; the account of isolation in Daniel Defoe’s genre-defining Robinson Crusoe and of a deadly epidemic in his A Journal of the Plague Year, the deadliest outbreak of smallpox in history in Boston and last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Europe, treaties, trade wars, economic bubbles and busts of the 1720s. Yet, our entrance into the 2020s, too, has been filled with socio-political tension and upheaval, but also hope for something better and the potential for something beyond the ordinary—for transcendence above the turmoil.
The 2021 Midwestern Regional Conference on Saturday, February 27, 2021, is hosted virtually by the Lambda Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Missouri Southern State University. We invite discussion of the turmoil the world has endured, how humans respond to it, and visions for transcendence in the twenties and beyond. We seek proposals that explore how these themes interact through literary texts, creative writing, historical research, and other disciplines. We encourage broad interpretation of the theme, but will consider submissions on topics beyond the conference theme as well.
Submissions close January 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Acceptance decisions will be made by approximately February 10, 2021.
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