ACETA 73rd Conference on The Sympathetic Imagination

Stately Warhawk Hall on the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery.

We are excited to offer this year’s Virtual Conference—if you’ve never able to attend a conference due to long-distance travel, this will be your year to check us out!

FAQ: Everything you need to know about this year’s ACETA Conference

This year’s conference will feature a dedicated site for asynchronous visits to pre-recorded welcome speeches from our ACETA president, welcome speeches and host institutional presentations and performances, and panels from students and faculty at colleges around the state. Presentations will be viewable for the whole week of the conference.  

The conference week will culminate in a one-day LIVE virtual event with award winning paper presentations, keynote speeches from Dr. Robert Evans, our 2020 Eugene Current-Garcia award winner and a special NCTE speaker, and Q&A and trivia fun sessions before our annual ACETA business meeting. The live event will take place via Zoom. Asynchronous sessions open and run February 22-27, and the synchronous live day event will be Friday, February 26.

This year, due to the conference’s virtual nature, there is only the ACETA membership charge instead of a conference charge.  Your yearly membership supports our programs and outreach opportunities as well as putting together conferences like this one. 
Registration here:

Registration and payment deadline is February 22. Once you have registered and made payment (either virtually through Paypal listed on registration link or through mail via personal or institutional check), you will receive access codes for the conference site.

If you have questions, please contact Executive Secretary Ashley Kitchens at

Previous conferences

February 28–29, 2020
University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama

March 1–2, 2019
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama

February 23–24, 2018
Troy University
Troy, Alabama