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ACETA issues new call for awards and papers

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As the end of fall semester approaches, please take a moment to nominate English faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from your institution who have produced some outstanding scholarly work this past year.  We are accepting papers for the following awards until Dec. 18:

Winners of these awards will receive $150 each and will be asked to read condensed versions of their essays at the 2019 ACETA conference, which will take place March 1-2, 2019 at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama.

Conference proposals still being accepted

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March brings Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy

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Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy

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

In an 1817 letter to Benjamin Bailey, Keats writes, “The Setting Sun will always set me to rights, or if a Sparrow come before my Window, I take part in its existence and pick about the gravel.” What he describes is the sympathetic imagination, how we acquire knowledge of the inner lives of others by extending the imagination. The term “sympathetic imagination” comes to us from Adam Smith: “As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation. Though our brother is upon the rack, as long as we ourselves are at our ease, our senses will never inform us of what he suffers. They never did and never can carry beyond our persons, and it is by the imagination we place ourselves in his situation.” Sponsored by ACETA (The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama) and the University of Montevallo, this conference broadly considers literature, film, and writing on the importance of sympathy and empathy. More broadly, papers might address phenomenology, the intersection of philosophies and literature, transhumanism, performativity, trauma theory, literary sensation and sensationalism, the nonhuman experience in literature, and other topics related to the conference theme. Submissions in pedagogy and composition and rhetoric are also welcome.

Proposals for the following recurring strands are encouraged. Presenters should indicate in the header of the proposal if they wish to be considered for general panels or strands:

  • Scholarship and the Professor Emeritus – a strand for retired members
  • Talking with and among the Disciplines – an multi/interdisciplinary strand
  • Imagining and Implementing Diversity – a diversity studies strand
  • Feeling and Describing Gender – a gender studies strand
  • Creating and Performing the Imagined – a creative writing strand

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be sent no later than Friday, November 16, 2018 to Anissa Graham, Executive Secretary, ACETA, University of North Alabama, by email to amgraham@una.edu. Electronic submissions are preferred. Proposals should include audiovisual needs, the presenter’s name, school affiliation, and position. Panel proposals are also welcome. When proposing a panel, please indicate the names, affiliations, and positions of all members of the panel and if any of the presenters would be able to serve as the panel moderator.

Each presenter should limit himself/herself to a 15-minute talk. Presenters must pay the conference registration fee, which includes membership dues; this fee will be waived for undergraduate presenters.

For more information, please visit ACETA’s on the Web at alcollegeenglish.org.


Sponsored by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama and the University of Montevallo.

Call for Nominations: Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama solicits nominations for the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers.

As originally conceived, the award “recognizes and rewards Alabamians who have distinguished themselves as men or women of letters, specifically in scholarly reflection and writing on literary topics.” It also demonstrates “the respect of the scholar’s peers in the academic community and signals to the citizenry at large the lasting importance of the pursuit of knowledge and the contribution of literature to the culture.” The award includes a $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse.

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Pioneer Con slated for October

2018 Save the Date Pioneer Con Jefferson State (1)

Jefferson State Community College (Shelby-Hoover Campus) will be hosting Pioneer Con on October 17, 2018 from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. This event combines elements of comic-con and an academic conference and is free is to attend; community members are encouraged to visit as well. There will be panels run by faculty and students as well as guest speakers, including Phoebe North, author of Starglass and Starbreak. Participants can compete in Dungeons and Dragons mini-campaigns and take pictures at a Game of Thrones themed photo booth. More information regarding a call for presentations and the conference program are coming soon!

New poetry collection from Calhoun CC professor

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Dr. Harry Moore, professor emeritus of English at Calhoun Community College and friend of ACETA, recently published his collection of poems, Bearing the Farm Away.  Dr. Moore describes the collection as “forty-three poems probing, in various ways, growing up on a rented farm in southern Tallapoosa County after World War II.”

The collection contains seventeen of his poems appearing in chapbooks along with twenty-six new poems. ACETA members may remember Dr. Moore sharing some of his work with us at the 2014 ACETA Conference at Gadsden State Community. Bearing the Farm Away was published by Kelsay Books in April.

Bearing the Farm Away at Amazon.com

2018 Alabama Writers Symposium honors three writers April 19–20

Please join us on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroeville Community House to honor three Alabamians who have distinguished themselves in Alabama arts and letters. 

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, recipient of the 2018 Harper Lee Award 

Michelle Richmond, recipient of the 2018 Truman Capote Award

Dr. David Cowart, recipient of the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award 

The gala dinner ticket can be purchased as a stand-alone event, as well as with the conference package. Tables of 8 are offered at a discounted rate. Please contact Coastal Alabama Community College for details about conference or gala tickets (251) 575-8207.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Monroe County Museum – Monroeville Community House

  • 10:00 am – Wayne Flynt
    Mockingbird Songs

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