MSU Undergraduate Literature Conference

Join us April 7–8, 2022

The MSU Undergraduate Literature Conference (ULC), held annually each spring, welcomes undergraduate students from across the region to present their research in a public forum. If you are an undergraduate student who has written a paper that examines a work of literature or a cultural text (such as a film, television series, or video game), the Missouri State University English Department encourages you to submit your work during our call for submissions at the beginning of the calendar year. We also encourage members of the community, as well as family members and friends of presenters, to attend. The ULC is free and open to the public.

Why present at the ULC?

Conferences such as the ULC allow students to share their ideas with the broader community. If you are selected to present, you will read your paper out loud in front of an audience whose members include peers, faculty, and community members. At the end of your presentation, you will receive questions and feedback that can help you further develop your project. Students who present at the ULC often decide to apply to larger national conferences or to submit their work for publication. The ULC also provides the opportunity for professional development. In many professional fields, conference presentations are a common practice; the ULC allows undergraduate students to develop skills that will be useful throughout their careers.

Why attend the ULC?

Conference attendees have the pleasure of listening to student scholars whose papers enrich our understanding of classic literary texts and of modern popular culture. Recent papers have covered a fascinating array of topics, including feminist ethics in Shakespeare and disability stereotypes in the Marvel cinematic universe. In the lively conversations that follow the presentations, students and audience members learn from each other.

Keynote address

Each year, a professional guest speaker gives a presentation on a recent or developing project. Past guests have included MSU faculty and former MSU alums, as well as faculty from regional universities. Keynote presentations have introduced audiences to professional scholarship on subject matter as diverse as hip-hop music and children’s literature.

How can I apply to present?

To apply, please fill out the ULC submission form and email it to Dr. Lanya Lamouria by midnight on Friday, February 25. Please type “ULC Submission” in the subject line of the email.

Need more information?

Please contact Dr. Lanya Lamouria, Chair of the ULC, for more information.