Save the Date: Friday, March 15, 2024

The Ball State English Department is proud to present Practical Criticism Midwest. The conference will be presented as a hybrid event in order to foster the inclusion and accessibility of our presenters and attendees, and to practice the health and safety measures consistent with Ball State’s Cardinals Care Pledge.

The Spring 2024 theme is Places and Spaces: Blueprints for Community. With this theme, we invite students to consider the points where our narratives, experiences, cultures, identities, and beliefs intersect with one another. These meeting points become a place where we can connect regardless of the differences we may possess. They create a space to bridge the divide, allowing for greater human connection. Though this is an English Department event, we encourage all majors to share the work being done in their disciplines as it relates to this theme.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a proposal to present their scholarly work, including creative pieces, research studies, and teaching materials. Students may participate in a panel reading or poster presentation and may submit panel proposals as an individual or group. Poster presentations will also submit a short video before the conference. Each presentation is 15 minutes, and panels are followed by a question-answer session moderated by a committee member.
  • Conference Date & Time: Friday, March 15, 2024, from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Location: North West Hall, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana