2021 FUSE Conference

Literary Publishing in 2021: Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been?

In November 2021, the FUSE conference travels to SUNY Geneseo and will take place over three days—November 4, 5, and 6, 2021. As the scholar Robert Scholes has said, "The culture of the past is more alive in its magazines than in any other textual form, because it is all there, the art and the lice, the truth and the lies." At this conference, we will look at how undergraduate literary journals create conversation and offer writers and readers a community.

Download the Call for Proposals:

Literary Publishing in 2021

Editor Margaret Anderson said “If I had a magazine, I could spend my time filling it with the best conversation the world has to offer.” The conversation she facilitated in The Little Review from 1914 to 1929 included writers we read and study today: Joyce, Elliot, e.e. cummings, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Ernest Hemingway, among others. Literary journals continue to create conversation and offer writers and readers a community. How has the conversation changed, expanded, or diversified? How has the changing world impacted the conversation? What will this conversation sound/look/feel like tomorrow? The 2021 FUSE conference focuses on the rich past, present, and future of literary journals and seeks panels, workshops, and roundtables that explore this topic interpreted broadly.

Here are some possibilities:



•    The lasting impact of some defunct journals

•    Learning from the past; retrospectives of particular journals

•    Politics, manifestos, and the radical past

•    Activism and the literary arts

•    Tracing your journal's past—what did you discover? 

•    Literary journal revivals

•    Censorship and institutional support

•    Reaching readers in the age of distraction

•    Employing new modes of storytelling—graphic, digital, multimedia

•    Moving from print to online

•    Influences of online journals on print journals 

•    The changing literary landscape and diversity

•    Building literary partnerships across campus and campuses

•    Sustaining the conversation in an uncertain future

Please submit a proposal of no more than 150 words to Dr. Rachel Hall (hall@geneseo.edu) by Friday, September 24, 2021. In the subject line of your email, please write: FUSE 2021 Proposal. Proposals should include your name(s), institution, year(s) of graduation or faculty role, email address, and the title of your proposed presentation.

Fees and Registration Form Will Be Posted Here in spring of 2021.