Update: We Are Going Digital (Again)! 


Due to ongoing COVID concerns, the November 2021 FUSE conference plans are in flux. In place of traveling to SUNY Geneseo, we will meet online as part of the Winter Wheat Fest hosted by Bowling Green State University. Details coming soon. Conference theme will remain as posted below:

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

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.

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:

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•    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

If you have already submitted a proposal to Dr. Rachel Hall (hall@geneseo.edu), thank you! We will be in touch with more information about how to participate in the online format.

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