Current Annual Conference

Coming to America (and Florida):

The Literature of Immigration


Ybor City has a rich history of immigrant communities and offers us an opportunity to engage literary representations of immigration, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Also, most Florida residents are from other U.S. states, so the theme resonates with the internal border crossings that occur both here and in other nations. Our 2018 locale has suggested the conference theme.


Proposals on all topics related to the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, composition, pedagogy, and allied disciplines are welcome. We also encourage student participation and offer discounted student rates. Full details and forms will be available below.


Dates: Thursday, October 18–Saturday, October 20


Location: Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District

1700 East 9th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605


Sponsoring Institution: Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus


Keynote Speaker: Phillippe Diederich, author of Playing for the  Devil’s Fire (2016) and Sofrito (2015)


Submissions: Send your completed submission form to by Friday, August 10, 2018.


Conference Contact: Donald Pharr (

To download the fees and registration form, please click here.

For more details on our theme, please see this call for submissions.

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