Wilson College Humanities Conference

The Anxiety Order

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College
Chambersburg, PA
sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities Program



This conference looks to how the various fields represented by the Humanities explore our own relationship to this concept of Anxiety. We are seeking exploratory, critical, and creative responses to what increasingly feels like a new—and altogether more anxious—normal. How can we use the Humanities to make sense of what seems to be fuelling so much of our national (and international) consternation? How has Anxiety manifested in the past? How does it in the present? What does our study of text, of art, of ideas, of religion, and of each other tell us about living in such anxious times?

What does it mean if something makes us anxious? What does it mean to “feel” anxiety over a work of art, or an idea, or a book, or a movement, or a moment? What is the appropriate response? How have people handled this in the past? How do we interrogate a subject as broad as anxiety from a humanities-based perspective?

Please feel free to interpret the theme of this conference liberally. Our goal is to bring a group of Humanities students and scholars from around the region together to articulate, understand, and explore those things that make us nervous, and queasy, and how we do respond and have responded to such feelings.

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are all invited to submit.

Undergraduate students may also submit abstracts, but their submission must be sponsored by a current faculty member at their institution. (For more on this, please contact the conference director.)

To submit a presentation, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to the email address below.


Send abstracts to:

Dr. Michael G. Cornelius

Program Director, MA in Humanities

Wilson College



Submit the abstract as either a .rtf, .doc, or .docx file, or simply place it into the text of the email itself.

Individual presentations will last no more than 15 minutes; panels of up to 3 individuals may be submitted as well. Special panels or creative approaches are happily considered; please contact the conference director for more information. Each conference participant may submit only one abstract. Abstracts are due by JANUARY 15, 2018.

The conference is sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities program, in conjunction with the Orr Forum 2017-18 Common Hour Lecture and Performance Series.




CAMPUS MAP and PARKING: On Saturday, all parking lots at Wilson are open to all. The best parking lot for our facility can be found in Lot I on the campus parking map. Additional logistical information can be found on our campus map.

DIRECTIONS: You can find directions to Wilson College at: https://www.wilson.edu/maps-and-directions. Our address is 1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA, 17201.

HOTELS and OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Though this is a one-day conference, you may wish to spend one or two evenings at a local hotel or bed and breakfast. You can find local hotel accommodation information here: https://www.wilson.edu/local-accommodations.

MEALS: Your conference registration fee will provide for lunch. Lunch will be served buffet style (vegetarian options available.) Snacks and drinks will also be available throughout the day.

MEDIA: The College will provide media stations that will include PowerPoint and DVD capabilities plus projector in each conference room. If you wish to show a PowerPoint presentation, please bring it with you on a flash drive. Connecting other laptops to the College’s media stations is difficult and laborious, and WiFi may not be available in your appointed room. It is best to bring presentations on a flash drive.

PRESENTATIONS: All presentations should last no more than 15 minutes (that is no more than 8 pages of text typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font). Panelists will be placed into groups of 3. All panels will last one hour, providing ten minutes for questions. If you are submitting a full panel, please note which of the 3 presenters will act as panel chair and what order you would prefer to present in.

REGISTRATION and FEES: The conference fee is $30. Please make your electronic payment here.

Questions? Contact mcornelius@wilson.edu.