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Submissions Now Open for CEA 2016: Creation

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CEA Conference 2016: Creation

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Call for Papers, CEA 2016

Theme:  Creation

47th Annual Conference |  March 31-April 2, 2016 |  Denver, CO


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 “And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name.”

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


 Proposals will be accepted online at www.cea-web.org beginning August 15, 2015.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2015



For our 2016 meeting, the College English Association invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the rhetorical, the pedagogical and the professional “creations” of our fields.

 To create, to study the creation of others and thus re-create in various manifestations of potential meaning, to be a creator of a text or meaning or environment, to stimulate creativity or creation in others—creation is at the heart of what we do. That perhaps wondrous act or process or phenomenon of bringing something into being that did not exist before, creation may be recognized in writing, in analysis, in the coming together of disparate elements in a class discussion during which the lecturer sees the lights come on or hears a student’s perspective remarkable in its profundity and originality. The creations of evolving conceptions of text, publication and authorship are changing so rapidly that the profession struggles to provide meaningful definition. What do we create, hope our students will create, see or reconstruct in the creations of others?

We encourage presentations by experienced academics and graduate students on all areas of literature, languages, film, composition, pedagogy, creative writing and professional writing. Proposals may interpret the conference theme broadly; prospective participants may find the following suggestions helpful:

  •  The creation or re-creation of genre, style, form or convention
  •  The creation of character, setting, conflict motif in literature
  •  The creation and re-creation of definition regarding authorship, publication and scholarship
  •  Creation as a religious, cultural or teleological concept in literary or scholarly works
  •  The creation of self and/or voice in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and critical analyses
  •  The creation of pedagogy, learning environment, milieu, or situation for the classroom, workshop, seminar, internship or mentorship program
  •  The creation of curricula, learning objectives or outcomes, assessment and other institutional documents
  •  The creation of programs for class, culture or gender studies
  •  The creation of service-learning opportunities and administration
  •  The creation and re-creation of canons, schools, traditions or influence
  •  The creation of successful dual enrollment and secondary school college-credit programs 
  •  The creation of meaning in literary analysis
  •  The creation and re-creation of discourse communities and collaboration
  •  Creation as apprehension and/or comprehension
  •  The impossibility of creation



CEA 2016 will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO, 80202. 

Phone: (303) 295-1234


General Program

In addition to our conference theme, we also encourage a variety of proposals in any of the areas English and writing departments encom­pass, including:

book history and textual criticism | composition and rhetoric | comparative litera­ture | computers and writing | creative writing | critical pedagogy | cultural studies | film studies| developmental education | English as a second language | linguistics | literary studies | literary theory | multicultural literature | online courses and the virtual university | pedagogy | popular culture | race, class, and gender studies | reading and writing across the curriculum | student placement | study skills | teacher education | technical communication | multicultural literature.

We also welcome papers on those areas that influence our lives as academics: student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student advising; chairing the department; the place of the English department in the university overall;  and papers that address the profession broadly.


Special Topics

CEA also welcomes proposals addressing the following special topics (with sponsoring organizations indicated in parentheses).

  • Academic Administration Leadership
  • Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom
  • African American Literature
  • American Literature: early, 19thcentury, 20th & 21stcentury
  • Assessment in the Composition and Literature Classroom
  • Blackfriars Panel (American Shakespeare Center)
  • Book History and Textual Criticism
  • British Literature: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval; 16th and 17th Century; Restoration and 18th Century; 19th  Century, 20th & 21st Century
  • Byron Society of America (BSA)
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction
  • Digital Humanities
  • Disability Studies
  • Film and Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Food and the Literary Imagination
  • Graduate Student Concerns
  • Grammar
  • Graphic Novels
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, and Chicano/a Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Law and Literature
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment
  • Linguistics
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature and the Healing Arts
  • Literature Pedagogy
  • Thomas Merton (International Thomas Merton Society)
  • Metacognition, Action Learning, and Supportive Technology in the Literature or Composition Classroom
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • New Technology & Active Learning in the Literature or Composition Classroom
  • New York CEA
  • Peace Studies
  • Pedagogy
  • Popular Culture
  • Post-Colonial Literature
  • Religion and Literature
  • Romance
  • Service Learning in English Courses
  • Scottish Literature
  • Short Story: Criticism
  • Teacher Education
  • Technical Communication (Association of Teachers of Technical Writing)
  • The Profession
  • Transatlantic Literature
  • Travel and Literature
  • True Crime
  • War and Literature
  • Women’s Connection
  • World Literature

Questions?  Contact Jeffrey DeLotto at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  (Please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line.)


Online Submissions

CEA proposals should be submitted electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address:


Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2015.  Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note that only one proposal may be submitted per participant.

Submitting electronically involves setting up a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference.  If you are submitting a panel with multiple participants, please create a user ID for each proposed participant.  If you have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.


Important Information for Presenters


  • A-V equipment and any form of special accommodation must be requested
    at the time of proposal submission.
  • CEA can provide DVD players, overhead projectors, data projectors, and CD/cassette players, but not computers or Internet access.
  • To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15 minutes.
  • Notifications of proposal status will be sent around 5 December 2015.
  • All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2016 to appear on the program.
  • No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
  • Presenters must make their own presentation in person at the conference venue; no proxies are allowed. No “virtual” presentations are permitted (“skyping in,” etc).
  • CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals from undergraduates.
  • CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
  • Papers must be presented in English.


Note to Graduate Students

Graduate students may submit their conference presentation for the CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, which carries a small prize. Information on how to submit that paper will be sent to accepted panelists after the membership deadline.

Graduate students are asked to identify themselves as such in their proposals so we can send information about the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award when it is available.



Contact Jeffrey DeLotto at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  (Please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line.)


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We invite all teacher-scholars in the field of English studies to join the CEA. CEA serves its members in many important ways. This vibrant organization provides a meeting ground for those interested in all areas of English Studies, including literature, culture, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, technical communication, and pedagogy.

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