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We have another exciting annual conference in the works for 2015, with the theme Imaginations. Be part of a stimulating and collegial event by submitting your abstract through our online system. Deadline: November 1, 2014.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 08:29

Call for Papers CEA Conference 2015: Imaginations

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Call for Papers

College English Association

46th Annual Conference


“Unimaginable perhaps; but the unimaginable is there to be imagined.”

― J. M. Coetzee, Slow Man


March 26-28, 2015 

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

1 South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Reserve your accomodations here.


Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014

Submit abstracts here.


 The primary conference theme for 2015 is "Imagination." In his "Biographia Literaria," Samuel Taylor Coleridge, states, "The IMAGINATION, then, I consider either as primary, or secondary.  The primary IMAGINATION I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM."  

And, Toni Morrison writes in "Black Matters" that "the ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power."  

Further, Kurt Vonnegut wonders about the familiar strangeness of it all within the power of each of us and places his own imagination in the space that is his childhood life in Indianapolis, a space that, having moved naturally with the passage of time, will continue to be of the imagination and indeed of the past.  

Let us consider then, in 2015, the imagination and its power to move us beyond space and time and contingency into a realm, to paraphrase Theodore Dreiser, of thought and color.  And so we welcome 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 CEA theme broadly.


Early Registration Fees

Non-student, Non-retired; Regular Fulltime:  $86

Part Time; Retired:  $76

Student:  $52

The registration phase will begin on January 15,  2015. Early registration runs through March 9, 2015. Participants save $50 by registering early.

Regular registration with the increased fee begins on March 10, 2015


Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 19:37

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Open BookSince 1938, the College English Association has been a vibrant, growing professional organization of scholar-teachers who regard teaching college students, undergraduate and graduate, as the proper focus of the profession.

Our members represent a broad range of interests traditionally gathered under English studies, including literature, composition, popular culture, women's studies, minority studies, creative writing, film studies, technical communication, speech, and ESL.

CEA's diverse membership connects the various segments of the profession: large and small institutions, state and private schools, liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, community colleges and universities.

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CEA membership is now handled by Johns Hopkins University Press; click here to join.

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.

All constituencies from all walks of academic life are represented and welcomed. Members come together annually for exciting conferences on the both the national and local affiliate level and share new scholarship and ideas in The CEA Critic and The CEA Forum.

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