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.
Conference Theme: Imaginations
We live in an age when news travels at lightning speed. This is mostly a good thing. Long before our local evening news sports reporter tells us how many points our favorite player scored in the game, all we have to do is go to our smart phones, click on the sports app of our choice, and then find the link that tells us the scores of the day. We can even watch highlights of the game if want to on our smart phones, thus, momentarily eliminating the need to go home after work to watch the highlights on our televisions screens.
If we are political junkies, we can also go to our smart phones and read about national or global politics or watch live coverage of congressional hearings right in the comfort of our homes. If we are addicted to celebrity culture, we can go to websites dedicated to revealing the good and not so good choices of our favorite stars, oftentimes, soon after a good or bad incident has occurred.
The bad part about news traveling at lightning speed, though, is that it does not give us opportunities to daydream, think quietly, or to sit in silence. The fact that news is just a few clicks away or on television all day denies us chances to use our imaginations these days. Imagining who we are or who we want to be is part of the human experience, but increasingly our human experience is competing with media that wants to do the imagining for us. Since news is so instantaneous, it is almost impossible to escape its tentacles.
For our 2015 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that will ask all of us to momentarily put away our smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc., so that we can refocus our energies on the wonders of our imaginations to consider the following questions: In what ways can we encourage our institutions, colleagues, students, and even ourselves to find meaning in using our imaginations for self-reflection and creative output? And how can we use those introspective moments, broadly speaking, to help us to become better teachers?
General Call for Papers
In addition to our conference theme, CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations by teachers, scholars, and graduate students in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, pedagogy, technical communication, professional writing, computers and writing, languages, linguistics, digital humanities, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university overall. Proposals may interpret the CEA theme broadly, including but not limited to the following Special Topics areas.
CEA also welcomes proposals addressing the following special topics. Please specify topic areas when submitting your proposals.
- Academic Administration Leadership
- Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom
- African American Literature
- American Literature: Early, 19th-century, 20th- & 21st-century
- Blackfriars (American Shakespeare Center)
- Book History and Textual Criticism
- British Literature: Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration & 18th-century, 19th-century, 20th- & 21st-century
- Byron Society of America (BSA)
- Caribbean Literature
- Children's and Adolescent Literature
- Closing the Loop through Assessment in Composition and Literature Courses
- Composition and Rhetoric
- Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction
- Digital Humanities
- Film and Literature
- Food and the Literary Imagination
- Graphic Novels
- Hispanic, Latino/a, and Chicano/a Literature
- Irish Literature
- Law and Literature
- Learning Outcomes and Assessment
- Literary Theory
- Literature and the Healing Arts
- Literature Pedagogy
- Metacognition, Active Learning, & Supportive Technology in the Literature or Composition Classroom
- Multicultural Literature
- Native American Literature
- Peace Studies
- Popular Culture
- Post-Colonial Literature
- Religion and Literature
- Scottish Literature
- Service Learning in English Courses--Composition and Literature
- Short Story: Criticism
- Teacher Education
- Technical Communication
- The Profession
- Thomas Merton (International Thomas Merton Society)
- Transatlantic Literature
- Trauma and Literature
- Travel and Literature
- True Crime
- War and Literature
- World Literature
Early Registration Fees
Non-student, Non-retired; Regular Fulltime: $86
Part Time; Retired: $76
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.