Call for Papers, CEA 2013
44th Annual Conference | April 4-6, 2013 | Savannah, GA
“By birth more noble than those creatures all,
Yet seems by nature and by custom curs'd,”
Anne Bradstreet, “Contemplations”
Submission deadline PASSED: watch this space for updates in the coming months
In earlier centuries, “Nature” set the parameters, as Philip Round states, “of conversations about everything from church doctrine to village order.” Often discussions of gender, character, authorship, and even civil discourse turned to questions of “customary precedent and natural law.” By the twentieth century “nature” was used to delineate the new literary study of “nature writing,” while also used in broader terms to question the changing nature of our society with the onset of digital age, postmodernism, new views of gender and race construction, and even changes within academia. What is the “nature” of the academia today? How has the “nature” of publishing and authorship changed with the digital age? How has the “nature” of our profession changed? In what ways does “nature” define us? Or do we define “nature?”
For our 2013 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the pedagogical, and the professional “nature” of our field.
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, including – but not limited to – the following areas:
- The Nature of demarcations: literature as reflective of cultures, regions, tribes, groups
- The Nature of cross-disciplinary studies; writing across the curriculum, etc.
- The Nature of the text, book, and digital print
- The Nature of authorship
- The Nature: of rhetorical constructs of discourse, rhetorical models, collaboration
- The Nature of the major: curriculum design; requirements v. electives; outcomes; assessments
- The Nature of the academy: full-time/part-time; tenured/non-tenured; state/private
- The Nature of classroom: teacher and student; innovation and tradition; service-learning
- The Nature of definitions such as canons, themes, models, templates
- The Nature of civil discourse: activism, advocacy, healing, mentoring
- The Nature of identity: class, gender, culture
- The Nature margins: edges, peripheries: inside/outside, edges/centers, transitions,
- Nature as a natural force, capable of profound destruction (tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes)
CEA 2013 will be held at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott, 100 General McIntosh Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31401. Phone (912) 233-7722; Fax (912) 233-3765.
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.
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; etc.
CEA also welcomes proposals addressing the following special topics (with sponsoring organizations indicated in parentheses). Please specify special topic areas using the appropriate drop‐down menu on the online submission form found at https://www.conftool.pro/cea2013/.
- Academic Administrative Leadership
- Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom
- African American Literature
- Caribbean Literature
- American Literature: early, 19th‐century, 20th & 21st‐century
- Blackfriars (American Shakespeare Center)
- Book History, Bibliography, and Textual Criticism
- British Literature: Medieval, Renaissance, 18th‐century, 19th‐century, 20th & 21st‐century
- Byron Society of America (BSA)
- Children’s and Adolescent Literature
- Composition and Rhetoric
- Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, non‐fiction
- Film and Literature
- Food and the Literary Imagination
- Graduate Student and Adjunct Concerns
- Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano Literature
- Learning Outcomes and Assessment
- Literature and the Healing Arts
- Literature Pedagogy
- Metacognition, Active Learning, & Supportive Technology in the Literature or Composition Classroom
- Multicultural Literature
- Native American Literature
- Popular Culture
- Religion and Literature
- Service Learning in English Courses: Composition and Literature
- Scottish Literature
- Short Story: Criticism
- Teacher Education
- Technical Communication (Association of Teachers of Technical Writing)
- Thomas Merton (International Thomas Merton Society)
- Transatlantic Literature
- Trauma and Literature
- Travel and Literature
- War and Literature
- Women’s Connection
- World Literature
CEA prefers to receive submissions electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address:
Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2012. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note: only one proposal per conference participant may be submitted.
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.
Though CEA prefers to receive proposals online, we will accept hard copy proposals postmarked no later than 15 October 2012 via regular mail. Please include the following information:
- Institutional affiliation
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Title for the proposed presentation
- Abstract of 200–500 words
- Audio-visual equipment needs
- Special needs and accommodations
Panel organizers should include the above information for all proposed participants. If you have attended CEA before and can serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so in your cover letter. Address hard copy submissions to the Program Chair:
Kathrynn Seidler Engberg, CEA 2013 Program Chair
4815 Cove Creek Drive
Brownsboro, Alabama 35741
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 2012.
- All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2013 to appear on the program.
- No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
- Presenters must make their own presentation; no proxies are allowed.
- 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.