CEA-MAG Annual Spring Conference 2013 - Abstracts due 12/15/12

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"Nature and Artifice," College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
Call for Papers
"Nature and Artifice"
9 March 2013
Keynote Speaker: Performance Poet and Writer Linda Joy Burke

Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

The enduring dichotomy of "Nature and Artifice" is the thematic touchstone for this year's conference. We invite papers or panels on literature, language, cultural studies, composition, and pedagogy that contemplate this theme both within the discipline of English and in other areas of the humanities. We welcome interdisciplinary papers and panels, and we also encourage submissions from AP instructors and graduate students. Proposals may broadly interpret the conference theme along (but not confined to) the following lines:

Nature & Nurture
Town & Country
Real & Imaginary
Simulacra & Simulation
No artificial ingredients
Theories of natural art, spontaneous writing, &c.
Homo faber
Natural and artificial intelligence, (wo)man,
genius, talent, &c.
Pedagogical natures
Constructing disciplines
Social Constructivism & essentialism
Literary Darwinism
Faking it: literary hoaxes, artful dodgers,
photoshopping, &c.
Natural & artificial beauty

Please email your paper abstracts (of 500 words or less) or panel proposals by Dec. 15 to Alex Howe, Program Committee Chair, at ahowe@udc.edu (202-274-5658). Acceptance letters will be sent out in mid-January. A conference registration/CEA-MAG membership fee of $40 ($30 for adjunct instructors and $20 for graduate students) will be required when you mail in your registration for the conference in the spring of 2013. Other questions about the conference may be directed to Charlie Ewers, CEA-MAG President, at cewers@frostburg.edu, (301-687-4230).

Abstracts and panel proposals should include the following information: Name; institutional affiliation (if applicable; graduate students should identify themselves to be eligible to compete for the $50 prize for best grad student paper); mailing address (including zip code); phone number and email address; title for the proposed presentation; abstract of no more than 500 words (papers at the conference should be limited to 15 minutes); A-V needs, if any; special needs, if any.