College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group Conference 2018

deadline for submissions: 
December 6, 2017
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College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group


Call for Papers

“Bridges—Not Borders”

10 March 2018

Keynote Panel: “Bridges over Troubled Waters in English Studies”

Panelists: Michelle Chatman, University of the District of Columbia; Naida Garcia-Crespo, U.S. Naval Academy; and Brigid Maher, American University  

Location: University of the District of Columbia

This year’s conference theme of “Bridges—Not Borders” asks us to reach across the divide, whether literal or metaphorical. 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:

           Bridges over troubled disciplinary waters

           Bridging the achievement gap

           Interdisciplinary bridges between the Humanities and STEM

           Bridges and borders in gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, etc.

           (A)bridging voters’ rights, human rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, etc.

           Metaphorical and symbolic bridges and borders

           Bridging the past and future in English studies

           Education as a bridge to social progress

           Traversing ideological rifts and border disputes in the classroom and beyond

           Spanning the globe: Border patrols and study abroad

           Linguistic borders and bridges to understanding

           Varieties of bridges: Toll, suspension, draw-, etc.

           Poetry as a bridge across our fears

           Free higher education: A bridge too far?

           Cyber-bridges and borders: The advantages and limits of educational technology

           Building bridges, not borders, between faculty and administrators

           Bridging mind and body, spirit and flesh

           A Bridge of Our Own: Crossing gender divisions

           Bridges, borders, and identity: Tear down that wall!

           Crossing the Bridge

           View from the Bridge

           Graffiti Bridge


Please email your paper abstracts (of 500 words or fewer) or panel proposals by Dec. 6 to LaTanya Rogers, Program Committee Chair, at 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 (includes lunch and subscription to the CEAMAGazine). Other questions may be directed to Alex Howe, CEA-MAG President at or (202-274-5658). Website:

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 $100 Christopher Bell 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. Adjunct instructors are eligible to compete for a travel grant by submitting a full copy of the accepted paper to be presented at the conference by Feb. 24 to the Program Committee Chair; two such grants in the amount of $100 each will be awarded. For both grad student and adjunct prizes, please submit only conference-length papers.
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