NJCEA 41st Annual Conference “Contemporary Humanities”

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The New Jersey College English Association
contact email: 






Call for Proposals


NJCEA 41st Annual Conference, March 24, 2018


“Contemporary Humanities”


The New Jersey College English Association solicits proposals for fully formed panels, individual papers, workshops, or roundtables on any aspect of the “contemporary humanities” for its annual spring conference. The NJCEA brings together those interested in language, literature, pedagogy, and other aspects of the teaching and study of literature and writing. 


Topics may include but are not limited to:


Where are the humanities today?                                        


What does it mean to be a practicing humanist?


Humanities in an age of austerity                                        


How can we teach across the humanities?


Contemporary humanities and current events                     


Teaching the humanities in an inhumane age


STEM into STEAM                                                             


Biography/memoir as living humanities


Humanities and Social Anxieties                                         


Humanities in the composition classroom


Contemporary humanities in the literature classroom         


Artistic renderings of the humanities


Maximizing the humanities                                                 


Humanities study and professional studies


Cross-disciplinary perspectives                                           


Technology and the humanities


Globalization and the humanities                                        


Literary/cultural contexts




Panel Proposals: Proposals for complete sessions should include the full title of the session, chair, a list of all presenters, as well as their affiliations, e-mail addresses, paper/presentation titles, individual abstracts (250-300 word each) and brief bios.


Individual Paper Proposals: Proposals for individual papers should include name, affiliation, email address, a 250-300-word abstracts, and brief bio.


Proposals for alternative formats are encouraged:


Pecha Kucha sessions


Roundtables with 4-5 minute presentations




Poster presentations


Multi-media presentations


All proposals should be sent as electronic attachments to Mary Balkun, NJCEA Conference Organizer and First Vice-President, at <mary.balkun@shu.edu>.


Proposals for individual papers or full sessions are due Jan. 31, 2018


Graduate Student Award


Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the NJCEA annual Graduate Student Award. The winner of this award will receive a Barnes & Noble gift certificate and have her or his paper published in The Watchung Review, the official publication of the NJCEA. Complete papers can be sent as electronic attachments to Rachael Warmington at <rkw2111@gmail.com>. Papers should be approximately 3000 – 3500 words in length. 


Deadline for submission of essays: February 15, 2018.    


N.B. In order to be eligible to win the graduate student award, students must present their paper at the conference.