CFP: Native American Literature at CEA 2020 (March 26-28) Hilton Head, SC

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Bridgewater State University

CFP: Native American Literature at CEA 2020 (March 26-28) Hilton Head, SC

deadline for submissions: 

November 1, 2019

full name / name of organization: 

Benjamin Carson / Bridgewater State University

contact email:

Subject: Call for Papers: Native American Literature at CEA 2020 

Call for Papers, Native American Literature at CEA 2020

March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Native American Literature for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at

This Special Topics panel on Native American Literature invites submissions on any topic related to Native American/Indigenous literature and culture, including, but not limited to, Native sovereignty, transnationalism, the “Red Atlantic,” native literary aesthetics, tribal identity, and settler colonialism. Papers on individual native writers are most certainly welcome. Special consideration will be given to papers that address the conference theme, “Tides.”

Conference Theme: TIDES

The College English Association’s 51st national conference will be held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where the tides shape the land and the culture, from food and drink to music and literature. Hilton Head’s fame as a vacation destination is paralleled by the island’s rich and diverse cultural history, with its still-vibrant Gullah/Geechee community and Lowcountry traditions of hospitality. Whether bolstered or battered by the tide, Hilton Head survives and thrives. The South Carolina Lowcountry has inspired literature by Edgar Allan Poe and contemporary fiction and poetry from writers such as Gloria Naylor, Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Mary Alice Monroe, while the Lowcountry and Hilton Head have appeared in countless films.

We invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the theme of Tides. CEA invites proposals from academics in all areas of literature, language, film, composition, pedagogy, and creative, professional, and technical writing. We are especially interested in presentations that feature topics relating to vision and/or revision in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.

For your proposal you might consider:

  •  inevitability: shifts and trends relating to race, class, cultures, regions, genders, sexualities
  • mutability and mutation: poetry of loss, change, and death
  • evanescence: reclaiming texts that have vanished and reevaluating the canonical
  • liminality: shifting borders in genre and form
  • ephemerality: popular culture and forgetting
  • resistance: pedagogical theory and practice
  • transcendence: magical realism
  • movement: avant garde or experimental literature
  • erosion and deposition: the new topography of instruction


General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature criticism and scholarship, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, 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 he English department in the university.

Submission: August 15-November 1, 2019

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

All presenters at the 2020 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2020. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email


Benjamin D. Carson