CFP: [General] Literature of the Obscure (Nov. 1, 2007; CEA March 27-29, 20080

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Lauren De La Vars
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Call for Papers for a NYCEA sponsored CEA Special Topics Panel on
"Literature of the Obscure" at the 39th College English Association (CEA)
Conference St. Louisâ€"27-29 March 2008

We welcome submissions of both past NYCEA papers previously presented at
the NYCEA Conference on this theme, OR new submissions on the topic of this
special session: "Literature of the Obscure.”

We also welcome full panel proposals fitting the above panel topic.

It is our desire to be able to field at the CEA conference a number of
panels on this theme with the intent of creating a subset of scholarly
communities, originally arising out of the NYCEA affiliate, within the
larger CEA conference community.

At its conference, CEA, vibrant organization, has always celebrated
scholarly activity in many forms: traditional literary criticism, writing
theory, writing and literary pedagogies, and extrinsic studies as they
relate to the conference themes or its special topics.


CEA prefers to receive all submissions (including those for this special
topic call on "Literature of the Obscure") electronically through our
conference management database housed at the following web address:

Electronic submissions open on September 5th and close on November 1st.
Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and
should include a title.

Submitting electronically is a two-step process: 1) setting up a user ID,
then 2) using that ID to log inâ€"this time to a welcome page which provides
a link for submitting proposals to the conference. ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2007. Emailed submissions will not be accepted;
electronic submissions must come through our submission site listed above
following the easy two-step process.

If submitting a panel, panel organizers should create user IDs for all
proposed participants.

Though CEA prefers to receive proposals through the conference database (as
it facilitates communication about the conference in a smooth and timely
manner), we will accept HARD COPY PROPOSALS for "Literature of the Obscure"
POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 15TH, via regular mail. Hard-copy
proposals should include the following information:

*Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
*Mailing address (including zip code)
*Phone number
*E-mail address
*Title for the proposed presentation & indication of special topic category
*Abstract of 200-500 words
*Special needs, if any
*A-V equipment needs, if any (AUDIOVISUAL REQUESTS: Please make all A-V
equipment requests when you submit your proposal by checking the
appropriate box in the online proposal submission form or by including your
request in the hard copy proposal. Any participants offering PowerPoint
programs must bring their own laptops.CEA cannot provide Internet access.).

PARTICIPANTS. If you are willing to serve as a session chair or
respondent, please indicate this in your cover letter.

IMPORTANT: Address hard copy submissions and any other conference
correspondence to the Program Chair:

Marina Favila, English Department
Keezell Hall 215, MSC 1801
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Office phone # 540-568-3761
Fax # 540-568-2983
(Put Program Chair in RE line.)

QUESTIONS? Contact Marina Favila at Please put
“program chair” in re: line.


*To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15 minutes.
*Notifications of proposal status will be sent around December 5th.
*All presenters must join CEA by January 1, 2008 to appear on the program.
*Conference registration material will arrive in January and will indicate
registration fee
payment deadlines at that time.
*Presenters must read their own papers at the conference.
*No one may read more than one paper.
*CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.


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