CFP: [Renaissance] Designing the Renaissance at CEA 2009

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Lynne Simpson and Kerri Tom
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Designing the Renaissance
College English Association
70th Anniversary Conference | March 26-28, 2009 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219;
(412) 281-7100

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English
studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Designing the
Renaissance for our 40th annual conference, celebrating the organization’s
70th anniversary.

Initial credit should be given to Giorgio Vasari, who in his book The Lives
of the Artists (1550) designed a ‘rinascità delle arti’ in his own time.
Jacob Burckhardt's The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860) gave
us the Renaissance as an epoch, one which ushered in the modern era by
designing the individual. Stephen Greenblatt, in his seminal 1980
Renaissance Self-Fashioning reminds us that “fashioning oneself and being
fashioned by cultural institutions â€"family, religion, stateâ€"were
inseparably intertwined.” Let’s continue the conversation. Proposals of
between 250 and 500 words on any aspect of design or fashioningâ€"of, in, or
aboutâ€"the Renaissance are welcome.

General Conference Theme: Design
In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general
conference theme, Design. We live in a world atomized into text messages
and jump cuts, socially constructed snippets on networking sites,
fragmented blogs and news bites, ones and zeroes. In such a context, is
there still a role for conscious design - of literature, of art, of
rhetoric, of learning? After the death of the author, who designs the texts
we love to see, read, and study? Or do we make our own designations,
sketching out the plot, shading in the design, creating meaning as we find it?
General Call for Papers
CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English
departments typically encompass, including literature, 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 the English department in the university.
Submission: September 3-November 1, 2008
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at
All presenters at the 2009 CEA conference must become members of CEA by
January 1, 2009. To join CEA, please go to
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Lynne M. Simpson
Associate Professor of English
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, SC 29235

and Kerri Lynne Tom
Associate Professor of English
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, California 92612-3203

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