CFP: [Cultural-Historical] PEACE at CEA 2009

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Karen Lentz Madison
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Call for Papers, PEACE at CEA 2009

70th Anniversary Conference | March 26-28, 2009 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219;
(412) 281-7100

For the 40th annual meeting of the CEA, the 2009 CEA Peace Panel Committee
requests PEACE Panel presentations focusing on drafting peace:

Drafting Peace

Humanities studies have the potential to create cultural awareness and
mutual understanding. They are the foundation for our social architecture
and can forcefully influence the building of a consensus to promote
peaceful coexistence among citizens of the world. As part of the culture
they represent, authors and artists are instrumental in creating the
blueprint of our social structure with its innovations and imperfections.
We are asking for submissions that discuss authors whose work exposes
structural flaws or expresses the art of survival and works that are the
cornerstone of a culture that designs and builds peace in order to maintain
its integral and dynamic position in the international skyline.

Topics might include works relating to the struggle for peace, to
historical cycles of peace and conflict, to the drafting or textual history
of a significant pacific text, to designs for world peace such as the UN
and League of Nations, or to the drafting of language itself in the
rhetoric or teaching of non-violence.

Presentations are eligible for the James R. Bennett Award for Literature
and Peace (see below).

Submission guidelines may be found at

Please keep in mind that to preserve time for discussion, CEA limits
presentations to 15 minutes.

All Peace Panel abstracts must be submitted by November 1st, 2008, via the
CEA online database at

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate
your topic (PEACE). Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission
should be directed to Karen Madison, chair of the Peace Panels.

The James R. Bennett Award for Literature and Peace

After you are notified of acceptance, you may send your project
documentation or conference paper to by March 15 for
consideration for the James R. (Dick) Bennett Award for Literature and Peace.

A prize of $250 dollars may be awarded annually for a paper or project that
contributes significantly, through action or understanding, to the prospect
of living in harmony with the Earth and humankind.

Papers must conform to CEA submission deadlines. Submissions may be
nominated by the presenter in advance of the conference or by any session
chair at the conference itself by providing a copy of a previously
submitted paper to the CEA Peace Panel organizer.

Each submission will be read by a panel of three judges: the panel
organizer, the current CEA president, and the CEA Critic editor or one
representative selected by each. The prize winning entry will be considered
for publication in the CEA Critic, and self-nomination presumes submission.

If no entry is deemed exceptionally noteworthy, the judges may refrain from
naming a recipient. Although papers must be delivered at the CEA annual
conference, the recipients need not be present at the All-Conference
Luncheon to receive the award.

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.

More information

· Find out more about the College English Association:

· Find out more about lodging and registration:

· Contact CEA officers:

Other questions? Please email


Karen Lentz Madison, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville




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