Literature and the Healing Arts (11/1/2009, 3/25-27/2010).

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Call for Papers: Literature and the Healing Arts at CEA 2010
Annual Conference | March 25-27, 2010 | San Antonio, Texas
Sheraton Gunter Hotel; 209 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes
proposals for presentations on Literature and the Healing Arts for our 41st annual conference.

Healing: it is more than pharmaceuticals. It encompasses medicine and the medical arts, psychiatry, sociology, history, literature, fact, fiction and faith. So broad is the concept of healing that it almost seems to encompass humanity—certainly it is one of life's great considerations cross-culturally. Given the more general theme of this year's CEA conference, voices, how might we interpret intersections between healing and literature? Between the symptomatic stories revealed in illness and the stories we tell as we seek after healing? How does the process of healing become "voiced" instead of silent, communal instead of isolated? This theme may be considered broadly, and we welcome proposals on the historical connections between literature and the healing arts as well as those discussing current permutations of the medical humanities.

General Conference Theme: Voices
In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme, Voices.
Voices on opposing sides of the conflict culminating at the Alamo spoke for two distinctly diverse cultures. And within those cultures were voices and texts that influenced the actions during that struggle -- significant cultural markers of time, place, and being.
Before and after the struggle there, writers everywhere have reflected and influenced the events of their day, and from their experience, the great writers have created texts that have become ageless connections to what is past, or passing, or to come.

Their voices also call for us to acknowledge or recognize beauty or to realize or remember significant lessons -- perhaps via a character like Professor Farber from Fahrenheit 451 or a place like a raft on a river in Huckleberry Finn -- with an urgency no less than the Alamo's. This correspondence we find within ourselves is our human condition -- but it is the capacity to listen for and to those whose message or memory is unlike our own that makes us scholars. Our voices blend with those we admire or abhor -- creating a text, which (if it stands the test of taste and time) will blend with still other voices, like those of our students, newly discovering "a peak in Darien"-- all wishing to be heard and remembered.
In the shadow of San Antonio's famous symbol of voices that call for attention and allegiance, College English Association asks you to submit papers on any aspect of the theme of Voices.

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: August 21-November 1, 2010
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at
All presenters at the 2010 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2010. To join CEA, please go to
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Brandy Schillace
Special Panel Chair, Literature and the Healing Arts
Managing Editor, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
English Department, Case Western Reserve University