Call for Papers: Trauma and Literature at CEA 2010 (8/21-11/1; 3/25-27/2010)

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Call for Papers, Trauma and Literature 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 Trauma and Literature for our 41st annual conference.

Voices are central to the treatment of trauma, and it is this centrality that makes the connection between trauma and literature so rich. The narrative voice provides the victim a way to process and order the experience, and it is through this voice that those who hear it come into community with that person. Through this community, the number of those who bear witness multiplies, as does the number of those who are primary and secondary survivors. Literature engages with these voices in many ways: perhaps a character experiences trauma and the reader witnesses it; perhaps an author draws from his or her own experience to create a fictionalized representation of it, thereby working through personal own trauma; or perhaps the structure of the text itself reflects the narrative patterns of the traumatized voice. In any of these situations, and in others that are not named here, the reader becomes drawn into the trauma through the narrative voice, or perhaps even the strategic absence of that voice. Papers are sought that investigate the multiple facets of this topic.

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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Karen Madison
CEA 1st VP and Program Chair
English Department
331 Kimpel Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701