Call for Papers: Eighteenth Century at CEA 2011 (March 31-April 2), Submission Deadline 1/1/2010.

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42nd Annual Conference | March 31 - April 2, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Submission deadline: November 1, 2010 at

The Eighteenth Century is a period of incredible change, spanning from the late Restoration to the early Victorian period and encompassing the proliferation of the sciences and Enlightenment thought. Referred to as the "age of sensibility," the "age of reason" and even sometimes the "age of melancholy," the period witnessed political and industrial revolutions as well as changes in ideas about the classes, domestic ideology and the "separate spheres." It seems appropriate, then, that this year's CEA general conference theme is "fortunes"—the rise and fall of which helped to shape this period of transformation. The topic may be broadly considered, and as always, we also welcome more general contributions concerning the field of eighteenth-century studies and culture. Some potential questions of interest include, but are not limited to: How were economic fortunes won and lost? How did the political fortunes of Britain challenge and shape national and individual identity? Who is "fortunate" in the eighteenth century? How did this intersect with issues of gender, culture, and race in the period? How did it intersect with burgeoning science and medical discourse? And finally, what are the "fortunes" of eighteenth-century study itself—from classroom technique to the fortunes of job seekers on the market?
Submissions accepted between August 15 - November 1, 2010—Please see the submission instructions at

General Conference Theme: Fortunes
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes
proposals for presentations on the Eighteenth Century for our 41st annual conference.
Money, luck, friendship, health, a warm place to sleep. In a world staggered by economic decline and natural catastrophes, what are the new boundaries of success and misfortune? How do art, literature, and the classroom respond to the Rota Fortunae? For our 2011 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore Fortune as both a daunting challenge and an elusive ideal. For more information, please see the full CFP at

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.

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Brandy Schillace
Special Panel Chair, Eighteenth Century
Assistant Professor
English Department, Winona State University