CFP: Film, Television, and Literature at CEA 2011 (11/1/2010, 3/31-4/2/2011)

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Javier Ramirez / College English Association
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Call for Papers, CEA 2011 | FORTUNES
42nd Annual Conference | March 31 - April 2, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701; (727) 894-5000

Submission deadline: November 1, 2010 at

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 42nd annual conference. This year, we explore the theme of fortunes. Some of the issues we are interested in investigating are: How do film and television challenge and/or reinforce issues of class, politics, and poverty in American culture? To what extent do film and television fortune narratives express opinions on race, ethnic representations, immigration, religion, and culture identities? How has film and television responded to the future of racism, sexism, and homophobia? With the recent success of Fox's Glee, ABC's Modern Family, and Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right (2010), how has the increase of lesbian and gay narratives and characters in film and television shaped the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) issues as well as addressed the concerns of gender and sexuality? How do emerging technologies in cinema, like James Cameron's Avatar (2009) and Chris Nolan's Inception (2010), transform Hollywood productions? To what effect has the 3D boom influenced marketing strategies and altered moviegoing experiences? How have creative and imaginative filmmakers revolutionized Hollywood? Topics are not limited to these questions. While we are especially interested in proposals addressing the conference theme and/or pedagogy, all proposals will be considered.

Submission: August 15 - November 1, 2010
Please see the submission instructions at

Conference Theme: Fortunes
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.

All presenters at the 2011 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2011. To join CEA, please go to

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Javier Ramirez
Film, Television, and Literature Area Chair
Department of Communication and Culture
Indiana University
800 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405