African American Literature at CEA (11/1/2010, 3/31-4/2/2011)

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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.

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

Special topics in African-American Literature is accepting abstracts for presentation on the main conference theme of Fortunes. African American Literature is abound with the search for fortune and the fight against misfortune. Within African American literature we find both individuals and groups searching for their fortune rather it be financially or spiritually. Do African Americans suffer misfortune more than fortune? Is wealth determined by money in the African-American community? Does economic decline disproportionately impact African Americans? For our 2011 meeting, CEA invites papers that explore all aspects of Fortune within the African American literary tradition.

The conference theme should be interpreted broadly as we will accept solid abstracts on any topic related to African-American Literature.

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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Shelia Collins
Special Panels Chair in African American Literature