Call for Papers: Creative Nonfiction at CEA 2011

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College English Association 42nd Annual Conference
March 31-April 2, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida

The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 First Street South
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701
(727) 894-5000

Submission deadline: November 1, 2010

The College English Association welcomes proposals to present creative nonfiction essays at our 42nd annual conference. This year's conference will focus on the theme of fortunes. Michel de Montaigne, considered the father of the essay, wrote, "Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky." He is invoking the goddess Fortuna, often depicted as a wheel, chairs affixed to her circumference and man seated in one such chair, beholden to however her wheel may turn. Just when one has reached an apex, forces in the universe could send him southward to the furthest points of despair. The wheel represents chance—the chance to rise and fall—as much as it represents the capriciousness of life, its mercy and mercilessness in doling out love, health, reliable friends, a decent crop, solid shelter, and money. Whimsical approaches to fortune are also welcome, à la fortune cookies and encounters with coin-slot fortunetellers. In response to current times, CEA asks, 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 Fortunea?

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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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Erica Katherine Bleeg

James Madison University
Department of English
MSC 1801
800 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807