Trauma and Literature at CEA 2011 (Nov. 1/March 31-April 2, 2011)

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Call for Papers: Trauma and Literature at CEA 2011

Call for Papers, Trauma and Literature at CEA 2011
March 31- April 2, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida
Hilton, St. Petersburg, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; (727) 894-5000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes
proposals for presentations on trauma and literature for our 2011 annual conference. Within the complex study of trauma and its emphasis on the humanity carried by texts and the characters contained within them, the discussion of fortune has the potential to play an interesting role. Scholars of trauma spend much time discussing cause and effect of trauma, as well as silence and representation, but to what extent are these experiences within literature governed by the role of fortune and/or fate? Papers that address this relationship between the conference theme of fortune and trauma are particularly encouraged, although other avenues of analysis of the literary representation of trauma are invited.

General Conference Theme: Fortunes
In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general 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. Proposals may interpret the CEA theme broadly, including – but not limited to – the following areas:
• Changing fortunes in the literary canon
• The cost of books and the rewards of reading
• Luck, chance, and the accidental in literature
• Bestsellers in the marketplace
• Composition, pedagogy, and discovery
• Class, politics, and poverty in American culture
• Marxist readings of literature
• Making a fortune: Representations of wealth and earning
• Gendered and ethnic fortunes
• Emerging technologies and technical writing
• Mining the imagination: Filmmaking and creative writing
• Fortune-tellers: Prophetic texts in the popular imagination
• National fortunes, national literatures
• Literary responses to economic crises
• Literary responses to natural catastrophes
• Literature and the future of racism, sexism, and homophobia
• Natural health and wealth in environmental literature
• Fortunes of war in literature and film
• Small fortunes: Children's literature and its influence
• Classroom issues: Predictive test scores, textbook pricing, e-learning

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: present-November 1, 2010
CEA prefers to receive submissions electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address:

Electronic submissions open 31 August and close on 1 November 2010. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title.

Submitting electronically involves setting up a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference. If you are submitting a panel with multiple participants, please create a user ID for each proposed participant. If you have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.

Paper Submissions
Though CEA prefers to receive proposals online, we will accept hard copy proposals postmarked no later than 15 October 2010 via regular mail. Please include the following information:

• Name
• Institutional affiliation
• Mailing address
• Phone number
• Email address
• Title for the proposed presentation
• Abstract of 200–500 words
• Audio-visual equipment needs
• Special needs and accommodations

Panel organizers should include the above information for all proposed participants. If you have attended CEA before and can serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so in your cover letter. Address hard copy submissions to the Program Chair:

Craig Warren, CEA 2011 Program Chair
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
170 Irvin Kochel Center
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

Important Information for Presenters
• A-V equipment and any form of special accommodation must be requested
at the time of proposal submission.
• CEA can provide DVD players, overhead projectors, data projectors, and CD/cassette players, but not computers or Internet access.
• To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15 minutes.
• Notifications of proposal status will be sent around 5 December 2010.
• All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2011 to appear on the program.
• No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
• Presenters must make their own presentation; no proxies are allowed.
• CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals from undergraduates.
• CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
• Papers must be presented in English.

Note to Graduate Students
• Graduate students may submit their conference presentation for the CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (see below), which carries a small prize.
• Information on how to submit that paper will be sent to accepted panelists after the membership deadline.
• Graduate students are asked to identify themselves as such in their proposals so we can send information about the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award when it is available.

Join the College English Association
To join the College English Association or to find out more information about the conference, please see the CEA website at

Brooke McLaughlin Mitchell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Wingate University