Thomas Merton: Living on the Edge; Crossing Boundaries (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Monica Weis SSJ/ International Thomas Merton Society at CEA
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International Thomas Merton Society
at the
College English Association

Richmond, VA—March 29-31, 2012
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th St
(804) 344-7000

Call for Papers

An allied organization of the College English Association (CEA), the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) will be sponsoring one or more panels at the annual CEA Conference next March 29-31 in Richmond. The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Thomas Merton for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

Projected Panels:
• Living on the Edge
(e.g. Merton's balance between monasticism and social criticism; contemplation and action; dialogue between East and West, Merton as a marginal person/prophet, etc.)
• Crossing Boundaries
(e.g. turning toward the world; support for indigenous cultures; critique of technology; opposition to war, etc.)

You are invited to submit a title and proposal (200-250 words) for a 6-8 page paper (15 minute presentation time) and encouraged to contact Monica Weis SSJ ( if you have questions about this specific panel. The annual CEA Conference is a wonderfully congenial gathering of 500-600 scholar-teachers committed to literature, writing, college teaching, and related fields.

Conference Theme: Borders

CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme, Borders.

Borders, boundaries, margins—what lines provide the perimeters to our profession? What demarcations continue to separate and define English studies in the second decade of the new millennium? When is "crossing a line" a desirable professional/pedagogical stance? How have scholarly fields evolved, dissolved, merged or consolidated in areas that we have traditionally viewed as distinct? Exactly where and how is English expanding and extending its borders?

General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature criticism and scholarship, 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 Dates: August 31-November 1, 2011


All presenters at the 2012 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2012. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

Deadline for electronic proposals is November 1, 2011,
Official submission site is: