Children's and Adolescent Literature (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

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Call for Papers: Children's and Adolescent Literature at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
(804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on children's and adolescent literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

While I welcome essays pertaining to any area of children's and adolescent literature, I am particularly interested in explorations of "borders" in children's and adolescent literature and culture, including books, films, digital texts, video games, and other media. Topics could include but are not limited to:

--Crossing the border between the readership of children and adults

--Thresholds of development (the process of moving from child to adolescent to adult) and liminal spaces in children's and adolescent literature

--The representation of those who lie outside traditionally constructed borders: nerds (the socially marginalized), juvenile delinquents, "non-traditional" families, and marginalized identities associated with race, ethnicity, sex and gender, religion, and disability

--The representation of those who define traditionally constructed borders

--The immigrant experience

--Marginalized / censored children's and adolescent literature

--The construction of or breaking down of borders across media in children's and adolescent literature and culture

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

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


Dr. Jamie L. McDaniel
Assistant Professor of English
Assistant Director of Technical / Professional Writing
Pittsburg State University
Grubbs Hall 402
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762