Literature and the Healing Arts at CEA 2012 (11/1/2011, 3/29-31/2012)

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Call for Papers: Literature and the Healing Arts 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 literature and the healing arts for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

This special topic seeks paper proposals exploring the theme of borders within the area of literature and the healing arts. The healing arts encompass a wide variety of human activities, including medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, alternative therapies, and faith healing. Possible topics may include the borders between health and sickness, life and death, physician and patient, mind and body, science and the humanities, faith and medicine. What types of borders are crossed or created as patients and healers pursue mental and physical health? What types of illness experiences or healing arts exist only on the margins of our society, and how are they represented in literature? Potential papers may also explore creating medical narratives as a form of therapy, that is, writing as a healing art.

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

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Anne Ryan