Annual Spring Conference 2012 - "Boundaries" - Abstracts due Dec. 15, 2011

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College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

Call for Papers

3 March 2012

Keynote Speaker: David J. Smith, Senior Manager for Educational Outreach
at the United States Institute for Peace

Location: University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland

Binding together this year's conference presentations will be the theme of "Boundaries." We invite papers or panels on literature, language, cultural studies, composition, and pedagogy that contemplate this theme both within the discipline of English and in other areas of the humanities. We encourage interdisciplinary papers and panels. Proposals may broadly interpret the conference theme along (but not confined to) the following lines:
 Zones: Canonical lines, interdisciplinary boundaries, paradigm shifts
 Frontiers of educational reform, curricular design, etc.
 Cutting edges: Technology and tradition
 Wrong side of the tracks? Class and educational opportunities
 Glass ceilings and razed walls: Exclusion and inclusion
 Liminal and subliminal (text)messaging
 Portals, portages, and passports to achievement
 "Exeunt omnes": Literary entrances and exits
 Limiting and delimiting the achievement gap
 Faults and defaults: Politics, economics, and education
 Media horizons: Hardbound and cyberspace
 Pushing the envelope: Composition pedagogies for success
 Crossing the line: Organizing, collective bargaining, and academic freedom
 Transcending boundaries: Teachers without borders

Please email your paper abstracts (of 500 words or less) or panel proposals by Dec. 15 to David Kaloustian, Program Committee Chair, at, (301) 860-3685. Acceptance letters will be sent out in mid-January. A conference registration/CEA-MAG membership fee of $40 ($30 for adjunct instructors and $20 for graduate students) will be required when you mail in your registration for the conference in the spring of 2012. Other questions about the conference may be directed to Linda DiDesidero, CEA-MAG President, at, (240) 684- 2928.

Abstracts and panel proposals should include the following information: Name; institutional affiliation (if applicable; graduate students should identify themselves to be eligible to compete for the $50 prize for best grad student paper); mailing address (including zip code); phone number and email address; title for the proposed presentation; abstract of no more than 500 words (papers at the conference should be limited to 15 minutes); A-V needs, if any; special needs, if any.