Civil Strife: The 2012 Conference of the Indiana College English Association

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Indiana College English Association 2012 Conference
October 26, 2012 at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso Indiana

Conference theme: "Civil Strife"
Submissions welcomed in English as well as across the disciplines

Keynote Speaker: David Michael Owens
The Indiana College English Association is pleased to announce David Michael Owens as the keynote speaker for our 2012 conference. Dr. Owens is an Associate Professor of English at Valparaiso University. His primary research focus has been Ambrose Bierce's Civil War short fiction. His book, The Devil's Topographer: Ambrose Bierce and the American War Story, has been published by the University of Tennessee Press. He and a colleague are currently engaged in a major research project regarding the appearance of Civil War fiction in the American periodical press from war's end until approximately 1914.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, panels, and creative readings on the conference theme or on related topics both within English and the humanities as well as the social sciences and other connected fields of inquiry that allow 'strife' to be examined from a wide array of angles. The list proposes a series of topics and themes that allow for theoretical, practical, pedagogical, and creative inquiries and is certainly not exhaustive.

Literary, Historical, or Psychological perspectives of
civil strife
Political, Social, Religious, or Ethnic perspectives of civil strife
Humanitarian issues
Peace issues
The American Civil War
International conflicts
Civil Rights movements
Communication and Linguistic issues of civil strife
Conflict resolution
College and Classroom conflict
Curricular design of civil strife issues
Theoretical inquiries
Critical research
Individual author creative writing

All proposals must include your name, presentation title, college or university affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and presentation technology you may require.

• Individual critical proposals should include a 300-word proposal.
• Creative submissions should include a 300-word excerpt.
• Panel proposals should include the abstract for each individual presentation and a summary
of the rationale for the panel.

Graduate Students' Presentation Prize Competition: ICEA sponsors a competition with cash
prizes for graduate students who compete and present at ICEA. Prizes will be awarded for best
scholarly papers (first place $100, second place $50) and for best creative readings. Graduate
students who plan to compete for these prizes must submit complete papers, along with the
abstract. Please contact the conference coordinator for details.

Submit proposals via email by June 15, 2012 to the conference coordinator, Nancy Riecken, Assistant Professor of English, Ivy Tech Community College 1440 East 35th Street, Gary IN 46401, e-mail For more information and travel details, please see the ICEA website: