Call for Papers: Literature and War at CEA [11/1/2012, 4/4-4/6 2013]

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Call for Papers: Literature and War at CEA 2013
April 4-6, 2013 | Savannah, Georgia
CEA 2013 will be held at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott:
100 General McIntosh Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31401.
Phone (912) 233-7722; Fax (912) 233-3765.

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Literature and War for our 44th annual conference.
Submit your proposal at

War is part of the fabric of American culture, but there is often a gap between the public myth and the private truth of war. This panel will use literature to bridge this gap. Topics may include but are not limited to:

--representations of war in a particular literary text
--connections between depictions of war and historical context
--changes in representations of war over time
--effects of war on individual characters
--structure of the literary text and relationship to war and its effects
--trauma theory and its usefulness in interpreting a text
--pedagogical approaches to teaching literature of war.

Conference Theme: Nature
In earlier centuries, "Nature" set the parameters, as Philip Round states,
"of conversations about everything from church doctrine to village order."
Often discussions of gender, character, authorship, and even civil discourse
turned to questions of "customary precedent and natural law." By the
twentieth century "nature" was used to delineate the new literary study of
"nature writing," while also used in broader terms to question the
changing nature of our society with the onset of the digital age,
postmodernism, new views of gender and race construction, and even changes
within academia. What is the "nature" of the academia today? How has the
"nature" of publishing and authorship changed with the digital age? How
has the "nature" of our profession changed? In what ways does
"nature" define us? Or do we define "nature?"
For our 2013 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore the literary,
the pedagogical, and the professional "nature" of our field.

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

Submission Dates: August 31-November 1, 2012

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

All presenters at the 2013 CEA conference must become members of CEA by
January 1, 2013. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email

Meg Woolbright