Native American Literature at CEA, Savannah, GA, April 4-6, 2013

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Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State University

44th Annual Conference | April 4-6, 2013 | Savannah, GA

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Native American Literature for our 44th annual conference.
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Special Topic: Native American Literature

Given nature's central place in the lives of indigenous peoples, this Special Topics panel is perfectly suited to address this year's conference theme, Nature. Papers that engage this topic, then, are particularly welcome. It does, however, also welcome papers that address any issue relevant to Native American literature/culture, including, but not limited to, (mis)representations of indigenous peoples, the struggle for land rights, material/cultural rhetorics, literary separatism, and transnational perspectives on Native American literature.

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 university.

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

Questions about this Special Topic Panel, Native American Literature, can be directed to Dr. Benjamin D. Carson at

Other questions? Please email CEA Program Chair at

Ben (Panel Chair)