Special Topics:Thomas Merton - Nature - Peace - Social Justice - in Dialogue with other writers (11/1/2012, 4/4-6/2013)

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Call for Papers: 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 Thomas Merton and Nature/Peace/Social Justice/ Other Writers for our
44th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

An allied organization of the College English Association (CEA), the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) will be sponsoring one or more panels at the annual CEA Conference next April 4-6, in Savannah, as well as recommending individual proposals for other concurrent sessions. Overarching theme of the Conference: NATURE

Suggested lines of inquiry (but only suggested):
Thomas Merton Through an Ecological Lens
Thomas Merton and the Nature of Peace-making
Thomas Merton: Writing as Vocation
Thomas Merton: The Nature and Challenge of Social Justice
Thomas Merton in Dialogue with …X

You are invited to submit a title and proposal (200-250 words) for a 6-8 page paper (15 minute presentation time) and encouraged to contact Monica Weis SSJ (mweis9@naz.edu) for directions on how to submit your proposal to the CEA data base and how to negotiate your CEA membership ($40) by January 2013.

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 http://www.cea-web.org

Other questions? Please email cea.english@gmail.com.

Monica Weis SSJ