College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group 2014 Conference

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College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
Call for Papers
"Beginnings and Endings"
8 March 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul Smith, George Mason University
Keynote Address: "The Beginning or the End of America: Race, Culture, Politics"
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
How to begin and where to end are the alpha and omega of this year's conference. 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 welcome interdisciplinary papers and panels, and we also encourage submissions from AP instructors and graduate students. Proposals may broadly interpret the conference theme along (but not confined to) the following lines:
Horizons, Vistas, and Vanishing Points
Creation and Foundation Myths
Primitivism and Future Shock
The End of Race?
The Common Core Curriculum from A to Z
Apostrophe to Zeugma: Grammar, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy
Rites of Initiation and Last Rites
The End of Pedagogy and the Beginning of Learning
Origins and Archetypes
Apocalypse and Millenarianism
Once Upon a Times and Happily Ever Afters
First Impressions and Last Words
The Last Woman/Man
Narratives and Teleologies
The Sense of an Ending
The Big Bang
Final Acts
Please email your paper abstracts (of 500 words or fewer) or panel proposals by Dec. 15 to Alex Howe, Program Committee Chair, at (202-274-5658). 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 2014. Other questions about the conference may be directed to Charlie Ewers, CEA-MAG President, at, (301-687-4230).
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.