"In Times Of Crisis" October 2, 2009, Annual Conference

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Ed Demerly, Michigan College English Association
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Call for Papers: MCEA Conference on Friday, October 2, 2009

Theme: In Times of Crisis

Speakers: Sari Adelson & Mary Heinen, Coordinators, Prison Creative Arts Project, a program that collaborates with incarcerated youth and adults, urban youth, and the formerly incarcerated to do creative expression, especially in theater, poetry, and art

Location & Co-Sponsor: Eastern Michigan University
Student Center at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

We all face crises from time to time: personal, professional, political. Whether job instability, family trauma or personal illness, how is crisis shaped, constructed, resolved? How do larger crises—war, vulnerable economies, global warming, the specter of terrorism—filter down into our lives? How have creative writers in the past coped with crisis; how is crisis presented and resolved in literature? How do we/others recognize/cope with the challenges and crises revealed in

fiction, poetry, non-fiction prose professional expectations/evaluation
classroom management teaching composition
preparing students for the work world English departments
research the lives of our students
curriculum development the creative process
computer or on-line instruction union/administration differences

The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete or open panels for our Fall 2009 meeting. We welcome proposals from experienced academics as well as from young scholars and graduate students. We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays. We also welcome poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from creative writers. We will award a prize for the best scholarly paper and for the best creative writing by a graduate student.

Although we are calling for papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals in the variety of areas English and Writing departments encompass: composition and rhetoric; computers and writing; creative writing; critical pedagogy; critical studies in the teaching of English; cultural studies; film studies; developmental education; English as a second language; linguistics; literary studies; multicultural literature; on-line English courses and the virtual university; popular culture; race, class, and gender studies; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student placement; study skills; technical writing.
Proposals are due by Friday, September 11, 2009. Early submissions are welcome. Please submit proposals to Charles Cunningham and Ed Demerly, Program Chairs, via email at ccunnin2@emich.edu and edemerly@aol.com Please specify your needs for audio-visual equipment and the best time of day for your presentation.