Film, Television, and Literature (11/1/2009, 3/25-27/2010

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Javier Ramirez/ College English Association
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Call for Papers, Film, Television, and Literature at CEA 2010
Annual Conference | March 25-27, 2010 | San Antonio, Texas
Sheraton Gunter Hotel; 209 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Film, Television, and Literature for our 41st annual conference. This year, we explore the theme of voice. Some of the issues we are interested in investigating are: How do film and television express or create particular voices? In film and television adaptations, how does a character's voice differ from its voice in literature? What influence does place or setting exert on a film's voice? How do film and television voice opinions on race, ethnic representations, politics, gender issues, sexuality, environmental concerns, and culture identities? What effects do rhetorical or performative strategies have in the formation of a film's voice? Topics are not limited to these questions. While we are especially interested in proposals addressing the conference theme and/or pedagogy, all proposals will be considered. Last year's conference, with over 500 presentations in total, offered 5 panels on Film, Television, and Literature.

General Conference Theme: Voices

In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme, Voices.

Voices on opposing sides of the conflict culminating at the Alamo spoke for two distinctly diverse cultures. And within those cultures were voices and texts that influenced the actions during that struggle -- significant cultural markers of time, place, and being.

Before and after the struggle there, writers everywhere have reflected and influenced the events of their day, and from their experience, the great writers have created texts that have become ageless connections to what is past, or passing, or to come.

Their voices also call for us to acknowledge or recognize beauty or to realize or remember significant lessons -- perhaps via a character like Professor Farber from Fahrenheit 451 or a place like a raft on a river in Huckleberry Finn -- with an urgency no less than the Alamo's. This correspondence we find within ourselves is our human condition -- but it is the capacity to listen for and to those whose message or memory is unlike our own that makes us scholars. Our voices blend with those we admire or abhor -- creating a text, which (if it stands the test of taste and time) will blend with still other voices, like those of our students, newly discovering "a peak in Darien"-- all wishing to be heard and remembered.

In the shadow of San Antonio's famous symbol of voices that call for attention and allegiance, College English Association asks you to submit papers on any aspect of the theme of Voices.

General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, 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: August 21-November 1, 2009

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


All presenters at the 2010 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2010. To join CEA, please go to

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For questions about the Film, Television, and Literature panels, please email

Other questions? Please email

Javier Ramirez

Film, Television, and Literature Area Chair
Department of Communication and Culture
800 East Third Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405