"Thomas Merton and Imagination" (11/1/2014,3/26-28/2015

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Monica Weis SSJ/ International Thomas Merton Society
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Call for Papers: "Thomas Merton and Imagination" at CEA 2015

Call for Papers, CEA 2015 | IMAGINATIONS
46th Annual Conference | March 26-28, 2015 | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, One South Capital Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204, Phone (317)-632-1234; Fax (317) 616-6299
Submission deadline: November 1, 2014 at http://cea-web.org/
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 46th annual conference.

SPECIAL TOPIC: "Thomas Merton and Imagination"
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 March 26-28, as well as recommending individual proposals for other concurrent sessions.
Suggested lines of inquiry (but only suggested):
Merton, the imaginative writer/monk
Merton imagining the future
Merton imagining peace
Imagine Thomas Merton in Dialogue with …x !!

You are invited to submit a title and proposal (200-500 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 2015

Submission: August 15 - November 1, 2014
Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/

Conference Theme: Imaginations
We live in an age when news travels at lightning speed. This is mostly a good thing. Long before our local evening news sports reporter tells us how many points our favorite player scored in the game, all we have to do is go to our smart phones, click on the sports app of our choice, and then find the link that tells us the scores of the day. We can even watch highlights of the game if want to on our smart phones, thus, momentarily eliminating the need to go home after work to watch the highlights on our televisions screens.

If we are political junkies, we can also go to our smart phones and read about national or global politics or watch live coverage of congressional hearings right in the comfort of our homes. If we are addicted to celebrity culture, we can go to websites dedicated to revealing the good and not so good choices of our favorite stars, oftentimes, soon after a good or bad incident has occurred.
The bad part about news traveling at lightning speed, though, is that it does not give us opportunities to daydream, think quietly, or to sit in silence. The fact that news is just a few clicks away or on television all day denies us chances to use our imaginations these days. Imagining who we are or who we want to be is part of the human experience, but increasingly our human experience is competing with media that wants to do the imagining for us. Since news is so instantaneous, it is almost impossible to escape its tentacles.
For our 2015 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that will ask all of us to momentarily put away our smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc., so that we can refocus our energies on the wonders of our imaginations to consider the following questions: In what ways can we encourage our institutions, colleagues, students, and even ourselves to find meaning in using our imaginations for self-reflection and creative output? And how can we use those introspective moments, broadly speaking, to help us to become better teachers?
General Call for Papers
In addition to our conference theme, CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations by teachers, scholars, and graduate students in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, pedagogy, technical communication, professional writing, computers and writing, languages, linguistics, digital humanities, 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 overall.  Proposals may interpret the CEA theme broadly, including but not limited to the following areas:

Online Submissions
CEA prefers to receive submissions electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address: http://www.cea-web.org

Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2014. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title.

Submitting electronically involves setting up a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference. If you are submitting a panel with multiple participants, please create a user ID for each proposed participant. If you have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.

Important Information for Presenters
▪ A-V equipment and any form of special accommodation must be requested
at the time of proposal submission.
▪ CEA can provide DVD players, overhead projectors, data projectors, and CD/cassette
players, but not computers or Internet access.
▪ To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15 minutes.
▪ Notifications of proposal status will be sent around 5 December 2014.
▪ All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2015 to appear on the program.
▪ No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
▪ Presenters must make their own presentation; no proxies are allowed.
▪ CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals from
▪ CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
▪ Papers must be presented in English.

Note to Graduate Students
▪ Graduate students may submit their conference presentation for the CEA Outstanding
Graduate Student Paper Award (see below), which carries a small prize.
▪ Information on how to submit that paper will be sent to accepted panelists after the
membership deadline.
▪ Graduate students are asked to identify themselves as such in their proposals so we can
send information about the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award when it is

Join the College English Association
To join the College English Association or to find out more information about the conference, please see the CEA website at www.cea-web.org

All presenters at the 2015 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2015. To join CEA, please go to http://cea-web.org/

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