CFP: Religion & Literature at CEA 2015

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College English Association
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Submission deadline: November 1, 2014 at

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 46th annual conference.

The special topic is religion and literature: Internal Reflection / External Action

The theme of the CEA 2015 conference is Imaginations. We live in an age when news travels at lightning speed. We read about breaking news online or on our phones before it hits the network TV news; we learn about our neighbor's escapades on Facebook before we meet him/her in the grocery story. This immediacy of experience does not give us opportunities to daydream, think quietly, to sit in silence, or to use our imaginations; we often see this in children when they play using characters from video games rather than their own heads.

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?

Submission: August 15 - November 1, 2014
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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.