Call for Papers: The Profession at CEA 2015

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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, 317-632-1234

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.

We invite proposals on aspects of The Profession that address the conference theme: Imaginations.

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Conference Theme: Imaginations
We live in an age when news travels at lightning speed. This is mostly a good thing. Long before our local 10 or 11 o'clock nighttime 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 and watch 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 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. For our 2015 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore Imaginations by asking: 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.

Special Topics
▪Academic Administration Leadership
▪Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom
▪African American Literature
▪American Literature: early, 19th‐century, 20th & 21st‐century
▪Blackfriars (American Shakespeare Center)
▪Book History and Textual Criticism
▪British Literature: Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration &18th‐century, 19th‐century, 20th & 21st‐century
▪Byron Society of America (BSA)
▪Caribbean Literature
▪Children's and Adolescent Literature
▪Closing the Loop Through Assessment in Composition and Literature Courses
▪Composition and Rhetoric
▪Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, non‐fiction
▪Digital Humanities
▪Disability Studies
▪Film and Literature
▪Film Studies
▪Food and the Literary Imagination
▪Graphic Novels
▪Hispanic, Latino(a), and Chicano(a) Literature
▪Irish Literature
▪Law and Literature
▪Learning Outcomes and Assessment
▪Literary Theory
▪Literature and the Healing Arts
▪Literature Pedagogy
▪Metacognition, Active Learning, & Supportive Technology in the Lit. Or Comp. Classroom
▪Multicultural Literature
▪Native American Literature
▪Peace Studies
▪Popular Culture
▪Post Colonial Literature
▪Religion and Literature
▪Service Learning in English Courses: Composition and Literature
▪Scottish Literature
▪Short Story: Criticism
▪Teacher Education
▪Technical Communication (Association of Teachers of Technical Writing)
▪The Profession
▪Thomas Merton (International Thomas Merton Society)
▪Transatlantic Literature
▪Trauma and Literature
▪Travel and Literature
▪True Crime
▪War and Literature
▪World Literature

All presenters at the 2015 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2015. To join CEA, please go to

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Coretta M. Pittman
Associate Professor of English
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97404
Waco, Texas 76798