CEA Special Topics: British Literature: Restoration, 18th C, TransAtlantic

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CEA Special Topics: British Literature: Restoration, 18th C, TransAtlantic
College English Association 47th Annual Conference, March 31-April 2, 2016, Denver, CO

The 47th Annual Conference of the College English Association invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the rhetorical, the pedagogical and the professional "creations" of our fields.

To create, to study the creation of others and thus re-create in various manifestations of potential meaning, to be a creator of a text or meaning or environment, to stimulate creativity or creation in others—creation is at the heart of what we do. That perhaps wondrous act or process or phenomenon of bringing something into being that did not exist before, creation may be recognized in writing, in analysis, in the coming together of disparate elements in a class discussion during which the lecturer sees the lights come on or hears a student's perspective remarkable in its profundity and originality. The creations of evolving conceptions of text, publication and authorship are changing so rapidly that the profession struggles to provide meaningful definition. What do we create, hope our students will create, see or reconstruct in the creations of others?

Literatures from the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, as well as Trans-Atlantic literatures are the essence of creation. The dismantling of repressive Puritan policies and practices invited the exuberance of the eighteenth century, as well as the emergence and treatment of political and social changes of the age. This special topics area will consider "creation" in any of its various meanings and interpretations in the literature of the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. Proposals may interpret the conference theme broadly, but they need not conform to it.

Proposals are currently being accepted at http://www.cea-web.org/. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2015.

Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note that only one proposal may be submitted per participant.

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 2015.
•All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2016 to appear on the program.
•No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
•Presenters must make their own presentation in person at the conference venue; no proxies are allowed. No "virtual" presentations are permitted ("skyping in," etc).
•CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals from undergraduates.
•CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
•Papers must be presented in English.

For more information about this special topic, please contact Elizabeth Battles at ebattles@txwes.edu. For more information about the College English Association, please visit the website at http://www.cea-web.org/.