Literature: Empowerment through Empathy

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana College English Association
contact email: 

Indiana College English Association 2016 ConferenceLiterature: Empowerment through EmpathyFriday, October 28, 2016Indiana Wesleyan UniversityMarion, Indiana


You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.  --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird  

This year’s ICEA interdisciplinary conference invites researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of academic fields, including Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Linguistics, the Arts, Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and other areas to generate discussion about how fiction and other literatures serve as valid sources to inspire empathy, etc.    

Our keynote speaker is Indiana’s Poet Laureate (2014-2016) and gifted speaker, Dr. George Kalamaras, Prof. of English at IPFW. He has published seven books of poetry and one of scholarship including The Hermit’s Way of Being Human, Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck, The Recumbent Galaxy, The Theory and Function of Mangoes, numerous articles in scholarly journals; and approximately 800 poems in anthologies and magazines in the United States and abroad.

As an interdisciplinary conference, participants will be challenged through interactive discussion of papers and presentations dealing with our conference theme. Across the disciplines, how does literature, including fiction and storytelling serve to inspire empathy? We encourage proposals that deal with this topic as it relates to the following. Do not limit your ideas merely to these areas, however. Use your imagination and connect literature to your discipline!

  • Curricular and course design

  • College and classroom challenges

  • Engagement in professions

  • Cross-cultural relationships

  • Global issues


Submission Procedure: Please submit proposals via email by June 30 to For more information and travel details, please see upcoming websites at the ICEA website: and Twitter announcements @IndianaCEA.

All proposals must include the following information:

  • Your name

  • Presentation title

  • College or university affiliation and mailing address

  • Your email address and phone number

  • A description of the proposed presentation, not to exceed 300 words.

  • Creative writing submissions are always welcome as well. Please provide a 300-word excerpt.