Call for Papers: The Profession at CEA 3/28-3/30/2019

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers, The Profession at CEA 2019

March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana

Astor Crowne Plaza

739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on [special topic title] for our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at

Proposals invited on “The Profession,” especially topics exploring the conference theme of “Vision and Revision.”  Possible ideas may include but are not limited to the following:

-Visionary/revised ways of thinking of professional preparation for the field

-Reconsidering professional pathways for the English Ph.D.

-Re-envisioning the role of limited-service faculty with English Departments

-Visions/re-visions of job-seeking strategies for new Ph.D.s

-Re-envisioning/re-evaluating the objectives of an English education

-Re-envisioning the field of English

-Revised ways of considering the field in relation to the workforce

-Visionary/revised approaches to the Profession, Professionalism

Conference Theme

New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich cities. The

birthplace of jazz, it is also notable for its proud literary heritage. Its iconic setting has

inspired generations of American writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin,

William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, and Anne Rice. From Easy Rider to

Treme, its distinctive sights have been memorialized in film and television to form an indelible part of America’s cultural imagination. Renowned for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it is also

recognized for bravery and vision in the face of devastation after Hurricane Katrina. It is

a city that has had to rebuild and reinvent itself.


The College English Association celebrates its 50th anniversary with its 2019 national

conference, to be held in the heart of the French Quarter. We invite you to join us at our

annual meeting to explore the theme of vision and revision. CEA invites proposals from academics in all areas of literature, language, film, composition, pedagogy, and creative, professional, and technical writing. We are especially interested in presentations that feature topics relating to vision and/or revision in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.


For your proposal you might consider:

-Visionary/revised ways of thinking of professional preparation

-Reconsidering professional pathways for the English Ph.D.

-Re-envisioning the role of limited-service faculty with English Departments

-Re-imagining the English degree in the digital age

-Re-envisioning/re-evaluating the objectives of an English education

-Re-envisioning/redefining the field of English

-Visionary/revised approaches to the Profession, Professionalism

-Revising/reconsidering intersectionality and privilege in the Profession

-Visionary approaches to parenting and the profession/work-life balance


General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature criticism and scholarship, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, 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.


Submission: August 15-November 1, 2018


For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at


All presenters at the 2019 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2019. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email



Elaine Arvan Andrews