Call for Papers: Book History at CEA 2019

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association
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Call for Papers, Book History 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

The Special Topics Chair for Book History welcomes proposals for papers or panels dealing with bibliography, book history, or history of the book. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Composition, publication, or reception histories
• Bibliography
• Textual criticism
• Print culture
• Book History in the classroom
• Book History centers
• Book History in the digital age
Please submit your 200-500 word proposals to Proposals are due by November 1, 2018. Mark your proposals as Book History in the topics list.

If you have any questions, email Dr. Erin N. Bistline at

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:
• Vision or visibility/invisibility as it relates to race, class, cultures, regions,
genders, or sexualities
• The iconic/iconicity in literary texts and popular culture
• Visionaries in literary texts, media, and pedagogy
• Connections between illustrations and literary texts
• Graphic novels and visual texts
• The themes of sight, vision, revision, and spectacle as they relate to literary,
scholarly, or theoretical works
• Revising, re-envisioning or re-imagining pedagogy or the profession
• Revision as it pertains to the writing process
• The eye or vision as a metaphor, motif, or icon
• New visions, innovations; avant garde or experimental literature
• Envisioning new landscapes for digital humanities

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