Thomas Merton and "Justice" (CEA 4/821-4/10/21)

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association
contact email: 

International Thomas Merton Society

at the

College English Association



                                                                                      Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL

                                                                                                              April 8-10, 2021

  Call for Papers


An allied organization of the College English Association (CEA), the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) will be sponsoring one or more panels at the annual CEA Conference next April 8-10, as well as recommending individual proposals for other concurrent sessions.  Overarching theme of the Conference: JUSTICE.


Suggested lines of inquiry (but only suggested):

       • Merton's resistance to all forms of injustice (Ex. racism, individualism, violence,

                   nationalism, white supremacy)

         • Merton and ...Gandhi...Martin Luther King, Jr...Malcolm X

         • spiritual roots of protest and the way of non violence

         • resurgence of interest in Merton's writing

                  (Ex. Seeds of Destruction ;Faith and Violence; Emblems in a Season of Fury)

       • key essays (Ex. "The Hot Summer of Sixty-Seven")

         • key poems (Ex. "And the Children of Birmingham")


You are invited to submit a title and proposal (200-500 words) for a 6-8 page paper (15 minute presentation time) and encouraged to contact Monica Weis SSJ ( for directions on how to submit your proposal to the CEA data base and how to negotiate your CEA membership ($50) by January 2020

Deadline for electronic proposals is October 1, 2020

Online submission site:   (site opens August 17)


The annual CEA Conference is a wonderfully congenial gathering of 500+ scholar-teachers committed to literature, writing, college teaching, and related fields.