Pedagogy at CEA 2021 (4/8/21–4/10/21)

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

Call for Papers, Pedagogy at CEA 2021

April 8-10, 2021 | Birmingham, Alabama
Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham | 2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Pedagogy for our 52 nd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We are particularly interested in the ways our theme of "justice" can affect the pedagogical practices in the English studies classroom. Topics may range from the re-seeing of our course materials in an anti-racist light, looking towards equitable assessment practices, or concerns with encouraging accessibility. 

Conference Theme: Justice

CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme: Justice.
Birmingham’s notoriety as a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, including the Birmingham
Campaign, the imprisonment of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the writing of his “Letter from
Birmingham Jail” is matched by the city’s renown for forging steel, founding Veteran’s Day, and
hosting the USA’s second-oldest drag queen pageant. Whether it is past conflicts over racism or
current struggles over race, the rights of women, or the LGBTQ community, Birmingham and
Alabama are places where the right to justice for groups and individuals has been ignored,
debated, defended, and championed. Birmingham is also home to the College English
Association’s 2021 national conference, and we invite you to join us to explore the many ways
in which justice has been portrayed in literature, taught in classrooms, and fought for by both
individuals and communities.

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 justice in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies,
media, and pedagogy. For your proposal, you might consider these concepts related to Justice:

 resistance: protesting injustice
 equality: shifting perceptions of race, class, cultures, regions, genders, sexualities
 discourse: employing rhetoric and argument
 reclamation: spotlighting forgotten or unknown texts, authors, and cultures
 physicality: placing the body/publishing the text in contested spaces
 movements: challenging the status quo through ideas, genre, or form
 legitimacy: considering literature and the law
 education: teaching empathy and dialog
 individuality: combining the personal and political

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-October 1, 2020
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

All presenters at the CEA 2021 conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2021.
To join CEA, please go to
Other questions? Please email me at

Dr. Danielle Nielsen
Murray State University
Murray, KY