Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (CEA 4/8/21–4/10/21)

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
College English Aassociation

Call for Papers, Creative Writing: Non-Fiction 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 of Creative Writing: Non-Fiction for our 52nd annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org

How often does the theme of justice naturally crop up in your creative non-fiction? This year’s theme epitomizes why so many writers turn to their words to transcribe life into the written form. Bear witness, share your interpretation of justice or injustice, or let this year’s theme naturally weave its way into your work. Use our theme as a compass to navigate the world around you or a distant light that your characters reach for, only to fall short time and time, again. We love a wide array of interpretations of our conference themes, so be as strict or malleable as you please—but do not let your words go unheard.

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 www.cea-web.org

 

Membership
All presenters at the CEA 2021 conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2021. To join CEA, please go to www.cea-web.org

Other questions? Please email me at amanda.brahlek@volstate.edu.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amanda S. Brahlek

amanda.brahlek@volstate.edu