Graphic Novels (CEA 3/31/22-4/2/22)

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association
contact email: 

Subject: Call for Papers: Graphic Novels at CEA 2022 


Call for Papers, Graphic Novels at CEA 2022 

March 31-April 2, 2022 | Birmingham, Alabama 

Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham | 2201 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 Graphic Novels for our 52nd annual conference. Submit your proposal at 
The CEA is seeking proposals for presentations relating to the conference theme of Justice as it is depicted, treated, or reflected in graphic novels. As works using both written text and visual art to convey meaning, graphic novels afford a wide range of representations of justice.  

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 2022 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-November 1, 2021 


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


All presenters at the CEA 2022 conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2022. To join CEA, please go to 

Other questions? Please email me at




Joseph J. Ward 

Associate Professor of English 
Pasco-Hernando State College  

Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch 

2727 Mansfield Boulevard 

Wesley Chapel, FL  33543 

(813) 527-6830