Travel and Literature at CEA 2023 (March 30-April 1)

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association
contact email: 

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 52nd annual conference, March 30-April 1, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. Submit your 250-500 word abstract at  

The Travel and Literature area at CEA is seeking submissions on any aspect of travel and literature, including but not limited to travelogues; travel and ecocriticism; regionalism; travel and identity; intercultural perspectives; etc. Theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome, as are papers concerning various genres and historical periods of literature. Of particular interest will be presentations that actualize the conference theme, Confluence, as it applies to travelers across America, around the world, and through time and space. How do writers explore, engage, and articulate Confluence within the places, spaces, experiences, texts, and selves of their travels?

Conference Theme: CONFLUENCE

CEA welcomes proposals for presentations that move to the general conference theme: ConfluenceThe conference will be held in San Antonio, a city that itself is a kind of confluence: it has been the home of multiple cultures; it has seen the rise and fall of famous missions and military presidios; and it honors in its daily life today its Hispanic heritage and cowboy culture alike. It is no wonder, then, that it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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, rhetoric, 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.

Panels and Roundtable Sessions are also welcome. If submitting a pre-formed panel, please create a user ID for each participant, and identify the panel in the submission. Roundtables will feature presentations and discussion of 500-word essays, an opportunity to engage with other scholars, discover other resources, or begin imagining the next steps towards developing ideas into longer, more typical conference papers or articles.

Abstract Submissions Accepted until November 1, 2022

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


Presentations must be made in person at the conference venue. Neither proxy nor “virtual” (Skyping, etc.) presentations are permitted. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes.


All presenters at the 2023 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2023. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email




Katrina J. Quinn, Ph.D.

Special Topics Chair, Travel and Literature

(724) 738-2430 |