Call for Papers: African-American Literature at CEA 2019

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2018
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Literature, Slavery, Race Studies

Call for Papers: African-American Literature at CEA 2019

Conference Dates: March 28-30, 2019

Conference Location: Astor Crowne Plaza

739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

The College English Association—a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies—welcomes proposals for presentations on African-American literature (and the theme of vision/revision) as part of our fiftieth annual conference in March 2019. Submit your proposal at

The concepts of vision and revision are particularly important to African-American literature past and present, as Black authors have toiled not only to present their own unique vision of the African-American experience, art, and culture but also to revise often skewed and stereotypical depictions of Blackness throughout time. For the African-American literature track at the CEA Conference, we are interested in proposals that explore vision/revision in its many forms, including works that attempt to define theories of Black art and community formation, works that may challenge skewed representations of the Black experience in history, and adaptations in African-American texts. Feel free to interpret this theme as you see fit, as we work to offer expansive and innovative discussions of the conference theme as it relates to the wealth of African-American literature produced over time.

Conference Theme

New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich cities. The birthplace of jazz, it is also notable for its proud literary heritage. Its iconic setting has inspired generations of American writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, and Anne Rice. From Easy Rider to Treme, its distinctive sights have been memorialized in film and television to form an indelible part of America’s cultural imagination. Renowned for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it is also recognized for bravery and vision in the face of devastation after Hurricane Katrina. It is a city that has had to rebuild and reinvent itself.


The College English Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with its national conference, to be held in the heart of the French Quarter in 2019. We invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the theme of vision and revision. 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 vision and/or revision in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.


For your proposal you might consider:

  • Vision or visibility/invisibility as it relates to race, class, cultures, regions, genders, or sexualities
  • The iconic/iconicity in literary texts and popular culture
  • Visionaries in literary texts, media, and pedagogy
  • Connections between illustrations and literary texts
  • Graphic novels and visual texts
  • The themes of sight, vision, revision, and spectacle as they relate to literary, scholarly, or theoretical works
  • Revising, re-envisioning or re-imagining pedagogy or the profession
  • Revision as it pertains to the writing process
  • The eye or vision as a metaphor, motif, or icon
  • New visions, innovations; avant garde or experimental literature
  • Envisioning new landscapes for digital humanities


General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literary 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 Period: August 15, 201u to November 1, 2018


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


All presenters at the 2019 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2019. To join CEA, please go to For any additional questions or concerns, please E-mail



Christopher Allen Varlack, Ph.D.

Special Topics Chair in African-American Literature for the 2019 CEA Meeting

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Christopher Allen Varlack, Ph.D.

Special Topics Chair in African-American Literature for the 2019 CEA Conference

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