CFP: Caribbean Literature at CEA 2020

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Call for Papers
August 15, 2019 to November 1, 2019
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Humanities, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature, Race Studies

Call for Papers, Caribbean Literature at CEA 2020

March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at


We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possible themes:


* Inevitability: shifts and trends relating to race, class, cultures, regions, genders, sexualities

* Mutability and mutation: poetry of loss, change, and death

* Evanescence: reclaiming texts that have vanished and reevaluating the canonical

* Liminality: shifting borders in genre and form

* Ephemerality: popular culture and forgetting

* Resistance: pedagogical theory and practice

* Transcendence: magical realism 

* Movement: avant garde or experimental literature

* Erosion and deposition: the new topography of instruction

* Colonization and empire

* Nationalism and citizenship

* Hybridity, transculturation, creolite, and mestizaje

* Migration, exile, transnationalism, and/or globalization

* Diasporic theory and Caribbean literatures

* Postcolonial studies and Caribbean literatures

* Comparative literary, historical, political, or cultural analyses of Caribbean literatures



Conference Theme: Tides


The College English Association’s 51st national conference will be held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where the tides shape the land and the culture, from food and drink to music and literature. Hilton Head’s fame as a vacation destination is paralleled by the island’s rich and diverse cultural history, with its still-vibrant Gullah/Geechee community and Lowcountry traditions of hospitality. Whether bolstered or battered by the tide, Hilton Head survives and thrives. 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 tides in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy. 


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, 2019


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


Membership: All presenters at the 2020 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2020. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email

Contact Info: 

Laura Barrio-Vilar, Ph.D.

English Department

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S. University Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72204

Phone: (501) 569-3161


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