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NYCEA 2017 Conference
New York College English Association in partnership with the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program at the University of Rochester
October 20-21, 2017, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Marking the Margins and Setting the Center

  "Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art.  Only on the margins does growth occur." --Joanna Russ.

As the quotation from Joanna Russ--a prominent science fiction author and feminist--indicates, this year's New York College English Association conference is concerned with exploring art, literature, and pedagogy on or around the margins.
But what do these terms “margin” and “center” mean, and why have they been so tightly associated with one another? How have their meanings – and the relationship between their meanings – changed in different historical and cultural contexts? Who has determined these meanings and relationships? Who has benefited and who has suffered from them?  At this year's conference at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, we will connect these more general questions about issues of marginality to some of the specific challenges faced by researchers and teachers.

Please submit 250 word abstracts via e-mail to by August 15th, 2017.

Paper topics may consider, but are certainly not limited to, any aspect of this theme, including:
-The role of adjunct and itinerant teachers in academia.
-Under-represented authors and characters.
-Effective ways to reach marginalized student populations.
-Queer/Feminist/Race/Gender/Disability Theories.
-Manuscripts and marginalia.
-Marginal comments and peer review in the composition classroom.
-Digital Humanities, technology access, and digital divides.
-Cultural appropriation
-Social justice debates--Occupy, BLM, University origins and racism, etc.
-The campus experience (trigger warnings and safe spaces)
-Monsters and monstrosity in literary texts
-Roma art, literature, and culture
-Great books and the canon
-After the "Theory Wars"--the current state of critical theory
-Addressing the unique needs of the military veteran student population
-International students and cultural considerations
-Interdisciplinary scholars as [institutional drifters]
-Pop culture, comic books, children's literature and the quest for academic
-Utopias, Dystopias, and speculative science fiction

NYCEA holds an annual conference: alternating, when possible, between upstate and downstate locations (usually in the New York City area). Previous conference themes have included "Literature and Film," "Reconciliation," "Close Reading,” "Literature and Evolution," and “Ethnicity and Literature.” Keynote speakers and presenters have included well-known creative writers and scholars.  Our conferences are intimate and welcoming, and give presenters an opportunity to share insights about literature, teaching, and writing.  You don't have to be a New Yorker to join! Though most of our members are from the northeastern United States and Canada, we welcome members from all over the world.

We encourage graduate students to present papers at NYCEA conferences.  A $200 cash prize is awarded for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at each conference.  Graduate students may submit their papers and are usually notified by the end of the conference if they have won.

Call for Papers:  Michigan College English Association Conference on Friday, October 27, 2017

Themes:  Authority and Agency During Divisive Times

Featured Luncheon Speaker :  Matthew Gavin Frank

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 Individuals often contest the issues of authority and agency in our classrooms, workplaces, country, and world.  How can we help our students to feel like authorities who have agency?  How are agency and authority manifest in what we read, learn, study, and teach?  How do administrators and faculty negotiate agency and authority?  To what extent should we discuss state, national, and international political issues of agency and authority in our classrooms?  How do works of literature comment on the topics of agency and authority?  What are the implications of agency and authority in the writing class?

The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete panels for our Fall 2017Conference.  We welcome proposals from experienced academics, young scholars, and graduate students.  We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as work from creative writers.

Graduate Students: Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards.  To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed papers must be submitted to the program chairs by October 10, 2017.

Although we encourage papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals from all areas that English and Writing departments encompass:  cultural studies; developmental education; English as a second language; literary studies; multicultural literature; popular culture; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; and technical writing.

Note that the new MCEA website is

Proposals are due by October 8, 2017.  Early submissions are welcome.  Please send your name, university affiliation, e-mail address, AV requests, time/day preference, and a 200-word abstract or sample of creative writing to Joyce Meier and Janet Ruth Heller, Program Chairs, via email at and  To submit a panel proposal, please include the information for all members (4 maximum participants) in the same proposal.