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Michigan CEA

Call for Papers: Michigan College English Association Conference

Friday, October 12, 2018
Themes: Escape and Refuge

Luncheon Speaker: Ruelaine Stokes, poet & tutor at Lansing Refugee Center

Location: Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing 48917

We live in a world with many conflicts and wars, which have created large numbers of displaced people, including a larger number of refugees than at any time in the past. We may seek refuge in our society,classrooms, workplaces, country, and world. How can we help our students to deal with their own desires toescape and/or confront such problems? How are the themes of escape and refuge manifest in what we read, learn, study, and teach? How do administrators and faculty negotiate these issues? To what extent should we and our students discuss state, national, and international political issues related to escape and refuge? How do works of literature comment on these topics? What are the implications of these topics in the writing class?

The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete panels for our Fall 2018 Conference. 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.

Here are some possible areas for presentations:

  • fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction
  • professional expectations/evaluation/assessment
  • classroom management
  • teaching composition, literature, linguistics
  • preparing students for the work world
  • English departments and our society
  • curriculum development
  • the creative process
  • computer or on-line instruction
  • union/administration differences
  • race, class, and gender studies film studies

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 1, 2018.

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.

Proposals are due by October 1, 2018.

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.

NYCEA 2018

Embedding English: Literature and Writing in Every Field

Plaza College, Queens, NY
October 19-20, 2018

This year’s New York College English Association annual conference will explore the intersection of English with other majors, fields, and disciplines. How does literature connect with different fields? How is writing essential to other majors? In what ways can literature and writing improve the work of students and professionals in all disciplines?

Proposals are welcomed to examine the influence of literature and writing within various fields,
helping to enrich every aspect of our culture and society.
Please send 250 word abstracts to The abstract deadline is August 1, 2018. See for more!

Paper topics may address any aspect of this theme, such as:
-Literature’s role in classes in other disciplines
-Literature that illuminates aspects of work in other fields
-Collaborative teaching among English and other disciplines
-Assessing writing in courses other than English
-The value of leisure reading
-Subject matter reading as literature
-Engaging students of all majors in reading and writing beyond the classroom
-Diversifying literature offerings to connect across the curriculum
-Expanding the canon across cultures
-Using theory and critical analysis beyond literature class
-Incorporating alternate forms of literature and art in the classroom
-Bringing professors from other disciplines into the English classroom
-Collaborative teaching
-Connecting non-majors to literature and writing
-Peer review, support, and mentoring across majors
-Effects of technology on the teaching of writing in all disciplines
-Highlighting literature and writing across campus

ICEA 2018

The deadline for submitting ICEA conference proposals is fast approaching. If you have not already submitted, we hope you will consider doing so. Please see our Google Document for full CFP details:
Proposals are due July 15; the conference will be held October 19 at the University of Indianapolis. We look forward to reading your proposals!