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College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group CFP

Theme: Writing and Teaching Justice in an Age of Unrest
Date: March 6, 2021
Location: Virtual
Abstracts Due: January 6, 2021

“Writing and Teaching Justice in an Age of Unrest”
Keynote Panel: “Music and Movement”

Virtual Conference

“Writing and Teaching Justice” is the theme for 2021’s CEA-MAG Conference, which will be held online this year with remote panels and keynote address. This year’s theme is a prompt for papers and panels seeking and articulating justice in English, Modern Languages, Cultural Studies, the Humanities and STEM subjects, the Social Sciences, and interdisciplinary subjects. We therefore invite papers and panels from academics in higher education, AP instructors, and graduate students on any topic that is likely to be of interest to this organization. Although proposals may broadly interpret the conference theme along the following subtopics indicated below, we will also gladly review for possible inclusion thematically divergent proposals.

Some Subtopics to Consider:

  • Black lives matter. Period.
  • What was normal? Or, Lessons the pandemic taught me
  • Written, spoken, performed: The rhetoric of protest
  • Remote teaching netiquette: Or, OK, everybody mute your mics, please
  • Writing (& righting) civil disobedience
  • Teaching literature in an age of authoritarian politics
  • Masking and unmasking COVID-19 ideologies
  • Plague Lit 101
  • The times, they better be a-changin’: Protest songs for a digital age
  • Join or die: Divisive and inclusionary rhetoric in the public space
  • The curve: Grading student work during COVID-19
  • Policing justice
  • In their own words: Teachers on the front lines of instruction during COVID-19
  • Quarantined: Building LGBTQ community in a time of social distancing
  • The social responsibility of higher ed: Or, the ballot or the pandemic
  • #MeToo: You are not alone
  • Let me count the ways: Or, lies, damned lies, & statistics during COVID-19
  • Online education: Before and after
  • Alright: Hip-hop as social protest
  • The aesthetics and politics of the staged Zoom bookcase backdrop
  • Free speech isn’t free: The media’s role in framing and achieving justice
  • Adjuncts of the world, unite! Or, Economic justice in higher ed
  • To sync or not to sync: Pedagogies for a pandemic
  • Muses, divine goddesses, and other inspirations for dialog and change

Students:  Students are encouraged to submit proposals for short creative works to be read or performed at a closing reception at the end of the conference.

Graduate students should identify themselves to be eligible to compete for the $100 Christopher Bell prize for best grad student paper and should be prepared to submit a full copy of the accepted conference paper by Feb. 24 to the Program Committee Chair.

Submissions: Please email your paper abstracts (of 500 words or fewer) or panel proposals by 6 January 2020 to Bishnu Ghimire, Program Committee Chair, at Please include “CEA-MAG” in the subject line of all submissions. Acceptance letters will be sent out in late January.

Paper abstracts and panel proposals should include the following information: Name; institutional affiliation (if applicable); mailing address (including zip code); phone number and email address; title for the proposed presentation; abstract of no more than 500 words (papers at the conference will be limited to 15 minutes); A-V needs, if any; special needs, if any.

Registration: Since this conference will be held virtually, we are asking for a pay-what-you-can contribution so that we can publish the CEAMAG Journal. Our usual registration/CEA-MAG membership fee is $50 ($35 for adjunct instructors and $25 for graduate students). The link to the online registration page is on the webpage for the CEA-MAG:

Questions?  Other questions may be directed to CEA-MAG President LaTanya Rogers at Website: