CEA Comp and Rhet

by Dr Davis on September 2, 2014

Composition and Rhetoric at CEA 2015, (11/1/2014, 3/26-28/2015)
full name / name of organization:
College English Association
contact email:
[email protected]
Call for Papers, CEA 2015 | IMAGINATIONS

46th Annual Conference | March 26-28, 2015 | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, One South Capital Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204, Phone (317)-632-1234; Fax (317) 616-6299

Special Topics: Composition and Rhetoric

The Composition and Rhetoric area asks you to consider how imagination affects composition and rhetoric classrooms. You might consider exploring the different ways that we as teachers use our imagination to re-envision the classroom, change classroom dynamics, or inspire students to use imagination in their own writing. You may also consider the way that imagination works in research – whether your own or your students – and how we as teachers and scholars can use different technology to enhance imaginative composing.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2014 at http://cea-web.org/

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 46th annual conference.

Submission: August 15 – November 1, 2014
Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/

Conference Theme: Imaginations
We live in an age when news travels at lightning speed. This is mostly a good thing. Long before our local evening news sports reporter tells us how many points our favorite player scored in the game, all we have to do is go to our smart phones, click on the sports app of our choice, and then find the link that tells us the scores of the day. We can even watch highlights of the game if want to on our smart phones, thus, momentarily eliminating the need to go home after work to watch the highlights on our televisions screens.

If we are political junkies, we can also go to our smart phones and read about national or global politics or watch live coverage of congressional hearings right in the comfort of our homes. If we are addicted to celebrity culture, we can go to websites dedicated to revealing the good and not so good choices of our favorite stars, oftentimes, soon after a good or bad incident has occurred.

The bad part about news traveling at lightning speed, though, is that it does not give us opportunities to daydream, think quietly, or to sit in silence. The fact that news is just a few clicks away or on television all day denies us chances to use our imaginations these days. Imagining who we are or who we want to be is part of the human experience, but increasingly our human experience is competing with media that wants to do the imagining for us. Since news is so instantaneous, it is almost impossible to escape its tentacles.

For our 2015 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that will ask all of us to momentarily put away our smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc., so that we can refocus our energies on the wonders of our imaginations to consider the following questions: In what ways can we encourage our institutions, colleagues, students, and even ourselves to find meaning in using our imaginations for self-reflection and creative output? And how can we use those introspective moments, broadly speaking, to help us to become better teachers?

General Call for Papers
In addition to our conference theme, CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations by teachers, scholars, and graduate students in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, pedagogy, technical communication, professional writing, computers and writing, languages, linguistics, digital humanities, 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 overall. Proposals may interpret the CEA theme broadly, including but not limited to the following areas:

?Academic Administration Leadership
?Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom
?African American Literature
?American Literature: early, 19th?century, 20th & 21st?century
?Blackfriars (American Shakespeare Center)
?Book History and Textual Criticism
?British Literature: Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration & 18th?century, 19th?century, 20th &
?Byron Society of America (BSA)
?Caribbean Literature
?Children’s and Adolescent Literature
?Closing the Loop Through Assessment in Composition and Literature Courses
?Composition and Rhetoric
?Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, non?fiction
?Digital Humanities
?Film and Literature
?Food and the Literary Imagination
?Graphic Novels
?Hispanic, Latino(a), and Chicano(a) Literature
?Irish Literature
?Law and Literature
?Learning Outcomes and Assessment
?Literary Theory
?Literature and the Healing Arts
?Literature Pedagogy
?Metacognition, Active Learning, & Supportive Technology in the Literature or Composition
?Multicultural Literature
?Native American Literature
?Peace Studies
?Popular Culture
?Post-Colonial Literature
?Religion and Literature
?Scottish Literature
?Service Learning in English Courses—Composition and Literature
?Short Story: Criticism
?Teacher Education
?Technical Communication
?The Profession
?Thomas Merton (International Thomas Merton Society)
?Transatlantic Literature
?Trauma and Literature
?Travel and Literature
?True Crime
?War and Literature
?World Literature

Online Submissions
CEA prefers to receive submissions electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address: http://www.cea-web.org

Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2014. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title.

Submitting electronically involves setting up a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference. If you are submitting a panel with multiple participants, please create a user ID for each proposed participant. If you have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session chair or respondent for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.

Important Information for Presenters
? A-V equipment and any form of special accommodation must be requested
at the time of proposal submission.
? CEA can provide DVD players, overhead projectors, data projectors, and CD/cassette
players, but not computers or Internet access.
? To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15 minutes.
? Notifications of proposal status will be sent around 5 December 2014.
? All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2015 to appear on the program.
? No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
? Presenters must make their own presentation; no proxies are allowed.
? CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals from
? CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
? Papers must be presented in English.

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Late, but… Journal CFP

by Dr Davis on September 1, 2014

This particular deadline is past, but if the journal continues, I expect there will be another publication.

The IJHCS: International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies
contact email:
[email protected]
The IJHCS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, English language, cultural studies and creative writing for the Volume 1, Issue 2 (September 2014). Manuscripts Submission Deadline: August 25, 2014 (extended). Issue Publication Date: September 2014. For more details on the manuscripts and submission guidelines, please visit the Submission Guidelines webpage. Contributions have to be sent to:

[email protected]

Website: http://ijhcschiefeditor.wix.com/ijhcs


Blog Contributors: Genre and Medievalism

by Dr Davis on September 1, 2014

Call for Blog Contributors – Genre and Medievalism – Open-ended
full name / name of organization:
Tales After Tolkien Society
contact email:
[email protected]
The Tales After Tolkien Society promotes scholarship exploring any and all ways in which popular culture genres engage with the Middle Ages. What does ‘medieval’ mean in different genres – including but limited to Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Westerns, Historical, Horror, Young Adult and Children’s?

The Society aims to connect scholars and build a community of those working on medievalisms in genre literature, and to promote their work. We organize conference panels, and have two edited collections forthcoming.

We are currently seeking new contributors to our blog talesaftertolkien.blogspot.com
Posts might take the form of book, film, or game reviews, short-form scholarship, comments on medievalist scholarship, but are not limited to these options. If it has to do with popular cultures genres and the Middle Ages, we’d like to hear about it.

Contact Helen Young at [email protected]

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American Studies of Texas

by Dr Davis on August 30, 2014

[UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED] American Studies Association of Texas Conference Date: November 13-15, 2014
full name / name of organization:
American Studies Association of Texas
contact email:
[email protected]
American Studies Association of Texas
58th Annual Conference: DEADLINE EXTENDED
Call for Papers


Join us November 13-15, 2014, at Sam Houston State University in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas, as we celebrate multi-disciplinary interpretations and iterations of American Studies.

This Call for Papers invites submissions that examine the controversies of the field, both resolved and ongoing, through the varied lenses of scholars across disciplines. We ask the broad question: as society becomes more global, in what ways do scholars, artists, and musicians reimagine, reframe, or reflect what it is to be American?
Possible questions to consider:
• How has American Identity shaped or been shaped by concepts of American Individualism?
• How has the conflicted political past/present reshaped American Identity?
• How has our own art and music reflected the American Ideal? Are there such things as uniquely American food, music, art, culture?
• Has the embracing of multicultural elements in society reflected or deflected our understanding of what it is to be American?
• How is multiculturalism reflected in current American culture?
Questions concerning any related topics or proposals can be sent to [email protected]
We welcome a broad view of the topic that considers historical and contemporary concepts. In keeping with the theme, consider presentations that
• Celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of American Studies and the complex interconnections of theory and research.
• Allow us to take stock of our own memories of where we came from and the paths we have crossed, or negotiated, to get where we are now.
• Reveal the human aspects of our work in ways that intersect with other fields.*
Submit a 500-word proposal to [email protected] detailing your individual or panel presentations, performances, posters, or art work by September 1, 2014. Acceptance notices will be sent by September 15, 2014. Accepted presenters must become ASAT members in order to participate in the conference and have their names appear in the official conference program. To become a member, visit: www.asatexas.org/membership.html

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Teaching a Literacy Digital Essay

by Dr Davis on August 29, 2014

In one of my fyc courses, the first essay they are composing is a digital essay on how they gained literacy in a particular area.

I showed several Disney clips as examples:
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan

?Finding Nemo “I Speak Whale”

The Lion King “Hakuna Matata”
How to survive on bugs

I also showed a clip on Peter Parker learning to shoot webs.

There were a couple of other clips for audience:
One Man Band by Pixar
Chipotle Scarecrow
Chipotle Scarecrow parody

Students will be working on this digital essay for the next three weeks.


Millenials Pedagogy

by Dr Davis on August 28, 2014

[UPDATE] Motivating Millennials (06/03/14; collection)
full name / name of organization:
Natalie Mera Ford (Saint Joseph’s University) and Christina Rieger (Mercyhurst University)
contact email:
[email protected] and [email protected]
Essays are invited for an edited collection on pedagogical strategies to promote active reading.

Extended deadline for 500-700 word abstracts: Sep. 15th, 2014

Popular websites such as SparkNotes, GradeSaver, and Shmoop offer student-geared synopses of texts taught in the humanities. As instructors discover, even strong students often check such e-guides rather than trust their independent response to a work, while some students rely on these websites for their entire interpretation of a text, if not also as a substitute for the actual reading. The availability of online ‘study aids’ is clearly a temptation for students to let others do their critical thinking for them—the antithesis of the central goal of higher education. To combat these trends, we need to assess, redesign, and implement teaching methods that engage students while demanding critical reading and response. Motivating Millennials: How to Promote Active Student Reading in an Online Era aims to showcase diverse pedagogical strategies and theoretical approaches that address the realities of learning in the digital era. This collection focuses on innovative ways we can promote students’ engagement with literature and other primary texts in humanities courses. What types of activities and assignments encourage active reading and interpretation? How can we deter dependence on online text summaries and analyses? If consulting e-resources seems inevitable, how can assignments be shaped to re-direct student use of such sites and cultivate autonomous critical thinking skills? Finally, what theoretic frameworks or principles best support these classroom practices?

Please send a 500-700 word abstract for a 2,500-3,000 word essay to Natalie Mera Ford at [email protected] and Christy Rieger at [email protected] by Sep. 15, 2014.


Teaching College Literature

by Dr Davis on August 28, 2014

[UPDATE] Teaching College Literature (ongoing)
full name / name of organization:
Renee Pigeon, Teaching College Literature (TCL)
contact email:
[email protected]
Have you taught a terrific literature class recently? Contributions are solicited for Teaching College Literature, a web resource focused on teaching English literature at the college/university level.
Site URL:


Teaching College Literature welcomes submissions in the following areas:
• Articles (length: 2500-6000 words);
• Teaching tips (length 1500-3000 words);
• Media: videos, PowerPoints and other media;
• Sample syllabi and/or course materials(please include a brief commentary about the course)
• Suggestions for links to resources including journals, blogs, websites and other media (for example, literature journals that include articles with a pedagogical focus)

Original material in these categories should be submitted via email (doc, rtf, or pdf format, MLA style) to the TCL editor, Prof. Renee Pigeon, CSU San Bernardino: [email protected]
Please include a brief bio and your academic affiliation with your submission.

This is an ongoing project, with updates at least quarterly. Queries about submissions in the above categories or other possibilities not listed above are encouraged; please include “TCL” in the subject line of your email to [email protected]

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PCA Fan Spaces

by Dr Davis on August 27, 2014

CFP: Panel on Fan Spaces at PCA/ACA conference, New Orleans (Apr. 1-4, 2015)
full name / name of organization:
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
contact email:
[email protected]
As the popularity of this year’s San Diego Comic Con proved, fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as transformative and fan works, without the threat of censorship or harassment. These spaces exist both physically (as in, for example, in the form of fan conventions and fan meet ups) and virtually through social media platforms such as Tumblr, twitter, and Ao3.

I am looking for papers on virtual and physical fan spaces for a panel in the Fan Studies area at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in New Orleans April 1-4, 2015. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

-virtual fan spaces including Tumblr, Archive of our Own, and fanfiction.net
-creating or delineating fan spaces
-physical fan spaces including meetups and fan conventions
-for-profit conventions such as DragonCon or SDCC
-fan run conventions such as Otakon, 221bCon, or GallifreyOne
-policing and harassment in fan spaces
-fan spaces functioning as or failing to function as “safe spaces”
-cosplay and crossplay
-language of fan spaces

Priority will be given to papers that go beyond introductory level treatment of their topics.

Submissions should be sent directly to my email ([email protected]) and should include the author’s CV, short biography (100-150 words), and abstract (100-250 words). If papers are chosen for the panel, they must be submitted to the PCA’s website at http://ncp.pcaaca.org. Please indicate at that time whatever audio/visual needs you may have.

Deadline: No later than Oct. 1, 2014

PCA/ACA Conference website: http://pcaaca.org/

Email: [email protected]

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CFP: Games and Literary Theory

by Dr Davis on August 26, 2014

Games and Literary Theory 2014
full name / name of organization:
University of Amsterdam, Department of English and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)
contact email:
[email protected], [email protected]
The Digital Games and Literary Theory Conference Series addresses the scope and appeal of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of games and games’ impact on other fields in the Humanities. We are particularly interested in digital game modalities and how these might be seen as reconfiguring and questioning concepts, practices and orthodoxies integral to literary theory (i.e. textuality, subjectivity, authorship, the linguistic turn, the ludic, and the nature of fiction). At the same time, theoretical discourses in the area of game studies have been slow in bringing critical concerns from literary and cultural theory, such as undecidability, the trace, the political unconscious, the allegorical, the autopoietic, to bear on games. Likewise the conversation about narrative and games continues to raise questions concerning the nature of concepts such as fiction and the virtual, or indeterminacies across characters, avatars and players.

The organizers of the Second Annual International Conference on Games and Literary Theory, at the University of Amsterdam, invite proposals that focus on issues related, but not limited to, any (or a combination of) the following:

Textuality in literature and games
Rethinking fiction after with digital games
Characters, avatars, players, subjects
New forms of narrative and games
Games and the rethinking of culture
Generic criticism
Digital games, literariness, and intermediality
Digital games and authorship and/or focalization
Reception theory, reader experience, player experience: New phenomenologies for critique
Gender in games, literature, and theory
Digital games, literary theory and posthumanism
Representations of disability in interactive media
Possible Worlds Theory and games
Digital games in literature
Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words, with a preliminary list of works to be cited, in Word or PDF, to Joyce Goggin ([email protected]) AND Cameron Kelly ([email protected]), no later than September 15th, 2014.

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Academic Journal of English Language

by Dr Davis on August 24, 2014

Academic Journal of English Language

[email protected]

Call For Papers
Date of Publication: September, 2014


Academic Journal of English Language (AJOEL) is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, and open-access journal published monthly by the World Journals of Academic Advances (WJOAA). It publishes the highest quality research papers in all major thrust areas, but not restricted, of English language and Linguistics; its scope includes both theoretical and applied topics in English language studies, linguistics and English language teaching. It covers other realms as well, including comparative linguistics, contrastive linguistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, syntax, morphology, phonology, lexis etc.
Our peer review is very fast, highly rigorous and it takes just a few days to weeks, and authors are carried along adequately in all the publication processes. All papers are subjected to peer review by Editorial Board Members or qualified reviewers by the use of double blind peer review system and if accepted it will be published in the September issue. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general scope and criteria of AJOEL publication.
Three types of manuscripts may be submitted as follows:
Regular articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly.
Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short communications are 2 to 4 printed pages (about 6 to 12 manuscript pages) in length.
Review: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise and no longer than 4-6 printed pages (about 12 to 18 manuscript pages). Reviews manuscripts are also peer-reviewed.
For author guidelines, please visit: http://www.wjoaa.org/journals/?jid=F033&pg=authors
For Information about the journal and Publication charges, please visit:


The Authors are invited to submit their original research papers for AJOEL through E-mail: [email protected] or simply sign up on our website and upload your manuscripts.
Submissions must be unique and should not be published earlier or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this Journal. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind Regards;
AJOEL Editorial Team

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