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Peace Studies (CEA 3/31/22–4/2/22)

Birmingham, Alabama
Organization: College English Association
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, British, Pedagogy, Rhetoric & Composition, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2022-03-31 to 2022-04-02 Abstract Due: 2021-11-01

Subject: Call for Papers: Peace Studies at CEA 2022


Call for Papers, Peace Studies at CEA 2022

March 31-April 2, 2022 | Birmingham, Alabama

Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham | 2201 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Peace Studies for our 52nd annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org

The Peace Studies section of the College English Associate invites proposals for presentation that bridge English studies and peace studies. Proposals may focus on literature, rhetoric, composition, digital or public humanities, film, linguistics, and/or pedagogy and may examine peace, its historical, cultural, theoretical, or contemporary contexts.


In what ways can English studies and peace studies come together to teach new scholarship?

What fissures exist between English studies and peace studies? How should we view the two together to create a cohesive pedagogy?

In our current sociopolitical contexts, how are the critical studies of peace, civic discourse, and the possibility of a more just and peaceful society pertinent to our work as scholar-teachers in English studies?

In what ways do English studies and peace studies inform each other? In what way should they?

Where do the boundaries of these fields overlap? In what ways are those overlaps productive?

How can we, as scholars and educators, begin to create change in order to turn the tides within our current sociopolitical culture?

Conference Theme: Justice

CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme: Justice. Birmingham’s notoriety as a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, including the Birmingham Campaign, the imprisonment of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the writing of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is matched by the city’s renown for forging steel, founding Veteran’s Day, and hosting the USA’s second-oldest drag queen pageant. Whether it is past conflicts over racism or current struggles over race, the rights of women, or the LGBTQ community, Birmingham and Alabama are places where the right to justice for groups and individuals has been ignored, debated, defended, and championed. Birmingham is also home to the College English Association’s 2022 national conference, and we invite you to join us to explore the many ways in which justice has been portrayed in literature, taught in classrooms, and fought for by both individuals and communities.

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 justice in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy. For your proposal, you might consider these concepts related to Justice:

§  resistance: protesting injustice

§  equality: shifting perceptions of race, class, cultures, regions, genders, sexualities

§  discourse: employing rhetoric and argument

§  reclamation: spotlighting forgotten or unknown texts, authors, and cultures

§  physicality: placing the body/publishing the text in contested spaces

§  movements: challenging the status quo through ideas, genre, or form

§  legitimacy: considering literature and the law

§  education: teaching empathy and dialog

§  individuality: combining the personal and political

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, 2021


For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at www.cea-web.org


All presenters at the CEA 2022 conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2022. To join CEA, please go to www.cea-web.org

Other questions? Please email me at [your email].



Laura Petersen, MA, MEd

Section Chair for Peace Studies, 2022 CEA Conference

Instructor of Professional Writing and Communications

Our Lady of the Lake University



Laura Petersen