Indiana College English Association 2017 Conference

The Gift of Words

Friday, October 27, 2017

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and

Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus

Columbus, Indiana


This year’s ICEA interdisciplinary conference invites researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of academic fields, including Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Linguistics, the Arts, Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and other areas to generate discussion about how fiction and other literatures cherish the gift of words.

This interdisciplinary conference will challenge participants through interactive discussion of papers and presentations dealing with our conference theme. Across the disciplines, how does literature, including fiction and storytelling, cherish language?

We encourage proposals that deal with this topic as it relates to the following. Do not limit your ideas merely to these areas, however. Use your imagination and connect “the gift of words” to your discipline!

  • Curricular and course design
  • College and classroom challenges
  • Engagement in professions
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Global issues

Plan to arrive early and/or stay after the conference to participate in a guided tour of the Columbus, IN, architecture.

Submission Procedure:

Please submit proposals via email by August 15, 2017 to

For more information and travel details, please see updates at the ICEA website: and Twitter announcements @IndianaCEA.

All proposals must include the following information:

- Your name

- Presentation title

- College or university affiliation and mailing address

- Your email address and phone number

- A description of the proposed presentation, not to exceed 300 words.

Creative writing submissions are always welcome as well. Please provide a 300-word excerpt.

Graduate Students’ Presentation Prize Competition: ICEA is pleased to sponsor a competition with cash prizes for graduate students who present at ICEA. Prizes will be awarded for best scholarly and creative papers. Graduate students who plan to compete for these prizes must submit complete presentation-length papers, along with the abstract. Please email for details.


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Other Links

  • Call for Papers
  • Conference Registration and Travel
  • Information for the Board of Directors