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CEA Conference 2017: Islands

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Click the following link for the final list of conference presenters at the 2016 conference:  Final Program of Participants for 2016 CEA Conference in Denver 


CEA 2017

Theme:  Islands

48th Annual Conference |  March 30-April 1, 2017 |  Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Hotel Information and Reservations:  http://cwp.marriott.com/hhhgr/cea/


Proposals will be accepted online at www.cea-web.org beginning August 15, 2016.

 Submission deadline: November 1, 2017


“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,

 Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not”

 Shakespeare’s The Tempest


For our annual meeting in beautiful Hilton Head, SC, the College English Association invites you to join us in exploring the idea of the island. The Sea Pine shell ring, over 15,000 years old, once sheltered Native Americans who occupied Hilton Head seasonally. Gullah and Geechee culture emerged on the island as freed slaves sought sanctuary there at the end of the Civil War. How, then, are islands in literature and film, as in life, places of desperate refuge and welcome escape? What respites do they provide? Are islands imagined utopias, or do they offer only barriers and isolation? Finally, is the study of composition, film, language, literature, and writing, a kind of island amidst the tempest of the current attack on the humanities?


Presentations by enthusiastic academics, from professor emeriti to advanced undergraduates, are solicited in all areas of literature, language, film, composition, pedagogy, creative, professional, and technical writing, including but not limited to the following:

 The island as construct, form, metaphor, motif, or icon

 The island as setting and its impact on character, conflict and resolution, and/or theme in film and literature

 The island in apocalyptic as well as utopian and dystopian film and literature

 Whose island? African-American; class and cultural; disability; ethnic; media; Native-American, post-colonial; Southern; and women’s and gender studies approaches are especially welcome.

 Cultural, ideological, pedagogical, religious, or teleological “islands” in literary, scholarly, or theoretical works

 The self and/or voice as an island in criticism, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and theory

 The learning environment (classroom, workshop, seminar, internship, mentorship, program, or institution) as an island

 Curricula, learning objectives or outcomes, assessment, and other institutional documents and measurements as isolated island or archipelago

 Writers, critics, theorists, canons, traditions, schools, teachers and students as islands

 Literacy as an island in the digital age

 Media and technology: islands of isolation or virtual communities?

 The cost of islands

 John Donne’s admonition: “No man is an island, entire of itself; everyman is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”



 CEA 2017 will be held at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head, South Carolina, 29228. Phone: 1-843-686-8400.


General Program

 In addition to our conference theme, we also encourage a variety of proposals in any of the areas English and writing departments encom­pass, including:

book history and textual criticism | composition and rhetoric | comparative litera­ture | computers and writing | creative writing | critical pedagogy | cultural studies | film studies| developmental education | English as a second language | linguistics | literary studies | literary theory | multicultural literature | online courses and the virtual university | pedagogy | popular culture | race, class, and gender studies | reading and writing across the curriculum | student placement | study skills | teacher education | technical communication | multicultural literature.

We also welcome papers on those areas that influence our lives as academics: student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student advising; chairing the department; the place of the English department in the university overall; and papers that address the profession broadly.


Special Topics

 CEA also welcomes proposals addressing the following special topics (with sponsoring organizations indicated in parentheses).

  •  Academic Administration Leadership
  • Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom
  • African American Literature
  • American Literature: early, 19thcentury, 20th & 21stcentury
  • Assessment in the Composition and Literature Classroom
  • Blackfriars Panel (American Shakespeare Center)
  • Book History and Textual Criticism
  • British Literature: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval; 16th and 17th Century; Restoration and 18th Century; 19th Century, 20th & 21st Century
  • Byron Society of America (BSA)
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction
  • Digital Humanities
  • Disability Studies
  • Film and Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Food and the Literary Imagination
  • Graduate Student Concerns
  • Grammar
  • Graphic Novels
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, and Chicano/a Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Law and Literature
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment
  • Linguistics
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature and the Healing Arts
  • Literature Pedagogy
  • Thomas Merton (International Thomas Merton Society)
  • Metacognition, Action Learning, and Supportive Technology in the Literature or Composition Classroom
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • New Technology & Active Learning in the Literature or Composition Classroom
  • New York CEA
  • Peace Studies
  • Pedagogy
  • Popular Culture
  • Post-Colonial Literature
  • Religion and Literature
  • Romance
  • Service Learning in English Courses
  • Scottish Literature
  • Short Story: Criticism
  • Teacher Education
  • Technical Communication (Association of Teachers of Technical Writing)
  • The Profession
  • Transatlantic Literature
  • Travel and Literature
  • True Crime
  • War and Literature
  • Women’s Connection
  • World Literature

 Questions? Contact Lynne Simpson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (Please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line.)


Online Submissions

 CEA proposals should be submitted electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address:


Electronic submissions open 15 August and close on 1 November 2016. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note that only one proposal may be submitted per participant.

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 2016.
  • All presenters must join CEA by 1 January 2017 to appear on the program.
  • No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
  • Presenters must make their own presentation in person at the conference venue; no proxies are allowed. No “virtual” presentations are permitted (“skyping in,” etc).
  • CEA welcomes graduate student presenters, but does not accept proposals from undergraduates.
  • CEA does not sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
  • Papers must be presented in English.


Note to Graduate Students

Graduate students may submit their conference presentation for the CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, which carries a small prize. Information on how to submit that paper will be sent to accepted panelists after the membership deadline.

Graduate students are asked to identify themselves as such in their proposals so we can send information about the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award when it is available.


 Contact Lynne Simpson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (Please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line.)

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