CEA 2020: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Conference Theme: Tides
51st Annual Conference | March 26-28
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
The College English Association’s 51st national conference will be held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where the tides shape the land and the culture, from food and drink to music and literature. Hilton Head’s fame as a vacation destination is paralleled by the island’s rich and diverse cultural history, with its still-vibrant Gullah/Geechee community and Lowcountry traditions of hospitality. Whether bolstered or battered by the tide, Hilton Head survives and thrives. The South Carolina Lowcountry has inspired literature by Edgar Allan Poe and contemporary fiction and poetry from writers such as Gloria Naylor, Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Mary Alice Monroe, while the Lowcountry and Hilton Head have appeared in countless films.
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 tides in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.
For your proposal, you might consider
- inevitability: shifts and trends relating to race, class, cultures, regions, genders, sexualities
- mutability and mutation: poetry of loss, change, and death
- evanescence: reclaiming texts that have vanished and reevaluating the canonical
- liminality: shifting borders in genre and form
- ephemerality: popular culture and forgetting
- resistance: pedagogical theory and practice
- transcendence: magical realism
- movement: avant garde or experimental literature
- erosion and deposition: the new topography of instruction
In addition to our conference theme, we also welcome proposals in any and all of the areas English and writing departments encompass. Further, we solicit papers on all areas that influence our lives as academics as well as those that address the profession broadly.
Proposals should be submitted electronically by November 1, 2019 through our conference management database housed at the following web address: https://www.conftool.pro/cea2020.
Electronic submissions open August 15 and close on November 1, 2019. Proposals should be between 250 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Please note that only one proposal may be submitted per participant. Notifications of proposal status will be sent in early December.
Submitting electronically involves creating a user ID, then using that ID to log in – this time to a welcome page. A link then will be provided for submitting your proposal under one (or two) of the following appropriate topic areas:
Academic Administration Leadership / African-American Literature /American Literature: Early, 19th-Century, 20th- and 21st-Century / Assessment and/or Learning Outcomes / Book History and Textual Criticism / British Literature: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval; 16th- and 17th-Century; Restoration and 18th-Century; 19th-Century; 20th- and 21st-Century / Byron Society of America (BSA) / Caribbean Literature / Children’s and Adolescent Literature / Composition and Rhetoric: Practice or Theory / Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry or Non-Fiction / Disability Studies / Film and Literature / Film Studies / Grammar and Linguistics / Graphic Novels / Hispanic, Latino/a, and Chicano/a Literature / Irish, Scottish, and Welsh Literature / Literary Theory / Thomas Merton (ITMS) / Multicultural and World Literature / Native American Literature / Peace Studies / Pedagogy / Pedagogy: Diversity in the English Curriculum / Pedagogy: Service Learning / Pedagogy: Active Learning / Popular Culture / Post-Colonial Literature / The Profession / Queer Studies / Religion and Literature / Southern Literature and Studies / Teacher Education / Technical Communication (ATTW) / Transatlantic Literature / Travel and Literature / Visual and Material Culture / War and/or Trauma and Literature / Women’s Connection, Women’s Literature, and WGST
Important Additional Information
- 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.
- If you have attended CEA before and are willing to serve as a session moderator for a panel other than your own, please indicate so on your submission.
- If you are submitting a pre-formed panel with multiple participants, kindly create a user ID for each proposed participant.
- To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits all presentations to 15 minutes.
- No person may make more than one presentation at the conference.
- Presentations must be made in person at the conference venue. Neither proxy nor “virtual” (Skyping, etc.) presentations are permitted.
- Papers must be presented in English.
- CEA is unable to sponsor or fund travel or underwrite participant costs.
A Special Invitation to Graduate Students
Graduate students are encouraged to submit their conference presentation for the CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, which carries a small prize. Submissions will be solicited via email in January of 2020.
Join the College English Association
All presenters must join CEA by January 1, 2020 to appear on the program. To join or to find out more information about the organization and conference, please see the CEA website.
The 2020 conference will be held at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa.
Address: One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Use this link for the special CEA room rate that starts at $150.00. If you call the hotel directly, make sure you mention you are with CEA to qualify for the rate (please do note that the hotel has agreed to waive an additional $25.00 per day resort fee, so disregard any mention of that fee).
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