CEA 49th Annual Conference

Proposal will be accepted beginning August 15, 2017


April 5-April 7, 2018 | Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida  33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000

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                             And you O my soul where you stand,

                              Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,

                              Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,

                              Till the bridge you will need be form’d . . .

                               --Walt Whitman


The Sunshine Skyway Bridge crosses Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg, called the Sunshine City in honor of its Guinness Record for most consecutive days of sunshine (768). St. Petersburg is home to historic neighborhoods, distinguished museums, contemporary galleries, and a wide variety of dining, entertainment and shopping venues.

St. Petersburg is also home to the College English Association’s 2018 national conference, where we invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the many bridges that connect places, texts, communities, words, and ideas.

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 build bridges between and among texts, disciplines, people, cultures, media, languages, and generations.

For your proposal you might consider:

  • Bridges between disciplines, languages, or generations
  • Bridges between races, classes, cultures, regions, genders, or sexualities.
  • Cultural or ideological bridges in literary, scholarly, or theoretical works
  • The bridge as construct, form, metaphor, motif, or icon
  • Connections between text and images or sound
  • Bridges between theory and practice, reading and writing, writer and audience
  • Building bridges between teaching and scholarship; faculty and administrators; professors and students
  • Bridges as physical artifacts and symbols of industry and technology
  • Digital humanities as a bridge between worlds
  • What bridges connect, support, and pass over

General Program

In addition to our conference theme, we also welcome proposals in any and all of the areas English and writing departments encompass.  We also solicit papers on all areas that influence our lives as academics as well as those that address the profession broadly.

Online Submissions

Proposals should be submitted electronically through our conference management database housed at the following web address: http://www.cea-web.org.

Electronic submissions open August 15 and close on November 1, 2017.  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 / Blackfriars Panel (ASC) / 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 / The Healing Arts and Literature / Hispanic, Latino/a, and Chicano/a Literature / Irish Literature / Law and 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: Metacognition, Action Learning, and Supportive Technologies / Pedagogy: Universal Design / Popular Culture / Post-Colonial Literature / The Profession / Religion and Literature / Romance Literature / Scottish Literature / Southern Literature and Studies / Teacher Education / Technical Communication (ATTW) / Transatlantic Literature / Travel and Literature / 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. Information on how to submit that paper will be sent to accepted panelists after the membership deadline.  Those who wish to participate are asked to identify themselves as graduate students in their proposals to facilitate the award process.

Join the College English Association

All presenters must join CEA by the first of January 2018 to appear on the program.  To join or to find out more information about the organization and conference, please see the CEA website at  www.cea-web.org.

Registration information:

Registration will open on January 15, 2018.  Fees will be:

Early bird full-time rate $100.00 ($150 after Feb. 28)

Early bird part-time/retired $90.00 ($140 after Feb. 28)

Early bird graduate student $65.00 ($115.00 after Feb. 28)

Connect with CEA

  • via Email: cea.english@gmail.com
  • via Facebook: www. Facebook.com/College EnglishAssociation
  • via Twitter: twitter.com/CEAtweet

Have Questions or Comments?

For matters related to the conference theme and program, contact Carolyn Kyler at cea.english@gmail.com. Please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line.

For general conference information, contact Juliet Emanuel, CEA Executive Director at cea.english@gmail.com. Please put "Executive Director" in subject line.

For matters relating to payment and registration, contact Scott Borders, CEA Treasurer and Associate Director at cea.english@gmail.com. Please put "Treasurer" in the subject line.

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