CEA 2019: New Orleans

50th Annual Conference | March 28-30, 2019

Crowne Plaza New Orleans

“Female Eye,” costume design, Krewe of Comus, New Orleans Mardi Gras, 1869, by artist in employ of Mistick Krewe of Comus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“Female Eye,” costume design, Krewe of Comus, New Orleans Mardi Gras, 1869,by artist in employ of Mistick Krewe of Comus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons















“If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.” —George Eliot

“And time yet for a hundred indecisions,

And for a hundred visions and revisions,

Before the taking of a toast and tea.” —T. S. Eliot

Submission deadline: November 1, 2018 [NOW CLOSED]

Acceptance notifications go out in early December.

CEA proposal site click here or below to enter your CEA user account:




Conference registration

Conference registration opens on Jan. 15, 2019 at the following rates: Full time $100 ($150 after Feb. 28); Retired $90 ($140 after Feb. 28); Graduate student: $65 ($115 after Feb. 28).

Hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza can be made here:

Reserve Your Hotel https://book.passkey.com/e/49680057


New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich cities. The birthplace of jazz, it is also notable for its proud literary heritage. Its iconic setting has inspired generations of American writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, and Anne Rice. From Easy Rider to Treme, its distinctive sights have been memorialized in film and television to form an indelible part of America’s cultural imagination. Renowned for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it is also recognized for bravery and vision in the face of devastation after Hurricane Katrina. It is a city that has had to rebuild and reinvent itself.

The College English Association celebrates its 50th anniversary with its 2019 national conference, to be held in the heart of the French Quarter. We invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the theme of vision and revision. 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 vision and/or revision in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.

For your proposal you might consider:

  • Vision or visibility/invisibility as it relates to race, class, cultures, regions, genders, or sexualities
  • The iconic/iconicity in literary texts and popular culture
  • Visionaries in literary texts, media, and pedagogy
  • Connections between illustrations and literary texts
  • Graphic novels and visual texts
  • The themes of sight, vision, revision, and spectacle as they relate to literary, scholarly, or theoretical works
  • Revising, re-envisioning or re-imagining pedagogy or the profession
  • Revision as it pertains to the writing process
  • The eye or vision as a metaphor, motif, or icon
  • New visions, innovations; avant garde or experimental literature
  • Envisioning new landscapes for digital humanities


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: https://www.conftool.pro/cea2019.

Electronic submissions open August 15 and close on November 1, 2018. 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 / CEA 50th Anniversary / 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 2019.


Join the College English Association

All presenters must join CEA by January 1, 2019 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.


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Have Questions or Comments?

Please contact Elaine Arvan Andrews at cea.english@gmail.com. (Please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line.)