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2017 CEA Conference Draft Program and Hotel Information

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The draft program is now available for the 2017 CEA Conference "Islands." Click the link below to to browse the exciting offerings awaiting you in Hilton Head!


Draft Program of 2017 CEA Conference



Please remember that you must both Join CEA and Register for the conference in order to appear on the final program.

Your username and password to join CEA may be different from your password and username to register for the conference. Members set their own usernames and passwords when you first used each system.


Hotel Information and Reservations


Due to high demand at the Marriott, rooms have also been made available here:

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Two Crossland Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC  29928-5536


Airport Shuttle service:

A. For shuttle Service from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport call KShuttle @ 800-442-6152 OR use their email www.kellytours.com

B. There is no shuttle from Hilton Head Airport.  There is a taxi service only with limos, SUV's and 10-15 passenger vans.  Participants may contact Diamond Transportation @ 843-247-2156 or use their email www.hiltonheadrides.com. From Hilton Head Airport, the ride is about 5 minutes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:14

CEA Conference 2017: Islands

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CEA 48th Annual Conference

March 30-April 1, 2017   |  Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928


Theme: Islands

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

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

--Shakespeare’s The Tempest

The painting Miranda by John William Waterhouse

Miranda by John William Waterhouse


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?


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.



Due to high demand at the Marriott, rooms have also been made available here:

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Two Crossland Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC  29928-5536

General Program

In addition to our conference theme, you will find presentations on all areas that influence our lives as academics as well as those that address the profession broadly.


Early bird registration fees through March 10 are:

Full-time: $96.00; Part-time/Retired: $86.00; Graduate student: $61.00.

After March 10, registration fees increase by $50.00 for each category.


Important Additional Information

  • A-V equipment and any form of special accommodation must have been 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
  • 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 to appear on the program.

Join CEA at https://cea.press.jhu.edu/membership/join or find out more information about the organization and conference at www.cea-web.org.

Connect with CEA

  • via Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • via Facebook: www.facebook.com/CollegeEnglishAssociation
  • via Twitter: twitter.com/CEAtweet


Comments or 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.)

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 18:16

Welcome to CEA!

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Open BookSince 1938, the College English Association has been a vibrant, growing professional organization of scholar-teachers who regard teaching college students, undergraduate and graduate, as the proper focus of the profession.

Our members represent a broad range of interests traditionally gathered under English studies, including literature, composition, popular culture, women's studies, minority studies, creative writing, film studies, technical communication, speech, and ESL.

CEA's diverse membership connects the various segments of the profession: large and small institutions, state and private schools, liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, community colleges and universities.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014 17:53

Join CEA

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CEA membership is now handled by Johns Hopkins University Press. To pay membership dues, click on the button below.


We invite all teacher-scholars in the field of English studies to join the CEA. CEA serves its members in many important ways. This vibrant organization provides a meeting ground for those interested in all areas of English Studies, including literature, culture, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, technical communication, and pedagogy.

All constituencies from all walks of academic life are represented and welcomed. Members come together annually for exciting conferences on the both the national and local affiliate level and share new scholarship and ideas in The CEA Critic and The CEA Forum.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 19:36