Conference Events

CEA Conferences feature a number of engaging events and speakers, many hailing from and reflecting the conference site’s diverse cultures. The 2022 conference in Birmingham, AL, featured these speakers:


Photography of Qiana Whitted

Qiana Whitted

Plenary, Thursday, March 31, 5:00 p.m. (preregistration required for reception that follows)

Qiana Whitted will give the Plenary Address on Thursday, March 31. Dr. Whitted is a Professor of English at the University of South Carolina and the editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society. She specializes in 20th-Century African-American Literature as well as representations of race in graphic novels and comics. Her most recent book, EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2019.

Photograph of Jennifer Horne

Jennifer Horne

Women’s Connection Reception, Friday, April 1, 12:30 p.m. (preregistration required)

Jennifer Horne, former Poet Laureate of Alabama (2017–2021), is the author of three collections of poems, a collection of short stories, and has edited four volumes of poetry, essays, and stories. Her latest work is a biography of the writer Sara Mayfield, forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press.

Photograph of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Reception and tour, Friday, April 1, 6:15 p.m. (preregistration required)

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a large interpretive museum and research center that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The Institute, which opened in 1992, is located in the Civil Rights District, including the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, Fourth Avenue Business District, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The permanent exhibitions are a self-directed journey through Birmingham’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and human rights struggles.

Photograph of the statue of Vulcan overlooking the city of Birmingham.
Photograph of the statue of Vulcan overlooking the city of Birmingham.

Common Grounds

Breakfast reception for contingent faculty and emerging scholars, Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. (preregistration required).

Photograph of Andre Brock

André Brock

All-Conference Luncheon, Saturday, April 2, 12:50 p.m. (preregistration required)

André Brock, the speaker for the All-Conference Luncheon on Saturday, April 2, is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. His research centers on representations of race in in digital spaces, particularly in videogames, blogs, and Twitter. His book, Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures was published by New York University Press in February 2020.