CEA 2022: Birmingham, Alabama

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51st Annual Conference | March 31-April 2, 2022
Birmingham Sheraton Hotel

With a conference theme of Justice, the College English Association’s 51st national conference will convene in Birmingham, Alabama, where the freedom ensured by civil rights has been contested by the government in both the past and present. Birmingham’s notoriety as a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, including the Birmingham Campaign, the imprisonment of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the writing of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is matched by the city’s renown for forging steel, founding Veteran’s Day, and hosting the USA’s second-oldest drag queen pageant. Whether it is past conflicts over racism or current struggles over race, the rights of women, or the LGBTQ community, Birmingham and Alabama are places where the right to justice for groups and individuals has been ignored, debated, defended, and championed. Alabama, too, is part of a rich tradition of Southern Literature and has been home to Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, John Lewis, Rosa Parks, and Booker T. Washington and is a setting in books from authors as diverse as Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, Fannie Flagg, John Green, and Yaa Gyasi.


Featured Speakers and Events

Qiana Whitted, a specialist in 20th-Century African-American Literature as well as race in comics will give the Plenary Address on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

André Brock, whose work centers on representations of race in digital spaces, will speak at the All-Conference Luncheon on Saturday at 12:50 p.m.

Jennifer Horne, most recently the poet laureate of Alabama, will speak at the Women’s Connection Reception on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Horne has published several poetry chapbooks and a collection of short stories, and she has also edited and co-edited a number of anthologies.

An all-conference reception hosted by the Diversity Committee at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is set for Friday evening. This ticketed  event will supplement the academic perspectives offered at our conference as well as give attendees the opportunity to learn more about Birmingham and its deep history in the pursuit of justice. To find out more about this incredible resource, go to www.bcri.org.

You can find out more about the 2022 special events on the Conference Events page.


Registration opens January 15 and can be done through your account at CEA 2022 - ConfTool Pro - Login:

Registration fees: Early bird discounts apply through February 28 (on March 1, the fees increase and are shown parenthetically in italics):

                    Full-time $100 ($150)

                    Retired $90 ($140)

                    Graduate student/contingent/part-time $65 ($115)

Note: All presenters must join CEA by January 1, 2022 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.

You may join CEA here: https://cea.press.jhu.edu/membership/join

Booking lodging at the conference hotel

The 2022 conference will be held at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.

CEA has a special conference rate starting at $154.00 (King or Double/Double) that can be accessed only by making room reservations through our dedicated site provided by the Sheraton.  Important:  to receive our special rate, you must use this link that goes directly to the Birmingham Sheraton.  Please do not book through any other method or the special rate will not be available to you.

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Statement on Covid-19 Protocols:

Given that COVID has proven to be an adaptable and resilient virus that acts in dynamic ways, it is not possible to predict exactly the safety measures that may need to be when the conference convenes. With the welfare of conference participants in mind, the CEA Conference will operate under CDC requirements as well as any that may be in place at the Sheraton Hotel, the Birmingham Conference and Convention Center, and statewide in Alabama.

Important Additional Information for presenters

  • CEA equips each room with a data projector and adapter for YOUR laptop. CEA does not provide computers/laptops and does not provide Internet access. Therefore, there will be no access to the Internet in the conference rooms.
  • 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.
  • Any form of special accommodation must be requested at the time of proposal submission.
  • 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 2022.

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Have Questions?

Please contact Ken Bugajski at cea.english@gmail.com (please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line).

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