Byron Society of America at College English Association

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November 1, 2019
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Call for Papers

Byron Society of America at CEA 2020

March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

The Byron Society of America and the College English Association welcome proposals for presentations on Lord Byron's life, works, and/or influences for the 51st annual CEA conference, the theme of which is Tides.


"Well—well, the world must turn upon its axis, And all mankind turn with it, heads or tails, And live and die, make love and pay our taxes, And as the veering wind shifts, shift our sails; The king commands us, and the doctor quacks us, The priest instructs, and so our life exhales, A little breath, love, wine, ambition, fame, Fighting, devotion, dust,—perhaps a name." -- Don Juan 2.4

We invite papers related to all aspects of Byron’s life and work in relation to the conference theme, e.g. Byron and the sea, the tides of his affairs and passions, self-exile and travel, the shipwreck in Don Juan, mutiny and romance in The Island, his life on the canals of Venice, and his death near the tidal lagoons of Messolonghi.

The Byron Society of America, an affiliate organization of the College English Association, particularly encourages graduate students and contingent faculty to submit proposals for CEA 2020. Please direct inquiries about proposals to BSA at CEA affiliate liaison Robin Hammerman:

For more information about Byron Society of America events, visit our website:

Submit your proposal for the BSA panel at CEA 2020 here:


Submission deadline: November 1, 2020

All presenters at the CEA 2020 conference must become members of CEA and BSA by January 1.


CEA General Proposals


CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme: Tides. The College English Association’s 51st national conference will be held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where the tides shape the land and the culture, from food and drink to music and literature. Hilton Head’s fame as a vacation destination is paralleled by the island’s rich and diverse cultural history, with its still-vibrant Gullah/Geechee community and Lowcountry traditions of hospitality. Whether bolstered or battered by the tide, Hilton Head survives and thrives. The South Carolina Lowcountry has inspired literature by Edgar Allan Poe and contemporary fiction and poetry from writers such as Gloria Naylor, Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Mary Alice Monroe, while the Lowcountry and Hilton Head have appeared in countless films.

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 tides in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy. For your proposal you might consider these concepts related to Tides:

· inevitability: shifts and trends relating to race, class, cultures, regions, genders, sexualities

· mutability and mutation: poetry of loss, change, and death

· evanescence: reclaiming texts that have vanished and reevaluating the canonical

· liminality: shifting borders in genre and form

· ephemerality: popular culture and forgetting

· resistance: pedagogical theory and practice

· transcendence: magical realism

· movement:avant garde or experimental literature

· erosion and deposition: the new topography of instruction


General Call for Papers

CEA welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature criticism and scholarship, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

Submission: August 15-November 1, 2020 For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at


Membership All presenters at the CEA 2020 conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2020. To join CEA, please go to

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