CFP of interest to Byronists

Please know that The Byron Society of America, an affiliate organization of The College English Association, has one guaranteed panel at the CEA’s annual conference. Details regarding the general 2017 CFP (including conference dates, location, and submissions link) appear below. Proposals are submitted electronically through a general CEA conference mechanism. Kindly email Robin Hammerman ( directly with points of interest and/or inquiries – doing so will assure that your submitted proposal receives special attention.

The CEA 2017 conference theme is “Islands.” Byronists will note this unique opportunity to examine any variation on the theme of “Byron and Islands” including but not limited to the following: poems including The Island and The Prisoner of Chillon; figurations including Don Juan and the Isles of Greece or Childe Harold of “Albion’s Isle”; Byron’s voyages to islands such as Kefalonia or his connection to islands such as San Lazzarro degli Armeni and Lido di Venezia; Byron as Castaway. Kindly note that I will petition for two panels if there is great interest.


The Officers and Board of Directors of the College English Association invite
you to the 48th Annual Conference of the College English Association, March
30-April 1, 2017, at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Head
Island, South Carolina, 29928; Telephone:1 843-686-8400,

The primary conference theme for 2017 is “Islands.”

For this annual meeting we, the College English Association, ask 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?

Presentations by enthusiastic academics, from professor emeriti to advanced
undergraduates, are solicited in all areas of literature, language, film,
composition, pedagogy, creative, professional writing and technical writing.

Proposals may interpret the conference theme, “Islands,” broadly; for a
complete listing of suggested areas for consideration, please refer to our

CEA proposals are submitted electronically and will be accepted online at beginning August 15, 2016. Submission deadline is
November 1, 2016.

For questions related to the Program itself please contact Lynne Simpson, CEA
2017 Program Chair, at  (Please put “Program Chair”
in the Subject line.)

For questions that may arise with membership please follow the instructions on
our website, Our membership is housed at Johns Hopkins
University Press.

For general questions related to the conference, please contact Juliet
Emanuel, CEA Executive Director, at (Please put
“Executive Director” in the Subject line).

For reservations at our conference hotel, please go to the CEA 2017 dedicated
site at the Marriott:

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