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2015 CEA Conference Draft Program and Registration

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Registration and the draft program are now available for the 2015 CEA Conference "Imaginations." Click the buttons below to register for the conference and to browse the exciting offerings awaiting you in Indianapolis.




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

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 05:20

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We have another exciting annual conference in the works for March 2015, with the theme Imaginations. For those whose proposals have been accepted, you need to pay membership dues.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 05:24

CEA Conference 2015: Imaginations

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College English Association

46th Annual Conference


“Unimaginable perhaps; but the unimaginable is there to be imagined.”

― J. M. Coetzee, Slow Man


March 26-28, 2015 

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

1 South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Reserve your accomodations here.


Conference Theme:  Imaginations

 We live in an age when news travels at lightning speed. This is mostly a good thing. Long before our local evening news sports reporter tells us how many points our favorite player scored in the game, all we have to do is go to our smart phones, click on the sports app of our choice, and then find the link that tells us the scores of the day. We can even watch highlights of the game if want to on our smart phones, thus, momentarily eliminating the need to go home after work to watch the highlights on our televisions screens. 


If we are political junkies, we can also go to our smart phones and read about national or global politics or watch live coverage of congressional hearings right in the comfort of our homes. If we are addicted to celebrity culture, we can go to websites dedicated to revealing the good and not so good choices of our favorite stars, oftentimes, soon after a good or bad incident has occurred.


The bad part about news traveling at lightning speed, though, is that it does not give us opportunities to daydream, think quietly, or to sit in silence. The fact that news is just a few clicks away or on television all day denies us chances to use our imaginations these days. Imagining who we are or who we want to be is part of the human experience, but increasingly our human experience is competing with media that wants to do the imagining for us. Since news is so instantaneous, it is almost impossible to escape its tentacles.


For our 2015 meeting, CEA papers and panels  will ask all of us to momentarily put away our smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc., so that we can refocus our energies on the wonders of our imaginations to consider the following questions: In what ways can we encourage our institutions, colleagues, students, and even ourselves to find meaning in using our imaginations for self-reflection and creative output? And how can we use those introspective moments, broadly speaking, to help us to become better teachers?

Early Registration Fees

Non-student, Non-retired; Regular Fulltime:  $91

Part Time; Retired:  $81

Student:  $57

The registration phase will begin on January 15,  2015. Early registration runs through March 9, 2015. Participants save $50 by registering early.

Regular registration with the increased fee begins on March 10, 2015


Last Updated on Sunday, 14 December 2014 23:16

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; click here to join.

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.

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