SEA 2021 Biennial

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Twelfth Biennial SEA Conference, March 3-7, 2021 (Virtual via ExOrdo)
The Many Pasts, Presents, & Futures of Early America

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As always, the SEA Biennial Conference is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information among scholars of various disciplines who study the literature and culture of America to approximately 1830.

The 2021 SEA Biennial Conference was originally planned as an in-person conference at Emory University in Atlanta, a city with a reputation for continually reinventing itself, its Civil Rights heritage, but also its role in racist violence, segregation, and removal; the location thus promised to augment our conference’s aim to discuss “The Many Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Early America.” We now re-dedicate the conference’s virtual/online iteration to inquiring how we create and define our field and scholarly society–especially during a global pandemic, in the face of extremist violence, and a time of renewed urgency to address inequalities based on race, gender, sexuality, region, socio-economic status, environmental degradation, citizenship status, and national background.

The 2021 SEA Biennial launches new initiatives (such as a collaboration with Atlanta University Center’s HBCUs) and our first Common Reading Initiative, which will culminate in Honorée Fanonne Jeffers reading from her most recent book of poetry, The Age of Phillis (2020), and discussing her poetry and the life and work of Phillis Wheatley Peters with a panel of undergraduate students. We further expand existing practices, such as dedicated panel streams and plenary keynotes on early African American Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, and LatinX Studies. The Native American and Indigenous Studies Roundtable will be free and open to the public (see here for a separate registration via Zoom Webinars). To register for the virtual conference and gain access to the ExOrdo virtual platform, follow the “Registration” tab above for further info.

Please join us virtually March 3-7, 2021 for the 12th Biennial SEA Conference, and we hope that we will see each other again in person soon! Also, please let me know if you have any questions about our conference.

Patrick Erben (

2021 SEA Conference Chair and 2019-21 SEA President

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