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Program: Twelfth Biennial SEA Conference, March 3-7, 2021 (All VIRTUAL)
The Many Pasts, Presents, & Futures of Early America

The SEA seeks submissions of complete panels AND individual papers for its twelfth biennial conference, which will take place virtually (via ExOrdo) March 3-7, 2021. Important: We have extended the deadline for submitting complete panels until September 15, which is also the deadline for submitting individual papers (which will be selected by the conference program committee and matched with suitable papers/presentations). We invite proposals for complete panels, roundtables, and experimental/innovative formats. We also seek proposals for individual papers in traditional as well as experimental formats. To submit your panel or paper proposal, please follow the link below. All submissions will go through the conference management software ExOrdo.

Originally, the physical conference was to take place in Atlanta, GA; thus, we encouraged submissions on early Southeast and Georgia culture, literature, and history, as well as transhistorical connections, e.g. between early African American literature and the modern Civil Rights movement, between the early Indigenous Southeast and questions of Native political and cultural sovereignty today, and so forth. We continue to encourage submissions focused on these topics and will provide virtual programming (virtual excursions, workshops, etc.) that sustains this original focus.

SEA Biennial 2021-Final Call for Papers & Panels–deadline: September 15, 2020

Please follow this link to submit a complete panel proposal:

See Guidelines for Submitting Complete Panels here: SEA 2021-Guidelines for Submitting Completed Panels (Extended Deadline).

Dedicated Panel Stream CFPs:

CFP for Dedicated LatinX Panel Stream: LatinX Panels SEA 21

CFP for Dedicated African American Culture and History Panel Stream: SEA AFAm Panel Series cfp

CFP for Dedicated Native and Indigenous Studies Panel Stream: NAIS-PanelSeries-SEA



More information about the Program is forthcoming. Please check back! Thank you.

Keynote Addresses and Plenary Events 

Please follow this link to see the complete line-up of keynote addresses and keynote plenary panels:
SEA 2021 Biennial Conference-Keynotes & Plenaries (Virtual Conference)


Program Committee Members

Patrick Erben (University of West Georgia, SEA President and Program Committee Chair)
Juliane Braun (Auburn University)
Tara Bynum (Hampshire College)
Betty Donohue (Independent Scholar,
John Garcia (Florida State University)
Carla Gerona (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Kirsten Silva Gruesz (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Lauren Klein (Emory University)
Rodrigo Lazo (University of California, Irvine)
Jason Payton (University of Georgia)
Cassander Smith (University of Alabama)
Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University)

Program Committee–Advisory Members

Ralph Bauer (University of Maryland, SEA Vice President)
Stacy Boyd (University of West Georgia, Chief Diversity Officer)
Katy Chiles (University of Tennessee Knoxville)
Brigitte Fielder (University of Wisconsin Madison, chair of the SEA Ad-hoc Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity)
Sandra Gustafson (University of Notre Dame, SEA Executive Coordinator)
Michelle Bachelor Robinson (Spelman College, liaison to Atlanta University Center/HBCUs)

Return to the main Twelfth Biennial SEA Conference page: SEA 2021 Biennial

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