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

Membership Requirement

All conference participants–whether presenting, chairing, or attending–must be or become members of the SEA before they will be able to register. Members current on their membership dues by the end of 2020 have already been sent the registration link. If you have joined the SEA since then or are now joining, please email your membership receipt (the processing of memberships recently has migrated to Duke UP) to Patrick Erben (, conference chair. You will then be sent a registration link. If you are in one of the free/$0 registration levels (see below), please request the discount code when you send your membership receipt.

*We ask for your kind understanding of our membership requirement and our policy of opening registration only to members with current membership. As a small, all-volunteer scholarly non-profit association, we rely exclusively on membership dues for our programming, including the membership grants for underrepresented groups and free conference registration options for the conference (see below), a complementary subscription to Early American Literature, our biannual newsletter, our website, travel grants (in non-pandemic years), etc. Conference registration fees exclusively go toward the cost of the conference itself. Thank you!*

To join the SEA and other membership information, please go to:

Conference Registration Fees

We seek to make the 2021 SEA Biennial Conference accessible to the greatest number of participants, while covering the costs of our online conference platform. The SEA Executive Committee thus announces the registration fee structure for full participation in the conference (including access to all virtual panels, events, keynotes, and networking/social opportunities):

Fully Employed:                                                                                           $50.00 (SEA membership required)

Undergraduate/Graduate Students:*                                                         $0.00 (SEA membership required)

Any First-Time SEA Biennial Conference Attendee:                              $0.00 (SEA membership required)

Anyone not part of the categories above may choose, at time of registration, the fee level they are most comfortable with depending on their income and ability to support the SEA’s 2021 programming. *Anyone included in the SEA’s discount membership category may choose the student registration category: “The category of Discount Membership includes non-salaried University faculty (non-tenure-track faculty, adjuncts, instructors, and emeritus), High School teachers, historical society staff, and independent scholars.”

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Note:  Any instructor/teacher participating (via sign-up) in the SEA’s Common Reading Initiative ( will receive free registrations (no membership required) for their students for the Keynote Plenary Reading & Colloquy with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

The Native & Indigenous Studies Keynote Roundtable with Brooke Bauer, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and Julie Reed will be FREE and publicly accessible, as it is generously sponsored by a Georgia Humanities Grant ( The NAIS Roundtable requires separate registration for Zoom webinar. Please find further information and the registration link here:




In order to support diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Society of Early Americanists in general and the 2021 Biennial Conference in particular, we will offer complimentary one-year SEA memberships to individuals from underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to, African American, Native American, LatinX, and LGBTQ individuals) who will be participating in any function (panel chair, paper presenter, commentator/respondent, round-table participant, etc.) at the 2021 Biennial Conference.

All accepted presenters have received the form to apply for SEA 2021 Membership Grants. Please email the completed grants to Patrick Erben (SEA President and Program Committee Chair) at You will then also receive the registration link. Please include whether you are in one of the free membership categories (see above), and you will receive a discount code.








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