April 7-10, 2021
Hosted by The University of Memphis

2021 CLA Convention Registration Form

The 2021 College Language Association Convention hosted by The University of Memphis will be virtually reimagined via the EventXtra platform. The Afrofuturism: Diasporic Visions theme provides engaging opportunities for members to present their research, engage in live Q&A sessions with panelists, network, and converse throughout the event.  

Your registration provides you with full access to the virtual convention and video-conferencing platform as well as a specially curated Virtual Convention Swag Box that celebrates our founding city of Memphis, our host institution, The University of Memphis, and our first ever CLA virtual convention. The Virtual Convention Swag Box is produced by The 901 Box, a Black-owned Memphis business that seeks to transport box recipients to Memphis by providing a way to taste, touch, hear, smell, and see a little bit of Memphis by experiencing products from Black Memphis entrepreneurs. Your 901 Box will be mailed to the address that you provide when you update the profile associated with your new website account. If you have not registered for the convention, we invite you to register today for this new virtually reimagined experience.

Register for the 2021 CLA Virtually Reimagined Convention Today!
Register by March 5th for your 901 Swag Box!


For those who registered for the 2020 CLA Convention that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your registration has carried over to the 2021 CLA Virtually Reimagined Convention. Previously registered members should update their mailing address in their new website account. For those already scheduled to present at the 2021 convention, please complete the Participant Confirmation Form to confirm your presentation and to help us make adjustments to the program.

Special Convention Events

We will also be hosting a Zumba session with CLA member and certified trainer Constance Bailey to recharge our minds, bodies, and spirits!

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2021 Programs

Printed Convention Program



Program Changes Document


Updated Convention Program

Convention Speaker

Ytasha Womack — Decolonizing Mars


The 2021 College Language Association Convention keynote speaker is Ytasha L. Womack is a critically acclaimed author, filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and champion of humanity. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture (2013) is the leading primer on the exciting subject that bridges science fiction, futurisms, and culture. The book is a 2014 Locus Awards Non Fiction Finalist.

Womack tours the world championing Afrofuturism and the role of the imagination. Her works in Afrofuturism have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish for markets in Brazil and Latin America. Afrofuturism is taught in high schools and universities across the world. 

Her film A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago (2017) is an Afrofuturist dance film. It was featured in Afropunk Brooklyn, Black(s) to the Future Fest in Paris, Cultura Iberoaméricana in Cuba, Afrotopia in England, Reel Time Film Fest in Nigeria, and the Black Harvest Film Fest in Chicago among others. The film was recognized as Best Experimental Film at the Collected Voices Festival.

For more information on Ytasha L. Womack and her work, visit her website at

Credit to the Sonic Arts Festival (February 27, 2017)

Additional Documents

President's Letter

Vice President's Letter

University of Memphis's Letter

Winter Newsletter

Clement A. Akassi First-Time Attendee Award