CP Conference 2017

Console-ing Passions 2017 takes place from July 27 – 29, 2017, on the campus of East Carolina University.

Click here for Executive Board Statement about 2017 Conference at East Carolina University


Click here for the conference program


Early Bird Registration rates available from April 15- May 15th

– $65 for students, underemployed faculty, independent scholars, and artists

– $90 for faculty.

Included in this fee are refreshments between panels, three grab n go lunches, and two evening receptions.

Registration (May 16-June 15 to be on program)

– $80 for students, underemployed faculty, independent scholars, and artists

– $120 for faculty

Included in this fee are refreshments between panels, three grab n go lunches, and two evening receptions.

Click here to register


The 2017 Console-ing Passions Conference will take place in Bate Building at East Carolina University. For those staying in the Gateway Dorms on College Hill, simply make a right out of the building and follow College Hill Drive towards Tenth Street. Make a left onto Tenth Street and a right onto Founders Drive. Bate Building will be the second right brick building on your right.



Opened in Fall 2015, Gateway Hall is a mix of suite style with 2 double rooms sharing a bathroom between the rooms, or a double room with a community bath on the hallway. There are a very limited number of double rooms with private baths.  The building has study rooms on each floor, as well as welcoming public spaces on the first floor. There is a hall kitchen and central laundry room in each wing (East and West).


Single room with shared bath + FULL breakfast =$60 per person/night

Single room with common bath in hall + FULL breakfast =$50 per person/night

Double room with common bath in hall + FULL breakfast =$40 per person/night

Housing reservations must be made no later than July 1st

Check-in Procedures & Hours

Check in will be at the College Hill Neighborhood Service Office Located in Gateway East (map details coming soon). At check in you will simply sign-in at the front desk and pick-up a room key and an electronic key FOB, which gains them access to the building. At check-out, simply return your room key and FOB.

Note: There will be staff available at the College Hill Neighborhood Service Office from 8 am until midnight. If you think your arrival may be after midnightplease contact us ahead of time at cpgreenville2017@gmail.com so that we can make other arrangements to let you in.


To arrange for a week-long parking pass, which costs $10, please contact Parking Services: (252) 328-6294

Travel & Transportation

Greenville, NC is located off of I-95 South and 264 East.  The Greenville airport (PGV) connects to the Charlotte airport (CLT), which is a major US Airways hub. PGV is a 5-minute cab ride from ECU’s campus and CP@ECU will provide free shuttle rides from the airport to the Gateway housing complex.

Greenville is also a 90-minute drive, along 64, from an international airport, Raleigh-Durham (RDU). Conference attendees flying into RDU could rent or share a rental car or look into shuttle options. For attendees wishing to add a beach vacation to the conference, Greenville is 90 minutes to the beach and  2.5-5 hours from various locations on the Outer Banks.

Travel Grants

Faculty and students at state institutions in California, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. (i.e., states with travel bans to North Carolina) are eligible to apply for limited travel grants at $200 each. We have at least 15 grants available, but are seeking donations to fund additional conference goers.

Statement on HB2

 Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2. Additionally, we will provide alternative, all-gender signage to restrooms located in conference building as well as a comprehensive list of LGBTQ-safe restaurants and bars in the area. The conference itself will also feature two lunchtime roundtables devoted to discussing HB2 and its impact on the community. The conference will also host a fundraiser for ECU’s LGBT Resource Office on Friday, July 28th. We are saddened that the NC General Assembly made this danger even more explicit to our transgender colleagues when they created and passed HB2 quickly and in secret, without any input from the citizens of North Carolina. We feel that CP@ECU is part of the change needed in our state: to educate, to agitate, and to rally our community towards a more productive dialogue about gender identity and representation, civil rights, and public policy. This has always been the mission of a conference like Console-ing Passions.  We hope to carry on that tradition here in Greenville in July 2017.

Statement on Travel Ban

Console-ing Passions 2017 is dedicated to inclusiveness and a free and open intellectual community. We know that there is concern about travel in light of the recent Executive Order limiting entry into the U.S.; we share that concern. If you are precluded from or worried about traveling to CP@ECU because of this new order, we will work with you so that you can present remotely and we will waive your registration fee. Please contact us at cpgreenville2017@gmail.com if you have more questions or expertise to share.

 CP@ECU Host Committee

Amanda Ann Klein (Chair), Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)

Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)

Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)

Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library

Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library

Conference Sponsors

 Division of Academic Affairs

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Film Studies Program

Gender Studies Program

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

LGBT Resource Office

School of Communications

Console-ing Passions 2015 & 2016

Intellect Books


Click here for the CFP and Submission Information.