The MLA Committee on Community Colleges announces the following call for papers on the topic of Addressing Poverty, Silence, and Resistance in the Classroom: Presentations exploring how poverty impacts the classroom amid increasing expectations for student success. 250-word abstracts to Danizete Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 6 March 2017 for consideration for this panel at the MLA Annual Convention in New York City on 4-7 Jan. 2018. Must be a current MLA member to submit a proposal.
[Extended deadline 2/15]
Megan Gadd, Editor-in-Chief
Aelurus is an annual journal that publishes literary and theoretical scholarship from graduate students, which is run and staffed by graduate students in Weber State University's Master of Arts in English program. As such, Aelurus is devoted to a publication process in which we foster and lend experience to the scholarly endeavor of fellow graduate students. We welcome the perspectives of all people and are committed to furthering diversity in academia.
CALL FOR PAPERS: A BILLIE HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY
Call for Papers
Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium
New Plays and New Play Development
May 5, 2017
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE
Artistic Director, CenterStage Baltimore
MLA Special Session on "The Historical Novel After Postmodernism."
We welcome papers on the authors, novels, forms, genres, archives, literary institutions and historical periods that mark the contemporary historical imagination.
Please send approx. 300-word abstracts and a brief CV to Alexander Manshel (email@example.com) by March 1st, 2017.
This proposed roundtable seeks to address the role of activism in the study of southern literature and in the southern literary studies classroom. Given the numerous recent protests across the region and across academia, we look for scholars to discuss how their research and pedagogy engages social issues that affect and/or are inflected by the South. These projects may reveal the relationships between the region and the nation as well as the differences and similarities that emerge when different areas of the country engage with southern literary studies.
In the opening pages of Sherman Alexie's Reservation Blues (1995), Spokane Indian storyteller Thomas Builds-the-Fire comes into ownership of legendary African American bluesman Robert Johnson's guitar, a magical object that both furthers his band's musical aptitude and reopens the scars of historical memory. In Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land (1996), her titular Chinese-American protagonist, newly-relocated to an affluent New York suburb, converts to Judaism, arguing to her mother, "we are a minority, like it or not, and if you want to know how to be a minority, there's nobody better at it than the Jews."
CFP:Mississippi Goddam Everywhere: The Ends of Southern and American Exceptionalisms We are seeking abstracts for 20-minute papers for a panel of the Southern United States Forum at MLA 2018. The myth that the United States (and the “American” colonies before that) is the greatest and freest nation in the world has always been deeply intertwined with the myth of a problematic, antidemocratic, backwards South. On the flip side, many southerners have long embraced the notion that the region is culturally and politically different from the rest of the nation in terms of food, music, religion, family life, literature, and more.
Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000
We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000, a one-day symposium exploring the interstices of poetics in the circum-Atlantic region since 2000, to be held at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford on May 19, 2017.
The 2017 First Book Institute
June 4-10, 2017
Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at PennsylvaniaStateUniversity
Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book
Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Editor of American Literature