Extending from the conference theme — Arts & Sciences — this special session for the 2015 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Columbus, OH seeks papers that engage the vibrant debates over critical "reading."
-To what extent do new modalities of reading imagine themselves as an art, a science, or both?
-What's at stake in the calls for new reading practices, from surface reading to distant reading, from zoomable reading to dialectical reading, and so on?
-To which specific conditions do new reading practices respond?
-To which rhetorical, theoretical (interpretive), and/or scientific traditions do these practices turn or, alternately, shun?