deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2017
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October 5 - 8, 2017

Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center • 6808 South 107th East Avenue • Tulsa, OK 74133


We encourage papers that engage with or play off of the “Moving Words” theme (see below) and/or position themselves within a posthuman framework. Regardless, all Sci-Fi/Fantasy topics and approaches are welcome.


Papers should fit within the traditional 15 min. time limit. Email an abstract of 500 words or less along with a short bio to Ms. Sarah A. Shelton,


2017 Conference Theme:

“Moving Words: Migrations, Translations, and Transformations”

The South Central Modern Languages Association has chosen Tulsa, Oklahoma for the site of its 2017 annual convention. Tulsa is both a city at the crossroads between the American Midwest and South and also near the endpoint of the "Trail of Tears," the forced migration of Native American tribes in the 1830s. Tulsa geographical and historical position compels our conference theme: a call to consider how words record, dramatize, and inspire the movements of people. The literatures of the many diasporas in our shared history gives the most poignant examples of how literature and other forms of culture testify to the profound disassociation that occurs during forced transition, as eloquently recorded by Oklahoman writer, N. Scott Momaday in his acclaimed novel House Made of Dawn. However, our conference seeks to engage other aspects of how words move people. Not all migrations are forced, and we seek papers on all types of travel, as varied as the metaphysical voyage of Dante's pilgrim in the Divine Comedy and the aimless wonderings of the Parisian fláneur.  Words themselves also make voyages to find new audiences, and we hope to consider these textual migrations with papers that consider literary translations as well as material culture in textual transmission, as is the case in Derek Walcott's cultural translation of Homer in his epic poem Omeros.  Finally, literature and culture transform their audience through their performance. As always, papers on other topics are also welcome. Please join us for SCMLA's convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma October 5-8.