Fall 2017 JMMLA issue: "Border States"

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association
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The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association invites you to submit full-length articles for its Fall 2017 edition, based on its 2016 conference theme: "Border States." You need not have attended the 2016 conference to submit your work, and the journal will follow the theme in its broadest capacity.

MMLA’s 2016 conference theme, "Border States," was inspired by its location in the historic and culturally rich city of St. Louis, Missouri—a site shaped by indigenous, French, Spanish, and U.S. empires; by efforts to maintain and topple the institution of slavery; by western expansion; by the Great Migration, white flight, and urban renewal; and by refugee resettlement. Today, St. Louis serves as a continued reminder of both stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation that continue to shape lives and inform literature. As a result, we encourage papers that tackle the issue of "Border States" in both literal and figurative senses. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Borderlands and borders;
  • migration and mobility;
  • freedom and unfreedom;
  • liminality and precarity;
  • littoral zones;
  • North and South, East and West;
  • transnationalism and regionalism;
  • settlement and unsettlement;
  • trans- identities;
  • refugees and asylum;
  • urbanization and suburbanization;
  • adolescence;
  • states of exception;
  • states of being and mind;
  • performance and the fourth wall;
  • interdisciplinarity;
  • genre-crossing;
  • intertextuality;
  • translation;
  • the specialist and generalist;
  • states of the profession;
  • states of the humanities;
  • pedagogical practices in secondary and higher education;
  • the digital divide;
  • posthumanism; textuality in the digital age.

Submissions are due June 15, 2017 to editors Jason Arthur and Erika Behrisch Elce at mmla@luc.edu

Essays should be around 8,000 words and should follow the most recent MLA Style Manual for internal citation and Works Cited. Please direct your queries and submit your essays electronically to mmla@luc.edu<mailto:mmla@luc.edu>.