SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies

deadline for submissions: 
May 11, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Associaiton
contact email: 

The 90th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will take place November 2-4, 2018 at the Birmingham Sheraton in Birmingham, Alabama. This year's conference theme is Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies.

SAMLA invites scholars to submit CFPs both related and unrelated to our conference theme. Interested scholars can click to submit a CFP. A link to the CFP submission form can also be found on SAMLA's homepage at

Prospective chairs hoping to have their CFPs published in this Spring's volume of SAMLA News will need to submit CFPs by February 12. The final deadline for CFPs will be May 11.

Any and all questions about SAMLA, SAMLA's annual conference, and/or submitting CFPs can be directed to

From Rafael Ocasio (Agnes Scott College), SAMLA's 2018 President:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for activism—“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better”—still rings true today as activists and their allies continue to promote messages of social justice. Moreover, fighting from the margins as a decision to partake in civil discontent, as Chinua Achebe reminds us, is a personal call that often has an individual ethical significance: “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” Activists have traditionally utilized literary or artistic expressions as forms of resistance against unfair practices of the establishment, whether formal literary works (the novel or poetry of protest), concise written expressions of noncompliance (graffiti and political posters), or as musical demonstrations (songs of protest). For SAMLA 90, presenters are invited to examine ways in which high or low art forms draw from ideologies as an indispensable platform of communication to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements. Scholars may explore multidisciplinary angles: for example, the historical development of a formal literature of protest (including specific movements’ use or preference of certain literary genres) or a look at the transformations of modern forms of protest given modern technological advances, such as digital forms of media communication.

SAMLA invites CFPs in these - and other - areas:

African/African American Studies

American Studies

Asian/Asian American Studies

Caribbean Studies

Creative Writing

English - UK & Irish

Film Studies

French Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

German Studies

Indigenous Studies/native American Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Italian Studies

Luso-Portuguese Studies

Other World Languages & Literatures


Rhetoric & Composition

Slavic Studies

Spanish Studies