Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy (MMLA)

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Matthew Horton / University of North Georgia
contact email: 

CFP for Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy

MMLA 2018


Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy Panel
Topic: “Consuming Cultures”

The Midwest Modern Language association invites proposals for the 2018 conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Papers on any topic will be considered, yet participants are welcome to explore this year's conference theme: “Consuming Cultures.” A general description of this theme can be found here.


Our permanent panel has the privilege to explore this theme in the context of peace studies, literature, and pedagogy. The list of potential topics provided by MMLA is a good starting point for us as well, for the intersection between peace studies, literature, and pedagogy opens many lines of inquiry:


  • the role of the writer/teacher/student in society
  • satire as a tool of resistance/change/revolution
  • the place of liberal arts education in contemporary society
  • the co-opting of art and social advocacy by dominant cultural institutions
  • the literature of witness
  • environmental literature and criticism
  • gender and LGBTQ studies
  • trans-identity and cultural power
  • ethnic identity and cultural power
  • feminism and womanism
  • shifting literacies and modes of production
  • disability studies
  • pop culture in the college classroom
  • free speech and states of exception
  • the public intellectual
  • online rhetoric and cultural participation
  • truth, fiction, and poetic license


We encourage submission on any of these topics or others that promote discussion of (a) peaceful conflict resolution, (b) literature about peace or its absence, and (c) pedagogical concerns related to peace studies. We are especially interested in proposals that explore the intersection of all three. Please submit a Word document, electronically via email attachment, containing a 250-word abstract, your name, institution, email information, and paper title to Dr. Matthew Horton ( by April 5, 2018.

Chair: Dr. Matthew Horton (, University of North Georgia.

Secretary: Dr. Laura Ng (, University of North Georgia.