Panel: Neoliberalism in Literature and Media Studies [SAMLA 2019]

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Blouin / Milligan College
contact email: 

CFP Panel at the 2019 South Atlantic MLA conference (Atlanta, GA: Nov. 8 - 10) Once considered a fringe movement, neoliberalism has steadily become a central tenet of American life. Neoliberal thought subsequently spread across the globe in a variety of forms (via channels including Hollywood and regulatory bodies such as the International Monetary Fund). Promises of privatization today trump collective action in virtually every aspect of life. This epistemic shift can be felt far and wide, from politicians to postmodern theorists. This panel will investigate symptoms of – and responses to – this shift in the areas of literature and media studies. Given the conference theme, papers of particular interest might address the intersection of neoliberalism and issues of language, identity, power, and/or relationships. By June 1st, please send a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Michael Blouin, Milligan College, mjblouin@milligan.edu.