CFP: [20th] 2008 Modernist Studies Association: Nashville, November 13-16

full name / name of organization: 
msax_at_vanderbilt.edu
contact email: 
msax@vanderbilt.edu

MSA X: Call for Seminar, Panel, and Roundtable Proposals

Deadline for Submission of Seminar Proposals: March 3, 2008

Deadline for Submission of Panel Proposals: May 12, 2008

Deadline for Submission of Roundtable Proposals: May 12, 2008

The 2008 meeting of the Modernist Studies Association will take
place at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee,
November 13-16, 2008. The organization's annual conference
regularly brings together in excess of 500 scholars from a variety
of disciplines and features an engaging mix of keynote addresses,
small seminars, panel presentations, and roundtable discussions.
This year's event, "Modernism and Global Media," will be hosted by
Vanderbilt University with generous financial support provided by
the Office of the Dean, Vanderbilt's Center for the Americas, and
various Vanderbilt departments and programs, including English and
Film Studies.

With the title "Modernism and Global Media," conference organizers
wish to foreground issues such as transnational and international
aesthetic interaction, modernism in the Americas, Diaspora, cinema
and mass media (print, radio, phonography, etc), media in various
colonial and anti-colonial projects, war, global economics,
migration, the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, mass culture, and
popular music as well as the ways in which global media shapes
racial, ethnic, gendered, classed, and regional identities and
affiliations. Participants are welcome, however, to submit panel
and roundtable proposals on any topic: the primary criterion for
selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its link to the
conference theme (capacious as it is). Detailed information about
the conference-including updated calls for proposals, housing
arrangements, travel information, and details regarding subsidiary
events-will soon be found on-line at www.vanderbilt.edu/msax. All
email queries should be directed to the conference organizers at
msax_at_vanderbilt.edu.

Additional Conference Event: "What Are You Reading?" (See the end
of this CFP)

Please note:

    * All who attend the MSA conference must be members of the
organization with dues paid for 2008-2009. (MSA membership runs
from October to September.)

    * Because we wish to involve as many people as possible as
active participants, MSA limits multiple appearances on the
program. Thus, you may participate once, but only once, in each of
the following categories:

" Seminar, either as leader or as presenter
" Panel or roundtable, as presenter
" Panel or roundtable, as chair
" "What Are You Reading?" session
" Open Forum (a special session organized by the Program Committee)

For example, you may lead a seminar, present a paper on a panel,
and participate in a "What Are You Reading" session; but you may
not present two panel papers.

    * MSA rules do not allow panel or roundtable organizers to
chair their own session if they are also speaking in the session.
Organizers are encouraged to identify a moderator and include this
information with their proposals; the MSA Program Committee is also
able to help you secure another conference attendee's service as
moderator.

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CALL FOR SEMINAR PROPOSALS

Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2008

Leading a Seminar (Information for Seminar Leaders)

Seminars are one the most significant features of the MSA
conference. Participants write brief "position papers" (5-7 pages)
that are read and circulated prior to the conference. Because their
size is limited to 15 participants, seminars generate lively
exchange and often facilitate future collaborations. The format
also allows a larger number of conference attendees to seek
financial support from their institutions as they educate
themselves and their colleagues on subjects of mutual interest.
Seminars are two hours in length.

Please note that this is the call for seminar leaders. Sign-ups for
seminar participants will take place on a first-come, first-served
basis starting in mid-April, coinciding with registration for the
conference.

Seminar Topics

There are no limits on topics, but past experience has shown that
the more clearly defined the topic and the more guidance provided
by the leader, the more productive the discussion. "Clearly
defined" should not be confused with "narrow," as extremely narrow
seminar topics tend to exclude many potential applicants. To scan
past seminar topics, go to the Conference Archives
http://msa.press.jhu.edu/archive/archive.html on the MSA website,
click the link to a prior conference, and then click on "Conference
Schedule" or "Conference Program." You'll find seminars listed
along with panels and other events.

Proposing a Seminar

Seminar proposals must be submitted via email and must include the
following information. Please assist us by sending this information
in exactly the order given here:

* Use as a subject line: SEMINAR PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF SEMINAR
LEADER] (e.g., SEMINAR PROPOSAL / GORMAN)

* List the seminar leader's name, institutional affiliation,
discipline, position or title, mailing address, phone, fax, and
e-mail address

* Provide a brief curriculum vitae (including teaching experience)
for the seminar leader

* Give a brief description (up to 100 words) of the proposed topic

Submit proposals by MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2008 TO:

msax_at_vanderbilt.edu

Seminars will be selected in late March 2008.

***

CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS

Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2008

Topics are not limited to the theme "Modernism and Global Media."
Successful proposals will introduce topics that promise to expand
research and debate on a topic, and will present a clear rationale
for the papers' collective goal. Please bear in mind these
guidelines:

* We encourage interdisciplinary panels and discourage panels on
single authors.

* In order to encourage discussion, preference will be given to
panels with three participants, though panels of four will be
considered.

* Panels composed entirely of participants from a single department
at a single institution are not likely to be accepted.

* Graduate students are welcome as panelists. However, panels
composed entirely of graduate students are less likely to be
accepted than panels that include degreed presenters together with
graduate students.

Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include
the following information. Please assist us by sending this
information in exactly the order given here:

* Use as a subject line: PANEL PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF PANEL
ORGANIZER] (e.g., PANEL PROPOSAL / GORMAN)

* Session title

* Session organizer's name, institutional affiliation, discipline,
position or title, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address

* Chair's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or
title, and contact information (if you do not identify a chair, we
will locate one for you)

* Panelists' names, paper titles, institutional affiliations,
disciplines, positions or titles, and contact information

* A maximum 500-word abstract of the panel as a whole

* Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of each panelist

Submit proposals by MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008 TO:

msax_at_vanderbilt.edu

Panels will be selected mid-June.

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CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS

Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2008

Unlike panels, which generally feature a sequence of 15-20 minute
talks followed by discussion, roundtables gather a group of
participants around a shared concern in order to generate
discussion among the roundtable participants and with the audience.
To this end, instead of delivering full-length papers, participants
are asked to deliver short position statements in response to
questions distributed in advance by the organizer, or they take
turns responding to prompts from the moderator. The bulk of the
session should be devoted to discussion. No paper titles are listed
in the program, only the names of participants.

Other MSA roundtable policies:

* Roundtables may feature as many as 6 speakers.

* We particularly welcome roundtables featuring participants from
multiple disciplines, and we discourage roundtables on single
authors.

* Panels composed entirely of participants from a single department
at a single institution are not likely to be accepted.

* Graduate students are welcome as speakers. However, roundtables
composed entirely of graduate students are less likely to be
accepted than roundtables that include degreed presenters together
with graduate students.

Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include
the following information. Please assist us by sending this
information in exactly the order given here:

* Use as a subject line: ROUNDTABLE PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF
ROUNDTABLE ORGANIZER] (e.g., ROUNDTABLE PROPOSAL / GORMAN)

* Session title

* Session organizer's name, institutional affiliation, discipline,
position or title, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address

* Moderator's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position
or title, and contact information (if you do not identify a
moderator, we will locate one for you)

* Speakers' names, institutional affiliations, disciplines,
positions or titles, mailing addresses, phones, faxes, and e-mail
addresses

* A maximum 500-word rationale for the roundtable

* Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of each speaker

Send proposals by MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008 TO:

msax_at_vanderbilt.edu

Roundtables will be selected mid-June.

***

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE EVENTS: "WHAT ARE YOU READING?"

Several years ago, the MSA introduced a new kind of session, "What
Are You Reading?" Designed to take advantage, in a productive new
way, of the presence in one place of modernist scholars from many
locations, institutions, and fields, each ninety-minute forum
consists of 8 to 10 participants and a moderator. Led by the
moderator, each participant reports for a few minutes on a
scholarly or critical book in modernist studies, sketching the
work's content and explaining why she or he found it exciting to
share with other scholars. Time permitting, moderators then lead
discussions in which participants can seek clarifications, draw
connections, and propose further related reading. NB: These
sessions will not be scheduled for Saturday night, when everyone
prefers to eat, drink, and be merry. They will be spread across
regular time slots.

A major goal of "What Are You Reading?" is to facilitate the
sharing of exciting new scholarship (or the "rediscovery" of older
scholarship) and to foster interdisciplinarity by exposing
participants to work in modernist fields other than their own. Open
only to those who register for them in advance, these sessions can
be very productive.

"What Are You Reading" is not intended as a venue for discussion of
primary texts or works, for self-promotion, or for the enacting of
intellectual conflicts. Participants will therefore be asked not to
present on primary texts or works (though new editions and
catalogues are welcome), their own publications, or scholarship
they did not substantially admire.

To participate, all you will need to do is check the appropriate
box on your MSA registration form and name a book you might be
interested in presenting. MSA registration will begin mid-April;
look for announcements at that time. Please note that you will have
to register by 29 September to be included in "What Are You
Reading?"

You will be notified of the time and location of your forum in
early October. There is no need to submit any proposal or paper in
connection with this event, nor do you need to contact your
moderator in advance. Simply check the box, receive notice of your
time and location, and show up.

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