Defining Academic Work in Modern Languages and Literatures

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2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle (Jan 5-8)
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This panel seeks to analyze the nature of faculty work in modern languages and literatures from an interdisciplinary, scholarly perspective. What characterizes faculty labor in these fields and the humanities in general, especially as compared to work in other academic disciplines such as the natural and social sciences? How do configurations of academic work as variable combinations of teaching, scholarship and service justify or fail to justify different career tracks for faculty members? We seek papers that advance historical, philosophical, and theoretical analyses in order to explain current configurations of faculty work and help us to imagine new ones. 500 word abstract by March 15, 2011. Janet Casey ( Panel organized by the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession.