Visual Connections: the Role of the Visual in Memoir Compositions (SAMLA regular session)

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Alice Myatt / University of Mississippi
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The Visual Rhetoric session is a regular session of SAMLA (South Atlantic MLA), and we invite submissions that engage with the theme of this year's conference as well as engaging with other issues and topics that represent the field of visual

SAMLA's special focus this year is Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile, and this Call for Papers invites submissions that interrogate the various ways that visual images are used to connect, connect to, and connect with memoirs.

In the genre of memoir, visual artifacts may

- act as a theme, *connecting the parts* of a whole, or
- they may connect images and visual artifacts *to* memoir, and
- such artifacts often connect audiences *with* the memoir's composer.

The visual - encompassing as it does the full range of things seen, from architecture and art to logos and typefaces - is an integral part of memoir. Papers may explore how visual artifacts appear and are composed or presented in travel, immigration, or exile memoirs. Additionally, we encounter memoir in the form of movies or documentaries, thus this CFP invites papers that explore the form or medium of memoir as well as its text.

Please send abstracts of 500 words or less to Alice Myatt,, no later than June 15, 2012, and include with your abstract any audio / visual needs you have. All presenters must be members of SAMLA at the time of presentation. People whose abstracts are accepted will be notified no later than July 15, 2012.

This year (2012), the SAMLA conference will be held from November 9 - 11 at Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina 27709. For more information, visit the SAMLA website at