Film Panel -- SCMLA, New Orleans, LA - Oct. 3-5, 2013: "Masking and Unmasking the Subject."

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Kristopher Mecholsky
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We invite presentation abstracts on all aspects of film that relate to the 2013 South Central Modern Language Association conference theme "Masking and Unmasking the Subject." Please send abstracts of around 500 words (or complete papers) to the session chair by the end of March 31, 2013.

Chair: Dr. Kristopher Mecholsky, Louisiana State University

May 31, 2013
Deadline for New Orleans 2013 conference participants to become members of SCMLA

August 31, 2013
Deadline for registration for New Orleans 2013 conference


The 70th annual convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 3-5 at the historic Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the French Quarter. The theme will be: "Masking and Unmasking the Subject."

The search for the authentic self or transcendental ego holds a privileged place in the history of literary theory, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory. Literature, language, film, and art all provide tools for constructing vivid imagery of the subject and her façades. In New Orleans, the city of performance and masquerades, we will explore the following questions, among others: What are the social factors that participate in forming the subject's masks? When are these masks in place and when do they fall away? Behind the mask, is there such a thing as an authentic self? How do race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, class, and education influence maskings and unmaskings? What particular use of the mask do we find in times of war, economic recession, political repression, and other modes of crisis vis-à-vis peaceful and prosperous contexts? Please join us for these discussions at our 70th annual conference at the beautifully restored historic Hotel Monteleone in the Heart of the French Quarter, October 3-5.

For conference and SCMLA membership information, please see