CFP: Undergraduates Unplugged: Literature Matters (3/15/06; RMMLA, 10/12/06-10/14/06)

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We are now accepting proposals for the 2006 Rocky Mountain MLA convention in
Tucson, October 12-14 2006.

The Special Topic Session: "Undergraduate Unplugged: Literature Matters" is
looking for submissions from undergraduate students who have declared English
as their major or who are still contemplating whether English is the way to
go for them. At the very least (and most), we would like potential
participants to have a passion for literature and a desire and compulsion to write and
talk about that passion. RM/MLA provides an opportunity to undergraduates to
test the waters, so to say, and to immerse themselves in the profession. As
a regional subdivision of MLA, RM/MLA allows undergraduates a first encounter
with public presentations and professional discourse in a comfortable and
supportive environment.

The panel, or panels (we can run as many as two), are reserved for
undergraduates engaged in the study of literature--British, American or World,
stretching from medieval to pop culture. We are looking for proposals that best
represent the academic potential of these students and that thoroughly engage
with the text at hand. All approaches are welcome, all literatures are
appreciated, and submissions from all years are anticipated--freshman papers will
receive the same consideration as senior papers. We will accept as many as 8
proposals and reserve two more spots for students who are interested in running
the panel discussions.

Please announce this call in your classes and invite your students to submit
a 250 word abstracts (or a request to be involved in the organization of the
panels) by March 15th, 2006 to Andrew McCarthy at or Verena Theile at Attachments should be in Word or RTF
format. Please include a presentation title and a brief sketch explaining how
the paper originated and where in the program the writer is located.
Encourage your students to submit their own work, please, since we need to be able
to contact them directly and provide them with the necessary conference

We are looking forward to hearing from you and meeting your students!

Verena Theile / Andrew McCarthy
Washington State University
Department of English
Pullman, WA 99164-5020

Office Phone: (509) 335-2361

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