UPDATE: Undergraduates Unplugged (3/25/06; RMMLA, 10/12/06-10/14/06)

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Please notice that the deadline for paper submissions has been extended from
March 15 to March 25, 2006. We are still accepting proposals for the 2006
Rocky Mountain MLA convention in Tucson, Arizona, 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 25, 2006, to Andrew McCarthy at
andrew_mccarthy_at_mail.wsu.edu or Verena Theile at vtheile_at_wsu.edu. Attachments should be in Word or RTF
format. It is important that the proposal includes a presentation title and is
 accompanied by 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 information. Please note, too, that
presenters need to have attained membership status with RMMLA by April 1 in
order to participate in the 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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