MLA 2016 Special Session: Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature

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Kenneth Pinion/North Carolina State University
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please consider submitting a 300-word abstract to this CFP for the MLA convention in Austin, TX, being held on January 7-10, 2016.

Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature.

Efforts to construct the historiography of HIV/AIDS simultaneously mutate our own perceptions. This panel seeks papers that discuss how archiving the HIV epidemic shapes our relationships to the disease. Paper topics might include: the collection, preservation, and discovery of HIV-related materials; how those collections shape our understanding of HIV/AIDS; literary or filmic representations of HIV/AIDS as they pertain to theories of the "archive"; HIV/AIDS and queer embodiment; screen memory and the HIV epidemic; and so forth.

Please send 300-word abstracts and CVs by 13 March 2015; Kenneth Pinion (

You can also find the 35-word version of this CFP on the MLA website under "special sessions." Note that you need to be a registered member of MLA to access the listing on their forums.