24th Annual Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Communication

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MCLLM/Northern Illinois University
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Date: April 1-2, 2016
Deadline for Proposals: February 19, 2016
Theme: "Keep the Change"

The 24th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language and Media (MCLLM) at Northern Illinois University is currently accepting proposals for 15-minute papers from individuals and panels. MCLLM encourages proposals from a broad range of research and studies in the fields of English and communication from graduate students, qualified undergraduate students, and faculty. Possible topics include: literature and poetry, creative writing, linguistics, written and visual rhetoric, journalism, narrative and documentary film, music, games/video games, television, radio, new and social media, and pedagogy in these fields.

We are particularly interested in papers that explore this year's theme, "Keep the Change." This title refers broadly to changes in attitudes, beliefs, styles, approaches, forms, media, and ideologies. It encompasses social and political questions, as well as various genres and contexts in art, language, communication, and media. It can imply embrace of progress or resistance to it, as well as alluding to economic exchange and even altruism.

This year's keynote speaker will be musician, scholar, and author Adam Gussow, associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include African American literature, blues and Southern music, racial violence and reconciliation, and southern literature. Also a renowned harmonica player and teacher, he has made numerous blues recordings as a solo artist and as part of the duo Satan & Adam. Gussow will be presenting a talk on the evening of April 1, following the reception and optional conference dinner. He is the author of Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (1998), Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition (2002) and Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (2007), as well as the novel Busker's Holiday (2015).

Please submit 200-500 word proposals by February 19, 2016, to mcllm@niu.edu. Include name, institutional affiliation, email, and phone number of each author. Panel proposals should include a brief overview of the panel's theme and purpose, along with a 200-500 word abstract for each paper.

The MCLLM Committee