Performing Gender Panel, SAMLA (Jacksonville, FL, Nov. 4-6, 2016) - Abstracts due June 1, 2016

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Performing Gender: Cultural Ideals, Expectations, and Representations of Gender in American and British Culture

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference, November 4-6, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL

This panel explores gendered ideals and expectations over time—from the Victorian era to contemporary society— and considers how cultural texts and images make meaning in regard to gendered expectations in American and British culture. Papers can draw from a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, including novels, short stories, plays, popular magazines, and literary journals of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as films and TV shows of the 20th and 21st centuries. Papers on any topic related to gendered ideals and expectations—and resistance to these ideals—might consider how some gendered expectations have changed while others have stayed the same over time and question what kind of impact these societal ideals have had and continue to have on our cultural consciousness. Papers addressing the topics of fashion or style in relation to gendered ideals would be of particular interest, as would papers informed by performance theory. Papers addressing the SAMLA 2016 conference theme of utopia/dystopia are also most welcome. By June 1, 2016, please send abstracts of 250-500 words along with AV requests and short bio to Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State University, at


Dr. Loretta Clayton

Associate Professor of English

Middle Georgia State University