CFP: The Art of Netflix (SAMLA 2017, Atlanta, GA, 11/3-11/5/2017)

deadline for submissions: 
June 2, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Perdigao
contact email: 

 The Art of Netflix

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference 2017

Atlanta, Georgia

November 3-5, 2017


Reflecting SAMLA’s conference theme, “High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” this special session will explore how Netflix is breaking new ground in its original series. Netflix’s original programming challenges the conventions of network television and presents the possibilities of the streaming platform. Netflix and its series can be considered both marginal and mainstream, existing in a liminal and, appropriately enough, fluid space. A host of series including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, and The Crown have been recognized with Primetime Emmy, American Film Institute, and Peabody nominations and awards while others such as Sense8 and 13 Reasons Why have received significant attention, both praise and criticism, by critics and viewers.   


Papers are sought that examine the art of Netflix, with topics ranging from analyses of individual series—their cinematography, writing, and politics—to those of Netflix itself. Papers might consider how the series and/or streaming platform reconceive borders and boundaries, ultimately redefining the medium of television. By June 2, please submit a 300-500 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Lisa Perdigao, Florida Institute of Technology, at