SAMLA 90 General Call for Papers

deadline for submissions: 
July 6, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
contact email: 

SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 2–4, 2018 ◆ Sheraton Birmingham ◆ Birmingham, Alabama

SAMLA is again pleased to offer prospective participants the opportunity to submit abstracts to a General Call for Papers. Before submitting to the General Call for Papers, please review our current list of SAMLA 90 CFPs. The General Call for Papers will be used to build programming from accepted abstracts that did not resonate with any of our currently published CFPs.

Abstracts will be reviewed internally, and accepted abstracts will either be placed on an already extant panel or combined with other General Call abstracts to create new sessions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee acceptance and placement, though we will work earnestly and diligently to place 
all abstracts.

Although there is no proscription against submitting multiple abstracts, all participants are reminded that only one traditional paper may be presented at any SAMLA conference. 

Submissions to the General Call for Papers will be accepted through July 6, 2018.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for activism—“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better”—still rings true today as activists and their allies continue to promote messages of social justice. Moreover, fighting from the margins as a decision to partake in civil discontent, as Chinua Achebe reminds us, is a personal call that often has an individual ethical significance: “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” Activists have traditionally utilized literary or artistic expressions as forms of resistance against unfair practices of the establishment, whether formal literary works (the novel or poetry of protest), concise written expressions of noncompliance (graffiti and political posters), or as musical demonstrations (songs of protest). For SAMLA 90, presenters are invited to examine ways in which high or low art forms draw from ideologies as an indispensable platform of communication to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements. Scholars may explore multidisciplinary angles: for example, the historical development of a formal literature of protest (including specific movements’ use or preference of certain literary genres) or a look at the transformations of modern forms of protest given modern technological advances, such as digital forms of media communication.