South Central Modern Language Association Sci-Fi & Fantasy Panel

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association
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The 76th annual South Central Modern Language Association convention will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas from October 24-26 at the Little Rock Marriott, near the Clinton Library and the headquarters of Heifer International. It is the perfect city for this year’s theme, “Pathways: Past, Present and Future.” The theme takes its cue from Arkansas’s natural beauty, rich history, and diverse culture. Drawing on the spirit of the Arkansas Traveler and paying homage to the Little Rock Nine, this theme encourages us to think about how persistence, bravery, and the pursuit of the unknown have helped to shape the past and our understandings of it; as well as how we in the humanities might need to draw on these qualities in the present in order to maintain hope in the future. Please join us for SCMLA's convention in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 24-26, at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.

This CFP is specifically for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy panel. The theme for this year’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy panel(s) is “The Shifting Terrain of Gender Representation and Performance in Sci-Fi/Fantasy." This panel discussion with focus on gender representations and performance in sci-fi and fantasy. What roles has and does gender play in the understanding of sci-fi and fantasy texts? With the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones and narratives/products like The Hunger Games, how has gender been reappropraited and rearticulated in the contempory sci-fi/fantasy landscape? Issues likes these concerning gender are the focus of this panel discussion.

Both the panel chair (William Lemley) and the panel secertary (Sharla Rosenbaum) are PhD candidates at the University of Arkansas, and both are members of the South Central Modern Language Association.

If you would like to present on this panel, please submit a 250 word abstract to the sci-fi/fantasy panel email either William Lemley at or Sharla Rosenbaum at . While the topic does not have to pertain to gender or gender studies, the theme is gender. A non-thematic abstract will still be considered for acceptance. The deadline is March 31, 2019.