SAMLA 92: Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
contact email: 

The 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will take place November 13-15, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. This year's theme, as designed by SAMLA President Adrienne Angelo, is Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts.

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association takes pride in its long-standing commitment to fostering scholarly discussions across literatures, languages, pedagogy, and the intermedial spaces of our diverse academic fields and backgrounds. Our members—scholars, educators, and students—advance the reading and understanding of numerous textual modes of representation and the ways in which linguistic and textual coding may be understood as a polyvalent tool leading to social change and interdisciplinary progress.

The theme of SAMLA 92, Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts, invites us to think through the optics of scandal, transgression, and rebellion, as these themes apply to literary, historical, political, and interdisciplinary inquiries, reading practices, and pedagogical innovation. What defines scandal? In what ways do texts (literary, theoretical, and linguistic) break with canonical codes and traditions to challenge societal norms and to offer alternate readings of experience? In what ways and to what ends have scandals served as the springboard for creation? How do scandals elevate the visibility of individuals and communities? To what degree does creation depend on getting out of one’s comfort zone—as an artist, as a reader, as a spectator, or as an educator or student? 

SAMLA invites scholars to submit Calls for Papers both related and unrelated to our conference theme. Interested scholars can learn more about SAMLA's CFP process and submit their Calls here: This link can also be found on SAMLA's homepage at

The deadline for CFPs to be included in SAMLA's annual spring newsletter SAMLA News will be March 1, 2020. The final deadline to submit a CFP is June 1, 2020.

Any and all questions about SAMLA, SAMLA's annual conference, and/or submitting CFPs can be directed to


SAMLA invites CFPS in these - and other - areas:

African / African American Studies

American Studies


Asian / Asian American Studies

Caribbean Studies

English Studies (UK & Ireland)

Film Studies

French Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

German Studies

Hispanic Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Italian Studies

Luso-Portuguese Studies

Other Languages & Literatures


Rhetoric & Composition

Slavic Studies