DEADLINE EXTENDED: “Collectivity in Reception Studies” (MMLA 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Reception Study Society
contact email: 

"Collectivity in Reception Studies," Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) 2020. Scheduled for November 5-8, Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The Reception Study Society is dedicated to promoting discussion among literature, culture and media scholars engaged in theoretical and practical analyses in reception study, reader-response criticism and pedagogy, history of the book, audience and communication studies, and more. For MMLA, we invite participants to share scholarship that advances the study of these areas.

We encourage, but are not requiring, participants to consider the role of “collectivity” in reception studies. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, questions like: how do distinct reading communities emerge, and how do these communities shape the reception of particular texts? What shapes have collective action taken in historically specific reading formations and interpretive communities? How do authors’ affiliations with particular subcultures, collectives, classes, or groups impact the creation and reception of their texts? How does collaboration or co-authorship foster creativity – or conflict – in the creation of texts, and how do these collaborations manifest in the reception of authors’ works?

Please send 300 word proposals for individual papers and a brief CV to Kelsey Squire ( by May 31, 2020. Include any AV requests. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the MMLA has indicated that should the 2020 conference be cancelled, any accepted panels would be carried over to the MMLA 2021 conference.

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