MMLA 2020 Conference - Cultures of Collectivity

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 

For its 2020 Convention, the Midwest Modern Language Association welcomes—especially, but not exclusively—proposals that broadly reflect aspects of its conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity.”  We invite proposals for individual papers as well as for fully assembled panels or roundtables.

At heart, the conference theme seeks to address a set of questions about how meaning is forged in connection with collective acts. How, for example, are cultures created by the gathering together of human subjects? What modes of collectivity, be they formal or informal, arise from culture, or have arisen historically? How might we meet and answer the salient political and social challenges of our time through collective response and collaboration—as artists, as academics, as teachers and students, and as laborers? We seek proposals that wrestle with these (or related) transhistorical questions about what it means to work, think, and join together under the auspices of language, literature, and culture.

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Collective movements throughout the history of art and culture (i.e. literary or critical “schools,” film collectives, art collectives)
  • Reading communities
  • Allusion, citation, and the formation of communities through bibliography and scholarship
  • Interdisciplinary / crossover work in contemporary art and the humanities
  • Language communities
  • Cultures of diaspora, including refugees and migrant communities, and their representation in literature / culture
  • Subcultures, the avant-garde, and countercultural movements
  • Collectivities and labor organizing, both inside and outside of the university
  • Professional / academic societies and the communities they foster
  • Publishing collectives
  • The role of publishing in scholarly organizing
  • Professional or scholarly collaborations
  • Networking
  • Collaborative scholarly and artistic forms (i.e. co-authoring)
  • Graduate student collectives (including TA unions, etc.) and efforts to establish them
  • Undergraduate collectives (including Sigma Tau Delta, honors societies, clubs, literary magazines, etc.)
  • Collaborative pedagogy and team-teaching
  • Collaborations in the classroom (i.e. group assignments, collective grading, etc.)

Please visit our website to see deadlines and requirements for proposal submissions at the following link: PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE DIFFERENT DEADLINES FOR DIFFERENT PANELS.