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Writing Across the Curriculum (MMLA) (Deadline Extended)

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Alejandra Ortega / Purdue University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 20, 2020

The Midwest Modern Language Association’s 2020 conference theme is “Cultures of Collectivity.” The conference will take place November 5-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Writing Across the Curriculum permanent session will explore this theme by considering how writing pedagogy can encourage students to make connections between their sense of self and the community at large. Academia is rarely limited to the space of the classroom. Often lines between the individual student, the university space, and the local community blur to facilitate a deeper engagement with learning.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Persistence in the Digital World: Rights, Movements, Knowledge and Humanities

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:37pm
MLA 2021, Toronto
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Inviting abstracts for the MLA panel: Persistence in the Digital World: Rights, Movements, Knowledge and Humanities

How does the networked public seize digital means and build new frontiers of knowledge and rights? What new forms of social movements and humanities in digital spaces sustain hopes for persistence? Send 400-word abstracts to rianka.roy@gmail.com.

Link: https://mla.confex.com/mla/2021/webprogrampreliminary/Paper12576.html

Rianka Roy, PhD

University of Connecticut

Native American Literature Permanent Section (MMLA 2020)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 5:33pm
Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Community and Collaboration in Native American Literature - MMLA Conference, November 5-8, Milwaukee, WI

In addressing the conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Permanent Section on Native American Literature seeks proposals exploring collaboration and community building in a literary context. Possible topics may include analyses of representations of diverse communities or collective movements in literature by Native American authors. Discussions of author collaborations are also encouraged. Please send proposals of 200-300 words by April 5 to the panel chair, Kate Beutel, at kbeutel@lourdes.edu.

 Deadline extended to May 31, 2020

MLA 2021 - Comparative Environmentalisms (guaranteed session)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:36pm
Ben Mangrum / University of Michigan
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

MLA 2021 (Toronto)

This panel explores environmentalisms across linguistic, indigenous, and national frameworks. Challenges to the idea of “environmentalism” are welcome.

This panel is sponsored by the CLCS 20th-21st century forum and will be a guaranteed session.

Abstracts of 250-words to Ben Mangrum at bmangrum@umich.edu by Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Call for Articles: Special Issue 'Locating the Centre in Contemporary Literature'

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:11am
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 6, 2020

CfP Alluvium 7.7 – Special Issue: 'Locating the Centre in Contemporary Literature'

Alluvium is an open access journal featuring short essays of around 2,000 words on key issues and emerging trends in 21st-century writing and criticism. The journal publishes six issues a year, employing a system of post-publication peer-review by the engaged commentariat on the message boards of the journal’s website, enabling vital current ideas to find a rapid readership. (see https://www.alluvium-journal.org/

Alienation and De-alienation in the Composition Classroom (CEA at MLA 2021)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 4:15pm
Andrew Beutel/College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020

This panel, sponsored by the College English Association, explores how the concept of alienation can be applied to a field in which it has not received very much attention: composition pedagogy. Generally meaning an undesirable separation between self and world (i.e., other human beings, nature, and social roles, norms, and institutions), alienation has been analyzed in various contexts by philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, and critical theorists. While it came to be viewed as problematic and outmoded with the rise of postmodernism, the concept is far from obsolete today. On the contrary, alienation remains both a widely experienced psychosocial issue and a vital theoretical and diagnostic tool.

Persistence in Afrofuturist Cultural Production

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:28pm
MLA Forum: African since 1990
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

In outlining her presidential theme for the 2021 MLA Conference, Judith Butler writes of the precarity we face in the humanities and the vulnerabilities of human and nonhuman lives in the face of climate change and the “dominance of market values.” However, Butler’s outlook is not defeatist; her focus on persistence encourages reflections on alternative future possibilities centered on collective resistance and survival.