SAMLA 92 is Going Virtual (A Conference Update)

deadline for submissions: 
July 3, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Important Update: The 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will take place November 13-15, 2020 as an entirely online event hosted through Accelevents

Because we are moving our conferene to an online format for 2020, we have revised several crucial deadlines for conference planning. They are as follows:

The deadline to submit a CFP for SAMLA 92 is now July 3. Scholars interested in chairing a session or presenting at SAMLA 92 should visit our Calls for Papers page for further instructions, descriptions of our current Calls for Papers, and links to the appropriate submission forms. 

The deadline to submit an abstract to our General Call is now July 31. Scholars interested in presenting their work at SAMLA 92 but not yet part of a session/panel should submit their abstracts to our General Call for Papers

The deadline to submit an SI Form is now August 3. Session chairs who are ready to provide their session/panel titles, officers, participants, abstracts, etc, should submit the Session/Panel Information Form

The deadline to submit a URF SI Form is now September 7.Session chairs for the Undergraduate Research Forum who are ready to provide their session/panel information should submit the URF Session/Panel Information Form

In light of transitioning to an online format for SAMLA 92 and the COVID-19 budget cuts hitting higher education, we have also reduced our conference registration rates. See here for details:

Representatives of organizations who wish to exhibit at SAMLA 92 should visit our Exhibitor Registration page for more information and a link to our registration form. If you would like to reserve advertising space in the conference program, please visit our Program Advertising page for more information.


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? 

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


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