Proposed MLA 2021 Just-In-Time Roundtable Session: The Limits of Academic Freedom at Religious Colleges and Universities

deadline for submissions: 
September 18, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Jack Dudley and Dave Wehner, Mount St. Mary's University
contact email: 

This roundtable invites short reflections on the tensions and limits of teaching and studying literature at religious colleges and universities. Do institutional commitments, positions, and documents (conduct oaths, pledges, church constitutions, and doctrinal statements) as well as campus cultures, constituencies, and attitudes implicitly and explicitly limit what can be taught and published? How have you navigated, resisted, and/or adapted to these limits?

Per Just-In-Time Session guidelines, accepted panelists must be MLA members by Sept. 22.

Please note that MLA 2021 will be a virtual convention that takes place online (

Please send a 200-word abstract and short CV by Friday, September 18, 2020, to Jack Dudley ( and Dave Wehner ( We are happy to answer any questions as well.