SAMLA 93 - Social Networks, Social Distances

deadline for submissions: 
July 16, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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SAMLA's 93rd Annual ConferenceSocial Networks, Social DistancesNovember 4–6, 2021Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia

The theme for SAMLA 93 is Social Networks, Social Distances. As the experiences of the last year or two have taught us, social networks and social distances are in some respects two sides of the same coin: two opposites ("networks" and "distances") held together by "social," their common denominator. Along these lines, the tools we use to come together can be the same ones we use to keep ourselves apart. Viewed historically, if ten or fifteen years ago the mantra was "social networks," given the community modern telecommunications platforms promised to deliver or solidify, that mantra has been replaced with "social distances," on account of the health protocols we need in combatting COVID-19. Ironically, however, one of the ways we are able to maintain social distance is through the use of the modern telecommunications platforms that can also be used to divide us. Looked at from yet a different angle, we have also seen that the tools and platforms that can bring one group into closer community often do so at the expense of community with a different group. As such, in some ways, rather than being opposites per se, networks and distances can also be thought of as complementary: a network implies distance, and vice versa. SAMLA 93 invites inquiry into these and related questions and concerns, most of which are probably barely suggested by the foregoing. At stake are all the issues central to our membership: language, representation, location, technology, education, and how each (or all) of these interact with society at large.

For those interested in helping build the programming for SAMLA 93 by proposing their own Calls for Papers, please see our SAMLA 93 Call for Papers page. On it, you will find directions for submitting your Call using the SAMLA 93 CFP submission form. SAMLA welcomes panel proposals addressing the conference theme as well as all other relevant professional and research interests in a broad range and wide diversity of intellectual fields. For any questions, please contact us at

We are looking for Calls in these subject areas as well as any others:

African / African American Studies

American Studies

Asian / Asian American Studies

Caribbean Studies

Creative Writing

English Studies (UK & Ireland)

Film Studies

French Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

German Studies

Hispanic Studies

Indigenous Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Italian Studies

Luso-Portuguese Studies

Other Languages & Literatures


Rhetoric & Composition

Slavic Studies