Multilingual and Multicultural Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand MLA 2022 Panel

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
American Association of Australasian Literary Studies

Call for Papers

MLA 2022

American Association of Australasian Literary Studies


Washington, D.C., 6-9 January 2022

Barbara Hoffmann, AAALS Vice President, Session Organizer and Moderator


Session Title:

Multilingual and Multicultural Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand


Official MLA 35-word official CFP:

Rigorous consideration of multilingual and multicultural literary production, including Indigenous writing, in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Engage with the tensions, ambivalences, and possibilities of the terms, broadly construed. 250-word abstracts.


Full CFP:

Promoting multicultural and multilingual literature in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand is widely and rightly celebrated as reflecting the diversity of the populace, promoting productive dialogue, and creating greater understanding in the public sphere. Yet, considerations of multiculturalism and multilingualism as both descriptive and prescriptive practices raise certain questions that highlight, for example:

  • the tension between, on the one hand, acknowledging and celebrating diversity and, on the other, pigeonholing or labelling as a restrictive practice;
  • the relationship between Indigenous writing, multilingual writing, and multicultural writing; and
  • the complexity and ambivalence of the terms themselves.


Topics that arise in consideration of these issues include, but are not limited to: exploration of the works of individual multicultural, multilingual, and/or Indigenous writers; multiculturalism and multilingualism in the settler nation context; the relationship between multiculturalism and national identity; the legacy of Australia’s restrictive immigration policies; Indigenous languages and multilingualism; translation studies.


The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies welcomes 250-word abstracts for papers that rigorously engage with these or related topics through art, culture, media, and literature (generously considered).


Please note that AAALS is requesting to be included under the MLA theme. For a more detailed description from the MLA President, see:


Submit 250-word abstracts MARCH 15th to: with the subject line MLA 2022 Proposal