"Post Now" in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Cultures

deadline for submissions: 
May 10, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The aftermath of societal and cultural traumas can be cause for growth, hope, change, and (r)evolution. The last two years have brought the world to such moments. Questions may arise such as: What is the role of Children’s and Young Adult Literature within and after such traumas? How do events such as war or pandemic cause reflection and change on societal, cultural, and/or individual levels? We seek papers that explore all aspects of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as those addressing the conference theme of Post Now. Considerations may be given to audience, war, race, technologies, body image, sexualities, disabilities, politics, literacies, socioeconomics, immigration, rural/urban spaces, posthumanism, regionalism, and any other critical issues in children’s and young adult literature from any period and genre. Panel proposals are also welcome. 

The MMLA conference will take place in Minneapolis, MN November 7-10th, 2022. Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Amberyl Malkovich at amalkovich@concord.edu by May 10th, 2022. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in your abstract.