Addressing Colonial Insecurities Through Radical Forms

deadline for submissions: 
May 26, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA - South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 95th Annual Conference "(In)Security: The Future of Literature and Language Studies" will take place from November 9-11, 2023 in Atlanta, GA. For conference information, check out SAMLA's website (

Addressing Colonial Insecurities Through Radical Forms:

Proposed Special Sessions Panel

Expanding upon SAMLA’s phrase “age of insecurity,” this panel will interrogate subjectivities that exceed the settler/Indigenous binary. What if we consider the moment of Euro-Indigenous encounter as its own age of insecurity? What does it mean to live through multiple moments of insecurity? How are the tools that we have to express or reflect insecurity actually beholden to the too-naturalized architecture of colonial regimes?

Interrogating settler and Indigenous texts, this panel will consider transgressive art and literary forms. We are especially interested in genre play that manipulates or reassesses established, colonial mediums of representation, including but not limited to the novel, found text and other poetic forms, photography, film, etc. How do settler and Indigenous subjects interact with each other over mediums? How does genre play make naturalized phenomenon like colonialism visible and interactive even within a larger discourse of insecurity and paranoia?

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract, a 50-100 word bio, and any A/V requests via the following Google Form ( by May 26, 2023.

For any questions, you may email Anthony Gottlich ( or Stacey Balkun (