Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Call for Papers



November 17-20

Minneapolis, Minnesota

MMLA 2022 Post-Now CFP 

The past two years have brought us to an inflection point. As we see the consequences of post-truth politics, as we come to terms with what post-pandemic life can and must be, as we live our professional lives in post-corporatized academe, and as we continue our national racial reckoning, the MMLA's 2022 convention offers us a moment to consider our ethical responsibilities to our profession, our pedagogy, our research, our democracy, and ourselves. We invite our members to a collective discussion of the role of humanities post-now in an emphatic call for immediate changes to allow a fundamentally different future. 

Adhering to the MMLA’s mission of disseminating and furthering the exchange of knowledge, discovery, and learning in modern languages and literatures, we encourage submissions that advance criticism, research, and teaching to assess the important role our field will have after repositioning itself in this landscape to reaffirm its relevance and importance to shape the future.  

We encourage submissions that seek to address the following questions: How do we position modern languages and literatures, and Humanities more broadly, in these changing times? How can we practice, both in our classrooms and in our research, socially relevant dialogues, informed by reflexive practices that promote community, rather than unilateral actions of one individual for the benefit of that individual alone? How do we move back toward developing communities that embrace difference, recognizing and stressing the importance of diversity across a wide spectrum, including gender, race, class, and ideology? How do we minimize our own political and personal biases and critically interrogate our own race, class, and gender privileges? Moreover, do we need such an emphatic call for rupture that requires new strategies to adapt to the "now" we are facing? Or perhaps, are these strategies already available and just need to be adapted post-now? 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Feminisms and transfeminisms
  • Literature and the environment
  • Pop culture and visual arts
  • Queer identities
  • Cultural and literary studies
  • Environmental and cultural sustainability
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Disability studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Race, gender, and subalternity
  • Religious discourses
  • Nationalisms
  • Transatlantic Studies: Latin America/ Europe/Africa
  • Travel writing and networks
  • Women studies
  • Interdisciplinary work and the humanities
  • Language communities
  • Cultures of diaspora
  • Minority cultures
  • Ecocritical approaches to literature and cultural studies
  • Transcultural identities
  • Food studies
  • Art, music, and painting


Proposals from faculty and graduate students may be for:

1) Special Sessions related to the conference theme:

Special Sessions do not require a full slate of papers, but instead, if accepted, assume that the session organizer (who may also give a paper) will serve as panel chair. Accepted Special Session Calls for Papers are posted on the MMLA website and will require that the organizer receive proposals directly and vet them to build the full panel.

Special Session Calls for Papers should include the following information: organizer name, contact information, session title, and a Call for Papers indicating the organizer's preferred proposal length and deadline of March 1st for proposal submissions.

Special Session submissions are due April 15th via e-mail to their organizers.  Submissions that are not assigned to special session panels are due by May 10th via email to mmla@luc.edu

2) Permanent Sections of the MMLA that organize panels annually:

Permanent Sections are typically tied to some version of the conference theme.  Submissions to Permanent Sections are due to their organizers April 15th.  Submissions that are not assigned to permanent section panels are due by May 10th via email to mmla@luc.edu.

3) Complete Panels or Individual Papers that do not tie into the conference theme.

Submissions should include the following information: presenter name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, paper title, a 250-word abstract, and a CV.

Proposals for Complete Panels should be submitted together as a unit.

Individual Papers that are accepted will be grouped into sessions; as a result, to facilitate scheduling please identify up to three of the following categories in which your paper may be most usefully placed:

American literature, Comparative Studies, English Literature, Francophone Literatures, Hispanophone Literatures, Genre Studies, German Literature, Interdisciplinary Approaches, Italian Literatures, Teaching, Medieval, Renaissance/Early Modern, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Contemporary Literature, Colonial, Postcolonial, Travel, the Midwest.

Individual Paper and Complete Panel proposals are due May 20th via e-mail to mmla@luc.edu.

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Proposals from undergraduate students will be considered for the Undergraduate Symposium by the program committee.  

Undergraduate submissions should include the following information: presenter name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, paper title, the Faculty mentor's name, and a 250-word abstract.

Proposals for the Undergraduate Symposium are due May 31st via e-mail to mmla@luc.edu.


While the MMLA welcomes papers across languages and literatures, proposals must be in English unless submitted to a Permanent Session that stipulates proposals are welcome in languages other than English.

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Each Fall issue of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association will be devoted to papers that build upon the conference theme from the previous year; the Fall 2023 issue will thus extend “Post-Now.”  Fall issue submissions are due by April 15 after each convention.