Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Permanent Section Call for Papers

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Identity and Liminality in African American Literature

This panel seeks presentations about the proclivity of African American racial space. That is, this panel is interested in when and where conceptions of spatial race formalities are conducted. We can think of “space” as time, place, and movement—the constant liminal changing of identities. This panel invites abstracts, of no more than 250 words, for presentations on African American literature at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference. Please submit your abstracts and CV to idale@nd.edu .

Deadline: May 1, 2021

CFP: MMLA 2021, “American Literature After 1870”

“Collection Cultures”: Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 4-7. The MMLA’s permanent section on American Literature After 1870 invites papers which, building on the conference theme, examine the topic of “cultures of collectivity” in American novels, poetry, and/or other kinds of texts, artwork, or cultural endeavors. Particularly invited are papers which explore cultures of collectors and collections. Such papers might explore collectors and collections as subjects in American literary works (collectors as characters or themes), as practices of literary curation (special collections, American literary anthologies), or as studies in communities of adoration/fandom (subcultural bonding over objects, art, or otherwise). How do these “collection cultures” intersect with other types of collectives? What aesthetic modes are associated with collection cultures, and what might they tell us about topics like American consumerism, democracy, inequality, and more?    

For consideration, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief CV to: najung@uwm.edu by May 1, 2021. Include any AV requests. For more information about the MMLA convention, please see the organization’s website: https://www.luc.edu/mmla/.

Submission Deadline: May 1

Call for Papers: “Animals in Literature and Film” (Permanent Panel) 

“Ecological Communities: Animal Neighbors in Literature and Film”


This year’s “Animals in Literature and Film” panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association’s annual meeting (November 4-7, 2021 in Milwaukee, WI) invites papers engaging the conference’s theme of “Cultures of Collectivity,” specifically how works of literature or film cultivate or impair ecological communities, broadly defined.

Animals are, as Terry O’Connor writes, “central to our individual and collective lives” (2013). We live in community with pets or livestock and rely on their bodies for food and clothing, medicine and supplies. At the same time, we reshape the landscape to better suit our own needs over the needs of others, creating borders which delineate the human from the non-human, the civilized from the wild. These artificial boundaries work against our ecological communities by suggesting that species cannot—and should not—live alongside each other. When we cross these boundaries and meet animals face-to-face, Donna Haraway argues, there are no guaranteed outcomes: “There is no assured happy or unhappy ending—socially, ecologically, or scientifically. There is only the chance for getting on together with some grace” (2007).

The struggle to achieve this “grace” in reality shapes how we imagine ecological community building in the abstract. Why do we invite certain animals into our communities but exclude others? What happens when begin to think of animals as our neighbors, fully included within our collective existence rather than apart from it? This panel will examine these questions and others throughout history in literature and film. Potential topics include but are not limited to:


  • Companion animals, pets, and the status of animals in the family unit
  • Farming communities and animal fables in children’s literature and film
  • Animal soldiers (War Horse) or animal uprisings (Animal Farm, Planet of the Apes)
  • Limits of or possibilities for human–animal communication and collaboration
  • Works which complicate ideas of human exceptionalism
  • Climate change or the loss of community through ecological devastation (Bambi, Fern Gully)
  • Animal familiars in occult communities, animal neighbors in marginalized communities
  • The ethics of zoos and aquariums (animals in captivity) and conservation theory


We invite 15-minute papers from all fields which engage this topic from a literary, cinematic, or art historical angle both in our own cultural moment and beyond it. While we welcome submissions that engage in all languages and literatures, please plan to deliver your paper in English.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) should be sent to Margaret Day Elsner (elsner.25@osu.edu) by May 1, 2021. Please include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), the title of your paper, and any special audio-visual needs in the body of your email. Accepted panelists will be notified by the end of April.

In response to recent social unrest, the MMLA Executive Committee released its “Message on Racial Justice.” In its statement, the MMLA expressed its commitment to “deepening the study of the systemic racism that characterizes our social system” and encouraged “the continued elaboration and clarification of what systemic racism truly means.”

One way that the MMLA is furthering its commitment to examining systemic racism is the creation of the Antiracism Permanent Section. This section invites workshops, panels, and individual paper proposals that do one or both of the following:

  • call attention to manifestations of systemic racism in areas such as research, teaching,  and institutional practices, and/or
  • identify successful antiracist projects currently in place or requiring implementation in order to combat systemic racism effectively.

Some topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining antiracism (including its political as well as intellectual genealogies and trajectories)
  • Defining systemic vs. other forms of racism, and practicing antiracism differently according to the specific form of racism being targeted
  • Antiracism and the literary canon
  • Antiracist pedagogy
  • Antiracism on hiring committees
  • Antiracism and university service
  • Antiracism and academic publishing
  • Allyship and its appearance in various forms (e.g., student support, collegiality, etc.)
  • Antiracist work in professional organizations
  • The rhetoric of antiracist position statements (like the one quoted above from the MMLA)
  • Global, national, regional (particularly Midwest), and local varieties of antiracist theory and practice


Please submit workshop, panel, or individual paper abstracts to Dr. Cedric Burrows (cedric.burrows@marquette.edu) by May 1, 2021.




DESCRIPTION: Participants will explore the issue of globalization and acculturation within the context of a changing social world as it applies to the teaching and/or learning of a second/foreign language. Topics on first language acquisition, language acquisition, and heritage language in general and/or on Applied Linguistics in general are also welcome.

Please e-mail a 125-word abstract, by May 1, 2021, to Kashama Mulamba at kmulamba@olivet.edu phone: (815) 939 5289


We are in a time of false binaries, of closure, of choosing sides. At the same time, we are at a time in society where we are finding continued interest in active communities. Meaning is forged by connective actions. Breaking bread together is, and has always been, an almost sacred act. Food to a large extent creates community at its most essential level. In this panel, therefore, we are looking for individual papers that explore topics connected to food, producing, consuming, and cooking in literature or film. Especially, but not exclusively, we are interested in papers that engage with the conference theme of collectivity. How do these representations employ community, togetherness, or alternately solitude and alienation in their works?

Topics may address, but are not limited to:

  • Food scenes in literature or film
  • Artistic representations of food collectives
  • Food and consumption in gothic literature, speculative fiction
  • Zombies, vampires, and other consuming “monsters”
  • Representations of food among diaspora
  • Food and the Anthropocene
  • Race/ethnicity and food
  • Issues of class/economics and food
  • Issues of diet and public health
  • Food security
  • Food in activism
  • Food and/or drink and networking
  • Food and globalization/colonization
  • Pedagogical uses of food in culture

All proposals should be sent to Kathryn Dolan, dolankc@mst.edu, by May 1, 2021.

CFP to be posted soon!


MMLA Convention: Central American Permanent Section Call for Papers

The Central American Literature permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks proposals for the upcoming MMLA Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Nov 4-7, 2021). This section welcomes proposals that analyze and interpret literature, audiovisual productions, and other cultural manifestations from Central America, with diverse methodologies and perspectives, with any national or transnational focus within the region, and also those with a transcontinental or transoceanic connection. Thematic areas of analysis can include, and are not limited to, the 2020 MMLA theme: “Cultures of Collectivity,” as well as any cultural, economic, social and political aspect reflected in the artistic, cultural and literary productions of the seven Central American nations: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Please, submit a 250-word abstract (include title) in Spanish or English, and a brief bio-bibliography or CV (include name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail) to David Rozotto at drozotto@uwaterloo.ca by May 1, 2021.

 “Connecting Cultures and Collectivity in Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature”

We seek papers that explore all aspects of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as those addressing the conference theme of cultures of collectivity. Considerations may be given to audience, race, technologies, body image, sexualities, disabilities, 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 Milwaukee, WI November 4-7, 2021. Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Dr. Amberyl Malkovich at amalkovich@concord.edu by May 1, 2021. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in your abstract.

The Comparative Literature section of the MMLA invites proposals for papers that engage with this year's conference theme, "Cultures of Collectivity." Papers addressing the following suggested MMLA topics from a transnational, cross-cultural, and/or interdisciplinary perspective would be particularly relevant: collective movements throughout the history of art and culture; the formation of communities through bibliography and scholarship; language communities; cultures of diaspora; academic communities. Please submit abstracts to Fontaine Lien at fontaine.lien@valpo.edu by May 1, 2021.

"Cultures of Collectivity"

The Creative Writing I: Prose section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks proposals that connect to this year’s conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity.”  We are particularly interested in work relating to the idea of collectives in the sense of individuals with a shared issue, interest, or objective. Though the narrative may unfold along this theme, we are also, and most particularly, interested in how fiction, both the writing and sharing of fiction, can itself act as a collective. How can fiction bring people together? How can fiction provide a sense of a shared interest, objective, or even a shared moment in time where readers feel akin to the story, to the writer, or to each other? Presenters should expect to both read (for approximately 10 minutes) and discuss their work as it relates to the conference theme (10 minutes).

To submit your work for consideration, please send a 200-300 word abstract, a brief sample of prose (2-3 pages), and a brief bio to the section chair, Michele Willman (mwillman@crk.umn.edu), by May 1, 2021. Be sure to include your name, professional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title.

2021 MMLA Annual Convention: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Creative Writing II: Poetry Permanent Section CFP

“Cultures of Collectivity: Community, Collaboration, and Poetic Practice”

The Creative Writing II: Poetry permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks creative, critical, and hybrid proposals that connect to this year’s convention theme of “Cultures of Collectivity.” We are particularly interested in presentations from poets and poet-scholars who engage with others within the context of creative communities, collaborative writing praxis, and/or publishing and pedagogical experiences. Questions to consider may include: How is (your) poetry and poetic practice shaped by/within particular communities or collaborations? How does the contemporary literary publishing community influence definitions of poetry, its creation, and/or its reception? How is poetry and poetic practice complicated by present-day social, political, ideological, or pedagogical concerns?

We welcome papers, poetry, and digital poetics projects, and are especially interested in critical-creative works that are socially conscious and politically engaged. Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length.

To submit your work for consideration, please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief bio to the section chair, Hannah Kroonblawd (hlkroon@ilstu.edu), by May 1, 2021. Proposals of creative projects should include a brief sample of creative work (3-5 pages of poetry) along with the abstract. Please include your name, professional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title.

Call for Papers for the Dickens Society

at the

2021 MMLA Conference

“Cultures of Collectivity”

Milwaukee, WI

November 4-7, 2021 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center


The Dickens Society invites paper proposals for a sponsored panel at the 2020 Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Milwaukee, WI. Papers on any aspect of Dickens works will be considered, but we are especially interested in proposals that engage the broader MMLA conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity”—a theme with particular resonance at a time when collective action(s) of many kinds (in the form of labor unions, civic activism, political factionalism, social justice movements, social media forms, etc.) punctuates our daily lives. And what might we make of “cultures of collectivity” during the nineteenth century in particular, a time when the formation of certain kinds of collectives – geographic, literary, and otherwise --  were counterpoised with concerns about the unwashed masses, the tyranny of the majority, and the possibility of individual ambition and self-help?


Topics related to Dickens might include, but are not limited to: his interest in labor unions and workers’ collectives; his work on behalf of the Guild of Literature and Art, international copyright, and other author interests; his portrayal of forms of local community and social solidarity, from those among the working class to those pertaining to Parliamentary cliques; his representation of organized religion and philanthropic societies; his work on behalf of, and his portrayals of, institutions such as orphanages, hospitals, and other benevolent institutions; his sense of his reading public, and/or the public who attended his public readings; his editorial framing and shaping of Household Words and All the Year Round, and the forms of collectivity that shaped his relations with the young writers on his staff; his sense of communities of racial and colonial others; collective responses to his work, his separation from his wife, his death, or other events.


Please send 350-word (maximum) abstract and brief (1-page) CV to Adrianne Wojcik at mmladickens2020@gmail.com. Proposals are due May 20, 2021, and authors will be notified of decisions by June 15, 2021.


CFP to be posted soon!

The 2021 MMLA Drama Section welcomes fifteen-minute papers on Dramatic Pedagogy for the 2021 conference in Milwaukee, WI.  In addition to innovative classroom approaches to specific texts or theatrical representations, this panel will consider dramatic texts and performances with particularly subversive didactic appeals.  As always, any belligerent contrarians who wish to consider the limits of dramatic pedagogy are welcome.  Please submit a 250-word abstract to Lance Norman at normanl1@lcc.edu by May 1, 2021.

For the annual MMLA conference, the permanent section on English Literature before 1800 solicits abstracts for papers on the topic of “Cultures of Collectivity.”

What sort of collectives appear in early English literature? How do guilds, clubs, colleges, or other formal and informal associations appear in this period’s literature? How do women express collective affinities in this period? Does linguistic collectivity—of Welsh or Gaelic or regional English dialect—work to create collective culture in this period’s literature? Do emergent notions of racial identity contribute to collective culture in this period? Do class collectives – notions of nobility or the cant of poor criminals – operate to create such cultures?

Complete essays that can be delivered in twenty minutes or proposals for prospective papers should be submitted by May 1, 2021 to Andrew Fleck, University of Texas at El Paso (ajfleck@utep.edu)

English II: English Literature 1800-1900

“Literature, Social Class, and Class Consciousness”

The focus of this year’s English II session will be on the significance and dynamics of social class and class consciousness in the representations, production, consumption, and understanding of literature in 19th century Britain. Please send a 250-word abstract, a brief C.V., and a brief bio to Kevin Swafford at swafford@bradley.edu. Abstract, C.V. and bio are due on May 1, 2021.  

Fabricating the Body

This panel welcomes a wide range of proposals for scholarly presentations that seek to apply this year’s MMLA conference theme—“Cultures of Collectivity”—to literary, artistic or cultural portrayals of “the body”.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • the multivalent body
  • the exposed or objectified body
  • the fetishized body
  • the ambiguous body
  • cyborgs, androids, or the post-human body
  • monsters
  • corpses
  • marked bodies
  • marketed bodies
  • damaged bodies
  • adapted or altered bodies
  • performed or staged bodies
  • fragmented/reconfigured/rearranged bodies
  • the constructed body
  • the fabricated body
  • queer bodies
  • racialized bodies
  • labelled bodies
  • uncontainable bodies

Please send a 250-word abstract and one-page CV or brief bio by May 1 to Tamara Slankard: tslankard@bakeru.edu.

2021 CFP coming soon!

CFP to be posted soon!

Film II- Contemporary Film in the Classroom

Following the conference theme we welcome proposals that explore how representation is forged in connection with collective acts in contemporary film. How, for example, are cultures created by the gathering together of human subjects? What modes of collectivity, be they formal or informal, arise from culture, or have arisen historically? How have directors represented the salient political and social challenges of our time through notions of collective response and collaboration? How does this impact the aesthetic of the film? We seek proposals that wrestle with these (or related) transhistorical questions. Proposals that explore innovate pedagogical methods when teaching contemporary film or documentaries are welcomed. In this session, we also seek to explore how teaching across disciplines can lead to new dialogues or teaching methods/instruction. How does film pedagogy intersect with the work of colleagues in other disciplines? How does it take shape and come to fruition in the classroom?

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Close analysis of film
  • Film theory
  • Film criticism
  • Film history
  • Modes of film studies
  • Methods of film production
  • World film studies
  • Collaborative pedagogy and team-teaching
  • Collaborations in the classroom (i.e. group assignments, collective grading, etc.)
  • Cultures of collectivity
  • Collective communities in film
  • Language, translation, bilingualism
  • History and duality
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Religious discourses
  • Feminisms
  • Border studies
  • African American studies
  • Afro-Latinx studies
  • Queer studies
  • Performance studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Cultural studies

Please send proposals of 250 words maximum by May 1, 2021 to Dr. Julio Enríquez-Ornelas, jenriquezornelas@millikin.edu. Participants are welcome to propose papers either in English or Spanish. 

Global Cinema Panel I CFP: Global Cultures of Collectivity

Individual paper proposal invited for the Permanent Global Cinema Panel around the 2021 MLA Conference theme of Cultures of Collectivity from global cinemas.  Topics could range from cultures of  film collectives, diasporas, migration, refugees, avant garde, musicals, Westerns, colonialism, conflict etc.  Global films that explore how collectives function in a variety of cultures and geographical locations and/or in different film genres such as Westerns, musical, comedies, documentaries, horror, and dramas.  Please email a 250 word abstract with a short bio and contact information to Khani Begum (English Department, BGSU) at the following email: khani@bgsu.edu by May 1, 2021.

French Literature Before 1789

In keeping with this year’s MMLA conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity”, this panel solicits propositions that reflect on the many ways in which the individual and the collective were conceived in pre-revolutionary society. Rather than viewing the individual and the collective as being separate facets of social existence, papers that look at the liminal movement between subjective experience and the larger political body will be of particular interest. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Regionalism and local identities during the Wars of Religion and 17th-century consolidation of political power;
  • Ideological shifts, notably reformation and counter-reformation ideologies that reframed the relationship between scripture and dogmatic tradition;
  • Libertinage and the valorization of the individual;
  • Philosophical legacies of the self and community, namely of Aristotelian bare life and political life.

Please submit a 300-word abstract, short biography and AV requests to Eric Wistrom at wistrom@wisc.edu by May 1, 2021.

French II (Post Ancien Régime)

Cultures of Collectivity in Post-Revolutionary French and Francophone Literatures

The French II panel on Post-Revolutionary French and Francophone Literatures invites proposals relating to the conference theme of Cultures of Collectivity. 

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Collective movements throughout the history of art and culture (i.e. literary or critical “schools,” film collectives, art collectives)
  • Allusion, citation, and the formation of communities through bibliography and scholarship
  • Language communities
  • Cultures of diaspora, including refugees and migrant communities, and their representation in literature/culture
  • Subcultures, the avant-garde, and countercultural movements
  • Collectivities and labor organizing, both inside and outside of the university
  • Professional/academic societies and the communities they foster
  • Publishing collectives
  • Collaborative scholarly and artistic forms (i.e. co-authoring)
  • Graduate and undergraduate student collectives
  • Collaborative pedagogy

Please send proposals of approximately 250 words by May 1 to Tanya Mushinsky at tanyamushinsky08@gmail.com.

French III, Cultural Issues: Culture et collectivité

We are seeking papers that examine any aspect of French and Francophone culture, with a particular focus on scholarly research that examines interdisciplinary study (popular culture, literature, film, art, etc.) of the conference theme of “Cultures of collectivity.”

250-500 word abstracts should be emailed to the panel chair, Scott Sheridan, at sheridan@iwu.edu by May 1, 2021.

This section is no longer acception submissions for the 2021 conference.

CFP to be posted soon!

2021 MMLA Conference
Theme: "Cultures of Collectivity”

Milwaukee, WI

November 4-7, 2021


Panel: German Women Writers

Topic: Open

We are seeking papers which deal with the literary texts and lives of German-speaking women writers from any period and in any genre. Papers that engage with the Convention theme of “Cultures of Collectivity” are especially welcome.

"[T]he conference theme seeks to address a set of questions about how meaning is forged in connection with collective acts. How, for example, are cultures created by the gathering together of human subjects? What modes of collectivity, be they formal or informal, arise from culture, or have arisen historically? How might we meet and answer the salient political and social challenges of our time through collective response and collaboration—as artists, as academics, as teachers and students, and as laborers? We seek proposals that wrestle with these (or related) transhistorical questions about what it means to work, think, and join together under the auspices of language, literature, and culture."

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Collective movements throughout the history of art and culture (i.e. literary or critical “schools,” film collectives, art collectives)
  • Allusion, citation, and the formation of communities through bibliography and scholarship
  • Language communities
  • Cultures of diaspora, including refugees and migrant communities, and their representation in literature / culture
  • Collective action(s) represented in literature
  • Subcultures, the avant-garde, and countercultural movements
  • Publishing collectives
  • Collaborative scholarly and artistic forms (i.e. co-authoring)
  • Collective discourse in literature
  • Collective memory and/or collective representation of the past

Please submit 300-word abstracts and a 50-word bio as email attachments to Bethany Morgan bethanymorgan@wustl.edu by May 1, 2021. Papers may be in either English or German.

Collecting, Curating, Editing, Collaborating: How to Make an Author (Henry James and Others!) Today

In line with the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Henry James Society will sponsor a roundtable discussion that seeks to make visible our scholarly labor that sustains and disseminates the literary work of Henry James and his contemporaries today. Although the focus of the participants may be on a particular author, the issues discussed apply more generally to the kinds of work that are rarely addressed in the curriculum and yet vital to the continued circulation and enjoyment of literature. This perspective would be of particular interest to early career professionals and graduate students who are looking both inside and outside the academy to work in the humanities. We invite proposals that include but are not limited to the following topics.

  • Allusion, citation, and the formation of communities through bibliography and scholarship
  • Professional / academic societies and the communities they foster
  • The role of publishing in scholarly organizing: monographs, journals, edited collections, critical editions
  • Professional or scholarly collaborations
  • Varieties of digital humanities (see PMLA January 2020)
  • Public facing scholarship in exhibitions online and in novel brick and mortar venues
  • Social media and scholarship
  • Adaptations in other media (film, opera, etc.) and ancillary works such as fictive “lives of the author”

The format of the roundtable will be several brief (7-10 minute) presentations on some aspect of the various scholarly, editorial, and popular cultures of collectivity that promulgate the literary work of Henry James and his contemporaries. Each presenter should include questions about the preservation of traditional forms of scholarship and the innovation of new methods of creating reading communities and public humanities. The majority of the time for this session will be devoted to discussion.

Please submit 250 word abstracts and a brief biography to Beverly_Haviland@brown.edu and Sarah.Wadworth@marquette.edu by May 1, 2021.

CFP to be posted soon!

Unavoidable necessity has forced us to reach through restrictions previously thought impermeable, and allowed us to create classroom cultures that extend through the digital meeting room and our personal devices into our living spaces, vehicles, and travel. What does this newly ubiquitous culture mean for us, and for the academy? In what ways has learning and teaching (and the scholarship that stems from their union) adapted to allow this culture to thrive? What does this mean for us, as scholars, as students, as teachers? What will become of these new cultures when we are once again allowed to freely meet together in a brick-and-mortar room; will we embrace them, or once again ignore their potential?

The Indiana College English Association welcomes abstracts for papers tying into the conference theme of “Cultures of Collectively,” exploring how we have come together over the past year to explore new ways of collaborating in the literature, composition, creative writing classrooms, etc. Papers about student-teacher collaboration, co-teaching endeavors, and/or finding new ways to bring technology into focus upon learning are encouraged. All areas of English studies are welcome: composition, rhetoric, literature, linguistics, culture, drama, teaching, and more.

Please send 250-word abstract, title, full name, and institutional affiliation (if applicable), to session chair Stephen Zimmerly, University of Indianapolis, zimmerlys@uindy.edu, by May 1, 2021

Session: Francophone Studies

Topic: Cultures of Collectivity
We welcome papers that explore Francophone Studies in light of the MMLA 2021 conference theme Cultures of Collectivity. Proposals dealing specifically with the conference theme will be given preferential consideration.


Participants are welcome to propose papers either in French or in English.
Please send a 250-word abstract to Eloise Sureau, Butler University, esureau@butler.edu. Abstracts received by May 1, 2021 will be ensured full consideration.
Chair: Eloise Sureau, Butler University, esureau@butler.edu


The International Harold Pinter Society welcomes papers on Pinter’s pedagogy as adverstised prior to COVID, but we have expanded the call to include discussions of Pinter in general, particularly his screenplays, for the November 2021 MMLA held in Milwaukee, WI. 

Please submit a 500-word abstract to ann.hall@louisville.edu by May 1. Please include a title and your email address.

CFP to be posted soon!

Eliot Society MMLA CFP 2021

The International T.S. Eliot Society is accepting proposals for a panel at the 2021 Midwest MLA conference in Milwaukee, to be held November 4-7, 2021. Any proposal on a subject reasonably related to Eliot studies will be considered. Papers drawing from relatively recently released materials from The Complete Prose or Letters would be especially welcome. If you are interested in participating, please send abstract proposals (up to 250 words) to Professor Edward Upton (edward.upton@valpo.edu). Please also forward a CV and brief biographical statement. Submissions must be received no later than May 15, 2021. For more information on MMLA 2021, please go to www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/.

The Irish political leader operating between two systems of loyalty, the Irish writer responsive to two cultural milieux, the Irish place invoked under two different systems of naming.  .  .  . The problem is familiar and one of its unignorable causes is the border in Ireland, a frontier which has entered the imagination definitively.

~Seamus Heaney, “Frontiers of Writing”


At heart, the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity” seeks to address a set of questions about how meaning is forged—and contested—in connection with collective acts. How, for example, are cultures created by the gathering together of human subjects? What modes of collectivity, be they formal or informal, arise from culture, or have arisen historically? This theme is pertinent in the centenary year of the 1920 Government of Ireland Act, which legislated the partition of the island of Ireland. Moreover, contemporary global discourse on borders adds further chronological and comparative significance to the theme.


This panel welcomes proposals from emerging and established academic scholars working in the humanities or cultural media, educators, artists, and activists. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Revolutionary Ireland
  • The Northern Ireland Conflict
  • Diasporic communities
  • Irish history (North and the South) and remembrance
  • Borders/Borderlands
  • Cultural nationalism
  • Immigration/emigration
  • Peace studies
  • Border communities
  • Revival movements and communities old and new
  • Globalization
  • Irish-language traditions in the North/South
  • Empire, imperialism, colonialism
  • Irish writers and real and imagined frontiers
  • Brexit/Ireland/Europe

Please submit a brief abstract (100-200 words) and presentation title along with your full name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and contact details to session chair Dr. Desmond Harding (hardi1d@cmich.edu) by May 1, 2021.

Critic Kenneth Burke developed the concept of "symbolic authority" in his book Attitude Toward History (1937). He defined it as the ideological hegemony of ideas, institutions, biases, knowledge, and rules of right behavior manipulated by the dominant classes of a society expressed in language and literature. The structure and function of this symbolic field are closely related to the needs of the dominant class (and its allied forces).

The symbolic field mobilizes what Gramsci would characterize as a "constellation of historic forces," and aims to extract loyalty from the mass of people and workers to the status quo.

As the philosopher Jodi Dean has argued in her book Crowds and Party, symbols of authority in a capitalist society work to detach us from notions or practices of collectivity. Instead, they attempt to condition individuals to beliefs and actions that express support for vested interests that dominate the capitalist-controlled state, for hierarchical racial, social, and gender identities, for its colonial and imperialist program, and the oppressive role of social institutions. As these symbols make claims about the nature of the world, they work to baffle us about objective social relations of capitalist society and colonial relations, as W.E.B Du Bois would argue in his book The World and Africa.

The concept of collective identities, as sovereignties, was sharply criticized by post-modern and post-colonial literary criticism. Post-colonial critics such as Homi Bhabha argued in favor of de-centered, "hybrid" identities rather than collective ones. However, Native American nationalism, a stream of de-colonial critical literary theory, represented by scholars such as Jace Weaver and Lisa Brooks, resisted hybridity. Instead, they argued for sovereign collective identities, which they regarded hybridity theory as erasing or even colonizing.

How does literature attempt to produce identification with symbols of authority? How do critical readings of literature allow us to subvert this identification or construct counter-hegemonic notions of collectivity? How can we argue for sovereign, collective subjectivities that de-colonize our imaginations rather than essentialism identity?

Please email your submissions to Joel Wendland-Liu at wendlajo@gvsu.edu by May 1, 2021. 

Luso-Brazilian Studies Permanent Session

Juan Suárez Ontaneda (Chair)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


In his 1999 essay about the public sphere in Brazil, Michael Hanchard made two fundamental points. First, he argued “the distinctly oppressive conditions under which people of African descent have lived partially constitute modernity and the public sphere” (“Black Cinderella” 61). Second, as a result of this exclusion and subordination, marginalized communities have created alternative public spheres. Hanchard argues that analyzing those alternative public spheres is a strategy to measure how marginalized communities have criticized modernity.  Twenty-one years after its publication, Hanchard’s analysis is relevant to explore other questions inherent to the Brazilian public sphere: How have indigenous communities accessed institutions of power? Which media strategies have marginalized communities used to narrate their experiences with participatory politics? How have writers, artists, and politicians used creative labor to examine the existence of alternative public spheres? Considering the current political climate in Brazil, how have literary and performance artists used their bodies to protest racism, homophobia, misogyny, and exclusion in the public sphere? This CFP welcomes papers that engage with the public sphere, counterpublics, and alternative public spheres in Brazil and across the Lusophone world. We welcome 250-words abstracts in Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French. The deadline to submit an abstract will be May 1, 2021. Submit the abstracts and questions to Juan Suárez Ontaneda at jasuare2@illinois.edu.

"The Cultures and Subcultures created and inspired by Margaret Atwood"

CFP for Margaret Atwood Society at MMLA 2021 


In all of Atwood's works of fiction, cultures are created (usually with their own vernacular) whether they are the post-apocalyptic survivors of the Maddaddam trilogy, the mean girls of Cat's Eye, the academics of The Edible Woman and Life Before Man, or Mayday in The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments, Atwood's works are rife with cultures of collectivity.

Additionally, cultures created outside Atwood’s works are inspired by these works (and even to an extent inspired by Atwood herself), such as the handmaids who appear at statehouses to protest limitations on women’s reproductive rights (not to mention handmaids who may appear at the occasional ill-conceived theme party or bridal photo shoot); the numerous ballet, opera, television, and stage adaptations of Atwood’s works which have created multiple extant storylines of various works; and Atwood-focused book clubs, sessions and panels at academic conferences, and even the Margaret Atwood Society, all of which are concerned with Atwood and her works and have the specialized vernacular and rules one would find in any subculture.

This panel seeks to delve into how Atwood’s works derive and create meaning through subcultures, collective acts found inside and outside the works themselves, or the formation of communities. Papers that discuss how this Atwoodian moment is of particular importance will be of particular interest.

Please email your submissions to Denise Du Vernay at dduvernay@luc.edu by May 1, 2021

Proletarian Literature 2.0:

Representing the Working Class from the 1950s to Today 

This permanent section organized by the Marxist Literary Group asks: is there such a thing as a Proletarian genre after the 1930s and 40s, the heyday of Proletarian literature? How has our understanding of the word proletariat changed since then? How do we define the working class nationally, internationally, and globally? How are workers and their collective struggles represented in literature, film, television, art, photography, drama, video games, or any other form of media from the 1950s to today? How have these representations changed over the past seventy years? What types of art and/or media are being produced by the working class?

In order to begin to answer these questions, we seek papers that examine representations of the working class as a collective struggling with their position in society. While individual characters and situations maybe used allegorically to represent a larger group of people or a larger issue, we are especially interested in representations that prioritize representing the working class as an ensemble.     

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Representations of the working class from 1960s to today in any medium
  • The benefits or drawbacks of specific mediums when attempting to represent a collective
  • Defining the proletariat and/or working class historically
  • International and global representations of the working class
  • Art or media made for members of the working class (but not necessarily about them)
  • Art or media made by members of the working class (but not necessarily about them)
  • The role of race and/or gender in modern representations of the working class 

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief bio to Melissa Macero (mmacer2@uic.edu) by May 1, 2021.

In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Midwest Victorian Studies Association panel welcomes proposals that explore myriad examples of cultural collectivity in 19th century Britain.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Collective movements within Victorian culture related to
    • Arts
    • Sciences
    • Religions
    • Travel
    • Empire
    • Economics
    • Industrialization
  • Cultivating collectivity within culture related to
    • Taste, behavior, manners, etc.
    • Education, training, schools of thought, etc.
    • Gender, class, and other markers of group identities
  • Subculture and counterculture collectivity
  • Collaborative or collective scholarly and artistic productions and initiatives


We welcome papers about diverse genres and media and would particularly encourage proposals with significant interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary engagement, highlighting varied aspects of nineteenth-century British history, literature, and culture.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2021.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 1-page vita (as Microsoft Word documents) for consideration to Gretchen M. Frank at mvsaatmmla@gmail.com.

MMLA 2021 Conference

Modern Literature Permanent Section Call for Papers

The Modern Literature panel seeks papers on works and authors from the 20th and 21st centuries, with priority given to papers that engage with Modernism as a discrete cultural moment or set of literary practices. Papers should explore the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity.” Creative interpretations of the theme are welcome, but possible topics include:

  • Explorations of the impact of early 20th Century literary and critical schools on Modernist literature
  • Works that engage issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in or outside of their cultural contexts
  • Modern individualism in tension with/in the midst of emerging group identities
  • Investigations into collaborative literary projects (e.g. novels/poems/plays with multiple authors, literary magazines, manifestos, etc.)
  • Considerations of the waves of immigration during the 20th Century and the ensuing cultural exchanges depicted in modern literature

Please send 250-word abstracts to the section chair by May 1, 2021.


Section Chair: Wren Romero, Loyola University Chicago, lcraig3@luc.edu

Section Secretary: Sam Lepak, Loyola University Chicago, slepak@luc.edu

In this session, we are interested in proposals that seek to explore how  “Cultures of Collectivity" are manifested in multicultural literatures. We are interested in how this concept can be found in literature, pedagogy, or research. In line with the conference theme we are interested in “How, for example, are cultures created by the gathering together of human subjects? What modes of collectivity, be they formal or informal, arise from culture, or have arisen historically? How might we meet and answer the salient political and social challenges of our time through collective response and collaboration—as artists, as academics, as teachers and students, and as laborers? We seek proposals that wrestle with these (or related) transhistorical questions about what it means to work, think, and join together under the auspices of language, literature, and culture”:

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Decolonial methods of analysis or instruction 
  • Latinx Studies 
  • World Literatures
  • Asian/American Studies 
  • African American/Black Studies 
  • Ethnic Studies 
  • Native American Studies 
  • Collective movements throughout the history of art and culture (i.e. literary or critical  “schools,” film collectives, art collectives)
  • Interdisciplinary / crossover work in contemporary art and the humanities
  • Language communities
  • Cultures of diaspora, including refugees and migrant communities, and their representation in literature / culture
  • Subcultures, the avant-garde, and countercultural movements
  • Collaborative scholarly and artistic forms (i.e. co-authoring)
  • Collaborative pedagogy and team-teaching
  • Collaborations in the classroom (i.e. group assignments, collective grading, etc.)

Please send proposals of 250 words maximum by May 1, 2021 to Dr. Julio Enríquez-Ornelas, jenriquezornelas@millikin.edu. Participants are welcome to propose papers in English or Spanish.



Community and Collaboration in Native American Literature

In addressing the conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Permanent Section on Native American Literature seeks proposals exploring collaboration and community building in a literary context. Possible topics may include analyses of representations of diverse communities or collective movements in literature by Native American authors. Discussions of author collaborations are also encouraged. Please send proposals of 200-300 words by May 1 to the panel chair, Kate Beutel, at kbeutel@lourdes.edu.

“Book Groups: Scholarship, Study, and Reading in and about Medieval England”

MMLA 2021 Permanent Session Old and Middle English Language and Literature


The general conference theme “cultures of collectivity” presents some very current and relevant possibilities for the study of late antique and medieval English languages and literatures.  Any proposal that considers this theme in general will be welcome, but two foci will be of particular interest.

First, the study of book culture and literacy has been a growing field in recent years both in terms of groups of readers and groups of texts. This approach might address ideas concerning reading communities, literacy and education, book sharing, book production and combining of texts as complete or excerpted works, and use and re-use of books or texts over time.

Second, re-evaluations of inclusivity and exclusivity within scholarly approaches and/or among students and scholars has been a subject of great concern and attention over the past few years. Some of the possibilities for exploration include but are not limited to the inclusions and exclusions of race, gender, politics, formal academic training, and language, both medieval and modern. Subjects might include perceptions and presentations of a particular group in either a text or book, the academy, or both, in the past, present, and/or futures.

Please send abstracts of approximately 350 words, along with a cv or brief biographical statement, to Dr. Kathleen Burt at katheen.burt@mga.edu by no later than May 1, 2021.



CFP for Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy Panel

MMLA 2021, November 4-7, Milwaukee, WI

Abstract Deadline: May 1, 2021

General Conference Topic: “Cultures of Collectivity”

The Midwest Modern Language Association welcomes, especially but not exclusively, proposals dealing with any aspect of the theme “Cultures of Collectivity” for the 2021 conference. Please find a general description of this theme here:




Our permanent panel--Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy--will explore this theme at the intersection of peace studies, the cultural value of literature and related media, and methods and outcomes of reading/interpreting those media in the classroom. The list of topics provided by MMLA is a good starting point for us as well, for the interplay of peace studies, literature, and pedagogy opens many lines of inquiry. Here are some others to consider:


  • classroom and community in higher education
  • the impact of community of interpretive practice
  • the role of the writer/teacher/student in a collective space
  • active citizenship as a product or motivation of teaching and learning
  • satire as an instrument of resistance/change/revolution
  • protest literature and the literature of protest
  • liberal arts education in contemporary society
  • art, social advocacy, and cultural institutions
  • the literature of collective witness
  • environmental literature and criticism
  • gender and LGBTQ studies
  • identity and cultural power
  • feminism and womanism
  • shifting literacies and modes of production
  • pop culture in the college classroom
  • rhetoric and cultural participation


We encourage submission on these topics or others that promote discussion of (a) peaceful conflict resolution, (b) literature (media) about peace or its absence, and (c) pedagogical issues that influence or emerge from peace studies. We are especially interested in proposals that explore the intersection of all three. Please submit a Word document, electronically via email attachment, containing a 250-word abstract, your name, institution, email, and paper title to Dr. Matthew Horton (matthew.horton@ung.edu) by May 1, 2021.

Chair and Secretary: Dr. Matthew Horton, University of North Georgia.

MMLA 2021 Popular Culture Permanent Session CFP: Fan Responses to Popular Culture (Deadline: May 1, 2021)

Last year, when Fox canceled the television show Lucifer, a fan campaign to save the show resulted in Netflix picking it up for another season. This was not an isolated incident. Collectives of fans, gathering both online and in person, often influence the longevity, the content, the dispersal, and the afterlife of their favorite shows, games, songs, and other popular culture artifacts. In response to the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity,” the popular culture permanent session invites papers that investigate how both planned and spontaneous groups appropriate or influence popular culture.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fan based activism of all sorts
  • Comic Cons and other conventions
  • Online and in-person RPGs and gaming groups
  • Cosplay
  • Flash mobs
  • Collective responses to the #MeToo movement
  • Fan participation in long-running franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars
  • Failed or successful fan intervention in any pop cultural artifact.

Please send proposals of 300 words and a brief biography (100 words max) to Dr. Allene Nichols (allenen@utdallas.edu) by May 1, 2021.

This session invites papers that examine the production, teaching, study, and performance of literature within historical and contemporary carceral institutions.  We plan to host four panels this year. In addition to two open panels, we are especially interested in (1) writing centers inside prisons and (2) second-language instruction inside prisons. We also welcome studies of fictional accounts of imprisonment and encourage proposals that engage the convention theme "Cultures of Collectivity." Please send abstracts to William Andrews at waandrews@northpark.edu by May 1, 2021.

The Reception Study Society invites participants to consider the role of “collectivity” in reception studies. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, questions like: how do distinct reading communities emerge, and how do these communities shape the reception of particular texts? What shapes have collective action taken in historically specific reading formations and interpretive communities? How do authors’ affiliations with particular subcultures, collectives, classes, or groups impact the creation and reception of their texts? How does collaboration or co-authorship foster creativity – or conflict – in the creation of texts, and how do these collaborations manifest in the reception of authors’ works?

Please send 300 word proposals for individual papers and a brief CV to Kelsey Squire (squirekelsey@gmail.com) by May 1, 2021. Include any AV requests. For more information about RSS and membership, please see our website: https://receptionstudy.org/ For more information about the MMLA convention, please see their website: https://www.luc.edu/mmla/

This year’s conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity,” in some ways, seems tailor-made for the Religion and Literature permanent section. Religious communities, either local, national, or global, come to mind. However, we might also think of “collectivity” more broadly. Because the subject of Religion and Literature covers all genres, subgenres, regions, religions and folklore we welcome proposals that address works and writers who explore any aspect of “Cultures of Collectivity.”

Possible approaches to this topic might include examinations of how literature explores:

  • sacred stories and/or customs that bring people together into religious communities, groupings, subcultures, and/or affinity groups;
  • cultural divide through religious reform, reassessment, or schism;
  • diaspora;
  • pilgrimage;
  • religious and/or mythological competition;
  • social implications of strong and/or weak religious identification;
  • religious influence on secular communities.

However, as this year’s theme is as broad as this section’s mandate to study the intersections of religion, folklore and literature, those aspiring to be on the panel should feel empowered to offer proposals that interpret these concepts rather loosely.

Please send 250-word abstracts with title to Dr. Seth Johnson at swjohnson3@ua.edu, no later than May 1, 2021.

Cultures of Collectivity and Manuscript Evidence at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference

The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, in keeping with the MMLA conference’s theme of “Cultures of Collectivity,” is sponsoring panels on collecting and manuscripts, broadly conceived. Possible foci include, strictly by way of example: specific archives, collections, or even gatherings of texts in particular manuscripts; reading communities or scribal centers; book markets; and the collections of material resources involved in manuscript production. We invite all approaches—including hermeneutical, textual, art historical, codicological, and paleographical—across all time periods. Despite the RGME’s medieval focus, all proposals that consider the material evidence contained in handwritten documents are warmly welcomed without prejudice for chronological era or geographic locale. Interested panelists should send brief abstracts of no more than 300 words to Justin.Hastings@fairmontstate.edu by 01 May 2021.

CFP to be posted soon!

“Ambivalence, Persistence, and the Role of Community in Midwestern Literature”

Submission Requirements; 250-word abstract and short CV. Contact Person information: Dr. Marilyn Judith Atlas, Professor, Ohio University: atlas@ohio.edu

Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2021.  

Description: Do Midwestern writers explore community in their art more or less than their Southern, New England, and/ or Western counterparts? Do they do so differently?  What do the writings of ethnic and/or transnational Midwestern writers add to the conversation about “Cultures of Collectivity” and how they do or do not work in the Midwest?

The Short Story permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks paper presentations related to the 2021 conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity.”

Despite the publishing industry’s deep commercial investment in the novel, the short story remains ubiquitous and influential in academia, publishing, public reading series and book clubs, and online communities of writers and readers. The form is widely anthologized to provide readers—both inside and outside academe—with access to a diverse range of writers and storytelling conventions. In classrooms, the short story enables instructors to easily contest notions of canonicity and narrow presumptions about narrative fiction. In workshops, the short story (like the poem) functions simultaneously as a pedagogical tool and as a means of fostering a community of writers.

In conversation with the 2021 MMLA conference theme, we particularly seek papers that engage with the short story and its capacity to build communities. We are interested in papers that explore this concept in terms of the literary form, its history, and its intersections with historic (and contemporary) literary, cultural, and political movements. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Literary movements and the history of the short story form
  • Reappraisals of short story writers, read in the contexts of particular literary, political, or cultural movements
  • Contemporary experiments in form, including but not limited to micro-fiction, flash fiction, and hybrid-form fiction
  • The short story collection versus the novel-in-stories
  • The short story as community-building tool in creative writing workshops
  • The short story and representation in the classroom
  • The short story, literary magazines, and writing communities


The 2021 MMLA conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI, from November 4-7, 2021.


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Patrick Henry at patrick.henry@und.edu by May 1, 2021. Please include your name, professional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title.

Call for Papers

2021 MMLA Conference - “Cultures of Collectivity"

Milwaukee, WI

November 4-7, 2021
Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Permanent Session – Spanish Cultural Studies

Session Title: Collectivity, Culture, and Politics in Spain     

From anarcho-syndicalist movements to populist cultural projects like Federico García Lorca’s theater troupe La Barraca, notions of collectivism and horizontality thread their way through politics and art throughout the twentieth century in Spain. More recently, this tradition has been carried on by anti-austerity social movements like 15M, the various “mareas” and the emergence of cooperative media platforms like CTXT and El público. These principles have also characterized recent urban planning approaches like former mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena’s “participatory budgets” and the municipalism of Ada Colau in Barcelona.

This panel seeks papers that engage with a broadly understood notion of collective action in Spain. Presenters may address new cooperative modes of cultural production or representations of collective cultures in the literary, dramatic, or visual arts.  Also welcome are papers concerning pedagogical approaches to teaching Spanish culture that emphasize collective/collaborative work. Presenters that study these themes outside of the contemporary moment are encouraged and welcomed.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Dr. Matthew Feinberg at feinberg@bw.edu by May 1, 2021.

The Spanish I (Peninsular Literature before 1700) permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks proposals for the upcoming MMLA Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (November 4-7, 2021). Though proposals on any topic related to Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature are welcome, we also seek proposals that specifically engage with the 2020 MMLA theme of “Cultures of Collectivity.” The conference theme includes, but is not limited to: cultural movements, subcultures, authorial collaborations, literary circles, and interdisciplinary networks. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio (or brief CV) to John McCaw at rjmccaw@uwm.edu by May 1, 2021. Papers may be in Spanish or English.

Call for Papers - 2021 MMLA Conference

November 4-7, 2021 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Cultures of Collectivity"‌

 Spanish II- Spanish Peninsular Literature After 1700

This panel invites presentations of any topic related to Spanish Peninsular Literature After 1700. However, proposals that specifically explore and engage with the 2021 MMLA Conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity” will be given special consideration.

 Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultures of Collectivity
  • Collective communities
  • Language, translation, bilingualism
  • History and duality
  • Feminisms
  • Queer studies
  • Transcultural / transnational identities and connections
  • Cultural studies / Cultural movements
  • Collective memory representations
  • Interdisciplinary / crossover work in contemporary literature and the humanities
  • Subcultures, the avant-garde, and the countercultural movements

Please send proposals of 250-300 words and a short bio by May 1, 2021 to Dr. Yenisei Montes de Oca at montesyx@jmu.edu. Participants are welcome to propose papers either in English or Spanish. 

Call for Papers

2021 MMLA Conference - "Cultures of Collectivity"

November 4-7, 2021

Hilton Milwaukee City Center - Milwaukee, WI

Permanent Section: Spanish III: Latin American Literature

We welcome proposals that explore Latin American literatures and cultures and create space for dialogue across disciplines and genres in the context of this year’s conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity”. Proposals exploring issues related to collective engagement and collective experiences in Latin America from any time period will receive preferential consideration. Papers on, but not limited to, the following themes related to cultures of collectivity in the Latin American context are welcome:

  • Art, music, and film
  • Latin American feminisms and transfeminisms
  • Environmental studies and Ecocriticism
  • Pop culture
  • Queer identities and communities
  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Disability studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Race, gender and subalternity
  • Religious discourses
  • Nationalism and National Identity
  • Transatlantic Studies: Latin America/ Europe/Africa
  • Travel writing
  • Women’s studies
  • Minority cultures in Latin America
  • Transcultural identities
  • Food studies
  • Language studies, bilingualism, linguistic prejudice

Please upload your abstract of 300 words or less by May 1, 2021 to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mmla2020

Please note that you need to create an account on Easy Chair in order to submit your abstract.

Please direct questions to Dr. Miguel Rivera-Taupier, mriverat@missouriwestern.edu and Dr. Michelle Medeiros, michelle.medeiros@marquette.edu. Participants are welcome to present papers either in Spanish, Portuguese, or in English. The abstract must be written in the language the presenter intends to deliver the presentation.

Cultures of Gender in German, French, and Spanish-Language Contexts

Hosted by Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature​:

Nichole Neuman


This panel invites contributions that explore cultures of gender in literary texts, cultural objects, or films originally written or produced in Spanish, German, or French since 1900.  Comparative contributions are also encouraged.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

--genderqueer literary and artistic productions

--zines and community-based texts treating gender


--art installations, performance art, and theater

--social justice work in academe

--non-binary language use in French, German, or Spanish

--websites or online video networks

Papers presented as a part of this panel will receive special consideration for publication in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature.

Please send proposals of 300 words and a brief biography (100 words max.) to Dr. Nichole Neuman (nmneuman@iu.edu) by May 1, 2021.

Call for Papers: Visualizing Cultures and Collectivity in the Classroom: Teaching Graphic Narratives (MMLA 2021)

The Midwest Modern Language Association’s 2021 conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity” offers a broad range of possibility to explore the pedagogical potentials of graphic narratives. The Teaching Graphic Narratives permanent session for the MMLA conference seeks proposals that focus on various ways of reading, teaching, and responding to graphic narratives. Topics may include, but are not limited to: various modes of collectivity in graphic narratives, comics communities, collaboration between writers and artists, collaborative pedagogy, graphic representations of marginalized communities and cultures, subcultures and countercultures in graphic narratives, collective movements in the history of comics and graphic narratives, and comics and graphic narratives as collective responses to political and social challenges.

Please submit proposals (250 words) and bios (including institutional affiliation, academic position, and email address) to Lan Dong (ldong4@uis.edu) by May 1, 2021.

Additional information about MMLA 2021 conference is available online.

CFP to be posted soon!

MMLA Travel Writing/Writing Travel CFP

2021 Convention

Panel Chair: Shannon Derby


Travel is a vehicle for which to explore the condition of living, how our relationships to place shape us and our experiences, how our identities and political histories inform place, how power structures inform how we migrate (or don’t) and how that affects the places we pass through.

--Bani Amor, “Getting Real About Decolonizing Travel Culture” (2017)

In this spirit of this year’s theme, “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Travel Writing/Writing Travel permanent session invites essays that interrogate the relationship between culture, community, and narratives of travel. This session seeks to explore the multiple ways in which travel, broadly conceived, has a profound impact on place, society, and the formation of global networks of exchange and communication. Critical and creative submissions will be considered. Papers that explore a broad spectrum of genres, disciplines, time periods, and geographic regions in relation to the conference theme are welcome.

Potential topics and themes may include (but are not limited to):

  • Travel and travel writing as a collaborative act
  • The politics of travel and travel writing
  • Travel and literary genre
  • The impact of tourism on local communities
  • Travel and the promotion of solidarity between communities
  • Contact zones and the relationship between travelers and travelees
  • Histories of travel/Decolonizing travel
  • Transnational and global forms of cultural exchange
  • Travelling locally
  • Constitutions of “self” and “other” in travel writing
  • Travel and constructions of race, class, and/or gender

Please send abstracts of approximately 200-300 words and a brief bio to Shannon Derby at MMLATravelWriting@gmail.com by May 1, 2021.

Women in French – MMLA 2021

Open topic session focusing on women writers, artists, filmmakers, etc. of the Francophone world, as well as on representations of women in French-language literature, film, and other media. Please send a 250-word abstract in French or English along with your academic affiliation, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Jennifer Howell, Illinois State University, jthowel@ilstu.edu by May 1, 2021. Proposals for complete panels are also welcome


Activism as Collective Practice: Agency, Embodiment, Identity, and Materiality in Women’s Literature

Women in Literature, MMLA, 2021

“It is the power of hybridity that enables the colonized to challenge ‘the boundaries of discourse,’ and which ‘breaks down the symmetry and duality of the self/Other, inside/outside’ and establishes another space of power/knowledge” -- (Homi Bhabha, Location of Culture, 174)  

Theorists like Homi Bhabha, Néstor García Canclini, Stuart Hall, Gayatri Spivak, and Paul Gilroy each responded to the multi-cultural awareness that emerged in the early 1990s. This awareness of synergism challenged the essentialized notions of inherent, authentic, or ‘pure’ cultures. With the recent splurge of scholarship on transnational literature, the ideas of hybridity and fusion of cultures have gained prominence. Considering the collaborative nature of contemporary existence, this permanent session addresses and articulates the affordances and constraints that collective movements of different kinds can offer to feminist literature and arts. Some of the questions the panel seeks to address are: How does collectivity shape and define subjectivity as well as society? What are the diverse ways of representing intersectional collective struggles? How can multiplicitous interpretations of a text act as tools for challenging essentialist assumptions about certain ethnic Others? How can “collectivity” be worked as a signifier, signified, and an index of systemic injustice?  Concerning collective consumption, what collective material effects do our consumption and cultural practices cause? How does gender affect these answers? How can a culture of collective responsibility be conceived in the age of the Anthropocene? How might a framework of “cultures of collectivity” work to produce a rhetoric of collective awareness in feminist texts?

We invite papers that interrogate the many ways in which women’s texts embrace, embody, reject, subvert, negotiate and/or interrogate ideas of collectivities and collaboration. We seek to diversify and multiply the ways these ideas can be taken up, including but certainly not limited to:

  • Collegial feminisms
  • Feminist collectives
  • Collective ecologies
  • Collaboration and activism in the anthropocene
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Collective consumption
  • Diasporic sensibility
  • Representation of hybrid culture in graphic narratives
  • Subcultures and popular culture
  • Multiple affordances of indigenous literature
  • Relationality, empathy, and ethics of care
  • Politics of collaborative works of translation and collective publishing practices
  • Politics of representation of collectivist culture in transnational literature
  • Agency in collective audiences
  • Transnational subjectivity and multiple consciousness
  • Synergism
  • Collaborative pedagogy
  • Representation of collective resistance
  • The Other and the Postcolonial consciousness
  • Collective multiple marginalities
  • To appreciate or appropriate? Power dynamics in collectivist cultures
  • Collective material ownership
  • Challenging essentialism through collectivism
  • Ambivalence and ambiguity in collectivism
  • Nichification and The American Dream: how to maintain a feminist collective amid individualist ideology
  • Cross-cultural interactions and negotiations

Please send abstracts of no more than 350 words to Sayanti Mondal and Heather O'Leary at MMLAwomenlit@ilstu.edu by May 1, 2021.

The Midwest Modern Language Association’s 2021 conference theme is “Cultures of Collectivity.” The conference will take place November 4-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Writing Across the Curriculum permanent session will explore this theme by considering how writing pedagogy can encourage students to make connections between their sense of self and the community at large. Academia is rarely limited to the space of the classroom. Often lines between the individual student, the university space, and the local community blur to facilitate a deeper engagement with learning.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches and assignments that serve as a bridge between the writing classroom and the local community (this could include cultural centers, learning communities, or local public engagement)
  • Collaborative pedagogy
  • Methods for working with language communities
  • Addressing political or social challenges through writing
  • Cultures of diaspora, including refugee and migrant communities
  • Building community within writing centers or between writing centers and classroom instruction

Please send 250-300 word proposals and a brief bio to Alejandra Ortega (ortega22@purdue.edu) by May 1, 2021.

  For more on this year's convention theme and general information, please visit the Convention page