Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Special Sessions Call for Papers

What does the current discourse on banning CRT, Diversity, Inclusion, and books about historical traumas in school systems mean for the future of higher education and a just society? 

This Round Table discussion will address the fallout that is sure to result in the wake of the many legislative measures currently underway in several states across the country to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory, the history of slavery, and books that articulate personal and fictional experiences of national and global traumas such as slavery, the holocaust, the Japanese internment, and possibly next on the list -- 9/11. There are critical first Amendment issues underlying this current frenzy in contemporary society today, especially as this discourse is already changing social perceptions around the use of terminology ("intersectionality," "diversity," "inclusion," "LGBTQ," "transgender," "gay" etc.) that is drawn from several other discourses besides CRT.  This terminology is fast becoming identified in the public sphere as subversive propaganda meant to create divisiveness. Educators who may continue to use this terminology in their classrooms and their research can expect to be targeted, censored, or worse. In this context, how do we move forward?

Please send proposals of 300 to 400 words or a summary of your talking points for this critical round table discussion to Khani Begum (khani@bgsu.edu) by May 20, 2022.

 Note: This will be a stand-alone session (no other sessions running concurrently)  held on Thursday evening, November 17 at 5:30 pm.  We will live-stream the session to our virtual registrants, however, virtual participants will not be able to ask questions.

Special Session Topic: "Imagining Palestine" 


Inviting 300-400 word abstracts for 15 minute presentations on films about experiences of cultural and national exile of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and diaspora locations and how national and cultural identity form along the lines of  Benedict Anderson's notion of "Imagined Communities" within such cultures of exile.  Papers can interrogate various perspectives on the question of what constitutes Palestinian national and/or cultural identity in a variety of films. 

Please email your abstract and your affiliation in an email attachment to: Khani Begum by May 10th, 2022.  Email: khani@bgsu.edu 

This CFP is no longer accepting submissions


Special Session: Through the Food Lens

This session invites proposals that engage with literary or cultural food studies, food novels, or other texts that depict food and eating in unconventional ways. How can we approach literary or cultural texts through the framework of food and eating and what effect does this have on the reading experience or the audience? This panel is especially interested in proposals that examine socially or politically sensitive topics and, with respect to the conference theme Post-Now, the alternative ways of reading and perceiving that the food lens can enable. Proposals should indicate your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title, as well as the methodologies used and the text(s) under consideration.

Proposals should not exceed 300 words and must be submitted to Maria Mothes at mmothes@uni-koblenz.de by May 10, 2022 for consideration. For more information, please visit https://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/callforpapers/.


 This CFP is no longer accepting submissions.

Thresholds of How and Where They Entered: Rereading Racial Discourse in American Literature


Deadline for submissions:  May 20th, 2022

Full name /  name of organization: Karyn L Hixson / Univ of TX-San Antonio

Contact Email:  karyn.hixson@utsa.edu


Karyn Hixson is a graduate fellow at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Her research centers on African American female political activism, linguistic justice, and anti-racist pedagogies utilizing visual rhetoric of civil rights movements of the late 19th and 20th Centuries.  


Brief Description: In the history of the Southern United States, the Antebellum Period spanned the end of the War of 1812 to the start of the American Civil War in 1861. The Antebellum South was characterized by the use of slavery and the culture it fostered. This era in America established the societal ethos which bolstered the stereotype of the African American that has unceasingly restrained the Black race from advancing their station gaining the equality they fought and worked hard to achieve. To move forward and enact change the foundational structures of threshold thinking in American literature, learning, and history there must be a reexamination of former and forgotten literature in hopes to forge a transformation, modification or reversal of negativity thrust upon Blacks Post-Now. 

This panel is looking for papers that will explore thresholds, entryways, and pathways the African American novelist used to uncover the secrets of American politics in literature and how its landscape of disconnectedness actually stemmed from analogous associations through blood. Authors Pauline Hopkins, Jessie Redmond Fauset, Harriet Jacobs, Frances Harper, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Claude McKay, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler and many others explored the avenues of entry into the American way of life and why African Americans did not have access. The discussion looks at the critical role of literature, education, and history to unlock the impasse of equality that remains elusive to the culture of the African American race.   


Paper Submission Guidelines

  • Submission should include presentation title, affiliation, email, brief bio (50 words), and an abstract (250-300 words).
  • Abstracts should be submitted to hixson@utsa.edu 

Contributions should include but are not limited to the following ideas/questions:

  • Women’s critical role in the antebellum slavery debates
  • Enslaved women’s particular hardships and how it aligns with the adversity of Black women today
  • Understanding the actions and experiences of African American women
  • How did a person’s gender affect their experience of slavery?
  • What were the acceptable ways for writers to express political opinions in/about the antebellum period? What happened to those who stepped outside of these bounds?
  • Why is it important to study the marginalized experiences of the African American comparable to their contributions?
  • American Colonial Writing – the problem of the marginalized and the American Literary Inheritance
  • Voices of Contradictions of the Age with attention to the aftermath of the Civil War
  • Miscegenation, Colorism, the Myth of White Supremacy
  • White Privilege and the Black Body
  • Culture of Contradictions and False Promises
  • An American Dream Deferred


Organizer Name: Tara Foster 

Contact Information: tafoster@nmu.edu 

Session Title: Diversity and Social Justice in the Language Classroom 

Call for Papers: This session seeks to generate a discussion of various approaches instructors have adopted to address issues of diversity and social justice in the language classroom. It is intended as a roundtable during which panelists will share their activities, reflect on what they found most effective and/or most challenging when implementing their activities, and brainstorm with other panelists and audience members. Please send a proposal of 150-250 words to tafoster@nmu.edu by May 10, 2022.









Panel: Ethics in the Writing Classroom

This panel aims to spur conversation about ethics instruction in courses like business writing, engineering communication, and health science writing. Ethics instruction is a consideration in accreditation processes for disciplines like engineering, and often such instruction is assigned to the writing classroom. This panel examines how ethics are taught and assessed in writing courses; it seeks new assignments, new pedagogies, and new rubrics that take into account instructional constraints like time and training.

Please email your abstract and your affiliation in an email attachment to: Nathan A. Jung at najung@wisc.edu by May 10, 2022.


Workshop Title: Career Pathways to Teaching Professional and STEM writing

This workshop will invite faculty that teach in Professional and STEM writing to discuss their career trajectory. The workshop is intended for graduate students seeking to diversify their teaching portfolios, graduates contemplating new career paths, department administrators looking to develop new curricula and courses, and faculty interested in different approaches to writing instruction. It will ask participants to discuss opportunities and challenges they have seen both in the institutional identity of these writing courses and in their subject matter and student body. More specifically, the workshop will address the relationship between English departments, literature courses, freshman composition, and these vocational writing courses.  Please submit your abstract to najung@wisc.edu by May 10, 2022.