Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association


Submit an Article

Members of the MMLA are invited and encouraged to submit articles to the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association in English, Spanish, French, and German.  Please note that the JMMLA no longer accepts submissions on open topics: each Spring issue will be a single-topic special issue; each Fall issue will be devoted to papers building on the conference theme from the previous year. The current call for papers is listed below.

Please read the submission guidelines for additional information.

 MMLA Journal Current CFPs:

Spring 2021: Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment

2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of Allison Hawthorne Deming and Lauret Savoy’s The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World.  The essays that Deming and Savoy collect in this important anthology all seek to expand traditional understandings of nature writing and environmental thought by reflecting on “how identity and place, human history and ‘natural’ history, power and silence, and social injustice and environmental degradation are fundamentally linked” (10).  Building upon the work of Camille Dungy, Kimberly Ruffin, and others reevaluating the importance of environmental thought in African American literature and culture, Deming and Savoy extend this project to examine the place that environmental writing holds in the work of a broad range of authors of color—from African American and Native American authors to Asian American and Latinx authors.  As the global community continues to experience racial inequality and environmental decay as well as so called “green” forms of white supremacy, it’s as important as ever to reclaim the multi-ethnic/cultural dimensions of environmental thought.  Doing so can help us reimagine social and cultural institutions that are more environmentally sustainable and socially egalitarian for all human groups that share this planet.

To help contribute to the critical conversation started by Deming, Savoy, and others, the Spring 2021 issue of the Journal of Midwestern Modern Language Association will focus on the theme of “‘Race,’ Ethnicity, and the Environment.”  While The Colors of Nature focuses on American literature, we seek essays on literature and other forms of culture from around the world that explore the intersection of environmental literature with “race” and ethnicity in a variety of different time periods.  Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

Environmental Justice/Racism

Climate Change

Environmental Crises (e.g. flooding, drought, dust storms, wildfires)

Climate Refugees

Migrants Workers

Fossil Fuels and Capitalism

Indigenous Groups



Oral Storytelling/Folklore

Nonhuman Animals

Transatlantic/Black Diaspora


The Global South

Urban/Built Landscapes


Science/Speculative fiction, Fantasy, Afrofuturism, Cli-Fi


Travel Writing



Please send completed articles to the Midwest Modern Language Association at mmla@luc.edu by May 15, 2021.  Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including notes) and follow MLA guidelines.


Fall 2021:  Special Issue on the Topic of Confinement

In The Expanding World (2012), Michael Cronin proposes a worldview steeped in a “politics of microspection” that “seeks to expand possibilities of the local, not reduce them, and which offers the opportunity to reconfigure positively our social, economic and political experience of the fundamentals of space and time.” The global events of 2020 are an inflection point for reconsidering how space is both constructed and perceived culturally and politically even as seemingly tidy binaries like “private” and “public” have been problematized by our shift towards lives experienced through increasingly virtual modalities. At the same time that we are conducting much of our professional lives virtually because of the pandemic, political events across the world remind us that it is long past time to have difficult conversations about the ways in which systemic racism and violence affect the lived experiences of black and brown bodies within constructs of space both physical and figurative. The death of George Floyd within our organization’s geographical space this past May speaks powerfully to our duty as the Midwest Modern Language Association to open a rhetorical space in which to consider, particularly, the ways in which systemic racism constrains embodied experience. We also hope this special issue of the Journal of the Modern Language Association will offer a place to explore, broadly, how literature and language participate in the construction of confines, whether physically or epistemologically, that reinforce hegemonies and how our discipline might better resist these systems that perpetuate the power inequities that influence and inform embodied experience.

This issue of JMMLA seeks submissions that engage with and problematize the topic of confinement, broadly conceived. Topics might include but are by no means limited to:


Space and Place

Confinement as a response

Confinement as punishment/Carceral confinement

Domesticity/Domestic interiors

Questions of home and homelessness

Capitalism and the economies of confinement

Global/local/“glocal” subjectivities

Mobility and Stasis

Future of travel and tourism 

Periodization and cultural hegemony

Text and paratext

Confinement and literary production

Disciplinary/ vs. Interdisciplinary scholarship

Pedagogical responses to embodiment and confinement

Please send completed articles to the Midwest Modern Language Association at mmla@luc.edu by June 15, 2021.  Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including notes) and follow MLA guidelines.


JMMLA Editorial Staff:


Eloise Sureau, Butler University

Shanna Salinas, Kalamazoo College


Guest Editors, Spring 2020:  Jack Kerkering, Loyola University Chicago and Michelle Medeiros, Marquette University

Guest Editor, Spring 2019:  Michelle Medeiros, Marquette University

Guest Editor, Spring 2018:  Dale Tracy, Royal Military College of Canada

Guest Editor, Spring 2017:  Emily Lutenski, Saint Louis University

Guest Editors, Spring 2016:  Kathryn Dolan, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Andrea Knutson, Oakland University

Guest Editor, Spring 2015:  Jason Arthur, Rockhurst University

Editorial Assistant:  Aleks Galus Sapp, Loyola University Chicago