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Opportunities and Announcements

The MMLA regularly posts updates and announcements that might be of interest to our membership: Conference CFPs, grant and fellowship openings, publication opportunities and anything that engages with the scholarly interests of our members. Check this page regularly for new updates. If you have an announcement you would like us to share with our members, please email us at mmla@luc.edu


Call for Applications


Currently, we do not have calls for applications to announce, though we hope to share some soon. Please reference this page again in the future.


Call for Abstracts, Paper Submissions, and Panel Proposals


International T.S. Eliot Society 

The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual is the official publication of the International T. S. Eliot Society and the leading venue for the critical reassessment of Eliot’s life and work. Each volume of the Annual provides a selection of original, peer-reviewed essays representing the best in current Eliot scholarship. In addition, the Annual publishes shorter research notes, book reviews, and a comprehensive bibliography of Eliot-related publications.

"This is an unprecedented time in Eliot studies, with new material from his archive coming out every year. We look forward to bringing out the best of the new scholarship that illuminates this complex writer". (Frances Dickey, co-editor of The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual)

 The editors invite you to submit your work for Volume 5, to be published in 2023. All critical approaches are welcome, as are essays pertaining to any aspect of Eliot’s work as a poet, critic, playwright, editor, exemplar of modernism, or influence on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture. Submissions may be emailed directly to the editors at tseliot.studies.annual@gmail.com.

 More on how to submit: 

  • Articles in the range of 4,000 to 8,000 words are accepted;
  • Rolling submissions are accepted, but for consideration in the next volume, please send us your piece before July 1, 2022;
  • Submissions for forums on special topics are also welcome. For example, special topics forums have included explorations of the Hale materials, Eliot and the Biological, Eliot and Europe, and the forthcoming forum on The Waste Land at its centennial;
  • If you would like to guest edit a forum, please send us the forum title, 150-200 word general description of the theme, and a tentative list of possible contributors. We are also happy to help you advertise a CFP for the forum. For possible inclusion in the next volume, please submit this material to the editors at your earliest convenience.
  • Guidelines for Contributors >

Special Topic Forum: Teaching Eliot 

Teaching has never seemed so important and yet how do we do it best? Growing out of a “teaching Eliot” roundtable the editors invite contributions from participants in that roundtable and from others in the community of teachers who regularly teach Eliot to undergraduates. This conversation will be guest edited by Megan Quigley and John Whittier Ferguson. Please send your submission directly to tseliot.studies.annual@gmail.com with the subject title: “Teaching Forum Vol. 5".

If you would like to read more about this opportunity, please Read the full Call for Papers!


Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference 

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2022

Peter Hesseldenz, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
contact email (for questions only, submissions must be made through the website): phessel@email.uky.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS for the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16, 2022
DePaul University, Chicago IL
Address: DePaul Center, 1E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604

Note: This is our first year of having our conference at a university instead of a hotel; therefore, conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging.


The Popular Fiction area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2022 conference in Chicago, IL. We are looking for papers that address any form of popular fiction including, but not limited to the following genres:

  •  Crime Fiction/Mysteries/Detective Stories/Police Procedurals

  •  Thrillers/Suspense Novels

  •  Action and Adventure Novels

  •  Speculative Fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy

  •  Romance Novels/Erotica

  •  Western Novels

  •  Religious/Inspirational

  •  Horror Novels/Stories of the Supernatural

  •  Historical Fiction

  •  Women’s fiction

Some potential themes that papers might examine could include the following, but all entries will 

be considered:
  • The mixing of themes, plots, tropes between different genres
  • Representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics in the literature.  


Please submit a paper abstract of 250-300 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the "Popular Fiction" area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website (https://form.jotform.com/220165367462152). Individuals may only submit one paper, and please do not submit the same paper to more than one Area.

Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2022.

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2022. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference.

Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions: (1) AV equipment will be provided. The Association does not provide laptops, cords, or speakers. (2) If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal. (3) If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal.

Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times: Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am -5:30 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Special events may include game night on Thursday evening, featured speakers and awards ceremony on Friday evening, and a keynote speaker on Saturday evening. These events will be free for conference registrants. Area Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.


Other relevant information:

MEMBERSHIP DUES & REGISTRATION FEES: Membership renewal forms for the 2022 calendar year and 2022 conference registration forms will be available on the website in the coming weeks. All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $100 for undergraduate students with ID, $150 for reduced rate members (graduate students with ID, retirees, and unemployed), and $180 for regular members. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2022. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Malynnda Johnson, 200 North Seventh Street Terre Haute, Indiana, USA 47809. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at <http://www.mpcaaca.org>.

  •  Day passes will be available for guests of the conference who are not presenting a paper.

Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details on these grants are available here.

Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted, and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will (1) notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary (Malynnda Johnson) of your cancellation; (2) provide such notification as early as possible; (3) arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel; (4) arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have; and (5) pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable). If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For co- authored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend.

COVID-19: The Midwest Popular Culture Association continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. At this point, we intend for the conference to go ahead as planned in-person in October of 2022. Please note that the deadline for registration is September 15 of 2022. In the event that the conference is moved into a virtual setting, postponed, or canceled, we will notify you and provide you with information as to how the organization will respond as soon as possible. Please check the MPCA website or follow MPCA on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information.



International Hopkins Conference

Virtual Free Event

23 and 24 September 2022

The organising committee is pleased to announce that the Gerard Manley Hopkins Virtual Conference will return in September 2022. The theme for the conference is explained below.


Hopkins, Voice, and Echo

When trying to define the terms “underthought” and “overthought,” Gerard Manley Hopkins observed, “Perhaps what I ought to say is that the underthought is commonly an echo or shadow of the overthought, something like canons and repetitions in music, treated in a different manner, but that sometimes it may be independent of it.” Hopkins’s poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo” demonstrates the most obvious thematic and structural ways in which echo, voice, and dialogue function in his writings. The conference will feature presentations that will  discuss voice and echo broadly defined, as well as the textual networks, intersections, or recontextualizations that inform Hopkins’s poetry, and the intertextual practices and voices (allusion, citation, translation, pastiche, parody) shaping his prose and verse. Papers that examine his epistolary voices, the homiletic voice of Fr Hopkins, or Hopkins as echo in other poets’ works, would also be welcome.

We are interested in proposals for 15-minute presentations that address one or more aspects of the conference’s theme.

The conference also welcomes proposals for papers that would be included in two other possible panels:

  • Teaching Hopkins
  • Hopkins out loud: issues in performance, aurality and orality, textuality, and meaning in “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo”


Keynote Speaker

Martin Dubois is Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK. His first book, Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetry of Religious Experience, appeared in 2017. He is currently editing Gerard Manley Hopkins in Context, a collection of thirty-eight essays on Hopkins to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2023. 

Organising Committee:

Paul Kelly (Chair), Frank Fennell, Lesley Higgins, Amanda Paxton, Stephen Tardif

Deadline for all paper proposals: 11 April 2022

Please send your submissions to Lesley Higgins, York University: 19higgins55@gmail.com


Registration deadline: 1 September 2022

Please send your registration request to: gerardmanleyhopkins22@gmail.com

Include: Name, Email address (please re-verify), Country of domicile



Call for Dissertation Participation


This dissertation aims to examine language faculty’s experiences, who have had or are currently having one or more experience/s, teaching one or more student/s with any type of visual impairment, in an online setting. Faculty can be teaching any language, and they can have been teaching students with visual impairments either synchronously or asynchronously. The 60 t0 90 minute interview will take place on Zoom and the participant’s identity will be fully protected. I will have a consent form with further information that you may sign for me with further details.  

Each participant will be incentivized by entering a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card upon completion of the study, which should be no later than May, 2023. If you are interested in participating, please email Liane She at: lshe@uncc.edu