Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

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
Join us for a National Endowment for the Humanities 2023 Summer Seminar for Higher Education Faculty.  
“Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Rust Belt: Co-Creating Regional Humanities Ecosystems” 
June 4th-18th at Ursuline College | Cleveland, Ohio
The Rust Belt Humanities Lab at Ursuline College works to tell the story of this region through the voices of its people. The Rust Belt is often overlooked as “flyover” country and part of a dead, industrial past. Through the act of storytelling, we’ll pull the Rust Belt into the dynamic present. With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we’ll host a 2-week summer seminar for 25 college-level educators who will create lesson plans suitable for use in undergraduate humanities courses. We’ll focus on the importance of regional storytelling in fostering a sense of place. Participants leave with new tools to equip their students to shape the future of the Rust Belt, identify and contribute to social solutions, and reimagine the role of the humanities within this sphere.
We aim for this to be the start of a larger effort to create a Rust Belt humanities hub—the only of its kind—telling our stories and imagining solutions from within this region, a metonym for the interconnected issues of class, race, justice and education facing this country. Because so much of the United States’ problems and promise converge on the Rust Belt, our work can be a model for ways to use the humanities to find new solutions, tell better stories, and empower our students to imagine themselves as productive citizens within their rooted context.  
Learn more about our project and apply to participate: www.rustbeltlab.org
Follow us on social media: @RustBeltLab 
Call for Journal Submissions
With unprecedented access to Eliot’s thought and writing through new editions, materials, and archives, this is an exciting time for Eliot scholarship. THE T.S. ELIOT STUDIES ANNUALthe journal of the International T. S. Eliot Society, is proud to provide a venue for new approaches to the poet and his work. The editors of the Annual invite you to send us your contribution on any aspect of Eliot’s life and writing. 
We accept rolling submissions, but for consideration in Volume 6, to be published in summer 2024, send us your piece before July 15, 2023. Please inquire if you are interested in writing a book review, as we plan these in advance. The journal’s Style Guide can be found here. Including an abstract at the initial submission stage is appreciated, though not required.
Call for Proposals
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 6-8, 2023, DePaul University, Chicago IL Address: DePaul Center, 1E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604
The Popular Fiction area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2023 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 literature
Forgotten or semi-forgotten authors or works of literature that warrant a new investigation in the 21st century
Please submit a paper, abstract of 250-300 words, or a panel proposal (including the title of the presentation) to the "Popular Fiction" area on the MPCA/ACA Submissions website - (https://www.mpcaaca.org/submit-panels). 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, 2023. Contact Peter Hesseldenz (phessel@uky.edu) with questions.
 The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) is excited to announce its next biennial conference on July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon, on the theme of “Reclaiming the Commons.” 
The conference will be held jointly with The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and will include opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, networking, and professional development with a variety of sessions sponsored by both organizations. 
ASLE is seeking proposals for scholarly papers and panels, creative work, posters, collaborative work projects, and other forms of scholarly engagement that approach literature, cultural artifacts, infrastructures, geographies, watersheds, borderwaters, atmospheres, and oceans as methods for reclaiming the commons and instilling and motivating a politics of care in our time. 
They are also calling for proposals exploring how the work of the environmental humanities can become more culturally and politically impactful in these ways. For a full description of the conference theme and call for proposals, including instructions on how to submit your proposal, visit ASLE's conference website.
Please contact ASLEconference2023@gmail.com with any questions.  
Those interested in the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins should go to the Official Hopkins Website www.hopkinspoetry.com for all conference news, new publications, and especially lively ongoing conversation about all aspects of the poet’s work.