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2015 SAMLA News
The 2015 SAMLA News is now available. In addition to messages from SAMLA President Jim Clark and SAMLA’s new Executive Director Elizabeth West, theSAMLA News contains reflections on SAMLA 86, information on SAMLA 87, and good news about the progress of the South Atlantic Review. This issue also introduces new staff at SAR and SAMLA and offers a preliminary list of Calls for Papers for SAMLA 87.  

The 2015 Conference Special Focus is In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts. Session proposals are welcome on this or any topic of scholarly interest to the SAMLA community. Members who wish to chair a Special Session may submit a Call for Papers/Special Session Proposal form indicating their session title, chosen topic, and CFP language (if applicable) using the online CFP/Special Session Proposal.

Chairs of Regular Sessions or Affiliated Groups may also submit the same CFP/Special Session Proposal indicating either a specific topic or an "Open Topic" allowing the submission of paper proposals on any subject related to the Regular Session or Affiliated Group.

All proposals must be submitted using the online interface at CFP/Special Session Proposal.

There are two submission deadlines:
February 13th 
CFP submission deadline for inclusion both in the SAMLA News (annual newsletter) and on the
SAMLA website

May 15th – 
CFP deadline for listing on SAMLA website only

All participants will be required to have a conference year (2015–16) SAMLA membership and to register for the conference. Chairs must complete membership by June 19. In order to be listed in the program, panelists' membership must be paid by August 31. Membership and conference registration will be available after April 1.

Session Chairs must submit a complete Session Information Form by June 19.  The form requires the following information:

(1) Full name of each participant as he/she would like it listed in the program
(2) Each participant’s university affiliation
(3) Each participant’s email address
(4) Full title of each participant’s paper
(5) Any A/V requirements (visual and/or audio)

SAMLA sessions run 90-minutes long. Traditional panels require 3-4 participants; roundtable discussions may have up to 5-7 participants. A member may only serve in one panel for any given year. Members may seek SAMLA approval to serve in additional panels by contacting our office at The Program Committee may approve the request to serve in additional panels as long as the nature of service in each panel differs significantly. This may include, but is not limited to: serving as both Chair and Panelist in one’s own panel; serving as Chair in one session and Panelist in another session; serving as Panelist both in a traditional panel and on a roundtable discussion. A member’s service as Secretary on any given panel does not count toward the one-panel limit. 

SAR Updates

just released

77.12 (a combination issue) guest-edited by Nancy Hargrove and Lara Smith-Sitton on the special topic of "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World"


CFP SPECIAL ISSUE of South Atlantic Review:

"Black Transnationalism and the Discourse(s) of Cultural Hybridity"

Guest Editors,
Kameelah L. Martin, Savannah State University
Donald M. Shaffer, Mississippi State University



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