Click the link above to access the SAMLA 88 DRAFT CONFERENCE SCHEDULE. We are pleased to provide all our participants with the opportunity to make the corrections and changes necessary to have their work represented accurately in the conference program. This schedule only contains concurrent sessions. Information on plenaries and other special programming will be included in the conference program. Updated schedules will be posted every Thursday through September 22. Please send any corrections or updates to 


Our Jacksonville conference includes several new features such as a Welcoming Plenary, a Plenary Banquet, a Closing Plenary, as well as new special exhibits. Old favorites such as the Presidential Reception & Poster Session, and the Open Mic have been retained. See the schedule outline here

Click here for SAMLA 88 conference registration. 

Conference year SAMLA membership (through June 30, 2017) is required for conference registration. Please complete a new member or membership renewal form before completing your conference registration. 

SAMLA is pleased to introduce the Undergraduate Research Forum to give undergraduates the opportunity to present their scholarly work in a professional conference setting while receiving feedback on presentation and content from senior scholars. Faculty sponsoring Undergraduate Research Forum participants may use the standard Session Information Form. Individual undergraduates may respond to the General Call for Papers. The deadline for Undergraduate Research Forum submissions is September 23, 2016. 

SAMLA is pleased to invite scholarly and creative journals to participate in a new element of our annual conference, The Garden of Readin’. The Garden is designed to showcase journals produced across the SAMLA region. These will include SAMLA affiliate’s journals and regional publications, as well as graduate and undergraduate student publications. Click here for further details. 

SAMLA Members participating in the conference are invited to display their recent publications in the Member Book Display. The Member Book Display will be featured in our Garden of Readin’. A list of Member Book Display participants will appear on the SAMLA website with links to publishers’ purchase information. Members should use this form to register by October 21 to participate in the Member Book Display. 

All SAMLA participants are welcome to present research in the Visual Representations of Scholarly Work session on Friday, November 4, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. Further information is available hereScholars who participate in the poster session may also present a traditional paper or in the Undergraduate Research ForumThe deadline for poster session abstracts is September 30, 2016. 

An ad in the conference program will bring your work or upcoming conference or organization to the attention of conference participants whether or not you are able to attend the conference. All ads also appear in the permanent archival issue of the conference program posted on the SAMLA website. Click here for further information.  

SAMLA 88 Exhibitor Registration Form
SAMLA 88 Advertising Prospectus 

All session chairs must complete a Session Information Form. This year's online conference program will feature links to paper abstracts. Chairs will need to attach abstracts to the Session Information Form.


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Conference Hotel
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
$132 - single/double 

Past experience suggests that the room block at the conference hotel will fill well in advance of the conference. We have arranged for blocks in two overflow hotels. 

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
Jacksonville Riverwalk
$119 single/double

Guests will make reservations directly with the hotel (904-396-5100) or through the toll-free number (877-LEX-7070), identifying themselves as members of South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

Jacksonville Marriott
$149 single/double

Book your group rate for South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 

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Plenary Banquet 
Saturday / Nov. 5 / 6:30-8:30 pm

Plenary Speaker – Douglas Hesse

Douglas Hesse is Professor of English at the University of Denver and the founding Executive Director of the Writing Program. He is also the current President of the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Under his direction, the University of Denver Writing Program was awarded the CCCC Certificate of Excellence. His other awards and honors include Rhetorician of the Year from the 2015 Young Rhetorician’s Conference and University Distinguished Scholar by the University of Denver. 

Complimentary tickets for the plenary banquet will be distributed on site. 
South Atlantic Review

Issue 81.2: Two Special Clusters 
"Medieval Literature and its Scholarship: Continuity, Transmission, and Relevance" and
"T. S. Eliot and Asia" (Summer 2016)

We are pleased to announce the release of 81.2, which contains two special clusters: "Medieval Literature and its Scholarship: Continuity, Transmission, and Relevance," originally planned as a stand-alone issue, and "T. S. Eliot and Asia." We owe special thanks to our guest editors Kathryn L. Smithies and Roderick B. Overaa for their outstanding work in preparing this issue.

cover of SAR 81.2