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Conference Information

SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 24, 2018 ◆ Sheraton Birmingham ◆ Birmingham, Alabama 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for activism—“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better”—still rings true today as activists and their allies continue to promote messages of social justice. Moreover, fighting from the margins as a decision to partake in civil discontent, as Chinua Achebe reminds us, is a personal call that often has an individual ethical significance: “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” Activists have traditionally utilized literary or artistic expressions as forms of resistance against unfair practices of the establishment, whether formal literary works (the novel or poetry of protest), concise written expressions of noncompliance (graffiti and political posters), or as musical demonstrations (songs of protest). For SAMLA 90, presenters are invited to examine ways in which high or low art forms draw from ideologies as an indispensable platform of communication to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements. Scholars may explore multidisciplinary angles: for example, the historical development of a formal literature of protest (including specific movements’ use or preference of certain literary genres) or a look at the transformations of modern forms of protest given modern technological advances, such as digital forms of media communication.

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SAMLA Information

New Grant Announcement
Georgia College Library Grants

SAMLA members are encouraged to review the list of external CFPs available on our website. Sponsors wishing to solicit papers from SAMLA members are encouraged to send their CFPs to samla@gsu.edu for posting.

Welcome New Affiliate
SAMLA is pleased to welcome the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) to our roster of Affiliated Groups.

South Atlantic Review

NEW RELEASE
Issue 82.3 (Fall 2017)

We are pleased to announce the release of our Fall 2017 Special Issue: "Judith Ortiz Cofer: Legacy of a Cuento, In Memoriam (1952-2016)." 

cover of SAR 82.3 

Thank you to all who have submitted your work for review. It is our hope that more members will be doing so as we move ahead.