(In)Security: The Future of Literature and Language Studies

Thursday, November 9 to Saturday, November 11, 2023

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

Atlanta, Georgia

 The 2020s might be called the Age of Insecurity. Barely recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and suffering its social, psychological, and economic consequences, and living in fear of environmental catastrophe and nuclear war, twenty-first-century humanity has little reason to feel secure. Increasingly powerful surveillance regimes facilitated by the ongoing digital revolution only heighten the sense of insecurity and related affective states such as paranoia and entrapment. In U.S. institutions of higher learning, scholars and students of literature and language face new threats to their livelihoods precipitated by politically motivated assaults on tenure and, by implication, academic freedom. What is the future of the humanities in such circumstances? Is it to be one of gradual (or accelerated) obsolescence? What alternative futures might be imagined for the study of literature and language? For creative writing? For the teaching of rhetoric and composition? Is it possible to envisage – and create and sustain – new sorts of security without lapsing into complacency? Might intimations of insecurity be reimagined as useful or generative for scholarship and teaching in the humanities? How might thinking about in/security enhance the way we read texts and watch films? What new reading or viewing practices might come into being?

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SAMLA News: Volume 43, March 2023

Check out our latest issue of the SAMLA Newsletter by clicking on the cover:

In Remembrance of Siegfried Ernst Mews

Dr. Mews, 89, passed away on October 26, 2022 in Chapel Hill, NC.
Dr. Mews served as SAMLA's Executive Director from 1984-1989, was Editor of the South Atlantic Review
oversaw the transition of SAMLA to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and acted as President in 1992.
For a personal history of Dr. Mews' time with SAMLA, please see here.
His obituary can be found here.
We thank Dr. Mews for his years of dedication to SAMLA, and we wish his surviving loved ones solace and grace at this time.



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South Atlantic Review

Latest Release: SAR 88.2-3

We are pleased to announce the release of our Summer/Fall 2023 issue. 

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SAR 88.2-3 Cover