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SAMLA 91 | Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships
November 8–10, 2019 | Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, Georgia

Those of us who make up the South Atlantic Modern Language Association are, according to our website, “dedicated to the advancement of literary and linguistic scholarship and teaching in the modern languages.” Our areas of study range from African/African American, American,  Asian/Asian American, Caribbean, English, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Luso-Portuguese, and Slavic—to  studies in Creative Writing, Film, Gender and Sexuality, Interdisciplinarity, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric and Composition. We are undergraduate and graduate students; fulltime and part-time instructors and lecturers; assistant, associate, full, and retired professors. While we are a diverse group of individuals from all parts of the globe, there is something huge that we have in common: We are scholars who are fascinated by and passionate about languages.

We resonate with Virginia Woolf’s statement, “When I cannot see words curling like rings of smoke round me I am in darkness—I am nothing.” We nod our heads in agreement with Jacques Derrida’s edict, “What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”  We shout out a hearty “Amen!” when we hear Melina Marchetta declare: “Without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?”  And we applaud Gloria Anzaldua’s declaration: “So, if you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity—I am my language. Until I can take pride in my language, I cannot take pride in myself.”

We believe in the power of language to change lives and make our world a better place for all. We understand that our language is our identity, and we know that language is the key to building healthy, strong relationships with others near and far. 

During SAMLA 91, we will celebrate languages, the ways we use them, the ways they use us, the ways they shape our realities. Presenters are invited to speak on any aspects associated with the miracle of language.

To register for SAMLA 91, please click here.

To submit a Call for Papers for SAMLA 91, please click here. CFPs will be accepted through May 10, 2019.

To review current CFPs for SAMLA 91, please click here.

To submit an abstract to the SAMLA 91 General Call for Papers, please click here.

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To submit a Session/Panel Information Form for the Undergraduate Research Forum at SAMLA 91, please click here.
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External CFPs
SAMLA encourages members 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 [email protected] 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

Issue 84.1 (Spring 2019)
We are pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2019 Issue.

cover of SAR 84.1 

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.

Click here to purchase a limited copy of SAR 82.3 (Special Issue: Judith Ortiz Cofer).