Founded in 1928, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) is an organization of teachers, scholars, and graduate students dedicated to the advancement of literary and linguistic scholarship and teaching in the modern languages.

As its name implies, SAMLA started as a regional organization; however, current membership extends throughout the southeastern United States, across the country, and around the world. The communication of its membership happens primarily in two places: its publication, South Atlantic Review, and its annual conference.

SAMLA established the South Atlantic Review (SAR), formerly the South Atlantic Bulletin, in 1935 as its official publication. Over the years, SAR has published essays, review essays, and book reviews on a variety of literary and linguistic topics.

SAMLA’s largest event is its annual conference. Comprised of an extensive list of panels, events, and distinguished speakers and guests, each SAMLA conference continues to draw people from throughout the region and, increasingly, the world. In 2012, for example, the SAMLA conference held 261 sessions and hosted approximately 1,200 attendees over its three-day duration.

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