Greetings adaptation scholars! This section welcomes 300-word abstracts related to all areas of adaptation studies, including theory, film, comics, games, etc. The conference theme is Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and their Allies, which for our purposes might remind us of Hassler-Forest and Nicklas’ The Politics of Adaptation (Palgrave 2015). In addition, as this year celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, abstracts with that focus—which very well may be political—are especially welcome. Please include a brief bio with your abstract, and any A/V needs to Dennis R. Perry, Brigham Young University, at [email protected], by June 1.



The Carson MCullers Society

This panel welcomes abstracts on the works of Carson McCullers and the topic of the radical innovator. By May 8, 2018, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Sarah Marie Horning, Texas Christian University, at [email protected].



College English Association

The College English Association solicits abstracts from its members on the special focus of the 90th SAMLA conference from November 2-4 in Birmingham: “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies.” Presenters are invited to share their liberation pedagogy, including assignments or strategies that encourage activism, or to consider ways in which literature, film, and culture augment or inform socio-political movements and promote social justice. More information on the conference may be found at Please send abstracts and any A/V requirements to Lynne Simpson at [email protected] by May 21, 2018. Marissa Glover McLargin is also soliciting original works of fiction, poetry, or non-fiction for a second panel. Kindly send proposals and any A/V requirements directly to her at [email protected]  by May 21. 



American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) recently published a special issue of Hispania (100.5) to celebrate the centennial of the Association’s founding (1917). This roundtable will discuss topics included in the issue with focusing on innovation for the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese for the new centenary. Send abstract (100 words) to Lourdes Sánchez-López at [email protected] by May 25, 2018. 



D.H. Lawrence Society of North America

This panel welcomes abstracts on any aspect of D.H. Lawrence and the art of antagonism. By May 15, 2018, please submit 200-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Adam Parkes, University of Georgia, at [email protected].



Edwidge Danticat Society

In keeping with the theme of SAMLA 90, the Edwidge Danticat Society welcomes papers that address the author’s work, both artistic and political, or that addresses the intersections thereof in her cultural productions. We also invite papers that address Haitian literature, culture, and politics more broadly, and that consider the longstanding relationship of Haiti to the United States and France, and of course their much closer neighbor the Dominican Republic. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: Danticat’s activist work, including with Border of Lights; Danticat as public intellectual, especially through platform of The New Yorker; La Sentencia and issues of migration and citizenship; Danticat’s attention to black immigrant voices across genres; Consciousness raising in her film work; Counternarratives, rememory, correcting the record in her works; Political imperative of Danticat’s anthology editing.  By May 20, 2018, please submit a 150 word biography, 300 word abstract (including working title) and any a/v needs to Maia Butler, [email protected] Membership with the Edwidge Danticat Society ( is required for panelists, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. South Atlantic MLA membership and conference registration ( must be paid by August 31st, 2018, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program. 



Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society

Papers for this session may deal with all aspects of Roberts’s work and life. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Roberts and new work; Roberts and feminism; Roberts and her manuscripts; Roberts in the context of Southern literature; Roberts’ literary and stylistic influences; Roberts and Modernism; Roberts' relationships to genre (the novel, poetry, short fiction, children's literature); and, Roberts and the politics of literary reputation. By June 1, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Nicole Stamant, Agnes Scott College, at [email protected].



Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society

Papers for this session may deal with all aspects of Roberts’s work and life. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Roberts and new work; Roberts and manuscripts; Roberts in the context of Southern literature; Roberts and Southern Agrarianism; Roberts’ literary and stylistic influences; Roberts and religion; Roberts and Modernism; Roberts and Regionalism; Roberts and the politics of literary reputation; Roberts and feminism; and, Roberts and Kentucky. Papers engaging directly with the conference theme, “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies,” are also encouraged. Abstracts should be 250 words and sent by June 1, 2018 to Daniel J. Pizappi, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, at [email protected]



Eudora Welty Society

It’s been seventeen years since Harriet Pollack and Suzanne Marrs published Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? in 2001. The conference theme of this year’s South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies,” provides an excellent opportunity to revisit Welty’s engagement with politics, activism, and messages of social justice. The conference theme encourages scholars to consider how art forms “draw from ideologies as an indispensable platform of communication to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements.” This panel welcomes abstracts around 250 words in length. Papers for this panel might consider themes such as: politics, identity, community, activism, commitments and their negotiation, ethics, conceptions of “margin” and the power therein, as well as many others. This panel welcomes arguments on both Welty’s art as well as position papers on the state of Welty scholarship. Harriet Pollack will be the respondent for this panel. Please send abstracts, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Jill Fennell at [email protected] by June 1.



Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)

ASLE (The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) seeks papers that deal with the conference theme, “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and their Allies,” from an environmental perspective. For example, we welcome papers that deal with literary portrayals of environmental activism, the marginalization of the environment, or the intersection of social justice and environmentalism. Send a 250-word abstract and your A/V needs by 15 May 2018 to Kelly C. Walter Carney, [email protected].



Flannery O'Connor Society

This panel welcomes abstracts on any aspect of Flannery O’Connor, and welcomes proposals addressing the SAMLA 90 theme “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies.” By May 15, 2018, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Marshall Bruce Gentry, Georgia College, at [email protected].



 Flannery O'Connor Society 

The Flannery O’Connor Society invites papers on any aspect of the works of O’Connor. Send 300-word abstracts by May 15, 2018, to Marshall Bruce Gentry, Georgia College, at [email protected].



Women in French 

This panel focuses on how postcolonial Francophone Caribbean authors narrate historical episodes of dissent. Within a historiographical context that frequently stages, subverts, and reconfigures archival methodologies, fictionalized accounts of historical events have come to the fore as a means to integrate occulted agents of history into a collective consciousness. At the heart of this panel are thus concerns about the epistemological stakes of fictionalizing history. How do contemporary postcolonial authors intervene in history? How do political, juridical, and cultural elements of the past come forth to shed light on the contemporary ramifications of specific historical events? How do these historically inflected narratives change our understanding of time, place, and agents of history? Please send 250 word abstracts in French or English to Lisa Connell ([email protected]) by May 15, 2018.



American Humor Studies Association 

This panel welcomes abstracts on humor and activism in America. By May 16, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Autumn Lauzon, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, at [email protected].



American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)

This panel welcomes papers about any innovative approach to teaching Italian, including but not limited to the use of technology. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 90 theme are especially welcome. By June 15, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Ioana Larco, University of Kentucky, at [email protected] and Silvia Byer, Park University, at [email protected].



American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)

This panel welcomes abstracts detailing innovative approaches and methods which teach or foster the acquisition of the Italian language and its culture. Particularly welcome are abstracts which also include the implementation of novel and creative uses of technology. By June 15, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract and a short bio to Silvia Tiboni-Craft, Wake Forest University, [email protected]



The Langston Hughes Society

One of the most ardent social activists and political critics of his time, Langston Hughes composed a number of articles for the African-American newspaper, the Chicago Defender,over a twenty-year span, confronting headfirst the culture of racism and discrimination in the United States, particularly with the spread of the dangerous and dehumanizing Jim Crow ideology. In a piece entitled, “Jim Crow’s Epitaph,” published on December 1, 1962, Hughes described Jim Crow as “a low dog” and “a snake in the grass of democracy” whose platform of exclusion and alienation left the nation inherently divided along racial lines. It is clear that Langston Hughes through these works and others helped lead the charge of socio-political activism during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. 

 Inspired by the thread of activism in his works, the Langston Hughes Society invites papers on the subjects of activism, marginalization, liberation, and social justice in the works of Langston Hughes and his contemporaries. Interested participants might consider, for instance, key works such as The Fire in the Flint (1924)by Walter White—a scathing critique of the American lynching tradition and the stereotyping of black men as a pervasive threat to the innocence of white women. Similarly, one might examine the work of Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Mary Church Terrell—women who fought for passing the anti-lynching bill and challenging a tradition of racial violence so devastating to the Black community.

One might consider George Schuyler’s essays on race, such as his 1944 “The Caucasian Problem” or his 1949 “Jim Crow in the North,” both of which trace the politics and history of segregation, noting how racism was not isolated to the American South but spread nationwide in its own great and troubling migration. Consider, too, works by figures such as Jessie Redmon Fauset, Wallace Thurman, Zora Neale Hurston, and others who examined issues of intra-racial social politics and the tradition of colorism that proved endemic for the black community. If James Weldon Johnson is in fact correct that “through artistic achievement the Negro has found a means of getting at the very core of the prejudice against him, by challenging the Nordic superiority complex,” then we are interested in tracing the methods, approaches, and perspectives on socio-political activism of the early- to mid-twentieth century as well as the insights those texts/authors offer for social justice movements of the present day. Note that Hughes’ contemporaries include those within the United States and abroad through the Civil Rights Movement. 

 For consideration, please submit abstracts of approximately 250 to 300 words by May 30, 2018 to Dr. Wallis Baxter III (at [email protected]) and Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack (at [email protected]). Note that, in order to participate, presenters must be members of SAMLA and the Langston Hughes Society by June 8, 2018. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, AL, from November 2-4, 2018. 



The Joseph Conrad Society

Whether it is anarchism and social revolution, fin de siècle anxieties about Colonial authority or decline, depictions of gender, or gendered narrative gaze, Joseph Conrad’s work often self-consciously occupies the margins, what he calls the “penumbra” or shadow-line of social, cultural and political conflicts. Please submit a brief bio, A/V requirements, and a 250-word abstract for a presentation that explores some aspect of the conference theme, Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies, as it applies to Joseph Conrad, his work, or his circle. Proposals should be directed to David Mulry, at the College of Coastal Georgia: [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is May 14. 



Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature

Christians have long struggled with what citizenship in the City of God (to use Augustine’s term) means for participation in the earthly city. What geographical terms do Christians, whose ultimate allegiance is not to the state, use to describe their temporal location: enclave, margins, polis, public sphere, etc.? From which spaces do critique and change of the state’s injustices come? This panel, sponsored by the Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature, welcomes papers discussing literature, of any period and any geographical region, that deals with Christianity’s positioning with regard to the earthly city. Please send a 250-word proposal, a CV, and any A/V requests to Carissa Turner Smith, Charleston Southern University, [email protected]. Creative writing submissions addressing the panel theme are also welcome (in this case, please submit the full work to be read and not an abstract). All abstracts or creative writing submissions are due May 31. 



Mark Twain Circle of America

Even a casual reader of Mark Twain’s writing will notice the author’s status as a trenchant social critic. Works such as Puddn’head Wilson, “King Leopold’s Soliloquy,” “The War Prayer,” and, indeed, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have long been established among the most important anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and pro-democratic texts of the later twentieth century. What is less understood is Twain’s relationship to actual political action and activism. How did he position himself in relation to the period’s reformers, revolutionaries, and other activists? Did he participate directly or indirectly in activist movements? Or did his participation begin and end with his writings?

This panel looks to explore these questions by inviting papers that discuss Twain’s relationship to reform, revolution, and activism. We welcome essays about all stages of Twain’s career and the vast array of social causes that he took on during his lifetime.

Please email an abstract (of no more than 350 words) and a brief biographical note to Alex Beringer ([email protected]) no later than May 25th 2018.



Women in French 

At first thought, the memoir and the manifesto seem to lie at opposing ends of the literary spectrum in terms of form, audience, and purpose. The former, embracing more intimate modes of written expression, draws on personal experience and memories to articulate selfhood most often from a necessarily subjective perspective while addressing no one in particular. The latter, written as a call to action, speaks to a community sharing a common ethos and aims to enlighten, to inspire action, and to impel change. This panel considers examples of women authors of French expression who have used the space of life writing as a means of protest and resistance. Seeking an outlet for self-expression, women have long embraced the freedom of and resistance afforded by autobiographical projects as an introspective conduit allowing them to voice their experiences and work through and against hegemonic conceptions of their role and place in society. Julia Watson and Sidonie Smith, in De/Colonizing the Subject: The Politics of Gender in Women’s Autobiography, for example, have pointed out that women, like other minorities engaged in such projects, are able to “celebrate through countervalorization another way of seeing, one unsanctioned, even unsuspected, in the dominant cultural surround” (p. xx).

How do life narratives and personal stories insert themselves into movements of resistance? How do the personal and the political collide within these narratives? To what degree does the self-focus nature of life writing act as subterfuge for achieving more resistance-minded objectives? Please send 250-word proposals, in English or French, to Adrienne Angelo [email protected] by May 15, 2018.



International James Joyce Foundation

 In her 2011 book, Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism, Jessica Berman argued for increased recognition of the political commitments in the art of Modernist writers such as James Joyce. From noting how his texts join avant-garde modernism in rejecting capitalism’s commodity culture to positing Joyce’s “semi-colonial” construction of Irish political identity, the body of Joyce scholarship blooms with consideration of its subject’s resistance to oppressive systems of power. This panel builds on the conversation by inviting submissions of proposals that address how Joyce’s works stage public assembly. Specifically, this panel invites proposals considering how Joyce’s works frame the questions of mobility and ability raised when occupying public space in pursuit of social justice. Submissions that adopt a range of critical methodologies are welcome. While preference will be given to projects responding to the focus of this CFP, this panel will also consider submissions that, following the conference theme, decenter dominant paradigms to consider the ethics of social justice in the texts and social networks shaping the study of James Joyce.  By June 15th, please submit a 300-word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Christine Anlicker at [email protected].



Feministas Unidas

Este panel busca reprentaciones de mujeres militantes en la literatura y cine del siglo XXI. ¿Qué significa ser una feminista comprometida políticamente ahora? ¿De qué forma se puede explicar la feminización de la militancia? ¿Qué proyectos estéticos de resistencia feminista predominan en estos textos? ¿Cómo se pueden definir las narrativas de militancia feminista? ¿De qué forma se utilizan las producciones artísticas como armas revolucionarias? Estas y otras premisas semejantes serán el eje de la discusión del panel de Feministas Unidas en SAMLA. Por favor, manden un abstract de 250 palabras y una breve biografía a Ana Corbalán,  [email protected] antes del 1 de mayo de 2018. 



Emily Dickinson International Society

Scholarship in the 1980s, most notably by Shira Wolosky, initiated a revision of Dickinson’s relationship to the Civil War. Contrary to Allen Tate’s assertion in 1928 that “when she went upstairs and closed the door, she mastered life by rejecting it,” Wolosky contextualized Dickinson’s work within an era of war, arguing that “Dickinson’s preoccupation with anguish and loss need not be seen as the product of an individual and morbid imagination.” However, it remains difficult to see Dickinson as a war poet; although she was most prolific during the war years, a small percentage of her 1,789 poems can be read as about the war. But why do we expect poems composed during a war to be about that war? How can we situate Dickinson’s subtlety within a broader context of Civil War poetry and publication? And how does poetry written or published during the Civil War compare to more recent wars? The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks abstracts that explore war and poetry. Submissions need not focus exclusively on Dickinson, and creative works are encouraged. Please submit a CV, abstract (200-300 words), and A/V requirements to Dr. Trisha Kannan at [email protected] by June 5, 2018.



Southeastern Renaissance Conference 

In his early work, Michel Foucault examines the marginalization of the mentally ill, who replaced lepers as early modern society’s Other. Foucault ultimately became the figurehead of the anti-psychiatry movement, which questioned the validity of the very notion of “mentally ill.” In Madness and Civilization, Foucault located this new medicalization of the mentally ill in the seventeenth century, a period in which he would subsequently mark the beginnings of the imprisoned subject, epistemological rupture, and modern notions of sexuality. For this panel, we seek analyses of early modern depictions of mental illness that are informed, complemented, or correlated with Foucault’s early work on the treatment of the mentally ill. Although, Foucault’s Madness and Civilization has garnered much criticism, the system of thought it examines can inform cultural products of a society at a crucial turning point socially and politically. Possible topics might include readings of early modern literature informed by: psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan) Foucault and Derrida; Foucault and Kristeva/semiotics; technologies of the self; Descartes and the evil genius; Foucault and Disability Studies; depictions of melancholy (Hamlet, Romeo); depictions of mental illness (King Lear); depictions of psychopathology (Richard III, Iago). Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to the panel organizers by May 1, 2018 to Dr. Dan Mills, University of Georgia, [email protected] and Dr. Ruth McIntyre, Kennesaw State University, [email protected]. Also submit a 100-word biography.  



Women in French

In societies and cultures dominated by men, women have always had to carve out their own spaces and find their own voices. Women’s experience of public space and private space therefore is anything but neutral. As a result, women’s activism and resistance in socio-political struggles would also resonate differently. This panel will examine the various ways in which French and Francophone women writers and artists experience, navigate, reimagine, or attempt to reconfigure the different spaces open or closed to them. Among questions one may ask: what type of creativity or resourcefulness have women had to employ as “fighters from the margins” to seize (back) territory and/or power in the public arena, in the domestic sphere, or in the privacy of their own thoughts or bodies? How do women writers and artists fight back in societies or politics encroaching on women’s bodies, thoughts, or self-expression? This panel would also like to examine what French and Francophone women writers have to offer as activists in broader socio-political movements. Among questions one may ask: how do women’s experiences as minorities and “fighters from the margins” shape their approach as fighters for the marginalized? How do women’s experiences intersect with their experiences of colonialism, racism, and other injustices? How do women’s activism and the socio-political/ ideological fights they adopt intersect with their identities as women? Proposals on French and Francophone literatures, films, and other art forms are welcome. Papers may be in English or French.  Please send 250-word proposals in English or French to Cathy Leung ([email protected]) by May 15, 2018 along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements.



Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing 

Papers are invited for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) affiliate session at the 2018 SAMLA Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers’ archives, production, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year’s convention theme,“Fighters from the Margins: Social-Political Activists and Their Allies” are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and ideas of activism? How have books pushed the boundaries of technology, form, artistic expression, and subject matter? What are the connections between printing and social justice, activism and print culture? What is the role of print in effecting social change? How have printers, publishers, and authors been a force for change from Gutenberg to today? Proposers need not be members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both SAMLA and SHARP to present. By June 1, 2018, please send a 250-word abstract and short biography (together in one document) to SHARP liaison Melissa Makala, Clemson University, at [email protected].



Robert Penn Warren Circle

Whether his focus was the historical past or the current moment, whether in essays, poetry, or fiction, Robert Penn Warren addressed political issues frequently in his writing.  Warren’s career is filled with texts examining politics and history and the intersection of the two.  Possible topics include but are not limited to: politics and power; the politics of democracy; the politics of race; the politics of gender; the politics of poetry; the politics of the Academy; the politics of literature and/or criticism [and in scholarly and/or pedagogical considerations of the politics of teaching Warren in the 21st century]; the history of war/conflict; Southern history; the history of race relations; society’s failure to learn from history; the use of history for political reasons. Not later than May 31, 2018, please send a 100-word abstract to Kyle Taylor: [email protected]



Keats-Shelley Association of America

Recalling Romantic works of social critique, such as John Keats’s “To Autumn,” Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Mask of Anarchy,” Lord Byron’s Don Juan, and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, Romanticism and Social Justice is an affiliated session of the Keats-Shelley Association of America at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama (Nov 2-4, 2018). This panel seeks papers related to second-generation Romantic-era writers and/or their literary circles, including those which may address the transnational turn in literary studies and of postcolonial theory to a more inclusive understanding of British Romanticism.  Proposals addressing the works of John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and William Hazlitt as well as those which address the aesthetics of politics and /or globalism will receive priority. Proposals that engage with the conference theme (“Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies”) are especially welcome. Subjects to be considered might include (but are not limited to) Romantic literature in relation to contemporary socio-political activism or modern activism, the role of genre in the Romantics’ socio-political activism, forms of protest in Romantic literature, and reimagining Romantic protest literature through alternative lenses--such as digital forms.  Please send a 250-word abstract, bio or CV (one page only), and audio-visual requests to Tina Iemma, St. John’s University, [email protected] and Jamie Watson, UNC Greensboro, [email protected] by 11 May 2018.



Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)

We see, read, and hear stories about the region increasingly in serialized modes. Television is hardly new, but the rapid expansion of so-called prestige television has been followed by work from literary critics. Critical attention to the Souths of the small screen has been coupled with the emergence and expansion of venues pioneered for the even smaller screens. Global companies like Netflix and Amazon are now associated with prestige television. Perhaps most notably, the smallest of screens deliver serialized stories through podcasts. S-Town has received attention from across literary and cultural studies, and the podcast genre itself has become a mode for critics to disseminate their work beyond the academy in a medium that allows scholars to communicate with broader audiences more urgently and rapidly. Other longstanding serial forms have taken an activist turn, with public intellectuals most well known for their work outside of comics (Ta-Nehisi Coates [Black Panther] and John Lewis [March]) turning to serialized comics. Even forms that might seem to exist in contradistinction to serial storytelling—the novel and the movie—have seen some of their most popular stories be those that are told serially. This panel seeks to address questions related to the many cultural productions using serial storytelling to interrogate the U.S. South, broadly defined. Possible topics include:

- Nineteenth century print culture; the oldness of serial storytelling and the U.S. South

- Serial modes and narrative structures, attachments, and modes of storytelling in and about the U.S. South 

- Serial modes and critical engagement with various reading, viewing, and listening publics

- Serial storytelling and activism

- The narrative temporality of serial storytelling

- The intersections of digital and serial storytelling

- Critical engagements with specific texts that address any of the topics above or others

- Serial modes and pedagogy

Other topics related to these lines of inquiry are welcomed. By May 25, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requests to Matthew Dischinger, Georgia Institute of Technology, at [email protected].



Women in French

Political events abroad and local are frequently framed around issues of place and, arguably, space. For example, questions of immigration seemingly involve not only these but the notion of time. This session proposes to investigate space, place, and time, and how these concepts play out in women’s narrative (texts or films). In what ways do women’s narratives create new understandings of space, place and time? In what ways might these spaces and places be gendered? And, in what way are they an experience of othering? Does women’s experience create a new space, place, or concept of time, and if so, in what ways? Please send a 250 word abstract in English or French to E. Nicole Meyer, [email protected] by 15 May 2018 along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements.



Truman Capote Literary Society

This panel welcomes abstracts on the works and life of Truman Capote. By June 1, 2018, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Stuart Noel, Georgia State University, at [email protected].



American Association for the Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 

In keeping with the theme of SAMLA 90, this panel invites papers examining literary and other art forms that have served to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements in Portugal, African PALOP countries, and/or Brazil. Papers may be presented in English or Portuguese. By May 1, please send a 250-word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Lynda Jentsch, Samford University, at [email protected].



Georgia and Carolina College English Association (GACCEA)

Since Thespis first stepped out of the chorus, drama has dealt with socio-political material, whether promoting or challenging established ideologies and systems.  Over time, drama has come to be seen far more often as subversive rather than conservative (in the traditional sense of maintaining or returning to a status quo).  For its 2018 panel, GAC-CEA seeks presentations that deal with socio-political activism and allies.  Examples might include anything ranging from medieval morality plays to Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi and beyond. By April 23, please send a 100-word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Lee Jones, Georgia State University, [email protected]


Cervantes Society

Spanish I (Peninsular: Renaissance to 1700)

Although it is difficult to assign clear images of social activism in the works of Miguel de Cervantes, his narrative and theater texts promote distinctive messages of longing for social justice. Considering the themes in most of his works, did Cervantes approve of the political environment of his time and sought to represent this fact in his works, or did he clearly feel the moral obligation of allying himself with the powerless and the downtrodden, utilizing his literary expression as a form of resistance against the political and social practices of his time? Considering also the dangers of subversion, Cervantes had to conceal his messages behind images and speech that represent different aspects of that inconformity. The Cervantes Society of America at SAMLA is interested in papers that examine ways in which Miguel de Cervantes’s works could be identified as documents of socio-political activism. Please submit by e-mail a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements by May 31, 2018 to the chair Rosa Maria Stoops ([email protected]).



The Uncertainty Society

The Uncertainty Society is a reflection of our times. The poets involved in the Uncertainty movement first made themselves know in the USA in the anthology Poetry Facing Uncertainty, published in 2012.  This year, we anticipate having guest poets from Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Central America.  Presentations that deal with the poetry of uncertainty as it relates to societal issues, social media, electronic publishing, the visual arts and music will receive special consideration. The special focus for SAMLA 90 is Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies. Please send presentations that will fit within the framework of this theme.  The program will be crafted from the submissions received.  The number of presenters will determine the length of the presentations; they are usually 15-20 minutes.  By June 1, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Dr. Gordon E. McNeer at [email protected].



The Hemingway Society 

On November 11, 1918, the Great War finally ended. In 1919 William Butler Yeats’s “The Second Coming” was first published. The opening stanza contains the most frequently quoted lines of modern poetry written in English—lines 3 Turning and turning in the widening gyre/The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,/The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony of innocence is drowned;/The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity. In 1919 nineteen-year-old Ernest Hemingway returned to America on crutches, arriving that fall in Petoskey, Michigan, where he labored to become a writer of fiction. That same year, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. The Eighteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was ratified. The death toll from the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic continued to escalate. Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio was published. James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen was published, and soon banned for indecency. H L Mencken’s The American Language was published. Shakespeare and Company was founded. The Algonquin Round Table began. The 2018 SAMLA takes place close to the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War. The Hemingway Session will mark that momentous event. We invite papers that explore the meanings of the Great War as revealed in the writing of Ernest Hemingway—his fiction, poetry, journalism, essays. Yeats’s instantly famous lines and the cited highlights of 1919 open a world of possibilities for that exploration. Please send abstracts by June 1, 2018 to [email protected].



T.S. Eliot Society

This special panel sponsored by the T. S. Eliot Society invites papers on Eliot’s life and work. The SAMLA 90 theme – “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies” – invites us to examine in particular Eliot’s work in the context of socio-political change -- as well as his associations with, usages by, or role as a conservative force against, socio-political activists and activism. The recent watershed of previously unpublished material from Eliot offers rich ground for exploring these relationships.  But the panel would like to invite, too, work which in general takes up new work on Eliot in light of this recently available material – that is, whether it quite fits the conference theme or not...  It is an exciting time for Eliot scholarship, and we want to continue to build momentum. By June 1, 2018, please submit, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Craig Woelfel, at Flagler College ([email protected])