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Calls for Papers (CFPs)

SAMLA welcomes broad participation in planning, chairing, and presenting as part of sessions for its next conference, SAMLA 92, taking place in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, on 13–15 November 2020

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Information for Prospective Chairs

For prospective Session Chairs for SAMLA 92, the first step in the process is to decide on the type and format of the Session:

Next, prospective session chairs should prepare their CFP language and submit a CFP form for SAMLA's approval. A CFP form should be submitted for each session, even if the session already has a full list of presenters. SAMLA will post all approved CFPs below to encourage scholars to submit abstracts to Session Chairs for approval and, ultimately, inclusion in the conference program. Chairs may also choose to widen their selection process by posting their CFPs on other databases

Calls for Papers received by 1 March 2020 will be printed in the digital newsletter, SAMLA News, in addition to being posted on this page. CFPs submitted after 1 March will not be included in the newsletter but will be posted on this page. The final deadline to submit a CFP is 1 June 2020.


Information for Prospective Presenters

Scholars interested in presenting at SAMLA 92 should review the approved Calls for Papers (CFPs) below and follow any submission instructions set by the individual Session Chairs. 

Should you not find a session that fits your interests, please note that SAMLA will begin accepting individual abstracts via our General Call for Papers in early 2020.

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Approved CFPs by Category

African / African American Studies

American Studies

Asian / Asian American Studies

Caribbean Studies

Creative Writing

English Studies (UK & Ireland)

Film Studies

French Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

German Studies

Hispanic Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Italian Studies

Luso-Portuguese Studies

Other Languages & Literatures

Pedagogy

Rhetoric & Composition

Slavic Studies


African / African American Studies

 

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American Studies

ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS: A WRITER OF SOCIAL AGITATION?
ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS SOCIETY

This panel responds to an assertion made by Allen Tate that the works of Elizabeth Madox Roberts reject the expectation of social agitation, asking the question: but do they? In conversation with the theme of SAMLA 92, ”Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts,” this panel requests papers that analyze the ways in which Elizabeth Madox Roberts' prose works and poetry represent the plight of women, both poor and not, and showcase the societal ills of misogyny, racism, and other forms of oppression. Possible topics include: representation of domestic violence and sexual assault; the silencing of women in both rural and aristocratic communities in early 20th C. Kentucky; the strength and agency of women; etc. Papers should be no more than 15 minutes in oral presentation. Please email titles and abstracts of 250 words and professional bios of 50-100 words to Eleanor Hough (dept. of English Binghamton University, [email protected]) no later than June 15, 2020.

 

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Asian / Asian American Studies

 

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Caribbean Studies

 

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Creative Writing

SCANDALOUS POETS!
SAMLA POETS

This regular poetry session welcomes creative submissions on any aspect of the conference theme: Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts. This session aims to feature all types of poems and poets; poems that break rules or are about people breaking rules are especially welcome! By June 1, 2020, please submit a sample of original poetry that fits the conference theme (3-5 poems, 10 pages max), a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Sara Pirkle, University of Alabama, at [email protected].

 

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English Studies (UK & Ireland)

LAWRENCE, SCANDAL, AND PROVOCATION
ENGLISH V (MODERN BRITISH)
D.H. LAWRENCE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America solicits proposals relating to the SAMLA 92 conference theme of Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts. Possible topics for a Lawrence panel might be: obscenity, pornography, censorship, tyranny, fascism, feminism, race and racism, dissent and dissidence, antagonism, xenophobia, the people, or popular culture. By June 1, please send an abstract of 200-300 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Adam Parkes, University of Georgia, at [email protected].

 

MEDIEVAL TEXTS CHALLENGING BOUNDARIES
ENGLISH I (MEDIEVAL)

This traditional session welcomes submissions on any topic associated with Medieval England and its texts (400-1500 CE). This includes texts written in Old English, Middle English, Latin, Gaelic, etc. Abstracts addressing the conference theme of Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts are especially welcome. By June 1, 2020, please submit an abstract of 200-300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Nathan Fleeson at [email protected].

 

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Film Studies

 

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French Studies

MAKING ART, BREAKING RULES: GENDER-BENDING, "GENRE-BENDING," BY FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE WOMEN WRITERS
WOMEN IN FRENCH

In French and Francophone societies, where men have historically dominated the arts, a woman daring to assert her own voice is already in itself an act of rebellion. On the one hand, by entering the literary and artistic landscape, women writers and artists transgress society’s expectations of their roles in the domestic sphere as only mothers, wives, and obedient daughters. On the other hand, by taking up the pen, women directly challenge artistic traditions dominated by men, or enter into forbidden territories. This panel will examine how French and Francophone women authors play with gender-bending and “genre-bending” in their works, in their lives, and in their critique of society and the artistic traditions they choose to write in or write back at. Among the questions one may ask are: How do women creators confront the “scandal” of their role as artists? How do they negotiate scandal and censorship? How do they bend or break the rules of the genres they take on? How do politics inform and influence their works and their identities as women authors? 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, 2020, along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements.

SCANDALOUS SILENCE: RECOVERING THE REBELLIOUS VOICES OF GISLE PINEAU’S OEUVRE
WOMEN IN FRENCH

For nearly three decades, Gisle Pineau’s writing project has spanned genres, using children’s stories, hybrid visual and narrative texts, fiction, and autofiction to address longstanding questions about Antillean women’s subjectivity, memory, racism in contemporary France, and the protean ramifications of the history of slavery. Despite the sustained and valuable scholarly interest in Pineau’s work, many of her texts have received surprisingly little critical attention. Indeed, Pineau has penned more than a dozen full-length works since the publication of her famous 1996 auto-fictional Exil selon Julia; yet, these texts have not garnered the scholarship they warrant. This panel therefore seeks to foreground lesser-known works by Pineau in the aim of generating a more comprehensive understanding of the richness of her writing career and the breadth of her inquiry into enduring issues of gender, race, history, and Antillean identity. Revised and expanded conference proceedings will be considered for a potential edited volume on Pineau. Please send 250-300 word abstracts in English or French to Lisa Connell and Delphine Gras at [email protected] and [email protected] by May 15, 2020.

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Gender & Sexuality Studies

 

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German Studies

 

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Hispanic Studies

 

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Interdisciplinary Studies

NEOLIBERALISM IN LITERATURE AND MEDIA STUDIES

Over the past seventy years, neoliberal thinkers have strategically reinvented classical liberal ideals in order to privilege a sense of personal freedom over the perceived overreach of government intervention. Once considered a fringe movement, neoliberalism has steadily become the central tenet of American life. It is now nearly impossible, for example, to imagine any mainstream voice espousing tax hikes or championing the sorts of policies enacted under Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. Promises of privatization today trump collective action in virtually every aspect of life. This epistemic shift can be felt far and wide, from politicians to postmodern theorists. Given the focus of the SAMLA conference in 2020, we have a special interest in papers that explore how neoliberalism breaks the rules, or how it creates new rules to be broken. The panel will investigate symptoms of/responses to this ideological shift, particularly in the areas of literature and media studies. Please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Michael Blouin, Milligan College, at [email protected] by no later than June 1, 2020.

 

THE SCANDAL OF ADAPTATION
ASSOCIATION OF ADAPTATION STUDIES

Taking its cue from Lawrence Venuti's work on the scandal of translation, the ways that translations of texts originally produced in other languages carry the power to affront the norms and assumptions of both source and target languages and cultures, this roundtable welcomes submissions on either particularly scandalous adaptations or the scandal of adaptation generally. Since most of the panel's time will be reserved for discussion, prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentations from 5 to 10 minutes long, along with a brief biography and any A/V requests, to Thomas Leitch, University of Delaware, at [email protected] by 25 May 2020.

 

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Italian Studies

 

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Luso-Portuguese Studies

 

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Other Languages & Literatures

 

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Pedagogy

 

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Rhetoric & Composition

 

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Slavic Studies

 

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