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Age Studies

Performing the Aging Memory
The Age Studies Discussion Group will propose a special session that addresses the intersection of ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Anglo-Irish Literature

Placing Ireland
This panel concerns the various means by which the site of Irish culture is or has been "placed", ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Arthurian Literature

Disability and the Arthurian World
This panel will explore diverse approaches to disability and modes of embodiment, including ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 4 March 2014

Bibliography and Textual Studies

Bibliography for the twenty-first century
Seeking discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics. More ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Textual Assemblage: Readers, Re-Mixing, and the Re-Construction of Books
We invite papers on all aspects of readers’ re-construction and assemblage of texts and images, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Canadian Literature in English

Coastal Canada
Papers on Canada’s coasts as/through: bioregions, shipping terminals, ports of entry/departure, ... See more
Posted 6 November 2013

Visual Cultures and Young People’s Texts in Canada
Exploring visual culture produced by, for, and about young people in Canada, including comics, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Catalan Language and Literature

Catalan Literature in Translation and European Integration
Translations from Catalan into other (mostly into East European) languages and the model of Catalan ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Negotiating Sites of Memory
How are Catalan sites of memory negotiated in different formats: literature, history, film, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Celtic Carry-Ons: Packing Power and Prestige
20 minute papers sought addressing the longevity and transportability of Celtic cultures. How did ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Comics and Graphic Narratives

Comics and Memory
We invite all approaches to this topic, from graphic memoirs as personal archives to long-running ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Immigration and Comics
This panel examines how comics from around the world were shaped by the immigrant story, and how ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Comparative Romance Linguistics

Selected Topics in Romance Linguistics
We welcome papers exploring any area of Romance Linguistics (theoretical or applied). Abstracts in ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Cultural Production

Aging and (Un)sustainability
Papers on texts or practices related to the themes of aging, continuity, deaths real or imaginary, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Folklore and Literature

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"
Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

General Linguistics

New Approaches to Vernacular Languages in the US
This panel seeks new approaches to the contemporary or historical presence of vernacular languages ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Germanic Philology

The Matter of What Words: Studies in Germanic Linguistics
Papers addressing any aspect of Germanic Linguistics and Philology. 250 word abstract by 14 March ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

Hebrew Literature

Jewish Sites of Memory
Joint session of Hebrew Yiddish discussion groups; Monuments and memorials, ruins, remnants and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Plurality and Multiplicity in Hebrew Literature and Culture
The intersection of plural languages, identities, political positions and literary styles in the ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Hungarian Literature

(Neo)Stoicism in Hungarian Literature and Politics
We welcome papers on the influence of classical Stoicism and Neostoicism (Lipsius) in Hungary 16th ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Rethinking Theater History in Eastern Europe
We seek papers offering innovative methods and revisions of the theater history of socialism in ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Italian American Literature

Diasporic Others: Italian Canadian Literature in Context
Considerations of literary works by Italian Canadians, other ethnic Canadians, others from the ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Jewish American Literature

Jewish American Postmemory
Considers “postmemory”: Hirsch’s articulation of what remains after memory, and the process of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Jewish Atlantic
Papers offering a view of the Jewish Atlantic diaspora and the circulation of books, ideas, and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Jewish Cultural Studies

Co-territorialism and Historical Memory
Jews and other histories: analysis of multiply-occupied spaces and temporalities; same places, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

Jewish Geographies/Jewish Space(s)
Geographies of Jewishness. Relationships between identity and space. How do Jews produce space, how ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

Law as Literature

Law, Modernism and Copyright
Papers on intersections and intertextuality between modernism(s) and copyright law, including ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Spatial Turn in Law and Literature
Papers on spatial turn in law & literature; borders, sites of (il)legality, jurisdictional ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Sexualities, Legislation, and Memory
How are global victories and legal challenges to LGBT rights shaping autobiography, film, ... See more
Posted , last updated 25 February 2014

Lexicography

Teaching with the OED: A Roundtable
Teaching students to use the Oxford English Dictionary; descriptions of successful assignments; ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures

Bibliography for the twenty-first century
We invite discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory
How do libraries and archives function as sites for preserving and constructing public memory? For ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

Literature of the United States in Languages Other Than English

Theoretical/Pedagogical Approaches to Multiethnic/Multilingual Mass Media and Social Media
Approaches to Multiethnic/Multilingual Mass Media and Social Media. Time period and genre open; ... See more
Posted 5 January 2014

Lusophone Literatures and Cultures outside Portugal and Brazil

Heroes
Reflections on literary, cinematic and media representations of heroes. How has the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Media and Literature

Literature in Weird Media
This panel explores theoretical implications and analytical challenges of literary works in 'weird' ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies

Elena Poniatowska: Five Decades of Critical Inquiry
Poniatowska’s corpus has inspired innovations in theory and criticism, including approaches to ... See more
Posted 24 January 2014

Mexican Narratives Across Borders and Ethnicities
Narratives on the U.S.-Mexico Border: questions of ethnicity and its intersections with nationality ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

NAFTA, Neoliberalism, and 21st-Century Mexican Narratives. A Roundtable
Position papers on how Mexico is imagined and narrated after two decades of NAFTA's implementation. ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014

Netherlandic Language and Literature

Place and Memory in Dutch Language, Literature and Culture
Papers on any topic in Dutch language. literature, or culture; those that address the session title ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Old Norse Language and Literature

Old Norse Myth, Folklore, and Religion
Papers may address any aspect of Old Norse myth, folklore, or religion from a literary, cultural, ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

William Morris and the North
The William Morris Society and the Old Norse Discussion Group seek papers on William Morris and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Opera as a Literary and Dramatic Form

Brecht, Music, and Opera
Brecht’s influence on modern opera, epic opera in the broader context of modernist opera, his ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Opera in the 21st Century
Operas written since 2000, 21st-century productions of older repertoire, interface of digital and ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Present-Day English Language

Professional Tensions in Present-Day English
We invite papers on professional tensions in present-day English between standard/non-standard ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Provençal Language and Literature

Troubadour Poetry : Lieux de mémoire
How do troubadour poets negotiate memory? How does troubadour poetry function as a site of memory ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Puerto Rican Literature and Culture

New Trends in Puerto Rican Literature
This panel will examine the trends and artistic and political sensibilities that have defined ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Romance Literary Relations

Romance Literatures and Photography
This panel looks into how romance literatures use photography as an aesthetic or narrative device, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Romanian Studies

Catalan Literature in Translation and European Integration
This collaborative panel investigates translations from Catalan literature into East European ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Transnational Representations of Gender in Recent East European Literature and Film
Changes in gender representations in postcommunist East European literature and film in a ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Scandinavian Languages and Literatures

Memory
To commemorate the anniversary of WWI, the Second Schleswig War, and the Napoleonic wars, this ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature

From Siberia to the Planet Mars
Papers should analyze science fiction narratives produced in Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, in ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Concept of Culture
How has sci-fi/fantasy explored (humanist and anthropological) concepts of "culture" and form? How ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014, last updated 18 February 2014

Scottish Literature

Scaling Romanticism: Local to Global, Abstract to Concrete
What are the scales of Anglo-Scottish/ British Romanticism? Between local/ global, molar/ ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Scottish Literature: Into the Great Unknowns
This main session will explore "off the beaten track" aspects of Scottish literature. We invite ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Sephardic Studies

La Mueva Jenerasion: Contemporary Sephardic Production
Seeking proposals that explore the use of Judeo-Spanish in literary or cinematic expression ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Slavic Literatures and Cultures

Degeneration in Russia
This panel will consider the impact and legacies of the notions of degeneration and degeneracy that ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Rethinking Theater History in Eastern Europe
We seek papers offering innovative methods and revisions of the theater history of socialism in ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Southern Literature

The Graphic South
A panel on visualizing the U.S. South through graphic forms of representation. Papers on texts in ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Region and its (Dis)Contents
Participants sought for roundtable discussion assessing the meaning, value and/or limitations of ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Translation

Bilingual Authors and Literary Self-Translation
Papers on self-translation, the challenges bilingual authors face when translating their own work, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Translating Old English Poetry
Poets’ Poetry: In memory of Seamus Heaney. Aspects of poets’ translations of OE poetry, into any ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Travel Literature

Around the World in Eighty Clicks: Travel and New Technologies
How have new technologies – the internet, planes, trains and automobiles influenced the experience ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

The Two-Year College

Writing in Context: Content Based First Year Composition
First year composition is usually a standalone course; however, some colleges link composition to ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

West Asian Languages and Literatures

Communism and Translation: West Asian Contexts
Panel on translation of communist concepts and practices across West Asia(s); possible topics: ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014

Yiddish Literature

Contemporary Yiddish: Literature, Theatre, and Film
Reports of the death of Yiddish have been greatly exaggerated. This panel explores Yiddish-language ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

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