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5/1/2018
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Where: Sheraton
Birmingham, Alabama 
United States

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Sheraton, Birmingham, AL
November 2-4, 2018

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SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 2–4, 2018 ◆ Sheraton Birmingham ◆ Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for activism—“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better”—still rings true today as activists and their allies continue to promote messages of social justice. Moreover, fighting from the margins as a decision to partake in civil discontent, as Chinua Achebe reminds us, is a personal call that often has an individual ethical significance: “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” Activists have traditionally utilized literary or artistic expressions as forms of resistance against unfair practices of the establishment, whether formal literary works (the novel or poetry of protest), concise written expressions of noncompliance (graffiti and political posters), or as musical demonstrations (songs of protest). For SAMLA 90, presenters are invited to examine ways in which high or low art forms draw from ideologies as an indispensable platform of communication to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements. Scholars may explore multidisciplinary angles: for example, the historical development of a formal literature of protest (including specific movements’ use or preference of certain literary genres) or a look at the transformations of modern forms of protest given modern technological advances, such as digital forms of media communication.

 

Proposals due May 1, 2018

Below you will find the SAMLA 90 CFPs cross-listed between their primary area of focus and SAMLA administrative category. Please submit abstracts directly to the appropriate chair.

SAMLA members may serve in multiple administrative roles (e.g. chair or secretary), but may present only one paper at an annual SAMLA conference. Members may participate in one roundtable discussion or seminar in addition to presenting a single traditional paper.

SAMLA members who wish to propose a Special Session may submit a Call For Papers/Special Session Proposal indicating their session title, chosen topic, and CFP language (as applicable). Chairs of Regular Sessions (those so designated by the Program Committee after the presentation of Special Sessions at three consecutive SAMLA Conferences) or Affiliated Groups may also submit CFPs using the same CFP form.

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
INTERDISCIPLINARY
ITALIAN STUDIES
LUSO-PORTUGUESE STUDIES
OTHER LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
PEDAGOGY
RHETORIC & COMPOSITION
SLAVIC STUDIES
SPANISH STUDIES
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AFFILIATED GROUP SESSIONS
REGULAR SESSIONS
SPECIAL SESSIONS


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