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When: Nov 2-4, 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.

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