“Border States,” MMLA 2016

Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2016

Dates: November 10-13, 2016

Location: St. Louis, MO

CFP Link

The Midwest Modern Language association invites proposals for the 2016 conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Papers are accepted on any topic, yet participants are welcome to consider this year’s conference theme: “Border States.”

“Border States” is inspired by the 2016 conference location in the historic and culturally rich city of St. Louis, Missouri—a site shaped by indigenous, French, Spanish, and U.S. contact and conquest; by efforts to maintain and topple the institution of slavery; by western expansion; by the Great Migration, white flight, and urban renewal; and by refugee resettlement. Today, St. Louis serves as a continued reminder of both stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation that continue to shape lives and inform literature. As a result, we encourage papers that tackle the issue of “Border States” in both literal and figurative senses. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

Borderlands and borders; migration and mobility; freedom and unfreedom; liminality and precarity; littoral zones; North and South, East and West; transnationalism and regionalism; settlement and unsettlement; trans- identities; refugees and asylum; urbanization and suburbanization; adolescence; states of exception; states of being and mind; performance and the fourth wall; interdisciplinarity; genre-crossing; intertextuality; translation; the specialist and generalist; states of the profession; states of the humanities; pedagogical practices in secondary and higher education; the digital divide; posthumanism; textuality in the digital age.

Proposals may be for special sessions or permanent sections of MMLA. Please see the CFPs available on the website:

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