The Modern Language Association of America, the world’s largest professional organization for scholars of literature and language, announces its first conference outside the United States and Canada, organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.
Europe remains a conspicuous part of the global public imagination and a haunting presence in literary and cultural studies across the globe, even as claims for its centrality continue to be challenged from a variety of political and theoretical perspectives. This conference brings together an international group of scholars and engages the paradigms in and through which they work. It seeks to develop ways of thinking that emerge from and address Europe’s evolving political, economic, historical, and philosophical role in a world of ever-shifting migrations, translations, and transformations.
The conference will feature several keynote talks and roundtables, as well as traditional sessions with three or four fifteen-minute papers, workshops with precirculated papers, and roundtable conversations based on five-minute presentations. We invite proposals for any of the above formats. Sessions will be ninety minutes long and include thirty minutes of discussion at the end.
The conference languages will be English, German, French, and Spanish, but papers can be delivered in any language if speakers arrange for written or oral translation within the time frame of the session.
Paper proposals should include the paper title, a 300-word abstract, the speaker’s institutional affiliation (if any), and a 1-page biography or CV.
Proposals for panels, workshops, and roundtables should contain the above items for each speaker, a brief description of the format (including an estimate of how many speakers will participate), and a rationale for the session’s topic(s) and format.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be received by 15 September 2015, and participants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 15 October 2015.