SCMLA 78th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
October 7-9, 2021
In Person and Virtual presentations will be accepted
Whitehall Hotel • 1700 Smith St. • Houston, TX 77002
Please join us for what promises to be an exceptionally lively, engaging conference with many opportunities for both networking and professional development.
South Central Modern Language Association rate:
$ 129.00 single/double plus tax
Please state you want the “South Central Modern Language Association rate” when making your reservations.
All conference participants must reserve their rooms with the Whitehall Hotel by September 22, 2021 in order to receive the conference rate.
We are hosting a hybrid conference in 2021 via ZOOM.
Submissions for 2021 Conference
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUBMIT PAPER/ABSTRACT TO REGULAR/ALLIED SESSION CHAIRS:
May 14, 2021
REGULAR/ALLIED SESSIONS that were previously submitted for 2020 will be carried forward to 2021
(FOR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS WHO WISH TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT TO ONE OF OUR EXISTING SESSIONS):
Regular and Allied Sessions are managed by a chair and secretary. The chair selects papers, checks with the Executive Office to ensure that participants are members of South Central MLA, organizes the session, coordinates the session with the South Central MLA Executive Office, introduces session and speakers, moderates the session and encourages discussion. The secretary collects signatures of session attendees, keeps a record of attendance, files the gathered information to the Executive Office, and substitutes for the chair when the situation requires. The South Central MLA prohibits chairs of Regular and Allied Sessions from delivering a paper in the session on which they serve; a chair may however present a paper on a different Regular Session or on a Special Session. Double submissions are not permitted. Each member may submit only one abstract for an academic paper to a single session each year and apply to present on only one creative writing panel. However, if an abstract cannot be accommodated in the session to which it was originally submitted but is deemed of good quality, the Chair will forward it to the Program Committee, which will try to find an alternative placement for the abstract. Alternately, the Chair may, with the consent of the submitter, contact other sessions that might be able to accommodate the abstract and ask if they have space.
Session Chairs who receive more than four good abstracts are encouraged to consider splitting their session into two panels. In most years, SCMLA has enough conference space to accommodate such requests.
Regular/Allied Sessions are created after a session chair selects the best papers or abstracts submitted through open competition. The list of Regular Session Chairs and their email addresses is listed at the top of this section, and will also be listed in the SCMLA Winter Newsletter. To see a list of the Regular and Allied Sessions that SCMLA offers, scroll down.
(FOR MEMBERS WHO WISH TO ORGANIZE A PANEL NOT REPRESENTED IN OUR REGULAR AND ALLIED SESSIONS)
Each member may propose only one Special Session per year. The organizer is responsible for recruiting two to four panelists (including the organizer, if he/she presents) and filling out the paperwork posted HERE. Organizers and presenters must be current South Central MLA members. For Special Sessions, chairs and organizers may also deliver papers in their own sessions. Special Sessions will be refereed by the South Central MLA Program Committee. Organizers are encouraged to include presenters of varying rank and university affiliations to diversify the session. Members may not deliver more than one paper at the conference.
To issue a Call for Papers, return the form to the SCMLA office beginning October 7, 2021 for posting in the Special Sessions Call for Papers section of the Winter 2021/2022 Newsletter. We will continue to post “Calls” on our website as they are received. The “Due Date” indicates the date by which you would like to receive abstracts or papers for consideration; please keep the final proposal deadline (February 28, 2022) in mind when choosing a due date. Please note you may also submit proposals by email to email@example.com.
ALLIED AND REGULAR SESSIONS FOR HOUSTON 2021
ASOCIACIÓN DE LITERATURA FEMENINA HISPÁNICA
CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE
THE EUDORA WELTY SOCIETY
FLANNERY O’CONNOR SOCIETY
INTERNATIONAL COURTLY LITERATURE SOCIETY
SOCIETY FOR CRITICAL EXCHANGE
SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICAN DIALECT SOCIETY
SOUTH CENTRAL COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION
WOMEN IN FRENCH
AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
AMERICAN LITERATURE I: LITERATURE BEFORE 1900
AMERICAN LITERATURE II: LITERATURE AFTER 1900
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND BIOGRAPHY
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND TEXTUAL CRITICISM
CREATIVE WRITING - CREATIVE NONFICTION
CREATIVE WRITING - POETRY
CREATIVE WRITING - SHORT STORY
EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
ENGLISH I: OLD AND MIDDLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
ENGLISH II: RENAISSANCE LITERATURE EXCLUDING DRAMA
ENGLISH III: RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
ENGLISH IV: NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
ENGLISH V: TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
ENGLISH VI: GENERAL LINGUISTICS
FILM 1: ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM
FILM 2: FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM
FILM 3: HISPANIC FILM
FILM 4: GLOBAL FILM (PAPERS MUST BE PRESENTED IN ENGLISH)
FRENCH I: LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE TO 1600
FRENCH II: LITERATURE, 1600–1800
FRENCH III: LITERATURE AFTER 1800
FRESHMAN ENGLISH AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION
GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
GENDER AND RACE IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY LITERATURE
GERMAN II: LITERATURE AND CULTURE FROM 1700 TO 1890
GERMAN III: LITERATURE AND CULTURE FROM 1890 TO PRESENT
GERMAN WOMEN WRITERS
HISPANIC LITERATURE WRITTEN IN THE UNITED STATES
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN THE HUMANITIES
ITALIAN STUDIES I: MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE
ITALIAN STUDIES II: OPEN TOPIC
ITALIAN STUDIES III: PEDAGOGY
LITERATURE AND POLITICS
LITERATURE AND PSYCHOLOGY
LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY
LUSO-AFRO-BRAZILIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
MIDDLE EASTERN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND METHODOLOGY
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE
SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
SLAVIC AND EASTERN EUROPEAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
SOUTHWESTERN AMERICAN LITERATURE
SPANISH I: PENINSULAR LITERATURE BEFORE 1700
SPANISH II: PENINSULAR LITERATURE 1700-1898
SPANISH III: 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY PENINSULAR LITERATURE
SPANISH IV: COLONIAL LITERATURE THROUGH MODERNISMO
SPANISH V: 20TH CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
SPANISH VI: 21ST CENTURY LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
SPANISH VII: LINGUISTICS
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
WAR, LITERATURE, & THE ARTS
WOMEN OF COLOR
WOMEN’S CAUCUS OF THE SCMLA
SCMLA Regular Session Guidelines
GUIDELINES FOR REGULAR/ALLIED SESSIONS
I. SESSION STAFFING AND MANAGEMENT
Sessions are managed by a chair and a secretary. The chair selects papers, ensures that participants are members of SCMLA, organizes the session, coordinates the session with SCMLA, introduces session and speakers, moderates the session, and encourages discussion. The chair must also observe SCMLA processes and deadlines on ordering equipment. The secretary collects signatures of session attendees, keeps a record of attendance, files the gathered information with the Executive Director of SCMLA and substitutes for the chair when the situation requires.
During the session the chair conducts a brief business meeting at which a new chair and secretary are elected.
Other matters may also be addressed. If speakers are candidates for office, the meeting might be scheduled after their presentations. The chair is ordinarily the secretary from the preceding year; however, if the secretary is not in attendance, he/she should not be a candidate unless his/her willingness to serve as chair for the following year has been ascertained prior to the business meeting. Session chairs may not deliver a paper in the session for which they serve (they may, of course, present on another panel). The session secretary may deliver a paper in the session for which he/she serves. Potential candidates for session chair and secretary should not agree to stand for election if they are unwilling to accept this condition and to carry out their responsibilities as officers, including attendance, at the following year’s session.
Sessions in which officers are drawn from the same small pool of people year after year tend to become stagnant; every effort should be made to keep session elections open and to encourage participation by new members.
II. CALL FOR PAPERS AND SESSION REPORT FORM
The Calls for Papers for Regular/Allied Sessions at the annual convention appear in the Winter Newsletter. Calls includes the names and institutional affiliations of the session officers, as well as the mailing address and E-mail address (or, alternatively, phone or fax number) of the session chair. The Newsletter announcement calls for 500 word abstracts or complete papers.
The information provided on the Post-Convention Session Report Form will be the basis for the annual convention Call. All current chairs and secretaries use this form to report activities and statistics of each session. These forms are to be completed online immediately after the panel concludes. The Session Reports and Attendance Forms (required for each panel) are vital to the continuation of all sessions. If they are not filled out completely and accurately, members will be unable to communicate with session chairs and secretaries.
If session members and/or chairs elected at the annual meeting wish to adopt a theme for the upcoming convention session, they may do so; themes reflecting the overall conference theme are encouraged, but not required. Chairs may also use the form included with the Post-Convention Report materials to submit a description of the session’s focus (maximum 30 words) for inclusion in the Newsletter. Session themes and/or calls for papers must be submitted to the SCMLA office by the deadline for inclusion in the Winter Newsletter. Calls for sessions that do not specify a theme and/or topic will be listed as “Open Topic.”
Session officers are encouraged to publicize their session through a separate mailing or through postings in appropriate venues, but the SCMLA cannot reimburse for expenses connected to publicity. Some members have been successful posting a Literary Call for Papers at CFP@english.upenn.edu. Full information on this is at http://www.english.upenn.edu/CFP/.
III. SUBMISSION OF PROGRAMS TO THE SCMLA OFFICE
The deadline for submission of papers or abstracts to the session chairs is listed in the Winter Newsletter and on the SCMLA website. Final Programs must be sent to the Executive Director by the deadline to be included in the Preliminary Schedule andthe Convention Program. All Panel participants must be SCMLA members by the time the panel line-up is submitted to the SCMLA office.
The format for the submission of programs should include the names, affiliations and addresses of the chair and secretary and the names, affiliations, addresses and paper titles of each presenter on the Final Program Form. A brief session business meeting (see I. above) should be indicated on the Final Program Form (i.e., “between 2nd and 3rd papers”). Every effort should be made to provide clean, correct copy, especially for foreign languages; indicate all necessary accent marks, italicizations for book titles, etc. (This info can be submitted by email also).
IV. DOUBLE PAPER SUBMISSIONS TO CHAIRS
SCMLA does not allow double submissions. Each member may submit only a single academic paper proposal each year. Members may submit one proposal to participate in a creative writing session in addition to a single academic paper proposal.
Chairs who receive more than four good abstracts for a session are encouraged to consider splitting their session into two or more panels. In most years, SCMLA has enough conference space to split sessions. Please contact the SCMLA office before splitting your panel. If splitting the session is not feasible, then the chair should send extra abstracts deemed of good quality to the SCMLA office. The office will try to find an alternative placement for quality abstracts that could not be accommodated in the session to which they were submitted. Alternately, chairs may, with the permission of the submitter, contact the chairs of sessions that might also be able to accommodate the abstract and ask if they have space.
Each year at the convention, a member may:
- Read one academic paper
- Present creative work (poetry, fiction..) in one additional session
- Chair an additional session
- Serve as secretary for a session
· Regular session chairs may read only in a session other than their own.
· Regular session secretaries may read in their own session or another session.
Chairs are responsible for informing all submitters of the status of their submissions, either selected or rejected. They must also verify that panel members have paid their membership dues and have not agreed to present on more sessions than is allowed.
V. SUBMISSIONS/CHANGES TO COMPLETED PANEL
Chairs must inform the SCMLA office immediately of changes to the Final Program as submitted. The SCMLA cannot guarantee that all changes will appear in the Convention Program. Papers of presenters who are absent should not be read in sessions unless some special circumstance prevented the panelist from attending.
VI. LENGTH AND CONTENT OF SESSIONS
All sessions run for 90 minutes. Chairs may not schedule more than four speakers in this limited time slot. The session should stay within the times and topics announced for the program. The SCMLA strongly encourages discussion at the conclusion of readings. Please leave time for such discussions and for the business meeting.
VII. PROGRAM SCHEDULE
A Preliminary Schedule of the Convention Program listing participants, paper titles, times, and locations will be available on the SCMLA website in August. Members requiring a print copy should contact the SCMLA offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the mailing address.
VIII. CONVENTION PROGRAM
Convention Programs will be distributed to registrants at the convention. Consult the Preliminary Schedule when making plane and hotel reservations.
IX. INVITED OR SOLICITED PAPERS:
Sessions are created after a session chair selects the best papers or abstracts submitted through open competition. Chairs may invite a particular individual to speak or set up a panel discussion as part of a session. If chairs wish judiciously to blend solicited and unsolicited papers, they should inform constituencies of this decision. In composing panels, chairs might consider the following an ideal mix: one widely-known and established scholar, one junior scholar or advanced graduate student, and one or two mid-level (associate) professors. All program chairs should be careful to avoid overloading one session with participants from a single institution.
X. CONTINUITY AND QUALITY OF SESSIONS
Members of the Executive Committee are alert to the content and conduct of sessions, especially those in the fields they represent, and are available for consultation by session officers and members. Questions regarding SCMLA program procedures may be addressed to the Program Committee Chair and the Executive Director. A session may be discontinued by the Executive Committee for low program quality, weak administration, low attendance, or related problems. Appeal of a decision to discontinue a session should be addressed to the Program Chair.
Joseph Dunn, Keynote Speaker
Independent Consultant of Laura: Louisiana’s Creole Heritage Site
Former Directeur exécutif of CODOFIL
(Council for the Development of French in Louisiana)
The Politics of Language
Joseph Dunn’s understanding of Louisiana’s distinct cultures, languages, and heritage has afforded him the opportunity to work at the highest levels of the state’s tourism and cultural industries. Before he began working as an independent cultural heritage tourism consultant in 2014, Joseph served as Executive Director of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). He has held positions at the Consulate General of France in New Orleans, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, Laura: A Creole Plantation, and the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Internationally, Joseph has twice worked as a product development and interpretation consultant with Parks Canada. While with the Lieutenant Governor’s office, he played a leading role in the early development of the World Cultural Economic Forum. Later, as executive director of CODOFIL, he led the renegotiation of Louisiana’s cultural and educational accords with the governments of France and Belgium.
Joseph is regularly invited to present in English and French at conferences, workshops, and political and economic trade missions in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. He is often featured in francophone print and broadcast media and documentaries as a leader in the French language movement in Louisiana. In 2018, he participated in the drafting of Louisiana’s official candidacy for observer status in the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and was a keynote speaker on Louisiana French identity at the Congrès Mondial Acadien in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2019.
Katherine Hoerth is the author of five poetry collections: Flare Stacks in Full Bloom (Texas Review Press, 2022, forthcoming), Borderland Mujeres (SFA University Press, 2021, forthcoming), The Lost Chronicles of Slue Foot Sue (Angelina River Press, 2018), Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots (Lamar University Literary Press, 2014), and The Garden Uprooted (Slough Press, 2012). She is the 2015 recipient of the Helen C. Smith Prize for the best book of poetry in Texas and the 2017 Langdon Review Writer in Residence. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines including Summerset Review, Valparaiso Review, and Southwestern American Literature. In 2017, Katherine joined the English and Modern Language department at Lamar University as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of Lamar University Literary Press. She is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and lives in Beaumont.
The poems, reviews, and essays of Carol Coffee Reposa have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, The Texas Observer, Southwestern American Literature, The Valparaiso Review, and other journals and anthologies. Author of five books of poetry—At the Border: Winter Lights, The Green Room, Facts of Life, Underground Musicians, and New and Selected Poems 2018—Reposa was a finalist in The Malahat Review Long Poem Contest (1988), winner of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Poetry Contest (1992), and winner of the San Antonio Public Library Arts & Letters Award (2015). She has also received four Pushcart Prize nominations in addition to three Fulbright-Hays Fellowships for study in Russia, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters and of the editorial staff at Voices de la Luna, she is the 2018 Texas Poet Laureate.
David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, is the recipient of an NEH Dante Fellowship to SUNY, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the Baskerville Publisher’s Prize. His first collection of poems, Editing Sky, was the winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and a 2000 Violet Crown Book Awards Special Citation. His following books, are Color of Mourning, Feathering Deep, Reaching For Longer Water (Texas Review Press/Texas A&M University Press Consortium), David M. Parsons New & Selected Poems (TCU Press), and Far Out: Poems of the 60’s (Wings Press, Co-edited with Wendy Barker). He was inducted into The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009 and is Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at Lone Star College-Montgomery and St. Thomas University. Parsons is married to award winning artist Nancy Dazey Parsons and has four grown children. He lives in Conroe, Texas, and has taught Creative Writing at Lone Star College Montgomery since 1992.
INVITATION TO EXHIBIT AND ADVERTISE
SOUTH CENTRAL MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION
78th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
We invite you to join us in Houston, Texas for our 78th annual conference. Be a part of this reinvigorated organization.
Who should exhibit at the South Central MLA conference?
Organizations interested in reaching college-level educators in language, literature, linguistics, and the humanities. Organizations such as:
- Suppliers of products or services for people studying and teaching language and literature
- Producers of information technologies for humanities scholarship and research, English and foreign language teaching, and writing labs
Who attends the South Central MLA conference?
Over 500 college-level educators and graduate students from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and abroad attend our annual conference. All have the potential to purchase or recommend to purchase your products and services.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with:
- College and university department chairs and division heads
- Teachers and scholars from our region, Canada and abroad
- Graduate students on their way to establishing their careers
If you are interested in exhibiting or advertising for the 2021 Conference, please contact the SCMLA office at SCMLA@ou.edu