Category Archives: Call for Papers

MELUS Panels at ALA ’16 and MLA ’17

Call for Papers for Two MELUS panels for MLA 2017, January 5-8, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
Submission Deadline: March 27, 2016.

We invite colleagues to submit individual paper abstracts to the two following MELUS panels for the MLA (Modern Language Association) 2017 Convention on Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA:

1. “Ecocritical Engagements with American Multiethnic Literature”
This is a MELUS panel.
How do multiethnic literatures give shape to their narratives from an ecocritical perspective? How do ecocritical takes on multiethnic American literature inform our understanding of American literature writ large? Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Brief abstract and 1-page CV to Christopher González (Chris.Gonzalez@tamuc.edu) by Mar. 27, 2016.

2. “Multiethnic Voices in Graphic Medicine”
This is a MELUS panel.
How is graphic medicine informed by multiethnic literary approaches? How do such graphic narratives grapple simultaneously with illness and ethnicity? Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Brief abstract and 1-page CV to Christopher González (Chris.Gonzalez@tamuc.edu) by Mar. 27, 2016.

In your abstract, please include your full contact information: name, rank, email, institutional affiliation, which panel you submit your abstract to, and whether you request AV equipment. All panelists must be current members of MLA and MELUS in order for the abstracts to be accepted and to present in these two MELUS panels at the MLA 2017 convention. Thank you very much.

Call for Papers for 2 MELUS panels for ALA 2016,May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco, CA

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2016.

We invite individual paper abstracts for the two following MELUS panels for ALA (American Literature Association) 2016 conference on May 26-29, 2016, in San Francisco, CA:

  1. Race and Ethnicity in Graphic Narratives. How are the motifs, tropes, and themes of race and ethnicity narrated in one or more American multiethnic (African American, Asian American, Latino/a American, Jewish American, Italian American, Arab American, American Indian, etc.) graphic novels, comics, or sequential storytelling in general? Intersectional engagements with gender, class, sexuality and culture in graphic narratives are also welcome.
  1. Ethnofuturism in American Literature. How are conceptions and representations of race and ethnicity articulated in American speculative fiction? What do such examples of Ethnofuturism reveal about race and ethnicity in the United States? How have such authors as Ruth Ozeki, Sherman Alexie, Gerald Vizenor, Junot Díaz, Simon J. Ortiz, Karen Tei Yamashita, Toni Cade Bambara, Seth Graham Jones, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany and others helped shape Ethnofuturism in the United States?

Please submit your individual paper abstract of fewer than 250 words in Microsoft Word and a 1-page CV to Prof. Christopher González, MELUS Program Chair, at Chris.Gonzalez@tamuc.edu by Jan. 25, 2016. In your abstract please include your full contact information: your name, rank, institutional affiliation, email, the panel to which you are submitting, and whether you request AV equipment. Due to the high cost of AV equipment, we cannot guarantee that American Literature Association will honor all AV requests. All panelists must be current members of MELUS in order to present in these two MELUS panels in ALA 2016.

Call for Papers for Two MELUS Panels for MLA 2015 Convention on Jan. 8-11, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada

We invite colleagues to submit individual paper abstracts to the two following MELUS panels for the MLA (Modern Language Association) 2015 Convention on Jan. 8-11, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada:

1. “Social Class in American Multi-Ethnic Literature”
This is a MELUS panel.
How are social class stratifications, poverty, and the intersections between class, gender, ethnicity, race, and immigration in global, national, regional, and local contexts represented in American multi-ethnic literature? Brief abstract and 1-page CV to Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu) by Mar. 15, 2014.

2. “Multi-Ethnic Films: From Page to Screen”
This is a MELUS panel.
What is an American multi-ethnic film? What are its cinematic narratives, performances, artistry, the historical and cultural contexts, etc.? Comparisons between the film adaptations and the ethnic literary texts are welcome. Brief abstract and 1-page CV to Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu) by Mar. 15, 2014.

In your abstract, please include your full contact information: name, rank, email, institutional affiliation, which panel you submit your abstract to, and whether you request AV equipment. All panelists must be current members of MLA and MELUS in order for the abstracts to be accepted and to present in these two MELUS panels in MLA 2015 convention. Thank you very much.

MELUS Call for Papers for 2015 Special Issue

African American Print Cultures
Guest Editors Joycelyn Moody and Howard Rambsy II

In 2015, a special issue of MELUS will showcase under-studied aspects of black print culture studies or book history. We are seeking scholarship that addresses, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  • How are contemporary print matters—ranging from concerns such as the publication of new print editions of literary texts by emergent and historical US black writers to online and open access publishing as well as to the operations of the mainstream publishing industry—shaping our understanding of what African American literature is becoming?
  • To what ends might K-12 language arts teachers and literature professors utilize racialized or racially-charged paraphernalia, pamphlets, postcards, and other artifacts to best enhance the learning experiences of US students in African American literature courses?
  • How is digital humanities scholarship creating new, useful, or exciting opportunities for engagements with African American literary texts and artifacts?
  • How do new developments in print culture studies and book history unsettle questions about black authorships, black literacies and access to print productions, and formations of African American literature of the past, present, and future?
  • What’s so special about “special collections” of African American textual and material archives, such as current or historic town or regional maps; tax schedules; vital records; and extant records kept by black teachers, preachers, entrepreneurs, painters, printers, publishers, and magazine and newspaper editors?
  • Where do past and present black visual cultures—abolitionist logos, lost slave ads, broadsides, frontispiece portraits, daguerreotypes, cartoons, movie posters, mug shots, family portraits, celebrity photos, etc.—intersect with African American print cultures and book history?
  • What questions concerning African American book history and print culture studies should we be asking right now?
  • Where is black poetry in conversations about the production and dissemination of African American literature?

All essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words, including notes and works cited. Essays should be prepared according to the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript. Please also include a 250-word abstract with your submission. Essays under review at other journals or previously published in any form will not be considered for publication in MELUS. Please submit completed essays to Howard Rambsy II (hrambsy@siue.edu) by Dec. 15, 2013.