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Memphis 2007

Special Session Call for Papers

The following Special Sessions have been proposed, but not yet approved, for the 2007 SCMLA Convention to be held in Memphis, Tennessee, November 1-3.  The 2007 theme is Memphis "Currents."  Send papers or abstracts to the addresses below by the deadline dates listed.  Direct questions about these proposed sessions to the session organizers.  Complete panels, whether or not they are listed here, must be submitted on an SCMLA Special Session form by February 20, 2007.  Forms are available from the SCMLA office; scmla@ou.edu.  Proposals related to the convention theme are encouraged but not required.  All proposed sessions will be refereed by the Program Committee, and accepted proposals will be notified in March 2007.  Please note:  Detailed proposals with full descriptions of each paper are strongly encouraged. 

Special Session proposals need not be listed in the Call for papers in the Newsletter to be eligible for consideration, and you can still post a Call on our website: print out and return the Memphis Call Form from the website, or contact Piers Frazier at scmla@ou.edu for details. 

Creative Nonfiction is accepting nonfiction thematic essays that render an aspect of the 2007 conference theme: currents. We encourage widely imaginative engagement and seek inventive interpretation of the theme, which could be treated as a metaphor (for example: water, electricity, music) or a motif for the form of the essay itself (for example: thought currents). Email abstracts or complete essays, a bio and contact information by January 30, 2007 to MaryJo Mahoney, Dept. of English, Elmira Coll.; Email:

Currents across the Atlantic: Women’s Voices in Spain and the Colonies (1500-1750). We invite research examining women’s voices and the representation of women in early modern Spain and the colonies. We also encourage participants exploring these issues in other colonial settings. Abstracts required by February 15, 2007. Jeanne Gillespie and Monica Diaz, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, U of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Dr. # 5004, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001; Email: Jeanne.gillespie@usm.edu OR mdiaz9@utpa.edu

Film Critics and Film Criticism. Papers may deal with currents in movie criticism or treat individual critics and their specific works. All approaches, including cultural, historical or biographical, are welcome on the part of presenters. Abstracts required, 50-200 words by February 8, 2007. Kenneth T. Rivers, Dept. of English and Modern Languages, P.O. Box 10023, Lamar U, Beaumont, TX 77710; Email:lipprivers@yahoo.com

Paddling Against the Current: Recent Russian Literature and Film. Abstracts required by February 1, 2007. Heidi Karriker, Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, U of Oklahoma, 780 Van Vleet Oval, Rm 202, Norman, OK 73019-2032; Email: karriker@ou.edu

Rupert Brooke and the Dogs of War. The poetry and correspondance of Rupert Brooke is receiving new attention thanks to the recent publication of the Brooke-Strachey letters. It is time to review Brooke's reception then and now as war fever continues to tear countries apart. Abstracts required by February 1, 2007. George Klawitter, Department of English Literature, St. Edward's U, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704; Email: georgek@stewards.edu

Swimming Upstream: Mentoring in Academia. There is little research or anecdotal history about effective mentoring relationships in academia. This session invites academics to share mentoring experiences and strategies to aid colleagues entering the academic waters. Abstracts required by January 19, 2007. Judith Hebb, Dept. of Humanities and General Studies, Atlanta Christian Coll., 2605 Ben Hill Rd; Email: jhebb@acc.edu

The Early Republican Novel and Social Anxiety. Abstracts due by February 12, 2007. English Department, St. Mary's University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas 78228; Email: rpressman@stmarytx.edu

Women and Witches in Romance Literatures and Cinemas. This panel will include papers on women (and) witches in Spanish, Italian, French, or Portuguese literary works or films. Feminist and comparative approaches preferred but not required. Abstracts required, papers preferred by February 1, 2007. Diane E. Marting, Dept. of Modern Languages, U of Mississippi, Bondurant Hall E208, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848; Email: dmarting@olemiss.edu

Women Voices in Contemporary Latin American Literature. Papers dealing with prose and poetry by contemporary Latin American women writers. Abstracts due by February 1, 2007. Luciana Namorato, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana U, Ballantine Hall, 844 1020 E Kirkwood, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103; Email: lnamorat@indiana.edu





































































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