A regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association (MLA), NeMLA provides a forum for the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages and literatures. Every year, the NeMLA Convention affords NeMLA’s principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange. This four-day long event showcases different areas of inquiry and includes regular panels, roundtables, seminars, interactive workshops, special events, caucus meetings, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers. Building on a rich tradition of excellence, the University at Buffalo supports the mission of NeMLA by serving as its institutional and administrative host. In addition, each NeMLA Annual Convention is sponsored by a local host institution. The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention will take place April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA; it will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.
Call for Papers:
The notion of “community” sometimes centers unquestioningly on whatever it is shared by a given group of people without pausing to study the emergence of the uncommon, the disparate or the disjointed among its members. Thus, certain practices underlying distinctiveness, differentiation, and separation are manifested in ways that may become as equally meaningful to them as their common language, cultural, political, religious, material, and any other structures, values, and characteristics representing them and their community.
The session seeks to bring together submissions that examine how language, real and imagined spaces, and mobility contribute to the formation of “uncommon communities," and how these are represented and expressed individually and communally in language use, works of fiction, popular culture, and ethnography. Papers that examine the significance of the various usages of language, space and mobility, and their crisscrossing in influencing the “uncommon community” from more than one perspective such as sociolinguistics, literary theory, cultural geography, discourse analysis, and other related disciplines will be considered for inclusion in the panel.
Please submit a 300-word abstract to Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino through the NeMLA website by September 30, 2017.