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MLA 2020: The 1970s and The Caribbean Panel

9-12th January 2020
Seattle, Washington

CFP Deadline: 15 March 2019

The presidential theme for the 2020 MLA Annual Convention is Being Human. MLA members are invited to reflect on the role of literature and language in defining the nature of the human in the face of what appears to be its diminishment and to provoke debates on the role of the humanities in a changing world. What has been the role of the creative imagination in marking out the social spaces of what we call humanity? How has literature been called upon to bear witness to both the possibility and limits of the human in the modern world? How has the human condition been thought and written about in diverse historical periods and geographic spaces? Can literature and its criticism continue to inspire the desire for human freedom in an age of intolerance? What is the role of a diverse community of writers and readers in the thinking of the world and our relation to it?

Rafe Dalleo and Sheri Harrison are seeking  presentations on the significance of the 1970s to cultural engagements with the Caribbean’s postcolonial history. Email your 300-word abstract and 1-page CV to Rafe Dalleo (prdalleo@gmail.com) and Sheri Harrison (harrisonsl@missouri.edu ) by March 15, 2019.

Above texts adapted from webpages.