SSML sponsors sessions at the annual Midwest Modern Language Association and Modern Language Association conferences. Participation on SSML-sponsored panels is open to current SSML members with fully paid dues. To become a member, click here.
M/MLA November 14-17, 2019, Chicago
M/MLA theme: Doubles, Duality, Doppelgängers
SSML session title: Doubles, Duality, Doppelgängers in Midwestern Literature
Humor versus darkness? Simulacrum versus real? Originals versus copies? Binaries versus third space? This session will deal with masks, layers, and how Midwestern writers use and understand form and character. Are writers who live and write about the interior of America grappling with different issues or grappling with them in different ways than those who live on the coasts?
To submit a proposal, send a 250-word abstract and a short CV to Marilyn Atlas by Monday April 29, 2019.
MLA January 9-12, 2020, Seattle
MLA theme: Being Human
SSML session title: Being Human, Distinguishing the Simulacrum from the Real, Qualified Optimism, and Stoicism in Midwestern Literature
What does Midwestern literature (original? copy?) have to add to the conversation of what it means to be human? What is the role of the home, garden, city, or wide field?
To submit a proposal, send a 250-word abstract and a short CV to Marilyn Atlas by Monday March 25, 2019.