CFP: Association for Documentary Editing at MLA 2022 (Extended Deadline: 3.27.2021)

Association for Documentary Editing

Call for Papers: Editing Outside the Walls

Modern Language Association Convention 6 – 9 January 2022 Washington, D.C

New DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS: 27 March 2021

Scholarly editing has grown in scope and diversified into many fields of practice in recent years, including numerous intellectual projects in a variety of settings outside the traditional domains of documentary editing. These digital humanities projects and other publications have changed the scope and context of editorial practices, sometimes without access to established models and best practices in the field of documentary editing. Such projects range from those repurposing already-edited materials to those doing editorial work on previously unedited materials. We are interested in discussions of how documentary editing can assist in the rigorous presentation of textual materials across a broad range of projects.

At the same time, this seismic shift in terrains is altering the field of documentary editing itself. This panel examines how documentary/scholarly editing interacts with and overlaps with other disciplines and roles—particularly in projects for which the preparation of documents may only play one part among many.

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals from

  • Archivists
  • Biographers
  • Collectors
  • Curators
  • Digital Humanists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Exhibit-builders
  • Historians
  • Independent Scholars
  • Lawyers
  • Librarians
  • Linguists
  • Literary Scholars
  • Museums and other Cultural Institutions
  • Providers of texts in variable Accessible and Alternative Formats
  • Public Historians
  • Publishers in Print and Online
  • Special Collections
  • Translators
  • Web Designers

NEW Deadline: 27 March 2021.

Please send your one-page abstract and two-page CV as Word documents with full contact information to Carol DeBoer-Langworthy (, ADE’s Liaison to MLA. Inquiries to Carol or to Niklaus Wasmoen ( 

CFP: Late-19th and Early-20th Century American Forum at MLA 2022 (2 panels, 1 roundtable) Deadline: 3.22.2021

The Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American forum would like to invite SSAWW members to submit proposals for two panels and one roundtable we are sponsoring for the MLA 2022 Convention, to be held in Washington DC from January 6-9 2022. We have extended the deadline for all submissions to March 22. 

  1. Antifa before Fascism

Papers tracing genealogies of antifa to radical literary and print cultures of the first US Gilded Age. Work in non-English archives encouraged (by no means required). Send 300-word abstracts to Travis Foster ( 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021

2. Historicizing Critique 

We invite proposals for papers about US literary/print cultures and critique (genres, modes, objects) in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. Send 300-word abstract and a brief CV to by March 22. 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021

3. Roundtable: Novel Democracy 

What is the relationship between democracy and the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel? Please submit 250-word abstracts and brief CV to Claudia Stokes and Gordon Fraser at by March 22. 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021

CFP: Roundtable on Race, Religion, and Archives at MLA 2022 (Deadline EXTENDED: 3.22.2021)

2022 Convention of the Modern Language Association: Washington, D.C.

CFP: Roundtable on Race, Religion, and Archives [3/22 extended deadline]

We invite topics that explore the relationships between race, religion, and archives for an approved session of the Religion and Literature Forum of the MLA. We welcome interdisciplinary work at the intersections of critical race theory, religious studies, cultural geography, health humanities, women and gender studies, and more. Proposals could include but are not limited to the following broad themes:

·        Archival theory and praxis

·        Politics of recovery

·        Digital projects

·        Reparative histories

·        Problems of genre

·        New archival research

·        Potential and limitations of archives

·        Decolonization

·        Silences and resistance

·        Memory

·        Orality

Presentations are expected to be brief. The exact time limit depends on the final number of panelists. The goal is to have plenty of time for robust discussion. Please send 250 abstract and cv to by March 22.

CFP: Margaret Fuller Society Roundtable at MLA 2022 – Deadline: 3.20.2021

“Mattering in the 19th C and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair”

Roundtable organized by the Margaret Fuller Society

MLA 2022: Washington, DC, 6 to 9 January

Submission deadline: 20 March 2021

How do race, racism, and anti-racism operate among US transcendentalists? What alternative vocabularies and theoretical models have their Black contemporaries and later Black thinkers created? We invite proposals that challenge or reform the legacies of transcendentalism. Potential topics (others are welcome):

–     constructions of race

–     systemic racism

–     Black intellectual/aesthetic traditions

–     Black writers/speakers

–     epistemologies

–     gender(s)

–     queer/trans of color critiques

–     disidentification

–     intersectionality

–     conversation as method

–     languages

–     critiques and revisionist readings of “transcendentalism”

–     social institutions (labor, incarceration, education, politics)

–     reparations

Early-career scholars are encouraged to submit. Send 200-word abstracts to Jana Argersinger (

CFP: The Mark Twain Circle of America at MLA 2022 (Deadline: 3.1.2021)

The Mark Twain Circle of America is calling for proposals for the 2022 MLA, scheduled for January 6-9, in Washington, D.C.  

Session Title: “Not Your Granddaddy’s Mark Twain” 

Call: The Mark Twain Circle invites timely, innovative proposals from transdisciplinary approaches. We are interested in discussions that show how Mark Twain’s work reflects social constructions of human identities, intersections, and interactions such as (but not exclusive to) Queer, Non-human, Feminist, Trauma, Posthumanist, Eco-Critical, Colonial or Critical Race Studies.  Send 2-p proposals to Henry Wonham ( by 3/1/2021

CFP: Roundtable for NeMLA Virtual Conference (Deadline: 10.19.2020)

Call for Papers for NeMLA’s 2021 virtual conference from March 11-14

Northeast Modern Language Association Conference

3/11/21 – 3/14/21, Philadelphia, PA

This roundtable will explore manifestations of the grotesque in various forms and genres, from a range of periods, and from a range of critical approaches. These might include, but not be exclusive to, analyses informed by posthumanism, postmaterialism, postmillenniallism, or a similar critical lens. In an age when so much seems grotesque—from our art to our politics to our everyday lives—this session will provide not only new ways to think about literature informed by or exhibiting elements of the grotesque but also ways to conceptualize our current historical and cultural moment. Submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief c.v. by Oct. 19 to the NeMLA website:

For inquiries, contact Mary Balkun:

CFP: “Gender/Power/Twain” The Mark Twain Circle of America at MLA 2021 (EXTENDED Deadline: 3.23.2020)

Conference: MLA 2021 Panel CFP

Allied Organization: The Mark Twain Circle of America

Title:  “Gender/Power/Twain”

The year 2020 saw the centennials of both woman suffrage in the U.S. and the canonization of Joan of Arc in the Catholic world. In recognition of those events, the Mark Twain Circle solicits papers for a session on Mark Twain and political power, broadly defined as an individual’s ability to effectively participate in her or his governing structures. How did Twain see women fitting into the American political structure? How did he portray Joan’s relationship to the ruling structures in his Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte?   What were his own relationships to the various power structures that enmeshed him? And thinking broadly, how did he envision political power across time and place? We welcome proposals tackling these and similar topics for our 2021 MLA session in Toronto.

Proposals (300-500 words, please include a short cv) are due no later than March 23, 2020.  Please send to Susan K. Harris, address:   We are especially interested in proposals from emerging scholars and individuals from underrepresented groups. Graduate students selected to present may apply for the Louis Budd Travel Grant sponsored by the MTC.  Papers given at MTC sessions are often sought for development and publication in our journal Mark Twain Annual.

Calling Graduate Student Writers: “The Year in Conferences: MLA” (Deadline: 11.20.2019)

Calling graduate student writers for “The Year in Conferences: MLA”:

ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture is seeking participants to cover the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle this January for its annual “The Year in Conferences” feature.

The MLA team will cover panels of interest to ESQ‘s readers.  This project is an excellent opportunity for scholarly collaboration and professionalization. YiC has been recognized by scholars not just for its utility but also as a mentoring and networking tool. From the initial recruiting stages to panel selection and publication of the final piece, YiC creates a supportive, collaborative environment that encourages participants to do their best work.  Past YiC writers have found the experience very rewarding.

We seek a team of Ph.D. students working in nineteenth-century American literature.  If you are interested in participating, please send a C.V. and brief message describing your scholarly interests to LuElla D’Amico at by November 20, 2019. 

CFP: NeMLA “Ages and Stages: Women in the Academy Revisited” (Deadline 9.30.2019)

CFP for NeMLA Convention 2020 (March 5-8; Boston)

“Ages and Stages: Women in the Academy, Revisited”

Although much has changed in the academy in recent decades, many struggles related to gender and the “traditional notions” of the roles women fulfill and the roles men fulfill in the academy have remained strikingly rigid, to the detriment of individuals as well as to the collective institution. Women still bear a service burden disproportionate to that of their male colleagues. Women in the academy still struggle with childbearing and child rearing choices that men in the academy do not face in the same way. Women still face sexism and sexual harassment that their male counterparts escape. For women of color, the burdens are magnified. The roundtable “Stages and Ages: Challenges for Women in the Academy, Revisited” seeks to bring together women academics in a variety of stages and ages in their careers—from young women just beginning their careers and attempting to navigate their campus’s politics to women struggling to make decisions about beginning families and raising children while also honoring their scholarship and teaching agendas to mid-career women who find they have been too committed to university service to senior women faculty looking back at what should have or could have been or at how they managed to carve out a balance of satisfying professional and personal paths. The aim of the roundtable is to lend support to women at various stages of their careers and to provide participants in the session with tools to use in forging the paths of their own personal lives and careers. Ample discussion time will be provided, and roundtable speakers will be urged to speak rather than read their points. A first attempt at this roundtable occurred at the 2019 NeMLA Convention; hence, the addition of “Revisited” to the roundtable title. There is still much to discuss, and there are still many women of all ages to reach. 

Submission deadline is September 30. Visit to submit your proposal.

CFP: NeMLA Approaches to the Gaze in American Literature and Culture (Deadline: 9.30.2019)

“New Approaches to the Gaze in American Literature and Culture”

Since Laura Mulvey’s seminal essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,”appeared in 1975, explorations of and variations on gaze theory have continued to appear, addressing almost every possible angle of vision: the male gaze, the female gaze, the imperial gaze, the oppositional gaze, the tourist gaze, the raced gaze, and so on. It has proved to be a remarkably versatile way to think about power structures in literary and cultural productions, especially in terms of race and gender.  However, gaze theory has also had its detractors, particularly from those who argue that the gaze, as manifested in western literature and culture, is by its very nature white, male, and heteronormative. Can the gaze ever be female/black/queer? How does the “owner” of the gaze change its purpose and function? These are the kinds of questions that critics continue to ask. This proposed roundtable will invite scholars from a broad range of American literary and cultural studies to explore a variety of approaches to gaze theory. The emphasis will be on current debates around gaze theory, contemporary applications of gaze theory to American literature and culture across historical periods, and new theoretical formulations of the gaze. It will engage such questions as whether gaze theory remains a viable way to think about representations of acts of seeing and being seen in texts and images, how gaze theory can help us understand shifting power dynamics in society at large, and whether one can ever supplant the gaze. Abstract and brief c.v. due Sept. 30, 2019, at the NeMLA site: