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AFS Seeks Paper Proposals for MLA 2018 Convention Session

Wednesday, February 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
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The AFS is an affiliated society of the Modern Language Association, the US-based international learned society for literature and language studies. As such, we have a team of official liaisons with MLA (Jim Deutsch, Smithsonian Institution; Shelley Ingram, University of Louisiana-Lafayette; and John Laudun, University of Louisiana-Lafayette), and we have the opportunity to program sessions at MLA's annual convention.

AFS@MLA (American Folklore Society @ Modern Language Association) is seeking paper proposals for a panel session at the 2018 MLA Convention, set for New York City on January 4–7, 2018. The session topic is “Destabilizing Folklore: Cultural Production in Moments of Insecurity.”

#States of Insecurity—the presidential theme of the 2018 MLA Convention—invites reflections upon how our intellectual, artistic, and pedagogical work in folklore may offer strategies for negotiating the political, economic, and ideological insecurities of our time. Folklore may reinforce beliefs and validate traditions, but it also has the power to destabilize our identities, narratives, communities, texts, disciplines, and more.

Please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) that explores this topic, along with a brief CV, to James Deutsch ( by March 15, 2017. Presenters must already be or become members of the Modern Language Association.

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