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MLA 2012 Calls for Papers - the Digital, Technology, New Media

While browsing the list of calls for papers for the next MLA convention, I was struck by the number of panels that overtly request papers on the concepts, sites, modes of interaction, histories and possibilities of the digital age, including themes on virtuality, online communities, digital technologies and methodologies, pedagogy and technology, the Digital Humanities, New Media Studies, e-literature, the digital archive and more. While many other panels might accept a paper dealing with how their topic intersects with technology or digital media, the panels below are directly focused on these questions and concepts. Undoutedly there are other events (forums, conversations, workshops, panels) that deal with the digital, but these are the panels currently accepting papers for submission. 

See the MLA Call for Papers for more detailed information on the convention, as well as dozens of other panel proposals. 

There are *47 panels* listed below! If I missed any, let me know in the comments! And take note of the deadlines: many are coming up in the next 7-10 days.


American Association of Teachers of German

The Long Eighteenth Century in the 21st-Century Curriculum
We welcome innovative integrated approaches to teaching German culture (1600-1800), ways of infusing historical content into the curriculum, addressing multiple literacies; interdisciplinary approaches. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2011; Karin Anneliese Wurst ( and Karin Baumgartner (


Association for Business Communication

Teaching Business Writing
Contemporary business communication is shifting from traditional memos to technology based communication models. Papers about teaching effective electronic business writing/using these tools in the classroom are welcomed. 300 word abstract/CV by 10 March 2011; Mahli Xuan Mechenbier (


Association for Computers and the Humanities

Reconfiguring the Literary: Narratives, Methods, Theories
This roundtable will include projects that show how notions of the literary (narrative, method, and theory) can be fundamentally reconfigured by digital [con]texts. Please send 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2011; Tanya E. Clement (


Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

Pedagogy and Research in Technical Communication
Presentations that explore or report on New and Innovative Pedagogy in Technical Communication or New Research Directions in Technical Communication are sought. 250 word proposals by 28 February 2011; William Klein (


Children's Literature Association

E-Arming The Future?: The Expanding Influence Of Technology On Literature In Form And/Or Readership
Papers will address how authors, in works' content and form, employ modern technology to engage young readers. Abstracts by 15 March 2011; Thomas Crisp ( and Tammy Mielke (


International Brecht Society

Multi-mediated Brecht
This panel seeks papers on how Brecht used visual elements to transform productions into multimedia events and how his radio/media theory reveals possibilities and risks in the digital age. 200-word abstracts by 16 March 2011; Kristopher Imbrigotta ( and Henning Wrage (


Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Principles of Exclusion: The Future of the Nineteenth-Century Archive
How does exclusion shape the digital archive despite its emphasis on total access? Who decides what gets left out--and how? Abstracts (1-2 p.); cvs. by 10 March 2011; Lloyd Pratt (


Twentieth-Century American Literature

Criticism and Crisis
Specifically literary-critical effects of the crisis of the humanities/the university. How is 20th-century U.S. literary study responding methodologically to 21st-century challenges? How should it? 1-2 page abstracts and brief CVs. by 15 March 2011; William J. Maxwell (


English Literature Other Than British and American

New Media
political cartoons; online new media; performance art; implications for traditional notions of genre; etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2011; Faith Lois Smith (


The English Romantic Period

Romantic Number(s)
Counting/accounting; denomination; metrical numbers; cardinal/ordinal number; seriality; crowds; singularities; multitudes; populations; of being numerous, single, double, triple; digital and analog romanticisms; infinities, algorithms, differentials; romantic mathesis. 250-350 word proposals by 15 March 2011; Maureen N. McLane (


Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing 

Transnational Lives
How do life narratives, memoirs, and biographies travel between nations and languages? Any aspect of life writing and online representations of lives on this topic are welcome. Abstract by 15 March 2011; Julie Rak (


Inscription and Performance
Analysis of performances and the technologies within/ through which they are inscribed (manuscript, print, analog, digital, etc.); implications of electronic transmission for the dramatic repertoire. 1-page abstract and 1-page CV by 7 March 2011; Claire Sponsler (


Film and the Virtual
Papers exploring the topic of virtuality and film, including film's relationship to computer-based media, virtual worlds, digital vs. analog formats, possible worlds and virtual realities. 350-word abstracts by 1 March 2011; Homay King (


Of Kings Treasuries and the E-Protean Invasion: The Evolving Nature of Scholarly Research
Roundtable explores impact of emerging technologies on scholarly research and the traditional research library. 250 word abstract & cv by 15 March 2011; Jude V. Nixon (


Textual Remediation in the Digital Age
Roundtable on the future of textual scholarship and representation of the archive in the digital age. Editing, annotating, and visualizing the global digital library. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2011; Andrew Stauffer (


New Media Narratives and Old Prose Fiction
Theory and analysis of contrasts and convergences of new media fiction and traditional prose fiction, specifically as narrative forms. 250-word abstract plus CV summary by 15 March 2011; Amy J. Elias (


New Media, New Pedagogies
How does new media rethink (or offer new options for) teaching prose fiction, and/or how can prose fiction help us rethink teaching new media? 250-word abstract plus CV summary by 15 March 2011; Amy J. Elias (


Applied Linguistics

Technology and the Future of Language Teaching
Papers on new and creative ways technology can be integrated into the second language / literature classroom. Advantages, pitfalls, instructor attitudes. Abstracts: 150 words by 15 March 2011; Virginia M. Scott (


The History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition

Rhetorical Historiography and the Digital Humanities
We invite proposals that address the potential research intersections between rhetorical historiography and the digital humanities. Abstracts 500 words by 1 March 2011; Michael Bernard-Donals (


Teaching as a Profession 

Team-Teaching or Research with Faculty in STEM Disciplines
Innovation in teaching or research from collaborations between faculty in Modern Languages and fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Abstracts, no longer than 300-words. by 1 March 2011; Christine Henseler (


Jewish American Literature

Jewish American Literature in/and New Media
Jewish American literary experimentation in new and mixed media. How are innovative modes of storytelling reshaping Jewish American literature? 250-word abstracts requested. Abstracts by 15 March 2011; Monica Osborne (


Jewish Cultural Studies

Social Networks, Jewish Identity, and New Media
This panel explores how Jewish identity is shaped and circulated through new media. Historical perspectives on Jews, technology, and social networks also welcome. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2011; Jonathan S. Skolnik (


Law as Literature

Law and Corporeality in Literature
How does the law regulate the body/bodies in literature and other media? Papers considering gender, race, and ethnicity are especially encouraged. 300-word abstract and bio by 5 March 2011; April Miller (


Media and Literature

Digital Literary Studies: When Will It End?
Net enthusiasts were right. All literature has become digital. What does it mean then to point at a particular body of work as digital? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2011; David Golumbia (


Committee on Community Colleges

The Webs We Weave: Online Pedagogy in Community Colleges
Online instruction in literature, language, and writing. Teacher-student and student-student communication; course design; faculty workload issues; advantages and disadvantages for students. 250 word abstracts by 30 January 2011; Linda Weinhouse ( 


Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada

Representation in the Shadow of New Media Technologies
How do communities of color use new media to disclose self-representations outside traditional texts? Cyberactivism, indigenous media, avatars, blogs, wikis, social networks, sexsites, digital humanities. by 1 March 2011; Richard T. Rodriguez ( and Lan Dong (


Special sessions

Beyond Google Books: The Open Library and the HathiTrust Digital Library
How the Open Library and the HathiTrust Digital Library help us, and how we can help them. Details: Abstracts by 1 March 2011; Michael Hancher (


Contemporary Fiction and the Archive
Papers addressing the representation, production, organization, or performance of the archive in contemporary fiction. Transmedia and cross-cultural perspectives welcome. Abstract of 150 words and CV by 1 March 2011; Shannon T. Herbert (


Digital Humanities & Google Analytics
Does the advent of Google Analytics mean that we now have the means to measure the success of digital humanities resources? 250-word abstract and short CV by 1 March 2011; David O'Shaughnessy (


Digital Humanities and Hispanism - An Electronic Roundtable
Electronic round-table showcasing different ways digital media and tools inform teaching, scholarship, and collaboration within Hispanism. 250 word abstract including link to work, if avail by 15 March 2011; Kyra A. Kietrys (


Digital Humanities and the Record of Slavery
How can the theories, tools, and techniques of digital humanities scholarship illuminate the literary and/or archival record of Atlantic-world slavery? 250-word abstract and short CV by 1 March 2011; Lauren Klein (


Digital Humanities in the Italian Context
Applications of computing tools/techniques to the Italian literary canon; remapping of the traditional questions raised by the Digital Humanities from the Italian studies' perspective. 350 word abstract by 15 March 2011; Manuela Marchesini 


Digital Humanities v. New Media
How do "digital humanities" and "new media" relate? Do they complement or compete as academic memes and methods? Does one take text and the other the rest? Abstracts by 1 March 2011; Victoria E. Szabo (


Digital South, Digital Futures
Digital approaches to the U.S./Global South that embrace new tools, methods, audiences. Integration of scholarship, collaboration, and pedagogy welcome. Abstracts by 10 March 2011. Vince Brewton ( Multi-media presentations/papers by 10 March 2011; Vincent J. Brewton (


Electronic Roundtable Demonstrating Digital Pedagogy
Electronic demonstrations may include: assignments; issues of integrating digital tools; student results (success and failure); syllabus construction tips; portals for collecting digitally-focused syllabi. 300-word abstract by 1 March 2011; Katherine D. Harris (


Labor and New Media
How do new media affect representations of work, class, or labor? What new conceptions or recognitions of labor does new technology expose? 300-word abstracts and short cv's. by 15 March 2011; Alison Shonkwiler (


Old Books and New Tools: a roundtable
What do we gain from thinking about old books and new tools together? Key terms to explore include digital, materiality, developing, and past. abstracts, bio by 5 March 2011; Sarah Werner (


Reading Writing Interfaces: E-literature & the Interface-free
How does electronic literature create, respond to, or rework the interface? Papers may also explore the relationship between e-lit & the interface-free. 300-word abstracts & bio. by 15 March 2011; Lori A. Emerson (


Representing Digital Culture
How has contemporary literature represented and responded to recent advances in information technology, mobile communication, social networking, and digital media? Paper proposal (~300 words) and brief bio by 4 March 2011; Mark Bresnan (


Talking to Ourselves: the Immersive Rhetoric of the Matrix Series and "Inception"
Explorations of "perfect space" and "reality" and the critique of virtual escapes. See call on Penn CFP site. 250-300 word abstracts. by 1 March 2011; Keith Dorwick (


Critical Code Studies: Reading Digital Objects
Exploring and applying CCS to the reading of digital objects through specific examples of computer source code. Send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio. by 15 March 2011; Mark Marino (


Close Playing: Literary Methods and Videogame Studies
A roundtable discussion of specific approaches and close playings that explore the methodological contributions of literary studies toward videogame studies. 300-word abstract and 1-page bio by 15 March 2011; Mark Sample (


Literature Classrooms in the Cloud
Changes in curricular development, classroom environments, institutional politics, faculty labor, technology literacies, distance/blended pedagogies, open source content, new digital divides, theories and practices. 2 page abstracts, brief c.v. by 15 March 2011; Jennifer Travis (


Automating Love's Labors
Explores how texts of the modernist period, broadly conceived, stage the robotic and automatic as inquiries into the relations between modernity, labor, affect, and gender. 300-word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2011; Natalia Cecire ( and Scott Selisker (


Digital Humanities and Internet Research
This session explores how new digital tools can facilitate collecting data from the internet which will solve traditional limits faced by humanities scholars. Abstracts, 500 words. by 15 March 2011; Robin A. Reid (


Reconfiguring the Literary: Narratives, Methods, Theories
Allied Organization: Association for Computers and the Humanities
This roundtable will include projects that show how notions of the literary (narrative, method, and theory) can be fundamentally reconfigured by digital [con]texts. Please send 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2011; Tanya E. Clement (


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Thanks for the reminder! It looks like it's not too late to put out your own CFP, in case anyone wants to propose their own session... deadline's March 1.