I am writing to let you know about the 85th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) and to see if the Western Literature Association would like to join us by offering an affiliate session in our program. This year, our conference will be held November 8-10 at the Marriott Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Our special focus is “Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds,” and among the special events at this conference will be a plenary address by Katherine Hayles (Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at Duke University) as well as a six highlighted panels with eminent scholars in literature and language studies who are actively engaged in various facets of digital humanities. The attached poster gives more information about these attractions.

Dr. Hayles teaches and writes on the relations between literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries and on the effect of various modes of communication on the philosophy of human subjectivity.  Her works, including How We Became Posthuman: Vitual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and InformaticsElectronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary; and How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, have received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship, and two Presidential Research Fellowships from the University of California. Her current project, Making, Critique: A New Paradigm for the Humanities, proposes a new intellectual model for the humanities, which she calls Comparative Media Studies and which is located in the twin activities of making objects and of critique.

If you or someone else in the organization would like to propose a session for this conference, please complete the attached call for papers form and return it to the SAMLA office (samla@gsu.edu). Keep in mind that while we invite proposals related to the special focus, we welcome proposals addressing other topics related to English and language studies. You can either submit a complete panel or a call for papers which we would upload to the SAMLA website. The deadline for submitting full session details to the SAMLA office is June 28, 2013.

[Please Note: If you are a WLA member interested in putting together a session, please let Richard Hutson know (rhutson@berkeley.edu) as you will be representing the WLA.]

Thanks for your consideration of this request.


Renée Schatteman
SAMLA Executive Director, Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, schatteman@gsu.edu, 404-557-3330


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