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Proposed MLA 2021 Just-In-Time Session: The Limits of Academic Freedom at Religious Colleges and Universities (MLA 2021)

Event: MLA 2021
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, British, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2021-01-07 to 2021-01-10 Abstract Due: 2020-09-18

This roundtable invites reflections on the tensions and limits of teaching and studying literature at religious colleges and universities. Do institutional commitments, positions, and documents (conduct oaths, pledges, church constitutions, and doctrinal statements) as well as campus cultures, constituencies, and attitudes implicitly and explicitly limit what can be taught and published? How have scholars navigated, resisted, and adapted to these limits?

Per Just-In-Time Session guidelines, accepted panelists must be MLA members by Sept. 22. 

Please note that MLA 2021 will be a virtual convention that takes place online (https://www.mla.org/Convention/MLA-2021).

Please send a 200-word abstract and CV by Friday, 18 September, 2020 to Jack Dudley (dudley@msmary.edu) and Dave Wehner (wehner@msmary.edu)


Jack Dudley