sussexMSA 15: Sussex

Everydayness and the Event
QueenMaryAugust 29-September 1, 2013

| Seminars | Panels | Roundtables | Poster Sessions |

PROPOSAL DEADLINES: 
Seminar Proposals, February 15, 2013 
Panel Proposals, March 15, 2013 
Round Table Proposals, March 15, 2013 
Poster/Exhibition Proposals, March 15, 2013 
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New: Post your own CFP for Panels, Roundtables, and Exhibitions

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 
MSA 15, “Everydayness & the Event” 
August 29-September 1, 2013 
Brighton, UK 

The organizers invite proposals for panels, roundtables and seminars for inclusion in the fifteenth annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association, to be held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, August 29-September 1, 2013. We welcome proposals on any topics related to modernist studies broadly conceived, and would like to particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals and participants from outside the UK. We are keen to receive proposals relating to the conference theme, especially for roundtables and seminars, but the criteria for selection will be the overall quality of the proposal rather than relevance to the theme. 

All those who attend the MSA conference must be members of the organization with dues paid for 2013-14 (MSA membership runs from July 1 until June 30 each year.) For information on MSA, please check the website, msa.press.jhu.edu.

Participation
Because we wish to involve as many people as possible as active participants, the MSA limits multiple appearances on the program. Thus, you may participate once, but only once, in each of the following categories:

• Seminar, either as leader or as presenter
• Panel or roundtable, as participant (you may also chair a different panel or roundtable)
• “What Are You Reading?” session

You may lead a seminar, present a paper on a panel, and participate in a “What Are You Reading” session, but you may not present two papers. MSA rules do not allow panel or roundtable organizers to chair their own session if they are also speaking in the session. The session chair must be someone who is otherwise not participating in the session. Panel organizers are encouraged to identify a moderator and include this information with their proposals; the MSA Program Committee can also ask another conference attendee to serve as a moderator.



CALL FOR SEMINAR PROPOSALS 

Deadline: February 15, 2013 

Seminars are among the most significant features of the MSA conference. Participants write brief “position papers” (5-7 pages) that are circulated and read prior to the conference. Because their size is limited to 15 participants, seminars generate lively exchange and often facilitate future collaborations. The format also allows a larger number of conference attendees to seek financial support from their institutions as they educate themselves and their colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. Seminars are two hours in length. Because seminars led solely by graduate students are not likely to be accepted, we encourage interested graduate students to invite a faculty member to lead the seminar with them. 

Please note that this is the call for seminar leaders. Sign-up for seminar participants will take place on a first-come, first-served basis coinciding with registration for the conference. 

Seminar Topics: There are no limits on topics, but past experience has shown that the more clearly defined the topic and the more guidance provided by the leader, the more productive the discussion. “Clearly defined” should not be confused with “narrow,” as extremely narrow seminar topics tend to exclude many potential applicants. To scan past seminar topics, go to the Conference Archives http://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/archive.html on the MSA website, click the link to a prior conference, and then click on “Conference Schedule” or “Conference Program.” You'll find seminars listed along with panels and other events. Topics related to the conference theme are especially welcome and might include, for example, modernism and food, modernism and aging, or modernism and boredom. Seminar leaders might also consider proposing a topic based around Mass Observation or any of the specific events of modernism. 

Proposing a Seminar: Seminar proposals must be submitted via email and must include the following information. Please assist us by sending this information in exactly the order given here: 

* Use as a subject line: SEMINAR PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF SEMINAR LEADER] (e.g., SEMINAR PROPOSAL / GORMAN)
* List the seminar leader's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
* Provide a brief curriculum vitae (including teaching experience) for the seminar leader
* Give a brief description (up to 100 words) of the proposed topic 

Note on AV provision: All rooms will contain a web-linked computer, a screen and a data projector. Participants are encouraged to bring presentations on memory sticks to avoid compatibility problems. 

Submit proposals by February 15, 2013 to: msabrighton@gmail.com 


CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS 

Deadline: March 15, 2013 

Successful proposals will introduce topics that promise to expand research and debate on a topic, and will present a clear rationale for the papers’ collective goal. Panel proposals which engage with a recent contentious or exciting new book or with a theoretical intervention into the field are encouraged. Topics are not limited to the theme “Everydayness and the Event.” Please bear in mind these guidelines: 

* We encourage interdisciplinary panels and discourage panels on single authors.
* In order to encourage discussion, preference will be given to panels with three participants, though panels of four will be considered.
* Panels composed entirely of participants from a single department at a single institution are not likely to be accepted.
* Graduate students are welcome as panelists. However, panels composed entirely of graduate students are less likely to be accepted than panels that include postdoctoral presenters together with graduate students. 

Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include the following information. Please assist us by sending this information in exactly the order given here:

* Use as a subject line: PANEL PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF PANEL ORGANIZER] (e.g., PANEL PROPOSAL / GORMAN)
* Session title
* Session organizer's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
* Chair's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information (if you do not identify a chair, we will locate one for you)
* Panelists' names, paper titles, institutional affiliations, disciplines, positions or titles, and contact information
* A maximum 500-word abstract of the panel as a whole * Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of each panelist 

Note on AV provision: All rooms will contain a web-linked computer, a screen and a data projector. Participants are asked to bring presentations on memory sticks to avoid compatibility problems. 

Submit proposals by March 15, 2013 to: msabrighton@gmail.com


CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS 

Deadline: March 15, 2013 

All topics will be considered for roundtables, but we are especially keen to encourage proposals which develop the theme of the conference. Unlike panels, which generally feature a sequence of 15-20 minute talks followed by discussion, roundtables gather a group of participants around a shared concern in order to generate discussion among the roundtable participants and with the audience. To this end, instead of delivering full-length papers, participants are asked to deliver short position statements in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer, or to take turns responding to prompts from the moderator. The bulk of the session should be devoted to discussion. No paper titles are listed in the program, only the names of participants. Please bear in mind these guidelines: 

* Roundtables may feature as many as 6 speakers.
* We particularly welcome roundtables featuring participants from multiple disciplines, and we discourage roundtables on single authors.
* Panels composed entirely of participants from a single department at a single institution are not likely to be accepted.
* Graduate students are welcome as speakers. However, roundtables composed entirely of graduate students are less likely to be accepted than roundtables that include postdoctoral presenters together with graduate students. 

Proposals for roundtables must be submitted via email and must include the following information. Please assist us by sending this information in exactly the order given here:

* Use as a subject line: ROUNDTABLE PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF ROUNDTABLE ORGANIZER] (e.g., ROUNDTABLE PROPOSAL / GORMAN) 
* Session title
* Session organizer's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
* Moderator's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information (if you do not identify a moderator, we will locate one for you)
* Speakers' names, institutional affiliations, disciplines, positions or titles, mailing addresses, phones, faxes, and e-mail addresses
* A maximum 500-word rationale for the roundtable
* Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of each speaker 

Note on AV provision: All rooms will contain a web-linked computer, a screen and a data projector. Participants are asked to bring presentations on memory sticks to avoid compatibility problems. 

Submit proposals by March 15, 2013 to: msabrighton@gmail.com

 


CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS 

Deadline: March 15, 2013 

The MSA recognizes that some varieties of endeavour in modernist studies do not lend themselves to exposition in seminars, panels, or roundtables. If you have work you would like to share at the conference that would be better conveyed through a poster, demonstration, or some other format, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Victoria Rosner, at vpr4@columbia.edu as soon as possible and no later than March 15, 2013.