MSA Modernist Studies Association 6th Annual Conference

 

Call for Seminar, Panel, and Roundtable Proposals :

Submissions are now closed


Deadline for Submission of Seminar Proposals: February 28, 2006
Deadline for Submission of Panel Proposals: May 9, 2006
Deadline for Submission of Roundtable Proposals: May 9, 2006


>> Click Here for a list of Panel and Roundtable Proposals <<


The 2006 meeting of the Modernist Studies Association will take place at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 19-22 October 2006.  Founded in 1999, the MSA is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the arts in their social, political, cultural, and intellectual contexts from the late nineteenth through the twentieth century.  The organization’s annual conference regularly brings together in excess of 500 scholars from a variety of disciplines and features an engaging mix of keynote addresses, small seminars, panel presentations, and roundtable discussions.  This year the event will be hosted by the University of Tulsa with generous financial support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the James Joyce Quarterly, the Modernist Journals Project, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

Although the organizers welcome seminar and panel proposals on any topic related to the organization’s focus, particular preference will be given to those which consider the ways in which visual, literary, cinematic, journalistic, personal, financial, musical, and other sorts of archives have begun to alter the structure and boundaries of aesthetic modernism.  Detailed information about the conference—including updated calls for proposals, housing arrangements, travel information, and details regarding subsidiary events--can be found on-line at http://www.utulsa.edu/jjq/msa8.  All email queries should be directed to the conference organizers at msa8 at utulsa.edu

Additional Conference Event: "What Are You Reading?"

Please note:

  • All who attend the MSA conference must be members of the organization with dues paid for 2006-2007. (MSA membership runs from October to September.)
  • Because we wish to involve as many people as possible as active participants, MSA does not permit multiple appearances on the program. That is, one cannot give papers in two sessions (Panels or Roundtables), or be both a seminar leader and a panelist or roundtable participant. However, panelists, roundtable participants, and plenary speakers who also wish to participate in a seminar or a "What Are You Reading?" session may certainly do so. And of course one may chair or moderate a session and also appear elsewhere on the program.
  • MSA rules do not allow panel or roundtable organizers to chair their own session if they are also speaking in the session. Organizers are encouraged to identify a moderator and include this information with their proposals; the MSA Program Committee is also able to help you secure another conference attendee's service as moderator.

    Thus, if you are a:

    Seminar Leader, you may not give a paper in a panel or roundtable; however, you may chair or moderate a roundtable or panel, and you may attend a "What Are You Reading?" session.

    Panel or Roundtable Chair/Moderator, you may not give a paper in the roundtable/panel you are chairing/moderating; however, you may give a paper in another roundtable/panel, and you may attend a seminar and a "What Are You Reading?" session.

    Panel or Roundtable Participant, you may not be a seminar leader, and you may not chair the panel/roundtable in which you are giving a paper; however, you may chair/moderate a different panel/roundtable, and you may participate in a seminar and a "What Are You Reading?" session.  

    Seminar Participant, you may give a paper in a panel/roundtable and attend a "What Are You Reading?" session.  You may also chair/moderate a panel/roundtable in which you are not giving a paper.  




CALL FOR SEMINAR PROPOSALS

Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Leading a Seminar (Information for Seminar Leaders)

Seminars are one the most significant features of the MSA conference. Participants write brief "position papers" (5-7 pages) that are read and circulated prior to the conference. With no more than 15 participants, seminars generate lively exchange and sometimes produce networks of scholars who continue to work together beyond the conference. The format also allows most 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.

Please note that this is the call for seminar leaders. Sign-ups for seminar participants will take place on a first-come, first-served basis starting in mid-March, 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. To scan past seminar topics, go to the Conference Archives 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.

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


Submit proposals by Tuesday, February 28, 2006 to:


msa8seminars at utulsa.edu

Seminars will be selected mid-March 2006.


Leading a Seminar (Information for Seminar Leaders)




CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS

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Deadline: Tuesday, May 9, 2006


There are no limits on topics, but please bear in mind these guidelines:

* We encourage interdisciplinary panels and discourage panels on single authors.

* In order to encourage discussion, we prefer 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 degreed 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

Send proposals by Tuesday, May 9, 2006 to:

msa8panels at utulsa.edu

Panels will be selected mid-June.




CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS

Click Here for a list of Panel and Roundtable Proposals

Deadline: Tuesday, May 9, 2006

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 typically deliver short position statements in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer, or they 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.

Other MSA roundtable policies:

* 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 degreed 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: 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

Send proposals by Tuesday, May 9, 2006 to:

msa8roundtables at utulsa.edu

Roundtables will be selected mid-June.


 


For all inquiries, contact: msa8 at utulsa.edu

Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the James Joyce Quarterly, the
Modernist Journals Project
, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and the
Departments of English and Foreign Languages.

Organized by Sean Latham, Holly Laird, Joseph Kestner, and Bruce Dean Willis.

Image credit: The Chauffeur by Christopher Nevinson (courtesy of the Modernist Journals Project)


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