Call for Papers: Occitan literature at the MLA (January 2017, deadline for proposals 20 March 2016)

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1. Boundary Conditions and Troubadour Texts
What boundary conditions define troubadour texts? How do politics, genre, dialect/language, and country of origin determine critical approaches to the troubadours? Do scholars read Italian and Catalan troubadours the same way as Occitan ones? How do manuscript transmission and nationality define the field?
The MLA Occitan Language, Literature, and Culture Forum is calling for abstracts (250 words or less) for 15-20 minute papers that examine the troubadours within the context of the 2017 Presidential Theme: Boundary Conditions:
Please send abstracts or enquiries to Courtney Wells ( by March 20, 2016.
2. Sound(s) of French and Occitan Lyric
Music, sound, noise, silence; performed lyric–historical/ represented, actual/imagined; sonorities evoked by lyrics –human, avian, animal, inanimate–or by manuscript contexts; lyric silences/silencing lyric.
The MLA Medieval French and Occitan LLC Forums are calling for abstracts (250 words or less) for a joint session of 5 speakers
Please send abstracts of 250 words or less to Sarah Kay at
Additional enquiries may be sent to or
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Kwame Anthony Appiah, the 2017 MLA president, has chosen Boundary Conditions as the presidential theme for the 2017 convention, which will be held in Philadelphia. Boundary conditions are, for mathematicians, the parameters that define the space in which one seeks solutions. So the theme offers, first, an invitation to reflect together on the parameters that determine our work. Our boundary conditions are sometimes spatial, sometimes identitarian, sometimes disciplinary and subdisciplinary, and boundaries themselves are sites of artistic production and of scholarship. As students of language and literature increasingly cross national boundaries, physically and virtually, we face new questions about composition and critical analysis, second-language pedagogy, translation, and the ideas of global literature and transnational cultural studies. How do our new boundary conditions affect our understanding of the projects of literary and cultural studies? How do new forms of communication—online education, digital libraries, blogs, hypertext, machine translation, social media, and new tools of textual analysis—reshape the boundary conditions of our work? And how are these boundary conditions affected by the new material circumstances in our universities—the growth of the precariat, challenges from opponents of liberal education, clashing conceptions of freedom of expression? Visit the MLA Web site to post a call for papers for the 2017 convention.

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