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Call for Proposals – SSEMW/MLA 2018

“Early Modern Women and the Environment”

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women ( invites proposals for a sponsored roundtable at the Modern Language Association in New York, January 4-7, 2018. The session approved by SSEMW (as an Affiliated Organization) is automatically accepted for the MLA convention. All participants must be members of both MLA and SSEMW by April 1, 2017.

We invite proposals on the topic of early modern women and the environment. Topics might include women’s management of natural or built environments; theoretical approaches (new materialist, ecofeminist, and others) to gender and place; or evidence of creative ‘authorship’ in women’s environments. Contributions from a variety of disciplines and national literatures are encouraged.

The roundtable will consist of brief opening comments by five speakers followed by general discussion. Although initial comments may be presented formally or informally, each participant should provide an abstract describing his/her contribution.

Proposals for full roundtables must include:
– names of speakers; institutional affiliations; and email addresses
– brief biographies for speakers (150 words each)
– presentation abstracts (10 minutes each) (150 words each)
– specification of audio/visual needs

Proposals for individual papers, consisting of a 150-word presentation abstract and a brief biography (150 words) are also welcome.

Please send proposals by Wednesday, March 15, 2017, to Patricia Phillippy, SSEMW liaison with the Modern Language Association, at

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