March 9, 2016

Call for Panelists, Law and Humanities Forum, Modern Language Association Convention, January 5-8, 2017

From Melissa J. Ganz, Marquette University, Department of English:

Please consider submitting a proposal for one of the panels that the Law and the Humanities Forum is sponsoring at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention next year.  The conference will meet in Philadelphia from January 5-8, 2017.

We are organizing one guaranteed session and two special (non-guaranteed) sessions:

1.  Object Lessons in Personhood (Guaranteed Session) 10-minute papers
on a single “thing.” How do theoretical issues surrounding legal personhood--questions of consent, responsibility, rights, freedom--manifest themselves at the level of substance, form, environment? 150-word abstracts. by 15 March 2016;Kevin Curran  (

 2. Transnational Justice and the Literary Imagination (Non-Guaranteed
 Session) How do imaginative texts explore questions of justice that transcend national borders? Papers on all genres, periods, and regions welcome. 300-word abstract and brief cv by 15 March 2016; Melissa J. Ganz (

 3. The Mexican Legal Code and its Glitches (Non-Guaranteed Session)
 The Mexico & Law and Humanities Sections ask: How might Mexican literature and legal codes illuminate one another? 200-word abstract and one-page cv by 15 March 2016; Emily Hind ( and Peter Lancelot Mallios (

 We hope to see you in Philadelphia next year!
 Best wishes,

 Kevin Curran
 Melissa Ganz
 Peter Mallios
 Imani Perry
 Richard Weisberg

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