Northern Illinois University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
are proud to announce the 24th annual


Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM)

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April 1-2, 2016

The Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, & Media is an interdisciplinary conference focused on exploring the connections between all segments of the liberal arts, as seen in text, media, and communication. We invite contributions from all fields within the liberal arts who see the same sorts of fascinating connections that we do.

The 24th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM) at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL is currently accepting proposals for 15 minute papers from individuals and panels. MCLLM encourages proposals from a broad range of research and studies in the fields of English and communication. Possible topics include: literature and poetry, creative writing, linguistics, written and visual rhetoric, journalism, narrative and documentary film, music, games/video games, television, radio, new and social media, and pedagogy in these fields.

we are particularly interested in papers that explore this year's theme: Keep the Change. This title refers broadly to changes in attitudes, beliefs, styles, approaches, forms, media, and ideologies. It encompasses social and political questions, as well as various genres and contexts in art, language, communication and media. It can imply embrace of progress or resistance to it, as well as alluding to economic exchange and even altruism.

Please submit 200-500 word proposals by January 29, 2016, to including name, institutional affiliation, email, and phone number of each author. Panel proposals should include a brief overview of the panel's theme and purpose, along with a 200-500 word abstract for each paper.

We are also pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be musician, scholar, and author Adam Gussow, associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include African American literature, blues and Southern music, racial violence and reconciliation, and southern literature. Also a renowned harmonica player and teacher, he has made numerous blues recordings, as a solo artist and as part of the duo Satan & Adam. Gussow will be presenting a talk on the evening of April 1, following the reception and optional conference dinner. He is the author of Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (1998), Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition (2002) and Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (2007), as well as the novel Busker's Holiday (2015).


The MCLLM Committee