Northern Illinois University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
are proud to announce the 23nd annual


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

MCLLM logo


March 27-28, 2015

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 23rd 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 welcomes proposals from a wide range of studies in the English and communication fields. Some possible topics for investigation may include: literature and poetry, creative writing, linguistics, written and visual rhetoric, journalism, narrative and documentary film, games/video games, television, radio, new and social media, and pedagogy in these fields.

we are particularly interested in exploring this year's theme: Ctrl, AlT, Delete. Regardless of its program-specific effects, Ctrl, Alt, Delete invokes a pause in the task at hand, allowing us to refresh, reboot, or completely restart. Consider how the keys individually enable us to regain control, revisit any alternatives, or even return to previous states via deletion. Papers might also offer some fresh perspective on a text or film that enhances our understanding by means of re-interpretation or applying a new theoretical approach. We encourage proposals that consider either the theme's constituent concepts or the phrase as a whole.

Please submit 200-250 word proposals by January 30, 2015, 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 200-250 word abstract for each paper.

We are pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker will be Sean Grass, Ph.D., associate professor at Iowa State University. His research interests include Victorian novels, poetry, autobiographies, literary markets, and book history. He is author of Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend: A Publishing History (2014) and The Self in the Cell: Narrating the Victorian Prisoner (2003), among other works. Dr. Grass will be presenting a talk on the evening of March 27, following the dinner reception.


The MCLLM Committee