Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CFP: MLA '15 "C19 Interdisciplinary Arts Research" (3/15/2014; 1/8-11/2015)

MLA 2015 Special Session
Vancouver, Canada
January 8-11, 2015
Deadline: March 15, 2014

“C19 Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Challenges and Benefits”
Over the past few decades, the number of C19 literary scholars who have crossed disciplinary boundaries when conducting research for their projects has increased significantly. A common practice is engaging with other arts disciplines like art history/visual art (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), music, dance, and theatre. This is often due to the nature of the time period in question, during which numerous individuals sought to erase the boundaries between the arts. While the advantages and disadvantages of interdisciplinary research itself have been discussed before, the experiences of those scholars conducting such research have not. This special session seeks to draw attention to the actual ‘on-the-ground’ experiences of C19 literary scholars who conduct interdisciplinary arts research, with a particular focus on the challenges and/or benefits they have encountered. In keeping with the MLA theme for 2015, we welcome papers that highlight memorable moments or encounters (positive and/or negative) of C19 literary scholars during the interdisciplinary research process.

Papers may touch upon the following topics:
  • Funding bodies
  • Institutions
  • Methodology
  • Resources
  • Publications
  • Terminology
  • Administration

Please submit abstracts of 300 words, a brief bio, and AV requirements (if any) to Daniel Brown ( and Karen Yuen ( by March 15, 2014. The official brief CFP can be found on the MLA website under the MLA2015 CFP special session category.