Caribbean-related sessions at MLA 2019


A post by Peter Jordens.

The 2019 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois January 3-6, 2019. See The general theme is: “Textual Transactions.”

Several sessions of relevance to the Caribbean are being organized:

Translating the Caribbean (Forum: CLCS Caribbean)

How might we think about translation – in its broadest sense(s) – as a site of textual transaction, and within the context of an ever-changing Caribbean modernity?

Send 250-word abstract by March 10, 2018 to Kaiama Glover at

Caribbean Gothic Paradises (Forum: LLC Puerto Rican)

Forms of horror, terror, mystery, and the uncanny in Caribbean fiction from the 19th century to the present.

Send 250-word abstract and bio by March 15, 2018 to Lena Burgos-Lafuente at and Guillermina De Ferrari at

Puerto Rico in the Greater Caribbean: A Digital Perspective (Forum: LLC Puerto Rican)

Digital archives, mapping projects, sound projects, aesthetic digital interventions before/after María, oceanic perspectives, disaster capitalism in the insular and continental Caribbean.

Send 250-words abstract by March 20, 2018 to Lena Burgos-Lafuente at

Chicanx-Riqueñx Chicago (Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano)

Papers exploring Chicanx and Puerto Rican literatures in Chicago: inter-/intra-Latinx relationships; literary, artistic, political collaborations; urban space and (displaced) bodies; Rainbow Coalition; decolonial propositions, etc.

Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 9, 2018 to Richard Rodriguez at and John Alba Cutler at

Sonic Boom: Cuban Soundscapes (Forum: LLC Cuban and Cuban Diasporic)

We invite papers on reverberations of reggaetón revolutions, digital developments, phantasied or real sonic ailments, and related notes from contemporary Cuban soundscapes.

Send 250 word abstract by March 16, 2018 to Rachel Price at

Digital Reconfigurations in the Hispanic Caribbean (Special Session)

Papers addressing how the digital turn has reactivated debates in ideology, esthetics, race, gender, and class in Caribbean public sphere.

Send 250-word abstract, 1-paragraph bio and affiliation by March 15, 2018 to Antonio Cardentey at

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