[MGSA-L] MLA/MGSA: Call for Papers

Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis lathanas at nyit.edu
Tue Feb 15 11:42:45 PST 2022

MLA Annual Convention, San Francisco, 5-8 January 2023.


Post-Byzantine Literary Traditions in the Mediterranean

To respond to this CFP send 250-word abstracts and 150-word bios to session organizer Maria Hadjipolycarpou at mhadjipo at illinois.edu<mailto:mhadjipo at illinois.edu> Include any audiovisual equipment or accessibility needs for your presentation. If you are invited to participate in a 2023 session, you must be an MLA member by 7 April 2022. The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, March 21, 2022.


Artistic contact between Byzantium, Islamic states, and such countries of the Latin West as Spain, England, Hungary, and France as well as cultural interactions and connections with Byzantine society in Italy, especially in the south, have created a backdrop of a shared Mediterranean civilization across languages and borders. To this day, little to no attention has been given to the afterlives of Byzantium and its contribution to the construction of the modern Mediterranean imaginary. Sedimented regional particularities, invisibly connected, hold together a world, the practices of which are hidden in modern national and popular collective memory in the Middle East, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, and beyond. This panel invites abstracts that discuss sedimentations of Byzantium residing in 19th and 20th-century literature, art, film, and architecture. In response as well as in conjunction with global English, the panel explores Byzantium in a modern social and political context as it preserves “linguistic borders as crossing-places rather than an indication of impenetrability” (Spivak 2014). A literary Byzantium includes linguistic production in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Romanian, Slavic, Albanian, Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish in their national as well as various regional, hybrid, and dialectic expressions. Topics include, but are not limited to, identity and aesthetics; multilingualism; East-West; secular criticism; orality and literacy; hagiography; collective memory; new Mediterranean epistemology; Mediterranean thinking.

Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English​

Director, Interdisciplinary Studies

New York Institute of Technology

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