CFP: Law and the Humanities Forum panels at MLA 2021

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    Melissa J. Ganz

    Dear all,

    Please see below for three panels sponsored by the Law and the Humanities Forum at MLA 2021. If you have any questions, please let us know.

    Best wishes,

    Melissa Ganz


    Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention

    Toronto, January 7-10, 2021

    1.  Law at the Border  (Guaranteed Session)

    Papers on how law is made, upheld, or broken at its borders. State and national citizenship; internal and external borders and jurisdictions; extraterritoriality; exceptions and exclusions; walls, fences, rivers, footnotes. Send 250-500 word abstract and CV to Christine Holbo ( by Saturday, March 14, 2020.

    2.  Legal and Literary Form (Non-Guaranteed Session)

    How does literary form contribute to legal meaning?  What forms does law take?  Papers examining the role of form in legal and literary texts across all periods and places. Send 250-500 word abstract and CV to Melissa Ganz ( and Ravit Reichman ( by Friday, March 13,  2020.

    3.  The Law’s Memory (Non-Guaranteed Session in collaboration with the Memory Studies Forum)

    This panel asks how legal cultures and discourses shape memories of events. How do these memories persist or shift over time? What role does literature play in the law’s memory of events? Send 300-word abstracts to Lucy Sheehan ( and Rosanne M. Kennedy ( by Sunday, March 15, 2020.

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