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CFP: The Public and its Privates

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    Margaret Hanzimanolis

    Between the Public and Its Privates
    Third Annual MLA Subconference
    in partnership with Punctum Books

    January 6-7, 2016 (FREE)
    Location: Studium Art Space (FREE)
    638 Tillery St., Austin, TX 78702

    As the 2016 MLA Convention turns to consider “Literature and its Publics” the third annual meeting of the MLA Subconference challenges participants to propose sessions somewhere “Between the Public and its Privates”.

    Today it seems almost impossible to point to the public without uncovering its uncanny twin–the private. Consider Google’s Hangout, a competitor with Skype, which is privatized software but sounds open and accessible; Google Books, an intermingling of private technology and the public domain; the channeling of tax dollars to everything from private ambulance services to charter schools; and the unforgettable Kraft Macaroni & Cheese sculpture that graced the University of Michigan’s stadium for a brief stint. The third year of the MLA Subconference seeks to locate how the notion of the “public” often hides its secret promiscuity with the private. We turn to the public and its privates not simply to critique their intimacy but also to seek other modes of study, such as those found in the commons, obscured by hard and fast public/private distinctions.

    Submission deadline: October 16, 2015
    Submit to: mlasubconference@gmail.com

    In solidarity,

    Alex Brown; German; Cornell University
    Bennett Carpenter; Literature; Duke University
    Laura Goldblatt, English; University of Virginia
    Lenora Hanson; English; University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Margaret Hanzimanolis; English; City College of San Francisco
    Sean Kennedy; English; City University of New York
    Siobhan Senier; English; University of New Hampshire
    Mike Strayer; Independent Researcher
    Andrew Yale; English; University of Chicago

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