by Jessica C. Murphy

The 16th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM) will be held February 29 and March 1, 2008, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, to coincide with African American History Month and Women’s History Month.
Confirmed keynote speakers: David Bevington (of the University of Chicago) on race and gender in Shakespeare, and Russ Castronovo (of the University of Wisconsin at Madison) on American and African American history including the military-industrial complex.
Proposals are solicited for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers from scholars at all career stages, from beginning graduate students to established and senior scholars. MCLLM invites papers on all areas of literary, language, and media studies, especially proposals that innovatively address topics congruent with the expertise of our speakers: early modern British drama and gender studies, or American literature with an emphasis on African-American studies, globalism, militarism, or trade history.
Individual or panel (three to four people) proposals are welcome.
Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2007. Please include a cover page
with your name, affiliation, mailing address, and email address.
Accepted contributors will be notified via email by December 10, 2008.
Please submit your 250-word (one page) abstracts as an attachment to:
Contact: Elizabeth Bowman & Christina Gilleran
Graduate Department of English
Northern Illinois University
Additional information can be found at the conference website: