Current Calls for Submissions

Eligibility and submission procedures for the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association can be found on our member portal. Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including notes) and follow MLA 9th edition's formatting guidelines.

Prior to submission please review the JMMLA's Style Guide and Manuscript Manager Instructions.

The Journal of the Midwestern Modern Language Association invites submissions for a Spring 2024 special issue on the theme of “Intelligence.”

In 2021, as a consequence of the pandemic, schools and colleges across the country placed a temporary freeze on standardized testing, reinforcing doubts regarding the necessity and efficacy of such tests to assess intellectual potential. Soon thereafter, the November 30th 2022 launch of ChatGPT-3 elicited responses ranging from the apocalyptic (the software is a huge step toward artificial general intelligence) to the skeptical (the software is not and cannot be intelligent).

The rapidity and volume of opinions surrounding both events reveal deep investments, insecurities, and frankly, gaps in our wider understandings of intelligence. This special issue of the JMMLA responds to the opportunity presented by such massive, messy cultural discourses to rethink the very notion of intelligence. In particular, we seek essays that consider what the humanities–excluded from the STEM-oriented intelligence conversation for basically the entire 20th-century–can contribute to discourses on intelligence in terms of social, cultural, historical, and critical depth.

To this end, we welcome contributions that explore what intelligence is, what it has been, and what it might be, particularly from a humanities perspective. Our goal is to produce an issue that reframes discussions about which mental capabilities constitute intelligence, how to measure them, and what these measurements say about an individual; that challenges the long-dominant premise that numbers (IQ scores, grades) tell empirical truths about a person’s intellectual ability and potential; and that considers literature and other cultural productions as active participants in the conceptual formation of what “intelligence” is, does, and looks like.

Possible topics include:
  • Cultural representations of intelligence
  • Narratives of intellectual development
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, including as pedagogical tools
  • Intellectualism and anti-intellectualism as evolving cultural formations
  • Intelligibility – how ideas, objects, and communities become intelligible
  • Intelligence assessments and intelligence types – origins and impacts
  • Education and intelligence in the arts/humanities and/or STEM
  • Intelligence and marginalization
  • Intellectual Property
  • Animal and planetary intelligences
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Distributed, collective, and embodied intelligence

Please direct all questions to the MMLA at [email protected] or to the co- editors of this special issue, Naomi Michalowicz ([email protected]) and Nathan Jung ([email protected]).

Submission deadline: January 15th, 2024
The Journal of the Midwestern Modern Language Association invites submissions for its fall 2024 issue on the 2023 MMLA convention theme of “Going Public.” The MMLA’s 2023 convention theme, “Going Public: What the MMLA Owes Democracy,” asked convention attendees to explore the following questions:
  • What roles should the humanities in general and the modern languages and literatures in particular play in the public sphere?
  • How can our pedagogy and scholarship help foster balance between the collective and the individual?
  • How have the humanities/scholars/authors/texts/pedagogy addressed these issues in the past?
  • How can our profession help value difference, recognizing and stressing the importance of diversity across a wide spectrum, including gender, race, class, and ideology while simultaneously encouraging the consensus and principled compromise necessary for functional democracies?
  • How do we minimize our own political and personal biases and critically interrogate our own race, class, and gender privileges to ensure true equity and diversity?
  • How do we as a profession ensure that our knowledge and practices support and encourage democratic principles?

Papers presented at the convention liberally and fruitfully interpreted this theme, addressing language, literature, and pedagogy in historical and contemporary contexts. We heard how democratic voices can be raised when teaching business Spanish, developing core curriculums, exploring the post-pandemic classroom, engaging banned book clubs, training tutors, and even when designing assessment. We learned to recognize democracy in action when colleagues engage in public-facing writing or study medieval forms of public address. Scholars at the convention explored democratic practices of knowledge, public humanities projects, and texts and authors committed to democratic engagement. We encourage scholars who presented a paper at the 2023 MMLA convention and those whose work engages with the convention theme of “Going Public” to submit critical articles for publication in this issue.

Possible topics include:
  • Feminisms and transfeminisms
  • Literature and the environment
  • Pop culture and visual arts
  • Language and humanities pedagogies
  • Queer identities
  • Cultural and literary studies
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Disability studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Race, gender, and subalternity
  • Religious discourses
  • Nationalisms
  • Transatlantic Studies: Latin America/Europe/Africa
  • Travel writing and networks
  • Women’s studies Interdisciplinary work and the humanities
  • Language communities
  • Cultures of diaspora
  • Minority cultures
  • Transcultural identities

Please direct all questions to the MMLA at [email protected] or to the editor of this convention issue, Gaywyn Moore ([email protected]).

Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2024

Please stay tuned for more information!
Please stay tuned for more information!

The Journal of the Midwestern Modern Language Association invites submissions for a Spring 2026 special issue on “Transnational Writings: Ethnic Ukrainian Authors in the Americas.”

This special issue aims to spotlight the diverse and compelling works of contemporary authors of Ukrainian descent who have chosen the languages of the Americas as their literary medium, whether it be English, Spanish, or Portuguese. The authors addressed in this issue must have significantly contributed to contemporary literature, capturing various features of the Ukrainian migrant experience in the Americas. We believe this special issue will contribute significantly to the scholarly discourse on multicultural literature and provide a platform for the voices of authors of Ukrainian descent across the Americas to resonate with a broader audience.

The special issue welcomes scholarly articles, critical essays, and literary analyses that delve into the works of authors of Ukrainian descent in the Americas, with special emphasis encouraged on the following writers: Lisa Grekul, Myrna Kostash, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, Katherine Marsh, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Ksenia Rychtycka, Alexander J. Motyl, Daniel Hryhorczuk, Orest Stelmach, Zhanna Slor, Mark Wansa, and Askold Melnyczuk.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following as they pertain to authors of Ukrainian descent writing in the Americas:
  • Identity and Belonging: Explorations of how these authors negotiate questions of identity, belonging, and cultural hybridity in their works.
  • National Identity and Difference: Efforts to express or resist a, for instance, distinctively Ukrainian-American, Ukrainian-Canadian, Ukrainian-Mexican, or Ukrainian-Brazilian mode of writing.
  • Language and Expression: Analyses of the linguistic choices made by authors and the impact of language on the representation of ethnic Ukrainian experiences in the Americas.
  • Historical and Cultural Contexts: Investigations into the historical and cultural contexts that shape these authors’ narratives.
  • Generational Shifts: Studies of how generational shifts influence themes, perspectives, and styles within writings by these authors.
  • Migration: Exploration of the theme of migration in these authors’ writings, considering its impact on characters and narrative structures.
  • Trauma and Memory: Analyses of how trauma is portrayed and remembered in the works of these writers.
  • Revision of History: Studies of the revisionist aspects of history in literature by these writers, considering how they reinterpret and challenge historical narratives.
  • Genre Experiments: Examination of genre experiments within literature by these authors, exploring how they engage with and innovate upon traditional literary forms.

Please direct all questions to the MMLA at [email protected] or to the guest editor of this special issue, Mariya Shymchyshyn ([email protected]).

Submission deadline: December 15th, 2025