Conference Archive

SAMLA 86: Sustainability and the Humanities, November 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 Teaching Heart of Darkness and Other Texts by Joseph Conrad (by June 20, 2014)

For the 86th South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta November 7-9, 2014: While taking into  consideration the special focus for SAMLA 86, we will consider the  importance of artfully and effectively introducing Conrad to  undergraduates. Making Conrad authentic, pertinent, and interesting for  students as we go forward can contribute to the goal of sustainability  in the Humanities. How might such lesson be designed? What might a  student-centered class period (or several periods) devoted to a Conrad  story look like for the student? What sequence of activities might the  facilitator, the professor, choose to guide the students in a way that  allows them to make crucial discoveries about Conrad on their own? For  this session, one might take a paper already presented or one newly  written and think about creative ways to help the student apprehend the  meaning while minimizing lecture in favor of a series of activities  designed to foster insight and discovery, as well as to promote  engagement. This might be a pre-reading activity, during reading, or a  post-reading activity, or a combination of all three. It might involve  multiple media and multiple class days. It might be centered on Conrad  and his themes and techniques and meanings, or it might use Conrad to  illuminate aspects of Modernism or Romanticism or perhaps to exemplify  the processes or perspectives of a particular school of literary  criticism. There can also be a sense of assessment of learning outcomes, and particularly useful suggestions for how different teachers in  different learning situations can modify the lessons and activities for  their own use. By June 20, 2014, please submit abstracts of about 300  words on any example of teaching Conrad in the classroom, along with A/V requirements, to Chris Cairney, Middle Georgia State College, at or

Annual Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, Canada, 2015

Conrad and Joyce: Comparative Angles.

Chair: Christopher GoGwilt and Sebastian Knowles

Christopher GoGwilt,  Fordham University

"'Mapping the Void': Terror and Redemption in Conrad and Joyce"
Adam Meehan,  University of Arizona

"Decoud, Dedalus, and the Anxiety of Patriotic Production"
Agata Szczeszak-Brewer, Wabash College

"Poor Visions: Joyce, Conrad, and Weak Epistemology"
Robert Volpicelli, Penn State University

"Conrad and Joyce in 'iSpace'"
Christopher GoGwilt,  Fordham University

Collaborative panel of the JCSA and the International James Joyce Foundation. For questions, contact Christopher GoGwilt ( or Sebastian Knowles (


Conrad and Ecocriticism

Chair: Lissa Schneider-Rebozo

Lissa-Schneider-Rebozo, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

"Conrad's Weather: The Politics of Nature in Under Western Eyes"
Jeffrey M. McCarthy, University of Utah

"Images of Catastrophe: Contagious Ecology in Conrad's Stormy Fictions"
Nidesh Lawtoo, Johns Hopkins University

"Joseph Conrad and Weltliteratur’s Environmental Consciousness"
Mark Deggan, University of British Columbia

"The Atmosphere in The Secret Agent"
Aleksandr Prigozhin, University of Chicago

John G. Peters, University of North Texas

For questions, contact Dr. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo (


Conrad's Victory 100 Years Later

Debra Romanick Baldwin (University of Dallas)

"The New Text of Victory"
J. H. Stape (St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London)

“Degeneracy in Victory: Fin-de-Siecle Anxieties on the Verge of the First World War"
Robert Dearle (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

“Looking Back in Victory: 'Native Life,' the Threat of Witness, and Narrative Perspectivism"
Charne Lavery (University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg)

For questions, contact Debra Romanick Baldwin (