SAMLA 2020

SAMLA 2020

This past fall, I had the privilege of presenting a paper at the 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), which was held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The theme of the conference was “Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts.”

I presented a paper titled “‘Countdown to zero’: Systemic Racial Oppression and Black Social Death in Wideman’s ‘Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies'” as part of a panel titled “Can Scandal Promote Societal Change? Perspectives in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture,” a special topics panel chaired by Prof. Sean Dugan (Mercy College).  (You can watch the presentation here.)

Additionally, I had the privilege of co-chairing a special topics panel at SAMLA with Prof. Desire Ameigh of Wallace Community College and Thomas University. The title of our panel was “Scandalous Profession(al)s: Sovereignty, Authority, and Secrecy” and featured presentations by Samantha Gilmore (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Meghan Hodges (Louisiana State University), and Rachelle Cho (independent scholar).

It was a wonderful event comprising excellent scholars and robust discussions, and I thank everyone who made this event possible.

Published by Paul E. Blom

Paul E. Blom is a Teaching Fellow and doctoral student in English literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, a creative writer, copy editor, writing tutor and instructor as well as a published scholar, researcher, and presenter. His area of concentration is American literature from 1865 to the present and its intersections with literary trauma studies.

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