CFP: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association at MLA 2022

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Modern Language Association Convention, Washington DC, January 6-9, 2022

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association that meets annually during the MLA Convention. Along with an annual festive lunch, the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is allowed to propose up to two scholarly sessions. For the MLA Convention in Washington DC, proposals are invited on the following topic: Romanticism and Data.

What was “data” — and what were data — in the Romantic era? According to the OED, a “datum” is “an item of (chiefly numerical) information, esp. one obtained by scientific work,” and “something given or granted; something known or assumed as fact, and made the basis of reasoning,” both senses being in use during the period. This call is open to: different kinds of data (e.g., bibliographic, colonial, demographic, fiscal, historical, industrial, literary, personal, scientific, sensory, slave trade); techniques, media, forms, and formats of datafication; data collection projects from the period, big and small; critiques of data and dataveillance; Romantic epistemologies, epistemological hierarchies, facts, truth, and negative capabilities; documentalities, informational genres, information management, and categorizations; computational approaches (paper or electronic) to Romantic-era texts or Romantic studies over the years. Papers that explore the relationship between literature and data are especially welcome.

Please submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) by March 15, 2021, to James McKusick ( The MLA requires (in addition to an abstract) a brief biographical statement (circa 300 words), written in the third person, including the presenter’s name, title, affiliation, final degree institution and date, scholarly interests and publications. Particularly relevant are scholarship and publications that directly relate to the proposed session topic. Please include some persuasive points about the importance, significance, and contribution of the proposed presentation and any previous work you have done relating to the session topic.

All MLA program participants must be members of the Modern Language Association by April 1, 2021. For information on the MLA Convention here.

All subscribers to The Wordsworth Circle are members of the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association. Essays selected for presentation at MLA will be considered for publication in The Wordsworth Circle. Please address any questions regarding the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association to the President of the Association:

Dean James McKusick                         Email:
Honors College
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5030 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110