This call for papers is for scholars interested in presenting on a four-person panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association's 43rd Annual Convention. The Convention takes place in Rochester, New York, from March 15 to 18, 2012. The panel invites fresh perspectives on the aphorism as literary form, philosophical statement, and articulation in popular culture. Proposals for studies of individual aphorists or comparative studies of aphoristic writing would also be welcome.
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The 43rd annual convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Rochester, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.
Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”. Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.
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