In his seminal study No Accident, Comrade (2011),Steven Belletto draws a distinction between fictions which are about the Cold War and fictions that are of the Cold War. What is meant by the former is clear enough: these are fictions which are written or set during the Cold War period and which engage thematically with it. The latter, however, is a more fluid category whose implications can be theorized further. Papers in this stream will seek to do precisely this – namely, to think through what this ‘of’ might signal in relation to literature, film, art, politics, news reporting, or society more broadly. What kind of preoccupations, narratives, theories, or ideologies might be described as being of the Cold War?
Call for Papers
Contemporary Literary Ideas and Practices International Conference
Hunan Normal University
(Changsha, China, June 22-23, 2019)
Keynote speakers are Jennifer Scappettone (University of Chicago), Yunte Huang (University of California, Santa Barbara), Brian Reed (University of Washington), Aldon Lynn Nielsen (Penn State University), and Karen McCarthy Woolf (Royal Holloway, University of London).
Conference Background and Scope
The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites paper proposals for a special session panel on the theme "Nabokov and the Risks of Being Human" for the MLA 2020 Meeting in Seattle next January.
American Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference 2019
August 7-11, 2019
The ATHE Religion and Theatre Focus groups invites current and recent graduate students and/or independent scholars who have not yet presented at a major national conference to submit papers for its 2019 Emerging Scholars Panel.
Twelfth Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference - Saturday, May 11, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Hayden, Hunter College
The 43rd Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Marietta College (Ohio)
June 28·30, 2019
We welcome contributions that examine the turn to ontology in the humanities and the social sciences. What does the shift to ontology signify? What is it purporting to correct or overcome? What is its relation to prior turns (such as the linguistic turn and the cultural turn)? Is the turn to ontology an attempt to liberate continental philosophy from its infatuation with language and power, from its obsession with mediation, relationality, and subjectivity? What are the politics of this turn to ontology? Is it more receptive to non-European thought and to the nonhuman? What kind of philosophy or literary theory emerges when ontology is taken as the starting point?
Topics of interest could include:
NEW INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC BOOK SERIES. The Anthem Studies in Gothic Literature incorporates a broad range of titles that undertake rigorous, multi-disciplinary and original scholarship in the domain of Gothic Studies and respond, where possible, to existing classroom/module needs. The series aims to foster innovative international scholarship that interrogates established ideas in this rapidly growing field, to broaden critical and theoretical discussion among scholars and students, and to enhance the nature and availability of existing scholarly resources.
Series Editor: Carol Margaret Davison, University of Windsor, Canada
How do emergent and traditional forms of nonreading shape literary discourses and the political commons?
CFP Symposium: Migrant States of Exception
November 14-16, 2019, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Deadline for Proposals: March 30, 2019
In light of renewed attention to hierarchies in the profession, the MLA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession invites your consideration of whether and how institutions -- one’s university, scholarly field, or organizations like MLA -- can be mobilized toward meaningful structural change and more equitable futures.
Sponsored by the Center for Medieval-Renaissance Studies at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, the UVa-Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance studies. This year's conference begins on Thursday, Sept. 26, and concudes on Saturday, Sept.
Jerome McGann famously said, “When you edit, you change.” The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for a guaranteed session on editing first-person nonfiction narratives for MLA 2020 in Seattle. How might McGann’s statement pertain to preparing first-person documents (other than correspondence) for public consumption in print or other media? In keeping with the MLA Presidential Theme, how might this editing (“changing”) enhance or obscure the humanity of the first-person subject?
Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America (extended deadline)
Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal, invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida. We invite close readings informed by feminist and queer theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and aesthetics.
**Deadline extended to 4/1/19**
CFP: Time & Literature Panel for RMMLA 2019, El Paso, TX
Dates: October 10-12th, 2019
This panel features presentations on literature about time, the role of time in literature, or what literature teaches us about time. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Leah Wilson (email@example.com) no later than April 1, 2019.
CFP Issue 34: Inhuman Algorithms
Algorithms are integral to a digital, networked, automated society. Thrown into the public spotlight by a certain high profile search engine, algorithms are increasingly recognised to exercise agency in practices such as governance, surveillance, online personalisation, medicine, design, high frequency trading, credit scoring and plagiarism. Computational machines make decisions about things, people, places and experiences, and humans learn to address algorithms.
CFP MLA 2020 : Figuring Modernism
The 20th-century revolutionary aesthetic Figure in relation to its materialisms and politics, its cross and intermedia, its global travels and cultural histories, the effects of Modernism’s crisis of figuration on being human. Please send a 1-page abstract by March 26 to Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see https://mla.confex.com/mla/2020/webprogrampreliminary/Paper8974.html.
The 76th annual South Central Modern Language Association convention will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas from October 24-26 at the Little Rock Marriott, near the Clinton Library and the headquarters of Heifer International. It is the perfect city for this year’s theme, “Pathways: Past, Present and Future.” The theme takes its cue from Arkansas’s natural beauty, rich history, and diverse culture.
Each month, the MediaCommons Field Guide hosts a different conversation in Media Studies, Digital Humanities, and Culture Studies asking contributors to connect their interests or research to a core conceptual question.
We are seeking contributors to shape diverse and intriguing conversations for our May 2019 issue, A Digital Space to Call Home, asking broadly:
How does homelessness and transience translate in digital spaces?
The responses we hope to compile in this issue can (but need not exclusively) address:
Call for Papers | British Literature and Technology, 1600-1830
Eds. Kristin Girten (U of Nebraska, Omaha) and Aaron R. Hanlon (Colby College)
We invite submissions for British Literature and the History of Technology, 1600-1830, a peer-reviewed, edited volume of essays for the Bucknell University Press Aperçus Series. The Aperçus Series focuses on connections between historiography, culture, and textual representation. The purpose of this volume is to provide a much-needed account of the role and history of technology in British literature and literary studies of the (very) long eighteenth century.
Calibanías y Caribeñidades: Asedios a la imagen
Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Troubling the Image
Calibanismes et Antillanismes: Assiéger L’image
April 2nd-4th, 2020
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature,in conjunction with Nimrod International Journal and the Tulsa City-County Library, seeks paper and roundtable proposals for the Tulsa Day of YA, which will be held at the Tulsa City-County Library on from the evening of February 21 to the afternoon of February 22, 2020.
The Eighth Annual WSU Visual Culture Symposium seeks to explore the visual logics of feminist art, theory, and practice, in all their complexity and multiplicity, and to place such logics in the current political moment. From the #MeToo-movement to the Women’s March, feminist activism has drawn national attention in recent years. In some respects, such activism has produced tangible gains: the 116th House of Representatives is the most racially diverse and counts the largest number of women in US history.
Costume in Legend and Tradition, 31st August– 1st September 2019 at Blackburn Museum. Don’t get your knickers in a twist, put on seven-league boots and come to this two-day conference on Costume in Legend and Tradition, to be held on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2019 as the fourteenth Legendary Weekend of the Folklore Society, at Blackburn Museum, Lancashire BB1 7AJ. If you’re into masquerades, rings of power, glass slippers or ghosts in sheets, we’d like to hear from you. Anyone can contribute – folklorists, designers, costume historians and brave little tailors. Presentations, which should be 20 minutes long, can take the form of talks, performances, or film presentations.
The World Upside-Down: Absurdities, Inversions, and Alternate Realities
Columbia University Ancient Mediterranean Graduate Student Conference
November 1-2, 2019. Columbia University in the City of New York, USA.
Keynote Speaker: Patrick R. Crowley (University of Chicago)
The American Name Society (ANS)
is issuing its
Call for Papers
for the ANS panel at the
Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention
9-12 January 2020, Seattle
Semantic relations and personal names
South Atlantic Modern Language Association / SAMLA 91 conference Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships
November 8-10, 2019
Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta GA
This panel intends to examine the works of Muslim American poets, novelists, playwrights, jazz musicians, punks, hip hop artists, mipsters, filmmakers, and visual artists, through the lens of language.