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Call for Special Issues

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:47pm
PLL: Papers on Language and Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Special-Issue Proposal Guidelines

Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to

Digital Humanities


Literary Translation

Print Culture

PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors’ schedule.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Society ALA Boston May 25-28, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:33pm
Paul Laurence Dunbar Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor a session at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 25-28, 2017. Papers on any aspect of Dunbar’s career, or that focus on any part of his literary output: poetry, novels, short stories, musical theater, correspondence, or essays. Proposals on teaching Dunbar and on Dunbar’s relationships—both personal and professional—with other authors, editors, critics, or related historical figures are especially welcome.

Please e-mail abstracts by January 25, 2016 to

The Work of Art: Race/Gender/Disability/Sexuality

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:47pm
Emory University - Critical Juncture
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 3, 2017

Critical Juncture: The Work of Art in Disability Studies, Queer Studies, and Race

Emory Conference Center Hotel,  Atlanta, Georgia     17-18 March 2017

Critical Juncture is an international conference uniting those who cross traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. Now in its fourth year at Emory University, Critical Juncture is more than just a conference—it is an intersectional forum for emerging scholars, artists, and activists to present their work and to advocate for social justice.

Sherley Anne Williams: A Special Issue of Callaloo

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 1:05pm
Wendy W. Walters/ Emerson College
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Callaloo invites papers for a special issue devoted to the life and work of the late poet, fiction writer, playwright, and scholar, Sherley Anne Williams, guest edited by Wendy W. Walters (Emerson College).

Carceracialization: histories, bodies, assemblages

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 4:21pm
Katherine Thorsteinson / MLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Discuss the racialized chronopolitics of US mass incarceration through phenomenology, embodied rhythms, assemblage theory, genre/narratology, plantation-to-prison history, genealogy, waning sovereignty, revolt, or other temporal approaches. "Mass-incarceration" is defined broadly here to include institutions that overlap in the "prison industrial complex", police powers, the surveillance state, border security, and so forth. Many disciplines are encouraged: History, Literature, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Criminology, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, Film and Media Studies, Theatre Studies, Gender Studies, Africana Studies, Ethnic Studies, and so forth.

Maroons and the African Diaspora: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future.” June 22-25, 2017, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 4:12pm
The Ninth Annual Charles Town International Maroon Conference:
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Charles Town International Maroon Conference seeks papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in examining Maroon traditions in a contemporary global context. This year’s conference theme explores connections between Maroons or marronage and the African Diaspora around the world, emphasizing the productivity and persistence of indigenous knowledge, its origin, transformation, and its potential to sustain future generations. We welcome presentations from all fields and genres, including history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, geography, education, literature, film, and the arts.

Equity, Equality and Reform in Contemporary Public Education

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:14pm
IGI Global
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st Submission Deadline February 15, 2017                

2nd Submission Deadline March 15, 2017

Equity, Equality and Reform in Contemporary Public Education

A book edited by Marquis C. Grant (Grand Canyon University)

Passing the Personality Test: Dissent and the Therapeutic Subject

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 4:41pm
Jessica Hurley / American Studies Association, Chicago 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

From the Buzzfeed quiz to the status update, the courtroom to the therapist’s couch, U.S. culture is rife with sites where subjects are asked to pass the test of whether they inhabit personhood in the right way. How does mental wellness become yet another attribute of the liberal subject who deserves to thrive? How does the performance of a personality determine the distribution of privilege? In particular, we aim to consider how the the psychologization of power bolsters structures of oppression along lines of race, sex, gender, and ability. What happens when homosexuality or blackness, for example, are reinscribed as forms of personality disorder or schizoid psychosis?

ASA 2017--Speculative American Histories

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:45am
American Studies Association, Chicago 2017/Gabriella Friedman
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This panel will consider the works of 20th and 21st century American writers who have speculatively (re)imagined American history. For the purpose of this panel, “speculative” will encompass any text that deploys the tropes of fantasy and science fiction, that rejects the realist/non-realist binary, or that engages explicitly with the concept of “speculation” in any of its many forms (i.e. financial speculation, cognitive or imaginative speculation).

The panel will explore the following questions:

The Writer as Recluse in American Literature -- MLA 2018

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:15pm
Matthew Mosher
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

Non-guaranteed session for MLA 2018. This panel seeks to explore the figure of the reclusive writer in American literature, and is open to papers on both fictional writers in literary works as well as real-world writers of literary works. All periods and critical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by March 1 to