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New Nuclear Criticism: ASLE-sponsored MLA 2019 panel

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:55am
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Do we need a new nuclear criticism? How can ecocritical frameworks and new archives and methods help us re-encounter “the nuclear” and re-asses its relationship to literature and culture? 


MSA Columbus: Suicidal Modernisms

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 8:59am
Modernist Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Modernist Studies Association Conference, Columbus, OH, Nov. 8-11, 2018 

CFP: Suicidal Modernisms


In Andrew Bennett’s recently published Suicide Century (2017), the author writes that suicide “streams like a poison through the tainted life blood of the modernist literary canon.”  And yet work on modernism and suicide is scarce; in fact, work on “literary suicidology” more generally has not matched the subject’s importance to our field.  This panel would like to build on the work of Bennett and a few others (Al Alvarez, Jeffrey Berman) and examine the representation and non-representation of suicide in modernist texts.


African American Writers of North Carolina

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 4:05pm
Margaret D. Bauer, North Carolina Literary Review Editor
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 31, 2018

The 2019 issues of the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) will feature African American literature of North Carolina. Submissions are due by August 31. In anticipation of this special feature topic, the editor is proposing a panel (or panels) at SAMLA of papers on African American writers of North Carolina, which will also be considered for publication in NCLR. Please send 300-word abstracts to Margaret Bauer, Editor at by May 21.

Black Power/Black Super Powers

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 4:04pm
Northeast Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Papers are solicited for the Race and Ethnicity panel of the Northeast Popular Culture Association conference at Worcester State University on October 19/20, 2018.  With this year's success of the BLACK PANTHER film and the BLACK LIGHTNING television series, the role of black heroes engaging radical liberatory politics has taken on a very public presence.  Engaging resonances with The Black Panthers and their political presence, both of these popular culture superheroes (among others) represent many of the same culture-based politics and performances as real-world resistance movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, as well as literary iterations of black liberation implicated in the Afrofuturism movement.  Papers are solicited especially on any aspect of blac


Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:33am
Shreerekha Subramanian/University of Houston-Clear Lake
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

This edited anthology explores the nexus between violence and carcerality within the discursive order of state practices. Scholars within humanities, engaging with critiques of carcerality in relation to state violence from different global contexts are welcome to contribute to this anthology. This volume aims to align with the larger objectives envisioned by activist groups such as M4BL (Movement for Black Lives): building alliances with indigenous people’s struggles, political prisoners’ solidarity work, and activists resisting violence against women and LGBTQIA communities. It explores the potential to forge a global discursive order oriented toward anticolonial liberation struggles.


Call For Papers: 2018 American Cultures Workshop, The University of Sydney

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:08pm
The University of Sydney
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The American Cultures Workshop at the University of Sydney invites paper proposals for 2018 from scholars across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Indian Ocean Basin.  Beginning in March 2018, the American Cultures Workshop will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm at the University of Sydney. One workshop a month will feature a scholar from the Sydney metropolitan region; the other will feature a scholar from the broader Pacific and Indian Ocean Basins. The workshop will provide partial funding to help defray travel expenses for scholars coming from outside of the Sydney region.

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:50pm
Drs. Tiffany Austin and Emily Ruth Rutter
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 30, 2018

Call for Critical Abstracts and Creative Submissions: Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era

First Four: The Films of Kasi Lemmons

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:11pm
D. E. Wynter / California State University Northridge
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

We are extending the Call-for-Chapter submissions for an edited volume on the films of writer-director Kasi Lemmons. This collection of critical analyses and close 'readings' will explore cinematic, narrative, intertextual, and/or thematic elements of Lemmons' films, as well as their cultural aesthetics and social impact. We are particularly interested in examinations of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity (2013), the adaptation of Caveman's Valentine (2001), the biopic of Petey Greene, Talk to Me (2007) and formal aesthetic examinations of Eve’s Bayou(1997). The submission date for abstracts is extended to June 1, 2018. 

The Anthological Impulse: Pedagogy and Social Justice

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 4:15pm
American Studies Association (ASA, November 8-11, 2018)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Anthologies are a profoundly pedagogical genre. However, while anthologies are often constructed specifically for classrooms, as scholars such as Kenneth Warren (1993) and Cynthia G. Franklin (1997) have argued, their making is typically removed from the site and sight of the classroom. While this suggests a unilateral and hierarchical pedagogy of knowledge transmission from expert to student, this panel explores what other, more empowering praxes emerge around what we are calling “the anthological impulse”: a desire to write and think with others and collect and share that work.

The Ideological Emergency of the Frontier

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:29am
American Studies Association (ASA, November 8-11, 2018)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 29, 2018

ASA Annual Meeting 2018

November 8-11, 2018 - Atlanta, Georgia