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ACLA 2016: A Sense of Unease: The Materiality of Horror

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 11:27am
Thomas Stuart (UWO), Riley McDonald (UWO) / ACLA

The terms "terror" and "horror" as defined by gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe, are diametrically opposed: while the former "expands the soul and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life," the latter "freezes and nearly annihilates them" ("Supernatural" 150). This distinction subordinates horror's focus on the material - the visceral, the abject - to the intellectual stimulation provided by terror. Blood, guts, and the grotesque are the norms of horror and while gothic fiction anxiously stages the destruction of the human body, this panel is interested in how sensual apprehension constructs the body.

UPDATE: Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016, March 17-20 | Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 7:26am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

European Popular Culture and Literature

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 7:12pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association-Submission Deadline: 11/01/15

37th Annual Conference February 10 – 13, 2016
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Submission Deadline: 11/01/15
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM.

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture, Feb. 18-20, 2016, University of Louisville

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 3:27pm
Alan Golding, Conference Director; Travis Henretty, Conference Coordinator

The 44th. annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

Feb. 18-20, 2016

Guest speakers: Rodrigo Toscano, Johanna Drucker, Mat Johnson, Lisa Gitelman

For more information, visit

The submission deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM EST September 15, 2015

ACLA Seminar: Worlding Sexual Difference (March 22-25, 2016)

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 2:47pm

Worlding and sexual difference are generative forces that imply a process of appearance and concealment. For Martin Heidegger, worlding is the process by which something becomes unconcealed through its passing from earth to world. This aesthetic and phenomenological passing is constituted by strife. For Luce Irigaray, sexual difference is that which remains concealed through patriarchy. For psychoanalysis, sexual difference responds to the specular logic of sameness and is produced by the resolution of the castration complex. Elizabeth Grosz, on the other hand, understands sexual difference as irreducible to all humans insofar as human reproduction is only possible through the encounter of two gametes.

[UPDATE] CFP: Post45 Graduate Conference

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:44am
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Post45 Graduate Student Conference
February 5 & 6, 2016
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Keynote Speech by Danielle Christmas

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English Department seeks graduate-level works-in-progress in post-1945 American literature and culture. Works-in-progress may range from conference papers to article or dissertation chapter drafts.

9/28/15 Subverting Institutional Prejudice in the Ivory Tower

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:24am
NeMLA 2016 University of Hartford

This call for papers requests personal essays that disclose experiences of dealing with prejudice (of any kind) as a professor or as a graduate student. Please write about what happened and mediate your experience by analyzing it as well.

Southwestern American Literature's special music issue, Fall 2016

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 10:39am
Southwestern American Literature

Southwestern American Literature's special music issue

From now until August 1, 2016 we will be accepting submissions for our Fall 2016 issue, which will focus on music and musicians of the American Southwest.

For this issue we are accepting a multitude of forms and genres such as:
• Poetry
• Fiction
• Creative Non-Fiction
• Critical essays
• Interviews
• Song Lyrics
• and more!

We ask that you limit prose submissions to 25 pages or less and poetry submissions to 10 pages. You may submit more than once, but please wait until you hear from us before resubmitting.