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Reminder: Women and Archives

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:13am
Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, edited by Emily Rutter and Laura Engel

Special Issue on Amiri Baraka

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 4:58am
Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

This issue of JAST will be dedicated to the works and legacy of Amiri Baraka—poet, dramatist, essayist and activist. Formerly known as LeRoi Jones, Amiri Baraka entered the Greenwich Village literary scene in 1957 as one of the most original poets and editors of the new writing and poetry that was emerging outside of academia and the established publishing world. Baraka’s profound and pointed criticism took shape in the milieu of the racial brutality of the 1960s, and continued to transform as Black Power was put into practice. Amidst assassinations and urban rebellions, he retreated to his hometown, Newark, New Jersey, and committed himself to African American cultural expression in the broadest sense of the term.

The Limits of Form: On Literary Content

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 4:13am
MLA 2019: Special Session
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

What exactly is the content of a literary text, and how does it affect the experience of reading?  How should critics approach a text's overt elements and ideas?  A lengthy and currently influential tradition of thought has emphasized literary form in a variety of creative ways, but very little has been done to explain how critics should think about content.  This panel will bring together six scholars, who will each briefly (in 8 to 10 minutes) offer a definition of literary content and an example from a particular text.  Please submit an abstract for such a paper, along with a one-page CV, to pfessenbecker at by March 15.

Note: this is a non-guaranteed special session, and requires MLA approval.  

MLA 2019 - Humour in Literature from Africa and the Diaspora

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:06am
Adwoa Opoku-Agyemang
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This panel will discuss the place of humour and laughter in African literatures and literatures from the African diaspora. What are the various ways in which humour manifests itself, and to what end? Diverse methodological approaches are welcome. Please send a 250-word proposal and a short bio. 

MLA 2019 Conference “Ecopoetics and the Animal”

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:07am
Modern Language Association 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

This CFP seeks work that examines the intersection of animal studies with contemporary ecopoetry from around the world. The human/nonhuman distinction entails an interdiction as much as establishes the safety of a boundary that maintains human hegemony in relation to other species. Yet, the animal can powerfully redirect attention toward the necessity of humility as well as deconstruct ideas of autonomy and superiority too often entangled with human self-understanding. This panel asks how the animal negates or reifies the human/nonhuman distinction, but also how the animal speaks, or is silenced, in contemporary ecopoetry. How does the animal appear as an ethical imperative in the age of the Anthropocene and of the Sixth Mass Extinction?

MSA 18 — The Graphic City: Urban Studies After The Visual Turn

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:11am
David B. Hobbs + Joshua Schneiderman
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 30, 2018

The Graphic City — Urban Studies After The Visual Turn

…From the rear platform of a fast ‘El’ train,
I watched the city’s undulating lights
And felt about my heart the antique pain
That man has always felt for beauty’s signs.
And often I was wildly moved to test
Myself against the city’s gleaming lines,
To feel their edges touch my bare brown breast!

—from “Song of New York” by Claude McKay (1926)

Celebrating Chinua Achebe & African Languages, Literatures, Arts and Cultures beyond the Continent: The 60th Anniversary of Things Fall Apart

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:19pm
Norfolk State University and SEALLF (South East African Languages and Literatures Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CFP for the 9th Annual Conference of the South East African Languages and Literatures Forum (SEALLF) from October 5th to October 6th, 2018, Department of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University, Norfolk VA, USA: Celebrating Chinua Achebe & African Languages, Literatures, Arts and Cultures beyond the Continent: The 60th Anniversary of Things Fall Apart.
Deadline for submissions:                                           May 29, 2018
Notification of acceptance date:                                June 30, 2018

The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:56am
Joseph J. Darowski
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018

The editor of The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda is seeking abstracts for essays that could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between the Marvel comic book adventures the Black Panther and the social era when those comic books were published. Analysis may demonstrate how Black Panther’s comic books stories and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to existing essay collections in the series that have already focused on Superman, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Justice League, and the Flash.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 9:12am
SAMLA Conference, Birmingham, AL
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

This session welcomes submissions on activism in Pre-1900 American Literature. Proposals addressing the SAMLA 90 conference theme, Fighters from the Margins: Sociopolitical Activists and Their Allies, are especially welcome. By June 1, 2018, please submit an abstract of 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Joshua Boyd, Trevecca Nazarene University, at