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[UPDATE: Deadline Extended to 2/20] (Re)presentaion: Problematizing Authenticity St. John's University Grad Conference 3/28/15

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 1:21pm
St. John's University English Department

With an increasing interest for a globalized and diverse society, the quest for an authentic self is more readily apparent and therefore further conflates the problem of representation. Globalization expands beyond social media and encroaches on the realms of the public and private spheres. However, the process of authenticity only further stabilizes potentially harmful ideologies that promote illusions of truth. In some instances, language (literature), film, and art, because of their figurative element, expose the artificiality of representation and engage the issue of authenticity. How are certain claims to truth (authenticity/referentiality) formulated, regulated, and destabilized through representation in literature, film, and art?

MLA Special Session—A Radical New Vision: Popular Visual Culture and African-American Self-Fashioning—Abstracts due by March 9th

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:50am
Stacie McCormick and Kya Mangrum

We are inviting proposals for a possible special session that asks how African-American writers and artists—from the end of the U.S. Civil war through the end of World War I—revised, re-mixed, and rejected popular images of Blackness in their struggle to shape alternative modes of seeing and being seen.

Indeed, the ubiquity of visual images representing Black people and Black life that followed the rise of mechanically reproducible visual technologies—from the lithographic print to the stereographic view—created a contesting set of visual archives that both reified and rejected the types of denigrating images made popular on the minstrel stage and in the uneven visual representations of the anti-slavery movement.

Silence and Documentation - July 10-11

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:07pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver BC

"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
— Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology

New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 3:41pm
Lillie Anne Brown, Ph.D., Department of English and Modern Languages, Florida A&M University

Studies in the Literary Imagination (SLI), a publication of the Department of English, Georgia State University, is accepting "Special Topic" proposals for future issues of the journal. I wish to submit a proposal for a Special Topics issue on the literary works of Ernest J. Gaines. As you know, Gaines, at age 82, is a literary icon, still writing and living in the great state of Louisiana. From his first published short story, "The Turtles" (1956), to the 2006 publication of "Mozart and Leadbelly," he has not wavered from his love of all things "Point Coupee" and the memory of life on the plantation of his birth in 1933.

The American Hobo, MLA 2016, 1/7-1/10

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:19pm
MLA Special Session

Kerouac proclaims in his 1960 essay "The Vanishing Hobo" that cultural practices have made the American landscape inhospitable to the long-cherished tramp in literature and life. Despite this claim, the hobo continues to exhibit a cultural unconscious onto American narratives well into the present. This session aims to explore the hobo as 'he' becomes a special kind of subject in the twentieth century, breaking apart from early-century labor politics to become a transitional figure of individualistic and opportunistic strategies.

Edwidge Danticat Society Panel- MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA [UPDATE].

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:30am
Megan Feifer/ Edwidge Danticat Society


The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for its inaugural panel at the 29th Annual MELUS Conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures" we welcome papers that analyze Edwidge Danticat's work (activist, fiction, film, non-fiction) in relationship to immigration arrivals and departures, including presentations that seek to address, but are not limited to: citizenship rulings, detention, mobility, and transportation. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15 -minute presentations, possible topics include:

Politics of Friendship in American Literature

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:23am
Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 7-10, 2016, Austin, TX

MLA Convention, January 7-10, 2016, Austin, TX

Politics of Friendship in American Literature

Papers might engage with critical race studies, queer studies, children's and YA literature, and/ or issues of public authorship and collaboration. 250-word abstracts; short bios by 8 March 2015; Kristen Proehl (

"Legacies of the Sexual Revolution" - Proposed Panel, MLA 2016

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 10:26am
Eir-Anne Edgar

Papers sought for a proposed special session for MLA 2016. This session invites papers that explore representations of women during the Sexual Revolution. Papers may choose to explore a wide variety of texts, such as film, novels, or others.

Possible topics include: motherhood, marriage, sexuality, feminism, and work, among others.

This panel will interrogate the era's legacy in our understanding of gender, both then and now.

Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed presentation and a cv by March 15th to

The 2016 MLA Convention will take place in Austin, Texas from January 7-January 10.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sixth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium - March 28, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:42am
Gordon College

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for their sixth annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium (LLUC). Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The submission deadline is February 14, 2015, and we will confirm acceptance by February 28, 2015.