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Writing Anew: Critical, Cultural, and Canonical Innovations in Literature

full name / name of organization: 
University of North Texas Graduate Students of English Association
contact email: 
UNTcriticalvoices@gmail.com

Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution

Resisting Empire Through Humor - MLA 2015 (Vancouver) 8-11 January 2015

full name / name of organization: 
Katherine Bishop and Adele Holoch
contact email: 
katherine-bishop@uiowa.edu or aholoch@champlain.edu

“A joke is a very serious thing.” – Winston Churchill

Shapeshifters: Recycling and Literature (April 25-26, 2014)

full name / name of organization: 
Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
contact email: 
shapeshiftersconference@gmail.com

SHAPESHIFTERS: Recycling and Literature
April 25-26, 2014

Sponsor: Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA)

“If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.” Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

From Ovid to Ammons, writers have been fascinated by the physical transformation of material and the recycling of form. The very first line of The Metamorphoses reads, “I want to speak about bodies changed into new forms,” while A. R. Ammons in Sphere writes, “Things go away to return, brightened for the passage.” What is it about atoms and restless change that has attracted writers as diverse as Lucretius and Whitman? What does it mean to think of recycling as a form of desire? Or is the very idea of converting waste inimical to desire?

Teaching American Gun Cultures | MLA Special Session, Vancouver 2015

full name / name of organization: 
Rasmus R. Simonsen
contact email: 
rsimonse@uwo.ca

Today, Americans collectively own well over 200 million guns. And so it seems impossible to imagine the United States without the presence of guns. To own or not to own a firearm is a question that surely defines other crucial aspects of what it means to be American. This Special Session invites innovative approaches to teaching the representation of American gun cultures based on, but not limited to, geography, socio-economic status, race, gender, and sexuality.

[UPDATE] UBCO Graduate Conference - Rethinking Sustainability: New Critical and Cultural Horizons - May 2 – 3, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
University of British Columbia Okanagan IGSA
contact email: 
igsconference2014@gmail.com

University of British Columbia Okanagan IGS Graduate Studies Conference 2014 May 2 – 3, 2014

Rethinking Sustainability: New Critical and Cultural Horizons

Negotiating Archives of Redemption in Modernism, MLA 2015 Special Session Proposal

full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Langlois, University of Western Ontario
contact email: 
clanglo2@uwo.ca

In Religion and Violence, Hent de Vries argues that the “critical resources of the historical phenomenon called religion […] constitute an immense archive of concepts and figures, practices and di

Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism and Decadence, 1860-1920

full name / name of organization: 
Oxford University and University of Kent
contact email: 
cosmopolitanism.conference@gmail.com

Over the past twenty years, the term "cosmopolitanism" has been the focus of intense critical reflection and debate across the humanities.

Fugitive Bodies: Critical Writings on Race, Queerness and Contemporary Dance. UC Santa Barbara April 23, 2014. CFP deadline 3/1.

full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Santa Barbara Dept. of Theater and Dance
contact email: 
briangranger@umail.ucsb.edu

A conference in honor of dance scholar-artist Thomas DeFrantz and dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham, April 21st – April 23rd, 2014. Call for Graduate Student Papers (Read and/or Performed).

[UPDATE] Mirrored Subjectivities (4/18-19/14)

full name / name of organization: 
Mirrored Subjectivities / University of New Mexico
contact email: 
csconference.unm@gmail.com

Call for Papers

Sixth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

April 18-19, 2014

6th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference, September 19-20, 2014, Natchitoches, Louisiana

full name / name of organization: 
Shane Rasmussen, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
contact email: 
rasmussens@nsula.edu

The 6th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 19-20, 2014 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Religion after War (MLA 2015, 8-11 January-Vancouver)

full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association, Division of Literature and Religion
contact email: 
wccorley@csupomona.edu

Religion after War

The South Carolina Project on Language and Culture (SCPLC) will host a Student Conference on October 3, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
The South Carolina Project on Language and Culture (SCPLC) is a program of the Department of English and Modern Languages and the College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, SC State University, Orangeburg, SC.
contact email: 
ssalone@scsu.edu

Conference Theme: South Carolina's Cultures and Languages: Identifying, Documenting and Interpreting

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

full name / name of organization: 
Textual Overtures
contact email: 
textualovertures@gmail.com

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of “Bodies”.

[UPDATE] Issues in Critical Investigation 2015 Manuscript Competition

full name / name of organization: 
Issues in Critical Investigation
contact email: 
ici@vanderbilt.edu

Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI) seeks significant, original manuscripts that enrich and develop research in fields related to the study of the African Diaspora.

Issue of Biography on Online Auto/Biography (7/1/2014)

full name / name of organization: 
Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
contact email: 
biograph@hawaii.edu

Call for Submissions: Issue of Biography on Online Auto/Biography

Call for Books Reviews - Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics

full name / name of organization: 
Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
contact email: 
bmangrum@email.unc.edu

Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics (www.ethosreview.org) is looking for book reviews to include in the inaugural issue of our journal, which will be published in A

[UPDATE] - Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (April 26, 2014)

full name / name of organization: 
Binghamton University - English Department
contact email: 
shiftingborders@gmail.com

Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (5th Annual)

Theme: “Transatlantic Modernities”

Date: April 26, 2014

Cosmo-graphies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space. Falmouth University 24-25th July 2014. CFP deadline 25 April 2014.

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Niamh Downing/Falmouth University
contact email: 
cosmographies@falmouth.ac.uk

Cosmo-graphies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space
2-day conference, Falmouth University 24-25 July 2014

WSQ Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose: CHILD Issue

full name / name of organization: 
WSQ at the Feminist Press
contact email: 
wsqchildissue@gmail.com

Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose

WSQ Special Issue, Spring 2015: CHILD

Guest Editors: Sarah Chinn and Anna Mae Duane

Xenophile calls for undergraduate/graduate comparative literature papers - deadline: March 15th, 2013

full name / name of organization: 
Xenophile
contact email: 
xeno@uga.edu

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia is currently seeking submissions for its second issue of Xenophile, an up-and-coming comparative literature journal.

Poetics of Erasure (MLA 2015 Special Session)

full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
contact email: 
nicholsonm@ucla.edu, amyrwong@ucla.edu

Can erasure enable artistic and cultural production?

[UPDATE] Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon? (Special Session Proposal, MLA 2015 Vancouver, January 8-11)

full name / name of organization: 
Ian Butcher, Duquesne University
contact email: 
butcheri@duq.edu

What constitutes the canon of academic novels? Discussion of the genre has tended to focus on a limited number of novels. On the British side, C. P.

Memory Economies

full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2015, Vancouver (January 8-11)
contact email: 
tomsky@ualberta.ca; karyn.ball@ualberta.ca

CFP: Modernism and Climate Change (MSA 16) Deadline April 25, 2014.

full name / name of organization: 
John McIntyre
contact email: 
jmcintyre@upei.ca

This is a CFP for the upcoming MSA 16 conference in Pittsburgh for a panel called "Modernism and Climate Change." This panel will examine modernist representations of climate and climatic events, pa

"Immigration and Comics": MLA, Vancouver (January 8-11, 2015)

full name / name of organization: 
Jointly sponsored by MLA Division on European Literary Relations and the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives
contact email: 
nhoraluciaserrano@gmail.com

Recently, the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration in Paris staged an exhibition “Albums-Bande dessinée et immigration: 1913-2013” (October 16, 2013 – April 27, 2014) which brough

Modernist Studies Association Conference, 6-9 November 2014; "Modernity, Contingency, Community" panel

full name / name of organization: 
Steph Brown/University of Arizona; Thomas Claviez/University of Bern
contact email: 
stephjaybrown@gmail.com

The Confluence and Division website poses the question “How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity’s energies, imagined as layers, struc

American Literature after 1900 panel - 2014 RMMLA

full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)
contact email: 
jlaguard@email.arizona.edu

American Literature after 1900

We welcome paper proposals on a wide variety of topics spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, including but certainly not limited to:

American Modernism

Cliché - Issue 18, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts. 20 March 2014

full name / name of organization: 
FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
contact email: 
editors@forumjournal.org

FORUM JOURNAL ISSUE 18: CLICHÉ

Sustainability and Population

full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2015
contact email: 
alg9@rice.edu

"Sustainability and Population," MLA 2015, Special Session

[UPDATE] Modernism, Weather, and Climate (SCMLA Panel; Abstracts due 2/22

full name / name of organization: 
Dan Colson
contact email: 
dcolson@emporia.edu

This panel seeks papers about the significance of weather and/or climate in modern literature. Open to a wide range of topics (including American, British, and world literatures) and approaches.

MUSIC BEHIND BARS: ARTICULATING INCARCERATION AND POPULAR MUSIC

full name / name of organization: 
Joseph P. Fisher (The George Washington University); Brian Flota (James Madison University)
contact email: 
musicbehindbarsproject@gmail.com

Popular music’s relationship with incarceration has been a long and complicated one.

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay (MLA panel; 3/15/14)

full name / name of organization: 
MLA divisions on Black American Literature and Culture & Nonfiction Prose
contact email: 
bjnorman@loyola.edu

Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career welcome, especially in African American essay tradition.

MLA 15: Narrating Madness and Autism

full name / name of organization: 
Jonathan Gagas
contact email: 
jongagas@temple.edu

This non-guaranteed special session invites papers addressing how narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, or autism (in any medium, genre, or period) change our understanding of the ethics and phenom

Writing Home: Battle Front and Home Front Children's Literature of the First World War

full name / name of organization: 
MLA: Nonguaranteed Session in Children's Literature
contact email: 
weeksj@iupui.edu, lpaul@brocku.ca

Children at home dream of war; children in war zones dream of home.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers IJ-ELTS [April – June, 2014 Issue]

full name / name of organization: 
International Journal of English Language and Translation Studies
contact email: 
editor@eltsjournal.org

The IJ-ELTS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Studies for April-June, 2014 Issue

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