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Call for chapter Proposals: To Prove a Villain: On the Performativity of “Evil” Characters in Anglophone Literature

updated: 
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 5:38am
University of Gafsa, Tunisia
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 30, 2018

Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile,
And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart,
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions.
I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall;
I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk;
I'll play the orator as well as Nestor,
Deceive more slily than Ulysses could,
And, like a Sinon, take another Troy.
I can add colours to the chameleon,

Race and Versification in Anglophone Poetry

updated: 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:59pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Panel: Race and Versification in Anglophone Poetry

NeMLA Annual Convention: March 21-24, 2019, Washington D.C.

Re-Visions of Eden: The Idea of the Midwestern Gothic

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:24pm
Brandi Homan & Julia Madsen
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018

In the American cultural imagination, the Midwest embodies the “home” or “heart” of the nation associated with frontier and rural values of promise, fertility, order, and stability, according to Joanna Jacobson in “The Idea of the Midwest.” Jacobson argues that the Midwest has come to symbolize the quintessentially “American,” speaking to “the impulse to invent a myth of commonality rooted in the physical landscape at the center of the continent and for the insufficiency of that myth as a response to the conditions of urban industrial culture.” While the idea and image of the Midwest in American culture serve as resources of recovery and refuge from the ill effects of urban industrialism, it is increasingly evident that these visions of a pastor

In Search of the Canon: Poets and Artists Confronting with their Models (c. 1500-1700)

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:09pm
The Renaissance Society of America
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, August 12, 2018

The theory of Imitation was a central topic of discussion in the ‘Republic of Letters’. The European community of humanists, philosophers, poets and artists was engaged in the dispute over the models to refer to during the creative process. How to develop a normative canon as a reference point for artists and writers in the practice of Imitation? Which poets and artists to select as the examples of ‘bello stile’?

While the authority of ancient models was universally acknowledged, the building of a canon of modern masters was under discussion. One of the typical environments of this discussion were the Academies, where writers, artists, philosophers, antiquarians gathered around learned patrons.  

Outlaw Bodies: The Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:58am
International Association for Robin Hood Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 2, 2018

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) invites abstract submissions for its Twelfth Biennial Conference, to be held at the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) from 14-17 May 2019. The theme of the conference is “Outlaw Bodies.”

 

Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:54am
Postcolonial Narrations
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 Conference

Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures
October 10-12, 2018
Goethe University, Frankfurt

Confirmed keynote speaker: Alex Tickell (Open University)

Rage et Impuissance: Contemporary French Fiction and the Cigarette's Fall from Grace

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:33am
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

In his Lettre sur les aveugles, Diderot shares the discovery that the cane of the blind is not a crutch, but a privileged organ of sensory perception, structuring the encounter with external reality and shaping its internal representation. Bernard Pivot may have had the same powers in mind when he compared the cigarette of Françoise Sagan to this cane: the writer can't see, and therefore can't write, without it. How has the mythical literary status of the cigarette fared in the decades since the first tobacco-control laws? How is smoking represented in an era of growing panic about addictions, as well as persistent unease about the role of government in promoting and enforcing good health?

'Maybe (S)he Had Some Authority': Celebrating the Works of Black Women Writers

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:31am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 50th Anniversary Convention
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This year’s NeMLA convention is historic: the organization celebrates five decades of cultivating scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. Equally historic is the fact that 2019 is an anniversary year for pivotal texts by Black women writers. It marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Broadway debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), and the fiftieth anniversary of Maya Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). Moreover, 2019 is also the fortieth anniversary of Octavia Butler’s now canonized fictional slave narrative Kindred (1979).

Seventeenth Claflin University Conference on English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:30am
Claflin University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Call For Papers

Seventeenth Claflin University Conference

 on English and Language Arts Pedagogy

in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

                           

                                                                                                      October 30-31, 2018

 

THEME:  READING AND WRITING ACROSS THE                                                              

                                                            CURRICULUM

Tentative Schedule:

FALL 2018 ISSUE: The Scattered Pelican - Matter(s) of Fact

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:29am
Official Graduate Journal of Comparative Literature, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Western University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 24, 2018

For the next issue of The Scattered Pelican, we invite all graduate students in Comparative Literature or related fields to submit article-length contributions exploring the theme of the 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference of the Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies and Theory & Criticism, which recently took place at Western University: Matter(s) of Fact. 

The Biannual International Margaret Cavendish Conference

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:25am
The International Margaret Cavendish Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

6-9 JUNE 2019

Trondheim, Norway

HOST: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

THEME: Natures, Pictures:  Cavendish and Early Modern Science, Technology, and Creativity 

Call for Papers

The society welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers on topics related directly or indirectly to the theme, or on any aspects of Cavendish, her work, her family (including William Cavendish, Jane Cavendish, and Elizabeth Cavendish) and her contemporaries, influences, and responses to her work. In particular, we invite panel proposals on the work of Anne Conway and other early modern women scientists and philosophers. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following disciplines:  

- art history

The Faces of Depression in Literature

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:22am
JOSEFA ROS VELASCO
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 21, 2018

Seminar: The Faces of Depression in Literature

 

Fifteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:20am
American Indian Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.

Sounding the alarm: ecological crimes and transnational crises

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:16am
Thierry Gustave, University of Massachussetts, Boston
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Call for Panel Papers : NeMLA Conference 2019

 

Sounding the alarm: ecological crimes and transnational crises

 

Faced with ecological disaster and the migratory crisis, what roles can literature, cinema and popular culture play in raising awareness and empowering human beings? This session welcomes contributions in the fields of contemporary francophone literature and cinema that address the problem of violence against wildlife and explore solutions to this violence in a transnational context.

 

On the Philosophy of Autofiction (NeMLA 2019)

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:14am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

NeMLA Annual Convention - Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019

Fictions of Forgotten Families

updated: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:07pm
Modern Language Association International Symposium
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018

 

Call for Papers

MLA International Symposium

Lisbon, Portugal – July 23-25, 2019

 

What do you imagine when you hear the word “family?” How do our traditionally nuclear imaginings of family serve to marginalize non-normative formations of family and kinship? Which iterations of family get left out of discourses of family values, are subjected to hate speech, or are somehow forgotten when the mainstream media talks about family?

 

World Picture Conference 2018

updated: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:26am
Jules O'Dwyer / University of Cambridge
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

 

 

World Picture Conference 2018

 

 

University of Cambridge

12 & 13 December

 

REPRODUCTION 

 

Keynote Speakers

 

Anne Boyer

(Kansas City Art Institute/University of Cambridge)

  

Tiziana Terranova

Animating Blackness - NEMLA 2019

updated: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:18am
NEMLA 2019 - March 21-24, 2019, Washington, D. C.
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Since 2005, when Sianne Ngai first developed the concept of “animatedness” to describe the ways that racialized bodies are made machine-like through external manipulation, Ngai’s work has continued to provide a useful foundation for investigating representations of black voices and black bodies in African American literature and culture. This session seeks papers that will contribute to this broader scholarly conversation by considering the ways in which black bodies have continued to be voiced, mediated, automatized, and silenced by external forces.

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice; October 31, 2018

updated: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:07am
Patricia K. Bostian / Central Piedmont Community College
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We seek intelligent critical articles written in a clear, readable style that offer our readers thoughtful, useful, pedagogically sound, and innovative ideas for teaching American literature. We are also interested in articles about new American authors or lesser known authors who haven't seen much study, particularly in ways that they could add to students' experiences of American literature. All articles go through a blind peer review process with editorial staff making all final publishing decisions.

2019 WALT WHITMAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

updated: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:06am
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) invites you to attend the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held August 9-11, 2019 at Walt’s Birthplace on Long Island, NY, in celebration of Whitman’s Bicentennial birthday. Join this historic celebration.

Walt was born here in 1819 in a home built by his father. In Walt’s poem, “There Was a Child Went Forth,” he commemorates his Birthplace environs that “became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.”

Kalamazoo 2019: Beyond the Battlefield: Medieval Literature in Wartime

updated: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:03am
Daniel Davies (University of Pennsylvania) and Max Ashton (Stanford University)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

How does medieval war resonate beyond the battlefield? This roundtable session invites papers that consider the relationship between medieval literature and wartime. War punctuates our understanding of the Middle Ages, providing us with frameworks for comprehending and interpreting the events of history, and the corpus of literature created in response to these conditions is equally broad. In its most literal sense, wartime literature is the narration or memorialization of events on the battlefield, from the Battle of Maldon to the work of Jordan Fantosme and the poetry attributed to Laurence Minot. Wartime, however, is less a temporal or veridical marker than a loaded conceptual term. What counts as wartime? When does it begin and end?

CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSITIONS 8 – new directions in comics studies 2018

updated: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:19pm
Transitions
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 24, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSITIONS 8 – new directions in comics studies 2018

Birkbeck, University of London

Saturday 10th November 2018

After a year’s hiatus we are delighted to announce this call for papers for the interdisciplinary Transitions 2018 symposium. Originally convened by PhD students in 2010, Transitions at Birkbeck is a platform for emerging research that is free to attend and participate in.

Shakespeare’s Literary Recovery and Afterlife (British Shakespeare Association 2019 Conference)

updated: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:00pm
Nikki Roulo / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Echoing Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Claude  McKay notes, “You place your Seers with madmen, fools and rogues, Their words distort and twist.” This panel will explore the “distort and twist” of words, examining how Shakespeare’s literary work (re)defines and intersects with race and community today. How is Shakespeare recovered within minority communities? How is his work used in music to address race and contemporary issues? Why is his work subverted and reconfigured to address contemporary issues of race and nation? Do performances place the audience in a place of complicitness? This session invites papers that explore the intersection of his literary recovery and race.

Topics may include:

ICMS 2019 "Rhetoric of Resistance"

updated: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 3:59pm
The International Association of Robin Hood Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

CFP: ICMS 2019 "Rhetoric of Resistance"

The International Association of Robin Hood Studies is sponsoring a session on “Rhetoric of Resistance” at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo (ICMS 2019).

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