We are a lively academic collective interested in investigating the articulation of the numerous and heterogeneous representations which have been constructing images of the US. Our research delves into how the US—their history, society, and diverse cultures—have been represented in popular media and cultural creations. Our blog aims at providing a collaborative, engaging, and fair environment for any interested scholar, promoting the sharing of knowledge, experience, and ideas across disciplines and thematic fields. We’re also working to foster a stimulating space for early career researchers and postgraduate students in North American studies, thus we’ll warmly welcome their proposals.
Invisible Lives, Silent Voices
In the British Literature, Arts and Culture of the 20th and 21st centuries
15th-16th October 2020
Conference update - Covid 19 situation
The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.
The 12th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 18-19, 2020 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The conference committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The 2020 conference theme, “Losing Louisiana,” is dedicated to exploring the ways in which Louisiana’s cultures, environment, languages, and peoples are facing threats to their survival on a variety of fronts. What dangers do these threats pose to people, culture, and the environment? What solutions might be implemented to counter these threats? How can Louisiana pull back from the brink of disaster?
Indeterminate Futures / The Future of Indeterminacy
Transdisciplinary Conference DEADLINE for LIVE AND VIRTUAL PROPOSALS EXTENDED
13 – 15 November 2020, University of Dundee, Scotland
Keynotes: Karen Barad, Franco Berardi, Xin Wei Sha
From the transient street art of Banksy and Pablo Delgado to the exhibitions of Doreen Fletcher and Gilbert and George; from the novels of Charles Dickens and Monica Ali to televisual series produced by the BBC and ITV; and from early eighteenth-century churches designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor to twenty-first century skyscrapers conceived by Norman Foster, the East End is an iconic area of London.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 29 MAY 2020.
The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $300, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.
The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
Impossible Pastimes: Playing With, In, and Through the Middle Ages
35th International Conference on Medievalism
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA, November 12-14, 2020
CALL FOR PAPERS
ReFocus: The Films of Denis Villeneuve
Edited by Jeri English and Marie Pascal
Edinburgh University Press
Series Editors: Gary D. Rhodes, Robert Singer and Stefanie Van de Peer
Essays or K-12 lesson/unit plans analyzing how literature frames a specific environmental concern are invited from educators around the world. Contributions will be organized in an instructional follow-up resource to Confronting Climate Crises through Education: Reading Our Way Forward (2018). Intended to support educators’ implementation of literature-based interdisciplinary climate instruction, the project is titled Literature for Change: How Educators Can Prepare the Next Generation for a Climate-Challenged World. The collection will be published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Critical Thinking and Writing in the Age of Pandemics
Double Helix invites Reports from the Field and scholarly Notes related to the effects of coronavirus—campus closures, social distancing, courses moved online, etc.—on pedagogy related to critical thinking and writing.
*Reports from the Field (2,500 to 5,000 words) focus more exclusively on specific pedagogical practices and are less invested in theory than Research Articles. They address institutional programs and initiatives, course and assignment design, assessment, instructor response, and readings of student work. Their modest length provides readers with an opportunity to learn quickly about a new practice and its implementation.
The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed academic publication focusing on Shakespeare studies. It is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the Gerald R. Sherratt Library and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The editors invite papers on any topic related to Shakespeare, including Shakespearean texts, Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare works (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries.
The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topics related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The 2020 symposium (our first virtual conference) seeks papers that investigate our 2020 theme: Shakespeare, Story, and Adaptation, as well as Shakespeare in times of hardship.
Topics could range from the art and power of story-telling, legends and tales, or the drive to adapt stories. Papers may also cover the topics of playmaking in times of war, plague, and other hardships, digital or virtual playmaking, and the importance of theatre during these times. We welcome unique interpretations of these themes.
A Critical Companion to Mel Gibson
Edited by David Da Silva
Part of the Critical Companion to Popular Directors series
edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna
CALL FOR PAPERS
for a topical issue of Open Theology
"Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World”
Zanne Domoney-Lyttle (University of Glasgow)
Sarah Nicholson (University of Glasgow)
Caused Selves: Embodying the Material World in the Middle Ages
Julie Orlemanski (University of Chicago), Seminar Leader
This panel is dedicated to discussing Eastern/Russian Orthodox traditions, morality, culture, hagiography, iconography, mysticism, practices, monasticism, and beliefs as they pertain to (or appear within) Russian and Slavic literature. Discussions of religious influence are critical to the study of many of the greatest Russian authors and poets--Dostoevsky and Tolstoy amongst many others. Still, little scholarship has explored how both Dostoevsky and Tolstoy had extraordinarily different views of the Orthodox faith and of Christianity in general, and how this might have influenced their existential perspectives of life and death, meaning and purpose, as well as their works.
2020 South Central MLA Conference
Houston, TX * October 8-10
Creative Writing – Poetry (Regular Session): The SCMLA conference is an annual conference. While the theme this year is “Politics of Protest,” we warmly welcome poetry of any style, including digital and hybrid works. Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length.
CALL FOR PAPERS (updated May 2020)
Children’s Literature and Climate Change
Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn
Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island-City University of New York
The novel coronavirus has thrown life out of gear throughout the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a health crisis that has affected almost all major countries, forcing them to impose a full or partial lockdown in their respective territories. In such a situation “social distancing” seems to be the buzzword and the only solution to survival. It is during these critical times that technology is playing a major role in keeping life moving. Undoubtedly, various innovative technologies have helped in fighting this pandemic on all the fronts.
Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: “A Hero Will Endure”: Essays at the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator for an edited collection. All areas of study, with a common goal of representing the cultural and material impact of the film since its release in May 2000.
SCMLA 77th ANNUAL CONFERENCEOctober 8-10, 2020
Whitehall Hotel • 1700 Smith St. • Houston, TX 77002
Conference Theme: “Politics of Protest”
The 2021 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium:
Privilege and Position
At the University of the South, Sewanee, TN
April 9-10, 2021
Edward King Plenary Lecturer:
William Chester Jordan, History, Princeton University
Brinley Rhys Plenary Lecturer:
Seeta Chaganti, University of California, Davis
Call for Papers:
Call for Participants
Veteran Politics and Memory: A Global Perspective
Department of History, University of Warwick
16th and 17th April 2021
Decolonization is a growing niche in German Studies [e.g. works of Kien Nghi Ha, Dirk Göttsche, Jürgen Zimmerer] – but a niche, nonetheless. Yet Germany has been and is changing. Aladin El-Mafaalani writes: “Die Integration von Teilen in ein Ganzes verändert dieses Ganze” (83, 2018). A (more) diverse Germany necessitates comprehensive contention with its complicated past, laying bare the various structures of oppression that consciously and unconsciously impede or prohibit integration and cohabitation. Furthermore, Decolonial theory necessitates such a discussion, positing that modernity and coloniality are co-constituent: colonialism is not an effect of modernization but an element of its foundation.
The Short Story permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks paper presentations related to the 2020 conference theme, “Cultures of Collectivity.”
Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies on Hybridity and Star Trek
Guest Editor: Jackie Hogan (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Bradley University) Editor: James M. Decker (Professor of English, Illinois Central College)
Call for Papers:
Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_ILS.html).
ANZAMEMS Conference Postponed Until February 2022
We have been closely monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact upon the ‘Reception and Emotion’ conference in early February 2021.
Based on current Australian Government advice, we have decided to postpone the conference until 2022.
We are mindful of uncertainty prompted by the outbreak and cannot predict what impact it will have in the coming weeks and months.
Our primary concern is the health and safety of all involved in the conference, and we are aware of the need to ensure the conference is as safe an environment as possible for all.