This special issue focuses on the rise of graphic arts, Comics and Memes in the Arab world as a means of expression, representation, and political resistance against ideological hegemony. The aim of this Special Issue is to explore Graphic arts, Comics and Memes, and their uses and functions in a changing Arab world. We are interested in scholarly works that examine the intersectionality of the literary and artistic production created before, during, and after the Arab uprisings and the significance of the development of visual means of production of these works especially in relation to online communication. The uprisings that began in Tunisia in December 2010 popularized the use of non-traditional and independent media for publishing.
Deadline Extended: Nature and Narrative: Writing, Literature and Pedagogy in the Anthropocene deadline for submissions: April 9, 2017 full name / name of organization: Saint Louis University Madrid contact email: email@example.com
Conference to be held in Madrid on June 22-23, 2018
Keynote speakers: Dr. Joni Adamson and Dr. Scott Slovic
Call for a paper that addresses and compares great ape intelligence and social behavior. Specifically, we’d be interested, in line with the aims and scope of the journal, for a paper that looks at, among great apes, what has been traditionally considered human-unique traits and characteristics like moral behavior. Therefore, emphasis could be placed, comparatively speaking even among the great apes, on the similarities and differences in helping, aggression, and intelligence among orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos. In this regard, one could discuss recent findings in the context of great ape personhood. In turn, the paper could dovetail into a discussion about great apes in captivity, habitat loss, and animal rights.
Conference to be held in Madrid on June 22-23, 2018
Keynote speakers: Dr. Joni Adamson and Dr. Scott Slovic
Since the discovery of DNA the metaphor of writing to the genetic makeup of living beings has been a tempting one to engage. As George and Muriel Beadle wrote in 1966 (and as Marcello Barbieri points to in his essay “What is Biosemiotics?”) “The deciphering of the genetic code has revealed our possession of a language much older than hieroglyphics, a language as old as life itself, a language that is the most living language of all—even if its letters are invisible and its words are buried in the cells of our bodies” (Beadle and Beadle 1966).
Interrogating “Common Language”
Simon Fraser University, Department of English
June 22nd-24th, 2018
Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2018
“English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.” – wikipedia.org entry for “English Language” (2018)
“Writers – journalists, essayists, bloggers, poets, playwrights – can disturb the social oppression that functions like a coma on the population, a coma that despots call peace.” – Toni Morrison, Burn This Book (2009)
My Victorian Novel
Isobel Armstrong has lamented that the way we teach the Victorian novel, with enthusiasm and delight, is so different from the way we criticize it. I wonder if this is also partially true about the way we really read and experience Victorian novels, if there is a Wemmick-like division between the absorbed and happy reader, cozy and contented in the Castle, and the buttoned-up professor at the lectern or the laptop. Rereading Victorian fiction over time, for our classes or our scholarship, must at some level involve a relaxation of feeling, the evocation of memories, psychic immersion, and moral engagement––alongside critical distance, objectivity, or suspicion.
Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXXII, September 13-15, 2018
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Ellen Arnold, Ohio Wesleyan University
Rivers and Riverscapes in the Early Middle Ages
It is our great honour and pleasure to invite you to submit papers for the forthcoming publication that will be released in English and is scheduled to be published in 2018, in the Jagiellonian University Press series “Bezkresy kultury”. The series is the project of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations that focuses on various cultures as seen from different perspectives and aims at publishing monographs popularising research deepening our knowledge of the world.
The volume will be a peer reviewed, independent publication discussing the problem of male energy and its manifestations across multiple disciplines, for example:
- Literature studies
- Religious studies
- Social studies
For this edited collection, we seek essays that investigate contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. We are especially interested in essays that discuss contemporary black writers’ responses to personal and public deaths, challenging some of the foundational components of the elegy, while still drawing on the form.
Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities solicits submissions for a special issue on Performing Identities in Jewish Latin American Film, guest edited by Luca Barattoni (Clemson University) and Patricia Nuriel (Wofford College).
CALL FOR PAPERS
Royal Holloway, University of London
In association with The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and
the United States Embassy, London
Faulkner Studies in the UK: A Colloquium
Senate House, London. May 31st, 2018.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway, University of London
THE 20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES SECTION
CALL FOR PAPERS
The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 20th Annual International Conference:
Truth(s) and Alternative Facts
Dates: 7–9 June, 2018
Call for papers deadline: April 3, 2018
May 18 and 19, 2018
Call for Papers: The Journal of the Future Humanities (JFH), 1 (2018)
The Journal of the Future Humanities (JFH) seeks essays that investigate how the humanities would deal with the future and the possible issues that could arise. JFH is a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal that collects and publishes various interdisciplinary work that focuses on the study of the future in relation to the humanities.
CFP: Opioid Aesthetics: Expressive Culture in an Age of Addiction
2018 MMLA Conference Theme
Kansas City, MO
November 15-18, 2018
Panel: German Women Writers
We are seeking papers which deal with the literary texts and lives of German-speaking women writers from any period and in any genre. Papers that address the Convention theme of “Consuming Cultures” are especially welcome.
Contestations: Literature & Aesthetics
Regent’s University London
11 – 12 July 2018
Keynote speakers: Prof Peter Lamarque, University of York, UK
Dr Jukka Mikkonen, University of Tampere, Finland
***Extended deadline for abstracts: Monday 30 April 2018***
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival (DIME)
Special Issue: Role of Technology in Indigenous, Minority, and Diaspora Language
Maintenance, Cultural Survival, and Curriculum Innovation: Digital Divide, Access, and Empowerment
International Seminar on Identity, History, and Narrative in Contemporary Afghan Literature in English
6-8 February 2019
The Department of English, Gauhati University, has been organizing a series of international seminars on literature emerging from India and its neighbours, with two seminars already held on Sri Lanka and Pakistan. This year, we are shifting our focus to Afghanistan, the nation, and its diaspora.
In his recent polemical piece, noted academic and cultural critic, Timothy Brennan calls Digital Humanities, a “bust” and declares: “[a]fter a decade of investment and hype, what has the field accomplished? Not much.” Brennan’s critique of DH, amongst others, is that “[DH] promises to break the book format without explaining why one might want to — even as books, against all predictions, doggedly persist, filling the airplane hangar- sized warehouses of Amazon.com.” What remains potently interesting is that Brennan’s questioning of DH and its machine-oriented methodology[ies] is itself rooted in an Anglo-American episteme: one that has continuously promoted the “print medium” as the only legitimate paradigm for advancing worthwhile humanistic inquiry.
From Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film Clueless to Seth Graham-Smith’s 2016 novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and its many adaptations),and from Sherri Browning Erwin’s 2011 novel Grave Expectations to Thomas Vinterberg’s 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd, the proliferation of adaptations of nineteenth century texts does not look to abate soon, and scholars have been taking notice. Adaptation offers a new way to consume both nineteenth century culture and canonical texts. We are seeking submissions of papers exploring adaptations of Nineteenth Century literature in new genres and/or mediums. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
The Adaptation Essay Prize 2018Entries now open
About the Adaptation Essay Prize
The Adaptation Essay Prize is a new innovation from the journal, launched in 2011 to encourage the best new scholarship in the field. While the journal publishes many articles which focus on the relationship between literature and film, the Editors are particularly keen to publish work which challenges the primacy of that relationship: this might include essays on computer games, opera, popular music, animation, genre fiction or work with a wider theoretical sweep.
The winner’s prize will consist of:
The Society for the Study of American Travel Writing invites proposals for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado. November 7-11, 2018.
In keeping with the Conference Theme: “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas,” the SSATW seeks proposals that examine the ways American women travelers use their writing to critique society, the nation, and the injustices they experience or observe as travelers.
Whether traveling in America or abroad, women travelers are uniquely positioned
The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association are pleased to
invite submissions to the journal’s annual essay competition exclusive to
postgraduates. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for students to
enhance their CV through the publication of their work in an excellent high-profile
journal that caters to a very wide range of genres, periods, and critical approaches.
We are looking for essays that provide new perspectives on canonical and/or noncanonical
Anglophone literatures, and therefore welcome submissions that focus on
single authors/texts or a range, and which develop original arguments beyond simple
Gravity assist is a slingshot move, when one object uses the gravity of another to propel itself out of orbit. This concept from space travel, first used with the Mariner 10 probe in 1974, functions as a metaphor for escaping the constraints of the present to create change for the future. The conference, to be held by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Croatia, 14-15 September, 2018, aims to examine strategies for challenging the limitations of the present in order to escape from them. Much contemporary thought is unfortunately, but understandably, focused on dystopia.
Learning to Go High:
Re-Awakening Hope through Education
The 24th Annual Summer Conference of
The Assembly of Expanded Perspectives on Learning
of the National Council of Teachers of English
Y of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
June 21-24, 2018
As a means of understanding the importance of wider aesthetic and social contexts for Anglophpne modernism, this MLA Chicago 2019 panel examines James Joyce's work within the setting of Paris. Papers on issues of intertextuality, reception, and translation, as well as surrealism, war, cosmopolitanism etc., are welcomed. 250-word abstract and 150-word bio by March 31, 2018.
MLA 2019, 3–6 January, Chicago
MLA Panel: "Do Area Studies Matter?" MLA 2019, 3–6 January, Chicago
Call for Papers: SLSA 2018 (Toronto) PANEL: “Vanishing Ladies”: The Disembodied Woman in Digital Art and Culture
Call for Papers: "Journalism and Experientiality"
Thematic issue of Recherches en Communication
Deadline for submission: June 29, 2018
Languages: English and French
Paper submissions are invited for a thematic issue of Recherches en Communication, which will explore the interplay between journalism and experience in narrative and literary forms of journalism.