Both perennial elements of a society, scandal is often fodder for humor, and humor fodder for scandal. From their subversion of existing power structures, to issues of critical reception, to objectionable behavior on the part of creators, humorous texts have exposed, caused, and responded to many instances of cultural uproar. This panel will explore the ways that humor and scandal are intimately related. Papers and presentations on any aspect of humor expression are welcome, including but not limited to analysis of stand up or sketch comedy, satire, political cartoons, satirical activism, parody, literature, television, film, or music.
Corona Epidemic: Social, Economic and Ecological Issues
Call for Book Chapters
The novel coronavirus epidemic has challenged the path of human growth. It has reassured mankind why development and not growth should be of primary concern for humanity. Ever since the onset of the industrial revolution, ecology and social wellbeing have been compromised for the economy. However, with the epidemic challenging the economic structure, it begets humankind to find sustainable solutions that balance all these three facets of industrial growth, ecological sustainability and social wellbeing.
SERIES TITLE: Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference
SERIES EDITOR/S: May Friedman, Ryerson University (Canada); Silvia Schultermandl, University of Graz (Austria)
Seeking short essays (no longer than 2500 words) to be included in our first issue.
We want to hear about your transition to online teaching during the coronavirus. What challenges have you faced? How have you been successful? Which platforms have you used?
What, in your view, is the future of the humanities?
CONFERENCE ONLINE*9-10 July2020Deadline for Proposals: 25 June 2020
The Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference's 118th Annual meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Thursday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 15th. This year's Association for the Study of Literature and Environment panel is looking for presenters working in any aspect of ecocriticism, including (but not limited to) ecocritical theory, Indigenous ecocriticism, environmental ethics, environmental justice, colonial, postcolonial, and settler colonial ecologies, gender and ecology, literary representations of non-human being, and interdisciplinary investigations of literature and environmental science.
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Video games are increasingly popular objects of critical study in the literature classroom. In the spirit of the theme of SAMLA 92, Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts, this panel invites papers that consider the provocative and controversial implications of studying video games in the context of literary studies. How are games, metagames, and game studies breaking texts and textual paradigms by creating new rules for studying literary objects, forms, and histories? The panel will investigate the affinities and divergences between games and literature, as well as the friction between game studies and literary criticism.
**Extended Deadline (see note below re: conference format flexibility in light of COVID-19)
Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Organization
The Ohio State University
Call for Papers
Discipline and Interdisciplinarity
October 2nd & 3rd, 2020
Virtual conference on Saturday 7 November, 2020
at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, with Zoom.
Humankind has ever been impressed by, and formed by, the natural world. The world’s beginning and end are a subject in numerous narratives. Ecocriticism addresses large scale concerns about anthropocene changes. In literary tradition there is a multiplicity of understandings, while Biblical religion has stated that God made both heaven and earth.
Papers, which are also offered for publication as articles in The Glass, and eventually on the CLSG website, will have a reading time of about 20 minutes. The CLSG interest is in exploring Christian and Biblical themes in Literature.
The Flannery O’Connor Society invites papers on any topic in the life and works of Flannery O’Connor. Please send 300-word abstracts by June 15, 2020, to Sarah Shermyen, University of Georgia, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a brief bio and any A/V requirements in your abstract. Paper will be read at SAMLA in Jacksonville, FL; November 13-15, 2020.
The Flannery O’Connor Society invites papers on topics relevant to O'Connor's interpretations of and commentary on her own work, including but not limited to: the value of deferring to O'Connor's readings of her own stories, O'Connor's religious vision, O'Connor's definitions of grotesque or gothic, or O'Connor's politics. We want to know: how much should we let O'Connor dictate the meaning of her work? Please send a 300-word abstract by June 15, 2020, to Sarah Shermyen, University of Georgia, at email@example.com. Please also include a brief bio and any A/V requirements in your abstract. Paper will be read at SAMLA in Jacksonville, FL; November 13-15, 2020.
Guest Editor: Robyn Dudic
In a society gradually turning to more inclusiveness and tolerance, this special issue of gender forum is dedicated to highlight the relevance and importance of Gender and Queer Studies with regard to contemporary academic literature.
2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking work, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which brought unprecedented attention to the ongoing discrimination present in the United States’ criminal justice system and its many devastating effects. Numerous studies have also documented the ways in which children and young adults are impacted by the criminal justice system, whether they are in it themselves, have a family member in it, or are living with the expectation of entering it in the future.
Distance no longer impedes a college or university education; however, when institutions offer little or no training, scant support for faculty, poor course design, and little integration with campus life, they stymie rigorous programs. This collection of essays will interest practitioners of online teaching, design, and administration of successful online programs. If you are interested in submitting a chapter, please access the chapter proposal form on the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website and submit your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iris Murdoch Review board invites essays relating to the life and work of Iris Murdoch and her circle for the eleventh edition of the Review. Essays must conform to the Review's formatting guidelines and be approxmately 7000 words in length. Essays may focus on her fiction, philosophy, theology, life, informal writings, or her engagement with other figures in her life or work.
The Iris Murdoch Review (Kingston University Press) is a peer-review journal that publishes articles on the life and work of Iris Murdoch and her milieu on a yearly basis. The Review aims to represent the breadth and eclecticism of contemporary critical approaches to Murdoch, and particularly welcomes new perspectives and lines of inquiry.
Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism. We are seeking chapters that show how transgender theory can provide novel insights for developing literary theory and conducting literary criticism, as well as chapters that analyze specific literary works that explore transgender identity and experience from the perspectives of a variety of literary theories. A sampling of confirmed contributions follows:
November 13-15, 2020 | Jacksonville, FL
Molecular Intimacies of Empire
PAMLA 2020 Las Vegas Nov 12-15 2020
General Standing Session: Composition and Rhetoric
This session welcomes all papers addressing the fields of composition and rhetoric from
pedagogical, practical, and theoretical perspectives. In addition, we encourage papers that
address the conference theme, “City of God, City of Destruction,” in ways that connect the
rhetoric/composition field with topics or practices examining the current political, religious, and
social divides. Possible areas of interest include debates, classroom strategies, and rhetorical
A paper session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress) examining depictions of what comes in the wake of war and death in works in the Tolkienian tradition. ***This is a re-proposal of a session from the cancelled 2020 Congress.***
In keeping with this year’s MMLA conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity”, this panel solicits propositions that reflect on the many ways in which the individual and the collective were conceived in pre-revolutionary society. Rather than viewing the individual and the collective as being separate facets of social existence, papers that look at the liminal movement between subjective experience and the larger political body will be of particular interest. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
University of Hertfordshire, 8‒10 April 2021
15th Annual Conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) | 8 to 10 October 2020 | Online
ComFor’s 15th annual conference aims to intensify a dialogue between the various disciplinary approaches to the medium of comics and related popular narrative images (including manga, graphic novels or cartoons) by focusing on the concept of medial, mediated, and mediating agency. Building on perspectives from actor-network theory and subsequent approaches to a possible actor-media theory, the conference aims to reconstruct the complexities of distributed agency within historical and contemporary cultures of comics.
Media Literacy and Academic Research (MLAR)
ISSN 2585-8726 (Print), ISSN: 2585-9188 (Online)
Call for Papers