The history of literature and film is strewn with the brutalized bodies of women, queer people, and trans and non-binary people. Sometimes condemned, sometimes celebrated, such violence can occupy a central place in the meaning-making of the artistic work, but it might also serve only to reveal the character traits of perpetrating villains and rescuing heroes. This seminar aims to explore the effects of gendered and sexualized violence in literature and film and to theorize our approaches to its study. Are there ways to incorporate violence into literature and film that are more ethical or effective than others, and by what measures? Are there ways to analyze violence in literature and film that are more productive than others, and by what measures?
Panel: Problematic Faves - Ethical Reading in the Age of Cancel Culture
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston
March 5-8, 2020
“We need to now consider that we have elevated what we’ve inscribed as genius at the expense of the humanity and potential of people they silenced, erased, and preyed upon.”
Aditi Natasha Kini
Society for Novel Studies
Call for Papers: The Novel’s New Worlds
St. John’s College, University of Oxford
April 2-4, 2020
Highlights of the conference include:
Keynote lecture by Leah Price
Special panel on Novel Objects (RÊVE: European Romanticisms in Association)
Keyword and Novel Seminars lead by Nancy Armstrong – Adelene Buckland – Paul Crosthwaite – Mark Currie – Merve Emre –Alex Houen – Yoon Sun Lee – Deidre Lynch – B. Venkat Mani –Ellen Rooney – Helen Small – Vanessa Smith –Aarthi Vadde
Peripatetic seminar on speculative fiction led by John Plotz
CFP: Brandeis Novel Symposium
Friday April 24, 2020
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2019
The fourth annual Brandeis Novel Symposium examines the genre’s relation to issues of settler colonialism, land, and indigeneity. The focal text is Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House (1925). As in previous years, we invite papers that explore these larger questions from diverse theoretical, historical and formal angles, taking Cather’s novel either as focus or simply as a point of departure.
Early Modern Spain witnessed the birth of the literary and culturally significant picaresque genre with protagonists that existed in liminal spaces that allowed society to fashion them and in turn these pícaros to refashion themselves. Through autobiographies, letters and dialogues, they became manifested not only as beggars, buffoons, thieves, card sharks and prostitutes, but also as animals, actors, rich runaways and academics. This panel seeks papers in English or Spanish that examine how society fashions the picaresque genre’s protagonists and/or how pícaros shape themselves.
To what extent does horror operate as an allegory for the nation and the body politic? To what extent can horror function as an aesthetic space to engage and critique the sociocultural, political, and historical contexts from which it emerges? And what happens if or when horror—a genre that seems inherently interested in troubled borders, marginalized spaces, and unstable boundaries—reaches beyond the nation, into transnational and global contexts?
Call for Submissions
“Queer Fire: Liberation and Abolition”
Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal, invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida. We invite close readings informed by feminist and queer theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and aesthetics.
The First Virtual Conference Language, Communication and Education (LCE2020) will be held on January 15-17, 2020 (15-22h Central European Time). The theme of LCE2020 is “Linguistic Advances in the Digital Era”. Seven thematic strands have been distinguished (see conference strands and topics).
This is a call for essays and interviews for a book titled “Alternative Careers for the Stage,” a new book in the "PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional" series, which will explore possibilities for making use of a theatre education.
To be published by Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis
Contributors to this book will share their perspectives on professions and theatrical work available to individuals educated in theatre, closely examining career paths that fall outside of the traditional acting, directing, designing, and stage-managing paths. I am particularly interested in inclusion & diversity and the book will have an international perspective.
The South Sea Event: 300 Years Later
CALL FOR PAPERS
September 30, 2019 | Abstract acceptance notification
December 15, 2019 | Deadline to submit draft paper
January 30, 2020 | Submission of final paper
Call for Papers, Composition and Rhetoric: Practice at CEA 2020
March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Composition and Rhetoric: Practice for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org
The special topics chair for Rhetoric and Composition: Practice welcomes proposals on a range of topics exploring how pedagogies and practices shape the writing classroom. Proposals may address the following topics:
“It’s Because of the Implication”: Essays on the FX Series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Edited by Ashley Szanter
Journal of Veterans Studies (JVS) Spring 2020 Issue
Guest Editor: Neil Southern,
Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
Deadline: January 6, 2020
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—an academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our fifteenth year of issues.
For our coming issues, we are particularly interested in articles that address anarchism, Black Bloc activism, Antifa, and ecological radicalism.
FILM REVIEWS FOR THE QUINT
Literature and Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century
Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick
Saturday 15th February 2020
Keynote: Prof. Derek Attridge (York); Prof. Esther Leslie (Birkbeck)
Critical Companions to Popular Directors SERIES
Call for Papers: African-American Literature at CEA 2020
March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on African-American literature for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Louise LePage, Lecturer in Theatre (University of York)
Following two successful conferences in the UK, at Royal Holloway, University of London and in Arizona, at Arizona State University, in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Stage the Future returns to the UK for its third conference on science fiction theatre on 6-7 December 2019. We welcome papers, panels, and performances that examine and explore the unique attributes live performance offers to science fiction and those that science fiction offers to live performance.
Writing the Self and its Shame - CFP (ACLA 2020, Chicago)
Across the African diaspora, art was a form of expression and liberation at times of widespread cultural oppression, enabling artists of color to resist the tradition of silencing while preserving their histories, traditions, and more in ways that could be passed down intergenerationally. While much art worked to fulfill a political purpose by pushing for equality and liberty in oppressive cultures, other works aimed at achieving liberation by way of celebrating Black cultural forms, from the cutting-edge music of Erykah Badu to that of Janelle Monae.
CFP for seminar proposal to ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2020 annual meeting in Chicago (March 19-22, 2020).
Seminar Title: Why work? Technology, magic, and the cultural value of labor
Decolonizing the Victorians
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
October 14, 2019
Org. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES-CEAUL), in collaboration with the Centre for Indian Studies
Jyotsna Singh, Professor of Renaissance Literature, Michigan State University, USA
Neilesh Bose, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in History, University of Victoria, Canada
Call for Papers for Critical Insights: Frederick Douglass (2020)
This is a call for essay proposals for a forthcoming edited collection on Frederick Douglass. This volume will be published in fall 2020 as part of the following subset of Salem Press’s Critical Insights collection: https://www.salempress.com/ci_authors.
Designed for high school and undergraduate students, this collection will provide a comprehensive introduction to Frederick Douglass, with a particular focus on literary studies.
In 2016 Amitav Ghosh threw down a gauntlet: realism, he asserted, is not adequate to the task of representing climate change. As per the subtitle of The Great Derangement, it is “the unthinkable” both in our recent Holocene past and in the genre of realism. Shortly after, Jesse Oak Taylor called out Ghosh’s dismissal of realism on b2o’s blog while advocating other kinds of serious fiction, like modernism and magical realism, as capable of representing climate change. Most recently, Elizabeth DeLoughrey has asserted that allegory is the form par excellence for representing the Anthropocene.
“Ethical Dramaturgies”: a special issue of Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance
The history of the relationship between theatre and ethics laid out by Nicholas Ridout in the eponymous 2009 book from Palgrave’s Theatre &Series describes the relationship of ethics to theatre in the Western tradition as a shift in focus from ethical dramatic content to ethical theatre practice. Following Ridout’s argument, this special issue of Performing Ethos, “Ethical Dramaturgies,” engages ways of writing, working, and presenting performance as they show up in historical and contemporary theatre, performance, and production practice.
ACLA 2020 Annual Meeting, March 19-22, Chicago
Fictions of the Neoliberal City
Humans have always moved or danced as a way of ritualizing their relationship to the Divine. These dances expressed an understanding of God(s), the relationship of human beings to the divine world, and were an expression of thanksgiving for the life cycle events that move history forward: birth, death, and all that is between. Some circus arts, find their earliest documentation as religious practices. This book begins the investigation of what it means for these practices to meet their holy origins once more, not as a form of expression but as a mode of study.