What is the place of unwilling travel(er)s in travel studies? What are the costs of travel? This roundtable considers travels that are not undertaken strictly by choice. We welcome proposals from any field or period on topics such as: climate-related relocations, internal/political migrants, self-liberation from slavery or captivity, literal/figurative boundaries, eco/animal movements, borderlands/crossings, economic exigencies that require travel, narratives of new beginnings.
‘I was Born a Naturalist’: Charles Darwin and Shrewsbury
Friday 3rd July 2020, University Centre Shrewsbury.
We would like to invite you to a one-day symposium exploring Darwin’s origins in Shropshire. We will discuss the effects of Shrewsbury and its surrounding area on the young Charles Darwin. What were the influences of the Darwin and Wedgwood family members on Darwin’s ambitions? What role did female relatives such as his mother Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood) and his sister Caroline have on Darwin’s formation as a scientist?
The First Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, April 25 and 26, 2020
Performing Labor: (Re)Evaluations within the Humanities
The International Harold Pinter Society welcomes papers that explore Harold Pinter and laughter. What is significant about laughter in Pinter's work and how might it concern or complicate the reception of his creative output. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
This panel considers the legacy of anti-fascist culture. How can we articulate a persistent anti-fascism that outlasts the forces of capital and ethno-nationalism in the present?
Send 250-word abstracts to email@example.com by March 16.
The American West has been depicted for decades through comic books and graphic novels, including by many authors living outside the U.S.
Midway through New Grub Street (1891), Reardon reunites with his wife Amy. In preparation, he leaves behind his overcoat. This attire, once “fairly good,” is now long past its prime, “the edges of the sleeves were frayed, two buttons were missing, and the original hue of the cloth was indeterminable.” Reardon knows Amy well, but not well enough: her attention at the meeting is quickly directed to “his muddy and shapeless boots,” and her desire for “a renewal of amity” conflicts with her shock over her husband’s appearance: “[S]uch attire degraded him in her eyes; it symbolised the melancholy decline which he had suffered intellectually.
ACROSS is a biannual, peer-reviewed online journal which addresses mainly humanities scholars. Exploring themes of cultural diversity from the interrelated perspectives of cultural studies and history, literary studies, media studies, linguistics and critical discourse analysis, the journal welcomes contributions with a potential for enhancing the global, multicultural dialogue in the ever-changing world of the twenty-first century.
ACROSS promotes research excellence. We are certain that your expertise will help us build a space of imparting knowledge in the field of multiculturalism and multilingualism across the world.
Subject areas include but are not limited to:
An Interdisciplinary Conference
on Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture
Popular Culture Research Centre,
Auckland University of Technology
7-9 July 2020
The Popular Culture Research Centre (Auckland University of Technology) welcomes papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on the theme of ‘storytelling and identity’ in popular culture. The conference will be held in Auckland on 7-9 July 2020.
Justin Edwards (University of Stirling)
Lorna Piatti-Farnell (Auckland University of Technology)
Constantine Verevis (Monash University)
Latina/o Cultural Productions as Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts.
The cultural production of US Latina/os, as any other so-called minority discourse, can be analyzed as defiant voices that aim to provoke dialogue with the hegemonic discourse and the mainstream culture. As such, these discourses can be more or less combative in their struggle to break and resist the rules imposed by the status quo.
This panel welcomes submissions in English or Spanish on any aspect of Latina/o cultural products (literature, fashion, film and visual arts, etc.) that aim to contest hegemony, including but not limited to:
Extended Deadline - Ghost Stories Call for Submissions
Tell me a story. A simple request made by children across the world every night and one we seek to fulfil even as adults. But… it is the stories that excite, that make our hearts beat faster, and the hairs on our necks stand on end that bewitch us most. It is these stories we want to hear. Spectral Visions Press (University of Sunderland) are now accepting submissions for a short story collection, Spectral Visions: Ghost Stories. Due to the fantastic response, we've extended the deadline in hopes of a bumper collection or even a separate poetry collection.
Submissions are invited for any aspect of the conference theme "Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts." Please note that the "Long Nineteenth Century" encompasses works published between 1789 and 1914.
By May 30, please submit a 500-word abstract for your proposed presentation and a brief biography to
Dr. Anita Turlington
Associate Professor, English
University of North Georgia
This panel, sponsored by the College English Association, explores how the concept of alienation can be applied to a field in which it has not received very much attention: composition pedagogy. Generally meaning an undesirable separation between self and world (i.e., other human beings, nature, and social roles, norms, and institutions), alienation has been analyzed in various contexts by philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, and critical theorists. While it came to be viewed as problematic and outmoded with the rise of postmodernism, the concept is far from obsolete today. On the contrary, alienation remains both a widely experienced psychosocial issue and a vital theoretical and diagnostic tool.
Our panel invites papers that consider the relationship among disciplines in the Victorian period. What can we learn about our present from the intertwined Victorian modes of knowledge production and distribution?
The Proposed joint session of the William Morris Society with the Society for the History of Authors, Readers and Publishers (SHARP):
How did the Pre-Raphaelites become well-known to their contemporaries and later readers? What role did publishers play in their reception? And what was the impact of the rise of a professional class of journalists and reviewers on their reputation?
Modern Language Association Convention
Toronto, January 7-10, 2021
Call for Papers: Guaranteed sessionWe seek proposals on new approaches to the lives of Morris and his associates, including his Pre-Raphaelite, Arts and Crafts, socialist, and familial circles. Papers on twentieth-century and contemporary responses to Morris's legacy as broadly conceived are also welcome.Please send a one-page abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18, 2020
“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.” - Toni Morrison. (No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear, included in the 150th anniversary issue of The Nation.)
South Central Modern Language Association
2020 SCMLA Conference
Houston, Texas (October 8-10, 2020)
Native American Literature Panel
Special Topic: Indigenous Presents
We are now accepting submissions for the Native American Literature Panel at SCMLA 2020, to be held in Houston, TX, from Oct. 8-10, 2020.
The International Philosophical Congress will be held 22‒27 September 2020 at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
The fiftieth anniversary of the death of the eminent Polish philosopher and humanist Roman Ingarden in 2020 is an occasion to launch an international academic debate on current trends in contemporary philosophy. The main aim of the organisers is therefore to furnish an international group of researchers with a convenient space for a free and creative exchange of thoughts, ideas, and views.
We invite researchers interested in contemporary philosophy, cognitive science and gender/queer studies.
The Thematic Panels will be organized within the following themes:
BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies (http://boss.mcgill.ca/) is an open access academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed essays pertaining to Bruce Springsteen. The editors of BOSS are currently soliciting papers for the journal’s fourth edition, with expected publication date of August 2020.
New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession CFP
The mission of the New Chaucer Society is to “provide a forum for teachers and
scholars of Geoffrey Chaucer and his age.” As the working conditions of those
teachers and scholars change, this forum needs to expand to reflect those changes.
For this reason, NCS is happy to announce the launch of a new on-line venue,
New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession, hosted on the New Chaucer Society
website. This peer-reviewed, open access site will offer brief essays on teaching,
This guaranteed session sponsored by the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum welcomes proposals for 5-minute lightning talks introducing innovative, irreverent, revolutionary, or downright disorderly approaches to teaching children’s and young adult literature and culture in the college classroom. Scholars from across research areas and disciplines — including English, Education, Library Science, and others — are welcome, as are reflections on teaching young people’s texts and cultures in a variety of class contexts, from the undergraduate survey to the graduate seminar.
This panel invites papers seeking to address the interrelation between city centers and developing peripheral areas of cities within cinematic urbanisms. In doing so, we aim to explore the persistent--and often conflicting--binary notions of center and margin as well as urban and non-urban and investigate the complex web of structures that produce urban marginality on the various scales.
Comics and Graphic Narratives for Young Audiences
This panel explores intersections between children’s literature and comics (including manga and graphic novels). All periods and nations welcome.
Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 7-10, 2021 in Toronto, ON. This collaborative panel is jointly sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum and the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum.
Decolonizing Comics and/as Activism
Call for papers for a non-guaranteed proposed session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 7-10, 2021, in Toronto, Canada. This panel is sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narrative Forum.
New Flashpoints in Comics History
Call for Papers for a guaranteed roundtable panel sponsored by the Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, January 7-10, 2021 in Toronto, ON.
“For all the vibrant scholarship emerging around comics today, the medium remains a largely unplumbed and uncanonized field of texts you’ve never heard of.” —Ramzi Fawaz, “A Queer Sequence: Comics as a Disruptive Medium” (2019)
This panel will investigate space exploration in speculative literatures. It looks at the myriad ways in which works of speculative fiction have imagined, challenged, or otherwise engaged with outer space as a site for new colonialisms, the extension of racial supremacies, and/or environmental violence. We are especially interested in scholarship which explores the growing body of criticism situated at the intersection of black studies and speculative fiction. How has space functioned as a stand-in for the geographical expanse of the planet before its mapping and conquest by European colonialism?
The Alterity of Affliction / Afflictions of Alterity
University of Victoria (British Columbia), May 22-24, 2020
Keynote speaker, Cindy Baker
Deadline to submit, March 31, 2020
“Whatever pain achieves, it achieves in part through its unsharability, and it ensures this unsharability through its resistance to language . . .” – Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain
In her 2014 Transgender Studies Quarterly article, "The Technical Capacities of the Body, Assembling Race, Technology, and Transgender," Jules Gill-Peterson argues that "if both transgender and race benefit from treatment as technical capacities of the body, it remains to explain how it is they retain their differences in this framework as well as how they are made more or less available at various ecological scales by systems of normalization and regulation" (412).
This panel invites papers addressing how seventeenth-century women’s authorial labor constituted and/or negotiated practices of persistence that were considered necessary to confront the transatlantic New World, including but not limited to willfullness, fortitude, sacrifice, and endurance. A variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches welcome. Please submit 250 word abstract and brief biography to email@example.com.