In his introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey argues that “The Lord of the Rings has established itself as a lasting classic, without the help and against the active hostility of the professionals of taste; and has furthermore largely created the expectations and established the conventions of a new and flourishing genre.” The impact Tolkien has made on not only high fantasy, but also on the importance of language and mythology studies is undeniable. The influences of World War I, modern industrialization, and more are evident in his works as socio-political commentary, despite his personal dislike of allegory. Tolkien studies reflects a thriving culture in and outside the university.
Special Issue on A Comparative Analysis of Health Care in a Globalizing World: Recent Trends in Developing Nations
Guest Editor: Prof. Ronn Pineo Chair, History Department, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
The Journal of Developing Societies calls for article manuscript proposals to explore medical and public health care achievement in recent years in developing world nations.
We are seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume on the films of writer-director Kasi Lemmons. This collection of critical analyses and close 'readings' will explore cinematic, narrative, intertextual, and/or thematic elements of the films Eve's Bayou (1997), Caveman's Valentine (2001), Talk to Me (2007), and Black Nativity (2013), as well as their cultural aesthetics and social impact. Abstracts are due March 15, 2018.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: PERFORMANCE AND THE PUBLIC STAGE
SAGES Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
March 15, 2018
Call for Submissions: Teaching Thoreau
In 2018, the Thoreau Society Bulletin will begin publishing a series of essays on the subject of “Teaching Thoreau.” This new regular feature will focus on strategies for teaching the life and works of Henry David Thoreau while giving educators the opportunity to share their expertise and experiences with an audience of fellow teachers and students of Thoreau.
We are currently accepting submissions for next year. We invite educators of all levels and subjects to submit short essays (1,000-1,500 words) on their pedagogical methods both inside and outside of the classroom. The series will explore the value of teaching Thoreau from many different perspectives. Possible topics include:
Boundaries can literally be defined as limits, limiting factors, borders or barriers. The term connotes the idea of restriction in both a physical and ideological sense. In social and cultural discourses, the idea of boundaries can be understood as a metaphysical notion to describe various ideas which are the foundations of all forms of discrimination and prejudice based on issues such as patriarchy, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religious affiliation and other forms of classification. Examples of such conceptions of boundaries in colonial, postcolonial, poststructuralist and postmodern discourses include the practices of stereotyping or othering.
RiDE Call for Papers: Teaching Shakespeare: Digital Processes
The 2nd International Conference on Arts and Humanities is an event organized by the International Centre for Studies of Arts and Humanities (ICSAH) and the Dante Alighieri Society Nicosia that aims to explore the image of the victim throughout the human history. The conference is to be held in 5-8 June 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
We warmly welcome all papers broadly relevant to the subject without predefining chronological and territorial limitations, as the major goal of the conference is to address questions that involve more than one research field and promote multidisciplinary dialogue and cooperation. The papers will be published online and in a dedicated volume of Conference Proceedings.
“Moving In and With the Gaps”
Second Annual TAMUG Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education
Department of Liberal Studies
Texas A&M University at Galveston
September 12-13, 2018
Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center
Third Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies
with the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature
“Heresy and Borders”
Senate House, London, 15-16 June 2018
CFP Deadline: April 1, 2018
I am working to organize a panel proposal for this year's American Academy of Religion conference for the Religion and Science Fiction Unit. In particular, I am looking for fellow panelists interested in presenting papers on the topic "Transposition of Religious and Theological Concepts Through Worldbuilding." If you are interested, I would need your 1,000-word proposal and 150-word abstract by February 23rd so that I can draft a cohesive 1,000-word panel proposal before the final deadline. Please reach out to me if you are interested.
I am organizing a panel in response to this year's call for papers from the Religion and Popular Culture Unit of the American Academy of Religion. In particular, I am responding to the call for papers on the topic of "Fictional Religions in Film, Literature, and Other Media." The creation of fictional worldviews is a fascinating aspect of robust worldmaking and mythopoesis, and the phenomenon suggests all sorts of interesting questions about the relationship between artistic creativity and the religious imagination, the dis- or re-enchanted qualities of the secular, the role of mass media in forming our worldviews, ways of life, and identities, and other issues.
For an edited collection, “Revisiting Peer Review: Critical Reflections on a Pedagogical Practice,” we seek chapter proposals with a particular focus on English language learners.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Modern Language Association Convention
January 3-6, 2019, Chicago
Faulkner and World War I
The Journal of Undergraduate of Research & Scholarly Work is a peer-reviewed, fully-indexed journal that showcases scholarly work from undergraduates in all fields.
The Journal is accepting submissions for its Spring 2018 volume. The Journal publishes long abstracts, posters, papers, reviews, and submissions of unique formats of visual/auditory material. The submission deadline for Spring 2018 is May 15, 2018.
Watermark, the annual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by graduate students in the English Department at California State University, Long Beach is seeking submissions for the twelfth volume. The journal is dedicated to publishing original, critical, and theoretical papers concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as representing current issues in the field of rhetoric and composition. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for enlarging voices, only student work will be considered.
ATTENTION! EXTENDED DEADLINE
ABSTRACTS DUE: February 16, 2018
CONFERENCE DATE: April 5, 2018
KEYNOTE LECTURER: DR. MITCHUM HUEHLS
“Thou fill'st from the winged chalice of the soul/ Thy lamp, O Memory, fire-winged to its goal.”
- Mnemosyne-Lamp of Memory-Ricordanza - Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1881)
CALL FOR PAPERS
CONFERENCE: SIMMS AND MEMORY
The William Gilmore Simms Society
University of South Carolina
SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2018
This collection will examine the cinematic representations of the New Indian Woman in recent popular Hindi or Bollywood films. On the one hand, this figure is a variant of, and has trans-historical connections to, the phenomenon of the “New Woman” in England and the United States. On the other hand, in the Indian context, the New Woman is a distinct articulation resulting from the specificities of the nation’s tryst with neoliberal reform (introduced in 1991), consolidation of the middle class, and the ascendency of aggressive Hindutva or Hindu Right politics. In this scenario, as Rupal Oza has argued, the New Woman becomes a bodily site upon which these dramatic socio-cultural and economic upheavals are measured and contested.
The UW Madison Theatre and Drama Graduate Student Organization Invites Submissions for our Spring 2018 Conference
Materiality and Invisibility in Theatre and Performance Studies
April 14th, 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS
International Symposium on Early Modern Songscapes 8-9 February 2019
University of Toronto
Proposals are invited for a two-day international symposium coinciding with the launch of the digital platform “Early Modern Songscapes” to be held 8-9 February 2019 at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies in Toronto, Canada.
Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Pacific Coast Philology
Editor: Andrea Gogröf (Western Washington University)
Theme: "Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility, and Vision"
In 2017, the well-known actress Miriam Margolyes proclaimed that “old age is going to be shitty” (Ferguson 2017). Such a negative outlook is nothing singular and looks back on a long history. Though old age has also been associated with positive characteristics and virtues such as wisdom and experience, more often than not the downsides of the ageing process have been paramount. From Socrates, who allegedly regarded old age as “the most burdensome part in life” (Xenophon in Parkin 2005, 55), to Shakespeare, for whom the last stage of life was “sans everything” (As You Like It, 2.7.167), to today, old age has commonly been understood in terms of bodily and mental decline and as nothing to look forward to.
November 2-4, 2018
"Buddhism and Literary Study" will consider a range of topics including but not limited to Buddhism and literary theory; the place of "the literary" in classic Buddhist texts; Buddhist influences on individual authors and literary movements; Buddhism and pedagogy; and Zen folklore, haiku, and other forms of literary expression. By May 25, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and AV requirements to Robert Azzarello, Southern University at New Orleans, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University is hosting a conference in Lubbock, TX, April 19-21, 2018. Barry Lopez will be our featured speaker.
We accept both creative and scholarly papers/panels. We prefer creative work grounded in the natural world and critical/scholarly papers dealing in some way with writers whose work is included in the Sowell Collection. However, we always take a very broad (and we hope welcoming) approach to thoughtful and thought provoking proposals.
We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail. Send electronic submissions to email@example.com.
From the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLives Matter, images of racially motivated violence have spurred nationwide protest. Despite overwhelming photographic evidence, juries – in the case of Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, and countless others – nonetheless failed to find the perpetrators guilty. A picture of a toddler lying face down on a beach brought worldwide attention to the Syrian refugee crisis. The initial outrage caused by the photograph quickly dissipated, and today, this ongoing global crisis has largely disappeared from the public view.
We are calling on Black women educators–African Americans, Naturalized Black Americans, and Foreign-born Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean Islands and South America--to bring forth their stories of Paradise Gained and Lost through the meanings that they assign to the 2008 and 2016 elections and, perhaps, related elections that have impacted their role as parents, educators and role models for black children. We are inviting stories that tell of the greatness of the Mother continent and the invincibility of the African spirit of courage and bravery and how they shaped the authors’ identities and their attitudes towards White domination.
WRITING RENAISSANCE EXPERIENCE – EXPERIENCING RENAISSANCE WRITING
Johannes Gutenberg University
5-6 July 2018
Patrick Gill (Mainz)
Anja Müller-Wood (Mainz)
Tymon Adamczewski (Bydgoszcz)