Two broadly anthropocene concerns—the ‘human’ condition along with the condition of this human planet, Earth—bear on all discursive practices central to contemporary areas of research in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Both these concerns reconfigure ways in which humans have come to make sense of themselves and of the world which they share with other forms of life. The anthropocene—ramifications of Cartesian vision of human subject, the giver of meaning, that ultimately subdues all nature and co-existing life-forms—however is challenged by a posthuman turn in the latter half of 20th Century that trenchantly undercuts the foundations of humanism catapulting from the set boundaries established by the ideal of Enlightenment.
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This panel seeks presentations about racial identity/experience and time in modern and contemporary literature, visual-art, and performance cultures, broadly and imaginatively conceived. We are especially interested in papers about irregular conceptions of racialized/black time, such as those that draw on ideas of absurdity or abstractionism to discuss race as it relates to time and phenomenological inquiry, the staging of temporal stasis or acceleration, and questions of audience and presentness, duration, or movement. We welcome presentations about African American expressive practices, but also those that focus on works by artists belonging to other racialized communities.
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited book called Coronavirus, Climate Crisis, and Eco-anxiety: Psychology of Pandemics, Global Heating, and Planetary Hope. Chapter proposals should explore the psychological dimensions of the threats to human health and survival posed by pandemics such as the coronavirus, as well as by the accelerating global climate emergency. Chapters might address questions like
In consideration of the COVID-19 emergency, we have extended the abstract submission deadline by one month. (Production Schedule to be adjusted accordingly.) Please see below:
Big, Ambitious Novels by 21st Century Women
A Special Topic Issue
Dance and Disruption: Science and Body in the Long Nineteenth Century
A Working Symposium hosted by the Dance Studies Association Working Group, Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century
NEW DATES: August 8-9, 2020, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, USA
Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transgender Science and Technology, due by April 20, 2020. Ben Barres’ The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist provides insights into the lived experience of a prominent scientist who was transgender. This new book extends that work by fostering novel insights into science and technology by viewing them through specifically transgender perspectives.
The Mind’s Eye, a research & praxis initiative of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in collaboration with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) invites scholars, critics, visual artists, creative writers, activists, curators, and other cultural practitioners to submit abstracts for an interdisciplinary symposium engaging “care” as a praxis and theoretical framework. “Care: A Symposium in Praxis & Theory” will be held at MASS MoCA on Friday, November 6, 2020.
We seek papers for a panel at this year's Modernist Studies Assocation annual meeting (Brooklyn, NY, October 22-25) entitled "House Styles: Pulp, Periodicals, Publishing." From the little magazines that launched a slew of modernist authors' careers to the grassroots periodicals and zines of the 1970s–80s that reintroduced forgotten or out-of-print writings, periodicals have consistently served as counter- and sub-cultural venues for literary production. This panel will consider the intersections between print cultural forms, mechanisms of dissemination, and the constitution of evolving twentieth-century literary canons and tastes.
Online Workshop: Insect Entanglements
deadline for submissions: April 15, 2020
Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol, 19 June 2020
Insects are everywhere, our (human) lives entangled with them, and yet we know surprisingly little about them. In the introduction to Insectopedia, Hugh Raffles writes the following:
Writers have long used revision as a creative tool, well before writing classrooms institutionalized it as such. Think of Pound ruthlessly cutting Eliot’s Waste Land, Moore slashing most of “Poetry,” and Robert Lowell turning stories and letters into cinquains, sonnets, and blank verse--and then revising some of those poems again, into other forms. To many, such acts of revision are the markers of a serious writer, one who pursues perfection in multiple drafts.
Edited Collection – Critical Perspectives on Stephen King’s It
Edited by Whitney S. May
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces three awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.
PLEASE NOTE THE EXTENDED DEADLINES.
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by August 28, 2020.
Since the Age of Enlightenment, which glorified reason and empirical observation as the nexus for human knowledge, and the Industrial Revolution, which brought about robust technological changes, science and scientific thinking have been increasingly placed above everything else. But from a humanities perspective, fiction has always moved one step ahead of science, dreaming of the impossible first. Science-fiction and speculative fiction, in both utopian and dystopian forms, are concrete examples of this. From Mary Shelley to Jules Verne, George Orwell, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Margaret Atwood, many authors explored what the future holds for the world in their narratives of the ‘back-then’ unimaginable.
Call for Chapters
for an Edited Anthology
Digital HumanitiesDigital approaches to Literary ,linguistic and cultural Studies
The following special session has been accepted for the 2020 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference being held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas November 12th through Sunday November 15, 2020.
MLA 2021 (Toronto, 7-10 January)Dickens Society Allied Organization Panel This panel invites papers considering hunger and/or survival or persistence in Dickens's world. What are Dickens’s characters hungering after? What do we make of feast or famine in Dickens? Please submit 300-word proposals and a brief bio to Sara Malton (email@example.com)
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 30 March 2020
"Examining the Longest International Border: The US and Canada in Atwood's Works" For the Toronto MLA, The Margaret Atwood Society's panel will explore the representation of Canada and the US in Atwood's works. Papers may investigate depictions of the nations themselves, the relationship between the two nations' peoples, or instances of navigating/crossing the long border. Papers considering how Atwood is taught, e.g. her inclusion in American Lit syllabi, will also be considered.
We invite scholarly proposals for papers on aesthetics in medieval and early modern poetry (c. 400 to 1800), as part of a panel or panels being established at ANZAMEMS 2021. The link to the main website and call for papers is here: https://www.anzamems2021.com/
The panel(s) will examine the influence of aesthetic styles, movements, rhetorical and aesthetic techniques and theories on the development of poetry, or the work of specified poet(s) at any time during the relevant periods in Europe and Britain. Papers should be set within the broader topic of the overall conference, and deal with questions of reception and/or emotion. Papers might consider:
The City and Canadian Literature and Authors at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference Las Vegas: “City of God, City of Destruction” Nov 12-Nov 15, 2020
In the past couple of decades, much has been done to recover British modernist author Mary Butts (1890-1937). Butts’s Collected Essays and unpublished novel Unborn Gods, forthcoming from McPherson & Co, attest to the ongoing nature of this project. There is still much more to do, and much to explore in a body of work that plays between high modernist forms and more popular genres, a work that might be described as occult, Gothic, queer, proto-environmental, and feminist. Questions must be asked of Butts’s work and her position in the modernist canon, but also of the continued recovery and reconstruction of this important author.
CONFERENCE CANCELLED IN NECESSARY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
We're sorry not to be seeing you this summer, but please stay well, and we'll be back next year!
Surely the wake left behind by mankind’s forward march reveals its movement just as clearly as the spray thrown up elsewhere by the prow.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Few would dispute the validity of Teilhard’s analogy itself: a society is defined as much by what it rejects as what it values. What we might question is the very forwardness of the march he imagines. Moreover, would an exhibit of what any given society has “left behind” constitute a tribute or a condemnation?
EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 5, 2020
Media have always been able to configure our sense of space. However, in recent years, technological development—which tends to affect the relationship between the individual and the environment more and more deeply—has been radically intensifying this process. More particularly, the spatial dimension has assumed a role of increasing importance in determining the subject’s activity and agency.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE ARE HOPING IT WILL BE HELD IN OCTOBER 2020 OR MAY 2021. THE EXACT DATE WILL BE PROVIDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
MANY REGIMES OF CAPITAL IN THE POSTDIGITAL AGE
Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw 21-22 May 2020
Call for papers for a proposed session at the 2021 MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 7-10 in Toronto.
Feminist theory has always enjoyed a productive but uneasy relationship with laughter. What are the limits and potentials of laughing paradigms for the future of feminist critical thought?
Topics May Include (but are not limited to):
Images of Epic: Representations of Medieval heroes in art, film, and comics.
This panel will consider proposals dealing with visual representations of Medieval epic texts from illuminations to graphic novels.
Send 250 words abstract.
Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 20th March 2020
Call for Chapters for an edited collection on the performativity of villainy and evil in literature and media
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, SLSA has decided to extend its deadline. As a result, the deadline for this stream has also now been extended to the 18th of May, 2020.