The question of the relation of language to voice traces back to Aristotle’s De interpretatione, with its definition of speech as the sign of thought, and writing the sign of speech. In Jacques Derrida’s account of this phonologocentric model, voice is the ligature of “phōnē and logos,” securing their essential proximity. But if voice is only a mediation, then, as Barbara Johnson writes, voice is no longer “self-identity but self-difference.” Paradoxically, the voice marks the singular but is itself plural, sweeping the self up into an ever-ramifying play of differentiation. As David Lawton proposes, “voice is both a signature, ‘I,’ singularity, and a clear marker of difference, ‘not I,’ multiplicity”.
CALL FOR PAPERS
from current and prospective undergraduate students
28th Annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference
to be held at the
University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL on Saturday, November 16, 2019
featuring poet, editor and English teacher Peter Kahn as keynote speaker
Please submit abstracts for papers or presentations or samples of creative writing no later than Sept. 30, 2018 in any of the following categories:
For the past two years, NeMLA’s keynote speakers have evoked the image of barbarians at the gates, and they are not alone in their use of this powerful image. Barbarians evoke a particular kind of wildness and danger that continues to resonate in popular culture, from the Dothraki and Wildlings in Game of Thrones, to the raiders in Parable of the Sower. In response to NeMLA 2020’s theme, “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures,” we invite presentations that interrogate the idea of barbarism in speculative fiction. How is the barbaric defined and located? Can the racist and colonialist implications of the term ever be shed or inverted?
Deadline for chapter contributions and/or expressions of interest is October 1. We have special need for contributions that consider transnational fan communities or texts, historically marginalized communities, and understudied media texts.
CFP: Fandom: The Next Generation
Transgenerational Fans and Long-Running Media Franchises
FemUn at the NEMLA 2020: Boston, MA – March 5-8, 2020
Fluid Identities in the Globalizing World (Feministas Unidas Session)
Feministas Unidas invites you to join our panel on fluid and hybrid identities and their impact on feminist thought, as well as on art created by female and feminist artists in the Hispanic world. We will talk about the ways in which globalization is shaping our understanding of hybridity and its relationship to feminism.
51st Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
March 5-8, 2020
Below is an updated list of texts available for review in The Journal for the Study of Radicalism. Reviewers must be professors, independent scholars, or professionals who hold a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Advanced graduate students are also encouraged to reply.
Email the Book Review Editor at email@example.com in order to review a text listed below. We also welcome and encourage ideas on other texts related to radicalism.
The Oswald Review is a refereed undergraduate journal of criticism and research in the discipline of English. Published annually, The Oswald Review accepts submissions from undergraduates in this country and abroad.
Submit each manuscript as a separate email attachment in Microsoft Word. TOR discourages simultaneous submission to other journals. Each submission must be accompanied by the relevant professor’s endorsement of its originality.
All text must be in current MLA format, justified left only and without headers and footers. Endnotes, if absolutely necessary, should be minimal.
In the last few years, attention to the adjunct plight, to include poverty-level pay, limited job security, as well as lack of respect for us personally and acknowledgement of our professional credentials and accomplishments, seems to have intensified, reflected in a variety of media outlets, from more liberal ones like The Atlantic and Washington Post to even the ultraconservative Fox News.
That reading and literacy rates are falling is no news: regardless of medium, we seem to be reading less and less, and doing so less well, whether in terms of comprehension, retention, or critical thinking. What potential does detective fiction hold to reverse this trend and even enable literacy, however defined, to survive and thrive in our digital era and beyond? The very traits of the genre that cause some to hold it in disdain, still, may hold the promise of rescuing reading and literacy. Firstly, the very disregard with which the genre is still treated by some, despite growing scholarship on same, allows it to be interrogated more easily; thus, critical and readerly standards can be exposed and challenged more easily.
Call for Papers
Conference title: Disability Studies and Literature
Date of conference: 6th- 7thMarch 2020
This conference will be a student-led academic event organized by the English Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and supported by the University’s Wellness and Counselling Centre under the Office of Student Affairs.
Scope and delimitation:
CALL FOR PAPERS / Etudes Irlandaises
French Journal of Irish Studies
Fall/Winter 2020 issue/
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: January 15, 2020
The Editorial Board of Etudes Irlandaisesis seeking submissions for the Fall/Winter2020 issue of the journal.
Recent work in the field of disability studies by scholars like Ato Quayson (2007), Tobin Siebers (2010), Maren Linett (2016), and Suzannah Biernoff (2017) has considered modernism’s appropriation of disabled bodies. This seminar thus seeks to better understand the role of disability in modernist literary and visual aesthetics. In particular, we encourage papers that consider how writers and artists borrowed from, mimicked, or otherwise recast disability as uniquely modernist literary and artistic subjects. Secondly, this seminar is interested in the ways modernism was cast as disabled in varied attacks on its aesthetic projects.
The panel invites papers that explore how the chiasmic reflections of an ekphrasis reveal the interior subjectivity, ideology and the desire of its author. In Ancient rhetorical theory, ekphrasis refers to the use of language to make an audience imagine a scene.
In his 1903 The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois poses a question at the heart of the African-American literary tradition: “How does it feel to be a problem?” We see the question’s precursors in Walker’s Appeal, Douglass’ address on the Fourth of July, and Harper’s anti-slavery poetry. It reverberates in Hurston’s “How It Feels To Be Colored Me,” Ellison’s “black and blue,” Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Rankine’s Citizen. Taking up the affective relationship between race and national belonging, these texts ask us to contend with what it feels like to be black in a nation founded on anti-blackness. Indeed, as Baldwin and Coates make clear, the problem lies ever “between the world and me.”
The Philip Roth Society invites submissions for a seminar entitled “Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale.” While the subject of “literature and scandal” seems to be an emerging trend within studies of European literature, relatively few academic works focus on American literature and scandal. Thus, this panel seeks to examine how Philip Roth, both the subject of scandal and one of its keenest interrogators, can shed new light on this conversation.
Annual Northeast Modern Language Association
51st Annual Convention
Boston MA, March 5th - 8th, 2020
Mariott Copley Place
Host Institution: Boston University
Jesuits in Science Fiction: From James Blish & Walter Miller Jr. to Today
“Post-Political Critique and Literary Studies”
Call for Papers for ACLA 2020 Seminar (Chicago, 19-22 March 2020)
This seminar seeks papers that reflect on the analytical bridges that might exist between post- political theory and literary studies. The main question the seminar aims to answer is the following: Decades after everything was declared to be political, what are the affordances, triumphs, and pitfalls of a post-political theory of literature?
Call for Papers
Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
SOFEIR (SOCIETE FRANÇAISE D’ETUDES IRLANDAISES) ANNUAL CONFERENCE
UNIVERSITY OF REIMS CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE
Key-note speakers : Claude Fierobe, Professeur, Université de Reims (De Melmoth à Dracula, la littérature fantastique irlandaise au XIXe siècle (2000), L'Irlande fantastique (recueil de nouvelles, 2004), Les Ombres du fantastique. Fictions d’Irlande,2016.
Christina Morin, Professor, University of Limerick, ( Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction, The Gothic Novel in Ireland, c.1760-1829)
Paul Lynch, writer (Red Sky in the Morning, The Black Snow, Grace, Beyond the Sea).
Call for papers for Comparative Drama Conference, April 2-4, 2020, Orlando, Florida
"Musicality in Contemporary Women Playwrights’ Dramaturgy”
Christopher Newport University’s
College of Arts and Humanities seeks 45-minute scripts or excerptsfor the forthcoming conference on the
Global Conference on Women and Gender
to be held at CNU, March 19-21, 2020
Scripts should engage with the theme of the conference (see below).
The script will be presented as a staged reading followed by a response which includes the playwright as well as additional scholar/artists who can speak to the themes of the work, specific date TBD.
Call for Papers: Black Comedy in Contemporary Theater
Panel at the Comparative Drama Conference, Rollins College, Orlando, Florida: April 2-4, 2020
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Black comedy, as a genre, is under-theorized. Black comedy received scholarly attention fifty years ago with the advent of such literary humorists as Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller. Interest has resurged in the twenty-first century in response to idiosyncratic cinematography of Quentin Tarantino or the Cohen Brothers, and in order to address the mordant satire of alternative media post-9/11.
Mythological narratives constitute a significant portion of the world’s most influential literature; nevertheless, they are glaringly absent from contemporary literary studies. Students interested in the study of mythology are directed to departments of anthropology, religion, or intellectual heritage, and these fields certainly conduct invaluable examinations of world-mythology; however, myths are unequivocally literary in nature, and their omission in departments of literature is both a detriment to the field and a disservice to world cultures. What went wrong with the study of myth-as-literature, and how can we revive this genre to reinvigorate the field of literary studies?
What went wrong?
How can academics attempt to faithfully translate, interpret, analyze, and/or discuss the creative narratives of cultures and communities to which they have no personal connection? This roundtable will insist that this question, although immensely complex, is not rhetorical—and that we, as students and scholars of literature, language, and culture, are positioned to conduct particularly constructive explorations into possible answers.
NeMLA 2020: Boston, MA
In his 1961 essay “The New Lost Generation,” James Baldwin argues that Europe gave the “new” African American expats of the late 1940s and the 1950s “the sanction, if one can accept it, to become oneself. No artist can survive without this acceptance. But rare indeed is the American artist who achieved this without first becoming a wanderer, and then, upon his return to his own country, the loneliest and most blackly distrusted of men.” Indeed, Baldwin asserts that African American expats in Paris gained a kind of liberation through their experience with a culture wholly unlike their own.
In “Dreaming of the Middle Ages,” Umberto Eco asks the question: “What would Ruskin, Morris, and the pre-Raphaelites have said if they had been told that the rediscovery of the Middle Ages would be the work of the twentieth-century mass media?”
Indeed, the twentieth-century mass media has disseminated what Eco calls, “escapism à la Tolkien” which has influenced many modern writers and cultural producers in other mass media such as films and video games. Although such “escapism à la Tolkien,” or “Tolkienesque” fantasy, seems harmless as pure entertainment, its consumption is massive, and many picture the Middle Ages not as it actually was, but how it is depicted through medievalist fantasy.
Call for Articles in Communication, Media, and Journalism Studies KOME, an Europe-based international Open Access journal is currently accepting submissions for its 2020 issues. We are a theory and pure research-oriented journal of communication studies and related fields. Basically, we consider results from the field of Communication, Media, Journalism and Theatre & Film studies that includes both strict theoretical contribution and methodological rigour (one could think that this basically means social sciences perspectives, but we also consider papers closer to the humanities side of communication and media studies). We accept submissions on a rolling basis.
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.
The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom. The list of ideas below is limited, so if you have an idea that is not listed, please suggest the new topic. We are an interdisciplinary area and encourage submissions from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Topics might include:
Studies of individual celebrities and their fans, both current and historical