Las Vegas, 11/12-15, 2020
Chair: Dr. Ryan Leack, USC
“Rhetoric is a coproductive function of circulation in excess of human intention, which collapses rhetoric and persuasion into the rhetorical, a process of world making that extends relationality into future publics.”
—Byron Hawk, Resounding the Rhetorical (2018)
This panel will explore recent movements in rhetorical theory writ large, either in connection with or apart from composition theory and practice. Special attention will be given to proposals that engage with the conference's theme.
Configurations Special Issue
Call for Papers:
Science, Technology, and Literature During Plagues and Pandemics
In The Parasite, Michel Serres argues that “the parasite intervenes, enters the system as an element of fluctuation. It excites it or incites it; it puts into motion, or it paralyzes.” Throughout the world, COVID-19 continues to interrupt and alter daily life while it simultaneously compels governments to rely on technology and science to combat its spread. Configurations is seeking articles that examine intersections of science, technology, and literature with myriad contemporary and historical contexts relevant to COVID-19.
Navigating Chaos: Living the Apocalyptic Dystopia
Hegel wrote that the only thing we can learn from history is that we learn nothing from history, so I doubt the epidemic will make us any wiser. The only thing that is clear is that the virus will shatter the very foundations of our lives, causing not only an immense amount of suffering but also economic havoc conceivably worse than the Great Recession. There is no return to normal, the new “normal” will have to be constructed on the ruins of our old lives, or we will find ourselves in a new barbarism whose signs are already clearly discernible. (Slovaj Žižek, Pandemic!)
Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism. We are seeking chapters that show how transgender theory can provide novel insights for developing literary theory and conducting literary criticism, as well as chapters that analyze specific literary works that explore transgender identity and experience from the perspectives of a variety of literary theories. A sampling of confirmed contributions follows:
CONFERENCE CANCELLED BY ORGANIZERS
“Everything miasmic”: Modernist Bodies in Sickness and Health
Session sponsored by the International Lawrence Durrell Society
Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900
Oxford Literary Review 41:1 - Summer 2021
Derrida and Heidegger
19th-century America was the site of various reform movements: antislavery, women's rights, education, temperance, penal reform, et al.
We are glad to share with you the first CFP for the II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital: World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English, organized by University of Lincoln, Universidade de Lisboa, and Universidad de Jaén. The conference will be held in Jaén (Spain), 1-3 December / 2020.
From Manuscript to Digital: World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English
1. (Re)read and (re)interpreted in a global age
2. Facing the new map of Europe
3. In the digital post-modern age
Dragons: A Series of Edited Volumes
deadline for submissions:
Sept 1, 2020
full name / name of organization:
Northwestern State University
I received a great response to the last call for papers regarding the volumes on dragons. As a result, I have been better able to refine and divide results.
Below are the new details for the updated call for papers:
Contagions and Non-Human Animals: (Re)Viewing Disregarded Species in Real and Imagined Pandemics
The impact of COVID-19 and the threat that it poses to future human experiences has been well-documented in news reports during the past few months. However, now that non-human animals are possible carriers and becoming infected, their experiences, while often overlooked, are nevertheless integrated into the worldwide pandemic.
Thus, this collection seeks to balance essays about non-human animals during real-world pandemics, such as the COVID-19 one, with those of their experiences during literary or cinematic ones. The scope of this call for papers is broad and can include topics such as:
After completing four essays (two with a co-author), which are set to be published in different collections, on COVID-19 Internet memes, this edited collection seeks to include novel perspectives in addition to these to be gathered in a meme-focused volume, especially since online practices and behaviors have become the critical forms of expression during the pandemic.
Topics include but are not limited to:
Intellectus invites submissions of research articles, interviews and book reviews that are specifically or broadly related to the focus: "'Floyding' Institutional Racism"
Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, there are protests, toppling and removal of iconic statues relating to slavery and racism. Despite some acts of reprisals, there seems to be an overwhelming acceptance of the protests and that there is an urgent need for reforms against systemic injustice to black people and/or people of colour. In memory of George Floyd, we refer to the various shows of acceptance as Floyding.
KOME, a Europe-based international Open Access journal published by the Hungarian Communication Studies Association is currently accepting submissions for its 2020 and 2021 issues. We would love to hear from our colleagues in Europe and overseas, and read about their current research! We publish pure theoretical and theoretically well-grounded empirical research in the field of Communication, Media and Journalism Studies (Film or Theatre-oriented articles are also welcomed, but not in our main focus).
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
Africana and American and Female in Young Adult Fiction
Edited by Ymitri Mathison
(editor of Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction, University Press of Mississippi, 2017)
Special Issue "Contemporary British Culture and Neoliberalism"
“PANDEMICS AND LOCKDOWNS IN POP CULTURE”
Since 2017, the #metoo movement has been successful for the conviction of Harvey Weinstein, who was at the center of the landmark trial. The same cannot be said in the case of India, which is still coming to terms with the issue of gender-based violence. Our panel will examine the representations of women who have been forgotten or have been rendered invisible in the national and international media discourse. Our panel will examine such representations through the study of South Asian filmic and theatre representations of Dalit (lower-caste), Northeast Indian, and women who were foundational figures in the defining the newly minted nation—India and Pakistan.
Current Call for Papers: Guest-Edited Autumn Issues
Victorian Popular Fictions Journal is currently accepting proposals for guest-edited Autumn 2021, 2022 and 2023 issues. If interested, please submit a proposal to Mariaconcetta Costantini and Andrew King at email@example.com by 1st September 2020. Proposals should include a short description of your topic, a sample CFP, and brief editor biographies.
Humanizing Online Teaching
A Virtual Symposium
Sponsored by the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning
Join AEPL and register for the symposium at http://aeplevents.org
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
11am - 5:30pm Eastern / 8am - 2:30pm Pacific
52nd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
March 11-14, 2020, Philadelphia
This panel explores how strategies for reading the Bible shaped literary output during the 16th and 17th centuries. Recent criticism in the field of book history details the reading practices that evolved in response to the Reformation’s call for direct engagement with vernacular scripture. This panel aims to bring fresh thinking in the history of the book into conversation with the perennial topic of the Bible in and as literature, offering new insight into how biblical reading became literary production in this period.
The Velvet Light Trap Issue #88: "Nonfiction Media: Rethinking Documentary and Nonfiction in 2020"
Developing a discussion initiated in the recently-published Literary Geographies 6(1), the journal’s editors seek contributions to an expanded ‘Thinking Space’ section on ‘Literary Geographies in Isolation’ planned for the December issue. We are interested in receiving shorter submissions of 1500-3000 words, including the more personal, polemical or impressionistic. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
armchair tourism in lockdown
reading as virtual fieldwork
Note: because the editors have been overwhelmed with proposals, we have brought the original deadline of the end of July 2020 forward.
Call for contributions: The Jurassic Park Book
Editors: I.Q. Hunter and Matthew Melia
Proposals are invited for contributions to a proposed edited collection of new essays on Jurassic Park (1993), its sequels, franchise, and spin offs.
In the wake of the worldwide protests after the killing of George Floyd, and the toppling of statues implicated in the legacy of the slave trade, we propose a special issue of Foundation on the topic of ‘decolonising science fiction’. As John Rieder and others have argued, the emergence of sf as a genre is embedded in colonial discourses of the late nineteenth century. The pursuit of new frontiers in outer space, within the Earth or under the oceans not only mirrored ‘the scramble for Africa’ but was also informed by the racialist and pseudo-scientific ideologies of the period. In more recent years, authors such as N.K. Jemisin, Jeannette Ng and Tade Thompson have sought to confront sf with the racist legacy of its origins.
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS), an open access academic e-journal, invites original and unpublished research papers and book reviews from various interrelated disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, law, ecology, environmental science, and economics.
Sponsored and funded by the American Humor Studies Association, this program is designed to provide individualized attention and support for emerging scholars who would like to submit an article on humor/comedy studies for publication. Graduate students and those who earned their Ph.D.s in 2020 are welcome to apply.