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)
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 28th International Sculpture Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 25-28, 2018 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.
Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics include:
Body and Context
Re-imagining Monuments – Old and New
Working to Strengthen and Engage the Civic Commons
Art and Science
Affect and Effect: Sculpture in Politics and Freedom
Artist-Run and Collaborative Spaces
Editors: Dr Pansy Duncan & Dr Nicholas Holm (Massey University)
Abstracts are being accepted for a non-guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago as part of the TC Age Studies Forum. This panel solicits papers that address the intersections of age and masculinity in literature or film. Papers might consider the following questions: How do modalities such as time and space change as men grow older? How does aging help us reconsider the discourse of gender in society? How does the intersection of masculinity and femininity change (or not) in old age? We are interested in diverse approaches to this topic, and essays about texts or films from all time periods will be considered.
WRITING LIVES IN EUROPE, 1500-1700University College Dublin, 6-8 September 2018 Call for Papers This conference on life writing/self writing will address questions related to life writing across Europe between1500-1700, in particular the influence of different religious, social, cultural and national perspectives on theemergence of various forms of self-writing. We are particularly interested in relationships, connections, textualtraffic and circulation across Europe through networks such as intellectual circles/coteries, religious orders, andthe experience of exiled communities. Life writing has long historical roots, but such writings are arguably thefirst examples of demotic, vernacular writing in the period.
Gravity assist is a slingshot move, when one object uses the gravity of another to propel itself out of orbit. This concept from space travel, first used with the Mariner 10 probe in 1974, functions as a metaphor for escaping the constraints of the present to create change for the future. The conference, to be held by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Croatia, 14-15 September, 2018, aims to examine strategies for challenging the limitations of the present in order to escape from them. Much contemporary thought is unfortunately, but understandably, focused on dystopia.
The contemporary world is undergoing a period of accelerated change which can be attributed to a number of different developments: technological advances, the ubiquity of social media and smartphones, the acceleration of global warming and the resultant environmental disasters, and major political upheavals such as Brexit and the growth of white nationalist movements across the globe. These and other changes create constantly shifting and unstable contemporary environments. In this climate of economic, political and environmental uncertainty, it is important to address the impact on and outcomes of these and other major changes in our contemporary world.
MLA, Chicago, IL
January 3rd – 6th, 2019
Deadline for submission: March 1st, 2018
Women at Work: Margaret Fuller and 19th c. Women Writers on Work.
The Margaret Fuller Society is seeking individual proposals for one sponsored panel at the 2019 MLA conference in Chicago, January 3rd-6th, 2019. This session explores Margaret Fuller’s relation to and representations of labor from multiple perspectives, as we intend to investigate the ways in which Margaret Fuller and other 19th c. women writers considered, debated, practiced, and critiqued labor.
THE PARADOX OF THE OTHER: DIFFICULTIES IN CLASSIFICATION
Eleventh Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
Saturday, May 5, 2018
“If one could possess, grasp, and know the other, it would not be other,” wrote Emmanuel Levinas. The paradox Levinas identifies is at the heart of this conference’s concerns. Despite our definitions – the unknown, the demonic, and the withdrawn, for example – the “other,” by definition, must elude our grasp. Given this un-givenness, why do scholars continue to pursue questions of otherness? What is it about otherness that provokes or induces scholarly interest?
The growing quantification of social behaviours changes those behaviours. Extensive data collection alters the way we view our bodies, habits, environments, relationships, and society at large. Big data architectures are increasingly determining classificatory systems in the social, political, and corporate realms, transforming political questions into ‘technical management’. Promises of a cyborgian existence, free of patriarchal, capitalist, social, gender, and racial oppression (Haraway) here stand in stark contrast to the steadily proliferating forms of digital surveillance and control. Data, and their multiple arborisations, have become new epistemic landscapes. They have also become new existential territories (Guattari).
The University of Colorado Boulder Romanticism Collective and the Romantic Bicentennials project (http://romantics200.org/) invite proposals for a symposium on “Resistance in the Spirit of Romanticism” to be held in Boulder, Colorado September 6-8, 2018. This meeting will be part of the on-going, international celebrations commemorating the many milestones of the romantic period being sponsored by the Keats-Shelley Association of America and the Byron Society of America. Plenary talks will be given by Saree Makdisi, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, Marjorie Levinson, F. L.
"Speaking Her Truth, Power in the Telling: Contemporary Narratives of Women Writing for Healing, Wholeness, and Re-formation of Sociopolitical Understandings of Sexual Violence" (SSAWW Nov. 7-11, 2018, Denver, CO) deadline for submissions: February 12, 2018 full name / name of organization: Nicol Michelle Epple/Indiana University of Pennsylvania contact email: email@example.com
The Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS) in cooperation with the Department of American Literature and Culture of the School of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, is launching an electronic multi/interdisciplinary open access, refereed journal with the title Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media (Ex-Na).The journal addresses academics, scholars and graduate students engaging in the interdisciplinary study of Anglophone literatures, cultures and media and will be published once a year.
Title: Identity Broodings and Inter-Referential Pathways in Chicana/o Culture
Open Call for Papers, Issue 3.2 (Winter 2018)
Journal Title: Ex-position
Publication Date: June 2019
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018
Shakespeare on Screen in the Digital Era: The Montpellier Congress
Dates: Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28 September 2019
Venue: Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, site Saint Charles (France)
Conference coordinators: Sarah Hatchuel (GRIC, EA 4314, Université Le Havre Normandie) and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (IRCL, UMR5186, CNRS/ Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)
OLH Special Collections – Call for Articles:
Waste: Papers on Disposability, Decay, and Depletion
C P A R A C S I S
Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia
Print Modernities: An International Conference
30, 31August&1September 2018, Thrissur, Kerala, India.
Cartographies and Topologies of Identity] is a research forum to take place on March 1, 2018, at Université des Antilles-Schoelcher, Martinique. Organizer Frédéric Lefrançois (CRILLASH-CEREAP) has posted a call for submissions in Fabula: La recherché en littérature. The deadline for submission of abstracts (for papers, artwork, and other creative pieces) is February 10, 2018.
Verge Issue 6.2 - Infrastructure
Edited by Jessamyn Abel (Penn State University) and Leo Coleman (Hunter College)
I am looking to put together a panel on Imperial Borderlands in the British Empire in the 19th Century for the North American Conference on British Studies in Providence RI, in October 2018. My own paper is on Sir Alexander Burnes's _Travels into Bokhara_ (1835); but I would welcome papers on Central Asia, Northern India, Africa, China, Persia, the Middle East, or other contact zones in the world just outside British Imperial reach at the time. Please send detailed abstracts of 500 words by March 1, 2018.
The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, to be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide on 2-5 October 2018.
The aim of DHA 2018 is to advance and critically assess the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and the communication of its outcomes. The conference offers a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with digital tools and techniques.
Borders, Place, and Translations
The 53rd Annual Comparative World Literature Conference
Presented by the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics
Dates: April 25th-26th, 2018
Location: Anatol Center, California State University, Long Beach
From Starbucks’ retail-branding as a “third place” between home and work to Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, the places of our lives are simultaneously locations and conceptions. To be in a place is to do the representational work of defining that space’s affective and pragmatic borders.
EXTENDED DEADLINE (15th February 2018)14th International ESSE Conference at BRNO Czech Republic 29 August to 2 September 2018Over the past decades there has been a growing interest in intralingual translation or the “interpretation of verbal signs by means ofother signs of the same language” (Jakobson 1959). This panel aims to provide a forum to explore new theoretical perspectives and the latest developments in intralingual translation. Possible topics for development include diaphasic translation (translation between different registers and notably making texts available to the layperson) the modernization of ancient texts, diglossic translation and papers on cross-linguistic and cross-cultural research.
SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado
Conference Theme: “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas"
November 7-11, 2018 | Deadline for submissions: February 10, 2018
contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Company of Margaret Fuller: Unexpected Genealogies of Feminism
2017 was a year of feminist action and 2018 strongly continues this movement: the year began with the national Women’s March in DC, and the year closed with media reporting mass cover-ups of sexual exploitation and abuse in Hollywood and with the reporting of women finding power in uniting their voices. The #metoo movement was birthed and has become a rallying cry for continued awareness of misogynistic practices, collaboration to resist gendered violence, and recover women’s innate worth. Oprah Winfrey summed up these actions in her 2018 Golden Globes speech stating, “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.
Remediation has emerged as a keyword in both new media studies and sustainability discourses. While Bolter and Grusin define it in terms of repurposing old media in new forms, Leerom Medovoi traces its ethically promising, yet politically empty rhetoric for environmentalism. Further, Medovoi asserts these dual definitions of remediation converge in Global South ecologies, many of which remain marginalized by mainstream coverage of environmental crises due to their non-spectacular exposure to what Rob Nixon terms “slow violence.” Whereas Medovoi studies ongoing pollution in the Niger Delta, this panel pursues the formal and environmental definitions of remediation as they emerge in African literatures and intersect with new/multi-media more broadly.
The Native American panel at the 75th Annual South Central MLA conference is looking for your abstracts. The conference theme is “Crossroads of Culture“. This theme fits well with many aspects of Indigenous studies. We are looking for proposals that explore the diverse ways in which Indigenous studies and literature intersects with other fields and cultures. Proposal topics could include, but are not limited to theory, pedagogy, rhetoric, culture, and/or experience. Abstracts should be 250-500 words.
SCMLA will be held from October 11-14 in San Antonio, TX.
Please send abstracts and a brief CV to;
Kimberly Allen email@example.com
Seeking papers for a special session proposal for the Modern Language Association's annual conference (January 3-6, 2019) on the topic of the aesthetics of terror in contemporary literature. Possible topics could include: narrative strategies of representing terror/terrorism, witnessing, the relationship between historical events and fiction, grief and mourning,time and violence, affect studies, fear and paranoia, legitimacy and illegitimacy, continuities and rupture.