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Melville and the (non)Origins of Capital--International Melville Society Conference, 2019

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:02pm
The Melville Society--NYC, 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

What is perhaps most striking regarding Melville’s relation to the idea of the origin is the repeated lack of anything like a definitive starting point throughout much of his work. From the apparition of Bartleby’s “pallidly neat” appearance at the threshold of the lawyer’s office on Wall Street, to the stranger who steps aboard the Fidèle at the beginning of The Confidence-Man, Melville’s work is filled with beginnings without origins. Not only is the origin in question for Melville, but further, any singular concrete point in general: the “ocean that rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago” at the conclusion of Moby-Dick is a much an ending as it is a beginning.

call for book chapters: critical essays on Trump in literature, film, and television

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:58am
Stephen Hock / Virginia Wesleyan University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

I am seeking proposals for chapters to complete an edited collection on literary, cinematic, and televisual treatments of Donald Trump, tentatively titled Trump Fiction:  Essays on Donald Trump in Literature, Film, and Television.

Contributors must have a PhD.  

2019 Law and Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:29am
Law and Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018


Call for Papers


Columbia Law School, Georgetown University Law School, Stanford Law School, UCLA School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California Center for Law, History, and Culture invite submissions for the thirteenth meeting of the Law and Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop, to be held at Penn Law School in Philadelphia, PA, on June 2 and 3, 2019. 



Citizenship and American Literature

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 4:09pm
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This session seeks papers that explore the concept of citizenship in hemispheric American literature. The scale and severity of the current immigration crisis in the United States presses us to reconsider how the category of citizenship produces exclusions and abuses that arise from our national imaginary. Thus, we seek papers that broaden our understanding of citizenship beyond the spatially-bounded to better grasp the range of categories that bestow and rescind national belonging. Recent work, such as Carrie Hyde’s Civic Longing: The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship, reframes citizenship as an imaginative longing that sutures the legal concept of the citizen to the cultural work of fiction.

Reminder: IASPM-US 2019 CFP

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:58pm
International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

The deadline for the 2019 IASPM-US conference is coming up on October 1. The conference will be held March 7-10 in New Orleans, and this year’s theme is “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography and Myth.” For the call for papers and submission guidelines, click here.

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 4:03pm
Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society


Constance Fenimore Woolson: Making Her Presence Felt in the World


Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

April 4-7, 2019


Postwar Area Studies Group CFP for ALA

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 4:07pm
Postwar Area Studies Group
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Calls for Papers: Postwar Area Studies Group

The Annual Conference of the American Literature Association will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2019. The Postwar Area Studies Group is issuing two Calls for Papers for this year's meeting:


1. Memoir and Recovery Narratives, 1945-1980

American Literature Association 2019 – Boston, May 23-26 / Postwar Area Literature Group

Memoirs and autobiographies; lost and found objects, persons, and selfhoods in literatures of the postwar period.  Abstracts by January 15 to


2. Samples and Fragments, 1945-1980

Race and Renovation in the Contemporary Novel (NeMLA 2019)

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:56pm
NeMLA Annual Convention - Washington D.C. - 21-24 March, 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018


This panel seeks to open a conversation about how formal experiments in the contemporary American novel attempt to find new ways to discuss race, and what these experiments might signal about the future of the novel.

Call for Book Chapters: Women and Belles Lettres in the Nineteenth Century

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:49pm
Harvard University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 28, 2018

Many novelists in various national literatures touched upon the theme of an emancipated woman in the long nineteenth century. Imagination, as it is believed, has no borders and is dialogical in its nature.  Different voices of great emancipationist writers merged into one influential symphony liberating and awakening consciousness of slaves—males and females. If writers did not support directly or sympathized with the image of an emancipated woman, they did reflect on her place in society and her belonging. World literature allows us to take a closer look at the imagined and real women's lives, at their biographies and reminiscent writing.


Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:44pm
Verge: Studies in Global Asias
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 5, 2018

Penn State’s Department of Asian Studies announces Global Asias 5, a biennial conference hosted to complement the work of our award-winning journal Verge: Studies in Global Asias (published by the University of Minnesota Press). By bringing into relation work in Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies, Verge covers Asia and its diasporas, East to West, across and around the Pacific, from a variety of humanistic perspectives—anthropology, art history, literature, history, sociology, and political science— in order to develop comparative analyses that recognize Asia’s place(s) in the development of global culture and history.