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The Cold War Then and Now: Theories and Legacies

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 8:03am
Goldsmiths, University of London
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019

In his seminal study No Accident, Comrade (2011),Steven Belletto draws a distinction between fictions which are about the Cold War and fictions that are of the Cold War. What is meant by the former is clear enough: these are fictions which are written or set during the Cold War period and which engage thematically with it. The latter, however, is a more fluid category whose implications can be theorized further. Papers in this stream will seek to do precisely this – namely, to think through what this ‘of’ might signal in relation to literature, film, art, politics, news reporting, or society more broadly. What kind of preoccupations, narratives, theories, or ideologies might be described as being of the Cold War?

MLA 2020 - Persons in Poetry and Law

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:05am
Talia Shalev, CUNY Graduate Center
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Persons in Poetry and Law

Panel Proposal for MLA 2020

January 9-12, Seattle, WA

What relationships exist between poetic and legal invocations of personhood? What emerges in examining the formal strategies involved in processes of invocation? Seeking papers that put poems and legal texts in conversation. Please send a 300-word proposal by March 13th to

Intellectual Inversions: Public Intellectuals and their Contemporary Doppelgängers

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:10am
Steven Gotzler / Carnegie Mellon University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 15, 2019

This special session invites papers that explore the countervailing, and occasionally contradictory, double meanings obtaining in our notion of the “public intellectual” today. This session is especially interested in papers that comment on the figure of the public intellectual by thinking beyond the limits of the university and the academic profession, as traditionally “licensed” intellectual spaces and modes, and consider new networks and formations of intellectual affiliation, movement, and struggle that have emerged with the generalization of social media platforms and digital publishing venues (i.e. twitter, reddit, etc.), and especially  in the wake of the election of 2016.


CFP: Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for NEPCA

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:15am
Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area of NEPCA invites proposals from scholars of all levels for papers and/or panels that explore any aspect of the role of political actors, institutions, ideology, rhetoric, and satire in popular culture. Papers may be drawn from all policy domains, both foreign and domestic.

Recent conferences featured panels on:

  • The presidency in popular culture
  • Storytelling in the public square
  • News coverage of political figures and campaigns
  • Narrative approaches to public policy
  • Political icons
  • American identity

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on the final panel size.

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2019 SCMLA African American Literature Regular Session

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 2:36pm
Stewart Habig / The University of Tulsa
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019


Call for Papers

African American Literature, Regular Session,

South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Oct 24-26, 2019

[MLA] Nabokov and Contemporary Writing: Official Panel of the Nabokov Society

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:16am
International Vladimir Nabokov Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 22, 2019

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites paper proposals on 'Nabokov and Contemporary Writing' for its guaranteed panel at the MLA 2020 Meeting in Seattle next January. We are interested in papers on how living writers - whether novelists, poets, playwrights, or writers of creative non-fiction - have drawn on Nabokov's work, whether in celebration or in criticism. How does Nabokov continue to be a fertile and challenging presence in contemporary letters?

T.S. Eliot Society MMLA 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:16am
Edward Upton/International T.S. Eliot Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The International T.S. Eliot Society is accepting proposals for a panel at the 2019 Midwest MLA conference in Chicago, to be held November 14-17, 2019. Any proposal on a subject reasonably related to Eliot studies will be considered. If you are interested in participating, please send abstract proposals (up to 250 words) to Professor Edward Upton ( Please also forward a CV or a brief biographical statement. Submissions must be received no later than May 15, 2019. For more information on MMLA 2019, please go to

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:20am
Department of African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019

The African American Studies Department at The Pennsylvania State University is pleased to announce a conference titled, "Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance," to take place on October 10-12, 2019 at the Penn Stater in State College, PA.