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Vonnegut, Narrative, and (Re)Shaping American Identities (NeMLA 2020)

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 11:19am
Tom Hertweck / Kurt Vonnegut Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This session will be part of the March 5-8, 2020 NeMLA convention in Boston, MA:

All abstracts must be submitted through the NeMLA submission portal Submission deadline is September 30, 2020.

Please contact Tom Hertwerk (, Vice President of Kurt Vonnegut Society, with questions. 

Call for Proposals

Reading in Theory (ACLA 2020)

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 11:29am
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Reading in Theory


Approaches to Teaching Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 11:54am
Lynn Domina
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most frequently taught texts—it appears on syllabi for American literature, African American literature, American history, life writing, and gender or women’s studies courses. It is taught in high schools as well as in colleges and universities. Yet, very few resources are currently available for instructors.

SCMS 2020 Panel: Affective Polarization: Enemies and Allies in National Discourses

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 1:30pm
SCMS 2020 / Ghent University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, August 18, 2019

In today’s neo- and illiberal nations affects of hate and indignation become a potent force in creating an axiological us and them. Such exclusionary structures of feeling are instrumental in forming nationalist ideologies and sustaining hegemonic discourses on immigration, homeland security and geopolitical conflict. Because nation states often rely on the construction and sustainment of antagonistic affects to naturalize existing power relationships, emotions should be considered an important manifestation of current illiberal crisis.  Many of today’s intolerances seem to be embedded in a populist sentiment that feeling is a force more immediate and “pure” than reason.

The Writer's Vice: Alcohol and the American Writer, 1940-70

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 4:46pm
Mark Noon / NEMLA Conference 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This panel seeks papers addressing the impact of alcohol on American authors from 1940 to 1970. Is it true, as Susan Cheever has argued in Drinking in America: Our Secret History, that being a writer during this period "almost always meant getting drunk" and that "[a]lcoholism laid waste to the most talented American writers of the mid-twentieth century" ? The panel will work to separate the myths from the reality regarding the many writers who struggled with alcohol during the period. It will also assess the impact of alcohol on the quality of writing and its impact on the talent of writers.

Chicago Ethnography Conference: Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 1:33pm
22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020

DePaul University’s Department of Sociology Presents The…22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference:Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump EraA Graduate Student ConferenceSaturday April 25, 2020

We are now accepting paper submissions (with optional photo attachments) for the annual conference. Send your submissions and final papers to by January 5, 2020.


EXTENDED DEADLINE Edith Wharton's New York

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:15am
Edith Wharton Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Edith Wharton’s New York:

A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society

New Yorker Hotel

June 17th-20th 2020 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Please submit proposals no later than September 15th, 2019 to

Only Wanna Be With You: Essays on Hootie & the Blowfish

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 12:06pm
Suzanne Kamata/Naruto University of Education
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Seeking 250-word proposals of essays for an edited collection aimed at a general-interest audience.