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Religion in American Literature (San Diego, CA; Nov. 14-17, 2019)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. In particular, it welcomes papers that explore the topic of theodicy in contemporary American literature. How have the events following 9/11, and the developments in post-secular and trauma studies made the question of theodicy a more vital, urgent topic in our contemporary moment? How has 9/11 transformed the ways in which Americans think about the problem of evil? How has this event and other acts of terror influenced our cultural imaginations of suffering and death? How have contemporary American writers contributed to the conversations about the presence or absence of God in suffering?

LGBTQ Representations of Sexualities within Latinx Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
NeMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

CFP for NeMLA 2020 Boston

Please submit via nemla.org

Panel ID #17905

Chair: Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez

Human beings express sexuality as individuals, yet society continues to enforce heteronormativity. This panel seeks papers that challenge this heteronormativity in Latinx novels written in English, Spanish or Spanglish from Latinx authors that reside either in Latin America or in the United States. Specifically, theoretical approaches that question the role of power in any guise or interrogate the status quo are welcome.

Modernist Short Stories Writers

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 10:12am
Kay Boyle Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Modernist Short Stories Writers

Sponsored by the Kay Boyle Society

The American Short Story: New Considerations

New Orleans, Sep. 5-7, 2019

 

Many modernist writers experimented with the short story genre early in their careers, while reading, publishing and critiquing each other’s work in small magazines.

The objective of this panel is to engage in comparative, reflective conversation, bringing out as yet unnoticed similarities and convergence in themes, writing practices, and subjectivities among these writers.

This panel invites papers on the work of one writer or in the context of other writers, on one or more of the following themes:

NeMLA 2020 CFP: Creating Humanity through Prison Education Programs

updated: 
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 9:55pm
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Colleges and universities have witnessed great shifts in student populations over the last few decades, including new populations of veteran  and adult students. Now, as the traditional aged student continues to decline in numbers, one additional population of potential students appears to continue to grow: prison inmate students. College prison programs include both credit programs and enrichment programs. Through programs such as Shakespeare Behind Bars, the recidivism rates have declined as the men and women in these programs discover empathy, a love of language, and the value of community. This panel will explore college prison programs.

NeMLA 2020: Suspicion Today

updated: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 9:43am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

In the wake of the recent Postcritical Turn in literary studies, a pall has been cast over suspicious modes of analysis. Eve Sedgwick famously sought to move away from the paranoid imperative towards a more reparative relation; Sharon Best and Stephen Marcus have proposed surface reading as an antidote to symptomatic methodology; and, more recent still, Rita Felski has underscored the banality of suspicious hermeneutics as a central premise in her circumscription of the limits of critique.

Decolonizing the Digital Archive

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
25th AISNA Biennial Conference Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond (Ragusa, Italy, September 26-28, 2019)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Decolonizing the Digital Archive

 

In recent years we have witnessed a proliferation of digital archival work – often (but not always) in the form of open access platforms developed to gather, preserve, and share historical documents. The very nature of open accessibility counters a rhetoric of retreat and the construction of barriers among knowledge producers and consumers – by refusing ownership over its content and seeking collaborative and communal engagement in both interpretational and curatorial work, open access digital archives are often decentralized archives that  provide modes for democratic access, exchange, and co-construction of knowledge.

Sharing Spaces in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:23am
Dainy Bernstein and Kristi Fleetwood
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

 

NeMLA 51st Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2020

Boston, Massachusetts

 

The collection Children’s Geographies explores children's places from playgrounds, social networks, schools, streets, villages, and so much more. Peter Hunt’s “Unstable Metaphors: Symbolic Spaces and Specific Places” differentiates between the internal/personal of the “space” and the external/reality of the “place.” Drawing on these ideas, this panel seeks to continue the discussion of children’s places and spaces by asking how children exist in the real world and the fictional world, in addition to how their literature serves (or doesn’t serve) as a distinct space of its own.  

"Katherine Anne Porter: Out of the Archives"

updated: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 3:14pm
Katherine Anne Porter Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Katherine Anne Porter Society session at the 31st annual American Literature Association Conference invites papers on any topic that makes use of Porter's correspondence digitized by the Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence Project at the University of Maryland Libraries (https://www.lib.umd.edu/kaporter-correspondence).

Please send a 200-word proposal and a brief biographical statement to Beth Alvarez at alvarez@umd.edu by December 1, 2019.

The conference will be held at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, May 21-24, 2020. 

Landscapes of Politics and Identity in American Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 10:13am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This panel investigates the concept of landscape in American literature.  For Americans, the landscape brings strong associations, whether cultural, political, historical, or commercial.  The landscape, in a sense, is central to the American identity. This session seeks proposals on the meaning of landscape in American literature.  How do Americans use landscape to create identity?  In what ways are landscapes used politically or culturally to create meaning?  This session encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the landscape in American literature, including the examination of literature and the visual arts. 

NEMLA 2020

Marriott Copely Place

Boston, MA

March 5-8, 2020

NeMLA 2020: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism (Boston, March 5-8)

updated: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Panel: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism

Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference

March 5-8, 2020 

Boston, MA

 

Seeking papers on the politics of futurity in Afro-diasporic writing from before the mid-twentieth century for the following guaranteed session at NeMLA 2020. Abstracts due by September 30 on NeMLA's website. Visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17890 to submit.

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