Basin City, Caprica City, Coruscant, Gotham City, Mega-City One, Metropolis, Nos Astra, the Sprawl, and so on—SFF teems with iconic urban environments. These cities serve as geographical backdrops, but also provide, as Vivian Sobchack has argued, the "premises for the possibilities and trajectory of narrative action." Yet while Sobchack claims that representations of fantastic urban spaces depict "the failure of modernism's aspirations in images that speak of urban exhaustion, postmodern exhilaration, and millennial vertigo," in SFF, cities also embody unlimited possibilities, transcultural ideals, and utopian dreams. Cities thus function both as beacons of progress and freedom and as harbingers of decay and destruction.
Keeping with the conference theme of Literature and the Other Arts, The Eudora Welty Society invites papers that explore multimodality and interdisciplinary collaboration within the works of Eudora Welty. What elements in Welty's fiction, essays, or photography connect to her contemporary moment or a timeless part of human nature? Examples might concern the role of and engagement with politics, jazz and the blues, newspaper and magazine, television and film, translation of oral fairy tales into a written medium or Welty's Robber Bridegroom into a play.
Religion and American Literature panel at PAMLA seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. How do American writers negotiate faith or unbelief? What are the varieties of secularism articulated in their work? How do they explore faith within a post-secular context? The panel especially welcomes papers on the following authors: Cormac McCarthy, Marilynn Robinson, and Jeffrey Eugenides.
Panel: American Travelers and the City
Organizer: Society for the Study of American Travel Writing
Event: ALA Symposium on The City in American Literature
Details: Sept 10-11, 2015 New Orleans, LA
Proposals: Due June 27, 2015 to Andrew Vogel
The Society for the Study of American Travel Writing is organizing a panel for the American Literature Association Symposium on The City in American Literature to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 10-11, 2015. More information is available at The City in American Literature Symposium.
Claudia Emerson, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner for her collection Late Wife and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, passed away last year at the age of 57 after a valiant struggle against cancer. She and her husband, Kent Ippolito, a musician, wrote songs together and performed. Emerson's work, then, embodies this year's SAMLA theme of "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts." This panel seeks to celebrate her life, so papers on any element of her art are most welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and any A/V requirements to Lynne M. Simpson, Prof. of English, Presbyterian College, at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10.
Persona Studies is seeking papers and creative projects that investigate the ways in which personas are produced, managed, used, and disseminated in the contexts of our working lives and careers. What work do these personas do? How does our work shape and dictate them? What are the constraints and effects of these personas?
Abstracts and Expressions of Interest (250-300 words) should be submitted by 19 June 2015 to email@example.com with the subject heading "2015 Issue 2 Abstract." Full papers may also be submitted at this time.
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
EIGHTH-ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE
SCIENCE FICTION, Fantasy, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com
2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 15 June 2015
Deadline Extended to 6/10
Deadline extended: August 20, 2015
The Journal of Improvisation in Professional Practice [Improv Practice] will create a discourse community that explores major inquiries about improvisation in our professional lives. Improv Practice will facilitate the exploration of how improvisation plays out in our work and in our learning, teaching and becoming as professionals. Please join an interdisciplinary conversation about the complex improvisational practices of professional action, about how we learn as professionals and about how professional education can be understood.
The journal will publish two kinds of papers:
Narratives/ explorations in improvisational work
Although the conference on Walker Percy's The Last Gentleman has been postponed, the Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing is still accepting abstracts and proposals for its third biannual conference.
The new deadline for Call for Papers will be announced as soon as the new date for the conference is determined.
Where: Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
When: to be announced