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The Aesthetics of Erasure (Journal Special Issue, Abstracts Due 11/15/14)

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:01am
Paul Benzon, Temple University

Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the spring 2015 edition: Vol. 11 – 01


The Aesthetics of Erasure


Paul Benzon, Temple University

Sarah Sweeney, Skidmore College

Pat Badani



ACLA 2015 CFP: Europe and Its Other(3/26-3/29, Seattle, WA)

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:52am
Hiroki Yoshikuni, University of Tokyo; Yoshiaki Mihara, Doshisha University

Although it was significantly eclipsed by the United States and the Soviet Union in the last century, Europe was once a name for total domination of the world, a name that not only commanded cultural and political authority but also was—and still is—tied up with memories of its violence and crime. Franz Fanon famously declared, "leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe." On the other hand, however, there is a sense of incompleteness about this name.

4/30-5/2/2014 NeMLA conference, Toronto; submit by 9/30/2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 2:27pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Dealing with Academic Stress and Personal Crises
This board-sponsored roundtable aims to help NeMLA's members deal with academic stress and personal crises (e.g. divorce, death, serious health issues, caregiving, among other challenges). The goal of this roundtable is sharing helpful suggestions and strategies with the audience rather than telling personal stories. To ensure that participants represent different professional categories and that all types of crises are covered, interested participants are invited to submit their detailed 300- to 350-word proposals.
Chair: Josephine McQuail

please submit using link above

NEMLA 2015: Urban Ecology and the Postcolonial Global Subject

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 1:36pm
Vivek Freitas, Tufts University

This panel considers the specific role of urban environments in imagining postcolonial subjects' relationship to the world. How and why do cities function as the locus for a cosmopolitan identity, while villages remain the bearers of tradition? How have discourses of globalization and environmental justice changed considerations of postcolonial subjectivity and environments in our century? What literary innovations have helped represent the sedimented historical landscapes of colonialism, global capitalism, and histories of devastation?

Chair: Vivek Freitas

Area: Anglophone

Cross: Culture & Media Studies

Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:56am
Humanities Division, Essex County College


On March 11-12, 2015, the Humanities Division at Essex County College, located in Newark, NJ, will host its Spring 2015 Conference, "Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism." This two-day conference offers space for writers, historians, musicians, artists, and academicians to explore, expand upon, and rethink the implications of speculative humanities. This year's conference will feature a special emphasis on the life, work, and influence of Octavia E. Butler.

[REMINDER] World Literature/Immigrant Literature (NeMLA 2015) — DUE 9/30

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:35am
Northeast Modern Language Association

When asked about the influences of immigrant fiction on her own writing, Jhumpa Lahiri told the New York Times, 'I don't know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' […] If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction?

Detective Fiction and The Arts - ACLA 2015 (March 26-29)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:38am
Adeline Tran / Annika Eisenberg

This seminar investigates the theme of "Detective Fiction and the Arts" primarily in three ways: First, detective fiction often features other arts or media forms as important sources of aesthetic, narrative or symbolic value.

Science and/of the Word: Alter-humanisms in Caribbean Poetry and Philosophy [NeMLA Toronto 2015]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:56pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario

Science and/of the Word: Alter-humanisms in Caribbean Poetry and Philosophy

This session proposes to explore and assess the contributions of Caribbean poets and philosophers both to the postcolonial/ecocritical/feminist/queer polemics against Enlightenment modernity and (neo)liberal humanism and to the invention of alternative modes of being, thinking, and figuring the human. We welcome papers which engage the artistic and intellectual productions of Caribbean writers in the broad context of post-, anti-, and alter-humanisms. How do Caribbean texts unsettle and (re)invent relations between the Sciences & the Humanities?

[Reminder] NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:28pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Reminder: NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015
Host Institution: Ryerson University

Full information regarding the 2015 Call for Papers may be found on our website:

Special Topic: Christianity and Literature (for spring 2015)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:16pm
Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)

Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. Published both online ( and in print copy, it welcomes essays for a special issue (spring 2015) on "Christianity and Literature." Essays may explore aspects of Christianity in individual works or writers, in pedagogical matters pertaining to teaching literature at Christian universities, and in issues concerning courses devoted to specifically Christianity and literature. Some possible approaches and examples would include: