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NEMLA 2015: Oceanic Turns The Politics of Hemispheric American Studies

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 7:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable examines the locations, terminologies and methodologies that shape the oceanic turn in contemporary American literary studies. The recent twentieth anniversary of Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic reminds us that an oceanic rather than a national framework has influenced the direction of literary and cultural studies for the last two decades. During this time studies of American, British, and African Diasporic literature have taken a decidedly oceanic turn. Current scholarship reflects renewed interest in the impact of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans on the creation of extra-national literary imaginaries. Yet, despite what we might consider a degree of academic canonization, the oceanic turn remains as slippery as it is suggestive.

CFP REMINDER: Performing Freedom, Troubling Race (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:57pm
Maleda Belilgne/NeMLA

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

[UPDATE] Digitizing the Past: Historical Narrative and Media Technology (4/30-5/3, Toronto)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:35pm

The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?

BREAKING THE RULES! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions [UPDATE]

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:48pm
Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is organising its third biannual international graduate conference set to take place at Leiden University on January 29-30, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference, entitled 'Breaking the Rules: Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions', will focus on the wide range of cultural responses to the violation of laws, traditions and conventions in the political, religious and aesthetic domain.

Urban Studies Area (Abstracts due November 1, 2014)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:53pm
Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (New Orleans)

The Urban Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association invites abstracts for the PCA/ACA National Convention, to be held in New Orleans from April 1 - 4, 2015. The PCA/ACA has a policy of only considering abstracts submitted through the PCA/ACA database ( in advance of the November 1 deadline.

Children's Rights and Children's Literature

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:16pm
Matthew B. Prickett



Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn

Guest Editors:
Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island-City University of New York
Matthew B. Prickett, Rutgers University-Camden

NEMLA CFP [UPDATE]: Growth in Writing, Teaching, and Learning (April 30-May 2, 2015)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 2:05pm

In his classic composition text Writing Without Teachers, Peter Elbow asks us to consider the metaphor of growing as a way to encourage and teach fluid, flexible writing. The idea of growth applies to so many aspects of scholarship, as we approach the profession simultaneously as teachers, students, and researchers in our own rights. This roundtable session seeks to explore the idea of growth broadly conceived, thinking about the ways we develop our writing and teaching, as well as the ways our students' writing develops.

My co-chair and I left the description wide open so as to accommodate different approaches to the topic, which is Growth. We've gotten some great submissions so far, and are excited to read some more!

[Reminder] NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:57am
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:

The Tenth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-10) 2015

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 7:41pm
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 7-9 May 2015. The conference will be held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.

(Re)Imagining American Landscapes at SAMLA Nov. 7-9, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:20pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

URGENT: Paper needed for SAMLA special session: "(Re)Imagining American Landscapes: Subversion and National/Historical Consciousness in American Women Writers." Papers may consider any period or multiple periods of American literature; genre and border literature topics are encouraged.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract ASAP (preferably by Sept. 3, 2014) to Lori Howard,