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The Politics of Time in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature - ALA 2016 - May 26th-29th

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:34pm
Molly Ball

Recent years have seen a great deal of work on the temporality of the nation in nineteenth-century U.S. literatures. Dana Luciano, Lloyd Pratt, Thomas Allen, and others have considered how representations of time both produce and contest the boundaries of national belonging. This panel builds on such work, uniting questions about the political dimensions of temporality with questions about literary form. The panel will explore how plotting, narrative structure, and other explicitly literary ways of representing time organize, rework, and/or unsettle ideas about national time during the long nineteenth century.

Panel "East Coast/West Coast: Friends and Feuds" | ASA Nov. '16 | Abstract deadline 1/21/16

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 12:35pm
American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 17-20, 2016


The "East Coast/West Coast" rivalry, distinction, feud, or romance is a recurrent theme in American music and popular forms – most famously in hip hop, but also in rock, jazz, and other genres. This panel will enlarge on this theme and explore it in relation to multiple genres and modes in U.S. culture, politics, economics, and/or other forms of life.

All ideas and disciplines welcome. Please send the organizer a brief email saying who you are and what your interest in this topic is in advance of the deadline (i.e. right away).

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words by January 21, 2016.

Reframing Science Fiction: A One Day Conference on the Art of Science Fiction 21 March 2016 deadline 15 January 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 11:58am
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Reframing Science Fiction:

A One Day Conference on the Art of Science Fiction

21 March 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Keynote speakers: Dr Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent)

From William Blake and John Martin to Glenn Brown and The Otolith Group, artists have been producing works of art that are science fiction. And artists and their works have been incorporated into many works of sf.

Meanwhile, on countless book covers and in magazine illustrations, a visual language of science fiction has evolved: bug-eyed monsters; spaceships; robots and so on.

Call for Book Chapters. Mater Dolorosa: The Representation of the Blessed Mary in Literature and Art

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 11:48am

In today's complex world religious discourse is especially crucial, considering that secularism is expanding around the globe. We seek contributions on the representation of the Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art. Comparative approaches are always welcome. Religious and cultural literacy is important for domestic and international politics, the practice of peace, harmony, justice, and social prosperity. Thus, this edited volume will help diminish religious illiteracy. Universitas Press has agreed to publish this edited volume. Contributions are welcome from scholars in various disciplines in the humanities.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Modernism and Graphic Narrative (DEADLINE 3/10/16)

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:47am
Janine Utell / Modern Language Association

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia. The proposal for the special session is due on April 1, 2016. Acceptance at the call for paper stage is NOT a guarantee of the session being accepted and running at MLA 2017.

This proposed special session will explore the relationships and connections between modernism and graphic narrative. Panelists may consider:

+ narrative theory, modernism, and comics
+ the influence of modernism on comics and graphic narrative
+ modernist ways of reading graphic narrative
+ intertextuality and adaptation
+ perspective and consciousness
+ space and time


Conference "The Environment and Human Migration: Rethinking the Politics of Poetry" Nov. 25 & 26, 2016; Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:29am
American Studies, University of Bamberg

The environmental crisis and intensifying migration movements are among the greatest challenges of our time, yet they are only beginning to be understood as interrelated. So far, this junction has mainly been studied in the social sciences, with a strong focus on the phenomenon of so-called climate refugees. There is, however, a substantial and remarkably diverse body of literary texts, including a large number of poems, that address the links between environmental and migratory issues in historically informed, conceptually complex, and aesthetically innovative ways.

[UPDATE] Stephen Crane Panels at ALA 2016 (Extended Deadline: 1.17.16)

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 4:20pm
Stephen Crane Society

CFP: Stephen Crane Society at ALA 2016 (Deadline 1.17.16)

The Stephen Crane Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 26-29, 2016. All topics are welcome. Here, for example, are a few suggestions

· Crane's depiction of war

· Crane and the arts (e. g., painting, photography, music)

· Crane's depiction of the city

· Crane's poetry

· Crane's journalism

· the Sullivan County tales and sketches

· the Western stories

· the Whilomville stories

· one of Crane's lesser-known novels (The Third Violet, Active Service, or The O'Ruddy)

· Crane's depiction of women

Bridging Divides (journal issue)

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 11:43am
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies

The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal edited by graduate students and dedicated to publishing cultural studies scholarship from both established and emerging scholars, is currently soliciting submissions for an upcoming special issue on: Bridging Divides.