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Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:46am
The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

CFP: Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

"Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture"

February 11th – 14th 2015

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

Submission Deadline: November 1st 2014 at

[UPDATE] The IJHCS: International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies Call for Papers (dealine 25 August 2014)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:32am
The IJHCS: International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies

The IJHCS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, English language, cultural studies and creative writing for the Volume 1, Issue 2 (September 2014). Manuscripts Submission Deadline: August 25, 2014 (extended). Issue Publication Date: September 2014. For more details on the manuscripts and submission guidelines, please visit the Submission Guidelines webpage. Contributions have to be sent to:


UPDATE: Steampunk Femininity: Recasting the Angel in the House (Sept. 10 2014)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 9:31pm
Chamutal Noimann Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY

Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.

Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies

Deadline for abstracts Sept. 30, 2014

RSAP Book Prize, Submissions Due December 1, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 8:40pm
Research Society for American Periodicals

The Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announces its $1000 Book Prize.

The prize will be awarded for the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

The Book Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2015. The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2015 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.

CFP: UC Berkeley Graduate Student Conference "Leaps of Faith" Deadline: 09/15/14

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:04pm
Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Call for Papers

Deadline September 15, 2014

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Hosted by The Department of Comparative Literature
University of California, Berkeley
November 21-22, 2014.

This conference aims to explore diverse acts of faith and their significance in both secular and religious contexts. We welcome submissions from graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Abstracts due to by September 15, 2014.

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought

Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley

Women and Work, SSAWW 2015 conference (Nov. 4–8)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 3:41pm
Society for the Study of American Women Writers

The meaning of "women's work" has never been stable. While women have consistently engaged with the production of home as well as labor outside the home, their involvement in what Marx conceptualizes as wage-to-labor power exchange did not achieve heightened visibility in U.S. cultures until the nineteenth century. "Women and Work," a proposed panel for the 2015 SSAWW conference in Philadelphia, seeks to explore the many ways that women have offered their labor in service of their families, their communities and their nations and how this labor constructs a variety of liminal experiences. How does women's labor provide opportunities for collective dissent regarding the ethics of labor practices as well as the continued undervaluation of women's work?

Utopian bodies and media, October 20-22 Delta Hotel, Montreal

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:07pm
Leverhulme International Research Network "Imaginaries of the Future"

Call for Proposals (Deadline 1 September 2014)
Utopian Bodies and Media
Montreal, QC, Canada 21 – 22 October 2014
Inaugural symposium of the Leverhulme International Research Network
Imaginaries of the Future: Historicising the Present

Early American Literature and Performativity (NeMLA Convention, Toronto, April 30-May 5, 2015)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 9:25am
Keat Murray

This panel seeks fresh scholarly and pedagogical approaches to early American literature (to 1865) through the lens of performance theory and performativity. Proposals can work with intersections between performance theory and a wide range of topics, including ethnicity, identity politics, (trans)national identity, social roles, power relations, democracy, the culture of novel reading, contact literature, missions literature, travel literature, and so on. Special consideration will be given to proposals that tether performance in literary studies to early American history and culture. Proposals working with oral literatures, such as those of Native Peoples, are also welcome.

"Government / Literature" for ACLA 2015 (Seattle, March 25-29)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 4:17am
Kevin Riordan / Nanyang Technological University

"Government" and "literature" belong to different spheres, exercise different forms of power, and are studied in different departments. As literary scholars, we often pit literature as a positive (humanizing, expressive, or empowering) force against negative (impersonal, bureaucratic, or oppressive) governments. Or, perhaps more commonly, we treat governments as irrelevant to the production and circulation of literary works. This seminar works to move beyond these familiar positions. We welcome papers from varied national, transnational, and historical contexts that stage the relation between government and literature in new and surprising ways.

NANO: New American Notes Online, Special Issue--Corporations and Culture [Submission Deadline January 1 2015]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 3:34pm
NANO: New American Notes Online

NANO: New American Notes Online
Special Issue: Corporations and Culture

Power, in Case's world, meant corporate power. The zaibatsus, the multinationals that shape the course of human history, had transcended old barriers. Viewed as organisms, they had attained a kind of immortality. You couldn't kill a zaibatsu by assassinating a dozen key executives; there were others waiting to step up the ladder, assume the vacated position, access the vast banks of corporate memory. —William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)

[UPDATE] Critical University Studies after the Adjunct Issue - ACLA 2015 Seminar Proposal Seattle (March 26-29, 2015)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:55am
Ian Butcher, Duquesne University

With the increased prominence of movements like the New Faculty Majority and the MLA Subconference, along with the sensational cases of Margaret Mary Vojtko and Mary-Faith Cerasoli, criticism on the social, political, and economic factors which shape the processes of higher education has emerged as an urgent and vital component of the contemporary humanities. A growing body of scholarship has placed labour issues, student debt, the job market, education funding, and resource allocation among the fundamental elements which condition the production and distribution of knowledge in not just the humanities, but the university as a whole. This seminar seeks to contribute to this field by considering a number of questions:

UPDATE: Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures - DEADLINE Aug 22, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 9:27am
Aarhus University - Cultural Transformations Research Group


Conference Dates: November 21-22, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Matt Hills

Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures Conference to take place November 21-22, 2014.
Hosted by the Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University.

Keynote speaker:
Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University –
"Fans as Celebrities, Celebrities as Fans: The Rise of an Affective Economy?"

Forms of Talk - ACLA 2015

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 4:28pm

"Forms of Talk" takes into account the multifaceted achievements of "talk," as distinct from related categories like speech, voice, discourse, dialogue, communication, or even conversation. Our seminar shares a title with sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking study (1981) on what has been called the "micro-sociology" of everyday interactions. The seminar places an emphasis on oralities that have been considered too commonplace, informal, accidental, idle, wasteful, or inauthentic to be of value.

Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre (Augsburg, Germany, Oct 1-3, 2015)

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 1:26pm
University of Augsburg, Germany

Call for Papers

Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre
International Conference, Augsburg, October 1-3, 2015

When Polonius, in the second act of Hamlet, announces the theater company as the "best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited," he points to several problems that have pervaded scholarship on poetry and genre.