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2017 MLA: "Dangerous Visions: Science Fiction's Countercultures"

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 10:18pm
Sean A. Guynes

Dangerous Visions: Science Fiction's Countercultures
In the introduction to the chapter on "Countercultures" in his edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014), Rob Latham asserts that "Science fiction has always had a close relationship with countercultural movements" (383). The alternative worldmaking capacities of SF&F, in other words, has long had resonances in the sub- and countercultural movements of the past few centuries, "especially," as Latham qualifies and expands, "if the allied genre of the literary utopia [and, we might add, the dystopia] is included within" the orbit of SF.

Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies: The Intersection of Species and Power in the World of Fictional Saviors

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 7:10pm
Institute for Critical Animal Studies

Title: Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies: The Intersection of Species and Power in the World of Fictional Saviors

We are seeking 300-500 word abstracts by March 15th, 2016 for possible inclusion into an edited collection seeking to explore the world of animal rights and liberation against the backdrop of superheroes in film, television, and comics. While there are many book projects that look at the superhero universe from a variety of perspectives there has yet to be a collection that approaches it from the question of the nonhuman. This project is meant to fill that absence focusing on the construction of the (super)human as it relates to the way our culture understands and values nonhuman animals.

Crime and Criminality, Deadline Extended

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 3:44pm
Carolina Graduate Literature Society, University of South Carolina

The Carolina Graduate Literature Society is thrilled to announce the third annual Graduate English Conference at the University of South Carolina:

Crime and Criminality
April 1-2, 2016 
Featured Speakers:
Shelley Streeby, University of California San Diego
John Muckelbauer, University of South Carolina

CFP: General Submissions for Journal of Narrative Theory

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 2:53pm
JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory

JNT publishes theoretically sophisticated essays that examine narrative from a host of critical perspectives. Of particular interest are history and narrative; cultural studies and popular culture; discourses of class, gender, sexuality, race, nationality, subalternity, and ethnicity; film theory, queer theory, and media studies; new historical, poststructural, or global approaches to narrative forms (literary or otherwise); along with essays that span or subvert epistemic and disciplinary boundaries. JNT is multi-genre, multi-period, multi-national.

Submission Guidelines:

"The Historical Novel as a Generic Hybrid" Modern Language Association (MLA) Special Session Annual Convention 5-8 January 2017,

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:22pm
Benjamin D. O'Dell

Is the historical novel a literary genre in the formal sense or is the term merely a placeholder for fictions about the past? This proposed Special Session seeks papers exploring how we identify and evaluate the historical novel in light of recent work by scholars such as Perry Anderson, Ian Baucom, Fredric Jameson, Rachel Teukolsky and others. 300-word abstract due by 1 March 2016.

CSA Performance Working Group: Policing Crises Now

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:01pm
Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference Villanova University (June 2-5, 2016)

Policing Crises Now: The Cultural Studies Association's Performance Working Group invites submissions for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), to be held at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA, June 2-5, 2016.

Bodies and Politics

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 11:36am
Université Paris-Est Créteil, France

Call for papers: "Bodies and Politics"

An international conference organized by CIMMA ("Identity Constructions and Mobilizations in the English-Speaking World"):

Dates: September 8-9, 2016, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France

300-word abstracts and short CVs should be submitted by March 30, 2016
Selected speakers will be notified by May 2016

Scientific coordinators: Sonia Birocheau, Karine Chambefort, Mélanie Grué