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James Baldwin Review (JBR) Vol. 2

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:51am
James Baldwin Review

The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its second volume. An Open Access online publication, The James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin' writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.

[REMINDER] American Literature Area at PCA/ACA 2016, March 22-25

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:27am
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
2016 National Conference
Seattle, WA
March 22-25, 2016

Call for Papers: American Literature

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2015

The American Literature Area of the American Culture Association seeks individual papers for presentation at the 2016 National Conference of the PCA/ACA, to be held in Seattle, WA from March 22-25, 2016.

Global Avant-Gardes: Visual and Verbal

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:10am
Barrett Watten / Wayne State University

Global Avant-Gardes: Visual and Verbal
ACLA, March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University
Submission deadline: September 23
Submission portal:

Organizer: Barrett Watten, Wayne State University
Co-Organizer: Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma

Ethos Seeks Book Reviews

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:08am
Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Public Ethics

Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Public Ethics seeks book reviews of approximately 1000 words for our October 2015 titled "Contemporary Film and Public Life." We hope to receive submissions related to the journal's topic (full CFP at Please send submissions or inquiries to Katherine Walker at Submissions are due October 1, 2015.

CFP: How Normal is White?: The Normalization of Whiteness in Children's and YA Lit

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:35am
M. Green-Barteet & M. Gilbert-Hickey/Children's Literature Association

In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in children's and YA lit. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is also normal.

"Doing the Charleston": Performing Racial, Gender, Sexual, and and Class Identities

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:21am
30th Annual MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States)

"Doing the Charleston": Performing Racial, Gender, Sexual, and Class Identities in Multi-ethnic American Literatures and Culture

30th Annual MELUS Conference

Call for Papers
March 3-6, 2016, Charleston, South Carolina
College of Charleston

Deadline: November 15, 2015

[new CFP] Thomas Merton at College English Association Denver Hyatt - March 29 - April 2, 2016

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 9:40am
International Thomas Merton Society - College English Association

Special Topics
An allied organization of the College English Association (CEA), the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) will be sponsoring one or more panels at the annual CEA Conference next March 29-April 2, as well as recommending individual proposals for other concurrent sessions. Overarching theme of the Conference: CREATION

Suggested lines of inquiry (but only suggested):
Merton,the creative writer/artist/hermit
Merton: creating a new world
Merton creating the self
Creating a new genre: letters, prose-poem, anti-poems
Creating peace: Merton's challenge to the 21st-century
Creative dialogue between Merton and …x

ACLA 2016 Seminar: Secularization and the Novel - Proposals Due Sept. 23rd

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:41pm
American Comparative Literature Association

The history of the novel is also, it would appear, a history of secularization. For Ian Watt, Michael McKeon, Franco Moretti, and many others, the novel is a product of what Max Weber called rationalization. More recently, in Martha Nussbaum's Love's Knowledge and Lynn Hunt's Inventing Human Rights, the novel is seen as participating in the production of secular modernity—through the elaboration of modernity's ethics and the encouragement of empathy across socio-economic boundaries, respectively. How then should we characterize the relationship between the novel and secularization? Is the novel an effect or a cause of secularization? Or, if the relationship between the two is more dialectical, how should that dialectic be described?

John Steinbeck as an International Writer - San Jose, CA, May 4-6, 2016

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 5:26pm
Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University

The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars announces a conference, "John Steinbeck as an International Writer," to be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library at San José State University, May 4-6, 2016 (immediately preceding the 2016 Steinbeck Festival in Salinas/Monterey)

Submit Proposals:

Keynote Speakers:

Richard Astro
Provost Emeritus and Professor of English at Drexel University
Author of many works of Steinbeck scholarship including John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts: The Shaping of a Novelist.

[UPDATE] American Literature Association Symposium "Frontiers and Borders in American Literature," Feb. 25-27, 2016

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 4:45pm
American Literature Association

Proposals are welcome for papers and panels on a range of topics related to varied conceptions of the frontier and American borderlands, including but not limited to nineteenth and twentieth-century narratives of the frontier, Western literature, the literature of nature and the environment, ethnic literatures, the literature of cultural contact, and science fiction.

Send one page proposals or abstracts to Steven Frye at by December 1, 2015.

See American Literature Association website for further details on hotel accommodations.