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Women in Trouble in Contemporary Cinema: 46th Annual Convention of NeMLA, Toronto, 30 April - 3 May 2015

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association

Women lost, isolated, backed into corners – the troubled woman pervades contemporary culture. This panel invites papers that address representations of breakdown, loss of identity, obsession, violence, victimization, criminality, and other kinds of trouble. What is this trouble? Is trouble necessarily a bad thing? Does trying to get out of trouble always lead to more trouble?

NEMLA 2015 CFP: Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Carrie Louise Sheffield University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory

This panel invites papers that read Indigenous texts via Indigenous theoretical lenses. Key questions to consider are "how can Indigenous texts be read and analyzed without falling back on Western theoretical traditions?" And "what is Indigenous theory?" This panel welcomes various paper topics including:

1. The state of Indigenous theory/theories—present and future;
2. Commentary on important moments/critics from the past;
3. Application of Indigenous theory to Indigenous American texts (literature, art, music, pop-culture, etc.).

Centennial Study of My Ántonia, 2-page proposals due 1 February 2015

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1:14pm
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Holly Blackford, Rutgers University-Camden
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Proposals are sought for a collection that will offer readers an in-depth study of the 100-year life and legacy of My Ántonia, in the context of up-to-date research. The collection intends to situate My Ántonia in its original sociocultural and literary context; explore the core themes and perspectives in the novel; and mark its legacy in a variety of ways. It aims to convey the full complexity of the novel and its issues by drawing upon historical and contemporary frameworks of understanding. The following list of topics is suggestive but not prescriptive.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: His Circle and World, 9/30/14; 4/30 - 5/3/15

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: His Circle and World

This panel for the NeMLA 2015 Annual Convention, to be held in Toronto, Canada, from April 30 to May 3, 2015, seeks papers that continue the renaissance in the study of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). The panel will focus on Longfellow's engagement with a circle of friends, correspondents, fellow artists, and admirers who made up an integral portion of the intellectual life of the United States in the nineteenth century. Papers should consider Longfellow's relationships, whether personal, artistic, or intellectual, with important nineteenth-century figures and perhaps lesser-known persons. The panel will imagine Longfellow's world and milieu.

[UPDATE] The Fantastic (Open-Topic) for NEPCA (6/13/14; Providence, RI 10/24-25/14)

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:07am
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair
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UPDATE 6/4/14:

Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2014 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island
Friday 24 October and Saturday 25 October 2014
Proposals by 5 PM EST on 13 June 2014

Request for Abstracts for Canadian Literature Roundtable at NEMLA 2015

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:19am
full name / name of organization: 
Ellen Rosner Feig
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I will be running at panel on Canadian Literary Identity at the NEMLA Conference in late April 2015 in Toronto and would like to put out the request for abstracts to all of your members.

Chair: Ellen Feig
Session ID: 15068
Session Format: Roundtable
Link to session submission:
Title: The Search for Self: Canadian Literary Identity in 'American' Novels
Board Contact: Jennifer Harris

Asst Professor, English
Bergen Community College
Paramus, NJ

[UPDATE] Challenging Media Landscapes

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:16pm
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University of Salford
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Date: Monday 17-Tuesday 18 November 2014
Venue: University of Salford, MediacityUK, Salford, Manchester.
The theme of the Challenging Media Landscapes conference is Exploring Media Choice and Freedom. It is hosted and organized by the University of Salford at MediacityUK and is part of the five day 2014 Salford International Media Festival.

Professor Milton Mueller (Syracuse University, USA)
Professor Katharine Sarikakis (University of Vienna, Austria)

"Found in Translation: Transposing Identity Across Space and Time" LANGSA V Conference (Nov. 7, 2014; CFP deadlines, Sept. 16)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:42pm
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Languages Graduate Student Association (LANGSA) - University of Connecticut (UCONN)
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V Annual Languages Graduate Student Association Conference
University of Connecticut


"Found in Translation: Transposing Identity Across Space and Time"

Date: November 7, 2014
Venue: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Road, Storrs CT

Urban Ecologies: Historical Perspectives; DEADLINE 30 September 2014; NeMLA 30 April-3 May 2015, Toronto

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 5:22pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
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Ecocriticism focuses increasingly on urban environments, often in contemporary contexts. But the city has affected ecologies for centuries. Seeking papers dealing with literary perspectives on urban ecologies from the premodern to 1900, including topics such as (but not limited to): pollution, population, nonhuman city dwellers, anti-urbanism, migration, early globalization, cosmopolitan environmentalism, etc. Please send 250-word abstracts of 15-minute papers by September 30, 2104; to submit an abstract, please go to and follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit an abstract directly to this session.

Pynchon Week - June 8-12 2015, Athens, Greece

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 3:05pm
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International Pynchon Week 2015 - Pynchon on the Edge
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Greek capital Athens hosts the first International Pynchon Week since the release of his eighth novel, Bleeding Edge. Here on the edges of the Mediterranean, of the European Union, of Western History, we have an opportunity not only to discuss the new novel, but also to reconsider the outer limits and internal limitations of the whole field of Pynchon studies. Paper proposals on any aspect of Pynchon's work, life, thought and significance are welcome, but particular weight will be given to proposals that contribute deliberately to a fresh demarcation of these edges.

Topics might include

- Methodological or technical approaches to Pynchon that wouldn't have been possible in the previous millennium.

Reception Studies Society Panel at SAMLA 86 [Update-Deadline Approaching]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:54pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 86)
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 10, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at

[UPDATE: Deadline Extension] "The Undead" Abstracts due 6/13 (for SAMLA 11/7-9))

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:20am
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Lynne M. Simpson, College English Association
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The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource

"ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they're an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling," writes Chuck Closterman for The New York Times. Thanks in part to the commodification of the zombie and vampire, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the undead (in any manifestation) as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at by June 1, 2014.

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and their Sustainability

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:38am
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SAMLA 86 Nov 7-9 2014 Atlanta GA
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Feminism's theorists more and more have turned their focus on fairy tales' socializing power, as fairy tales serve as repositories for cultural attitudes regarding gender, class, the environment, and the role of education. The very sustainability of these tales offers genealogical roots for sociohistorical examinations that allow a reconsideration of the tales' textualities in relationship to cultural ideologies. Roland Barthes asserts that texts such as fairy tales are loaded with ideological values; thus, it is critical to fairy tale studies that we rescue important historical shifts in revised representations so that we have a multi-dimensional understanding of the complex relationship between fairy tales, women, popular culture, and national values.