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New Studies on the Work of T. S. Eliot

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:47am
T. S. Eliot Society, SAMLA 2014 (Atlanta)

The T. S. Eliot Society will host a special session at the 2014 SAMLA convention, to be held in Atlanta at the Marriott Buckhead Hotel, November 7-9, 2014. The Society welcomes proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of Eliot's work or its reception. Those interested should email a detailed abstract of approximately 300 words and a current c.v. to Anthony Cuda ( no later than June 18, 2014.

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel's Jade Giant in Changing Times

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:25am
Joseph J. Darowski

The editor of The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel's Jade Giant in Changing Times is seeking abstracts for essays which could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between Incredible Hulk comic books (or comic books featuring Hulk-related characters) and the culture when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Hulk comic books and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to The Ages of Superman, The Ages of Wonder Woman, The Ages of the X-Men, The Ages of the Avengers, and The Ages of Iron Man.

Canadian Literature: 56th Annual M/MLA Convention, Detroit, Michigan, November 13-16, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:04am
The Midwest Modern Language Association

This permanent section welcomes papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of "The Lives of Cities" are strongly encouraged; however, this theme can be broadly interpreted.

Please email 250-word abstracts and CV by June 14, 2014, to DeLisa Hawkes,

Presenters must become members of the M/MLA.

Digitizing the Past: Historical Narrative and Media Technology

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:35am
Kurt Cavender, Brandeis University

The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?

Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: A Collection

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 3:07pm
Co-edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray and J. C. Sibara / Under contract with University of Nebraska Press

We are editing a scholarly volume that brings disability studies in dialogue with the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. While scholars in the environmental humanities have been troubling the dichotomy between "wild" and "built" environments, and writing about the "material turn," trans-corporealities, and "slow violence" for several years now, few focus on the robust and related work being done in the field of disability studies, which takes as a starting point the contingency between environments and bodies.

[NEMLA] The Descent of Darwin: Evolutions in Literary Representation (April 30 - May 3 2015)

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 10:45pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Charles Darwin's work transformed scientific knowledge in the nineteenth-century by offering new modes of understanding and classifying humans that had serious consequences for the studies of race, animals, and affect. This panel intends to explore how late nineteenth and early twentieth century British and American literature engages, affirms or resists Darwin's theories. Many genres, such as Gothic fiction and naturalism, problematically craft characters that conform to Darwin's hierarchical categorizations of humanity. We seek papers that productively participate in the discussion of literature and science with an eye to analyses of science not just as content or theme, but also as aesthetic and generic influence.

The Sustainability of Flannery, 50 Years Later--SAMLA 86 (Nov. 7-9, 2014), Atlanta

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 2:34pm
Flannery O'Connor Society

Fifty years after the death of the Flannery O'Connor, this panel looks to the future as well as the past to explore the possibilities for sustaining the focus and relevance of O'Connor for coming generation of students and other readers. How do we keep readers interested in a writer whose themes and lifestyle might appear to be increasingly antiquated? How do we approach the charges of racism in a culture in which any recorded use of "nigger" is considered taboo? How has O'Connor influenced other writers in ways that have not been explored? What lies in the future of O'Connor studies? This panel seeks presentations that offer insights into new ways to approach O'Connor.

Pennsylvania College English Association 2014 Conference

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:03am
Pennsylvania College English Association

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2014 Conference

Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center

1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA, 16801


October 3-4, 2014

PCEA invites either panels or individual papers for the 2014 PCEA Conference.

Proposals in any and all areas of English (or English-related) studies are welcome: literature, film, composition studies, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, et al. Both pedagogical and theoretical proposals are encouraged. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.

PCEA invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit proposals.

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:14pm
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
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
Holly Blackford, Rutgers University-Camden

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
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

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.