This panel considers depictions of young women in mystery fiction written for the teen audience in the 20th Century. Characters such as Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, and countless others provided role models for young readers, and this panel considers these figures in terms of the intersections between scholarship and fandom.
Transitions and Transgressions
A one-day postgraduate and early-career researcher conference
Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University
Thursday 11th September 2014
Keynote speaker: Dr Pam Thurschwell, University of Sussex
Conference: MSA 16, November 6-9, 2014. Pittsburgh, PA. Omni Hotel
Panel:"Marginal Masculinities: Queer, Black, Wayward."
Organizers: Greg Forter, Peter Nagy
We are open to a broad array of approaches to the topic of modernist masculinities. But, in particular, the panel seeks to focus on figures and texts that undermine the conceptions of male identity and desire that critics often claim modernism was committed to shoring up.
The deadline for panel proposal is May 9th. If you are interested, please send a brief paper description and CV to Peter Nagy, firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible.
One day Workshop: Demons in the Body
Monday 28th July 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.
Studies in the Novel is inviting papers for possible inclusion in a special issue on the graphic novel to be guest edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick, Professor of English at the University of Memphis, author of The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel (2014), and editor of Teaching the Graphic Novel (2009). Essays on any aspect of the graphic novel are welcome, ranging from close readings of individual works or the analysis of the oeuvre of a given writer/artist, to broader topics, such as consideration of the influence of a national tradition, a study of formal elements in several works, graphic novel adaptations, new methods of graphic novel analysis, or the teaching of graphic novels.
Call for Papers:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
JW Marriott Indianapolis
EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2014
Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.
Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Urban Studies to the Urban Studies area,
Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)
2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Deadline: May 15, 2014
Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.
"Global Diasporas." A Special Session for PAMLA Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014
This special session has been approved for the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Conference in Riverside, California from October 31 to November 2, 2014.
We are interested in papers looking at literary texts and cultural productions that examine the relations between diasporas and their homelands and hostlands. Although the theme of the conference is "Familiar Spirits," we welcome papers on literary and cultural representations of diaspora, migration, and globalization that are not linked to this particular theme.
One-day Creative Writing Workshop: The Imagination and the Erotic in Poetry
Friday 7th November 2014,
Prague, Czech Republic
American Literature Association
Symposium on American Poetry, October 23 – 25, 2014
Full Details: http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/symposia/ala-symposium-am...
Submission Deadline: May 15
This panel invites proposals on any topic of study involving children's literature. Any theory or critical approaches to children's literature are welcome. Proposals attending to the conference theme about the familiar are additionally welcome.
Proposals should be 250 words and an additional 50 word abstract. All proposals need to be submitted through the PAMLA organization's submission system at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals
In exile in the early 1940s, Stefan Zweig looked back on his youth in pre-war Vienna as the 'golden age of security'. In Zweig's narrative, a shared sense of private and public stability was soon shattered by the onslaughts of two world wars, giving rise to a generation perceived to have 'long since struck the word "security" from [its] vocabulary as a myth'. Yet immediately following the war, the very word 'security' began to acquire a new currency and resonance which intensified through the paranoid military and diplomatic manoeuvrings of the Cold War and has increasingly come to define our own digital age.
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, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the zombie as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at email@example.com by June 1, 2014.
SAMLA 86th Annual Conference: Sustainability and the Humanities
November 7-9, 2014
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
This is an approved standing session for the 2014 annual conference of the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) in the sunny locale of Riverside in Southern California on 10/31/14 through 11/2/14.
Teaching with the Internet and Technology is a well-attended, standing session seeks to foster a discussion amongst academics about the real-world practices and implications of utilizing technology to teach. The panel will examine and explore the multifaceted way in which the tech world is changing teaching both inside and outside of the classroom.