The 20th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student conference featuring both creative submissions (poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts) exploring Southern themes/settings, and critical submissions (seminar papers, articles, works in progress) exploring Southern literature/culture. We, the Graduate Students of the Department of English, invite you to submit both critical and creative abstracts; common themes are listed below. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 17-19 July 2014. Both critical and creative submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award. Our keynote speaker will be Sara Roahen.
Erected amid criticism in a mid-century modernist style and once the tallest buildings on the globe, New York's Twin Towers emerged as haughty symbols of American capitalism in what Henry Luce deemed the American Century. As an event that ushered in the 21st century, the destruction of the Towers marked a profound moment in American and global history. Moreover, the ubiquitous visibility and non-stop replaying of the attack itself brought to light a number of interesting and provocative questions in regards to the moment's "aesthetic dimensions." It did not take long, to give but one example, for many to notice the uncanny parallels between the events on 9/11 and those of Hollywood disaster movies.
The second conference of the postgraduate forum "Postcolonial Narrations" focuses on comparative approaches to postcolonial anglophone literatures and cultures in an era of globalization. How can comparative approaches enrich our reading practices and add to our understanding of postcolonial cultural production? How do comparative trends and research practices emerging in other disciplines impact postcolonial studies (which is itself a comparative approach)?
The Comparative Literature standing session seeks papers for the 112th annual PAMLA conference in Riverside, CA (Oct. 31-Nov.2). We invite paper proposals on any topic, but encourage submission of proposals that engage with this year's theme, "Familiar Spirits," exploring topics related to magic, conjuring, spirits, and hauntings. Paper proposals are due by midnight on May 15. All paper proposals must be submitted online via the PAMLA website at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals.
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POSTGRADUATE ENGLISH (ISSN 1756-9761). The University of Durham's Online Literature Journal: a peer-reviewed Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English.
Postgraduates are invited to submit papers of 5-7,000 words for Issue 29 of Postgraduate English. Contributors are not confined to a particular theme, the better to reflect a diversity of interests. Papers, in MLA style, must be received no later than Friday 1 August 2014.
The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain seeks essay proposals devoted to surveying or studying video and computer games based on and/or inspired by the Arthurian tradition.
Essays will appear in a collection devoted to surveying the complete Matter of Britain on screen (as defined on our web site: http://matter-of-britain-on-screen.blogspot.com/) .
Proposals of 250 to 500 words or completed essays by 1 June 2014.
Final versions of essays will be expected by June 2015.
Please address submissions, inquiries, and suggested topics to the editors at
Working USA: The Journal Of Labor And Society, a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal is calling for book reviews and review essays discussing texts relating to the cultural aspects of labor and class. The books reviewed can be academic studies from a range of disciplines, journalistic texts, works of fiction, biographies, memoirs, and artists' monographs. We will also consider reviews of art exhibits and cultural events, relevant to this topic. With some exceptions, the books reviewed should have a publication date within the last three years. The reviewers should have some expertise in the area of the review, and write in clear prose, free of specialized jargon.
NEW NARRATIVES OF 9/11: CONSPIRACY, TERROR, AND CHANGE
Conference Papers / Edited Collection of Essays
The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and
American Culture Association invites you to participate in the 25th annual
MAPACA conference. Papers in this area examine the impact of popular
culture on children and childhood, as well as the role of children and
young adults as influencers and creators of popular and American culture.
Enculturation, a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, announces the launch of Intermezzo, a series dedicated to publishing long essays – between 20,000 and 80,000 words – that are too long for journal publication, but too short to be a monograph. Intermezzo fills a current gap within scholarly writing by allowing writers to express themselves outside of the constraints of formal academic publishing. Intermezzo asks writers to not only consider a variety of topics from within and without academia, but to be creative in doing so. Authors are encouraged to experiment with form, style, content, and approach in order to break down the barrier between the scholarly and the creative.
Given 1) the ongoing expansion of modernist studies in "temporal, spatial, and vertical" directions (Mao and Walkowitz) and 2) a renewed interest in textual materiality and modernist institutions (Jeremy Braddock's Collecting as Modernist Practice), the time would seem right for a thorough reconsideration of literary anthologies in/and/of modernism.
Professor Martin Ceadel, University of Oxford
Professor Sandi Cooper, City University of New York
Dr Grace Brockington, University of Bristol
We are currently seeking proposals for the Literature and Religion panel at the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Riverside, California. The conference will take place October 31-November 2, 2014.
How do contemporary writers negotiate faith or unbelief? What are the varieties of secularism articulated in their work? How do they explore faith within a post-secular context? What are the tensions associated with inhabiting a post-secular age?
The Midwest Popular Association / American Culture Association conference will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, this October 3-5 (Friday-Sunday), 2014.
2014 Northeast Regional Conference of Christianity and Literature
"The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature"
November 7-8, 2014
Gordon College, Wenham, MA
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters