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The Function of Modernist Criticism (in Its Time and Ours) - MSA 2014, Pittsburgh, PA Nov 6-9, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 9:10pm
Daniel Nutters / Temple University

In Criticism in the Wilderness (1980), Geoffrey Hartman argued that criticism exists within literature. Working under this assumption – that criticism functions as a part of literary history – this panel asks how the study of critics writing during the first half of the 20th century help us understand both the poetry and fiction of that period (or art in general) and/or help us come to terms with our tasks as scholars in the 21st century. In what ways, in other words, does the criticism of Richards, Wilson, Blackmur, Burke, Trilling, Leavis, Auerbach, the New Critics, or even an Americanist like Matthiessen, borrow, revise, draw upon, or subvert modernist "literary" techniques?

Culrun 2014: "The Humanities, Conflict and Development in Africa

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 8:39pm
Redeemer's University, Ogun State, Nigeria

The College of Humanities of Redeemer's University, a private university, in Redemption City, Ogun State, Nigeria, invites you to its first international conference which will hold from May 27th to 28th, 2014, under the theme: "The Humanities, Conflict and Development in Africa".

[UPDATE] Liminality in American Literature

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 4:58pm
PAMLA Conference 2014, Riverside, CA

This panel welcomes papers considering the role and function of liminality, liminal personae, and liminal landscapes in works of American Literature. Paper topics are not limited to, but may include, the application of Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, Pat Mora, and Gloria Anzaldua. Papers should explore the connection between liminality and the American understanding of land, race, gender, identity, genre, or reality (though other considerations are welcome).

Challenge Media Landscapes

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 3:55pm
University of Salford

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 International Media Festival, Salford.

Call for Submissions - April 15, 2014 - Short Articles

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 6:59pm
US Editors / The New Union

Call for Submissions: Issue 2

A new humanities journal is accepting submissions for articles on literature, culture, or politics for its second issue. We will accept abstracts or full essays, but we are looking for articles that will be ready for our May/June issue.

Please send your articles or abstracts to


Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:16pm
American Studies Association of Texas

American Studies Association of Texas
58th Annual Conference
Call for Papers


Join us November 13-15, 2014, at Sam Houston State University in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas, as we celebrate multi-disciplinary interpretations and iterations of American Studies.

Exploring Liminality in Anglophone Studies

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 1:30pm
Universidade de Vigo & Association of Young Researchers on Anglophone Studies

In line with the three previous successful ASYRAS conferences organised at the University of Salamanca and the University of Oviedo, the Department of English, French and German Studies of the University of Vigo is pleased to announce the 4th International Conference of Young Researchers on Anglophone Studies. The event will be held at the School of Philology and Translation between the 4th and the 6th February 2015, keeping up with the society's interest in the overall promotion of literary, linguistic and cultural research in Anglophone Studies. In order to stimulate the exchange of research and ideas, the conference will take place concurrently with the 4th ELC (English Linguistics Circle) Postgraduate Conference.

'Discussing Disney', 3-4 September 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:53am
University of Hull

Film Studies at the University of Hull is proud to announce that it is hosting a conference exploring the world of Disney studies. Papers on any areas of Disney are welcome for consideration, to include (but not limited to) discussions of Disney studio history, animation, live-action films, television, theme parks, merchandizing, and/or popular cultural representations of all things Disney.

Abstracts of 300 words, along with personal details, should be sent to Amy M. Davis ( by 30 April 2014.

Keynote speakers include Dr Chris Pallant, author of Demystifying Disney (2011).

Journal: Southern Quarterly special issue on "Freedom Summer" (May 15, 2014)

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 5:14pm
Brian Norman

Southern Quarterly special issue on "Freedom Summer"

call for papers for section on "Literature of the Movement"

The Southern Quarterly is planning a special issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. We invite submissions for a section devoted to "Literature of the Movement." Questions might include, how does Freedom Summer shape the literary imagination in general or how have poets and writers represented the events of Freedom Summer in particular works? How did the events of the Freedom Summer influence civil rights-era literature and cultural production?

CFP; James Hogg and His World 2015 Conference, University of Toronto

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 3:18pm
James Hogg Society

Call for Papers
James Hogg and His World
Victoria College, University of Toronto (April 9 – 12, 2015)

The James Hogg Society welcomes paper proposals for its upcoming conference on James Hogg and His World, to be held at Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto from April 9-12, 2015. Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson at and respectively by September 15th, 2014.

Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood in Literature Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Oct 22-24, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:05am
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement

In 1976, Adrienne Rich broke new ground with her text Of Woman Born, in which she challenged scholars to confront their tendency to avoid discussions of motherhood, observing: "We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood." Rich's book helped to launch the academic study of mothering in literature, as evidenced by the publication of several key texts: The Lost Tradition: Mothers and Daughters in Literature (1980), Mother Puzzles: Daughters and Mothers in Contemporary American Literature (1989), Women's Fiction Between the Wars: Mothers, Daughters, and Writing (1998), This Giving Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing (2000), and Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts (2010).

Utopia and Nonviolence: 15th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society. Prague, 2–5 July 2014.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:09pm
Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague

The special focus of the 2014 conference of The Utopian Studies Society is nonviolence and its relationship to utopianism. Our politics and culture are built around violence and war. As already Ralph W. Emerson observed, "[t]hat the project of peace should appear visionary to great numbers of sensible men; should appear laughable, even, to numbers; should appear to the grave and good-natured to be embarrassed with extreme practical difficulties, —is very natural." Moreover, nonviolent ends are often justified by violent means; we "fight" for justice and peace. Even the word "nonviolence"—like utopia—is defined by a lack; and likewise charged with idealism or wishful thinking.

India and America Panel Talk- Oct. 3 - 5

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:37pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association

India and America in Popular Culture

Over Christmas 2013, Dhoom 3 released in to enormous international success, both in India where it was produced and in America, where it was filmed. More and more these two countries are cementing their trade deals with sharing popular culture. Everything from Yo Yo Honey Singh's Hip Hop influenced songs to Diwali episodes of The Office to Shahrukh Khan presenting at the Golden Globes show these increasing ties. Is this a new form of colonialism or is it an equal partnership? How are the products adapted as the travel between cultures? What is lost and what is gained?

Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature: Imagination Participation and Co-Creation. 10/31/14-11/1/14

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 9:51am
Conference on Christianity and Literature

2014 Mideast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: "The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation"
Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA
October 31 – November 1, 2014

Plenary Speaker: Alison Milbank, professor of theology and religious studies at The University of Nottingham, Author of Dante and the Victorians and Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians.

David Foster Wallace Conference UPDATE Deadline Extension

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:42am
Illinois State University, Department of English, Publications Unit


The deadline for submissions has been extended to Sunday, March 23 at noon.

The First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference Sponsored by The Publications Unit, Department of English, Illinois State University

To be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Call for Papers