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Edited Collection on the Aesthetics and Politics of Hunger (15 June,2014)

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 6:01pm
Manisha Basu and Anastasia Ulanowicz

Within the past 50 years, practitioners of cultural studies and the humanities more generally have addressed the question of hunger in terms of the immediate, individual body. For example, scholars such as Susan Bordo have considered the ways in which individual practices of self-imposed hunger (for example, anorexia and bulimia) have played a significant role in the maintenance of Western, patriarchal standards of beauty and heteronormative relations. Although this present study acknowledges the contributions made by earlier interventions such as Bordo's, it ultimately seeks to address the question of hunger within a wider, historical-materialist framework.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: Rhetoric of War 12th Annual International Conference, May 23-24, 2014 (Abstracts due March 30)

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 4:03pm
Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

Deadline for Submissions extended until March 30

The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

CFP Race & Ethnicity 2014 MPCA/MACA Conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:31pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Proposals:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5th, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Race & Ethnicity Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed.

Call for Papers: World Literature section of the 2014 Northeast Popular/American Culture Association conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 2:35pm
Northeast Popular/American Culture Association


The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of World Literature for its fall conference to be held at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island on October 24-25, 2014.

Proposals are due June 1, 2014.

If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send a proposal of approximately 250 to 500 words and a one to two page CV to both the World Literature area chair AND the program chair at the following addresses:

Area chair
Lindsey Hanlon

Program chair
Robert Hackey

The First World War: 100 Years Later (SAMLA Convention, 7-9 November 2014)

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 1:21pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

In this year of First World War centenary remembrances, we have the opportunity to revisit the vast amount of literature from "The Great War." In recent years, many new voices have been added to the archive of WWI authorship. This session seeks to consider how both established and emerging perspectives impact and broaden our understanding of the war.

Possible topics to consider:

Visionary Texts Past and Present: Reimagining the World

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:02am
English Graduate Student Association at York University

Visionary texts have shaped the world throughout history. Ancient philosophers, poets, and artists in every era have reimagined the world, and presented images that have inspired world-historical transformations. This conference will survey all manner of visionary texts (literary, artistic, musical, filmic), and examine how they have and continue to change the world. This conference invites a consideration of such influential interventions and their inspired visions in a wide range of historical periods and subject areas including, science, literature, religion, politics, art, and technology.

[UPDATE-deadline extended] The Anthropocene and Deep-Time in Literary Studies | MLA 8-11 Jan. 2015, Vancouver

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:30pm
Heather Houser

Inviting proposals for papers on the importance of deep time, geology, and evolution for 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture in the context of discussions of the Anthropocene. Theories, analyses, visualizations, and big data projects welcome.

Send 300-word abstract by 16 March 2014 to Heather Houser ( and Ursula Heise (

The Modern Language Association convention will be held 8-11 January 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. Information here:

[UPDATE] American Imperialism and National Identity, 14th June, proposal deadline 28th March

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:16am
Durham University (UK)

Throughout the twentieth century the United States has risen to the role of World Power, with its political, cultural, social and economic influence stretching far beyond its own borders. Can the United States' actions abroad or even within its own borders be considered imperialistic? To what extent has the United States throughout its history and today been preoccupied with control and what role does the creation of identity play within this? Do the recent NSA leaks and the involvement of the United States in the Middle East come under the umbrella of a past of American imperialism or how else can these be understood? How has the role the United States plays within the world influenced identities and cultures within the United States?

[UPDATE] Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:32am
Megan Cannella

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
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.

Please submit all proposals through the conference website:

CFP: Global Diasporas - Spectrality and the Uncanny, PAMLA 10/31-11/2 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:31pm
PAMLA 2014

"Global Diasporas: Spectrality and the Uncanny." 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 through various representations of spectres, ghosts, haunting, and uncanny experiences or Gothic settings and plots.

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on the Cultural Influences of Role-Playing Games

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:59pm
Andrew Byers and Francesco Crocco

Since its initial publication in 1974, the iconic role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has spawned hundreds of other analog and digital RPGs, as well as an entirely new industry and subculture. In the last decade, scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum have explored the origins, characteristics, cultures, and player experiences of RPGs. Yet, little scholarly attention has been devoted to the meaningful ways RPGs have shaped and transformed society at large over the past forty years. We are seeking chapters for an upcoming collection of essays that addresses the broader cultural impact, influence, and significance of RPGs (analog or digital). Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture--PAMLA Conference, Riverside CA (10/31-11/2 2014)

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:41pm
Dr. Roland Finger/ Cuesta College

Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture

Call for Papers for a session at the 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014).

The undead have forcefully risen in popular literature and media and targeted the pillars of society—identity, family, religion, and government. Normal life simultaneously loses and acquires value vis-à-vis threats from the undead. This session investigates the significance of the undead within culture, literature, and philosophy.

Please submit paper proposals on undead culture through the PAMLA website ( The submission deadline is May 15, 2014.

Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange. 41st AAAS Conference in Graz, Austria / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 3:47pm
Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

41st AAAS Conference in Graz, Austria / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange

When we think of American cities, we have a complex (and often contradictory) set of images in mind, possibly encompassing glimpses of the Boston Marathon bombings, postcard motifs of the One World Trade Center, and palm trees on Sunset Boulevard, L.A. In its various shapes and discourses, the American city functions as both a parameter and an expression of the complexities of U.S. social practice. At the same time, it also serves as a prism of overarching social and cultural transformation.


Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:58am
South Central Modern Language Association- SCMLA

Chair: Sobia Khan,U of Texas-Dallas and Richland College,

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note. The panel is open to all approaches and topics that relate to literary criticism and theory.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information: