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Explorations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction (peer-reviewed edited volume) - abstracts due 15 March 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 4:07pm
Grzegorz Maziarczyk / The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Call for Papers for Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume
Explorations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction
edited by
Grzegorz Maziarczyk and Joanna Klara Teske
We invite proposal submissions for a forthcoming edited collection concerning the contemporary English-language novel (published c. 1975-2015) and the light that it sheds (or does not shed) on human consciousness.

Update Reminder Rebecca Harding Davis at SSAWW

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 11:57am
Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World

Reminder: CFP Davis session at SSAWW 2015
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World will organize a session at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers to be in held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

Update Reminder Rebecca Harding Davis at ALA

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 11:50am
Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association's 26th Annual Conference. The conference will be held in May, 2015 at the Copley Westin in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis's work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

African Diaspora Visual Art in Washington, DC, and Maryland

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 9:53am
CALLALOO ART (an annual publication of art in the African Diaspora)

Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press as part of CALLALOO, a literary and cultural quarterly. Seeking very high quality critical articles on the visual art for the second issue, which will focus on Washington, DC, and southern Maryland as very important sites for the production, promotion, preservation of African Diaspora visual art.

Please submit manuscripts online by June 1, 2015:

[UPDATE] ASA 2015 -- "Blackness and the Miseries of Law" (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 9:21am
American Studies Association

In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Price, Ezell Ford, and too many others, and the ostensible inability of the law or the legal system to provide something resembling "justice" in the aftermath of these deaths by police violence, it is impossible not to consider the implications of a legally imposed condition of misery on Black bodies in the U.S. This panel takes up the meeting's call to consider a "long and changing past" of misery by asking how the historical imbrication of U.S. law and race - most obvious and yet still most crucial to analyze in slavery - further structures conditions of misery for Black Americans.

CFP: Hart Crane Society at the ALA conference, Boston, 21-24 May 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 7:06am
Hart Crane Society

The Hart Crane Society seeks proposals for a panel at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston from May 21-24, 2015. Papers related to any aspect of Crane's work are welcome, but the Society would particularly like to encourage discussion of: Crane's first collection, White Buildings; his posthumously published 'tropical memories' in Key West: An Island Sheaf; transatlantic readings of Crane; Crane and the Midwest; and Crane and Mexico.

[Abstract Deadline: 30 March 2015] Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance, University of Liverpool, 1-3 July 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 4:57am
Nick Davis, University of Liverpool

Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance, University of Liverpool, 1-3 July 2015


Natasha Alden (English & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University)

Bernard Beatty (Literature & Theology, Universities of Liverpool & St Andrews)

Erik Grayson (Literature, Wartburg College)

David Lewin (Education Studies, Liverpool)

Paivi Miettunen (Medicine & Art, University of Calgary)

Fiona Tolan (Literature, Liverpool John Moores University)

Call For Papers – Auto/Fiction- Open Issue

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 2:27am

The issue is open to all kinds of applied and theoretical papers on autofiction. Contributions should be written in English and may vary in length from 3000 to 12000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1000 words. In addition to scholarly papers we invite contributions in the form of book reviews, calls for papers, announcements of conferences etc. All contributions must adhere to the MLA style sheet (7th Edition) with an abstract and key words.

All methods and approaches are welcome. Potential themes include but are not limited to:

(Re)presentation: Problematizing Authenticity-- St. John's University Graduate English Conference March 28, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:34pm
St. John's University English Department

With an increasing interest for a globalized and diverse society, the quest for an authentic self is more readily apparent and therefore further conflates the problem of representation. Globalization expands beyond social media and encroaches on the realms of the public and private spheres. However, the process of authenticity only further stabilizes potentially harmful ideologies that promote illusions of truth. In some instances, language (literature), film, and art, because of their figurative element, expose the artificiality of representation and engage the issue of authenticity. How are certain claims to truth (authenticity/referentiality) formulated, regulated, and destabilized through representation in literature, film, and art?