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Sustainability through an Interdisciplinary Lens [SAMLA: Nov. 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, GA]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:54pm
SAMLA: Graduate Students Forum in English

Michael Clune begins his book, Writing Against Time (2013), with a question: "Is art different from life?" He observes that "according to an emerging consensus, our experience of a description of a house, person, or landscape in a novel or poem, and our experience of an actual house, person, or landscape, are not essentially different." Interdisciplinary approaches are not new. In fact, as Alan Richardson asserts in "Literature and the Cognitive Revolution," Poetics Today 23:1 (Spring 2002), "cognitive scientists . . .

MLA 2015: Place of South Asian Americans in Asian American Literary Studies (Jan. 8-11; Vancouver, Canada)

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:27pm
Binod Paudyal

The place of South Asian Americans within the canon of Asian American studies is still peripheral. Although critics like Lisa Lowe and Kandice Chuh have strongly argued for redefining Asian American studies as more inclusive and heterogeneous, a majority of Asian Americanists still seem hesitant to include and acknowledge South Asians in Asian American literary studies.

A (Wo)Man in the Mirror: Immigrant Transitions, PAMLA, Oct 31-Nov 2, Riverside CA

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:24pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Special Session examines immigrant transitions between the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature and film. It welcomes papers that explore various aspects of change related to immigration: self-image, identity politics, cultural contexts, community, family dynamics, health, professional circles, or economic mobility. Please submit abstracts of 250 words by April 1 to

Searching for Place: Interpretations of the Environment and Landscape

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 2:11pm
University of Wyoming

"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.


Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:27pm
The Memory Network / University of Roehampton

Call for Papers

The Story of Memory Conference: Exploring New Perspectives on the Relationship between Storytelling and Memory in the Twenty-First Century

The University of Roehampton, UK: 4-5 September, 2014

Invited speakers include: Paul Bloom (Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale); Suzanne Corkin (Neuroscience, MIT); Mark Currie (English Literature, QMUL); Asifa Majid (Psycholinguistics, Radboud); Martijn Meeter (Cognitive Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, Durham)

The Queer Roald Dahl Collection [Update]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:54am
Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, Editor

The editor of this collection, per the feedback of the interested university press, solicits several more essays that tackle the subject of queerness in the Roald Dahl canon.

Roald Dahl has been the recipient of a slew of insults from anti-Semite to misogynist to general misanthrope. The controversies surrounding Dahl have focused primarily on these aspects of his work and his life, as well as the question of whether or not his texts, with their representations of violence, have been "appropriate" for young people. Yet, much of his work seems to possess the potential for radicalizing gender and sex--a subject that has remained remarkably overlooked by critics. This collection seeks 3-5 more contributions.

Risk Modernism [MSA 16, Pittsburgh, PA; Nov. 6-9, 2014]

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:52am
Jason Puskar

Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, "Confluence and Division"
Nov. 6-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA

What is the modernism of risk? During the first half of the twentieth century an already massive apparatus of risk analysis and administration expanded dramatically, and new modes of risk consciousness came into being. Especially in the financial sector, new kinds of securities, new levels of speculation, new markets for insurance, and new complexities of the global financial system made the condition of being at-risk normative—even desirable—for many people living in western liberal societies.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 14! Review, Reflect, Reimagine!: The 20th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conferenc

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:40am
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed

The 20th Annual PTO Conference asks us to review, reflect and reimagine. We are asking you to consider these questions and shape these important dialogues by submitting proposals, papers, discussions, performances, workshops, debates, you name it, for presentation at the conference. Share your techniques, report on your projects, explore ideas for the future, seek assistance in meeting challenges, get constructive critique of your efforts, and raise new questions about the where's and how's of the struggle against oppression through theatre and education.
We welcome proposals that address our theme as well as one (or more) of the following in some clear way:
•Pedagogy of the Oppressed, coined and elaborated by Paulo Freire.

[UPDATE] Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:09am
Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Update: Deadline for Proposals Extended to Feb. 21

Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

A symposium sponsored by the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

June 5-8, 2014

Hilton St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis, MO

In honor of Sedgwick's 225th birthday and her 1854 Midwestern trip (the farthest west she ever traveled), the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society will convene its 7th symposium in St. Louis, featuring plenary speakers Melissa Homestead, Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kate Culkin, Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 8:43pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

Narration and Reflection

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:20pm
Christy Wampole, Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature


Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature

A special issue on Narration and Reflection

guest edited by:
Stefano Ercolino (Freie Universität Berlin) and Christy Wampole (Princeton University)

In this special issue of Compar(a)ison, we seek to investigate the challenging relationship between narration and reflection, which seems to require thought and narrative to conform, respectively, to both the heuristic and rhetorical potential and strictures of mimesis and thinking. We invite contributions pertaining to literature and the visual arts. Possible lines of inquiry include:

Disability and Lyric [MLA Vancover, 8-11 January 2015]

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:46pm
Raphael Allison

While the literature of disability has recently become the focus of intense scholarly scrutiny in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, links between disability and lyric have yet to be fully explored. This panel seeks to engage the larger question of how disability is represented—-both mimetically and in terms of lyric form—-in poetry from any period, though preference will be given to 20th- and 21st-century figures. Papers on all topics relevant to disability and lyric poetry are welcomed. Some of the questions this panel seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

--how does disability relate to poetic form—the line, the stanza, figuration, the page? How does it question or challenge consecrated lyric genres?

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:33pm
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature" (January 8-11, 2015)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:56pm
MLA Folklore and LIterature Discussion Group

MLA Folklore and Literature Discussion Group
2015 MLA Convention (Vancouver, British Columbia)

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"

Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (

American Environmetal Literature Before 1900 (American Literature I, Pre-1900)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:53pm
SAMLA Conference 2014

Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Literature, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.