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4th ICHSS 2014 - International Conference on humanities and social sciences

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:29am
University of Montenegro, Faculty of Philosophy and MCSER

Dear Colleagues!

After the great success of the 3° ICHSS held in Rome on September 2013 we have the pleasure to announce the organization of the fourth edition of ICHSS which will be held on May 31 - June 01 2014. We would like to thank all ICHSS 2013 attendees for making the conference a great success. More than 40 nations were represented at the conference, from Japan to Australia, from the USA and Mexico to Europe, Africa and Asia. It gathered more then 500 profesors, researchers and scholars from around the world. We hope to have the same success in the 2014 edition in Budva-Montenegro.

For submissions of abstract and any other information please contact

[UPDATE] "Life, in Theory" - Second Call

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:59am
European Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts

"Life, in Theory" refers to the ways in which the principle of life is assumed and articulated by highly specialized disciplinary knowledge, is entangled with media technologies, and is constantly resignified in relation to specific forms of power. Because the concept of life today does no longer provide sufficient ontological ground to distinguish among different forms of life and to guide ethical, political, legal, medical just actions, the conference aims at generating the context for a fruitful discussion on the ecological stakes of theorizing the bios across science, technology, literature, and the arts.

(re)Reading Wallace after Wallace; 1st Annual DFW Conference, May 23, 2014 Bloomington-Normal

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:36pm
Brendan Beirne, New York University

Although David Foster Wallace's early works enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and were subject to scholarly treatments such as Steven J. Burn's Understanding David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (2003), the field of Wallace studies was still in its infancy at the time of his suicide in 2008. This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which Wallace's death has influenced – perhaps unduly – the critical trajectories and popular reception of his work. Panelists may take up the following questions as a means of reconsidering the present consensus about Wallace's life and works, of charting new courses of critical inquiry, and of recovering promising avenues of scholarly interest that have faded from view in the wake of his abrupt departure.

[UPDATE] Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference (12 April 2014)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:18pm
Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars

Reading, Writing, and Interpreting the (Dys)Functional South

The South and its cultures, traditions, celebrations, music, literature, and dialects have long been a source of fascination, derision, and entertainment for those not Southern. Southerners have the reputation of being backward, racist, and zealously religious. These stereotypes continue to be reinforced through the media and, some would argue, by Southerners themselves.

We welcome papers that treat the theme of cultural function and dysfunction in the transnational construct that has been termed the "global south" (for example, South America, southern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean, as represented both by their inhabitants and by the outside world).

The Robert Frost Review issue 23/24

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 4:21pm
The Robert Frost Society

The Robert Frost Review is planning a special issue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of both A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). The Review welcomes all articles on any aspect of either book, their poems, history, or reception. Please send electronic copies of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style to for consideration.

[UPDATE] Georgia Philological Association: May 16, 2014 Meeting and Call for Papers

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 4:20pm
Georgia Philological Association (GPA)

The ninth annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Waycross Campus of South Georgia State College on the South Georgia Parkway (U.S. Highway 82) in Waycross, Georgia, on Friday, May 16, 2014. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussion topics, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to American, British, French, Hispanic, Russian, German, or Slavic literature or language, as well as composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes (approximately eight double-spaced typed pages).

CFP: MLA 2015, deadline March 15

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 2:15pm
MLA Division of American Literature to 1800

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Executive Committee for Division of American Literature to 1800 invites submissions to the following calls for papers for the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver.

Atlantic Empiricisms: Metropolitan or provincial empiricisms in Atlantic aesthetics, natural histories, politics, economics, ecologies. What's specific to Atlantic empiricisms? How does matter shape bodies, objects, and other structures? c.v., 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Monique Allewaert (

[UPDATE] Haunted Landscapes Symposium, Registration Now Open

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:36pm
Falmouth University and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Registration is now open for the one day symposium 'Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment', 8th March 2014. The symposium is to be held at Falmouth University, UK in collaboration with ASLE UK-I. Keynote Speaker, Professor Ronald Hutton. Programme and registration details: . There is to be an associated art exhibition and readings by Professor Julian Wolfreys of his novel 'Silent Music'.

{UPDATE} Literature, Politics and Aesthetics: A-disciplinarity

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:01pm
SUNY Binghamton Graduate Student Organization

Literature, Politics and Aesthetics: A-disciplinarity
March 28-29, 2014

Keynote: Dr. Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova University, Philosophy)

Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword across the humanities; the term usually implies that scholars make use of the tools of another discipline while remaining within the boundaries of their own. The French philosopher Jacques Rancière points to the impossibility of this project, describing his work as "a-disciplinary" or "in-disciplinary." This conference seeks to reflect on the current state of work within the humanities by asking if the traditional ways of organizing disciplines are sufficient for the future of academia.

UPDATE: Experimentalism Then and Now. FEBRUARY 7th Proposal Deadline

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:20am
Yale English Department 20/21 Colloquium And the American Literature Association’s Society for Contemporary Literature

The Yale University 20/21 Colloquium and the Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at a one-day symposium addressing the theme "1914/2014: Experimentalism then and Now." 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities in the Great War, offering an opportunity to look back on the pivotal year of 1914, when the Gilded Age tripped into the trenches. A hundred years after the publication of James Joyce's Dubliners, Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Stein's Tender Buttons, Sigmund Freud's The Wolfman, and the first issues of Blast, The Little Review, and The New Republic, this symposium seeks fresh readings of modernist classics and invites speculation about the new directions of experimentalism in literature today.

The First Biennial John Dos Passos Conference (10-11 October. Chattanooga, TN)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:10am
The John Dos Passos Society

The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its first biennial conference. Prompted by the centennial of The Great War, a formative event in Dos Passos's life and career, this conference will facilitate discussion of the author's responses to war and other defining features of the early twentieth-century in his major and minor works. The meeting will conclude with an address by John Dos Passos Coggin, who will speak about his grandfather's "writing life" as it compared with the styles and habits of his friends Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:56pm
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.

Philamet Issue 20 - Humour CFP

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 10:20pm
Philament, Thue University of Sydney Journal of the Arts

Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture that is affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of humour. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Humour and identity
- Laughter
- Humour and music
- Satire
- Parody
- Humour and politics
- Psychology of humour
- Humour in the humanities
- Humour and truthfulness
- Black humour
- Cultural humour
- Irony and sincerity
- Humour and emotions
- Forms of humour
- Humour and feminism

Troubling Interpretation: Settler-Colonial Theory Applied to Settler Writings (MLA 2015)

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:16pm
Pamela Grieman

Settler colonialism can be described as a transnationalist mode of critical inquiry whose logics of elimination and displacement have structured the appropriation of land in different places at different times.The United States, one can argue, is in the final stages of settler colonialism, having completed the expropriation of the majority of indigenous lands, whereas Palestine still struggles against the settlement of its territories. In Patrick Wolfe's formulation, settler colonialism differs from colonialism through its enactment of the logic of erasure—the attempt to displace the native, to lay claim to indigenous lands, and therefore to eliminate indigenous peoples and their cultures altogether.

The Poetry of Theodore Roethke

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:11pm
William Barillas, University of Wisconsin-La Croose

Contributors sought for a collection of short essays, each focused on a poem by Theodore Roethke, to be published by a university press. Intended for a readership of students and teachers as well as scholars, the book will advance Roethke criticism by presenting original and highly specific commentary on individual poems. Essays are to be about 2000 words in length and must involve close textual reading of a single poem. Writers may explicate a short poem or passage from a long poem, or analyze one aspect of a poem (such as diction, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, sound devices, meter, etc.). All critical approaches are welcome, including historicism, gender studies, reader-response, and ecocriticism.