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Gender, Sexuality, and Power Student Research Conference

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:41am
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, Cal State Los Angeles


10TH Annual Gender, Sexuality, and Power Student Research Conference May 13, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, Professor of English, University of Chicago

Voices That Build The Americas/November 13-15, 2014/Keynote Giannina Braschi

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:14pm
Equipe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Aires Culturelles/University of Rouen

International conference organized by ERIAC (Equipe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Aires Culturelles) on the subject of AMERICANNESS, entitled "History, Fiction, Representations: The Voices That Build The Americas." KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GIANNINA BRASCHI, celebrated Hispanic-American author of the postmodern poetry trilogy Empire of Dreams, the Spanglish classic Yo-Yo Boing! and controversial take on American culture entitled United States of Banana. This conference aims at examining the present state of the interrogations on Americanness from the 1970s to the present day, the concept being understood in the local, national and transcontinental senses of the term.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 6:44pm
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.

EGSO Conference: Transaction [KEYNOTE UPDATE]

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 4:55pm
University at Albany, English Graduate Student Organization

University at Albany 12th Annual EGSO Conference: Transaction
March 28-29, 2014

Keynote Speakers: Anna McCarthy (NYU) and Myung Mi Kim (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

CFP American Circuits, American Secrets Sept 2014 Banff, Canada

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:33pm
University of Alberta / Canadian Association of American Studies

According to a top-secret 2009 National Security Agency report leaked by now infamous former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden, approximately one third of all international telephone calls, and more than ninety-nine per cent of all internet traffic, are routed through the United States. At once a multi-media communications hub, a global waystation of cultural exchange, a nation of dynamic mobilities, and a synonym for commodity capitalism, "America" cannot be disarticulated from the very concept of circulation. But any movement through, and by, America conceals as much as it produces--otherwise, Snowden's disclosures themselves would be insignificant.

Theory and (Stand-up) Comedy

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:31pm
CR: The New Centennial Review

Essays are invited for a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, that consider the relation of comedy and theory, especially in relation to contemporary stand-up comedy.

Is it possible to theorize humor and comedy in a new way? Or, to put the question differently, is our moment marked by a certain unmistakable conjuncture of theory and comedy?

New Directions in Sherlock

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 12:45pm
Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present, Department of English, UCL

CFP: New Directions in Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present
Friday, April 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (BST)
Department of English, UCL

UPDATE Extended Deadline (Feb 15)--Herman Melville's Poetic (Dis)continuities ALA May 22-25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:20am
The Melville Society / ALA

Herman Melville's poetry and poetic career can be characterized as distinctly lacking in continuity. Not only does his turn to poetry signal a dramatic shift in his life's work, his poems and collections typically defy patterns of continuum—poems embedded into prose pieces, collections strikingly departing from each other thematically and stylistically, publication ambitions and relationships to readers inconsistent and nebulous. Within individual poems, too, we witness Melville's stylistic and philosophical fissions, abrasions, and reversals.

Modernist Studies Association: Nov. 6-9, 2014 / Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:47am
Modernist Studies Association

The annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association will be held at the historic Omni William Penn hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014. Hosted by Duquesne University and co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Featuring plenary addresses by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Meta DuEwa Jones, Colin MacCabe, David Trotter, and Laura Marcus.

We invite proposals for panels, seminars, roundtables, and digital exhibits; deadlines are included in the link below, between Feb. 28 and May 9 depending on the proposed format.

[Update] Post-9/11 Literature and Media (abstracts due January 31st)

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:12am
Paul Petrovic

I seek proposed chapters for a collection of essays tackling emergent post-9/11 literature and media. An academic publisher has already expressed interest in this collection.

While several books already exist that cover post-9/11 literature, they typically camp out on the usual suspects (Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Jonathan Safran Foer, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass). In contrast, the primary aim of this collection is to broaden that coverage by gathering together articles on newer fiction and examining how these diverse texts complicate and expand upon the initial wave of post-9/11 media.

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference, July 4, 2014, Lancaster, UK

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:23am
Lancaster University’s department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,
July 4, 2014

Lancaster University's department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.

Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.

Global Dimensions of English Language Learning and Use, April 5th, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:23pm
Purdue University

Call for Papers

Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & English as a Second Language

Symposium Theme: Global Dimensions of English Language Learning and Use

April 5, 2014

RAWLS Halls, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

SCMLA Session: "Black Nationalisms" (abstracts due 3/31)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:12pm
South Central Modern Language Association


This is a regular session sponsored by the African American Literature Studies group within the SCMLA. For this year's panel, the group invites papers that examine racial solidarity as it is envisioned, advocated, challenged, or otherwise reflected upon within African American literature from any period.

The 2014 SCMLA Annual Convention will be held on October 18-22 in Austin, TX. Abstracts for the "Black Nationalisms" session should be 250-300 words and must be submitted via email attachment by March 31. Please email submissions to

M. Clay Hooper
Assistant Professor of English
Prairie View A&M University

Literatures of the North American West (MLA, Vancouver, 2015)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:09pm
Elisabeth Bayley/Western Literature Association

Affiliate Organization Session of the Western Literature Association

In continuation of the Western Literature Association 2014 conference theme, we welcome any papers on the literatures of the North American West: possible topics include, border crossings broadly interpreted, first nations/Native American writing, depictions of the cowgirl/cowboy, the storyteller, and settings/ecocritical depictions or interpretations of western writing.

Please send a 300 word abstract to Elisabeth Bayley at

Deadline for Submission is March 7, 2014