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War and Life Writing

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:43am
I-Chun Wang

Papers are invited for publication in a special issue entitled War and Life Writing. Ed. Louise O. Vasvari and I-Chun Wang. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 17.2 (June 2015): (Purdue University Press ISSN 1481-4374). Throughout history, humans share(d) similar experiences in war: they narrate their experiences and document suffering, trauma, dislocation, memory, etc. Life writing on war is often about (im)migration, separation, and dreams of return. The guest editors of the special issue on War and Life Writing invite studies on life writing in all its forms: auto/biography, memoir, testimony, diaries, letters, works in media other than print, as well as visual representation of war from all periods of human history.

[UPDATE] Transmission: An International Hari Kunzru Conference

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:17am
University of Surrey, with support from Birkbeck, University of London

Q&A with Hari Kunzru at Birkbeck, University of London, Friday 20th June 2014

International conference dedicated to the writing of Hari Kunzru, University of Surrey, 21st June 2014

Death and the Maiden: A Special Issue of Writing from Below - 1 March 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 8:27pm
Writing from Below

A recurring symbol and theme in Western cultural production since the fifteenth-century, imagery of death and the maiden reveals a dark bond between sexuality and death. Pictures of a decaying corpse seducing a young woman, such as Hans Baldung's Death and the Maiden, became popular during the Renaissance, and have been repeated and adapted oftentimes since, the theme taken up by modern artists such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, or composer Franz Schubert.

Black Theatre Association Post-Conference Gathering - Call for Participants

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:26pm
Black Theatre Association (BTA)

Call for Participants
Black Theatre Association (BTA)
Post-Conference: "Dialogues in the Desert"
following the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2014 Conference
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel — Scottsdale, AZ
July 27-28, 2014

Submissions Deadlines:
March 7th: please email a 100-200 word abstract, or your short play script, to Jonathan Shandell, BTA Conference Planner, at

SCMLA Panel: Modernist Weather (Abstracts due 2/22)

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:21pm
South Central Modern Language Association, Dan Colson

This panel seeks papers about the significance of weather and/or climate in modern literature. Open to a wide range of topics (including American, British, and world literatures) and approaches. Submissions might address (but certainly are not limited to):

Teaching Memory: Approaches to Teaching the Memoir: MLA 2015 in Vancouver, BC, Jan 8-11

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 1:48pm
Stacey Lee Donohue/Community College Humanities Association MLA Allied Organization

Autobiography and memoir have become canonical staples, but also contested sites for discussing the boundaries of fictional and non-fictional self-representation. Presentations invited exploring the teaching of these narratives at the intersection of memory and invention.

Send 300 word abstracts and brief biographies to by or before Friday, March 14th.

All submissions welcome; however, we are particularly interested in teaching strategies for the lower division classroom.

Prophecy and Eschatology in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800 [Edited Collection]

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 12:53pm
Andrew Crome, University of Manchester

Proposals are sought for an edited collection on "Prophecy and Eschatology in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800". While the collection has a number of authors committed to producing papers, we are still seeking submissions, particularly those focusing on:

*Prophecy and Eschatology in the Netherlands and Dutch trade networks.

*Prophecy and its relationship to debates on religious toleration.

*Prophecy and conceptions of providence in the trans-Atlantic world.

*Expansion of trade within an eschatological context.

*Eschatology and European/Native interactions in the New World.

The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' call for submission for June 2014 issue

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 6:11am
The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry

'The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' calls for submission for June 2014 issue issue (

Submission guidelines

1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously
unpublished (both print and online, not even published on
blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio-data. A cover letter with submission would be nice.

3. The research papers should be not less than 3000 words. References should be prepared strictly following MLA Stylesheet (7th edition).

Panel: Technology in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction (abstracts due February 25)

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:37pm
Elizabeth Finnegan and Trisha Brady

Panel for the "Flannery O'Connor & the Mystery of Place" conference, July 24-26, All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland. This panel will explore the presence of modern technology in the fiction and correspondence of Flannery O'Connor and its often enigmatic, troubled fascination for the author and her characters. We seek papers that will explore the many aspects and nuances of technology, its threats and its possibilities, its dangers and its seductions, in O'Connor's work.

We invite papers on a range of topics, including but not limited to:

SCMLA 2014: Urban Prisons and Rural Rambles in Early American Literature

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:14am
Rebeccah Bechtold

"My spirit is weary for rural rambles," Lydia Maria Child writes in Letters from New-York, for "amid these magnificent masses of sparkling marble, hewn in prison, I am all alone." Like many of her contemporaries, Child contrasts the unfeeling cruelties of urban life with the apparent "freedom" of the natural world. Not only do the "streets shut out the sky," but "the busy throng, passing and repassing, fetter freedom, while they offer no sympathy," Child complains.

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.