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[UPDATE] Gilman and the Novel, ALA 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:29am
Peter Betjemann/Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

One additional panelist is required for the session described below. Please submit a proposal and brief CV by JANUARY 27, 2014.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Novel
American Literature Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, May 22-25, 2014

Panel Organizer: Peter Betjemann, Oregon State University

In 1899, Charlotte Perkins Gilman declared that her writing wouldn't "stop to be bothered with characters." Disavowing the "careful analysis and disentangling of individual" peculiarities, Gilman asserted that her work would instead draw out social, economic, and racial types. "Characters in mass" would center a fiction that she conceived, first and foremost, as sociological.

POSTGRADUATE ENGLISH: The University of Durham's Online Literature Journal 2014 March/April Issue, Deadline FEB 28th

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:29am
Durham University

Call for papers:

POSTGRADUATE ENGLISH (ISSN 1756-9761). The University of Durham's Online Literature Journal: a peer-reviewed Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English.

Postgraduates are invited to submit papers of not more than 7,000 words for Issue 28 of Postgraduate English. Contributors are not confined to a particular theme, the better to reflect a diversity of interests. Papers, in MLA style, must be received no later than 28th February 2014.

MLA 2015: Narrating Disaster in an Era of Global Climate Change (8-11 January; Vancouver, Canada)

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:07am
Christopher Walker

This proposed special session will examine the events, geographies, temporalities, and genres of Global Climate Change. In the wake of 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this session will ask how the technical language of risk assessment—"exceptionally unlikely" to "virtually certain"—is narrated in different media to capture the unfolding and impending harm to humans and non-humans?; how can the imperatives of global social justice be addressed alongside pressing environmental crises?; what frameworks might address the uneven geographic distribution of harms and articulate the incremental yet inevitable pace of sea-level rise, desertification, and biodiversity loss?

Italians Without Borders: Transnational Italian (American) Experience, U of Toronto, Oct. 17-19, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 4:09pm
Italian American Studies Association

Call for Presentations and Panels
Italians Without Borders: Transnational Italian (American) Experience

The University of Toronto
October 17-19th, 2014

Send Proposals by Email Only to

The Italian American Studies Association welcomes proposals for individual presentations and full panels (three to four presenters per panel, not including the chair and respondent) at its 47th Toronto, Canada. Especially encouraged are scholarly and creative presentations and panels dealing with transnational Italian (American) experience.

Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:57pm
Poe Studies Association and Penn State Lehigh Valley Continuing Education

Proposals are invited for the Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference to be held in New York City, February 26-March 1, 2015. Email 250-word abstracts, subject heading "2015 Poe Conference," to Richard Kopley by June 1, 2014.

First World War Conference: "Literature, Memory, and the First World War" [UPDATE]

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:27pm
United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York, USA

September 11-14 2014 First World War Conference

"Literature, Memory, and the First World War"

Call for Papers
United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York, USA
Co-Sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Department of History

"I would read accounts of so-called battles I had been in, and they had no relation whatever to what had happened. So I began to perceive that anything written was fiction to various degrees. The whole subject – the difference between actuality and representation – was an interesting one. And that's what brought me to literature in the first place."
Paul Fussell

CFP: ALA panel on Adrienne Rich

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:59am
Jen Riley

I invite proposals for the formation of a panel on Adrienne Rich for the upcoming American Literature Association (ALA) conference in May 2014 in Washington, D.C.

XXXV APEAA Conference Diversities? Inequalities? Challenges in the Construction of an Inclusive Society 10-11 April 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 4:59am
Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies (APEAA)/ School of Education and Communication, University of the Algarve

Shafilea Ahmed, Adam Goodes, Rachel Jeantel, Torres Strait Islanders, the Miwok people: names and communities lost in the interstices of cultures, in the fissures of the mosaic that forms the complex cultural pattern of contemporary societies. Is intercultural exchange truly possible in societies riddled with social and cultural tensions of every sort? Identities are now more fluid, less easily definable, demanding new articulations, new dialogues. And yet, some communities seem unable to engage in a dialogue traversing cultural borders and fostering the appreciation of diversity as the cornerstone of a more just and humane society.

Changes in Bullying in Pop Culture

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:15pm
Abigail Scheg, Elizabeth City State University

Bullying has been a hot topic in recent years in terms of education, social media, and garnering awareness and protection of all persons from bullying. While being bullied or picked on used to be considered something of a rite of passage of elementary and high school, it is now considered a serious offense and can result in school expulsion and criminal charges. The scope of bullying within popular culture has also changed radically; depicting scenes in television or movies regarding bullying is now considered offensive and come with a warning at the start of an episode.

[UPDATE] This call for papers welcomes contributions for an edited volume on New Approaches to The Jazz Age

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:45pm
Nancy Von Rosk

From the BBC's "Downton Abbey" and "Dancing on the Edge," to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," The Jazz Age's presence in recent popular culture has been striking and pervasive. This edited collection aims to complicate familiar images of this iconic period and to better understand its persistent presence "in our time." Essays that situate well-known figures in new contexts or highlight the significance and contributions of the period's lesser-known figures are especially welcome.

Emerging Perspectives Graduate Conference, May 1-2, 2014, University College Dublin

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 2:12pm
UCD English Graduate Society

Emerging Perspectives Graduate Conference — 1-2 May 2014, at University College Dublin, Ireland.

The UCD English Graduate Society warmly invites MA and PhD students of all levels to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words that engage with the theme 'Emerging Perspectives' for the 2014 EGS Graduate Conference.

Since 2010 the UCD English Graduate Society has provided early-stage scholars in universities across Ireland with the opportunity to share their research in a supportive environment. The fruits of their labour have been published annually in the postgraduate journal Emerging Perspectives. Both the conference and journal are kindly supported by the UCD School of English, Drama and Film.

Proposed Panel for ASA 2014: "Reconsidering 'R and R':Dialectics of Violence and Pleasure in Militarism"

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 2:01pm
American Studies Organization - War and Peace Studies Caucus

While most would agree that war is inhumane, traumatic—"hell" indeed— specific sites of fun and experiences of pleasure have also been produced alongside and even through mass destruction and violence. In fact, locations of pleasure and violence often coexist alongside one another and sometimes occupy the same space, simultaneously or consecutively. For example, sites of military occupation and past warfare (such as Hawai'i, the Philippines, and Guam) now serve as destinations for tourism and, moreover, rest and recuperation ("R and R")for military personnel. U.S. military bases abroad (in South Korea, Okinawa and elsewhere) are often surrounded by bars and brothels that have been implicitly sanctioned by the military and civilian officials.