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The Book Biz: The Novel and Contemporary Publishing

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:15am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Since the rise of the novel during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the literary marketplace has famously been a powerful influence on the form, format, and concerns of both short and longer fiction. This panel will consider the realities of contemporary publishing as a business and the way its corporate structure, economic practices, and publishing procedures impact the lives and work of writers. Some questions to consider: what effects does the advent of electronic publishing have on both the content and the distribution of literary work? How have expanded opportunities for self-publishing impacted the novel’s form and content? What is the contemporary publishing process like, and what are some effective strategies for navigating it?

New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (RSA 2020, 2-4 April, Philadelphia)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:57am
William Bowen, Susan Dudash, Randa ElKhatib, Ray Siemens,
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Call for Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies

RSA 2020, 2-4 April, Philadelphia


Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing, and teaching.  Panels at the 2020 meeting will continue to explore the contributions made by new and emerging methodologies and the projects that employ them.


Decolonizing the Digital Archive

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
25th AISNA Biennial Conference Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond (Ragusa, Italy, September 26-28, 2019)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Decolonizing the Digital Archive


In recent years we have witnessed a proliferation of digital archival work – often (but not always) in the form of open access platforms developed to gather, preserve, and share historical documents. The very nature of open accessibility counters a rhetoric of retreat and the construction of barriers among knowledge producers and consumers – by refusing ownership over its content and seeking collaborative and communal engagement in both interpretational and curatorial work, open access digital archives are often decentralized archives that  provide modes for democratic access, exchange, and co-construction of knowledge.

Mapping “No-Place”: Geographical Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century America

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:13pm
Ashley Rattner and Ryan Charlton
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Remapping is inherently an act of dissent. As Denis N. Cosgrove observes, “The measure of mapping is not restricted to the mathematical; it may be equally spiritual, political, or moral. By the same token, the mapping’s record is not confined to the archival; it includes the remembered, the imagined, and the contemplated.” What role do illusory places––literary utopias, hoaxes, legends, visions, and other fictions––play in critiquing, reinforcing, or challenging mainstream American culture in the nineteenth century? This proposed panel explores aspirational, deceptive, and fantastical spaces which throw the existing world into relief to propose plausible and potent alternative microcosms.

Journal of the Georgia Philological Association

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 3:12pm
Georgia Philological Association (GPA)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Journal of the Georgia Philological Association is now accepting submissions for its annual publication.  Submissions can be in any area related to language, literature, composition, philosophy, history, translation, interdisciplinary studies, pedagogy, and philology from any time period and discipline.  In fact, previous issues have included everything from ancient to postmodern works of literature, pop culture, history, religion, and even politics. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019.  Those accepted for publication must be/become members of the Georgia Philological Association.  Manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words.

CFP: Fourth Issue of The New Americanist/Special Feature Section: "American Studies in the Archive"

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:15pm
The New Americanist (University of Warsaw)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 19, 2019

Special Feature Section: “American Studies in the Archive”

The New Americanist seeks articles for its fourth issue’s special feature section “American Studies in the Archive.” Articles whose framework largely depends on archival materials, or which theorize the role of the archive – either historically or in current practice – will be considered. Special consideration will be given to articles which take race, transnational, LGBTQ, or disability studies approaches.

Pierre Coustillas and George Gissing

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 1:04pm
Tom Ue / Dalhousie University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 25, 2019

In celebration of the life and works of the eminent scholar Pierre Coustillas (1930-2018), we invite contributions for a special issue of Literature Compass( Coustillas, George Gissing, and their writing. Coustillas has had a profound influence on Gissing and nineteenth-century studies. From 1969 to April 2013, he edited The Gissing Newsletterand subsequently The Gissing Journal, the organ for Gissing studies. In 1997, Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Coustillas completed their landmark project: The Collected Letters of George Gissing.

Bicentennial Melville Panel

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 9:49am
PAMLA Conference 2019 (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

This panel celebrates the bicentennial of Herman Melville’s birth on August 1st, 1819 by welcoming papers on any aspect of Melville’s legacy both during and after the nineteenth century. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to: how Melville’s works may speak to contemporary issues; Melville’s literary influences and how he employs them in his works; other writers who were influenced by Melville and how this influence manifests in their works; the 1920’s Melville revival; Melville's depiction of racial, cultural, sexual, or gender plurality; or textual and thematic analyses of any of Melville’s works.

Publishing Power: Colonial Publication and American Identity

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:57am
A proposed Colonial and Federal Literature panel for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 SAMLA Conference—Colonial and Federal Literature proposed panel


Atlanta, Georgia


November 8-10, 2019


“Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships”


In keeping with the SAMLA conference theme, “Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships,” this proposed panel welcomes proposals that explore constructions of, challenges to, and anxieties surrounding power in early America, before 1900, as well as the ways in which publication reinforced an iteration of an American identity or played a role in defining interpersonal or societal relationships.


Shakespeare and Shakespearean Criticism

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:51am
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 19, 2019

The “Shakespeare and Shakespearean Criticism” permanent section of the 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association invites proposals that engage with this year’s conference theme of “Duality, Doubles, and Doppelgangers.” Scholarship that explores issues of duality in Shakespeare’s literature, and in early modern culture broadly, from myriad perspectives will be considered.

Exploring doubling in Shakespeare’s works might begin with attention to any of the following list of topics:

· Duality of texts and paratexts

· Double-meanings (linguistics, semantics, multiple interpretations)

· Double entendre

· Twins, doubles in drama

· Doubled literary sources