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Speculative Visions

updated: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:16am
InVisible Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

“Speculative Visions” –​ ​Issue 27

For its twenty-seventh issue, ​InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Vis​ual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of specul​ative visions.

The last decade has seen a rise in popularity among science fiction, fantasy, and horror. These

genres encourage the capacity to imagine post-human bodies, extraordinary worlds,

techno-utopias, and claustrophobic spaces of violence. In their reliance upon the imagination,

these speculative visions provide a space to consider contradictions and a carnivalesque

interaction between popular culture and critical theory.

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups: Between Nostalgia and Parody

updated: 
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:51am
Christopher Marlow
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 3, 2017

The publication of Ladybird books ‘for Grown-Ups’ in the UK in 2015 and 2016 was a phenomenon, with the books selling over 2 million copies collectively. Titles such as The Ladybird Book of the Hipster, How it Works: The Mum, and The Ladybird Book of The Meeting ostensibly offer a frivolous take upon a variety of popular subjects in an attractive format. However, in doing so they reveal a complex temporality that prompts the reader to consider how their memories of an adult life imagined in childhood measure up to a present filled with everyday frustrations. What can these books tell us about contemporary British culture and its relationship with personal memory, collective historical past, and once-imagined future?

Tales of Two Cities: Children’s Literature and (Unequal) Childhoods in New York City

updated: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:27am
Lara Saguisag
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

In 2013, Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign ran on the theme of “A Tale of Two Cities.” The narrative that New York is a deeply divided city – one that is simultaneously the world’s capital of finance and culture and an unfortunate model of economic and social inequality – struck a chord with many voters. This panel will examine the ways in which children’s and young adult literature set in New York City expresses, reinforces, confronts and/or overlooks this image of the city as fractured and unequal. Papers may consider questions such as: how does children’s and young adult literature represent (or ignore) the diversity of New York City childhoods?

"English" Special Issue: The Classroom of Literature

updated: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:29am
English: The Journal of the English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

English: The Journal of the English Association invites contributions to a special issue on The Classroom of Literature

 

. . . . we moved together out of the clutch of the Fates, inhabitors of a world without doom; with a scratching, licking and chewing of pens, a whisper and passing of jokes, a titter of tickling, a grumble of labour, a vague stare at the wall in a dream. . . . (Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie)

The Rise of Latinx Literature for Youth

updated: 
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:26am
Marilisa Jimenez Garcia/ Lehigh University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CFP is for MLA 2018 in New York City. This panel on Latinx Literature for Youth will be a Children´s Literature Association (ChLA) sponsored, guaranteed panel.

Literature for youth is an established tradition in Latinx culture, from Jose Martí’s La Edad de Oro (1889) to Pura Belpré’s folklore and Ernesto Galarza’s “mini-libros” to Matt de la Peña’s 2016 Newbery Medal win. This panel seeks to examine the current and historical role of literature for youth in the Latin/a literary world and how Latino/a writers portray youth cultures and subcultures for U.S. audiences. Papers responding critically to the following themes (though not limited to those presented here) are solicited:

Tolkien Conference at University of Vermont

updated: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:16am
14th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

14th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference

Saturday April 8th, 8;30am-5:30pm, Campus

Theme: Romances in Middle-earth

 

Organizers of the Tolkien at UVM Conference are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference until the February 1st deadline. 

Harry Potter Festival and Conference

updated: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:17am
California University of Pennsylvania
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Harry Potter Festival and Conference 2017

Have you been with Harry from the beginning? Do you want to show off your Wizarding World knowledge? California University of Pennsylvania is hosting its first-ever Harry Potter Festival, and we want to hear from you!

Take your Potter passion to the next level and submit your best Harry Potter-related work—critical essays, poster presentations, fan fiction, and more. Be creative! We want any and all topics about the books, movies, or fan culture. You should prepare a 15-minute presentation of your work. The main audience for the conference includes high school and college students and academic scholars.

Drama, Theatre and Young People

updated: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:20am
University of Lille
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Drama, Theatre and Young People

 

A two-day symposium organised by CECILLE and CEAC

with the participation of Compagnie Théâtre du Prisme, Action Culture and RADAC

Lille University (Villeneuve d’Ascq), 2-3 February 2017

 

Scientific Committee: Constantin Bobas (CECILLE – Université de Lille), Claire Hélie (CECILLE – Université de Lille), Véronique Perruchon (CEAC – Université de Lille)

 

Thursday 2 February 2017: Symposium

 

Call for papers

 

Social Issues in Children's and YA Literature

updated: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:20am
Children's Literature Graduate Organization, UNC Charlotte
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 16, 2016

The CLGO of UNC Charlotte is hosting a colloquium on February 4th, 2017, exploring public and professional dialogues regarding social issues in the field of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. We welcome scholarly and creative original papers, readings, and presentations that examine the ways in which social issues operate within texts as well as how these topics are taught, interpreted, and adapted. As an interdisciplinary organization, we hope to include multiple approaches to these topics, from a wide variety of disciplines.

These topics might include, but are not limited to:

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