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PAMLA 2016: Ancient-Modern Relations: The Classical Tradition (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:45am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Looking for paper proposals on any topic relating to Ancient-Modern relations and the classical tradition. Papers relating in particular to the conference theme of “Archives, Libraries, Properties” are especially welcome.

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to:

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10.

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA.

A Woman Well Reputed? Porcia/Portia from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:08am
Renaissance Society of America
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cato’s daughter; Brutus’ wife.  This panel will consider the figure of Porcia in the Renaissance, where she is to be found in a wide range of cultures and genres.  From the earliest accounts, Porcia has been something of a a paradox: heroic and vulnerable; the masculine soul who is also the devoted wife.   No woman in history can have passed into legend more closely defined by her menfolk; let’s give her some room of her own.


Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:


National traditions (eg. Spanish lyrical Porcias; French tragic Porcias)

Exemplary Porcias

Porcia in the visual arts

Female suicide: strength or weakness?

Gender transgression

Peer Reviewers Wanted - Print Credit and Honorarium

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:40am
Layman Poupard Publishing
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Layman Poupard Publishing seeks peer reviewers for forthcoming entries in volumes of the Literature Criticism Series published by Gale Cengage. Reviewers will be asked to vet an 1800-word background essay and a primary works checklist. They will also be asked to recommend published critical essays to be reprinted in the entry. Reviewers will be credited in print and paid an honorarium. Academic affiliation is required.

To apply, please send a short vita with cover letter describing your research interests to

Current needs are listed on our website: 

“A Quest for Remembrance”: The Descent into the Classical Underworld

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:10pm
University of Warwick
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

'A Quest for Remembrance' : The Descent into the Classical Underworld"

A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Warwick 

Saturday 20th May 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Edith Hall, King's College London

"μνήσασθαι ἐμεῖο" [remember me]
Odyssey 11.71

The Ancient Novel in the Renaissance RSA 2017 Chicago

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:32am
Claire Sommers/The Graduate Center, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 Though many modern scholars place the invention of the novel in the 18th century, the genre arose much earlier. Early Modern works such as those by Sidney, Rabelais, and Cervantes may be classified as novels. However, the genre has its origins in the ancient Greek and Roman novels of the second and third centuries. While these works are often forgotten in the present day, they were translated during the Renaissance and were among the most widely read texts of the Early Modern period. Their popularity stemmed from their content and their structures, as they synthesized and examined several genres in a single prose work. As a result, echoes of the ancient novel are present in Renaissance romance, satire, poetry, and theatre.

Western Area: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
The 2016 FILM&HISTORY Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Are there really no Sundays west of St. Louis and is there no god west of Fort Smith? Representing a set of assumptions about the American Character, progress, law, order, and the conquest of nature, conflicts concerning the ideal and themes of redemption figure prominently in Westerns.  On the Western’s frontier, figures of power and subversion abound—lawmen and outlaws, gamblers and gunmen, cavalry wives and soiled doves, the Indian chiefs and buffalo scouts.

PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:55am
Diana Shaffer/PAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern


This special session will explore the evolution of ekphrasis from its roots in the Homeric period to the present day. Papers on any aspect of ekphrasis, theoretical or applied, are welcome.


Submission Deadline: June 2, 2016


Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website



For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at


[UPDATE] CFP: Early Modern Utopian Literature

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 2:20pm
Southeast Renaissance Conference, SAMLA Affiliate

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the first printing of Thomas More's Utopia, the text that created and provided the name for its own genre. Since the appearance of More's text, utopias have been imagined as unreal realities and worlds where people exist according to a specific vision of an author, whose aim might be justice, art, or an imagined reality with a specific agenda.

We request abstracts that address any aspect of early modern utopianism. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts along with a brief bio or a one page C.V. by May 15, 2016 to: Dr. Ruth McIntyre,

Planned Obsolescence: Texts, Theory, Technology

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 9:21am
Université de Liège (Belgium)

Call for papers
Planned Obsolescence: Texts, theory, technology
Université de Liège (Belgium) - December 8th and 9th, 2016

[Pour le français, voir plus bas.]