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CFP: Biblical Visions in Literature for PAMLA Conference 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii (11/10-12/2017)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:44pm
Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

This session seeks papers on literature that explicitly or implicitly retell, or allude to, or comment on: Jewish visions, acts of hearing and seeing, from the Hebrew Bible and post-biblical texts: Canonical or non-canonical Christian visions, as well as the writings of the saints. Jewish and Christian texts are the speaking voice of the divine that let us see the divine.

Individual paper presentations will be between 15 and 20 minutes long. Please submit proposals via the online system by June 26, 2017. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:51pm
Sofia University (St. Kliment Ohridski)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017



Sofia University (“St. Kliment Ohridski”)

30th November to 1st December 2017

RSA 2018 The Bard's Bookshelf: Shakespeare's Use of Sources

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:38am
Claire Sommers/The Graduate Center, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

William Shakespeare’s oeuvre is comprised of multiple forms, including the play, the sonnet, and the narrative poem and spans a wide variety of genres, including comedy, tragedy, history, epic, and romance. Because of his contributions to the western canon, modern scholarship tends to focus on Shakespeare the writer. Yet, we often forget another aspect of his literary life: Shakespeare the reader. In crafting his work, Shakespeare borrows heavily from Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance literature of all genres, including poetry, epic, drama, and prose fiction, and incorporates references to mythological, religious, rhetorical and philosophical texts throughout his works.

European Humanism and Its Challenges (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 8–9 September 2017)

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:00pm
David Movrin / Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dear all, 

Please find below the invitation to the interdisciplinary conference on European Humanism and Its Challenges, organised by Department of Classical Philology, University of Ljubljana; Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw; Department of Medieval Studies of the Central European University of Budapest (CEU); Slovenian Comparative Literature Association; Slovenian Book Agency; and Vilenica International Literary Festival. 

Shakespeare: Visions of Rome

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 2:38pm
Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2017


Call for Papers

Shakespeare: Visions of Rome


We invite essay submissions (c. 6000 words including notes) for a special issue of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, on the topic of Shakespeare: Visions of Rome, planned for publication in 2019.


CFP (Extended Deadline 6/26/17): Blindness and Vision, Hidden and Revealed: Interpretations of Sight in Ancient Religious Texts for PAMLA Conference 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii (11/10-12/2017)

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 3:46pm
Pete Steiger, Chaminade University of Honolulu
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

This session will examine how the notion of seeing and not seeing common in many classical religious texts was interpreted by ancient commentators to elaborate certain epistemological theories. We will consider why ancient interpreters from various religious traditions frequently applied the sense of sight analogously to the act of understanding. 

This session is also interested in papers that specifically focus on this year's theme of sight, visuality, and ways of seeing.

Ekphrasis and Persuasion: The Dialectic of Eye and Mind in the Psyche of the Literary Text.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 2:06pm
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 21, 2017


Call for Papers: PAMLA 2017 Annual Conference Special Session


Title of Session:

“Ekphrasis and Persuasion:  The Dialectic of Eye and Mind in the Psyche of the Literary Text.”


This session will explore how history, philosophy, rhetoric and poetics interact in literary texts through the trope of ekphrasis.  It will explore not only ekphraseis that advance poetic and rhetorical arguments across disciplines, but also examine the ongoing dialogue of poet, painter and thinker in our literary traditions.


Authority and Transgression

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 1:28pm
Modern Horizons
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 31, 2017

 Authority & Transgression (October 2017)


Modern Horizons invites proposals for papers (25-30 minutes long) for our seventh annual conference on ‘Authority & Transgression’ to be held 27-28 October, 2017 at UC Berkeley. Proposals are to be sent to by 31 July, 2017.

UPDATE: Animals in Literature and Film

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:57pm
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

This year’s MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging in tensions of “human” and “animal” found within a variety of ancient textualities related to the broad field of animal studies. In ancient Greek and Roman society, animals serve important roles, often as a medium in religion, as symbolic function in Greco-Roman mythology, and as poetic symbol in ancient oral tradition and later written literature. Often, animals are given titular roles, and they carry strong symbolic function in the narrative, whether the narrative is oral, written, or artistic.