The interrogation of wide-ranging labor and political-economic issues has long provided cultural and literary studies with a foundational motive. Not much has been said about maintenance—at least not directly. Against modernity’s celebration of progress, development and productivity, and against neoliberal incantations of innovation and creative destruction, attending to maintenance reveals a devalorized and oft-hidden form of labor, one on which productivity happens to depend. And, against that most fundamental drive in all forms of capitalism—growth—maintenance may offer a workable alternative.
Call for papers: “Teaching Bandes Dessinées as Literature”
The 48th NeMLA Annual Convention
Baltimore (The Johns Hopkins University) March 23-26
"Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era"
DEADLINE: September 15, 2016
THE BEIGING OF AMERICA: PERSONAL NARRATIVES ABOUT BEING MIXED RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts
ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-54-4 (pbk)
ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-55-1 (eBook)
2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY SERIES (Vol. 2)
Series Editor: Sean Frederick Forbes
Publication Date: May 2017
“The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art.”—Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures
This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.
Friday, 28th October, 2016
Professor Bradley Deane (University of Minnesota Morris)
Dr Patricia de Montfort (University of Glasgow)
‘Victorian manhood was by definition a state of permanent crisis, a site of anxiety and contradiction as much as a source of power.’
(Phillip Mallett, The Victorian Novel and Masculinity)
Call for Local Stories
Comics Forum 2016 – Call For Papers
Genre: A Conference on Comics
Leeds Central Library, Leeds (UK), 3rd – 4th November 2016
Confirmed keynote speaker: Hermann (winner at Angoulême 2016, and creator of Jeremiah, Comanche, The Towers of Bois-Maury, amongst others).
NeMLA 2017: Baltimore, MD March 23-26
Seminar: Anatomy of the City: Body and Metropolis in Migration Narratives
8thINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN STUDIES
October 14- 15, 2016 Kutaisi, Georgia
Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia will host a two-day international biennial multidisciplinary conference on American studies. The conference is organized by Prof. Vakhtang Amaglobeli Center for American Studies at Akaki Tsereteli State University, ATSU Foreign Affairs and Development Office and John Dos Passos Association of Georgia. The event is supported by the US Embassy in Georgia.
We invite a variety of contributions that address any of the following topics:
On 26 and 27 January 2017, the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society will be hosting an international graduate conference. A selection of researchers and artists will be invited to participate in panels, in which their 20 minute papers and creative work will be discussed. Participants should currently be undertaking a PhD. When submitting a proposal for a paper presentation or a work of art, please make sure to include a short biography.
Call for proposals for the Dickens Society-sponsored panel at the Northeast Modern Language Society convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 23-26, 2017:
Dickens, race, and empire. This session will explore the many facets of Dickens’s engagement with Victorian debates around race and empire. Open to proposals that examine any aspect of these issues and explore all parts of Dickens’s career, it seeks to consider Dickens within the context of both contemporary and current critical conversations around these key elements of Victorian culture and society.
The link to the NeMLA conference site is at
The panel is dedicated to the relationship between sport and Italian literature. How is sport portrayed in Italian literature? How does it function within a literary work? Is sport employed only as metaphors and to add a touch of color, or does it have deeper meanings? What can it tell us about an author? Papers on literary and artistic aspects of sport in journalism or various media, as well as on sport and the visual arts, cinema, etc., are welcome.
Please submit your abstract online by September 30, 2016:
Stained Pages: Fundamentalism, Action, and Reaction in Contemporary Novels
Recent events in Brussels, Pakistan, France (to name but a few places), demand the attention of the world. But, how does an academic organization such as NeMLA engage in discourse abut such violence without appearing to glorify or condone such acts?
Science, Technology, and 20th-century Irish Literature (edited volume)
The editors are seeking contributors for a volume focused on science, technology, and Irish literature of the revival and modernist period.