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The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society at SAMLA - Deadline June 25

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 12:06pm
SAMLA/ South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme, "In Concert: Literature and other Arts," this panel welcomes proposals for papers on any topic related to Hawthorne and the arts or Hawthorne as a literary artist.

By June 25, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Steven Petersheim, Indiana University East, The SAMLA Conference will be held on November 13-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina. More information is available at

Cinema of J. C. Chandor - Panel/Roundtable - Literature Film Assoc. Conference, York PA, Oct 15-18 (Abstract Deadline: July 6)

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 11:37am
Literature/Film Assocation

This year's Literature/Film Association Conference, to be held at York College of Pennsylvania October 15-18, will open with a screening of the recent film A Most Violent Year (2014), directed by J. C. Chandor. Neal Dodson, one of the producers of that film and a close collaborative partner of Chandor, will be in attendance. Because of this event, the conference organizers would like to put together a panel or roundtable on any or all of the films written and directed by J. C. Chandor. They include Margin Call (2011), All is Lost (2013), and A Most Violent Year. Projects may approach the subject from the perspective of any relevant scholarly discourse in literary, cinema and/or media studies.

extended deadline (June 25) for soundscapes conference (Nov 6-8)

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 9:39am
Austrian Association for American Studies

Call for Papers:

Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America, 6-8 Nov. 2015, Graz, Austria
Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies
Organizers: Nassim W. Balestrini and Klaus Rieser, University of Graz

CFP: African American Literature and the Rise of the Antebellum City (Roundtable) Deadline: 6/28

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 9:26pm
ALA Symposium on The City and American Literature, New Orleans, LA September 10-12, 2015

There is growing interest amongst 19th-century Americanists around how African Americans shaped 19th-century cultures of print. This scholarship has examined the role of African American print within the plantation economy, its movement through the commercial world of Atlantic trade, and its place within antebellum political reform movements. However, little of this work has centered on African American textual production and the increasingly populous and cosmopolitan antebellum American city. This roundtable takes up this focus and turns its attention specifically to how these writers influenced and were altered by the formation of the city as a locus of commercial exchange and civic activism.

[UPDATE/CORRECTED] Final Call for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Legend Area (6/15/15; New London, NH 10/30-31/15)

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 8:04pm
Michael Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair

Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 15 June 2015

Call for Submissions - Game Studies Area of Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 2:15pm
Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

Game Studies Area: 2016 PCA/ACA National Conference.

The Game Studies area of the National Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Conference invites proposals for papers and panels on games and game studies for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference to be held Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Sheraton in Seattle, WA.

The database for proposal submissions opens July 1.

Below, please find:

I. Topics of Interest

II. Submission Process

III. Information about the Conference

IV. Contact Information


I. Topics of Interest


Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 1:03pm
Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World

Towards Praxis: Literature, Society and Politics
To be hosted by Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India
Tentative dates: 12-14 Feb 2016

Book Reviews

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 5:31pm
Journal of Popular Film and Television

The Journal of Popular Film and Television has books that are in need of reviewers.

If you are interested in reviewing for JPF&T, please e-mail me a brief statement of your qualifications and interests (no CVs or resumes, please!) and the postal address. I'll send you a list of the books I have to be reviewed. Since more than one person might "claim" a book, it would be best if you sent me a rank-ordered list (1 = top choice) of three or four books. I'll match you up with a suitable text and email you a copy of the JPF&T's requirements concerning style and formatting.

RSA 2016: Reading Form in European Renaissance Poetry [Abstract Deadline 7 June]

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 4:07pm
Discipline of Comparative Literature

Reading Form in European Renaissance Poetry

RSA 2016, Boston

Sponsored by the Discipline of Comparative Literature

Papers sought that offer historical interpretations of poetic form. How do Renaissance poets, theorists, and readers interpret and classify formal features of verse (including rhyme, meter, and generic forms like the sonnet or the epigram)? How do poets use form to position themselves in literary history? What is the relationship between poetic practice and the poetic theories presented in manuals and defenses of poetry? Comparative and multi-lingual papers especially encouraged.

[UPDATE] Neal Stephenson, the Long Now, and the History of the Future

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 3:17pm
PAMLA 2015

Deadline Extended until June 15. We are looking for papers that address issues of history in Stephenson's fiction, but other approaches and discussions are welcomed. Of particular interest are papers that connect Stephenson's work to The Long Now Foundation, the 10,000 Year Clock and other long-history projects, and/or the history of the future.

H.D. panel, SAMLA Nov. 13-15, 2015, Durham, NC (abstracts due June 12)

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 1:03pm
The H.D. International Society

Abstracts are invited for a panel called "H.D. and her Circle: New Directions" at this year's South Atlantic MLA in Durham, NC, November 13-15, 2015.

Papers may focus on work by H.D. and/or those in her circle (Bryher, Kenneth MacPherson, Marianne Moore, Richard Aldington, John Cournos, Robert Herring, Ezra Pound, Paul and Eslanda Robeson, etc.), and the thematic focus of the panel is open to a range of new approaches. Given SAMLA 2015's conference theme, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts," papers that address connections to other art forms/media are welcome, although not necessary.

Please send 250-word abstracts, a brief bio, and A-V requests to by June 10, 2015.

Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:45pm
Stephenie Young and Adele Parker

If one measure of the term catastrophe lies in its power to subvert existing systems, we ask how this concept impacts certain memory-narratives produced by contemporary women writers and artists in the wake of human-made catastrophes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:42pm
Dan Russ and Gregor Thuswaldner

Call for Submissions: The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature

"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters

UPDATE - "Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture" - Submission deadline Nov. 15, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:25pm
Humanities Education and Research Association

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French film critics couldn't help but notice their dark and brooding quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler featured characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.