Papers are invited for a special session on treatments (and elisions) of racial politics, aesthetics, identities, and experiences in recent conceptual writing and related experimentalisms. If conceptual writing pits itself "against expression," how might its practitioners offer possibilities for challenging and reworking conventional ways of writing racial politics or for entrenching racialized assumptions and racial privilege within the worlds of experimental poetry and poetry studies?
The Fantastic: Positions from Another World
"The fantastic is . . . a product of human imagination, perhaps even an excess of imagination. It arises when laws thought to be absolute are transcended, in the borderland between life and death, the animate and the inanimate, the self and the world . . . The fantastic is the unexpected occurrence, the startling novelty which goes contrary to all our expectations of what is possible. The ego multiplies and splits, time and space are distorted."
― Franz Rottensteiner, The Fantasy Book: An Illustrated History From Dracula To Tolkien
This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature and trauma theory to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that can combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV by 13 March 2015 to Eden Wales Freedman (email@example.com).
THE 2015 ELLAK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
"Spaces/Spatialities: Practices, Encounters, and Articulations"
December 10-12, 2015, Busan, Korea
Even after 100 years, debate continues over the meaning, consequences and legacy of the Somme Offensive of 1916.
The traditional view of it is that it was a catastrophe and a failure, but recent works by historians like Gary Sheffield and William Philpott have challenged this view and promoted alternate understandings of the campaign.
Papers should examine literary engagements with the Somme Offensive of 1916, with its legacy, or with its impact on writing about the First World War or war more generally. A 350-word abstract and a 50-word bio should be submitted by March 15, 2015; please send to Nicholas Milne-Walasek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Special Session navigates the intersections between African literature and electronic literature, examining the influence that both fields have over each other. Abstract of approximately 150-250 words by 15 March 2015
We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Nancy Fraser has written that, from the perspective of critical theory, "it is by no means clear what it means today to speak of 'transnational public spheres." This special session responds to the 2016 presidential theme, and asks what "the public sphere" means for an age of globalization. How does contemporary literature contribute to public sphere theories that overspill the imagined and material borders of the nation-state? What kinds of publics do these texts address and envision? And how do these texts modify the language of deliberative democracy to incorporate multi-state political bodies?
Writing on/against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style, 1850-1950
Proposals invited for MLA roundtable session (Austin, TX; January 2016) on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. Papers may encompass the practical (e.g., syllabus design, teaching strategies, assignments/assessment), the institutional (i.e., ways of introducing curricular innovation), and/or the theoretical (i.e., on place of the survey course in our curricula and the discipline). 250-page abstracts and brief CV to email@example.com by March 15.
The Narratives of Culture and Identity Research Group invites you to participate in its conference Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures on June 5-6, 2015 at ELTE, School of English and American Studies.
This English-language conference brings together MA and PhD students, scholars and researchers, all dedicated to the study of gender representation in various disciplines.
We are looking for contributions that innovatively engage with issues of gender representation and the perception of gender roles in a cross-cultural perspective. Multi- and interdisciplinary approaches that successfully combine text-based, theoretical and/or visual approaches are especially welcome.
Please consider and feel free to disseminate the following "Call for Papers" for the upcoming PAMLA Conference (Portland, Oregon Nov. 6-8, 2015). The deadline is May 1st. Please go to http://www.pamla.org/2015/topic-areas for instructions on how to submit your proposal online. The session is open to all Modern Languages and cultures including Arabic, Chinese and ESL.
How and why do medieval and modern notions of space differ? Papers on aspects of medieval space and mapping, including use of GIS or technology. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Lynn Ramey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The theme "Literature and Its Publics" invites us to consider the face of all of our objects of attention—not only literature and other kinds of texts but film, digital media, and rhetoric—and to consider our indispensable role in bringing texts and their audiences together. Papers and presentations might reflect on the current public status of literature and other kinds of texts in our society; address the nature of public reception according to period, genre, author, or otherwise; or imagine different futures.
We have extended the deadline for submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Occupations' - the new deadline for submissions is 18th March 2015.
Details can be found below. This information is also available at http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/index.php/excursions/pages/view/cfp
EXCURSIONS JOURNAL 6:1
Call for Papers: 'Occupations'
Extended Deadline: 18th March 2015