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RSA 2016 Panel: Receptions of Classical Texts on the Early Modern English Stage

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 3:54pm
Benjamin Beier / Washburn University

Generations of scholars have worked to uncover the presence of classical sources in early modern English drama. And Shakespeare studies, in particular, has labored to undo the impression that Shakespeare had 'small Latin and less Greek.' Recent work not only has revealed classical antecedents, but also has argued about the function of such sources within plays. This panel seeks papers that add to our understanding of the role of classical texts on the early modern stage. For example, are there instances in which the function of classical texts has been misunderstood by critics? In what ways did early modern playwrights productively misunderstand sources?

Transgender Spectrum Conference, Nov. 6-7, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:13pm
Gender Studies Program

This interdisciplinary transgender/gender variant conference is co-sponsored by university and community based entities. We invite scholars, professionals, students, and community members to participate. If you would like to present, please submit the following information to by midnight, June 1, 2015:
• title and abstract (50-100 words)
• author name, institution/organization affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, e-mail address, phone number)
• format (25 or 50 minute paper, workshop, roundtable, or poster)
• thematic area (listed below)

Victorian Work and Labor 10/2, 10/3 - UPDATE

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 1:56pm
Victorians Institute

OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2015

Author of "X-treme Domesticity: Desperate Housekeeping from Robinson Crusoe to Martha Stewart"
(forthcoming from Columbia UP)

Undergrad Refereed E-Journal Needs Reviewers

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:58am
Queen City Writers, University of Cincinnati

Queen City Writers is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students affiliated with any post-secondary institution. We seek faculty reviewers to complement our current staff. Graduate students, contingent faculty, and tenured faculty are welcome.

Reviewers for our journal need two characteristics: 1. A commitment to undergraduate writing, digital composing, and publication; 2. A professionalism that means submitting thorough reviews that meet our journal's guidelines by deadlines. We ask that our reviewers offer rigorous feedback aimed at facilitating publication-quality work, but also show sensitivity and an encouraging attitude toward undergraduate (and inexperienced) writers.

In More's Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:33am
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction

Call for Papers
In More's Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction
Foundation #124 (summer 2016)

Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More's seminal work, Utopia. Although the text has been of importance within Renaissance Studies and political philosophy, it has also occupied a special place within science fiction for helping to popularize the notion of 'the Great Good Place' to which society should strive to perfect. Whether directly or indirectly, More's text has been of huge significance for the utopian strand that runs through much science fiction.

Foundation Essay Prize 2016

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30am
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction

We are pleased to announce the return of our essay competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2016).

To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000 word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.


Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 1:13am
Rosemary Overell Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago

trans/forming feminisms: media, technology, identities

An international conference at the University of Otago

23rd - 25th November 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers:

- Sandra Grey, Victoria University, Wellington / Tertiary Education Union President

- Audrey Yue, The University of Melbourne

- Third keynote TBA

The conference is organised by the Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, in conjunction with the following:

- Dunedin Free University

- Fresh and Fruity Gallery Collective

- Blue Oyster Art Project Space

- The Tertiary Education Union (Otago branch)

IASA 48th Annual Conference:Italian American Values:October 15th-17th, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:08pm
Italian American Studies Association

Send Proposals by Email Only to Alan Gravano, President,
Deadline: June 3, 2015

The Italian American Studies Association welcomes proposals for individual presentations and full panels at its 48th annual conference in Washington, D. C. Especially encouraged are scholarly and creative presentations and panels focused on the broad theme of the conference: the nature, history, dynamics, and problematics of an Italian American system of values—current and historical, perceived or imagined, personal or social.

Call for Papers for Edited Collection: Royalty in US Popular Culture: Essays on Understanding the Royal Phenomenon

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:14pm
Drs. Chantelle MacPhee and Abigail Scheg

Call for Papers for Edited Collection: Royalty in US Popular Culture: Essays on Understanding the Royal Phenomenon

In recent days, worldwide focus has been back on the royal family, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they welcomed their second child. For weeks beforehand, individuals who are fans of the royal family camped outside of the hospital, waiting for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess to pronounce the imminent birth of their child. Though this borderline stalking behavior is considered commonplace in American popular culture, it is less so understood or acknowledged by the British Royal Family.

Studies in the Fantastic

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:09pm
University of Tampa Press

The University of Tampa Press is pleased announce the relaunch of its journal Studies in the Fantastic. In the spirit of new beginnings, the journal invites submissions on the subject of reboots. Now a staple of the entertainment industry, reboots regularly appear on television, in movie theaters, on computer screens, and, of course, in comics. Although hardly unique to the fantastic—appropriation and retelling are historically common throughout the arts—many of the most visible recent examples of the reboot are in fantastic genres such as science fiction and superheroes. This issue of Studies in the Fantastic asks why these genres are so ripe for reboot. Approaches dealing with canon formation, intermedia adaptation, and cultural capital are encouraged.

[UPDATE] "Circum-Caribbean Poetics": 9/10/15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:30am
Jana Braziel and Nicasio Urbina, University of Cincinnati

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Circum-Caribbean Poetics"
Professor Jana Braziel ( and Nicasio Urbina ( are issuing a "Call for Papers" for a special issue of Cincinnati Romance Review (slated for publication in spring 2016) devoted to the theme of Circum-Caribbean Poetics.
Submissions Due September 10, 2015.
English / Ingles / Anglais

Sovereignty and Metaphor, Abstracts due this Friday, May 15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:29am
NYU English

September 24-25, 2015

Speakers: Victoria Kahn (UC, Berkeley), Paul Strohm (Columbia), John Rogers (Yale), Kathleen Davis (U of Rhode Island), Brandon Chua (U of Queensland), Jacques Lezra (NYU)

The graduate students of the Department of English and MARC at NYU invite proposals for papers that explore the reciprocity between sovereignty and metaphor in English and continental (Latin and vernacular) writing from the medieval to early modern period.