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[UPDATE] CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session: 19th-Century Science Fiction

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA / Jessica Kuskey
contact email: 

Papers sought for a special session to be proposed for MLA 2016 on any aspect of nineteenth-century science fiction. Potential angles on this topic may include:

- proto-science fiction
- texts traditionally not viewed as science fiction, reconsidered as aligned with the emergence of the genre
- historical/cultural influences on the emergence of the genre
- literary/cultural impacts of the emergence of the genre

300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015, sent to Jessica Kuskey (jkuskey@ucsc.edu)

Philament 21: Terror Australis (Postgraduate Journal of Arts and Culture), 30 June 2015

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Rudge (Managing Editor, Philament), University of Sydney
contact email: 

Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture affiliated with the University of Sydney, seeks submissions from postgraduate students and early-career scholars (fewer than five years since qualification) that explore the notion or thematic "Terror Australis."

Panic, apprehension, alarm, fear, dread: these and other relatives of terror have long infected Australian texts. Resisting demarcation, terror can be a protean sense, a chimerical substance, an uncontainable ill feeling, or an institutionalised technic—a form of disciplinary power.

Death, Violence and Fiction

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA Special Session
contact email: 

We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

-how struggles for political representation are waged via religious representations, and the connotations that accompany particular religious traditions.

CFP MLA 2016: The Academic Language of Measurement: Considerations & Best Practices

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA Discussion Group: Global Languages

At its most basic level, attention to the language of measurement means something as simple as advising a student to "avoid wordiness" rather than "watch wordiness," an inexact command because it is a metaphor. But concerns regarding the language of assessment, judgment, and evaluation reach beyond this basic realm into the political and cultural spheres. Most of us, for instance, are aware of studies exposing school tests for using gendered language that affect student performance and reinforce gender stereotypes.

Local Modernisms: 1890-1950

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 4:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, The University of Birmingham
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Modernism – cosmopolitan and international in its connections and networks – found its home in cities, regions and locales. And yet provincialism and localism are still dirty words in criticism surrounding literary and artistic responses to modernity: they remain tinged with the reactionary and the conservative. Many narratives of artistic culture of the period 1890-1945 maintain that advanced aesthetics move from core to province, losing vitality as they become part of a supposedly 'middlebrow' culture. But what if the current were reversed? What if the local, the regional, the provincial, the civic and the municipal were the sites of artistic energy rather than cultural backwaters?

Conference: Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare (11/12, 13,14, 2015)

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 4:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Georgia
contact email: 

March 2, 2015

Call for Papers: "Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare"

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, November 12, 13, and 14, 2015

A conference to be held on November 13-15, 2015, at the University of Georgia and sponsored by the University Libraries, the Willson Center for Arts and Humanities, the Department of English, the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the Office of Service Learning, and the University of Georgia Symposium on the Book.

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Reminder: Carson McCullers in the Twenty-first Century (Collection)

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 3:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alison Bertolini

Deadline approaching: Proposed submissions are requested for an edited collection of essays tentatively titled Carson McCullers in the Twenty-first Century. This collection will contribute to current scholarship by 1. Analyzing the lesser known works of McCullers, and 2. Reexamining her more popular works through lenses that are of growing interest in contemporary literary studies. Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

•Comparative readings of the work of Carson McCullers, especially within transatlantic scholarship;

•The reception and evolution of McCullers' work across national boundaries;

Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture [panel proposal] MLA 2016, Austin TX [UPDATE]

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 2:51pm
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association

Seeking submissions for a special session for the 2016 Austin MLA convention. Tentative title "Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture." Papers may consider any aspect of Judeo-Islamic relations in literature, culture, rhetoric, film, new media, etc. I would like to put together a panel that considers a range of perspectives, texts, and/or historical periods.

300 word proposals and CVs should be sent to Lindsay Dearinger. Deadline is March 15, 2015. Questions welcome.

The official CFP can be viewed here:
http://www.mla.org/cfp_detail_7791 (requires MLA login)

CFP Extension: New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 2:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Lillie Anne Brown, Ph.D., Department of English and Modern Languages, Florida A&M University
contact email: 

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the CFP on New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines has been extended to March 30, 2015. (See original CFP on 2/13/15.)

Information should be sent(by Word attachment)to: lillie.brown@famu.edu

Please include the following in response to this extension:

> Name
> Degree, Rank and Academic Affiliation
> Title of Paper
> Abstract (300-500 words)
> Vita

Hard copies may also be sent to:

Dr. Lillie Anne Brown
Department of English and Modern Languages
Florida A&M University
418 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

[Expanded] Public Pedagogy: Teaching Literature in the Corporate University

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 12:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Thomas Spitzer-Hanks/ University of Texas at Austin
contact email: 

In an increasingly market-driven educational environment, aestheticist arguments for the study of literature appear more and more unconvincing as colleges and universities have begun to see themselves (and to be seen by students) as producing an education that molds future workers rather than augmented civic subjects.

C A L L F O R P A P E R S No. XII | Issue 4(2) | May '15

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:53am
full name / name of organization: 
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics
(International Journal of Travel Writing)
ISSN 2278-9642 | E-ISSN 2278-9650

C A L L F O R P A P E R S
No. XII | Issue 4(2) | May '15
Deadline: March 12 2015
Please visit: http://coldnoon.com/submissions | www.coldnoon.com

To read CONCEPT NOTE follow the link: http://coldnoon.com/about

In addition to following the notice below.

[Update] MLA 2016 "Legacies of the Sexual Revolution"

updated: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:40am
full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2016, Proposed Special Session
contact email: 

Seeking papers for a proposed special session for MLA 2016. This session invites presentations that explore representations of women during the Sexual Revolution.

Possible topics include: motherhood, marriage, sexuality, feminism, and work, among others.

This panel will interrogate the era's legacy in our understanding of gender, both then and now.

Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed presentation and a cv by March 15th to eiranne.edgar@gmail.com

The 2016 MLA Convention will take place in Austin, Texas from January 7-January 10.

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