all recent posts

Creative Writing in the World (12 June 2015)

updated: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:34am
full name / name of organization: 
York St John University

Over the past 30 years, the growth of Creative Writing as a distinct academic discipline has been one of the great success stories of UK higher education. York St John University is pleased to host 'Creative Writing in the World', a one-day conference, bringing together scholars, teachers, and practitioners in order to consider the wider impact and future of that development.

CFP for edited anthology / Requiem for a Nation: religion, politics and visual cultures in post-war Italy, 1945-1975

updated: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 5:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Roberto Cavallini

Requiem for a Nation: religion, politics and visual cultures in post-war Italy (1945-1975)

The main objective of this edited collection is to examine the ways in which religion, culture and politics converge in configuring the contradictions of a post-war Italy's cultural history.

Starting from the assumption that to conduct a critical reflection on Italian post-war visual culture one must investigate the inevitable impact of Catholic religion on everyday life and its social, political and cultural dimensions, I choose the vantage point of cinema and visual culture to propose a critique and exploration of religion's influence on the Italian cultural and political landscape.

Anthology on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

updated: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Indie-publication
contact email: 

The editor of a proposed anthology is looking for essays on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. The anthology will be published as an e-book and sold through online channels. Accepted writers will be paid after the publication of the e-book. No royalties will be provided.

General guidelines:

Please avoid jargon even while dealing with abstract issues in Blood Meridian.
Please have a look at the bibliography maintained by the Cormac McCarthy Society and aim for new angles for interrogating Blood Meridian.
Please follow MLA guidelines.
For any citation please be ready to send a scanned page or screenshot of the citation if needed. All essays will be checked for plagiarism.

11 Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond

updated: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

LIES 2015 asks the fundamental questions of contemporary culture: What is the stance of poetry today? Can poets still be venerated as leaders of nations? Is poetry "relegated" to universities?

The Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, invites papers on all aspects of British, Northern Irish, Irish, American and Canadian poetry and poets. The topics include but are not limited to the following:

Poetry:

[NEW DEADLINE] Teaching Eliza Haywood--Vancouver 14-17 Oct 2015

updated: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
CSECS Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies
contact email: 

Looking ahead to a proposed book collection, this panel invites papers on critical and classroom implications in teaching the works of Eliza Haywood. Deadline Jan 31.

Papers may address any aspect of teaching Haywood, but might address pedagogically informed approaches on

[UPDATE]Teaching the Eighteenth Century (deadline Jan 31)--Vancouver, 14-17 Oct 2015

updated: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:56am
full name / name of organization: 
CSECS Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies
contact email: 

NB: You may participate in a pedagogy roundtable in addition to giving a paper at CSECS. Roundtables on teaching book history, on innovative course design, and on teaching, technology and digitial humanities in the 18C.

Excellent teaching is what invites the next generation of great scholars into our profession. Perhaps because of bad high school experiences, many students expect the 18th-century to be a period of dry treatises, hard-to-understand poems, and repetitive plays full of in-jokes. We know differently, but what is the best way to teach the brilliance, wit, complexity, and conflict of our period?

Proposals are invited for up to three roundtable discussions:

Call for Accessibly and Engagingly Written Papers in Literary Studies

updated: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:51am
full name / name of organization: 
Readings: the journal for scholars and readers

We welcome submissions on all aspects of world literature (be it canonical or contemporary, children's, "genre" or "literary" fiction), including the interplay of literature and other media as well as issues of translation and reception. Imagine a friend who loves literature but is no scholar as your ideal reader. To put it more grandly: our idea of a Perfect Paper hovers between PMLA and The New Yorker.

See http://www.readingsjournal.net/call-for-papers-and-reviewers for details.

Memorial Culture in the Twenty-First Century--ASAP/7, September 24-27, 2015

updated: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:14am
full name / name of organization: 
Melissa Parrish

What roles do—or should—memorials perform in the twenty-first century? What forms might they take, and what purposes do they serve? This panel considers memorial culture beyond enclosing narratives of patriotism, unity, and an accompanying sense of what Lauren Berlant has called "cruel optimism" in contemporary discourse. If, as Berlant puts it, contemporary Western rhetoric is in a perpetual, zero-sum game of "fantasies of the good life," then in what ways might memorials interrogate, rather than reinforce, such singular fantasies?

SCMLA - Gothic Fiction, Nashville, TN 10/31-11/3 2015

updated: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 4:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The Gothic panel of the SCMLA is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 conference. This panel is open to all approaches and topics that relate to the study of Gothic fiction. Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note.

For more information about the 2015 SCMLA conference, please see: http://www.southcentralmla.org/conference/

The submission deadline is 31 March 2015.

SCMLA - Restoration & 18th Century British Literature, Nashville, TN 10/31-11/3 2015

updated: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 4:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature panel of the SCMLA is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 conference. This panel is open to all approaches and topics that relate to the Long Eighteenth Century. Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note.

For more information about the 2015 SCMLA conference, please see: http://www.southcentralmla.org/conference/

The submission deadline is 31 March 2015.

Gus Van Sant - Special Issue on His Work

updated: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 4:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
C47: A Film Journal -- Portland State University
contact email: 

Call for Papers on filmmaker Gus Van Sant

C47: A Film Journal

Deadline: Rolling, with first reviews 2/15/2015

C47: A Film Journal, is a new journal of film and media studies published by Portland State University and Ooligan Press, requests submissions for its inaugural issue. The journal will be published twice annually, in both hard copy and online format. The journal is refereed. Our projected publication date for the first issue is late spring, 2015.

CFP (due 3/9/15): The Publics of Charles Bukowski and Henry Chinaski (MLA 2016: Austin, Jan. 7-10)

updated: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
David Pratt, College of William & Mary
contact email: 

This panel will consider the audience for Bukowski's oeuvre and public self in conversation with Chinaski's fictional (counter)publics. Please submit 250-word abstracts and short bios to David Pratt (dcpratt@wm.edu) by March 9, 2015. The 131st MLA Convention will take place in Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016.

http://www.mla.org/cfp_detail_7442

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session "Writing Anxiety and Uncomfortable Readers"

updated: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 1:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2016
contact email: 

Special Session: Writing Anxiety and Uncomfortable Readers

Papers may examine the various nervous states that either inspire or impede artistic and literary production, the ways in which anxiety, depression, and mental states are depicted in literature, the role of discomfort in reading and teaching literature, and the rising awareness of mental illness in the academy. This session encourages considerations of this topic in/through any text from any period or place. 300-word abstract and CV by 7 March 2015. Rebecca Soares (Rebecca.Soares@asu.edu)

Human Trafficking in Postcolonial Literature: Globalization, Precarity, and Feminism - NWSA Conference Nov 12-15, 2015

updated: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 1:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Barberan Reinares - CUNY

This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in postcolonial/transnational literature or film to be presented at the 2015 National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nov 12-15, 2015. Paper proposals addressing human trafficking or forced migration within the context of vulnerabilty, precarity and globalization are especially welcome. By February 18th, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Laura Barberan Reinares, Bronx CC (CUNY), at m_laura.barberan@bcc.cuny.edu.

Pages