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Update: Social Activism in American Religious Literature (MMLA 2017)

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:05pm
American Religion and Literature Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panel at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association convention, November 9-12, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.

Session title: “Social Activism in American Religious Literature” 

Literary Atmospherics

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:06pm
Literary Geographies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


A special theme section to be published in the open-access journal Literary Geographies (


I'm seeking abstracts focusing on literary engagements with material atmospheres. Essays may address some of these questions:


-how does literature address the production, maintenance, and differential breathability of multiple and shifting atmospheres across local and transnational scales?


Waste: A Symposium – Papers on Disposability, Decay, and Depletion

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:07pm
Alice Burks / Birkbeck College, University of London
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

A one-day event to be held at Birkbeck College, University of London, on September 21st 2017.


Confirmed keynote speakers:


Professor Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Leo Mellor (University of Cambridge)

Dr Rachele Dini (UCL / University of Cambridge)


Conference overview:


Organic Systems: Environments, Bodies and Culture in Science Fiction

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:07pm
London Science Fiction Research Community (Birkbeck + Royal Holloway)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Though often understood in ecological terms, the word ‘environment’ can also be viewed more widely as the surroundings and conditions of a specific system—whether they be mechanical, biological, social or chemical. Culture arises from and then informs these systems, becoming itself a further component of environments. Science fictional texts have explored the interactions between culture, environments and bodies on a wide spectrum of scale: from the level of a planetary biosphere or climate system (e.g. terraforming) to a single body or organ (e.g. genetic engineering). This conference will gather Science Fiction researchers, critics, authors and readers together to discuss intersections between cultural and organic systems in all forms of SF media.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:54pm
University of Sheffield
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

The past, the present and the future are united by tensions. Tensions between them; their ideologies, landscapes and temporal climates, and tensions they share; questions of identity, art and social responsibility. Every generation faces political binaries as we struggle to reconcile a world fraught with difference. Not only are our understandings of race, gender and nation constantly shifting in relation to new discoveries and ideas, but the ways in which we communicate these ideas are in dialogue.

Representations of Home 2

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:44am
University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 15, 2017

Conflict and/or (Be)longing: Thinking with Stories and Images
Venue: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, 16-17 November 2017

People not only think about stories; far more consequentially, people think with stories.
Arthur W. Frank, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology, 2010: 47.

H2O: Life and Death (15-16 September, 2017)

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 1:29pm
J. M. Coetzee Centre fore Creative Practice (University of Adelaide, Australia)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Life and Death


15 & 16 September, 2017

An interdisciplinary conference organised by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide (Australia)


Call for Submissions

Waters are contested entities that are currently at the centre of most scientific discussions about sustainability. Discourse around water management underlines both the serious absence and devastating overabundance of water: rising sea levels compete against desertification; hurricanes and floods follow periods of prolonged drought.  

Native American Literature Permanent Section (MMLA 2017)

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 1:33pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In addressing the conference theme of “Artists and Activists,” the Permanent Section on Native American Literature seeks proposals exploring a broad literary context for recent protests and legal action against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Possible topics may explore literary activism in the tradition of Standing Rock Sioux scholar Vine Deloria. Papers addressing activism with ecological perspectives are encouraged. Possible focus could include historical voices such as Sarah Winnemucca, William Apess, Zitkála Šá, or Jane Johnston Schoolcraft or more recent authors such as Gerald Vizenor, Louis Owens, Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon Ortiz, Thomas King, Louise Erdrich, or Sherman Alexie.