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‘Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-horror and the EcoGothic'

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:59am
Dr Elizabeth Parker, Emily Bourke, Dr Bernice Murphy
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017

‘Horror is becoming the environmental norm.’ —Sara L. Crosby

Gothic and horror fictions have long functioned as vivid reflections of contemporary cultural fears. Wood argues that horror is ‘the struggle for recognition of all that our society represses or oppresses’, and Newman puts forward the idea that it ‘actively eliminates and exorcises our fears by allowing them to be relegated to the imaginary realm of fiction’.  Now, more than ever, the environment has become a locus of those fears for many people, and this conference seeks to investigate the wide range of Gothic- and horror-inflected texts that tackle the darker side of nature.

Speculative Vegetation: Plants in Science Fiction

updated: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5:37pm
Katherine E. Bishop, Jerry Määttä, & David Higgins
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Plants have played key roles in some of the most notable science fiction, from prose to graphic novels and film: John Wyndham’s triffids, the sentient and telepathic flora in Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Vaster than Empires and More Slow,” the gene-hacked crops of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, the agricultural experiments of Andy Weir’s The Martian, the invasive trees and mechaflowers of Warren Ellis’s Trees, and the galactic greenhouses of Silent Running represent just a few. Plants surround us, sustain us, pique our imaginations, and inhabit our metaphors—and yet in some ways they remain opaque.

Margaret Atwood Panel MLA Jan 2018 (3/15/17)

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 12:01pm
Margaret Atwood Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Renegades and Revenge: Hag-Seed &/or The Heart Goes Last." 250-300 word abstract and a short bio by 15 March 2017; Eleonora Rao (erao@unisa.it)

John Clare: Encounters (MLA 2018)

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 12:02pm
John Clare Society of North America
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

The John Clare Society of North America invites proposals for its guaranteed session panel at the Modern Language Association Convention in New York City, NY, January 4th-7th, 2018. We invite scholarship on any aspect of “encounter” (mental or physical, human or animal), ecology, and/or interrelation in John Clare’s life, work, and legacy. Abstract and short bio by 10 March 2017 to Erica McAlpine at erica.mcalpine@ell.ox.ac.uk

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS--LITERATURE AND PSYCHOLOGY: WRITING, TRAUMA AND THE SELF

updated: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 12:02pm
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

Centuries ago, Aristotle fashioned a term that brought literature and psychology face to face: catharsis (psychological or mental purification of the feelings). From that time onwards, literature and human psyche have been correlated either by various writers, philosophers, critics, or by means of several techniques or movements. Not only was it tragedy that combined the elements of psychology with literary production, it was also novel, poetry, short story and even some psychoanalytical theories that brought psyche and literature together.

The Book Closes: Finality in Contemporary Literature

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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:59pm
York St John MA one-day symposium
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Book Closes: Finality in Contemporary Literature

York St. John University

This is an MA Symposium intended for MA/Postgraduate Students 

 

Margins

updated: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:11am
Clemson University Department of English
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Margins 2017 4/12-14 at Clemson University

Margins is now accepting proposals that explore the interplay between applications of digital method and humanistic inquiry. The goal is to create a space wherein concepts that seem to linger at the edge of the digital humanities like race, gender, power, and disability may be explored in light of the new methods and perspectives that the application of digital tools furnish. Potential paper topics may include but are not limited to:

Necropolitics

updated: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 2:59pm
Mara Dicenta / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Achille Mbembe (2003) used the term ‘necropolitics’ to account for the existence of ‘death worlds’ within postcolonial geopolitical spaces. While work in biopolitics has privileged the dynamics of ‘making live and letting die,’ Mbembe highlights the importance of both, extending lives and making deaths.

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