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3/15/16 Aging in Atwood and/or Lessing (for MLA 17)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:37pm
Margaret Atwood Society

"Boundaries of Life: Ageism and Aging in Works by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing." This session, co-sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society and the Doris Lessing Society, is inspired by the 2017 Presidential Theme, "Boundary Conditions." By focusing on ageism and aging in the works of Atwood and Lessing, two of the twentieth century's most prolific and influential women writers, this panel aims to explore the ways these writers depict the passing of time in relation to life experiences and self-consciousness. Some questions papers might answer include: What does it mean to come of age? How do age and the aging process affect how we see ourselves? When and how does one become old? How does age discrimination shape societies and individuals?

Wooden O Symposium - August 8-10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:15pm
Wooden O Symposium / Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Wooden O Symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States

Adoption and Culture 2016: Building Communities, Changing Discourses, 27-29 October 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 4:08pm
Sixth Biennial International Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Hotel, 27-29 October 2016
Proposal deadline 1 March 2016

Keynote speakers: Lorraine Dusky, Margaret Jacobs, and Deann Borshay Liem, introducing her new film, Geographies of Kinship. Also staged readings by Mu Performing Arts tracing twenty years of adoption theater in the Twin Cities.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or 75-minute panels (Q&A included) that:

• Analyze literary, cinematic, dramatic, musical, visual, dance, popular culture, or performance art approaches to new ways (whether present, past, or future) of conceiving community in adoption, foster care, or other nonstandard means of family formation or childcare.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Monster Studies: Literature, Culture, and Theory (Deadline 3/10/16)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:41pm
Chris Koenig-Woodyard / University of Toronto

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.

The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.

Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable -- Edited Collection

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:14pm
Lisa Wenger Bro / Middle Georgia State University

Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable: The Cultural Links Between the Human and Inhuman

This collection, under contract with Cambridge, is exploring the cultural implications of monsters found across film, fiction, and television from the modernist era forward. We are only looking to fill in certain gaps, and welcome articles related to the following monsters:

• Ghosts
• Werewolves
• Science Fiction-related, such as A.I.s, robots, and cyborgs

Utopian/Dystopian Narratives in French and Francophone Women's Writing -- SAMLA 88 (November 4-6, 2016)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:20pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association/Women in French (Affiliated Group)

SAMLA 88 (November 4-6, 2016) at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL

Utopian/Dystopian Narratives in French and Francophone Women's Writing

This panel welcomes papers focused on the conference theme—"Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?"—as explored in examples of French and francophone women's writing. Please send 250-word abstracts to Adrienne Angelo, Auburn University ( by June 3, 2016.

CFP Midwestern Symposium on Teacher Evaluation - Proposals due 2/20/16

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:42pm
The University of Findlay

Please join Charlotte Danielson and scholars, teachers, educational leaders, and education organizations from around the region for a symposium on teacher evaluation. As legislators and the general public give more and more attention to teacher accountability, it is imperative that practitioners and scholars make an informed contribution to the national conversation about teacher evaluation. This forum represents an opportunity for educators to engage in purposeful dialogue about the latest research and best practices in the field. Teachers and administrators can discuss best practices and learn about new insights into successful teacher evaluation.

Representing Ethnic Conflicts in Contemporary Literatures and Films - DEADLINE 2 March 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:03pm
Sreyoshi Sarkar - MLA Annual Convention 2017

This MLA special session panel invites papers that study the representations of ethnic conflicts in contemporary literatures, and films. Possible topics include but are not limited to the politics of form and genre; representations of gendered, class, sexual, and environmental violence; imagined conflict resolutions, in contemporary narratives of ethnic conflict e.g. Biafran war, Sri Lankan civil war, Hindu-Muslim riots in South Asia, and so on. Please submit 250-word abstracts and a short bio to Sreyoshi Sarkar at by 1 March 2016 .

Essay collection: Migration and Modernity 5/15/16

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:36am
Juliet Shields

Call for Essays: Migration and Modernity: the state of being stateless, 1650-1850
We invite contributions for an essay collection on exile, migration, and statelessness in the "middle modern" period (~1650-1850), a time when the consolidation of the nation-state made more visible the movement--sometimes voluntary and sometimes forced--of peoples across and within political and geographical borders.

CFP: Musicologica Olomucensia journal (by 30 April 2016 full papers)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:54am
Musicologica Olomucensia (Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic)

For the upcoming issue of Musicologica Olomucensia (June 2016) we are looking for articles discussing various topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies and East European music studies. We welcome internationally relevant topics, or those which may contribute to the promotion of Czech music abroad. Please send your paper (4000–8000 words, including footnotes) to by 30 April 2016.

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
Ágota Márton / University of Oxford


'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

Call for Conference Papers on Les Danses Macabres & Music

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:58am
International Screendance Conference at Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne

The International Screendance Conference of the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (Univeresity of Burgundy, France) is seeking conference presentations for a panel on the music of Les Danses Macabres (Saint-Saëns, Liszt's "Totentanz", etc.) to accompany a dance film program surrounding the history of Les Danses Macabres.

All topics that examine some aspect of Les Danses Macabres, whether via a global approach or via a specific composition are welcome. Please send a short abstract and bio or C.V. in English to: before February 28.

Theories that Shape Worlds: Teaching Literary and Cultural Theory through Science Fiction

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:48am
RMMLA (Salt Lake City, UT October 6-8, 2016

With Ursula K. Le Guin's departure from "hard science fiction" in the 1960s, worlds began to be created that examined the social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of our own societies. These foundations, which are so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that they often defy nuanced examination, were un-Earthed so that their implication and pervasiveness could be clearly displayed. This session seeks to identify methods for how science fiction can be utilized to teach undergraduate students complex literary and cultural theories and will seek to answer questions such as the following: What works can be used to exemplify Marxism, feminism, affect theory, and others?