In her 1998 play How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel described Maryland as a place where “You can still imagine what how [it] used to be before the malls took over. This countryside was once dotted with farmhouses. From their porches, you could have witnessed the Civil War raging in the front fields.” Considering the preceding quotation—as well as Maryland’s geographical and figurative status as a border state between the North and South—in terms of America’s complicated racial and social history, the following panel invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to present on the representation of Maryland in the American consciousness at NeMLA's 2017 conference in Baltimore, Maryland (March 23rd-26th).
Editors Taylor and Nylander seek original essays for an edited collection exploring the the nature of death as well as the character Death, the Horseman, in the television show Supernatural. As death is a constant theme and sometime driver of the show’s narrative, this collection seeks to more fully examine the ways Supernatural represents, personifies, and explores death. This collection is under contract with McFarland Publishers.
Chapters in the proposed collection can focus on one or more of the following categories:
Psychological analyses of death, dying, and grief in the series
NeMLA 2017 - Disability in Anglophone Literature (Panel)
48th Annual NeMLA Convention
March 23 - 26th, 2017
Deadline to submit abstract: 09/30/2016
Categories: Anglophone and British Literature.
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Institutional host: Johns Hopkins University
CFP: panel on "Disability in Anglophone Literature"
114th Annual PAMLA Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016
Extended deadline: July 1, 2016
Panel: “Drama and Society”
Drama has long served as a communal mirror to society, reflecting its habits, aesthetics, politics and cultural norms. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which drama reveals its intricate relationship to society; how does drama (through both text and performance) support, embody and critique the world in which it was created?
Submit proposals online at http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas
As more upper-division literature courses disappear from college catalogues and fewer students choose to major in the humanities, the general education curriculum—and the first-year experience even more specifically—remain one of the few opportunities for university professors to use literary texts to teach critical thinking and analysis, both in terms of an acquired academic skill and as a venue for social and political activism. Yet, the freshman year of college is also a time when our students have not yet refined the very skills that can help them meaningfully participate in these academic and social dialogues as their liberal arts professors intend.
Deadline extension: Octavia Butler essay collection
We invite essays on any aspect of Octavia Butler’s multi-faceted work, from her continued exploration of the topics of domination, slavery, symbiosis, and exploitation, to her ecological vision, to her exploration of gender systems, to genre considerations, etc. etc. Essays from 3000 to 6000 words are recommended, but no strict word limit (MLA format).
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Dr. Mary Morrissey (University of Reading)
Professor Andrew McRae (University of Exeter)
Expanding on our ongoing research project on the spatial and visual dimensions of the poetry and prose of John Donne, we are organising a conference seeking to investigate issues of ‘Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature’ (c. 1500-1700). The conference will take place on the beautiful campus of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on 11-13 May 2017.
In Art As Experience, John Dewey writes: “When an art product once attains classic status, it somehow becomes isolated from the human conditions under which it was brought into being and from the human consequences it engenders in actual life-experience.” Dewey also notes that the growth of capitalism “has been a powerful influence in the development of the museum as the proper home for works of art, and in the promotion of the idea that they are apart from the common life."
NeMLA Annual Convention – Baltimore, MD to be held March 23-26, 2017
The purpose of this roundtable is to offer and exchange perspectives on how mindfulness and contemplative pedagogy can facilitate student learning and engagement in First-Year English courses. How can First-Year English faculty (teaching composition or literature-based writing courses) use contemplative and mindfulness practices (e.g. meditation; journaling; yoga; experiences in nature) to enhance student engagement, writing, critical thinking, creativity, risk-taking, literary understanding, and/or other learning?
This area of the 2016 Film & History conference, Gods & Heretics, examines notions of the monstrous, monstrosity, and the supernatural as they relate to on-screen representations, thematic inferences, narrative structures, or even production practices throughout the history of filmmaking. How do we better understand the implications of these histories, patterns, or aberrations? What is being signified or challenged, made visible or concealed, through our constructions of the monstrous?
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The Seventh International Conference on Digital Information and Communication Technology and Applications (DICTAP2017)
June 29 - July 1, 2017
Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava
European Journal of English Studies
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR VOLUME 22
Global Responses to the ‘War on Terror’
Guest editors: Michael C. Frank (Düsseldorf) and Pavan Malreddy (Goethe University Frankfurt)
This panel seeks to bring together teacher-scholars who utilize the philosophical tradition of American Pragmatism in teaching literature, writing, digital media, cultural criticism or rhetoric and composition.
This includes those who teach the work of William James, John Dewey and their progeny directly, and those who use pragmatist thought to inform broader pedagogical or theoretical projects. Whether interested in the semiotics of C.S. Peirce, the neo-pragmatism of Richard Rorty or Stanley Fish, the “prophetic pragmatism” of Cornel West, or any other branch of the pragmatist tradition, all are welcome.
Networks, Nodes, and New Approaches to Adaptation Studies
Brigham Young University 24-25 February 2017
Call for Papers
“Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents”
Mobile, AL, USA, 3-8 December 2016
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 1 JULY 2016
Abstracts are invited for a conference on literature and the sea, broadly defined. Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following: