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Remapping Gender in Shakespeare’s Europe

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018

“Remapping Gender in Shakespeare’s Europe”


This is a seminar at the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) conference in Rome from July 9-12, 2019.

Taking Shakespeare and his theatrical world as a temporal and locative point of departure, this seminar brings together papers engaging with depictions of gender in different nations of people and across political borders from the 16th century to the present. With numerous studies over the last four decades that address gender in Shakespeare’s works and on stage, we aim to explore how gender is theorised, staged, and depicted across national and cultural boundaries. 

In the thick of it: a study of hair and its intersections with identity, politics, and culture.

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 5:25pm
Darina Pugacheva/Louisiana State University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hair as a source of a serious study and research is often trivialized and overlooked. The Foreword to the volume entitled Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion (2008) expresses the idea that “hair [has] exciting and diverse potential as an academic topic […], so critical analysis of its practice and experience provides a fascinating and engaging entry point to contemporary debates around the body and its fashioning” (ix).  It calls for “a serious approach” to hair, as “a subject area richly deserving of new research” (ix).  Indeed, hair is an exciting field of research that recently, mostly due to the rise of fashion and hairstyles of African diaspora, has started to get more recognition.

(Kalamazoo 2019) Exchanging Cultures: Anglo-French Relations in the Middle Ages

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:23am
Steven F. Kruger, Medieval Studies Certificate Program, Graduate Center, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Scholars agree that English and French, whether language, literature, or culture, had a strong relationship in the Middle Ages. Despite their mutual interactions and back-and-forth distribution of power, the portrayal of the relationship has remained fairly static, frequently described as French influence on English writing but not the other way around. Rather than a unidirectional influence, however, we should perhaps consider the relationship to be one of exchange. How might English ideas have influenced French ones? How might both peoples have viewed each other on a day-to-day level?

Very Special Episodes Anthology

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:29am
Jonathan Cohn, University of Alberta
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, December 10, 2018

Very Special Episodes: Event Television and Social Change Anthology

Edited by Jonathan Cohn and Phil Scepanski 


Abstracts/Proposals (300 words) due December 10th.

Chapters (no longer than 6000 words) due April 1st

Please submit queries and proposals to:  cohn@ualberta.caand


Speculative Fiction, Pedagogy, and Social Change (NeMLA 2019)

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 8:56am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

In their 2011 text, Teaching Science Fiction, Andy Sawyer and Peter Wright posit that science fiction is "one of the most effective genres for challenging the perspectives of a student body" (1). Yet Teaching Science Fiction is one of the few recent compendiums on teaching speculative fiction; the last significant scholarly focus on speculative fiction and pedagogy was in the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of publications after 2000 on teaching science fiction consider the teaching of science through science fiction.

International Symposium On Notions of Romani Origin

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:58am
Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The claim in support of the Romani community’s Indian origin -- what the Orientalists first propounded is now reinforced by Genetics -- was, during the 18-19th centuries, premised upon the homophony between Romani and Indian languages. This was in line with notions of ‘border thinking’ so pervasive within the Orientalist discourse, and has since then provoked classist vis-à-vis confrontations and ideological practices of territorializing ‘differential space’ (Lefebvre, 1992). Taking off from here, the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia is organizing an international symposium during 25-26 January 2019, which seeks to reflect on: