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#Agreement20: The Legacy and Impact of the 1998 Agreement

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:55pm
Dr Caroline Magennis, University of Salford
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Please find the CFP for our Special Collection of essays on the conference theme here

April 2018 will see the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, the central protections of which are currently under threat from the Brexit negotiations, special elections and the RHI Scandal. This special issue will discuss the impact and legacy of this Agreement on social, political and cultural life in Northern Ireland. The Agreement has proven strangely resilient. It has suffered many challenges, from inside and out, for the last 20 years but at the time of writing remains enshrined in UK and Irish law.

Transatlantic New York

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:27am
Instituto Cervantes, CUNY, & Transatlantic Project at Brown University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Transatlantic New York Conference invites paper proposals (8 pages / 3K words approx., 20 minutes) and panels with 3 participants discussing a common theme or topic (60 minutes) about people and institutions that have worked in the complexity of this Anglo-Afro-Hispanic cultural production constituted by a variety of origins and languages, with creative capacity, disposition to dialogue, critical vision and cultural roots that have advanced the rights to diversity and its quality as well.  

The conference will be organized in sections with different coordinators. The following topics will be given priority:   

Cultures of Violence in South Asia

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:57pm
Anindya Sekhar Purkayastha, Associate Professor of English, Kazi Nazrul University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

Editorial Special Issue of Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium  (Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2017)


CFP: “Theatrical Collaboration” at the 2018 MLA convention in New York City (Jan 4-7, 2018)

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:27am
American Literature Society of the Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017


The American Literature Society and the American Theatre and Drama Society invite individual proposals for a co-sponsored panel on the theme of “Theatrical Collaboration” at the 2018 MLA convention in New York City (Jan 4-7, 2018).

Irish Literature Panel: SCMLA

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
Anna Stone/South Central Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

In her poem, "The Lost Land," Eavan Boland declares that  

 . . . memory itself  
has become an emigrant  
wandering in a place  
where love dissembles itself as landscape.  

From Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to Colm Toibin's Brooklyn, Irish literature has always been especially concerned with travel, migration, and the fluidity of national boundaries. This panel seeks papers that examine migration, immigration, diaspora, and displacement in Irish texts.



The Child: What Kind of Human? (MLA 2018)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:57pm
Lucia Hodgson, Texas A&M University and Anna Mae Duane, University of Connecticut
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Proposed Special Session for the 2018 MLA Annual Convention in New York City, January 4-7

The Child: What Kind of Human?

Theories of child development and attendant norms of maturity are wielded to evaluate the humanity of beings whose humanness is not self-evident. The child becomes an intellectual and physical unit of measurement against which a host of others are judged: enslaved people, pets, primates, plants, robots, extra-terrestrials, avatars, animated characters, the incarcerated, inhabitants of the global South, the differently abled, and the elderly to name just a few.

The News from Home

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:19pm
MLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Despite origins dating back at least to newspapers published for British citizens in colonial America, the global repercussions of media targeting national audiences beyond national borders remain substantially unexplored. Unanswered are the questions of what repercussions expatriate media has on global citizenship; whether these publications facilitate adhesion to a parochial national identity, despite distance, or create a new form of national belonging; and how newspapers establish narratives of cultural and political coherence abroad. Papers welcome on texts or news sources from any medium or period that connect immigrant or expatriate communities to their homeland.

CFP for Collection on Undocumented Youth

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:56am
Genevieve Garcia de Mueller (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Rubén Casas (California State University, Fresno), and Ana Milena Ribero (Oregon State University)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Listening to Refugees

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:57am
albeit journal
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Issue 5.1: Listening to Refugees

albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of literature by and concerning refugees.

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
Fictional accounts of exile
The Jewish diaspora
Literature of political disillusionment
The role of nostalgia in displaced writers
Being “at home” in America
Trauma and/as emigration
Representations of exile in comics and graphic novels

European Writers in Exile (Abstracts Due April 15)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart/Saint Martin's University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

We have a contract with Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield) in hand and are issuing a targeted call for, primarily, the following important writers.  We have accepted a number of essays already and are seeking to round our volume, as follows.


We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores the work of some of the more popular and/or influential European writers in nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century exile.