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The BBC's Sherlock: The Agency of Popular Culture

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 8:27pm

Submissions sought for an accepted panel on the BBC's Sherlock at the upcoming NEMLA conference in Hartford, CT, March 17-20 2016.

The sheer scale of the public reception of the BBC's Sherlock has made it understandable that much of the critical reception of the show has taken place in the emerging fields of fan and transmedia studies. However, this circumstance has over-emphasized the cultural work performed by the reception of the show at the expense of the cultural work the show itself has undertaken. Sherlock has interrogated, adapted and reconfigured the Holmes canon. In addition, i

CFP: Brontë Women: Conventional, Radical, and Exceptional (Panel) | NeMLA 2016 | Deadline 9/30/15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 8:27pm
Kristin A. Le Veness

Please consider submitting an abstract for the NeMLA 2016 panel "Brontë Women: Conventional, Radical, and Exceptional". This panel invites abstracts exploring the Brontës' ability to create striking female characters. Do these authors create conventional women characters or do they deviate from contemporary societal expectations? What might be the motivation or the outcome of creating either type? Papers are invited to examine the traditional, non-traditional, expected and unexpected constructions of womanhood found in the Brontë sisters' works.

CFP -- Victorians Faking It: Fraud in Form and Fiction, deadline 1 November 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:39pm
2016 VSAO/ACCUTE Panel, University of Calgary, 28-31 May 2016

Is "faking it" an essential Victorian characteristic? Despite the popular perception of the nineteenth century as a period dominated by the Protestant work ethic and preoccupied with moral conscientiousness and "realism," Victorian culture bursts with deception and trickery – both in form and content. From misleading plots and authorial pseudonyms to the illusory reality of emerging technologies like photography, identifying the (in)authentic and enacting (in)authenticity is an ongoing concern of nineteenth-century characters, spectators, and readers. For consumers of texts, a certain enjoyment may arise from discovering and tacitly participating in violations of generic and social norms.

[UPDATE-DATE CHANGE] Transitions and Transactions III: Literature and Journalism Pedagogies in Community Colleges April 1-2,2016

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:30pm
Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

We invite Community College faculty to send proposals for the April 1-2, 2016 conference presented by Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, English Department.

Transitions and Transactions is dedicated to helping community college teachers flourish and excel as we envision, invent and expand our ideas of teaching given the demands of the community college population and the demands and constraints specific to our profession. The conference emphasizes teaching strategies intended to address and engage issues that concern community college teachers of literature, creative writing and journalism today.

ALA Conference (April 6-9, Atlanta) Panel: Folklore in African Literature as a Tool in the Defense of Human Dignity and Justice

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:13pm
Allison Pine/ African Literature Association Conference 2016

This panel seeks to explore the ways that folklore interacts with the theme of justice and human dignity through the exploration of African literature. This definition of folklore includes all folk culture and orality, including folk song, proverbs, folk tales, folk art, etc. Folklore embodies human dignity and justice in its exploration of traditional ways and its insistence on the preservation or reclaiming of culture. One example is the exploration of traditional ways in contemporary literature and art as a way of preserving or reclaiming culture. Many African authors have utilized the folklore of their culture as a way of showing the depth and richness of their society.

Discourse on Protest and Reform in 19th-century Women's Writing, March 17-20, 2016

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 3:45pm
Nilgun Anadolu-Okur Northeast Modern Language Association


Discourse on Protest and Reform in 19th-century Women's Writing

Women's and Gender Studies / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Chair: Nilgun Anadolu-Okur (Temple University)

As stones and shattered glass landed on the platform in Pennsylvania Hall on May 17, 1838, a newly-wed Angelina Grimké Weld bravely exclaimed, "Women of Philadelphia! Allow me as a Southern woman, with much attachment to the land of my birth, to entreat you to come up to this work…let me urge you to petition." This roundtable contributes to our understanding of women's leadership

Papers on the following authors are also invited: Frances Ellen Watkins-Harper, Maria Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe and other authors.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Iconic Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Revisit, March 17-20, 2016

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 3:11pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

For NemLA's 2016 Conference in Hartford, Conn. March 17-20

Submit an Abstract (15690)

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Iconic Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Revisit

The aim of this roundtable is to engage the audience in a renewal of Stowe's place in the Abolition Movement by re-investigating the power of Uncle Tom's Cabin as a corrosive against slavery. Three roundtable participants will share cultural, literary, and value orientations about the importance of Stowe's best-selling novel and its iconic role in teaching its own generation and the following generations about the brutality of enslaving Africans in the United States.

"Hauntings" / NeMLA panel, March 17-20, Hartford, CT

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:50pm
Alla Ivanchikova (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) Monika Giacoppe (Ramapo College)

Description: In recent years, haunting has been theorized as a temporal aberration, as a form of memory (involuntary memory), as spectrality, as an absence, and as a structure of feeling (affect). Haunting brings us in touch with a history that remains invisible, creating a channel of communication with an entity that remains foreclosed and inaccessible. The The structure of haunting thus is always paradoxical, and is similar to what Mckenzie Wark calls dark media—the "mediation of that which can't be mediated." Haunting can have different levels of intensity; and most texts, just like most places, can be seen as haunted in one way or another.

"World Literature Assignment Exchange" /NeMLA roundtable / March 17-20 Hartford, CT

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:45pm
Monika Giacoppe and Alla Ivanchikova

NB: NeMLA guidelines allow participants to present both at a roundtable AND at a regular panel/ seminar. You can therefore apply to present at the roundtable even if you are already accepted into a NeMLA panel.

"World Literature Assignment Exchange" -- a NeMLA roundtable by the NeMLA World Literature Working Group
March 17-20 Hartford, CT

Monika Giacoppe ( and Alla Ivanchikova (

The Multigenerational Latino Novel: Structure and Nuance in the Latino Experience

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:42pm
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, 2016 DUE 9/30

When we explore and critique Latin@ novels, it is a common practice to do so from the perspective of race, class, gender, and colonial identities. While we recognize that these thematic concerns are pressing, we sometimes gloss over the space where thematic and structural forms come together. Interestingly, some of the most important Latin@ writers utilize very similar structural forms, specifically the multi-generational novel—as a way to tackle these issues.

[REMINDER] Twice the Glory, Twice the Fear: Critical Approaches to Sheila Watson's The Double Hook

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:33pm
Brady Harrison

Twice the Glory, Twice the Fear:
Critical Approaches to Sheila Watson's The Double Hook

Although Sheila Watson's The Double Hook has been widely celebrated as a masterpiece of Canadian modernism and as a source of inspiration for numerous Canadian writers, it has perhaps not received its critical due, particularly in recent years.

[UPDATE] In-Yer-Face Theatre: Two Decades On (Comparative Drama Conference Panel); abstract due November 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:47pm
40th Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 31-April 2, 2016

for the 40th Comparative Drama Conference to be held in Baltimore from March 31-April 2, 2016

In-Yer-Face Theatre: Two Decades On

By the time 1995 gave way to 1996, it was clear that something groundbreaking was afoot in the British theatre. 1995 had seen the premiere of Sarah Kane's first play Blasted, Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Joe Penhall's Pale Horse and Judy Upton's Bruises. 1996 would feature the London premiere of Trainspotting, Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking, Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan as well as Kane's Phaedra's Love and Nick Grosso's Sweetheart.