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Not-So-Dead Women: Renegotiating Femininity and Death in Literature and Pop Culture

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 3:53pm
NeMLA 2020 (Boston)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Women’s corpses, such as those of Snow White or Ophelia, are often depicted as a beautiful and passive objects, which has led scholars to posit cultural reflections concerning tacit assumptions in the link between femininity and death. In relation to modern literature and art, scholars such as Elizabeth Bronfen (Over Her Dead Body), Elizabeth Grosz (Volatile Bodies), Sarah Goodwin (Death and Representation) argue that dead women are an nexus of morbidity, alterity, and beauty that unconsciously encapsulates the anxiety of the inexpressible event of death, and, as such, dead women are given the value of the “other” in the most macabre fashion.

Backwards Glances 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 1:20pm
Screen Cultures
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 1, 2019

Backward Glances 2019: REBOOT

The Screen Cultures Graduate Student ConferenceDepartment of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University

September 27 & 28, 2019

Keynote Speakers: Professors Susan Murray and Reem Hilu

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Examining a Post-Endgame World

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:46am
Lindsay Bryde / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This roundtable will be looking holistically at perspectives on the first 22 films in the MCU. This arc will be brought to completion with Avenger’s Endgame. Now would be a good time to look back and assess which gambles have worked and/or failed now that a narrative arc has been completed. Participants are encouraged to consider the MCU both as a whole as well as specific franchises under the overall banner.  

The conference is through the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 5-8th, 2020 in Boston, MA

Submissions are due: September 30, 2019

Games 2019. Games and Literary Theory 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:24am
Games and Literary Theory Presidency University Kolkata
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019

Call for Papers

Videogames have grown into a global socio-cultural phenomenon and are now a primary concern of Literary and Cultural Studies as well as the Social Sciences. In a medium that sweeps across geographies (including virtual ones), however, the discourse usually privileges a certain section  when it comes to the representation of identity. In a medium, where roleplaying and playing in character is of prime importance, such an ignoring of the marginal and the diverse is indeed problematic.

The Impact of American Superheroes around the World (NeMLA 2020)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:51am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

No one escapes Marvel’s Endgame: the economic and cultural impact of the past few decades’ boom in superhero movies, and more broadly superhero narratives, is evident well beyond the boundaries of the United States. In fact, the presence and influence of American comic-book superheroes abroad started shortly after the debut of DC's Superman in 1938, and has been growing ever since.

Novels, Then and Now

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:25am
Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019

This area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Conference (MAPACA), November 7-9 2019, includes all novel genres, authors, time periods, cultures, and settings. Consider it a safety net for novels that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre or that cross genres. For example, consider the many sub-genres of Romance with a capital “R”—western, thriller, paranormal, religious, romance (with a small “r”), detective, urban fantasy, etc. From Pearl S. Buck to Lee Child, from Laurie King to Tony Hillerman, from Julia Spencer-Fleming to Emilie Richards—all are welcome.

Critical Essays on James Wan (extended deadline)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 3:20pm
Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 28, 2019

Edited by Matthew Edwards and Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns


Deadline for abstract submissions:  June 28, 2019


Matthew Edwards/ Independent Scholar

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