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“Bad Boys” and Girls in Sports: an edited collection of scholarly analyses

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:06am
Book publication
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

At their most basic level, sporting events are about numbers: wins and losses, percentages and points, shots and saves, clocks and countdowns. However, when it comes to sports narratives—the expert commentary before, during and after, the athlete interviews and press conferences, the fan debates around a television or in online forums, etc.—the stories quickly leave the realm of analytics and enter into mythos. The narratives we tell make sports so compelling. We shape athletes into heroes or scapegoats, Davids or Goliaths. We mold the sporting event into a comeback tale or a fall from grace. In other words, we make sports dramatic.


Consuming Cultures in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Cultures

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:05am
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Critics such as James Kincaid, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Michelle Martin, Philippe Ariès, and Suzanne Linn have written about childhood and adolescence as something we consume, criticize, and commercialize, whilst simultaneously romanticizing and desiring. In Consuming Kids (2004), Suzanne Linn suggests consumerist culture is conducting a “hostile takeover” of childhood and adolescence. While cultural consumption of childhood and adolescence has increased, these spheres are likewise being offered up as commercial commodities across medias. We seek papers that explore all aspects of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as those addressing the conference theme of consuming cultures.

CFP: Edited Collection on Eliza Rachel Félix

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 4:13am
Nevena Stojanovic, West Virginia University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED (New Deadline: May 1, 2018)

I welcome chapter proposals for an interdisciplinary collection on the life, oeuvre, and legacy of the famous nineteenth-century French Jewish actress Eliza Rachel Félix (1821-1858). Scholars in the fields of literary and cultural studies, theater, Jewish studies, history of art, journalism, etc. are encouraged to contribute the proposals. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

--Rachel as a Jewish actress

--Rachel as a tragedienne

--Rachel’s roles

--Rachel’s impact on the French theater

--Rachel’s influence on nineteenth-century actresses

--Rachel as a symbol of resistance and revolution

--Rachel as a national and international celebrity

Essays on Resistance in Popular Culture

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:54pm
Clark Firestone Pharr
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 20, 2018

The 21st century has become inculcated with a sense of perpetual crisis, reflecting a world seemingly on the verge of catastrophe. This new age of anxiety is evident not only in the breakdown of traditional hegemonies, but also in an increasingly personal sense of fear, futility, and frustration for marginalized communities. Within this context, we invite essays for a collection that explores the topic/themes/ideas of resistance in works of myriad types of contemporary (~2005-2018) popular culture.

The Mondo Film and its Legacy

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 9:11am
University of Bradford (UK)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Film International


Contributions are invited for a special edition of Film International devoted to the ‘mondo’ shock documentary film. The mondo genre was created in the 1960s by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara with their first feature Mondo Cane (Italy, 1962). The genre quickly became an international sensation, hated by most critics but admired by large audiences and the likes of John Waters, Sergio Leone, Boyd Rice and J.G. Ballard.


Contributions can explore any aspect of the mondo film including the pre-history of the genre and its legacy.


Do You Believe in Magic?: The Narrative Construction of Magical Worlds, Creatures, and Characters

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:17pm
Museum of Science Fiction/Escape Velocity Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Museum of Science Fiction is accepting 250 word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at this year’s Escape Velocity Conference in National Harbor Maryland, May 25th – 27th, 2018.

As is often the case in the examination of the mainstream literary cannon, works incorporating “traditional” magic, Afro-diasporic voodoo and Santeria, and other mystical cosmologies are frequently dismissed as non-literature in an increasingly secular and data-driven world. But by violating the laws of empirical reality, magical narratives challenge the preferred Western emphasis on science to make room for cultural, religious, and social practices inexplicable in scientific terms.

Textual Transactions in Netherlandic Literature, Language and Culture

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:59am
MLA Dutch Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018


3–6 January 2019, Chicago

Session organized by the MLA Dutch Forum

The Modern Language Association is the oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the study of language and literature in America. For the 2019 convention of the Modern Language Association, the MLA Dutch Forum is organizing a session on the 2019 Presidential theme ‘Textual Transactions’. The convention will be held from 3–6 January, in Chicago.

Anne Gere, the 2018–19 president of the MLA, has chosen Textual Transactions as the presidential theme for the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. This is described as follows:

Media Journey Symposium 2018: Animation in Transcultural Contexts

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:17am
University of East Anglia
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 9, 2018

Media Journeys 2018: Animation in Transcultural Contexts

Symposium at the University of East Anglia

 24th May 2018


Call For Papers: Paper Proposal Deadline: 9th March 2018 (Extended deadline)