Medieval drama taught its audiences not only about virtuous living but, more importantly, a good death and a joyful afterlife. Miracle plays re-played the most significant and most spectacular deaths known from the Gospels, while morality plays, such as Everyman, imagined the act of dying and the prospects for posthumous happiness of their main characters.
Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory (KiSSiT), part of the London Graduate School, is a forum for research by postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scholars with an interest in Shakespeare, philosophy and theory. The program is committed to thinking through Shakespeare about urgent contemporary issues in dialogue with the work of past and present philosophers—from Aristotle to Žižek.
Following the success of its conference on 'Shakespeare and Waste', Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory seeks participants for a one-day conference on 'Shakespeare and the State of Exception' to be held on Saturday 19 December, 2015 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames.
Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2015.
I am putting together a proposal for a collection of essays for the North American Literature and the Environment, 1600-1900 series for Ashgate. The book will focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, and particularly on how religious views of the period, be they Puritan or Church of England, for example, play a role in how the environment or the colonial enterprise is represented in the work(s) of an author or authors. I am also thinking of such representation in a way that can consider broader categories beyond just theology—gender, sexuality, race, ecocriticism, etc. Topics could include, but are not limited to:
How does a particular religious worldview influence a writer's representation of the North American environment?
America's unique—and largely implicit—system of racial identification is one of many complex institutions that newly arrived immigrants must navigate. Recent literature about immigration (e.g., Adichie, Americanah , Sharma, Family Life ) highlights this steep learning curve alongside more overt challenges like language and customs. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words about narratives from any period in which immigrants negotiate racial categories in the United States.
This panel will be part of the 47th annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016).
The deadline for abstract submissions is September 30, 2015.
Call for papers for a themed issue of NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY
Guest editors: David Parisi, Mark Paterson, and Jason Archer
Abstracts due (400-500 words): November 1, 2015
This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?
The following will be a panel at the 2016 NeMLA in Hartford, CT. Abstracts must be submitted by next Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please follow the instructions at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15986.
Direct an inquires to the panel's chair, Dr. Jonathan Dickstein, at Jonathan.Dickstein@alumni.cgu.edu.
Postcolonial Studies @Emory Solicits Book Reviews
Postcolonial Studies @Emory: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/postcolonialstudies/
Faculty Developer: Deepika Bahri, Deepika [dot] bahri [at] emory [dot] edu
Book Review Editor: Caroline Schwenz, cschwen [at] emory [dot] edu
Postcolonial Studies @ Emory is a long standing website that aims to create a more inclusive digital community for postcolonial studies scholars across the globe. Our website accepts book review submissions as well as summaries of important postcolonial works for our Digital Bookshelf.
Minnesota English Journal
Call for Submissions 2015-16
Editors: Scott Hall (Irondale High School) and Michael MacBride (Minnesota State University)
MEJ, the online journal of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, publishes scholarly articles, personal narratives, opinion/position pieces on topical teaching issues, short creative work (mostly poetry), and pieces focused on pedagogical strategies of major interest to English and Language Arts teachers of all instructional levels.
The Canadian Postmodern Creative: Constructing Home and Identity in the City (Creative)
Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing / Canadian
Kristen Smith (University of York)
Puneet Dutt (Ryerson University)
Writers of fiction, poetry, and drama are encouraged to submit a selection of creative prose (a 250-word abstract) concerning the Postmodern aesthetic, urbanization, or the construction of home and identity for a fifteen-minute presentation.
Submit here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15861
Contributions are being sought for a proposed edited collection that explores the portrayals of Black men in reality television. This collection aims to address representations of masculinity, comparisons to Black women in reality TV, class issues, queer theory, masculine psychology, patriarchal constructions, sexuality, invisibility, respectability, and social activism or lack of activism. This collection, tentatively titled There's No Blachelor: Portrayals of Black Men in Reality TV, is a follow-up to the book Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Rutgers University Press Oct/Nov 2015 - http://bit.ly/1NL1HdV ).
This call for proposals is inspired by the versatile, prescient and even protean prose of Dr. Swift's most well-known work, Gulliver's Travels (1726). If Gulliver had a "tenure home" it would definitely be in the department of English; however, because of its relevance to so many disciplinary fields (economics, history, philosophy, to name the most obvious) Gulliver's Travels is finding itself in an increasingly interdisciplinary range of college courses. This CFP seeks a variety of pedagogy-oriented submissions that give insight into the ways Gulliver's Travels is taught in higher education.