In "The Caribbean and Transvestism," Mayra Santos Febres personifies the Caribbean as a transvestite, a Siren born when Europeans declared the existence of the islands and thus began the process of dressing the Caribbean in a set of identities imposed from elsewhere. Santos Febres explains that against a world of "fixed categories, of demarcated identities, histories of liberation and nation-state foundation, we Caribbean folk, perceive our 'oddity.' We posture as heirs to cultures which are not our own, we negate identities we never really got to know, we think ourselves citizens and natives of countries where we have never lived" (161).
KORE AWARD FOR BEST DISSERTATION IN WOMEN AND MYTHOLOGY 2016
The Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology is conferred by the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. The award was established in 2009 and is funded by the gift of a generous contributor. The intention behind its founding is to create awareness of excellence in Women and Mythology, and to provide an organizational framework for supporting graduate students in their work. The award is presented at the biennial national conference, for dissertations completed and defended in 2015 and 2014. Defense must be completed by December 31, 2015.
The Sarasvati Book Award solicits nonfiction books published during 2013-2015 in the field of goddess studies. Named for the Hindu goddess of learning and the creative arts, the Sarasvati award from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) honors creative work in the field of goddess and mythology studies. The award will be presented during ASWM's biennial conference, Boston, April 1-2, 2016.
Past winners include Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Voctor H. Mair (Cambria, 2010). and The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology and the Origins of European Dance, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Norton, 2013).
Note to Publishers
Medieval Equestrianism: Theory and Practice
Thematic Sessions at the 2016 Leeds International Medieval Congress
We invite paper proposals on all aspects of medieval equestrianism, for complimentary sessions highlighting:
1) theoretical approaches to medieval equestrian studies;
2) practical applications of medieval equestrian studies, whether as part of re-enactment, live demonstration or public engagement activities, as well as the application of equestrian practices to academic studies of the Middle Ages.
In addition, there will be a Making Leeds Medieval on Horseback session, to round up the findings of the previous sessions with thematic demonstrations.
The College English Association is now accepting proposals for presentations for our 47th annual conference. The special topics chair welcomes proposals for papers, presentations, and panels that address all areas of the digital humanities.
Seminar Proposal for ACLA 2016 (American Comparative Literature Association)
March 17-20, 2016
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, to be held on April 8-10, 2016. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, rhetoric and composition, English pedagogy, technical communication, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/presentations should last no more than 20 minutes.
This is a call for an essay collection to be published by the Lake Forest College Press.
English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
full name / name of organization:
English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University
CFP: English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature
The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta (STD) chapter of Western Illinois University are currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our twelfth annual conference in Macomb, IL on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Bridging the fields of queer ecology, transnational feminist theory, diaspora studies, and comparative literature, this panel invites proposals from literary scholars who perform "counter-topographic" readings of diasporic literature pertaining to ecological, interspecies, and interplace-based themes. Some questions might include: What does "queer ecology" mean in the context of diasporic literature? How do diasporic texts engage with issues of ecological consciousness? How are rural/urban imaginaries re-defined through diasporic consciousness? Is it possible to trace rural and urban communities/continuities across nation-states? How are human/interspecies relationships redefined in such diasporic imaginings?
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 42 No. 2 | September 2016
Call for Papers
Life Writing as Empathy
Guest editor: Rocío G. Davis
University of Navarra
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference, "Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 11-12, 2016.
Word Hoard is soliciting articles, essays, interviews, creative pieces, and other publishable works on the theme of "Scum and Villainy" for our fifth issue. (Please find our previous issues at http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wordhoard). We believe both "scum" and "villainy" have social, ethical, and epistemological implications reaching far beyond literary and popular tropes, and thus far beyond the lush taxonomy of opportunistic or conniving archetypes (e.g., muggers, grifters, the debased; psychopaths, traitors, the corrupt). Characterizations of "scum" or "villainy" interest us far more than literary characters as "scum" or "villains."
Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016). Our panels this year are partly designed around a program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616.
Our second panel, "Othello: Pre-Texts, Texts, and After-Texts" is part of a series of panels we have been organizing for the past several years that focus on a single play of Shakespeare's from multiple perspectives. As such, we are seeking papers on potential sources and inspirations for the play, textual or performance scholarship on the play itself, and modern performances, adaptations, responses, and critical approaches.