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What is Feminism Now? Global Feminisms, Politics, and the Classroom Space NeMLA 2018

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:04pm
Melissa Tombro, SUNY - FIT, NeMLA Annual Conference 2018, Pittsburgh, April 12-15th
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017

This panel seeks to interrogate approaches to the teaching feminist literature and constructions of identity in the classroom space post-election. Student attitudes toward and instructor approaches to feminist teaching practices and the teaching of feminism have been forced to the forefront since the campaign and US Presidential election in 2016. Global definitions of feminism and its scope have come into question, pushing discussions to revolve around what it truly means to champion human rights and navigate gender politics. This panel will look at how attitudes towards feminist identification have shifted in literature and classroom politics in reaction to a public rhetorical debate over its definitions and intents.

[ACLA 2018] The Rise of Autotheory, Inside and Outside the Academy

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:54am
Margeaux Feldman & Philip Sayers
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

“[E]ven the most abstract theories are, to varying degrees, informed by their subjective conditions of existence: by, that is, the inner psychic dynamics of the theorist” -- Stuart Hall, Familiar Stranger

“[T]heory can do more the closer it gets to the skin.” -- Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life


Seeking Book Reviews

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:20pm
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal edited by graduate students at the University of Iowa and dedicated to publishing cultural studies scholarship from both established and emerging scholars, is currently soliciting book reviews for our upcoming special issue: Transition/Transgress. 

We are particularly interested in reviews of the following texts: 

In The Wake: On Blackness and Being, Christina Sharpe (Duke 2016)

Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare's Time, Jeffrey Masten (UPenn 2016)

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, edited by E. Patrick Johnson (Duke 2016)

Octavia Butler Companion

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:32pm
Dr. Gregory Hampton
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Call for Papers:

Butler Companion


Editors Gregory J. Hampton (Howard University) and Kendra R. Parker (Hope College) are seeking submissions for The Bloomsbury Companion to Octavia E. Butler. This book will be a collection of literary criticism and theory by an international range of contemporary scholars exploring major themes across the full span of Octavia Butler’s writing.  


We welcome essays that survey past and current scholarship on Butler; however, we are most interested in work that will point forward to new directions and new agendas in Butler scholarship on both domestic and international levels.


Charles Olson's Legacy for Contemporary Women Poets: Poetic Citizenry in the Early 21st Century

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:45am
Rebecca Weaver / Georgia State University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017

In 1950, Charles Olson published “Projective Verse,” an essay that deeply influenced many poets who would form the corps of the American poetic avant-garde from the 1950s into the present day.  But his legacy for contemporary women poets is quite complicated.  When he says in that essay, “keep it moving as fast as you can, citizen,” it’s unclear whether he means women poets to be fully and equally included in that poetic citizenry.  Some women poets have included themselves as addressees of Olson’s universal male pronoun in his prose and poems by unquestionably taking up the imperatives of projective verse, even in the face of direct sexism from their male colleagues.  Others, however, approach Olson’s work much more skeptically, seeing in Olson’s discour

Los Angeles: Grounds for protest. Panel for the 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:27pm
Eleri Watson, University of Oxford
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 25, 2017

Los Angeles: Grounds for protest


For writers and artists such as David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood, John Rechy, Paul Monette and Gore Vidal, Los Angeles provided the literary backdrop for gay communion and protest. As part of the upcoming EBAAS conference in London in April 2018 (, we are recruiting papers for a panel session exploring how and why Los Angeles has represented such a crucial stage for dissent for homosexual writers over the course of the twentieth century.


NeMLA 2018 Panel CFP - Strong Female Characters: Subversive Femininity in Literature and Popular Media

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:09pm
Mary Ellen Iatropoulos / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Are strong female characters necessarily subversive representations of femininity--historically and/or presently? Strong female characters often buck expectations and subvert patriarchal norms: they are super-powered, defiant, and resistant towards authority. Yet, even as the number of female-centered films increases (Wonder WomanGhostbustersMoanaRogue OneBeauty and the BeastGhost in the Shell, and Hidden Figures), the problem of unequal representation persists, and as apparent in some examples given, so does the problem of female characters adhering to cliches or damaging stereotypes.

Off the Road: Travel and Road Trip Narratives, Fragments, and Aesthetics (ACLA 2018 Conference)

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 2:50pm
Nicole Dib / University of California, Santa Barbara; Jacqueline Foertsch, University of North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film (2015), Ann Brigham elaborates the identity building capacities of the road trip genre, and takes on the problem of mobility in women’s and minority writing. By challenging our privileging of mobility as a cultural mythology, Brigham complicates the required agency behind the very act of going on the road, analyzing ethnic and minority literature in light of contemporary political tensions.