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Vulnerability: 10th Annual Medievalists @ Penn Graduate Conference

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:42pm
Medievalists @ Penn
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Masha Raskolnikov, Cornell University

Conference date: Saturday, March 17th 2018, University of Pennsylvania

This conference aims to think of vulnerability as a state of being that precedes but does not necessarily entail violence, a condition that is temporalized, oriented toward a future that is potentially hazardous. To be vulnerable is to be under threat. What are the methods by which the Middle Ages constructed and maintained states of vulnerability? As a corollary, if we think of vulnerability as entailing threat, what are the methods by which people or things are constructed as threats? What did it mean for medieval people to be living under threat?

Evelyn Scott Society -- American Literature Association -- Deadline for abstracts January 5, 2018

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:34pm
Evelyn Scott Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 5, 2018

29th Annual American Literature Association

May 24-27, 2018


The Evelyn Scott Society invites abstracts of 1-2 pages on the American writer Evelyn Scott

(1893-1963). Papers may focus on any of her works (novels, memoir, poetry, young adult

literature), and they may take any contemporary critical approach. We are especially

interested in papers that investigate the process of canonicity, the literary networks to which

Scott belonged, or the role of disability in her career, but all topics will be considered. Scott

participated in various and major literary currents during her writing life, including Imagism,

Beyond Hollywood: Independent, International, and DIY Productions

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:29pm
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 1, 2018

The Projector is developing a special issue on film and media productions created by and for individuals and constituencies interested in something other than standard Hollywood fare.  The issue is for research that illuminates the cultural, historical, aesthetic, or material dimensions of productions that contribute to the remarkable but far less visible traditions of independent, international, or DIY film and media – traditions that give voice to people consistently left out of Hollywood’s long history of insular, hegemonic, and formulaic representations.  

The Grimm Mouse: Violence in Post-9/11 Animated Disney Films

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 6:30pm
Christie Rinck and Heidi Tilley Kramer, University of South Florida
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 5, 2018



In 2009, Hubka, Hovdestad and Tonmyr examined Disney animated films from 1937-2006 for "child endangerment," finding a total of 26 of the 42 (62%) main characters were maltreated at least once.  This trend continues in contemporary American G and PG rated animated features.

Not only are child characters in these films treated and portrayed poorly, 9/11 related themes have skyrocketed since 2001; these include issues of patriotism versus nationalism, the security state, and even torture scense.  For example, think of toddler Boo strapped into the torture chair ("scream extractor") in Monsters, Inc.

E. M. Forster: Nature, Culture, Queer!

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:40pm
Dr Heiko Zimmermann, University of Education Ludwigsburg
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

The œuvre of E. M. Forster is undoubtedly based on contrast: nature vs. culture, nature vs. queer, and/or culture vs. queer. However, there seems to be many instances when the oppositions dissolve in the triad of nature, culture and queerness. Nature sometimes functions as a connection between culture and life, and the life tends to be quite specific, queer. Sometimes still it is queerness (of the sex or of the mind) that links nature with culture. In turn, culture may be responsible for bringing nature and queerness together. The proposed conference shall shed more light on the relation of the triad nature, culture, and queerness in relation to the life and works of E. M. Forster.

Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:28pm
Early Modern Colloquium, University of Michigan
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan

invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,

"Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture,”

at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 16-17, 2018


with keynote lectures by:


Carla Della Gatta (USC) and

Kathryn Schwarz (Vanderbilt)


and panel responses from the medieval

and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.


Bodies of Resistance: 2nd Annual University of Wisconsin Gender and Women’s Studies Symposium

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:31pm
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Gender and Women's Studies.
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

             2nd Annual University of Wisconsin Gender and Women’s Studies Symposium

                                                 “Bodies of Resistance”

                                 March 2-3, 2018, University of Wisconsin, Madison

                              Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Players and Playing in Eighteenth-Century Drama

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:45am
South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

This panel will consider papers that explore “players and playing,” broadly interpreted, in drama of the long eighteenth century. Possible topics include games, gambling, and other forms of play; actors, acting styles, and staging; and representations of drama and the theater. Submit abstracts to Ashley Bender at

This year's conference will be held February 23-24 in Oxford, MS. For more information, visit the website at

Film Studies (CEA 4/5-4/7/18)

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 11:17am
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Call for Papers, Film Studies at CEA 2018

April 5-7, 2018 | St. Petersburg, Florida

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida  33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Film Studies for our 49th annual conference. Submit your proposal at