"I am forced to admit that I am, to them, not but a series of destinations with no meaningful expanses in between." Monique Truong, The Book of Salt
Deadline extension: Our first round netted some excellent submissions, but we are extending the deadline for proposals to January 18, 2016.
Keynote: The Weird & the Southern Imaginary will introduce the aesthetics and generic conventions of the Weird to cultural studies of the U.S. South and the region's local, hemispheric, and (inter)national connections. Contributions from literary critics, film and popular culture scholars, philosophers, and critical theorists will consider forms of the Weird in a range of texts (literature, art, film & television, comics, music) from, about, or resonant with conceptions of different South(s).
2016 Call for Papers
Conference Dates: February 4-5, 2016
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015
Contact: mardigrasconference2016@gmail. com
Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Whether you're in it for the famous brass bands, cultural masks, religious traditions, mounds of plastic beads, or the baby inside your King Cake, the Carnival and Mardi Gras Season is a time for rebirth.
We are very excited to announce our 2016 keynote speaker, Dr. Roopali Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College!
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption," to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.
Identity is a complex, multi-faceted, often fragmented negotiation of social subjects and actors, yet it remains a central motif of human existence. While conscious creation of identity is more prevalent than ever, the emergence of mass social media also encourages the individual to create not only a self-identity, but an external presentation of that self, and alternate selves. On their Facebook timeline, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more, individuals identify themselves, but also identify with relevant groups or trends by likes, hashtags, and pin it buttons. The "selfie" is the perfect materialization of this duality, as it produces an ephemeral identity struggling for greater recognition.
This is a call for papers on George Orwell, with specific focus of colonialism, dystopia and his enduring reputation as a mouthpiece for both political autocracy and common decency.
Call for Papers: Thomas Pynchon, Sex, and Gender
A collection of essays to be edited by Ali Chetwynd (University of Michigan), Joanna Freer (University of Exeter), Georgios Maragos (Independent Scholar).
Call for papers – Variations 24 (2015)
Variations is the journal for comparative literary studies at the University of Zurich. It publishes contributions in three languages (German, French and English) and represents a forum for research that helps advance academic exchange in literary studies. Each issue gathers articles on a particular topic, followed by literary and artistic contributions, as well as reviews of recently published research in comparative literary studies.
In the beginning was the Word …
Literature Compass invites contributions for a special issue on transnationalism in medieval literature.
The Confidential Clerk (ISSN 2454-6100), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies, Jadavpur University, seeks contributions for its 2015/16 issue, 'Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative Fiction in Context'. The issue will focus on Victorian speculative fiction and its generic, thematic, historical, and cultural contexts. Victorian speculative fiction is usually described as 'a flight from the real'; but we welcome submissions that go beyond this understanding to show how the Victorian imagination engages with the unreality of the real or creates alternative realities of the unreal in different forms of speculative fiction.
Call for Papers
The Heart of the Gila:
Wilderness and Water in the West
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
2016 Off-Year Symposium, June 8-11, 2016
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM
asle.wnmu.edu (a work in progress)
Our conference, Sightlines, takes into consideration the sound [saɪt]* and all that it encompasses. While the concept of sight has been paramount to film scholarship since its inception, site and cite have remained lesser concerns. No longer. Our conference will bask in the unintentional interplay between these concepts, revel in their strange possibility for juxtaposition and unseen fecundity. Collision, then, guides our sightline; what strange children will be borne out of this chaos?
Central to the Latin word translatio is the notion of 'carrying across' or crossing boundaries. Translation is fundamental to effective human communication, but translation requires more than just moving between two languages. When we translate, we cross many kinds of boundaries – political, linguistic, geographic, and gendered. Thus, whether literary, linguistic, media-based, or artistic, communicative acts require reliable interpreters in order to "carry across" their intended meanings. Yet, this "carrying across" can result in unintended loss and gain, even with the most skillful of interpreters. When a literary work, a piece of art, an idea, or a system moves across boundaries, what is left behind? What resists translation? What is added?
In the Introduction to Seb Franklin's text, Control, Franklin argues that many periodization texts are:
Medievalists already have an impressive track record in using the Digital Humanities in their teaching and research. It is now a common practice for an undergraduate to scrutinize high-resolution images of a thousand year-old manuscript while she transcribes the texts it preserves. A researcher can pinpoint when and where certain words were used, or identify the scribe who copied a particular manuscript, or map out the paths of literary borrowings thanks to online reference tools.