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Mark Twain, Then and Now

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:44am
NeMLA, the Northeast Modern Language Association

Mark Twain was a prolific writer whose career spanned a tumultuous time in American history. Beyond being prolific, Twain was also comfortable experimenting with a variety of genres of writing from fiction to non-fiction travel essays and humorous sketches that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. This panel would look at a variety of works and ask questions such as: How did Twain treat themes like race, gender, the environment and income inequality? Also, in what ways was Twain a product of his time, how were his works shaped by the world around him and how do they resonate today?

This panel will take place at NeMLA's 2016 convention in Hartford, CT between March 17 and March 20.

"Future Humans" abstracts due Sept 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:32am
NeMLA, the Northeast Modern Language Association

Human beings have traditionally been preoccupied with visions of the future. We may now have more power to shape the future of human beings for better or worse, intentionally or unintentionally. Technology advances so quickly, it leaves little time to consider the long-term. How might novels and films present futures and allow us to accept or reject their projections? This panel invites discussion of individual representative works and/or multiple works for comparison.

This panel will take place at NeMLA's 2016 convention between March 17 and March 20 in Hartford, CT.

Drama as Woman's Work: Contemporary Female Playwrights

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:21am
Northest MLA Convention

The most influential playwrighting voices of the current century writing in English are women. Dramatists like Suzan-Lori Parks, Annie Baker, Sara Ruhl, Katori Hall, Marina Carr, and many others are generating increasingly vigorous critical and scholarly debate while also winning major playwrighting awards for moving the form in ambitious new directions. This panel will examine a selection of these voices, querying what is distinctive about the contemporary female playwright. What exactly does it mean to be a "female playwright," and how might that category enrich, limit, or challenge our understanding of important contemporary plays?

ICLA Panel: Talking About Literature, Scientifically

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:18am
Christine A. Knoop & Keyvan Sarkhosh

Claims that literary studies and the sciences are incompatible have long been recognized as obsolete. Numerous scholarly endeavours bring together researchers, theories, and methods from literary studies and the sciences, e.g., cognitive poetics, empirical aesthetics, computational literary analysis, evolutionary approaches, and meta-analyses of historical scientific discourses in literature. Yet not only have attempts at an integration of the two fields been contested; the issue of mutual incomprehension remains unsettled as well. This is largely due to both sides having different notions of what constitutes scholarly language.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 5:34am
The James Joyce Italian Foundation


The IX James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2016

Confirmed speakers: Paola Pugliatti, Klaus Reichert, Laura Pelaschiar, Valerie Benejam

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Ninth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce's 134th birthday.

CFP Monster-Themed Papers for Halloween 2015 Conference (7/15/15; NEPCA 10/30-31/15)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:42am
Michael A Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair, Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association




Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)

Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire

Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015

Proposals no later than by 15 July 2015

Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology: NeMLA Hartford, CT 17-20 March, 2016

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 9:30pm
Rebecca Fine Romanow/University of Rhode Island

Call for Papers: Roundtable
Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT

Biemann explains that the video essay reflects the "wider development of new media, the Internet and digital image production . . . [to] emphasize or mutate the characteristics of the essay while opening up new possibilities for a critical engagement" between the essay and visual arts. In this, the video essay represents an active place where the barriers between disciplines is merged and converging, and where pedagogical practices, as well as analytical examination, can take place across academic borders.

C19 -- Historicism Unsettled: Reading the Nineteenth Century (March 17-20 2016)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:04pm
Andrew Kopec/C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

In their introduction to surface reading, Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best find in nineteenth-century American literature an analog to describe their method: "As Poe's story 'The Purloined Letter' continues to teach us," they write, "what lies in plain sight is worthy of attention but often eludes observation." Of perhaps of more immediate relevance to the members of C19, for Russ Castronovo, in his recent J19 essay "Occupy Bartleby," Occupy Wall Street's appropriation of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" invites a series of meditations on the transtemporal unsettlings of Melville's powerful story, the differences between professional criticism and public reading practices, and whether or not the public's commitment to reading Melville analogically unsettles critiq

[UPDATE] CFP Edited Collection- Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production , Deadline October 1

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 4:00pm
Jennifer Donahue

We are seeking essays for an edited collection entitled Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production. The collection aims to add to the understanding of the Caribbean region by studying the connection between religion, resistance and gender in Caribbean literature, film and music. In particular, the collection will develop dialogue on Caribbean literature by and about women and will examine how creative expression functions as a form of subversion.

Playing Pleasure: Exploring the Intersection of Pornography and Gaming / SCMS Atlanta: March 30 - April 3 2016

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 1:57pm
John Stadler and Jordan Wood

This panel explores the intersection of gaming and pornography. Within academia, the study of pornography and games arrived independently as agitative epistemologies, appearing in relative concomitance, but the two discourses are not often put into conversation, even though they share several similarities. Discursively, they have occupied a historically marginal position within academic film and media discourses. Both fields have also had to account for patriarchal violence and masculinist heteronormativity that have often circumscribed the meaning and consumption of these modes of entertainment. In the case of the objects themselves, similarities extend to formal and functional qualities as well.