all recent posts

Alchemy in Harry Potter

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:37pm
Anne Mamary and Christine Myers/Monmouth College

Call for papers for a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collection of essays on alchemy in the Harry Potter novels.

In a 1998 interview with The Herald, J.K. Rowling said, "I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that's a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I've learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. . . . I [had] to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories' internal logic."

We are seeking papers for a collection of new essays on alchemy, broadly conceived, in the Harry Potter series. We welcome essays on alchemy itself and the alchemical symbolism in the novels.

Consuming Culture in Victorian and Edwardian English Literature (SAMLA 87)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:51pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.

Art as Ethics / Ethical Art in the Works of George Eliot (SAMLA 87)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:50pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

In her famous essay, "The Natural History of German Life," George Eliot decried the recent attempts of English painters to recreate the "truthfulness" of Teniers and Murillo. Though Eliot would attempt to correct the errors in perception and representation through her writing, she continued to engage with other forms of art (paintings and music, specifically) throughout her life. In keeping with the theme of SAMLA 87, this panel looks for papers examining the moments in Eliot's works - her novels, poetry, nonfiction - wherein she contemplates other forms of art and their moral and ethical implications for both her characters and her readers.

MLA Options for Teaching Volume on Teaching Space, Place, and Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 1:22pm
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

CFP: Justified (FX) Edited Collection

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:31pm
Cynthia Burkhead Ph.D. (University of North Alabama) and Stephanie Graves M.A. (Independent Scholar)

We are seeking essays addressing the contributions made by the FX series Justified to various aspects of television and American culture. Potential topics may include class, gender, regional representations, and crime, among others. Editors are seeking a Southern University publisher for the collection.

A 250 word abstract should be submitted along with a short C.V. by August 1, 2015, to:
Cynthia Burkhead
cynthia.burkhea@gmail.com
AND
Stephanie Graves
steph.graves@gmail.com

H.D. panel, SAMLA Nov. 13-15, 2015, Durham, NC (abstracts due June 10)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:06pm
The H.D. International Society

We invite paper proposals for the "H.D. and her Circle: New Directions" panel at this year's South Atlantic MLA in Durham, NC, November 13-15, 2015. Send 250-word abstracts, brief bio, and A-V requests to rawalsh@ncsu.edu by June 10, 2015.

Papers may focus on work by H.D. and/or those in her circle (Bryher, Kenneth MacPherson, Marianne Moore, Richard Aldington, John Cournos, Robert Herring, Ezra Pound, Paul and Eslanda Robeson, etc.), and the thematic focus of the panel is open to a range of new approaches. Given SAMLA 2015's conference theme, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts," papers that address connections to other art forms/media are welcome, although not necessary.

GLBTQ Studies at MAPACA - Philadelphia (Nov. 5 to 7, 2015)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:31am
Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association

The GLBTQ Studies Area of MAPACA welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Proposals are encouraged on any medium and from any critical, contemporary, historic, or disciplinary perspective. While proposals on any topic are accepted, proposals might also include:

MLA Volume: Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women's Writing

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 9:06am
Deepika Bahri (Emory) and Filippo Menozzi (Kent)

We invite proposals for a volume in the MLA Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women's Writing, edited by Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi.

This volume seeks meaningful responses to the following questions: What do we teach when we teach South Asian women's writing? How do we teach it in a variety of contexts? How is our pedagogy changing in response to new developments: digital contexts, emergent genres, changes in the publishing industry, and growing anxiety about the under representation of nonanglophone writing?

Please visit website for more information:

Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:32am
Tom Ue, Department of English, University College London

Heralded by The Telegraph as a 'global phenomenon,' BBC's Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet's 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette in his only screen appearance as the famous sleuth, makes it especially timely for film scholars, students, and audiences to reassess the cultural legacy of Holmes onscreen. Forthcoming work by Hills (2016) and Poore (2016) argue strongly for Holmes as a continuing source of scholarly interest, spurring us to look at Holmes' filmic lives.

HBCUstory Symposium 2015

updated: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 6:19am
Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D./ HBCUstory, Inc.

HBCUstory Symposium 2015 | Call for Papers
Theme | Reconstruction in an Age of Resistance: Respecting our Roots. Restoring our Rites.
Presented by | HBCUstory, Inc. + Fisk University

HBCUstory Inc., in partnership with the Fisk University, proudly presents the third annual HBCUstory SYMPOSIUM Oct. 9-10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Held in Nashville, Tennessee, a distinctively southern city that is home to four of the nation's 107 HBCUs, the two-day research and cultural symposium is first of its kind to convene Historically Black College and University (HBCU) researchers, presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Digital Domains & Humanistic Thresholds: Literary Study, Composition, & Communications, Oct. 9-10, '15,Hilbert Col., Hamburg NY

updated: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 4:31pm
Charles A.S. Ernst, coord. / New York College English Association

Papers & panels on all aspects of digital humanities in Eng. studies/pedagogy--literature of all periods/genres; composition, incl. creative & professional writing; communication studies, incl. film. Contact Dr. C. Ernst for complete cfp/details.

E-mail 200-250 word proposals (15.-min. papers), incl. a-v needs. (For identified grad. studs., $200 cash prize for best paper.)

Proposal submission deadline: Aug. 21, 2015, with acceptance notification by Aug. 31. Early-bird response for early submissions.

[UPDATE] Speculative Fiction – SAMLA - Deadline Extended

updated: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 3:31pm
Lisa Wenger Bro / Middle Georgia State College

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.

Wrestling with the Angels: Exploring Stuart Hall's Theoretical Legacy (25-27 February 2016)

updated: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 2:18pm
TU Dortmund University, Germany

Stuart Hall, who passed away in February 2014, was one of the founding figures of what is known today as 'Cultural Studies' and long-time director of the renowned Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. Besides that, he was a central figure of the British New Left, founding editor of the journal New Left Review, and one of England's most charismatic public intellectuals.

Pages