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Poetry and Identity: Shaping and Sharing the Trauma of Displacement (NeMLA 2020 - Panel)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:13pm
Lucie HOUDU (for a 2020 NeMLA Panel)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This panel will broach the topic of shaping a poetic identity through the prism of a traumatic experience of displacement. How does the poet present a disturbing personal history on the page? Coming from one place and being forcibly moved to another also involves confronting a different language and culture: how is such an occurrence translated to the page? Is poetry a space where cultures and languages clash with one another, or does the expression effect a reconciliation? How does this potential blend of languages and cultural references (including code-switching and code-mixing) inscribe a troubled identity, trying to reconstitute oneself via a poetic text?


Friday, September 20, 2019 - 4:12pm
University of Virginia Graduate English Students Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 10, 2020


26-27 March, 2020

University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference


Keynote: Kandice Chuh (CUNY) - "The Humanities as a Racial (Trans)Formation"

Masterclass: Jahan Ramazani (UVA) - "Poetry, (Un)Translatability, and World Literature"

DH Masterclass: Brad Pasanek (UVA) and Brandon Walsh (UVA)


George Bernard Shaw Panels at Comparative Drama Conference

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 8:06pm
International Shaw Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

We welcome papers on any aspect of Shaw studies, including but not limited to:

          individual plays/characters,

          comparative treatment of plays by Shaw,

          Shaw and his contemporary playwrights,

           cultural aspects of Shaw’s works, and

           international Shaw play productions.

Edited collection: Nonhuman Animals, Climate Crisis and the Role of Literature

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:52pm
Matthias Stephan, Aarhus University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The world is in crisis: socially, politically, environmentally. We are increasingly confronted with notions of otherness as the world is shrinking – we interact with diverse cultures, ideas, agendas as we never have before. Yet, at the same time, we are increasingly polarized in our thinking, with the rise of a global right-wing agenda challenging a progressive wave of policies the world over. Yet, these crises seem to pale in consideration of the increasingly urgent climate crisis.



Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:56pm
The University of the West Indies St Augustine
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 9, 2019

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the year of freedom from indentureship for Indian labour. Ninety-two years had elapsed between start of the system and this red letter day when they say the system finally collapsed. It was a relief for many of those caught by its myriad snares. The worlds and the subjectivities that were imbricated in the system, giving rise to it or succumbing to the weight of its oppression or emerging from under it, have not yet been fully explored. We are proposing an anthology of stories in your unheard voices in order to create an opportunity for exploration.


Can you write a story or a poem that imagines what it was like for someone from the Indian sub-continent to become an indentured labourer?

Final Fantasy VII at 25: Critical Essays

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 2:11pm
Jason Cash & Craig Olsen / SUNY Delhi & U Arkansas Monticello
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

As a flagship title for Sony’s Playstation console, Final Fantasy VII was one of the first high-profile games to blend cinematic narrative with deep/immersive gameplay.  Thus, the editors of Final Fantasy VII at 25, an upcoming title in McFarland's Studies in Gaming series, are seeking contributions to a collection which will examine the storytelling of the game, the many themes and motifs expressed, and how various mechanics all relate to the player experience. 

The Handmaids’ Tales

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 5:42pm
Trip McCrossin (Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University), Sue Zemka (Department of English, University of Colorado in Boulder)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale had an enduring cultural effect well before the world began so uncannily to reflect it. Notable hallmarks of its resulting renaissance include, among others, the following three. Bruce Miller’s ongoing television adaptation, on the one hand, beginning in April of 2017, its second and third seasons moving us a few years away from Gilead as an established dystopia, as depicted in the body of the novel, toward its eventual downfall, as acknowledged in its concluding “Historical Notes.” On March 26, on the other hand, shortly before the third season’s premiere, Renée Nault’s graphic-novel adaptation of the original appeared.

PCA/ACA Generational Studies

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 3:07pm
Shay Rahm / PCA/ACA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019




We welcome proposals for papers on any and every topic related to America’s generations including: Baby Boomers, Generation Jones, Generation X, Xennials, Millennials (Gen Y), and iGen (Gen Z).

We invite submissions from individuals and organized panels (3 or 4 persons), focusing on topics related to:

The Personal is Academic: Affect and Subjectivity in Research and Pedagogy (ACLA 2020)

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 4:09pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

A recent trend has seen many writers create literary narratives that confront twentieth-century events while inscribing into that past the authors’ contemporary selves (e.g.: Binet 2009; Jablonka 2012; Foenkinos 2014). These biographical meta-narratives seem dictated by the impossibility to construct one’s own subjectivity without facing the very notions of civilization and humanity that our violent pasts have reconfigured.

JOSF Special Issue on Environmental Studies

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 3:25am
MOSF Journal of Science Fiction
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction is accepting submissions for a special issue on environmental studies and science fiction to be released in the summer of 2020.