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'Maybe (S)he Had Some Authority': Celebrating the Works of Black Women Writers

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:31am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 50th Anniversary Convention
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This year’s NeMLA convention is historic: the organization celebrates five decades of cultivating scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. Equally historic is the fact that 2019 is an anniversary year for pivotal texts by Black women writers. It marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Broadway debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), and the fiftieth anniversary of Maya Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). Moreover, 2019 is also the fortieth anniversary of Octavia Butler’s now canonized fictional slave narrative Kindred (1979).

Seventeenth Claflin University Conference on English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:30am
Claflin University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Call For Papers

Seventeenth Claflin University Conference

 on English and Language Arts Pedagogy

in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions


                                                                                                      October 30-31, 2018


THEME:  READING AND WRITING ACROSS THE                                                              


Tentative Schedule:


Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:06am
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) invites you to attend the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held August 9-11, 2019 at Walt’s Birthplace on Long Island, NY, in celebration of Whitman’s Bicentennial birthday. Join this historic celebration.

Walt was born here in 1819 in a home built by his father. In Walt’s poem, “There Was a Child Went Forth,” he commemorates his Birthplace environs that “became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.”

Cities and Their Representations At the Turn of the Century

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:12am
American Comparative Literature Organization/ACLA
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Who does the city represent? What does a city represent? What does it mean to represent and how does this come together in representations of cities at the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, a moment associated with the height of modernity, or at least the height of excitement about the project of modernization? The relationship between cities and modernity is often taken for granted. For example, many scholars associate cities with civilization, particularly as sites for the advancement of civilization. Yet, wholesale urban planning performed from the top down is often enacted in decidedly uncivil ways, calling into question which populations are represented in and by the city, or who is the proper citizen?

CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSITIONS 8 – new directions in comics studies 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:19pm
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 24, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSITIONS 8 – new directions in comics studies 2018

Birkbeck, University of London

Saturday 10th November 2018

After a year’s hiatus we are delighted to announce this call for papers for the interdisciplinary Transitions 2018 symposium. Originally convened by PhD students in 2010, Transitions at Birkbeck is a platform for emerging research that is free to attend and participate in.

Special Issue 'American Literary Naturalism in the World'

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 9:01am
CR: The New Centennial Review (Michigan State UP)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Essays are invited for a forthcoming special issue of the CR on American literary naturalism in a global context. As Christopher Hill has argued in “The Travels of Naturalism and the Challenges of a World Literary History,” the history of nineteenth-century naturalist fiction points to disorderly patterns of circulation that suggest “multiple, overlapping histories, together forming a heterogeneous history on the scale of the planet.” Using the concept of “travel” as his point of reference, Hill sees naturalism as a paradigm for thinking about transnational literary, cultural, and economic transformations.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Literature at Sea: Storms, Shipwrecks, and Survival

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
Ben P. Robertson/Troy University English Department
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Join us in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico, and Cuba!
Literature at Sea: Storms, Shipwrecks, and Survival
Miami, Florida, USA, 17-24 December 2018Abstracts are invited for a conference sponsored by the Troy University English Department on storms, shipwrecks, and survival, broadly defined.  Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English.  Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following: 
Tidal waves
Sublimity and the sea

Kalamazoo 2019: Early Medieval Education

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:43pm
Sophia D'Ignazio, Cornell University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018



ICMS, Kalamazoo 9-12 May 2019