all recent posts

Reminder: Sindiwe Magona: Writer/Advocate for Human Rights in South Africa, ALA conference (April 6-9, 2016)

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Renee Schatteman/ African Literature Association
contact email: 

The highly-prolific and well-acclaimed South African author Sindiwe Magona has been a voice for human rights and justice throughout her three decades as a writer. Her many works (including two novels, four plays, two collections of stories, two autobiographies, over 120 children's books, one biography, and one collection of poetry) demonstrate a common preoccupation with the injustices and indignities faced by South Africans both during and after apartheid. Whatever the genre, Magona focuses primarily on the experiences of women and children and provides a glimpse into domestic and familial side of life in South Africa.

[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference--Deadline extended to Nov. 1

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 3:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
Lehigh English Department Graduate Program
contact email: 

The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.

Poetry and Poetics (Critical) Proposals by 1 November 2015 For SPACA Conference February 10 - 13, 2016

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 1:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
contact email: 

CFP: Poetry and Poetics (Critical)
Abstract/Proposals by 1 November 2015

For the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association's 37th Annual Conference.

February 10 - 13, 2016

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
1-888-421-1442 / 1-888-421-1442
Fax: (505) 843-2710

We are now forming panels for presentations of American poetry and poetics criticism at our 2016 conference. There are no limits in regard to historical period, topic, or theme, and we welcome panel proposals, especially those that include panelists from multiple institutions. Acceptances will ultimately depend on the availability of compatible presentations to form coherent panels.

CFP: S84 "Cultural politics in Harry Potter: death, life and transition" - 22nd-26th August 2016

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:45am
full name / name of organization: 
European Society for the Study of English

CFP: S84 "Cultural politics in Harry Potter: death, life and transition"
Co-convenors
Rubén Jarazo-Álvarez, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Pilar Alderete, NUI Galway, Ireland.

Concerning Harry Potter's saga, this panel proposes to investigate death, necropower and its relationship to Capitalism, with special emphasis on cultural representation of rites of passage, from life to death, and sometimes, the other way back. Taking into account Posthumanism and the different postulations on bodies transiting from one realm to another in HP world, we invite participants to analyse any aspect with regard to the novels and/or films.

[REMINDER] In-Yer-Face Theatre: Two Decades On (Comparative Drama Conference Panel); abstract due November 16, 2015

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 31-April 2, 2016
contact email: 

In-Yer-Face Theatre: Two Decades On

Panel for Comparative Drama Conference
Baltimore, MD
March 31-April 2, 2016

By the time 1995 gave way to 1996, it was clear that something groundbreaking was afoot in the British theatre. 1995 had seen the premiere of Sarah Kane's first play Blasted, Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Joe Penhall's Pale Horse and Judy Upton's Bruises. 1996 would feature the London premiere of Trainspotting, Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking, Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan as well as Kane's Phaedra's Love and Nick Grosso's Sweetheart.

MATERIALITY AND CULTURAL LIFE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE: Jadavpur University Essays and Studies (JUES), Vol . 30, 2016

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:55am
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, India

Contributions are invited for Jadavpur University Essays and Studies (JUES), Vol . 30, due to be published in late 2016. JUES is peer reviewed (ISSN number: 0975-3478) and contributions are being accepted till December 31, 2015.
The theme of this issue is
MATERIALITY AND CULTURAL LIFE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE

We welcome contributions touching on any aspect of this broad theme. The following areas have been identified as being significant, but this list is not intended to be complete or restrictive. It is expected however that a concern about or awareness of the significance of material cultures will be demonstrated in the contribution.

[UPDATE] CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS: Women's Lives Encyclopedia

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Nancy Barbour / Oregon State University

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS – Edited Volume on Women's Lives Around the World

Women's Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia
Volume 4: Europe

Editor: Nancy Barbour, MAIS
Executive Editor: Susan Shaw, PhD
To be published by ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press in 2017

Disability Studies Area, Southwest PCA/ACA (11/1/15; 2/10-13, 2016

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Fred Sanchez/ New Mexico Highlands University
contact email: 

Southwest Popular/ American Culture Association 37th Annual Conference.
Submissions are welcome that apply disability studies in any area of cultural, historical, or literary research, or that apply disability studies in conjunction with another theoretical approach, such as queer theory studies, feminist or gender studies, issues of diversity, and so on. Work addressing all media and cultural contexts (literature, TV, film, games, social media/web media, laws, social and cultural practices, politics, and so on) from a disabilities studies or combined approach is welcome.

Melville Society Panel, "Nonhuman Melville" (ALA, May 26-29, 2016)

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
The Melville Society
contact email: 

Much of Melville's writing is deeply concerned with the nonhuman and both its relation and lack of relation to the human. Considering, on one hand, the breadth of recent critical theories loosely grouped through their concern for the "nonhuman"— animal studies, ecocriticism, new materialism, speculative realism, theories of impersonality, object-oriented-ontology, and zoosemiotics—and, on the other, Melville's complex treatment of animals, vegetables, minerals, objects, and even automatons, this panel hopes to meet and extend Geoffrey Sanborn's recent call to "move beyond the standard bottom lines of violence and meaninglessness" in treating Melville's nonhuman world ("Melville and the Nonhuman World," 2014).

CFP ATHE 2016: Things at Work (August 11-14, 2016)

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
Chicago, Illinois / August 11-14, 2016

How Things Work

This panel, which will be sponsored by the Performance Studies Focus Group, will explore how material culture performs, particularly within the realm of "work." Drawing on the 2016 conference theme, "Bodies at Work: Performance, Labor, and ATHE at 30," the panel proposes to explore how objects and/or things function. How do objects perform their own meanings? How do they interact with bodies that use them or disavow them? How do they operate in different spaces? How is performance used as a paradigm for defining the successful operation of objects?

Science Fiction and Fantasy, SWPACA (11/1/15; 2/10-13/2016)

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:39pm
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
contact email: 

CFP: Science Fiction and Fantasy, SWPACA (11/1/15; 2/10-13/2016)

Join us for the 37th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference, February

10-13, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area chairs of the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture

Association (www.southwestpca.org) invite paper or panel proposals on any aspect of science fiction in print, film, or other media.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2015.

[Update] Disability and the Environment in 20th-Century American Literature (Edited Collection; December 1, 2015)

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (edited collection under contract)
contact email: 

I am seeking manuscripts to complete an edited collection, _Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature_, which is focused on the intersection between disability studies and literary ecology. The collection is currently under contract with Lexington Press, and I am looking to add a chapter or two that explores the collection's theme with a particular focus on twentieth-century American literature.

Emerson as Orator and Rhetor at ALA

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 2:23pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, American Literature Association

Emerson as Orator and Rhetor
This panel examines Emerson in his oratorical and rhetorical milieu. We welcome papers that consider the relationship between Emerson and rhetorical studies broadly considered, but we are especially interested in papers that highlight Emerson's career as lecturer, that consider his work in the context of rhetorical history, and that investigate his connections to oratorical culture. We welcome new readings of Emerson in light of rhetorical theory, as well as presentations that consider his work in the context of various intellectual traditions, including the study of eloquence, elocution, oratory, homiletics, religious rhetoric, the rhetorical tradition, discourse theory, and speech act theory.

Pages