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"Dystopia and Utopia in Ethnic Literature" MELUS at SAMLA Conference, Nov 4-6, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 5:05pm
Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States

Dystopia and Utopia in Ethnic Literature

"In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist's aims and desires. This oppression frequently is enacted by a totalitarian or authoritarian government, resulting in the loss of civil liberties and untenable living conditions, caused by any number of circumstances, such as world overpopulation, laws controlling a person's sexual or reproductive freedom, and living under constant surveillance" (John Joseph Adams, 2011).

Call for Publication: Essays in Virtual Dark Tourism (May 1, 2016)

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 4:05pm
Kathryn N. McDaniel

Call for Publication: Essays in Virtual Dark Tourism

"Call it a pilgrimage, perhaps." --C.L. Moore, Vintage Season

Dark Tourism studies are expanding as scholars, largely from public history fields, have become interested in the phenomenon of thanatourism: people's fascination with traveling to places that have witnessed death or that recreate sites of calamity, war, and destruction. Ranging from the comical to the profoundly moving, these sites connect people to the past in tangible ways through objects, spaces, exhibits, and dramatic recreation.

Pedagogy panels: Teaching the 18th Century (Oct 27-30, Kingston ON)--deadline March 13

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 3:05pm
Canadian Society for 18th Century Studies Conference

These roundtable panels will discuss successful, innovative strategies for teaching 18th-century studies. Digital or chalk, it's great teaching being discussed here!

NB: Pedagogy roundtable participants can also present research papers in other panels at the conference.

Comparative Literature Permanent Section

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 2:54pm
Midwest MLA 2016

The border is a liminal space, made ambiguous by the dualities that it encompasses: it unites and separates, opens up and closes off, includes and excludes. The border exists to define one space in opposition to another, yet often functions as a meeting-point, a place of exchange, of mixing, and of hybridity and cross-fertilization. That porousness, on a large scale, can unleash complex processes of de-territorialization and re-territorialization of perspectives, of identities, of cultures and histories.

CFP: It's HBO: Life After Legacy! Edited Collection.

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:51pm
Victoria McCollum and Giuliana Monteverde

It's HBO! Life After Legacy: Reading HBO's New and Original Voices (Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Power)

It's HBO! Life After Legacy (2018) will examine, not HBO's legacy shows, but its current programming, bringing together an international group of media and cultural studies scholars to offer an in-depth look at issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and power behind HBO's new and original voices.

CFP: Sexuality, sexual and reproductive health in later life - opens 15 March

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:49pm
Reproductive Health Matters

With a growing number of older people in the world, it is time for Reproductive Health Matters to look more closely at the sexual and reproductive health of people in this different stage of life.

This issue of the journal will shine a spotlight on people over 50, inviting research, policy analysis and examples of practical actions that address the effects of ageing on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. We also welcome contributions that highlight the often ignored health and social challenges faced by older people in meeting their sexual and reproductive health needs and rights, and best practices for overcoming these barriers.

Discourses of Belonging

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:38pm
Special Session: MLA 2017 Convention

This panel proposes to study the shifting registers of geographic identity post-1960s. Submissions for any language dealing with post-1960s literature are welcome. Panelists may consider-

+localized metaphoricities
+affective landscapes
+policed memoryscapes
+transiting bodies
+perimeters of exile

Please send your 300-word abstract along with a short bio-note (of 50 words) by 12 March 2016 to Rupsa Banerjee (

This is a proposal for a special session at the MLA conference 2017. Selection at this stage does not ensure the acceptance of the session at the conference.

Science Vs. Spirituality in 21st Century Literature CFP

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:50am
Science Vs. Spirituality

A monographic volume on Science Vs. Spirituality.

Papers are invited to discuss a wide range of issues concerning Science Vs. Spirituality in poetry, novels, autobiographical works, etc.

Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references, and should follow the MLA Style Manual (7th edition) for internal citation and Works Cited.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 10 April 2016
The final date for submitting articles: 30 June 2016.

Please send your abstract to:

Divining (the) Circum-Caribbean South(s) | SAMLA 88 | Nov 4-6, 2016 | Jacksonville FL

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:49am
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)

As SAMLA heads to Jacksonville, Florida, for its 2016 conference, one recalls Keith Cartwright's characterization of the state as a "longtime frontier[] of creolizing contact" (8): "Whether in Old South Jacksonville or St. Augustine, or south of that South in Miami's creolizing space, Florida repeats itself as an 'un-American' frontier of the nation, a multi-ethnic borderland, a point of contested migration and immigration, a location of repeating racialized violence, and a divinatory contact space" (188).