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The Metaphor of the Monster

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:16am
Mississippi State University-Department of Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mermaids, giants, gorgons, harpies, dragons, cyclopes, hermaphrodites, cannibals,amazons, krakens, werewolves, barbarians, savages, zombies, vampires, angels, demons–               all of those inhabit and represent our deepest fears of attack and hybridization, but also our deepest desires of transgression. Frequently described in antithetical terms, monsters were frequently read in the past as holy inscriptions and proofs of the variety and beauty of the world created by God, or as threats to civilization and order. These opposing views on the monster show the radically different values that have been assigned to monsters since they started to permeate the human imagination in manuscripts, maps, and books.

MLA: Intertexts of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:12am
Brenda Machosky / American Assoc of Australasian Lit Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies welcomes abstracts for papers that pursue an intertextual approach to any aspect of literature, film, or performance related to Australia or Aotearoa/New Zealand. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  Indigenous issues, immigration, health and well-being, and Australian identity.  Comparative projects with other cultural traditions are also encouraged.  

Please note that we would like to be included in the MLA theme, so papers that correspond with it are particularly encouraged.  See:

Publishing William Morris and his Circle (MLA 2019)

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:10am
William Morris Society in the United States / SHARP
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

The WMS is seeking submissions for the following session, co-sponsored with The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, for the 2019 MLA Convention. Please note that this session is not guaranteed (and is subject to approval by the MLA):

This session seeks new perspectives on publishing William Morris and his circle. Topics might focus on Morris as publisher, on illustrations, on printing, or on the physical format of the book. We especially welcome papers that address publications outside of the Kelmscott Press, and/or that feature book history or digital humanities approaches. 

Consuming Cultures: MVSA at MMLA 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:09am
Midwest Modern Language Association MVSA affiliated panel
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 30, 2018

2018 MMLA Conference’s MVSA-Affiliated Panel

Kansas City, Missouri

November 15-18, 2018

“Consuming Cultures”


In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Consuming Cultures,” the Midwest Victorian Studies Association panel welcomes proposals that explore methods of cultural consumption in 19th century Britain.


The myriad possible topics include methods of cultural consumption, production of materials to be consumed, and cultural and social expectations that govern, control, or recommend consumption, including the following:

Celebrating Chinua Achebe & African Languages, Literatures, Arts and Cultures beyond the Continent: The 60th Anniversary of Things Fall Apart

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:48pm
Norfolk State University and SEALLF (South East African Languages and Literatures Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 20, 2018

CFP for the 9th Annual Conference of the South East African Languages and Literatures Forum (SEALLF) from October 5th to October 6th, 2018, Department of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University, Norfolk VA, USA: Celebrating Chinua Achebe & African Languages, Literatures, Arts and Cultures beyond the Continent: The 60th Anniversary of Things Fall Apart.
Deadline for submissions:                                           April 20, 2018
Notification of acceptance date:                                June 30, 2018

Teaching Critical Theory in the Era of Globalization: A Special Issue of Pedagogy (Duke UP), scheduled for October 2020.

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:00am
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 2, 2018

The editors of this special issue are seeking contributions on teaching critical theory in the global present. What is the relevance of teaching theory in the era of globalization, and what is at stake? What are the challenges and unavoidable paradoxes of teaching theory at a time when global classrooms are geared toward both neoliberal information/skills acquisition and conservative knowledge accumulation?

Lyrical Letters, or Missives with Melodies -- MLA 2019

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:59am
Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2108

A session to be held at Modern Language conference in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019.  Sponsored by the Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations.
Analysis and appreciation of the artistic functions and contributions of sung letters in musical plays and operas.   In these days of e mail, Twitter, etc., it can be hard to remember that, at one time, correspondence was done more slowly by letter, and that the reading and/or writing of letters was often an important part of theatrical events.  You are invited to submit proposals that explore this phenomenon.  250 word abstracts by 20 March 2018; Mail abstracts to Shoshana Knapp (