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[UPDATE} Speculative Fiction--SAMLA--November 4-6, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:40pm
Mary Ann Gareis Speculative Fiction Association

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under this category is that there is some "unrealistic" element. Whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic technological development, works that fall in this category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to H. P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, culture, economics, and more.

[UPDATE, SECOND CFP] Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Representations of Veil in Literature, Film, and Fine Arts

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:26am
Umme Al-wazedi (Augustana College) and Afrin Zeenat (University of Dhaka)

The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with the role of the veil. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.

MLA 2017 Special Session: The Historical Novel as a Generic Hybrid (Deadline 3/15/2016)

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:35pm
Ben O'Dell/ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

This panel welcomes reassessment of the historical novel from literary scholars working on a wide range of historical periods and geographic regions. While the classic historical novel is often thought of as a literary genre in its own right, many historical narratives are actually generic hybrids comprised of other genres. What is the significance of these generic elements? Does the historical novel contain certain essential features or is the term merely a placeholder for fictions about the past? How has its definition changed over time, and how might we wish to alter it today?

Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering and Travel

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 3:27am
Demeter Press


Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering and Travel

Editors: Charlotte Beyer, Janet MacLennan, Dorsía Smith Silva, and Marjorie Tesser

Deadline for Abstracts: April 30, 2016

MMLA 2016 Permanent Panel: Travel Writing / Writing Travel

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:58pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (November 10-13 2016)

Travel Writing / Writing Travel: Permanent MMLA Panel

This year's MMLA conference theme – "Border States" – provides the perfect topical launch for papers on travel, travel writing, and writing about travel. Papers on any aspect of this topic from any time period are welcome, including but not limited to the following ideas:

• crossing geographical and/or cultural boundaries
• locating and dislocating the self through travel
• identifying or pushing the boundaries of knowledge

Of especial interest are papers that create their own border states between disciplines or genres.

[UPDATE] Georgia Philological Association: May 20, 2016 Conference and Call for Papers

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:06pm
Georgia Philological Association (GPA)

The eleventh annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 20, 2016. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussion topics, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to American, British, French, Hispanic, Russian, German, or Slavic literature or language, as well as composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes (approximately eight double-spaced typed pages).

(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Proposal Deadline March 15, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:01pm
University of California, Merced Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group

(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis

Presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Students, Graduate Division, and the Center for the Humanities of the University of California, Merced

University of California, Merced

Saturday, April 23, 2016