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Volume 2.2 (Summer 2016): Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists Working From Canada

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 4:16pm
Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2016) will highlight the work of Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists working from Canada.

Critical essays on all aspects of Caribbean Writers [working from Canada] are welcomed entries.

Previously unpublished poetry and literary nonfiction from Caribbean artists [working from Canada] are welcomed entries.

Visual art images and video links to performances by Caribbean artists [working from Canada] accompanied by artistic statements also will be accepted for publication consideration.

Interviews with Caribbean Artists [working from Canada] will be considered as a special feature of Volume 2.2 (Summer 2016).

"Pleasure and Suspicion"

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 2:37pm
Carolyn Laubender/ Duke University

"Pleasure and Suspicion"

Conference Hosted by Duke University Program in Literature and the Polygraph Editorial Collective.

Keynote addresses by Joan Copjec, Brown University & Eugenie Brinkema, MIT

February 26-27, 2016

Abstracts of 250-300 words Due by November 16, 2015 to

[UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED] The Science of Affect in American Literature and Culture (NeMLA 2016)

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:25pm
NeMLA; March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT; Abstracts Due Oct 5; Submissions online at

Chairs: Nicole Zeftel (CUNY Graduate Center) and Allison Siehnel(University at Buffalo)
Contact email:

Submissions: online only at
Submission deadline extended: October 5, 2015

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016 | Submission Deadline Oct. 5

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:10am
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

Writing, Religion, and Enlightenment panel at BSECS 2016 (St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK 6th-8th January 2016)

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:00am
Laura Davies, University of Southampton

The focus of this panel is the relationship between writing and religion in the period of the Enlightenment (broadly interpreted). We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on this theme in relation to texts, from the canonical to the unpublished, connected with or produced by different religious denominations and communities (Anglican, Dissenting, Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Quaker and others).

Accessibility in the Middle Ages

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8:31am
Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium

The graduate students of Cornell's Medieval Studies Program are pleased to announce their twenty-sixth annual Student Colloquium, which will take place on Saturday, February 20th at the A.D. White House. This year's colloquium will be focused around the concept of 'accessibility,' its connotations, and consequences in the medieval world. The Middle Ages are conventionally seen as static and hierarchical, marked by impermeability of social, geographic, and cultural boundaries. This conference seeks to foreground the dynamism and fluidity of the Middle Ages by focusing upon the points of access by which these borders were negotiated and blurred.

Edited Collection: Masculinity and British Period Drama TV 10/30/15

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:04am
Male Troubles: British period drama TV and competing narratives of masculinity

The portrayal and interrogation of masculinity has formed an important part of period drama on the small screen since the 1960s. Given that the audience for costume drama has been traditionally largely female, however, this has tended to be overlooked in favour of a focus on the central female characters that were so key to televisual history in the decades that followed. As a result, even the male lead, by the 1990s, was important largely as a focus of the female (or homoerotic) gaze (for example, Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy). In recent years, however, new forms of historical fictions on television have begun to foreground and examine "maleness" in exciting new ways.

CFP: Sinister Wisdom: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival - Deadline 1/13/16

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 11:04pm
Amy Washburn/ Sinister Wisdom

Sinister Wisdom: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival

Dear Subscribers:

I am one of the guest editors for a special edition of the lesbian arts and literary journal Sinister Wisdom, and I am hoping you will be interested in sharing this call for submissions and contributing to this important Sinister Wisdom issue that honors the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Please let me know if you need further information or have any questions.

My best regards,
Amy Washburn

For Immediate Release
September 2015

Call for Submissions: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
Deadline: January 31st, 2016

Teaching 18th-C Lit: Interdisciplinary Approaches [10/5/15; 3/17-20/16]

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 10:00pm
NEMLA / Tonya Moutray, Russell Sage College

This roundtable gives instructors an opportunity to share innovative and interdisciplinary strategies used in teaching British and Anglophone literature and culture from the long eighteenth century. Teaching literature from the eighteenth century can be truly challenging, steeped as it is in culturally specific references, place names, and intertextual allusions to other writers, ancient mythology and the Bible. Syntax and vocabulary also pose barriers to new readers. The political, imperial, and colonial histories of the long eighteenth century are equally complex.

[UPDATE] The Pedagogical (Re)Turn - Deadline Extended (10/5/15)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:12pm
NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)

Twenty years ago, Gerald Graff mused in "The Pedagogical Turn" that the future of theory would be in its reapplication from literature to pedagogy. In the intervening years, theory may not have reorganized the literature classroom, but it has transformed critical thinking pedagogy. The work of Wittgenstein, Jakobson, Derrida, Lyotard, Foucault, and others who have informed literary studies has recently been drawn upon by Mark Weinstein, Michael Peters, Tim John Moore and others to shift instruction in critical thinking away from general (informal) logic, which assumes a transparency of language, to thinking as embedded in language and thereby governed by varying modes of reading and writing.

[UPDATE] The (Native) American University - Deadline Extended (10/5/15)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:09pm
NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)

The colonial appropriation of indigenous place names has been an abiding concern of postcolonial studies. The severing of names from their semantic, grammatical, and linguistic ties within the native language and their re-contextualization within the language of the settler creates, in a variety of ways for both colonizer and colonized, a gap between the experience and meaning of a place and the name used to describe it, complicating the colonial boundary.

2016 SUNY Council of Writers Annual Conference (March 4-5)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 6:07pm
University at Albany

For this year's conference we ask writers, writing instructors at all levels, tutors, and researchers to consider the role of affordability in our practices. We welcome perspectives, strategies, and questions for approaching and understanding the role of "affordability" pluralistically—as both what is within one's financial means and what writing can afford (as in what is allows us to be able to do or manage). In the tradition of SUNY CoW conferences, we are interested in how these ideas apply to historical, contemporary, and projected-future practices of instruction.