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Special Session of the 2016 PAMLA Conference November 11-13, 2016: Back from the Dead: Language Revival as Arc

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:51pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Recent scholarship on the "archive" as well as that on "cultural memory" has focused on the role of language as both mechanism and metaphor. This session seeks to further purse these lines of investigation and find points of intersection by focusing on the revival of extinct or near-extinct languages as a type of archival reconstruction grounded in cultural memory. Papers are sought that explore how and why language revival movements occur in relation to issues of identity formation (both personal and communal) and the relationship of this phenomenon to the notion of cultural preservation vis-a-vi cultural memory and archive.

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to March 1st. Teaching Nineteenth- Century Literature and Gender in the Twenty-First Century Classroom

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:19pm
Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies-- special issue

Submission Date:
Please send articles of 5,000-8,000 word articles to both and by MARCH 1st 2016 (earlier submissions highly encouraged.) Articles should be in MLA format and not be under consideration at any other journal. Any queries or letters of interest are welcome and should be sent to both the e-mail addresses listed above.


Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:03am
University of Dhaka

Spectrum, a refereed journal published by the Department of English, University of Dhaka, seeks submissions of scholarly articles, book reviews, translations and creative pieces for its forthcoming issue. Spectrum welcomes contributions by teachers, alumni and current students of English Literature, ELT and Linguistics. Essays on any literary period and any aspect of literature and language, book reviews, as well as short stories, poems and translations are sought. Submissions should not have been previously published, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Only articles/creative pieces recommended by reviewers will be accepted for publication.

Teaching Central/Eastern Europe And Its Communist Past

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:30am
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

Central/Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and then in 2009 when Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller received the Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the ways these countries have contributed to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? What should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?

Climate Change: Views from the Humanities (a virtual conference: May 3-24)

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:05pm
UC Santa Barbara Environmental Humanities Initiative

Climate Change: Views from the Humanities
Sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara
A virtual conference held online from May 3-24, 2016
Abstracts due March 1, 2016

We welcome papers dealing with climate change from all fields of the humanities, as well as the social sciences. As our goal is to encourage the cross pollination of ideas across a broad range of disciplines on what may well be the most important issue of this century, we are looking for any paper that innovatively deals with climate change.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Nonhumans in Twentieth-Century British Children's Fiction

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:03pm
Shun Yin Kiang/Bunker Hill Community College

Animals, fairies, and toys, and their relation to concepts of childhood or the child, fill the pages of British children's fiction in the twentieth-century. While childhood as often portrayed in the Victorian period was that of "vulnerability and victimization . . . a comparatively brief, difficult step on the path to adulthood" (Gavin and Humphries), literary representations of childhood from the Edwardian period onward focus less on the child's proper relation to the adult world, and more on cultivating affective ties with a host of nonhuman others. E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It," J. M.

[UPDATE] Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:27pm
Common Ground Publishing


Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference held at the University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA, 15-16 September 2016. Proposals are invited that address communication and media studies through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Media Theory
Theme 2: Media Technologies and Processes
Theme 3: Media Business
Theme 4: Media Literacies
Theme 5: Media Cultures

2016 SPECIAL FOCUS: 'Communication and Media Studies: After the Internet?'


Trans(form): New Insights and New Directions: April 9, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:29pm
10th Annual University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference

The prefix trans- implies movement and change: between states, among groups and disciplines, across divides, from one way of being or knowing to another. This conference invites graduate students to present research that approaches the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. In the conference sessions, participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas across disciplines in a transdisciplinary setting. Transdisciplinarity allows us to encounter new perspectives – new ways of thinking – that can transform our research by introducing new insights and new directions.

We encourage submissions from all disciplines and universities, including but not limited to:

Comparative Medievalisms

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:07pm
Comparative Medieval Forum of the MLA (Philadelphia, January 2017)

What cultural work does the medieval past perform in global media and cultural productions—textual, visual, musical, performative, cinematic? Literary scholars and theorists have increasingly explored the varied forms that "medievalism" takes in contexts around the globe.