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The Limits of Form: On Literary Content

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 4:13am
MLA 2019: Special Session
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

What exactly is the content of a literary text, and how does it affect the experience of reading?  How should critics approach a text's overt elements and ideas?  A lengthy and currently influential tradition of thought has emphasized literary form in a variety of creative ways, but very little has been done to explain how critics should think about content.  This panel will bring together six scholars, who will each briefly (in 8 to 10 minutes) offer a definition of literary content and an example from a particular text.  Please submit an abstract for such a paper, along with a one-page CV, to pfessenbecker at by March 15.

Note: this is a non-guaranteed special session, and requires MLA approval.  

DACA, TPS, & Uncertainty: Immigrant Lives in the Contemporary U.S

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:07am
La Ceiba
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

La Ceiba: The Undergraduate Journal of Central American Studies is now accepting submissions for its spring 2018 special issue, themed “DACA, TPS, & Uncertainty: Immigrant Lives in the Contemporary U.S.” From the White House and State Capitols to city councils, immigration policies are currently intensely debated and contested, resulting in a myriad of changes in federal, state, and municipal laws.

2018 Science Fictions, Popular Cultures Call for Presentations

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:22am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 30, 2018

devoted to cross-disciplinary, cross-genre, and cross-media scholarship

SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES is a scholarly, academic conference which runs in conjunction with HawaiiCon (September 13-16, 2018) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the western coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i.

A New World?: Past Utopian Movements and Humanists' Directions for the Future

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 8:04am
Moira Marquis/ UNC Chapel Hill
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This panel will take place at the 2019 MLA/AHA conference in Chicago on January 3-6, 2019. These conferences will take place only blocks apart. Since this is a joint conference, panelists may be either AHA or MLA members.


“Bad Boys” and Girls in Sports: an edited collection of scholarly analyses

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:06am
Book publication
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

At their most basic level, sporting events are about numbers: wins and losses, percentages and points, shots and saves, clocks and countdowns. However, when it comes to sports narratives—the expert commentary before, during and after, the athlete interviews and press conferences, the fan debates around a television or in online forums, etc.—the stories quickly leave the realm of analytics and enter into mythos. The narratives we tell make sports so compelling. We shape athletes into heroes or scapegoats, Davids or Goliaths. We mold the sporting event into a comeback tale or a fall from grace. In other words, we make sports dramatic.


"Aging and Theatre/Performance"

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 4:13am
MLA Darama and Performance Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018

"Aging and Theatre/Performance"


Aigne | Call for Submissions: conference / academic event reports

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:56am
Marija Laugalyte / University College Cork
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018


Online Journal of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork 


Call for submission: conference / academic events reports 


The Specialness of Poetry

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:21am
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Special claims have always been made about poetry. For Plato, poetry carried a special danger: its imaginative and rhetorical projections had the potential to corrupt the citizens of the Republic by leading them away from what is good and true. For other thinkers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, poetry has a special moral force that must be recognized as necessary to society, even when the political efficacy of individual poems is not obvious or immediate. Theodor W. Adorno argued that the uniquely “virginal” expression of an individual lyric poem implies a protest against a social situation we cannot but feel as oppressive.

Call for Papers: Frontiers of Narrative Studies

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:19am
Frontiers of Narrative Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

The journal Frontiers of Narrative Studies (De Gruyter)is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to


Transnational narrative

Postcolonial narrative

Fictional and factual narrative

Cosmopolitanism and narrative theory

Classical narratology revisited


MLA 2019 Special Session: Service Learning & Literature

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:18am
Scott Zukowski, Stony Brook University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 25, 2018

As more institutions turn outward to offer unique learning experiences for students, how do we create literature-based service-learning projects that are engaging and impactful?

Looking for presentations on successful service-learning projects that will be completed or in-progress by Fall 2018. 

Faculty-student co-presentations are especially welcome. 

Email CV & 200 word abstract by 25 March 2018.