The Forum on Language Change is accepting proposals on “Language Change: Global (Im-) migration and Linguistic Insecurity” for the 2018 MLA in New York City. With increased immigration to developed countries in recent decades we have seen a proliferation in the number of languages, cultures, ethnicities, religions, nationalities and countries represented by the immigrants. We seek papers that examine how global migration has an impact on language at the individual and community level contributing to linguistic insecurity and other language-related changes, such as language maintenance, death, choice, lingua franca / ethnolects’ development and other phenomena resulting from migrant contact situations. How is language policy used to assimilate or margina
ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present
October 26-28, 2017
Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley
at the Oakland Marriott City Center
Call for Papers
ASAP/9 invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their
forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We
are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social,
and political dimensions of the arts today.
/ What roles can we imagine for the arts in relation to forms of social action and political
Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian ecocriticism. The Appalachian region has largely been underrepresented in ecocritical studies, and this unique volume will represent Appalachian literature and its environment to the community of ecocritics and, more broadly, the scholarly community as a whole.
Critical investigations into the ways in which Appalachian nature are portrayed in text is, of course, the central theme of the volume. However, additional intersections may include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Accessibility/Disability and the environment
-Significance of water/Water quality
The Poetics of Mapping: Representing the Built Environment
University of Pennsylvania
April 20-21, 2017
This graduate student conference is conceived as an opportunity to think more broadly about the ways that poetry shapes and is shaped by the environment in which it exists and the way qualitative visual representations of cities are shaped by non-narrative usages of language. It seeks to bring graduate students in city planning and the larger social sciences together with students who are putting poetry into conversation with spatial forms.
Although we have recently seen the implementation of institutional changes that have altered the legal and socioeconomic status of queer people in the United States (i.e. United States v. Windsor in 2013 and Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015), queer individuals continue to encounter discrimination, violence, and death based on their gender and/or sexual orientation. The stark rise in murders of trans people of color and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting are just a few of the events that have disrupted the misguided sense of utopia instilled by institutional change, and have brought into question whether it is possible for queerness to link to notions of futurity.
A Critical Companion to James Cameron
Edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna
Department of English
University of Delhi
Delhi – 110007, India
Modes, Motives, Motifs, and Conditions
in Intra-Asian Travel
March 20-21, 2017
Call for Papers
Please consider submitting to a special session in MLA convention 2018.
Voicing the Refugee Crises:
The urgency of the current refugee crises in the Western world impels us to examine texts coming from refugee writers seeking hospitable homes.
Call for Papers
EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 29
New Directions in Critical Theory Graduate Conference 2017:
Transgressions: Performance, Practice & Code
The University of Arizona’s Department of English
April 21-22, 2017
“[T]here are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.”—Herman Melville, Mardi
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967), the University of Leicester is hosting a one day interdisciplinary symposium on his life and work.
Deadline for 250-word abstracts for 20 minute papers: 31 April, 2017
Possible topics include:
Orton and satire/black comedy/farce
Orton’s TV plays
Orton as diarist
Orton and race
Orton and crime
Orton and art
Orton on screen
Orton and the 1960s
Orton and Halliwell
The defaced library book covers
Orton and Leicester
The Orton industry