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Literature and the First Year Experience

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:54am
Anthony Dotterman/NeMLA Conference (March 23-26)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

As more upper-division literature courses disappear from college catalogues and fewer students choose to major in the humanities, the general education curriculum—and the first-year experience even more specifically—remain one of the few opportunities for university professors to use literary texts to teach critical thinking and analysis, both in terms of an acquired academic skill and as a venue for social and political activism. Yet, the freshman year of college is also a time when our students have not yet refined the very skills that can help them meaningfully participate in these academic and social dialogues as their liberal arts professors intend.

Literary Maryland in the American Imagination

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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:57am
Anthony Dotterman/NeMLA Conference (March 23-26)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

In her 1998 play How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel described Maryland as a place where “You can still imagine what how [it] used to be before the malls took over. This countryside was once dotted with farmhouses. From their porches, you could have witnessed the Civil War raging in the front fields.” Considering the preceding quotation—as well as Maryland’s geographical and figurative status as a border state between the North and South—in terms of America’s complicated racial and social history, the following panel invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to present on the representation of Maryland in the American consciousness at NeMLA's 2017 conference in Baltimore, Maryland (March 23rd-26th).

Narratives of the (Un)self: American Autothanatographers, 17th-21st centuries

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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
E-Rea, peer-reviewed journal of Aix-Marseille University's English and American Studies Unit, France
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Since the 1980s-1990s, the terms “autopathography” and “autothanatography” have increasingly been used by the theorists of autobiography. Defined by Thomas Couser as “life writing that focuses on the single experience of critical illness” (“Introduction: The Embodied Self”, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, vol.6, no 1, Spring 1991, 1), autopathography often— but not always—envisions death. The aporic term autothanatography, the writing of one’s own death, has provided a useful framework for the theorists interested in the relationships between writing, the self and death.

Running Wild: Library Archives, Faculty Engagement, and the Artist Book

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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association/PAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Academic archives and special collections are treasure troves for student engagement. These repositories contain tactile examples of institutional history that are instrumental for student research and inspirational for student creativity. Increasingly teaching faculty are collaborating with archivists and librarians in the promotion and use of these unique treasures. From these materials, students draw inspiration, often transforming the notion of what constitutes a book. Archives in turn may curate these works, documenting student research and properties for future generations. We invite presentations of work derived from or inspired by archival holdings and present strategies for encouraging similar artistic expression and curation.

 

Is There A Working Class In This Literature Class?

updated: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 2:43pm
Dan Bender/neMLA 2017 Baltimore
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

While labor economics and political theory regularly engage the phenomenon of class conflict, literary study often glosses over it. This roundtable seeks to resuscitate the vexed question of class-bias in the academy, as reflected in the absence of or meager attention given to literary representations of working class consciousness. Papers drawing from any literary chronology and any genres are welcome.  The purpose of this roundtable is  first to explore the marginalization of working class life but then to  propose a remedy. How can literary studies acquire cross-class agency, recognizing  working class subjectivity within a traditional literary canon?  This will be the roundtable's culminating question for presenters and attendees.

Comparative American Ethnic Literature

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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
Barbara Kitt Seidman/Linfield College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Proposal submissions are welcome for the standing panel on Comparative American Ethnic Literature in conjunction with the 114th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) being held Nov. 11-13 in Pasadena, CA. 

The extended deadline for proposals is July 1, 2016.

This year's conferencee theme is "Archives, Libraries, and Properties" (to align with the wealth of archival and library resources in the Pasadena area).  However, the Comparative American Ethnic Literature panel is NOT restricted to discussions related to the conference theme.  All topics relevant to the standing panel focus on American Ethnic Literature are encouraged.

CFP Nemla Baltimore 23-26 March 2017: Fostering Global Competence Through Film

updated: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 8:07pm
Patrizia Comello Perry / Borough of Manhattan Community College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Nemla Baltimore March 23-26 2017

Call For Abstracts: Fostering Global Competence Through Film: Reimagining the Foreign Culture and Language Class

 

Dear Colleagues, 

Please consider submitting an abstract for the proposed session below to be held at the NeMLA Convention in Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017.

Wise Latinas: Expressions of Subversion in Latina Writings

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
NeMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This panel examines writings by Latinas during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It utilizes Justice Sonia Sotomayor's “wise Latina” figure as a framework for how different writers identify and subvert different forms of social oppression in the U.S. This panel explores how these subversions are created using specific aesthetic conceits that are culturally nuanced and thus provide moments of community fashioned healing and empowerment that are specific to their own communities while also making spaces for solidarity between Latinas.

Encountering Shakespeare

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:09am
Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 15, 2016

Inviting proposals for

ENCOUNTERING SHAKESPEARE

The 40th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

October 20–22, 2016

Wright State University Dayton, Ohio

Proposals accepted until August 15, 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at George Washington University  

Dr. Curtis Perry, Professor of English at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Pre-Modernisms

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:13am
Pearl Kibre Medieval Study
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pre-Modernisms: Friday, October 28th, The Graduate Center, CUNY

12th Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Graduate Student Conference

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