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[UPDATE] Gender Politics in 20th-century British Drama -- NeMLA, Mar 17-20, 2016, Hartford, CT -- Deadline for CFP Oct 15, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 2:01pm
Oscar Bojorquez - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

The aims of this panel are to discuss and inform on the topic of gender politics of 20th-century English drama. The politics regard a total shift from the previous format of plays. Due mainly to the women's movement in society, many changes started to take place. Prior themes centering around a male-dominated world have given way to themes of men's abuse of power, sexual politics, pain, physical and psychological torture, general feminist themes, sexual desire and redemptive love just to name a few. The existence of cross-gender casting also makes its appearance in force. Two important playwrights who have made names for "women" in their work are Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane.

[UPDATE] Nineteenth-century Building Stories (NeMLA, Hartford, CT March 17-20 2016, abstracts due Oct 15)

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:37am
Elizabeth Starr (Westfield State University)

This panel will consider Victorian short fiction as both an artifact and narrative architect of the city. Drawing on the large body of scholarship on nineteenth-century print cultures and more recent reconsideration of the relationship between short and long-form narratives, this panel seeks papers interested in exploring the position of short fiction within Victorian attempts to represent and/or reimagine British urban landscapes.

UPDATE: Great Writing International Creative Writing conference (11/09; 06/18-06/19 2016)

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:13am
Great Writing International Creative Writing conference

Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference (UK)

Sat. June 18 – Sun. June 19 2016

Imperial College, London

Proposals are invited for the 19th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference.

Proposals for presentation of critical work or for creative presentations (e.g. readings) will both be very welcome.

In 2016, the 19th year of the conference, we will look to the current conditions of your individual creative writing practice, to research and teaching in creative writing, and to the experiences of creative writing teaching, learning and research from a faculty or student perspective. All topics will be welcome!

The Dark California: Millennial Concerns in the Contemporary Pop-Cultural Readings of California

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 5:01am
edited collection

The turmoil of the new millennium has given rise to a plethora of uncertainties about both the present and the future, which find their reflections in a whole spectrum of conventions characteristic of contemporary popular culture – from the gothic through noir and horror to psychedelic, cyberpunk, or post-apocalyptic. Influences of such dark aesthetics can be traced in numerous depictions of California (in fiction, music, TV series, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, etc.), turning it arguably into one specific region whose historical constitution as well as cultural renderings make it a unique space to confront the unknown.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Masculinities special issue | Writing from Below

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 2:25am
Writing from Below

Writing from Below calls for submissions for a special themed issue on queer and non-normative masculinities - the diversity of masculinities, the disruption of traditional hegemonic heterosexual masculinity, the masculine written and rewritten from below.

We seek critical and creative works in any publishable format or medium on any aspect of masculinity and/or its critique in art, society and culture. Do not be limited. Be brave. Play with form, style, and genre. We welcome submissions from across (and outside of, against and up against) the disciplinary spectrum.

Topics might include (but should not be limited to):

Comics Arts Conference WonderCon: 12/1

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 5:47pm
Comics Arts Conference

The Comics Arts Conference is accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, and panels taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for our meeting of scholars and professionals at WonderCon in Los Angeles, CA, from 3/25-3/27 2016. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:06pm
Tonya Moutray, Russell Sage College / NEMLA, Hartford

This roundtable explores interdisciplinary methods of approaching the teaching of 18th-century British and Anglophone literature, including Restoration and Romantic literatures. Participants will share innovative pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies that bring students more fully into the literary, artistic, cultural, and historical worlds of these time periods. Discussion of the use of experiential and/or multimodal approaches in and outside of the classroom is particularly welcome. Abstracts should include a title and be no more than 300 words. Abstracts must be submitted through the