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NeMLA 2018: Politics of Preservation: Land, Law and Literature

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:25pm
Hande Gurses, UMass Amherst
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 29, 2017

Earlier this year a river revered by the local Mauri people in New Zealand has been granted legal rights as a living entity. This first incident was then succeeded by a court’s decision in India to grant the rivers Ganges and Yamuna the status of living beings. Not all parts of the earth benefit from such legal protection as evidenced by the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in 2013 and by the Dakota Pipeline protests more recently.

CFP: Afropolitan Literature as World Literature (edited collection, Bloomsbury Publishing)

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 4:20am
Bloomsbury Publishing
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Afropolitanism currently inflects many academic and popular conversations about African literature. The term is mobilized to celebrate African influence in the world and to characterize the proliferation of African literature that is disconnected from the daily lives of average people residing on the continent. It refuses victimhood for Africans in the wake of patronizing representations by the likes of CNN, BBC, and KONY 2012 and sells a version of Africa ready-made for western reading tastes.  It represents a formidable ideology formulated by Achille Mbembe, among others, and a way to sell $30 novelty T-shirts to American hipsters.

Paving the road for men of brighter talents: celebrating the tercentenary of Horace Walpole

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 2:03am
Aeternum: Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 18, 2017

Author of nominally the first gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto, the collection of gothic short stories, The Hieroglyphic Tales, and the gothic play The Mysterious Mother, Walpole developed a style with hyperbolic tendencies, odd and wild ornamentation, rude irregularity and deliberate disharmony in an effort to free the authorial imagination from the ennui and malaise engendered by neoclassical order and form. The prefaces to his fictional works often featured commentary on the current state of literature, art and culture, and his self-published letters, are themselves of significant social and political interest.

Call for Papers: Approaches to Teaching and Learning with Urban Spaces – NeMLA 2018

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:29pm
Lee B. Abraham / Columbia University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Call for Papers

Approaches to Teaching and Learning with Urban Spaces

49th Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds
April 12-15, 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Lives in Transit: Subjectivity in the Age of Migration (NeMLA 2018)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 8:12am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

More than thirty years ago, Edward Said wrote in Reflections on Exile that “our indeed the age of the refugee, the displaced person, mass immigration.” As migration becomes increasingly recognized as integral to contemporary societies, how does transit become central to how we understand urban spaces, communities, and the experiences of individuals within them? We understand transit as the movement of people, ideas, memories, or emotions, and what Jodi Byrd has described as “liminal existence” in “ungrievable spaces.” In what ways does the concept of "transit" model a rethinking of the relationship between individuals and postcolonial geographies? How does mobility constitute movement through both physical and ontological space?

[Update] Levinas, the Material, and Ethics (deadline extended)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:14am
North American Levinas Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Levinas, the Material, and Ethics

 North American Levinas Society

12th Annual International Conference

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA

July 24-27, 2017 

Plenary Speakers:

Adriaan Peperzak, Loyola University Chicago

Tom Sparrow, Slippery Rock University

Annual Talmudic Lecture: Georges Hansel, SIREL


Climate and Income Inequality

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 4:13pm
C19 conference in Albuquerque in March 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017

DEADLINE APPROACHING:  For the C19 conference in Albuquerque in March 2018, I am seeking scholars to form a panel called "Climate and Income Inequality" -- a panel that addresses the literary representation of the conjunction of climate change and socioeconomic inequality. While environmental justice and environmental racism focus on low-income or minority communities who are forced to live near hazardous or toxic environments, I would like the panel to focus on how climate change specifically affects the poor.

Cli-fi and Class

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2017

Anthropogenic climate change is not an "equal opportunity" threat--the poor will suffer much more than the wealthy. Many American writers recognize this and address socioeconomic struggle alongside global warming. Since both wealth inequality and planetary warming are socially constructed forces of economics and politics, how do American writers narrate one in terms of the other in order to reveal and connect the dual exploitation of the poor and the earth? Upload 500-word proposals by September 1, 2017 to panel number 16744 "Clif-fi and Class" to   questions to

CFP: NeMLA Seminar: Re-births in Times of Crisis, Pittsburgh, 12-18 April 2018

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:31pm
Irene Domingo, University of St Thomas & Almudena Marín-Cobos, Columbia University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This seminar seeks to explore the dialectical relationship between recent geopolitical crises and people’s responses to them. Once previous hermeneutical and epistemological frameworks and tools no longer work, global citizens need to devise original technologies to respond to and understand what are perceived as radically new experiences.