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[UPDATE] "Race, Politics, and the Humanities in an Age of 'Posts'" Special Issue March 1, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 3:39pm
Humanities (an international, peer-reviewed, open access quarterly journal)

This Special Issue comes at a time when the defining boundaries of both "race" and "human" have been radically called into question, challenging us to rethink classificatory systems that found hierarchical relationships between, for example, the "fully human" and sub-human or non-human others. What is at stake for the humanities in this presumably post-racial, post-human age, and, in particular, how are we to re-imagine racial equality or human rights as sustainable political projects? Please send 250-word abstracts directly to the Guest Editor, Myra Mendible, at for review. Completed papers are due on or before June 1st, 2016.

UPDATE--ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 11:45am
Edinburgh University Press

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. The volumes to be published this year focus on Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, and Budd Boetticher.

General Submissions for College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 11:26am
College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

College Literature is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. CL is dedicated to publishing high quality, original, and innovative scholarly research from across the discipline of literary studies.

The journal is currently considering manuscripts for publication in our general issues forthcoming in 2016 and 2017 (volumes 43 and 44). We welcome submissions from across the various periods, intellectual fields, and topics of Anglophone and comparative literary studies. We particularly encourage submissions that interrogate the terms of their own critical practice and reflect on the current parameters of literary study.

[UPDATE] Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries (Issue 8.1)

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 9:39am
Dr. Adam Sills / The Defoe Society

Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is seeking papers for its next issue of the journal (Issue 8.1, Fall 2016). Please direct queries or submissions to Dr. Adam Sills ( and Dr. Chris Loar ( Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.

We are also excited to note that Digital Defoe has a new, streamlined site and a URL that is much easier to remember: Archived issues 1-6 are available on both the new site and at the previous URL.

Vile Visions: Representing Evil

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 8:43am
University of Southampton

The concept of evil is age old, but the way it manifests in cultural narratives has continuously shifted. From the theological to the psychological, evil is a core theme of tales across the ages. What does the way it is portrayed tell us? Does it still hold as much significance? This one day conference at the University of Southampton will explore representations of evil in its many guises. Papers from across disciplines are welcomed. Suggestions for topics include (but by no means are limited to):

Autofiction in English

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 6:58am
Hywel Dix, Bournemouth University, UK

Since the term was coined by Serge Doubrovsky in 1971, autofiction has become established as a recognisable genre within the French literary pantheon. Over the same period, it has attracted increasing critical and theoretical scrutiny so that it has developed into a dynamic field of scholarly research in France. Indeed, the increase and variety of autofiction scholarship has had the effect of placing the characteristics of the genre itself in question.

A Change of (s)cene: Reviewing Our Place in a New Geological Epoch, Wednesday 31st August – Friday 2nd September 2016 [UPDATE]

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 5:46am
Michelle Poland / Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland


31ST August – 2nd September 2016

A change of (s)cene: reviewing our place in a new geological epoch

ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland - invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 31st August – 2nd September 2016 at the University of Lincoln ( on the theme of 'A change of (s)cene: reviewing our place in a new geological epoch'.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Adeline Johns-Putra - Reader in English (University of Surrey)