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2015 ASA Panel: "Autistics Speak: Narrative Challenges to Neurotypical Dominance" (250 wd. abstracts due 1/5/15)

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:17pm
Tova Cooper (Panel Organizer) for American Studies Association 2015 Meeting

In November 2013, the autism community vocally criticized Suzanne Wright, the co-founder of Autism Speaks, for characterizing autism as a "monumental health crisis" that brings "despair" to the families and caretakers of autistics. Wright's critics, including Jon Elder Robinson (who resigned from the organization's board after the incident), were disturbed by her suggestion that autism is a "national emergency" that produces misery for everyone involved. Wright's comments privilege neurotypical views and behaviors rather than acknowledging that many individuals on the autism spectrum experience the world in an atypical but not inferior way.

2015 Futures of American Studies Institute: Questions Worth Asking

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:19am
James E. Dobson / Dartmouth College




Director: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)

Co-Directors: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin), Donatella Izzo (Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale,"), Eric W. Lott (City University of New York, Graduate Center)


Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:13am
Subashish Bhattacharjee and Mandika Sinha, University of North Bengal

"If the authentic test for a great novel is rereading, and the joys of yet further rereading, then Pride and Prejudice can rival any novel ever written." — Harold Bloom One of the most popular works of fiction in English literature, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1813) has withstood the tests of time and has been revisited time and again with renewed critical engagements, adaptations and popular celebration. Regardless to say, several tomes have been dedicated to this particular work over the years, and many more continue to be produced with consistency that engage with the novel across areas such as the application of literary theories, in the context of cultural studies or even popular culture.

World Congress on Special Needs Education

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:10am
George Collier / Infonomics Society

WCSNE-2015 Call for Papers

Kindly email this call for papers to your colleagues,
faculty members and postgraduate students.

Call for Papers, Extended Abstracts, Posters, Tutorials and Workshop

World Congress on Special Needs Education (WCSNE-2015)
August 17-20, 2015
Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

First "Philosophy and Translation" International Conference about Early Greek Philosophical Texts Translated into Arabic: Ap

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:42am
Translation and Knowledge Integration Laboratory, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Cadi Ayyad University

Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences – Marrakech

Translation and Knowledge Integration Laboratory


The First "Philosophy and Translation" International Conference about Early Greek Philosophical Texts Translated into Arabic: Approaches and Ramifications - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Marrakech, Morocco,

In honor of Professor Mohamed TOUQUI

Call for Papers

Size and Scale in Literature and Culture -- Edited Essay Collection (abstracts due March 1, 2015)

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 8:20am
Michael Tavel Clarke, University of Calgary & David Wittenberg, University of Iowa

The topic of scale is currently of great interest to scholars and readers in a number of fields in the humanities and social sciences. Questions of scale, size, and magnitude have become especially urgent in an era of simultaneous globalization and digitization, during which the domains of political, aesthetic, and ethical relationships between human beings are vastly expanded even as industrial technology achieves unprecedented levels of miniaturization. Arguably, contemporary critics and theorists must now catch up with longstanding inquiries and experiments on the significance of scale already undertaken within both the sciences and the self-conscious stylistic practices of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, film, and art.

CfP: Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:54am
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester

The nineteenth century witnessed a surge of enthusiasm for visiting places associated with authors and their works, and a related interest in the preservation and consecration of authors' houses. In 1847 one of the world's most famous sites of literary tourism, the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, was purchased and established by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, while the first blue plaque was introduced in 1867 to mark the birthplace of Lord Byron. What did visitors to literary graves, houses and landscapes seek to experience and how was this mediated by the spaces themselves?

Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, Oct. 1-3, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 1:06am
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum

Keynote Speakers: Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School; Cynthia Robinson, Cornell University; John Lardas Modern, Franklin & Marshall College; Richard A. Rosengarten, Chicago Divinity School; Amila Buturovic, York University

Charles Taylor recently claimed that we live in "a secular age," one in which a wide range of religious practices – and ways to opt out of those practices – are available. Today we might follow traditional forms of observance, establish new kinds of worship that are not strictly religious, or reject devotional pursuits altogether. Is Taylor right, or have these options always existed in varying degrees, in various periods and places?

CALL FOR PAPERS (CFP):Childhood and Visual Texts in/of Asia DEADLINE: MARCH 9, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:31am
Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association Department of Children English Education, National Taipei University of Education Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award Executive Committee


Childhood and Visual Texts in/of Asia

An international conference sponsored by
Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association
Department of Children English Education, National Taipei University of Education
Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award Executive Committee

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Venue: National Taipei University of Education

Alchemy in Harry Potter

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:10pm
Anne Mamary and Christine Myers/Monmouth College

Call for papers for a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary collection of essays on alchemy in the Harry Potter novels.

In a 1998 interview with The Herald, J.K. Rowling said, "I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that's a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I've learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. . . . I [had] to know in detail what magic can and cannot do in order to set the parameters and establish the stories' internal logic."

We are seeking papers for a collection of new essays on alchemy, broadly conceived, in the Harry Potter series. We welcome essays on alchemy itself and the alchemical symbolism in the novels.

3rd Annual University of Iowa WLGO Conference "Exploring Identities"

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 6:23pm
The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO)

The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO) invites you to submit abstracts for academic papers or creative writing pieces from all disciplines that investigate identities: their formation, representation and influence on society and language.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015. We prefer abstracts and presentations in English but we will consider submissions in other languages. In your abstract please specify if your presentation will be an academic paper or a creative writing piece. We welcome both individual presentations and panel proposals of 3-4 presenters. Presentations will be 20 minutes long.

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Narrative Visions

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 4:51pm
JNV: An Electronic Journal of Narrative Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Vision Care

About the Journal:
The Journal of Narrative Visions (JNV) is a newly established online journal that accepts narrative medicine and creative pieces related to ophthalmology, optometry, and vision care. We are now open for submissions including non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork.

The mission of JNV is to provide an online space where healthcare workers, caregivers, and patients may reflect on their personal experiences caring for those with ophthalmological issues or personally living with vision problems.

Submission Process

We welcome submissions from patients, caregivers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other healthcare workers including medical students and residents from all over the world.

[Update] Submission Date Extended To January 2, 2015: TRANS-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self (February 12-13, 2015)

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:47pm
Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association

Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes and reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.

Teaching John Dos Passos (American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA)

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:05pm
John Dos Passos Society

For the American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA

The John Dos Passos Society seeks participants for a round table discussion on teaching Dos Passos in the college classroom. Papers should be between 5 and 7 minutes in length and may address your experiences teaching this author, discussions of the contexts in which his work teaches well, tactics you have taken with undergraduate and/or graduate students, materials you have found helpful in your instruction, etc.

Please send an abstract and a brief CV to or to our President, Victoria Bryan, by January 25, 2015.