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Form Matters: The Media of anti-Americanism

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 3:20am
Heiko Beyer (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany) and Jesper Gulddal (University of Newcastle, Astralia)

Invitation for abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of American Studies (proposal pending) on the Media of Anti-Americanism

Initial abstracts due: November 30, 2015
Contributors informed of decision no later than: December 15, 2015
Full submissions due: April 30, 2016

Please send submissions to:

Heiko Beyer (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany):


Jesper Gulddal (University of Newcastle, Astralia):

Aims and Scope of the Special Issue

Cornell University Romance Studies Graduate Conference "Ideas of South" - March 11th–12th 2016 (Abstract due December 1st 2015)

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 11:55pm
Cornell University - Department of Romance Studies

In 1925, the editors of Quarto Stato questioned the forms in which the Turin communists were addressing the "Southern Question," critical of how Italy's unification in 1870 resulted in advanced industry and agriculture in the North and the reinstatement of traditions of feudalism in the South. In Antonio Gramsci's reading, the move of the Turin communists was far from dividing the country but instead was based on creating alliances between the workers from the North and the peasants from the South as a strategy for revolution. In 2015, with austerity crippling southern Europe countries, what old and new "Southern Questions" are shaping the long history of inequality in the very idea of south?

Cosmopolis and Beyond. Literary Cosmopolitanism after the Republic of Letters

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:46pm
Trinity College, Oxford

Cosmopolitanism, derived from the ancient Greek for 'world citizenship', offers a radical alternative to nationalism, asking individuals to imagine themselves as part of a community that goes beyond national and linguistic boundaries. Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in cosmopolitanism in the humanities and social sciences, especially within philosophy, sociology and politics. Cosmopolitanism, however, has also exercised a shaping influence on modern literary culture. It is well known that during the Enlightenment it found an embodiment in the Republic of Letters.

Reimagining the Child: Next Steps in the Study of Childhood(s), A Graduate Student Conference, April 22-23 2016

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:39pm
The Rutgers University – Camden Graduate Student Organization in Childhood Studies

Call for Papers

Reimagining the Child: Next Steps in the Study of Childhood(s)
A Graduate Student Conference

The Rutgers University – Camden Graduate Student Organization in Childhood Studies is pleased to announce our third graduate student conference, to be held 22-23 April 2016 in Camden, New Jersey. Graduate students and others at a similar stage of career in all disciplines who are engaged in research relating to children and youth are encouraged to submit proposals.

Re-Queering the Nation: America's Queer Crisis - Special Issue - European Journal of American Studies - Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:19pm
Francisco Costa, University of East Anglia/European Association for American Studies

LGBTQ social, cultural, and political issues have become a defining feature of twenty-first century American life, transforming on a national, international and transnational scale a number of institutions. With this special issue of the European Journal of American Studies we will stage a timely and much-needed conversation between American Studies and Queer Studies, in order to address America's rapidly changing position in relation to LGBTQ issues.

Call for papers: a special issue on Literature, Reading and reader formation - Lingua & Literatura v. 17, n. 20, Dec 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 4:23pm
– Lingua &Literatura v. 17 n. 20 (Dec 2015) - Universidade Regional Integrada (URI), Brazil

Lingua&Literatura is the journal for language and literary studies at at the Universidade Regional Integrada, RS, Brazil. It publishes contributions in three languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English). Lingua & Literatura seeks contributions for a special issue on Literature, reading and reader formation. We invite 10-15 page essays, as well as book reviews of books published in 2014 or 2015 (3-4 pages) and interviews (5-10 pages) on the following topics related to the central theme, but other related notions are likewise encouraged:
- The right to reading and literature
- Reading and the reader
- Formation of readers and of teachers-readers
- Reader formation in Basic and Higher Education

UPDATE - "Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture" - Submission deadline Nov. 15, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 2:44pm
Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)

The deadline is fast approaching for the upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain feature moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.