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NeMLA 2016, "Sound Studies in Literature" Roundtable

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 4:47pm
Shawn M. Higgins / University of Connecticut

This roundtable proposal seeks to expand the conversation on sound studies in literature. Instead of focusing on one time period or geographical area, this roundtable brings scholars of all different types of literature together to discuss sound in literature.

Greening the Gap: Rhetoric, Literature, and the Environment

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 3:57pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Tensions between rhetoric and literary studies are long-standing. For example, poetry and other types of literary texts were subsumed by rhetoric for the greater part of two millennia. However, a shift in 20th-century values led to the canonization of literary texts; consequently, English departments today prioritize literature (however you might define it) over rhetoric. Why are rhetoric and composition considered "low arts"? Why do academics fight to teach literature classes available, but complain about teaching composition? What does an English department "do" anyway? These kinds of questions and concerns have led many contemporary English departments to hunker down in their respective camp. But is this divide necessary or useful?

Roland Barthes at Boston College, grad.conference, Nov.13-14

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 3:37pm
Boston College, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College is organizing an interdisciplinary graduate conference in celebration of Roland Barthes' centennial. Deeply invested in the role of literature and art in society, Barthes' influence extended far beyond the boundaries of French language and literature. His writings laid the groundwork for modern literary theory and criticism. Forever resisting dogmatic assertions, Barthes' curiosity and expansive body of work have left a mark on almost every intellectual field of study and, far from outdated, his writings continues to influence generations of scholars.

[[UPDATE]] CFP: "Moved by the Spirit, Authorized by God: Black Women Activists and Religion" NEMLA Mar 17-20, 2016, Hartford. CT

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 3:03pm
Jami Carlacio / NEMLA Conference, Mar 17-20, 2016

Since the era of slavery and continuing through the present, Black women have articulated a vision of freedom, equality, anti-racism, and racial uplift, drawing from Scripture to sustain their work of promoting equal rights for African Americans. From the early female abolitionists such as Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, to the anti-lynching activists Ida B. Wells and Mary Talbert, to the twentieth-century civil rights activists Ella Josephine Baker and Septima Clark, and countless others, these "churchwomen" actively challenged the status quo that relegated Black women to the least empowered positions in the social order.

Science Fiction & Fantasy: The Works of Joss Whedon

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 2:05pm
Susan Fanetti/Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

CFP: The Works of Joss Whedon, SWPACA (11/1/2015; 2/10-13/2016)

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area chairs of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association ( invite paper or panel proposals on any topic related to the works of Joss Whedon.

Join us for the 37th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference, February 10-13, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2015.

Rap and Hip Hop Culture CFP

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 1:34pm
Southwest PCA Conference [Pop Culture and American Culture]

Call for Papers: RAP AND HIP HOP CULTURE Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association

37th Annual Conference February 10-13, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2015

Submit Paper Proposals Here:

Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture Area.

Serial Forms (ACLA Seminar)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 11:58am
ACLA 2016

In response to an echoing call for a renewed attention to form, this ACLA seminar will examine a particularly rich formal classification: the serial. Conceiving of serial form broadly to encompass a variety of sequential and collected narratives, from installments and episodes to versions, revisions, witnesses, releases, copies, variations, collections, and cycles, we will ask how narratives in parts challenge and invigorate our critical approaches to narrative form. While criticism of serial form tends to center on Charles Dickens and look forward to twentieth-century radio and television, the formal conventions of seriality – the sequence and collection of narratives – extends far beyond this fictional field.