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CFP: Diversity in Midwestern Studies

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:29am

"The times they are a-changing," but we are still quoting an old white male to describe the situation. The Midwest has long been thought of as pretty monolithic: all white, all farms, all "average," all cold, and flat. The borders of other US regions seem to be easier to define, but the Midwest has often been white-washed by too-easy definitions of who lives there and what life is like.

Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1750

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 9:32am
Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, University of Birmingham

During the early modern period, national identity was increasingly defined by the dynamic between people and the environment they populated. While many still longed for the pastoral ideal of Britain as the 'Eden of Europe', the looming threat of pollution, natural disaster, resource depletion, and urbanisation beset the thoughts of contemporary writers, theologians, and politicians. Though it had been long held that the environment had an observable influence on the fortunes of a nation and the character of its citizens, the inhabitants of early modern Britain now became gradually conscious of their impact on the natural world.

IASA: "Recorded, Reported, Projected, & Pixilated: Italian Americans in Mass Media" Nov. 3-5, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 9:26am
Italian American Studies Association

Conference Theme: "Recorded, Reported, Projected, and Pixilated: Italian Americans in Mass Media"

Date: November 3rd to November 5th, 2016

Location: California State University—Long Beach, Long Beach / Los Angeles, California

Music, theater, film, multi-media, mass media and advertising, publishing, artistic renderings, science and technology, and the burgeoning digital humanities have characterized and are changing the way Italian Americans conceive of themselves and how they re-conceptualize and re-signify their identities.

'Anachronism and the Medieval' (includes post-medieval literature)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 8:32am
European Society for the Study of English (ESSE); Galway, Ireland

A seminar dedicated to "Anachronism and the Medieval" is planned for the next European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Conference, to be held from 22-26 August 2016 in Galway, Ireland. The organizers look forward to receiving proposals for papers to be presented in this seminar.

States of the Book - 23-24 September

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 8:21am
Department of English and Philosophy / United States Military Academy at West Point

The Department of English and Philosophy at West Point will host an interdisciplinary symposium to consider the relation of the material text to the formation and function of states and state-like structures. In particular, we seek to investigate the methods and effects of state and institutional manipulation of textual materialities to create, control, or shape responses. We welcome abstracts that consider texts from the oral ancient to the digital contemporary.

Keynote speaker: Michael F. Suarez, S.J. (University Professor and Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, Member of the National Council on the Humanities).

Anticipations: H. G. Wells, Science Fiction and Radical Visions 8-10 July 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 5:23am
The H. G. Wells Society

Anticipations: H. G. Wells, Science Fiction and Radical Visions 8-10 July 2016
H. G. Wells Conference Centre, Woking, UK. Organised by the H. G. Wells Society

Plenary Speakers: Stephen M. Baxter and Lesley A. Hall

H. G. Wells was a novelist, social commentator and utopianist, and is regarded as one of the fathers of science fiction. His early scientific romances featured time travel, mad scientists, alien invasion, space travel, invisibility, utopia, future war and histories of the future: his mappings of the shape of things to come was an overture to over a century of science fiction.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 3:52am
Nordic Association of English Studies

Second and final call for papers
Nordic Association of English Studies Conference, 2016
University of Agder, Norway
May 4-7, 2016
"Englishes and Changing Identities in the North"

AATI @ Naples June 22-27, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 8:35pm
American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)


Session/Roundtable proposals with calls for abstracts: February 20, 2016.
Individual paper proposals: February 20, 2016.

Completed Sessions and Roundtables with all relevant information, as per guidelines (attached): March 1, 2016.


L'Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale
L'Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
June 22-27, 2016

Submissions for This Bridge Called Language Anthology [Deadline March 31, 2016]

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 7:34pm
This Bridge Called Language Anthology

This Bridge Called Language is currently seeking submissions. This Bridge Called Language is an upcoming anthology of real-life stories, each inspired by an "untranslatable" word from around the world. We are seeking true-to-life, personal stories, inspired by untranslatable words that capture the essence and experience of the word more than any attempt at a direct translation could. We seek true tales that convey both the unique and the universal in the magic of real life.

This anthology will allow the power of language, storytelling and personal lived experience to be the bridge between the imagined "us" and "them," in a world that is increasingly filled instead with pieces of us all.

[UPDATE - DEADLINE EXTENDED] Dissertation Award (Medieval)

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 5:27pm
Lynn Arner/Canadian Society of Medievalists

The yearly competition for The Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize for Medieval Studies is currently open. This prize is awarded to a deserving dissertation in any field of medieval studies. The dissertation must be written by a Canadian or by someone resident in Canada. Entries are adjudicated by the Dissertation Prize Committee, a subcommittee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM). The prize consists of a cash award as well as a membership in the CSM for three years. Members automatically receive copies of the journal Florilegium and the CSM's newsletter Scrinium.

La producción cultural ecuatoriana desde 1980

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 4:57pm
Asociación de Ecuatorianistas

El comité de selección recibirá electrónicamente resúmenes de 250 palabras de los trabajos individuales o de las mesas propuestas (con nombres de los participantes) hasta el 30 de marzo de 2016. Cada ponencia será de 8 a 10 cuartillas, escritas a doble renglón, y de un máximo de 20 minutos de lectura. Favor de dirigirse a Manuel Medina:

MLA 2017: The Forms of American Religion

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 4:28pm
Wilson Brissett, Air Force Academy

What forms does religion take in the United States? I am assembling for MLA 2017 a panel of papers that take a formal approach to the study of American religions. Such approaches could include, but are not limited to, the influence of literary, cultural, political, or economic forms on theologies, practices, or spiritualities. Studies that focus on topics like race, gender, modernity, and secularism are welcome, and papers can be located in any time period or region. Ideally, the panel will include papers on Christian and other religions in the United States.

Please submit a 150-200 word proposal and a brief CV to Wilson Brissett ( by 15 March 2016.