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International Virginia Woolf Society Panel at MLA 2021: Archival Woolf

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:55pm
Mary Wilson / International Virginia Woolf Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Archival Woolf.  This panel will explore Woolf and the archive: Woolf’s own engagement with archives, the representation of archival research in her fiction and essays, and/or our understanding of her work via archived materials.  Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Mary Wilson ( by Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Katherine Anne Porter Society Graduate Student Paper Award

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:48pm
Katherine Anne Porter Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Katherine Anne Porter Society is pleased to announce an annual Graduate Student Paper Award. Interested applicants should submit an article-length (15-25 page) paper on any Katherine Anne Porter topic. The winner, which will be announced on December 1, 2020, will be invited to present a shortened form of the paper at the annual Katherine Anne Porter Society Session at the American Literature Association Conference and will be featured in an article of the Katherine Anne Porter Society Newsletter. The award also brings a monetary prize of $250. Please email submissions as Word attachments to Jerry Findley at by June 30, 2020.


The Alterity of Affliction / Afflictions of Alterity

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 11:55am
Cultural, Social and Political Thought, University of Victoria, BC
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Alterity of Affliction / Afflictions of Alterity

University of Victoria (British Columbia), May 22-24, 2020       
Keynote speaker, Cindy Baker
Deadline to submit, March 01, 2020

“Whatever pain achieves, it achieves in part through its unsharability, and it ensures this unsharability through its resistance to language . . .” – Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain

Utopia 2020: Plans for the New World Order

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 11:57am
Florida State University, Graduate Literature Organization
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 3, 2020

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.” - Victor Hugo


A Graduate Conference at Florida State University, Saturday April 4th.

Humanity, Humane and Post-Human

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 11:53am
Graduate Forum - Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 3, 2020





S37: Just “making it new”? Modernist Fiction Writers Reaching Back to their Predecessors

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 11:53am
ESSE 2020 Conference Lyon
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Modernist writers have been notoriously known as “making it new”, cutting ties with the previous generations, as famously declared by Virginia Woolf, denigrating their predecessors as materialist Edwardians. More recent research, however, argues that in spite of their manifestos, modernist writers actively engaged in a dialogue with their predecessors from all ages, taking inspiration and even narrative models from their texts, thus deconstructing the sharp dividing line created by the modernists themselves. The seminar invites presentations that pertain to this area of research so that we can have a more complex view of how modernism is positioned in literary history.

Continentalizing Global Modernism @ MLA 2021

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 9:12am
John Hoffmann / University of Marburg
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 20, 2020

As the ambit of global modernist studies expands, the place of continental Europe in the geography of modernism is something of a quandary. Indeed, the continent’s place was never very clear to begin with. In her foundational essay “Periodizing Modernism,” Susan Stanford Friedman criticizes a disciplinary bias that favors Anglo-American modernism at the expense of writing from postcolonial nations. Yet Friedman also notes that the old, chiefly Anglo-American modernist studies possessed only a “limited continental scope.” Thus the turn to the globe––that is, the turn away from Europe––has consigned the continent to the disciplinary past when, according to Friedman, it was a marginalized domain in the first place.

T. S. Eliot and Emily Hale

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 1:58pm
Gabrielle McIntire / International T. S. Eliot Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 22, 2020

MLA 2021 in Toronto: T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale

Deadline for submissions:

April 1, 2020

Full name/name of organization:

Gabrielle McIntire, Queen’s University, Canada

Contact email:

“T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale”

CinemArts Graduate Student Essay Award

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:56am
CinemArts SIG (SCMS)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 7, 2020

The CinemArts: Film and Art History SIG of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies seeks submissions for its Graduate Student Essay Prize, with the winner to be announced at the 2020 conference.  This award is meant to recognize outstanding scholarship from students currently enrolled in a recognized graduate program and working at the intersection of film, art and visual culture.  Applicants must be current SCMS and CinemArts members (but not necessarily presenting at the 2020 conference).  Submissions may include revised seminar papers, dissertation excerpts, or any essay published in 2019-2020.  Submissions are limited to one per applicant, should not exceed 8,500 words (excluding notes), and must use a standard citation format.  If the winning essay