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Periodizing the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 12:48pm
ACLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

 ACLA 2018 | March 29-April 1 | UCLA This seminar invites papers on theories and practices of periodization in modern and contemporary literature. Participants are invited to share meditations, gambits, polemics, practicums, readings and responses relating to the shifting time-shapes of their fields. Are there certain subfields/approaches that are more or less bound by periodization? Does certain content necessitate or pressure a more active periodizing logic? Do certain objects seem to allow a periodizing quietism? Papers could address, for example, relationships between historicization and periodization, literary geographies and historical/cultural eras, or comparative method and literary time.

[SCMS 2018] Points in Space: Performance and the Moving Image

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:45am
Swagato Chakravorty / Yale University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Since the 1960s, marking a transition from a Friedian conception of artistic modernism to one turning around John Cage and his New York circle, performance art has forged a strong relationship to moving-image art writ large. Responding to technological developments across imaging, motion-capture, and virtual or augmented reality research, performance artists have created increasingly sophisticated works that defy ready classification.

Reminder: Considering Modernist Confusion (NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh)

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 10:52pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?

ACLA Panel: Networks of Adoption

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:42pm
Melissa Dinsman and Beth Rosenberg
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

This call seeks abstracts for the upcoming ACLA conference for papers that will focus on representations of adoption in literature. The goal of this panel is to explore how literary representations of adoption and the formation of adoptive families have changed over time. To do this, we are looking for a broad range of papers that address adoption in literature from different national, religious, racial, gender, and theoretical perspectives. We are also open to definitions of adoption that include varying degrees of legalization.

NEMLA 2018 Panel: World-Making and Anglophone Fiction (Abstracts due 9/30)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 2:22pm
Shun Y. Kiang / Case Western Reserve University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

In his recent work On Literary Worlds (2012), Eric Hayot examines how literature—through narration—gives shape and substance to worlds and ways of being in them. Literary worlds, Hayot argues,“[are] the diegetic totality constituted by the sum of all aspects of a single work, constellated into a structure or system that amounts to a whole” (44) and “they are always social and conceptual constructs, as well as formal and affective ones” (45).

The Subject of Women in Proust (NeMLA 2018)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:46pm
Northeast Modern Language Association 49th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA April 12-15, 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 25, 2017

The Subject of Women in Proust


On first reading, Proust's narrative in A la Recherche du temps perdu suggests that women are merely objects in Marcel's development. Despite extensive descriptions and metaphors, female characters seem to slip away from concrete definition, defying assured characterization. Moreover, most critical discussions of women in Proust compartmentalize female characters either as “Madonnas” (Marcel’s mother and grandmother) or “whores” (Odette, Gilberte, Albertine, Léa, Rachel). But how are women in Proust's fiction more than just objects? Given their centrality to the text, a reexamination of the ways in which Proust writes female characters is overdue.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:25pm
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 8, 2018

 On Miracle Ground XX

          The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at a July 2018 conference in downtown Chicago. In a year marking the centenary of Solzhenitsyn’s birth and the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Durrell’s satirical dystopia Tunc, ILDS welcomes papers reflecting on modernist and postmodern writers or artists who challenged the political and cultural ideologies of their time and place. Interrogating conceptions of exile, survival, and dissent, we will explore how the work of these past intellectual dissidents has shaped our critiques of twenty-first century society.


Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:19pm
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CFP: Refuge

46th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

22–24 February 2018


The whole world was a refugee now that the war had at last ended. 

 — Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, or Ruling Passions (1982)


Any man, even the greatest, can be broken in a moment and has no refuge. Any theory which denies this is a lie. For myself, I have no theories.

 —Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince (1973)


Call for Editors and Peer Reviewers

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:26am
Watchung Review
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The NJCEA is seeking scholars interested in serving as editors and as peer reviewers for their open-source academic and creative journal: Watchung Review. Watchung Review is a peer-reviewed journal focused on current trends and cutting edge literary writing and research including work on rhetoric and composition as well as digital humanities. The journal aims to foster opportunities for scholars and practitioners to engage in disciplinary conversations critical to the advancement of the humanities by promoting the critical nexus of literature, writing theory, pedagogy and technology. Watchung Review is supported by the New Jersey College English Association. These are volunteer positions.