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MLS reviews - please submit by April 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 4:30pm
Randy Robertson / Susquehanna University

Modern Language Studies, the journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association, is seeking reviews for the summer 2015 issue.

I am especially interested in reviews of primary sources (including scholarly editions, contemporary literature, art, film, comic books, visual and popular culture), pedagogical works, and hypertext publications. However, reviews are no longer restricted to these categories.

Graduate students are welcome to contribute to the journal. To be considered for the summer issue, send a review of approximately 1000-2000 words to me by April 20. Please submit your review electronically (as a Word attachment) to Randy Robertson, Reviews Editor of MLS, at

Religion and Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century: approaches to genre, form, and reading practice, May 15th 2015, UK

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 4:04pm
University of Southampton and Chawton House Library

Religion and Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century:
approaches to genre, form, and reading practice

May 15th 2015 Chawton House Libary

Keynote Speakers:
Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary University of London)
William Gibson (Oxford Brookes University)
Jon Mee (University of York)

Call for Novel-Focused Blog Posts & Teaching Tools

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 3:07pm
Studies in the Novel

Studies in the Novel, a scholarly journal in its 47th year, invites submissions of guest blog posts and teaching resources to be considered as content on our newly-launched website, For the blog forum, we invite incisive, humorous, and intellectually speculative posts from the journal's readers, contributors, and the novel-loving community at large on issues of relevance to scholarship on the novel, new and noteworthy novels, or other novel topics. The selection and publication of blog posts will be at the discretion of the editor and the Studies in the Novel editorial advisory board.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Violent Feeling

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 2:20pm
MLA 2016

How might the study of violence shape debates in affect theory? Can affects be violent? Papers on representations of violence, affect theories of violence, and the violence of affective exchange in any time period.

Possible topics may include:
- Violence and the phenomenology of reading
- The role of violence in theories of disgust, rage, shock, etc.
- Structural violence, symbolic violence, or slow violence
- Affect and genres such as horror
- Trigger warnings

250-word abstracts and a brief bio to Anna Ioanes ( by March 15, 2015.

Connections: A Critical Thinking Conference - April 10, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 2:20pm
Kathy Whitaker/East Georgia State College

Connections 3: A Conference of Critical Thinking

"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks but in how it thinks." – Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian


Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:54pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

Our first round of Regular and Affiliated Group CFPs are now live on our website! Please visit to look through our weekly updated list of panel proposals.

We are still accepting CFP proposals as well.

SAMLA 87 will take place November 13th through 15th, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. Our topic, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts" invites interdisciplinary session proposals that investigate the relationship literature and language hold with their fellow arts.

MLA 2016 Special Session: Graduate Student Research Writing Pedagogies (Austin, TX 1/7-10)

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:49pm
Gretchen Busl

Graduate student writing is a topic receiving increasing attention in academic writing research; however, this discussion is happening primarily outside disciplinary fields, within the realms of writing centers, teaching and learning centers, and graduate schools. This session aims to bring the conversation directly to the MLA fields, and ask how we can best support the graduate student writers within our departments.

T.S. Eliot and the Arts

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:48pm
T. S. Eliot Society

The T. S. Eliot Society will once again sponsor a panel at the annual South Atlantic Modern Languages Association conference (SAMLA), to be held in Durham, NC, November 13 - 15, 2015. Paper proposals addressing Eliot's many-sided engagement with the extraliterary arts, the SAMLA 87 theme, are especially welcome, but any abstract reasonably related to Eliot's life and works will be considered. By June 1, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to John Morgenstern, Clemson University, at

Cosplay and Pedagogy CFR

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:12am

The MediaCommons Front Page Collective welcomes responses to the survey question: How can the increased scholarly study of cosplay become a benefit to education?

This survey question seeks to bring an understanding to the practice of cosplay and how it can increase different aspects of life, such as identity and community. While studying cosplay, differing questions that may arise include: What are some advantages to studying cosplay? How can digital studies and digital media further the outreach of cosplay? What does cosplay offer in terms of studying its influences on sexuality?

Literature and Politics (Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2015)

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:32am
South Central MLA (

This is an open topic session, but we especially seek papers that explore the intersections of literature and politics in the Medieval and early modern periods. Please e-mail abstracts to Ashley Bender by March 31.

For more on this year's SCMLA conference in Nashville, visit the website at