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Attending to Literature

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 2:46pm
Harriet Lander / University of Nottingham
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019


We invite paper proposals for a British Academy funded interdisciplinary symposium on the concept of attention, to be held at the University of Nottingham School of English on the 3rd December. The symposium has three aims:

1. To allow researchers who work on similar questions from different disciplines to interact for the purpose of developing future collaborations and networks;

2. To provide a training opportunity for ECRs in engagement and outreach, allowing participants to practice bringing the specifics of their research to bear on an issue of public concern (attention);

Marianne Moore and the Archives

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 2:45pm
University of Buffalo
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

"Marianne Moore and the Archives"

The University at Buffalo

will host a conference on Marianne Moore

May 22-24, 2020

Call for proposals: 

"Marianne Moore and the Archives" will focus on Moore in relation to archival collection practices, broadly understood. 

We encourage proposals drawing on research collections at the Rosenbach or on the Marianne Moore Digital Archive but also proposals on Moore's appearance in other modernist archives, in relation to networks of her friends and peers, to current theories and practices of archiving, or on Moore herself as a librarian, a collector, and a self-archivist. 

Poetry and Identity: Shaping and Sharing the Trauma of Displacement (NeMLA 2020 - Panel)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:13pm
Lucie HOUDU (for a 2020 NeMLA Panel)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This panel will broach the topic of shaping a poetic identity through the prism of a traumatic experience of displacement. How does the poet present a disturbing personal history on the page? Coming from one place and being forcibly moved to another also involves confronting a different language and culture: how is such an occurrence translated to the page? Is poetry a space where cultures and languages clash with one another, or does the expression effect a reconciliation? How does this potential blend of languages and cultural references (including code-switching and code-mixing) inscribe a troubled identity, trying to reconstitute oneself via a poetic text?

Fiction and Poetry (CEA 3/26-3/28/20)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:51pm
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Call for Papers, Fiction and Poetry at CEA 2020

March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations of Fiction and Poetry for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at

About This Special Topic:

Present your original poetry or fiction at our upcoming conference.

Let the tides of inspiration ignite your creativity.

ALA Symposium on American Poetry

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:49pm
Richard Flynn/American Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Call for Papers
American Literature Association Symposium “American Poetry”
February 20-22, 2020 Keynote Speaker:
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Pennsylvania State University

ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources.  The February 2020 symposium will focus on American poetry. While we welcome individual proposals, panels and roundtable discussions are also encouraged.

Shaping Identity in Ezra Pound's Poetry

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:43am
Jeff Grieneisen / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This panel explores the relationship between Ezra Pound's poetry and the cultures and people—real, created, and re-created—that he uses to inhabit that poetry. From his early work, such as we find in A Lume Spento and Personae, and the culmination of his life's work in The Cantos, Pound shapes and shares many identities with the ultimate goal of pursuing truth and beauty. Panel papers might also explore Pound's use of numerous foreign languages in shaping and sharing these identities.

ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Aristotle à rebours, Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:08pm
Joseph Romano / Italian and Italianists at Kalamazoo
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Aristotle à rebours:

Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond

Sponsored by Italians & Italianists at Kalamazoo

ICMS Kalamazoo 2020, May 7-10


Aristotle’s transformation from heretical source to intellectual authority testifies to the fact that his scholastic assimilation was uneven and often controversial, and it is the aim of this panel to explore those figures whose Aristotelianism has been perceived, by either their contemporaries or their scholars, as historically peculiar or unorthodox.

Truth-Telling: Experimental Forms in Essay and Poetry, a Reading & Discussion

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:42am
Heather J. Macpherson & Elizabeth Foulke/University of Rhode Island
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What does it mean to tell the truth? Are we obligated to inform, or reveal with specificity? What approaches do creative writers apply in disclosing the personal? Does experimentation hide or reveal the truth? Our creative essays and poetry engage with inherent obstacles of truth in life writing. Following a reading of our essays and poetry, we will invite conversation on the ways in which experimental literary forms test the boundaries of truth-telling and subjectivity, and complicate the defining and teaching of genres.