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City Science and City Craft -- MMLA 2014 (Nov. 13-16)

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:50am
Midwest Modern Languages Association

Finding a coin in a street gutter, the protagonist of Charles Reznikoff's 1930 novel "By the Waters of Manhattan" concludes, "If there was woodcraft . . . he was master of a new science, citycraft." Though his sense of mastery is short-lived, the language of his expression points toward a method of grappling with the economic realities of modern city life that aligns with what Tim Armstrong identifies as a conflict between the modern and the inherited.

The Health of Cities: MMLA, Detroit, Nov 13-16, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 1:17pm
Emily Waples / MMLA

From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.

Call For Submissions: August,2014 Theme : Big Love, Small Towns; Deadline: 10th July, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:11am

"For the dramatically inclined, love is everything that the Corinthians quote from the Bible says it is. For the cynically inclined, love is measured in patterns of behaviour. For the scientific mind, there might be a solution in the colourful images of the brain as captured by an MRI machine.

A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott and Alexis Wright (June 22, 2014 Deadline) [Update]

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:46pm
Belinda Wheeler

Contributors are sought for a collection of original essays examining the works of Australia's leading Aboriginal authors, Kim Scott and Alexis Wright. Both authors have won countless awards, including Australia's prestigious Miles Franklin Award, Scott in 2000 (Benang) and 2011 (That Deadman Dance), and Wright in 2006 (Carpentaria) and currently on the longlist for 2014 (The Swan Book). Despite national and international acclaim for their literary contribution, there is currently no comprehensive critical companion that contextualizes these authors' works for scholars, students (undergraduate and graduate), and general readers.

American Humor Studies Association Conference (New Orleans, 12/4-12/7)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 1:09pm
Pete Kunze, University at Albany, SUNY

The American Humor Studies Association/Mark Twain Circle Quadrennial Conference 2014 seeks additional papers for the following panels:

-- Hollywood cinema and American humor
-- Humor in the American novel
-- American humor in new media formats

The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans from December 4-7, 2014. The Four Points Sheraton will provide a conference rate, and participants and attendees are highly encouraged to stay at the hotel.

Due to the short turnaround, please send 100-word proposals to Pete Kunze at by Friday, June 13. Decisions will be made by Monday, June 16. Inquiries welcome.

Seeking Poetry, Prose, and Visual Art Submissions for Viscera, Volume 2

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:55pm
The California Journal of Women Writers

Viscera, an online chapbook from The California Journal of Women Writers, accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art biannually. This submission period is from May 27th - October 31st, 2014.

The California Journal of Women Writers is currently seeking submissions from North American women-identified writers for our second biannual chapbook of poetry, prose, and visual art. There is no overarching theme so feel free to send us your best work.

The deadline to send in your submissions is Friday, October, 31st, 2014.

ASLE Panel at MMLA (Nov 13-16); Abstracts due June 20

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:37am
Midwest MLA / Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Ecocritical Perspectives on Cities [Deadline Extended]

In response to the 2014 MMLA conference theme, this panel seeks papers that explore "the lives of cities" from an ecocritical perspective. Some possible topics include, but are not limited to: literary or filmic representations of urban nature; recent trends in urban / suburban ecology (such as urban farming); cities' responses to natural disasters; the rhetoric of urban sustainability; environmental justice in urban settings; the role of the humanities in urban sustainability; and teaching ecocriticism in urban settings. Papers related to any period/genre are welcome.

Call for Papers on the Theme of 'Light': kaleidoscope, the Journal of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:11am
Kaleidoscope Journal, IAS, Durham University

Kaleidoscope, the journal of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at Durham University, is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by postgraduate researchers. This publication is specifically aimed at postgraduate students and early-career academics and encourages international interdisciplinary exchange across the annual theme of the IAS.

The theme for the academic year 2013-2014 is 'Light'. Subjects might include but are not limited to:

-Nature and Geometry of Light
-Scientific Processes Utilising Light
-Narrating and Representing Light
-Experiencing Light
-Light and Wellbeing
-Light, Culture, and Practices

UPDATE Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 11:57am
Poe Studies Association and Penn State Lehigh Valley Continuing Education

Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference
full name / name of organization:
Poe Studies Association and Penn State Lehigh Valley Continuing Education
contact email: and

Proposals are invited for the Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference to be held in New York City, February 26-March 1, 2015. Email 250-word abstracts, subject heading "2015 Poe Conference," to Barbara Cantalupo by June 1, 2014.

"Scriptile" Objects and the Making of Metaphors - Renaissance Society of America in Berlin - 26-28 March 2015

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 4:50am
A Panel sponsored by Epistémè (Research Group on Early Modern England - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

This panel invites papers dealing with the interactions between material culture and the coining of metaphors in early modern European literature. Many of the objects that are conjured up in the literature of the period seem to have no realistic function and are rather commonplace symbols drawn from a tightly woven net of pre-established meanings that was current in the emblematic culture of the day (e.g., the hourglass, the anchor, the dart…). Looking beyond the emblematic frame of mind, however, we wish to ask why certain objects more readily made their way into literature as metaphors. How does the history of material objects help to shed new light on the process of creating a figurative language?

NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature and Literary Theory (Print ISSN 2277-3967, Online ISSN 23

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 2:29pm
Interactions Forum, Pune India


NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature and Literary Theory (ISSN 2277-3967) (PRINT) (Online ISSN 2347-2073)

Vol. III Issue III (July 2014)

New Academia is a refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum. The Journal strives to publish research work of high quality related to Literature written in English Language across the World, English language and literary theory. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their works.
We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.

CFP: PAMLA Conference, Riverside, CA, 10/31/14-11/2/14 (Extended Deadline May 31)

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 3:12pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Over thirty approved sessions are still in search of high quality paper proposals for this year's PAMLA Conference in Riverside, CA (October 31-November 2, 2014). The deadline for proposing via PAMLA's online proposal system is May 31:

So, if you are interested in attending the 2014 PAMLA Conference, but you missed the original deadline, take a look at one of these open sessions and propose a paper soon.

Open Sessions currently include: