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Edited collection: Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (7/1/14)

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:23pm
Matthew Cella

I seek contributors to an edited collection focused on the intersection between disability studies and literary ecology, particularly as it plays out in American literature and culture. More specifically, the collection will investigate the role that literary ecology plays in upholding what might be called the ecosomatic paradigm. As a theoretical framework, the ecosomatic paradigm underscores the dynamic and inter-relational (and thereby ecological) process wherein human mind-bodies interface with the places, both built and wild, they inhabit.

Information Overload, 4-5 September 2014, Deadline: 16 June 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:14pm
University of Edinburgh

"The question... is not whether we will have the storage capacity to accumulate copies of every book, film, song, conversation, e-mail, etc. that we amass in a lifetime (yes, eventually) but how do these accumulations, these massive drifts of data, interact with irreducible levels of lived experience?"
– Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms, 2009

[UPDATE] Victorians Institute Conference Deadline Extended

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:07pm
Victorians Institute

The Mysteries at Our Own Doors
The 43rd Meeting of the Victorians Institute
Proposals Due: 6/15/2014 (NEW Extended Deadline)
Conference Dates: October 24-25, 2014
Location: Charlotte, NC
Sponsored by Winthrop University

Please send 300-500 word proposals for papers and a 1-page c.v. to Casey Cothran via email at by June 15, 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Anthology - Park Barnitz's "Book of Jade"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:46am
Michael Abolafia/Columbia University (Hippocampus Press)

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a critical compendium on the writings of David Park Barnitz, to accompany Hippocampus Press's new edition of his Book of Jade, slated to be released in late December of 2014. Barnitz is a little-known American Decadent poet; digital editions of his poetry, as well as extant critical work on his life and writing, can be found here:

MMLA 2014 Special Session: "The City and the Open Road"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:44pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

Call for papers for a special Session of the Midwest Modern Language Association conference, Nov. 13-16, 2014 in Detroit, MI.
Submission deadline: May 30.

"The City and the Open Road"

Few American cities and towns, especially in the Midwest, have survived the automotive era. In spite of decades of renewed interest in urbanism, the legacy of the last century's love of the open road remains: low-density suburban development, built up along highways and occasionally interrupted by what remains of formerly industrial towns and cities. The hollowing-out and carving-up of cities has exacerbated already existing problems of discrimination and segregation along lines of class and race, perhaps nowhere more evidently than in Detroit.

Reception Studies Society Panel at SAMLA 86

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 10:51am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 86)

This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 1, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at

The Theme for SAMLA 86 is Sustainability and the Humanities.

[UPDATE:Deadline Extended to June 1] "Nuance" SCLA Conference Oct. 10-12, 2014 (Eckerd College, St Petersburg FL)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:56am
Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts

Paper and panel proposal deadline extended to June 1. Graduate student travel grants available. Please submit abstracts at

40th Annual Conference of the SCLA to be held October 10-12, 2014, at Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)

Keynote Speaker: Wayne Koestenbaum (Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, and other works)

CfP for the Panel: Performing Identity: The Relationship between Identity and Performance in Literature, Theatre and the Perform

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:29am

Call for Papers for the Panel:

Performing Identity: The Relationship between Identity and Performance in Literature, Theatre and the Performing Arts

(As part of The Third Euroacademia International Conference: The European Union and the Politicization of Europe, Lisbon, 20 - 21 June 2014)

Deadline 23 May 2014

Panel Organizer: Dr. Panayiota Chrysochou

The University of Cyprus

Panel Description

Edited Collection: Calling for Submissions
 The Matter of Murder: Murderous Acts, Cultural Contexts, Canadian Literary Media

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:36am
Brett Josef Grubisic and Gisèle M. Baxter, eds.

Edited Collection: Calling for Submissions

The Matter of Murder: Murderous Acts, Cultural Contexts, Canadian Literary Media

 While an entrenched tradition in Canadian literary studies falls under the amorphous and broad category of thematic criticism (nature, geography, border, landscape, region, etc), the proposed collection seeks essays that work loosely within that tradition but also expand upon it to encompass new subject-matter: murder.

Special Session of the MMLA 2014: "The Affects of Cities"

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 8:36pm
Elizabeth Dieterich

Recent turns in psychoanalytic criticism cast individuals as more porous—more permeable to the feelings or psychoses of others—than traditional humanism usually allows. Theorists engaged with this affective turn wrestle with questions of how the "feeling of feelings," or affects, flow freely between individuals—especially when individuals are found in groups. "The Affects of Cities," a special session of the 2014 Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association, themed "The Lives of Cities," proposes to explore and discuss affect and affective transmission specifically in urban environments.

Pleasure's Potential: Religion and Leisure in the Long Eighteenth Century

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:54pm
East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS)

This panel seeks papers that explore the intriguing relationships among religion, leisurely pursuits, and pleasure in the long eighteenth century. These connections include religion's complex engagement with the period's entertainment practices and changing social spaces as well as the idea of religion as a leisurely pursuit with its own pleasures. Participants are invited to consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

- How do religious critiques of entertainment or leisure activities reflect changes in eighteenth-century social dynamics?

- How might categories of blasphemy, obscenity, or immorality intersect with an emerging culture of pleasure and/or eighteenth-century religious thought?

UPDATE: Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature: Imagination Participation and Co-Creation. 6/15; (10/31-11/1)

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:44pm
Conference on Christianity and Literature

2014 Mideast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: "The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation"
Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA
October 31 – November 1, 2014

Plenary Speaker: Alison Milbank, professor of theology and religious studies at The University of Nottingham, Author of Dante and the Victorians and Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians.

SAMLA 86 Poets Panel

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:28pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The SAMLA Poets panel welcomes creative work. Poets are invited to send work related to this year's theme, "Sustainability and the Humanities," keeping in mind the sustainability of all of the arts, what makes poetry itself sustainable, and where we find humanity in our poems. Consider ekphrastic poetry, narrative poetry, ars poetica, and poems about our own human sustainability. For consideration as a participant on the SAMLA Poets panel, poets should send a brief publication and professional CV as well as a writing sample. This sample should include no more than 10 pages/seven poems. The panel will consist chiefly of poets reading or presenting original, new work with time for a brief question and answer period.

Call for Papers: "Broken Narratives"- Graduate Student Conference-Ohio State University-Saturday 11th Oct, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:10am
English Graduate Organization, Ohio State U

Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of "broken narratives" make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O'Sullivan).