ABC-CLIO is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in early 2016. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.
In keeping with this year's conference theme ("In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts") the Medieval session this year is open for papers that deal with any of the arts of the period, from the illustrations in illuminated manuscripts, wearable art such as heraldic jewelry, and other artifacts, weapons, and implements. Papers that explore the descriptions of material culture in works such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with its lush description of the Knight himself, would also be welcome. The possible topics are limitless - from celebrations of music or depictions of the holiday customs of singing and dance, ekphrasis, the employment of inanimate objects in riddles, to giving voice to inanimate objects as in The Dream of the Rood.
American culture, like all cultures, is not of exclusively human making; other species play an essential role in its development. It is difficult to imagine what stories would be told of America without horses, buffalo, dogs, corn, or apple trees, to mention just a few of the species that have shared the land with humans. Such mutual co-evolutions might be compared to Deleuze and Guattari's example of the assemblage constituted by the orchid and the wasp. Contact with other species (as pets, beasts of burden, food, ornaments etc.) modifies human culture and reciprocally alters the species concerned. Rather than falling into neat divisions this encounter creates contested territories and complicated lines of suture between species.
The study day we organized on April 21st 2015 investigated the theme "Order and Disorder" in different fields. Several participants were enthusiastic about the theme and presented an important selection of papers which covered such panels as reflections on order and disorder in the literary imagination, innovation and education, formation and information, social and political order in the contemporary world.
As a theme for an international symposium, we need to pursue the investigation into these fields but also extend it to other spheres such as art and linguistics.
Call for Papers Deadline Extended to: May 15, 2015
JULY 10-11, 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS
ULAB'S Department of English, in partnership with the US Embassy, Dhaka, is organizing a two-day interdisciplinary conference which seeks to examine the relationship between language and literature within the frame of English studies, and its impact on community.
Dr. Jenny Sharpe
Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies
However one chooses to look at it, Utopia has a natural inclination towards unrealizable representations. If therefore "Utopia is meta-Utopia" (Robert Nozick), Ireland and Irish culture might still seem to many to occupy the unrepresentable, to be that primary u-topos, a blank spot that successive conjurors of nations have struggled to sell to their own followers, let alone to the rest of the world... ("Of my nation? What ish my Nation? …Who talks of my Nation?" Henry V).
We invite presentation proposals for the Reexamining the 1960s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) November 6-7, 2015.
The conference organizers are seeking historically and theoretically intriguing presentations that explore any noteworthy aspect(s) of media, politics, and/or culture during the 1960s, whether in the United States or elsewhere. This gathering promises to provide an intellectually stimulating investigation into the complex phenomenon that was "The Sixties." Accordingly, participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme quite broadly and innovatively.
California State University, Fullerton's Teaching Writing Club is now accepting submissions for our fourth volume of Pupil! We are accepting creative, critical, theoretical, and practical works that can help current and future educators. Pupil is published by CSUF English graduate students with a passion for pedagogy.
The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on popular and American culture, broadly construed, for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, 2015, on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.
Pomona Valley Review is extending its deadline for PVR 9 to May 16th. We are looking for poetry, short fiction, and artwork for our ninth online issue this June. PVR needs quality work from undergraduates and graduates alike from any college campus, but all are welcome to submit via our online submission system. We look forward to seeing your work.
This panel seeks new scholarship on the visual and/or literary manifestations of the female warrior in Renaissance Europe and the Americas (c. 1350-1650). Interdisciplinary approaches and innovative theoretical paradigms are welcome. Accepted papers will be proposed for session sponsorship by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW).
We are seeking papers that explore the various aspects of hybridity that characterized Renaissance culture. Theorists have been engaging with the concept of "hybridity" from antiquity to the present and the connotation of the term continues to evolve. In antiquity, mythological creatures such as centaurs and satyrs symbolized bestiality, improper unions, and false perceptions; in Ars Poetica, Horace cautions the poet against the creation of hybrids.
Conference of the Burney Society
St Chad's College, Durham University, 4-6 July 2016
Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain
Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers on the subject of 'Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain'
The children's literature session of PAMLA 2015 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to children's literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of children's literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Literature and Time" are especially welcome.
The 2015 PAMLA conference special topic, "Literature and Time," is an invitation to reflect on the complex temporalities that inhere in the acts of reading and writing literature. We invite paper proposals that engage with the topic of literary temporalities, children, and children's literature in a variety of ways.
Topics may include but are not limited to: