Seeking papers for a special session proposal for the Modern Language Association's annual conference (January 3-6, 2019) on the topic of the aesthetics of terror in contemporary literature. Possible topics could include: narrative strategies of representing terror/terrorism, witnessing, the relationship between historical events and fiction, grief and mourning,time and violence, affect studies, fear and paranoia, legitimacy and illegitimacy, continuities and rupture.
The organizers of the 14th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium (October 11–14, 2018, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas) invite paper proposals for a special panel focusing on Mark Twain and Jack London. The symposium will focus in general on the West and the environment, but proposals related to any subject that connects the writings, careers, or legacies of Jack London and Mark Twain are welcome. 200–300 word abstract proposals for individual papers (noting any audio/visual requests) along with complete contact information can be emailed to Calvin Hoovestol at Calvin.Hoovestol@utsa.edu
We seek paper proposals for a special session “Precarious Kinship: Representations of Family in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at the MLA Annual Convention in Chicago, IL January 3-6, 2019.
The 2018 Backreading Hong Kong Symposium, co-organised by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University and the literary journal Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, will take place on Saturday 5 May 2018. We are particularly interested in papers that challenge existing interpretations of any aspect of Hong Kong.
Abstracts of 250 words for 15 to 20-minute presentations can be sent to Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 15 March 2018 for consideration. Please also send us a bionote of no more than 100 words. Scholars whose papers have been selected will be notified before 1 April 2018.
Call for Papers
Commonwealth Essays and Studies
Topical issue: Unsettling Oceania
41.1 (Autumn 2018)
The Native American panel at the 75th Annual South Central MLA conference is looking for your abstracts. The conference theme is “Crossroads of Culture“. This theme fits well with many aspects of Indigenous studies. We are looking for proposals that explore the diverse ways in which Indigenous studies and literature intersects with other fields and cultures. Proposal topics could include, but are not limited to theory, pedagogy, rhetoric, culture, and/or experience. Abstracts should be 250-500 words.
SCMLA will be held from October 11-14 in San Antonio, TX.
Please send abstracts and a brief CV to;
Kimberly Allen email@example.com
This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in postcolonial/transnational literature or film to be presented at the 2018 SAMLA Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, November 2-4, 2018. Paper proposals addressing human trafficking or forced migration within the context of vulnerabilty, precarity and globalization are especially welcome. By May 29th, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Laura Barberan Reinares, Bronx CC (CUNY), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do we need a new nuclear criticism? How can ecocritical frameworks and new archives and methods help us re-encounter “the nuclear” and re-asses its relationship to literature and culture?
Modernist Studies Association Conference, Columbus, OH, Nov. 8-11, 2018
CFP: Suicidal Modernisms
In Andrew Bennett’s recently published Suicide Century (2017), the author writes that suicide “streams like a poison through the tainted life blood of the modernist literary canon.” And yet work on modernism and suicide is scarce; in fact, work on “literary suicidology” more generally has not matched the subject’s importance to our field. This panel would like to build on the work of Bennett and a few others (Al Alvarez, Jeffrey Berman) and examine the representation and non-representation of suicide in modernist texts.