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[ACLA 2018] The Aesthetics and Theory of Repair

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 1:55pm
ACLA Annual Meeting
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Aesthetics and Theory of Repair

ACLA Seminar @ UCLA, 3/28-4/1/2018

Organizer: Michael Dango (University of Chicago)


[ACLA 2018] Toward New Nuclear Criticism

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 1:49am
Michaela Henry, FLAME University, Pune, India
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In 1984, Diacritics published a “Colloquium on Nuclear Criticism,” exploring the need for a new subsection of theory addressing the nuclear age. Critics understood this age to have begun in 1945 but to have accelerated in the 1980s when stockpiles of nuclear weapons were at their peak and rhetoric between the US and the Soviet Union grew increasingly hostile. Total nuclear war was the main concern of this nuclear criticism. General audiences used the term “unthinkable” to emphasize the magnitude of nuclear war between the superpowers banking on the deterrence value of aiming as many warheads as possible at the enemy.

GIAN Programme on Comparative Literature

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:42am
IIT Bhubaneswar, India
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Decolonization and globalization have made us conscious of the fact that not only is literature no longer national and autonomous, but it never was. Indeed one can only understand any national literature by comparing it with others…or by comparing it with a non-national or a transnational literature. For these reasons the field of comparative literature is more urgent than it ever was.

The Underground Railroad(s): History, Myth and Representations

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 9:17am
Revue LISA/LISA e-journal
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A century and a half after the abolition of slavery in the United States, the Underground Railroad, the formal and informal network of routes and people that helped fugitive slaves escape from the slaveholding South to freedom between the end of the 18th century and the Civil War, still draws considerable scholarly attention, whether it be through investigating its history or debating its many representations in public memory, literature and various art forms (Schulz, 2016). Considered “a model of democracy in action,” “the nation’s first great movement of civil disobedience since the American Revolution,” and “an epic of high drama” (Bordewich, 2005, p.

Edited Collection: Malaysian Ecocriticism

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 10:49pm
Agnes S. K. Yeow / University of Malaya
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Call for papers           —        Edited Collection of Essays   

Tentative title:

Malaysian Ecocriticism: Contested Environments, Identities and the Politics of Nature

With the landmark establishment of the Southeast Asian chapter of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) in August 2016, it is both timely and crucial for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to assess their literary and cultural artifacts from an ecocritical perspective.

[ACLA 2018] Postcolonial Autopoiesis: Literature, Materiality, Experience

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 10:44pm
Jay Rajiva, Georgia State University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In critiquing the efforts of new materialists (Bennett, Coole and Frost, and others) to develop a concept of agency that accounts for the emergent properties of matter, Hannes Bergthaller argues that the preoccupation with blurring boundaries between human and nonhuman matter has made it difficult to draw legitimate and necessary distinctions between subjects in the world. The danger, for Bergthaller, is a kind of ethico-fatalist surrender to the contingency of matter that leaves us with no reason to preserve any species, even human beings. Bergthaller thus proposes autopoiesis — the concept of a self-limiting and self-organizing system, borrowed from biology — as a solution to the problem of limitless materiality.

NEMLA 2018 Panel: World-Making and Anglophone Fiction (Abstracts due 9/30)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 2:22pm
Shun Y. Kiang / Case Western Reserve University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

In his recent work On Literary Worlds (2012), Eric Hayot examines how literature—through narration—gives shape and substance to worlds and ways of being in them. Literary worlds, Hayot argues,“[are] the diegetic totality constituted by the sum of all aspects of a single work, constellated into a structure or system that amounts to a whole” (44) and “they are always social and conceptual constructs, as well as formal and affective ones” (45).

ACLA 2018: Divided Public(s): On the Intellectual Vocation

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 1:37pm
Robert Ryan, University of Illinois-Chicago
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

In his contribution to an anthology of keywords for American cultural studies, Bruce Robbins registers an ambivalence at the heart of the term “public.” This ambivalence, Robbins writes, stems from the fact that the term’s “claim to represent the social whole has continued to bump up against evidence that large classes of people have been omitted from it.” Indeed, “public,” as a terminological category, requires universality. But in our contemporary historical situation – due to enduring social antagonisms, increasingly uneven distributions of resources and power, and ever-lengthening histories of exclusion and oppression – the fault lines of this never-universal are showing with renewed clarity, even as globalization continues to demand thinking

“401 years after Shakespeare: Shifting Paradigms from the Shakespearean Human to the Post-human”

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:07am
The Heritage College and Shakespeare Society of Eastern India
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017


International Conference on “401 years after Shakespeare: Shifting Paradigms from the Shakespearean Human to the Post-human”

24th and 25th November 2017

Organized by The Heritage College (Department of English)  in collaboration with the     Shakespeare Society of Eastern India

Venue: The Heritage Campus


Concept Note:

DEADLINE EXTENDED, CFP: Postcolonial Economies: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter (edited collection)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:36pm
Maureen Fadem (CUNY) and Michael O'Sullivan (Chinese U HK)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Regarding an ongoing research project at Columbia University, Barnard student Sabrina Singer reflected that when she walks around the campus, now, she wonders: “What else is history going to forget?”[1] The research Singer and her colleagues are doing looks at the historical ties between the institution now educating them and the historical institution of slavery. We were prompted to similar reflections having visited Yale’s Peabody Museum and an exhibit there of Elihu Yale’s gemstones collection. Included in the display is a painting of Yale: he is pictured with a large unfinished diamond ring symbolizing Britain’s dominance over India.