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[UPDATE} Call for submission Issue 03:2

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 8:50am
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies calls for submissions for its sixth issue stressing trauma theory and its application to literature.
We welcome submissions that examine among other major concerns new directions in trauma theory and their impact on literary studies.
Articles should be submitted by December 15, 2014 in electronic format to and
Submissions should be in English, between 6000 and 8000 words, and should comply with the submission guidelines published on this website.

[UPDATE] CFP: Settler Colonial Literatures in Comparison - ACLA (Mar 26-29, 2015) - Submission Deadline: Oct 15,2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 4:04am
Yu-ting Huang / UCLA

Settler Colonial Literatures in Comparison
ACLA -- March 26-29, 2015. Seattle, Washington.

Call for papers:
We are inviting papers for a seminar to be hosted at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Washington on March 26-29. This seminar explores how settler colonial studies contribute to our study of comparative literature, both within and beyond Anglophone settler spaces.

Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:02am
Matthew Lambert/NeMLA

From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

ACLA 2015 - Compromised Radicals and Failed Revolutions: The Unfinished Politics of the '70s

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:05am
American Comparative Literature Association

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, American writers have begun to return to the political and aesthetic moment of the late 1960s and 1970s. This turn has taken both a domestic and a global perspective: from the recent revival of interest in the Weather Underground as the United States' own stillborn revolutionary moment—we can think of Bill Siegel's 2002 documentary, new novels from Russell Banks and Jay Cantor, and the recent memoirs of David Gilbert, Bill Ayers and Cathy Wilkerson, to name just a few—to a revisiting of 1970s global insurgencies in places such as Italy, India, and South Africa as in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowlands, and Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas respectively.

ACLA 2015 CFP: Europe and Its Other(3/26-3/29, Seattle, WA)

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:52am
Hiroki Yoshikuni, University of Tokyo; Yoshiaki Mihara, Doshisha University

Although it was significantly eclipsed by the United States and the Soviet Union in the last century, Europe was once a name for total domination of the world, a name that not only commanded cultural and political authority but also was—and still is—tied up with memories of its violence and crime. Franz Fanon famously declared, "leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe." On the other hand, however, there is a sense of incompleteness about this name.