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Reminder: For and Against Practice: Approaches to Teaching Professional Writing (NeMLA 2020)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:54pm
Callie Ingram & Jiwon Ohm / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This roundtable will provide a forum for participants to discuss and analyze their experiences and offer suggestions for teaching the multi-major professional writing course, more commonly referred to as simply “business writing” or “professional writing.” We especially welcome presentations that speak to and offer strategies targeting one of our three major concerns with the course: its decontextualized state, its reliance on non-neutral codes of professionalism, and the lack of pedagogical support often given to its instructors.

The American Lit Survey: Reconsidering "Early" and "Modern" (NeMLA)

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:37pm
NEMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

There is still room on this accepted panel for NEMLA 2020 (Boston) that examines the scholarly, pedagogical, and professional problems posed by current chronological demarcations of “early” and “modern” American literature and seeks to propose viable alternative chronological models.

Renaissance Conference of Southern California, 64th Annual Conference

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:47pm
Marlin E. Blaine / California State University, Fullerton
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

64th Annual Conference

Saturday, 21 March 2020

The Huntington Library and Gardens

Pasadena, CA


Interdisciplinary Research and the Renaissance: How to Do It 

Amy Buono (Art History, Chapman University)

Katherine Powers (Music, California State University, Fullerton)

Martine van Elk (English, California State University, Long Beach)


The University We Want ACLA 2020 Seminar (Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, March 19-22, 2020)

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 4:06pm
Ian Butcher (Fanshawe College); Robin Sowards (Chatham University)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

The University We Want

This seminar asks when we let ourselves engage in utopian thinking, what do we want the university to be? We recognize that the university needs to change, but what should we change it into? How should teaching and learning happen? Who should make decisions and how? What should these institutions identify as their mandate, and how should they exist within their community? What might radical approaches rooted in ecologically responsible practices or decolonization look like?

Urban planning and architectural design for sustainable development

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:45pm
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The 4th Urban planning and architectural design for sustainable development-UPADSD

Online conference

Is an attempt to ease attending conferences, for professors, authors, and Ph.D. students/scholars

“I’m First”: First-Generation Graduate Students and Mentors (Roundtable)

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:42pm
American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

A large number of graduate students are first-generation. This session seeks to cultivate a discussion about common questions, concerns, and advice for graduate students and postdocs as they navigate academia. However, this isn’t designed only for students, but it also aims to provide mentors with advice on how to better support students’ success and retention rates. This roundtable is intended to create a space in which seasoned professionals and early career scholars can share tips and ideas for first-generation graduate students, describe mentoring experiences, and foster mentorship relationships.

Academic Administrative Leadership (CEA 3/26-28/2020)

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:16pm
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Call for Papers, Academic Administrative Leadership at CEA 2020

March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Academic Administrative Leadership for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at

Own and Other Voices: The 1st Biennial kidlit@hollins Symposium

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 8:25am
Hollins University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 14, 2020

American and English diasporic children’s literature plays a fundamental role in unconsciously reproducing the category of Self as white and male, and the rest of humankind as “Other.” Recent attempts to shift consciousness away from this include the hashtag #ownvoices coined on Twitter in 2015 by Corinne Duyvis, to use, she explains, “for whatever marginalized/diverse identity you want…and for whatever genre, category or form of art you want. As long as the protagonist and the author share a marginalized identity.” Of course, one marginalized identity no adult can share is that of a child. Still, we speak for children from their narrative viewpoints.

NeMLA 2020 Panel: Problematic Faves - Ethical Reading in the Age of Cancel Culture (Boston, March 5-8)

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 8:12am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019


Panel: Problematic Faves - Ethical Reading in the Age of Cancel Culture

Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston

March 5-8, 2020

“We need to now consider that we have elevated what we’ve inscribed as genius at the expense of the humanity and potential of people they silenced, erased, and preyed upon.”

Aditi Natasha Kini

NeMLA 2020 Teaching Dickens Now

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:21am
The Dickens Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

How do we teach Dickens now? What do Dickens’s works have to do with the #MeToo movement; with social media; with the Anthropocene, extinction rebellion, and climate change; with racism and living, as Christina Sharpe has put it, “in the wake” of slavery; with technological rupture, the gig economy, and radical job transformation; and with other questions of modern life? What do we do with Dickens’s long prose and today’s allegedly shorter attention spans and alternative narrative forms?

This panel invites scholars to address what Dickens’s fiction offers the present and why Dickens matters now. The Dickens Society requests paper proposals (250-500 words) for the panel “Teaching Dickens Now” (ID 18079).