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Modern Drama (regular session), SCMLA, Dallas (3-5 November 2016)--submit abstracts by March 31

updated: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
contact email: 

MODERN DRAMA (regular session)
Submit abstracts on any area of late 19th–21st century drama. While preference is given to topics that address spectacle, decadence, or celebrity--or other aspects of the 2016 Conference theme: "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture"--addressing the theme is not a requirement.

Submit abstracts (along with paper title, contact information, and university affiliation) to the session chair: Rita D. Costello rcostello@mcneese.edu by 31 March 2016.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Monster Studies: Literature, Culture, and Theory (Deadline 3/10/16)

updated: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Koenig-Woodyard / University of Toronto

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.

The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.

Representing Ethnic Conflicts in Contemporary Literatures and Films - DEADLINE 2 March 2016

updated: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sreyoshi Sarkar - MLA Annual Convention 2017
contact email: 

This MLA special session panel invites papers that study the representations of ethnic conflicts in contemporary literatures, and films. Possible topics include but are not limited to the politics of form and genre; representations of gendered, class, sexual, and environmental violence; imagined conflict resolutions, in contemporary narratives of ethnic conflict e.g. Biafran war, Sri Lankan civil war, Hindu-Muslim riots in South Asia, and so on. Please submit 250-word abstracts and a short bio to Sreyoshi Sarkar at sreyoshi@gwu.edu by 1 March 2016 .

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
full name / name of organization: 
Ágota Márton / University of Oxford

OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS

'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

[UPDATE] Archi-Textuality (Apri 16-17, 2016) - Hosted by CSUN English Department

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:57pm
full name / name of organization: 
AGSE & Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
April 16-17, 2016
Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)

"Archi-textuality: Interventions of Text & Textuality in Historical, Economical, Sociopolitical, and Psychological Space"

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal - call for articles - open issue

updated: 
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:40pm
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Lodz

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories (A/R/T Journal) is a peer-reviewed journal that has been created with a view to providing a forum for analyzing and discussing issues of immediate relevance for contemporary literary and cultural studies.

The editors would like to invite submission of contributions for its sixth issue, to be published in Summer 2016. We invite original articles, reviews and interviews addressing any topics related to Anglophone literature and culture.

The contributions should be between 4000 and 6000 words long. Each contribution will be anonymously refereed by a reviewer (double-blind review). The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 31 March 2016.

[Update] CFP: deadline is now 2/15 for Encountering the Unexpected

updated: 
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Syracuse University Religion Graduate Organization
contact email: 

The Call for Papers Deadline has been extended to: February 15, 2016 for Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia, a Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference March 25th and 26th, 2016. We invite all interested graduate students to submit a proposal.

[update] John Steinbeck as an International Writer

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University
contact email: 

Update: Proposal deadline extended to March 15, 2016.

Conference Description:
The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars invites conference papers that examine Steinbeck as an international/translational writer. Contributions are welcome from a wide variety of theoretical applications, such as Steinbeck's connections to world literature and world thought—for example, Classical Greek and Roman, Eastern, and twentieth-century Russian. How has Steinbeck adapted not only themes but also aesthetic choices and narrative strategies? Other topics are welcome as well: deep ecology, power and subjugation, the concept of democracy and America, ethics and philosophy, gender studies.

Keynotes by:

American Literature Before 1900- SCMLA November 3-5, 2016

updated: 
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 8:36pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The South Central Modern Language Society's regular session for American Literature Before 1900 invites submissions for the 2016 annual conference to be held November 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. This year's conference theme is "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture." We welcome submissions on any topic relating to American Literature Before 1900, but we are particularly interested in papers that deal with the city and urbanity.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Jamie Korsmo at jkorsmo1@gsu.edu

Deadline: March 31, 2016

SPECTRUM

updated: 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:03am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Dhaka
contact email: 

Spectrum, a refereed journal published by the Department of English, University of Dhaka, seeks submissions of scholarly articles, book reviews, translations and creative pieces for its forthcoming issue. Spectrum welcomes contributions by teachers, alumni and current students of English Literature, ELT and Linguistics. Essays on any literary period and any aspect of literature and language, book reviews, as well as short stories, poems and translations are sought. Submissions should not have been previously published, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Only articles/creative pieces recommended by reviewers will be accepted for publication.

Climate Change: Views from the Humanities (a virtual conference: May 3-24)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
UC Santa Barbara Environmental Humanities Initiative
contact email: 

Climate Change: Views from the Humanities
Sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara
A virtual conference held online from May 3-24, 2016
Abstracts due March 1, 2016

We welcome papers dealing with climate change from all fields of the humanities, as well as the social sciences. As our goal is to encourage the cross pollination of ideas across a broad range of disciplines on what may well be the most important issue of this century, we are looking for any paper that innovatively deals with climate change.

Comparative Medievalisms

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Medieval Forum of the MLA (Philadelphia, January 2017)
contact email: 

What cultural work does the medieval past perform in global media and cultural productions—textual, visual, musical, performative, cinematic? Literary scholars and theorists have increasingly explored the varied forms that "medievalism" takes in contexts around the globe.

[Update] CFP: deadline is now 2/15 for Encountering the Unexpected

updated: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:35am
full name / name of organization: 
Syracuse University Religion Graduate Organization

The Call for Papers Deadline has been extended to: February 15, 2016 for Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia, a
Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference
March 25th and 26th, 2016

We invite all interested graduate students to submit a proposal to the Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference entitled
Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia scheduled to take place on March 25th and 26th, 2016 in the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.

DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

updated: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

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