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MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film, "Arts and Sciences" -- due April 1

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:39am
Julia Dauer, MIdwest Modern Language Association

This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.

Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.

SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:16am
Phillip Zapkin

This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

50th Comparative Literature Conference: Tradition and Inovation: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century 4/15-17 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
Department of Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach

Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.

SCMLA Comparative Literature Session 10/31-11/03

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:30pm
Amy Smith, Lamar University

Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at by March 25, 2015.

CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:53pm
American Folklore Society: Medieval and Early Modern Section

Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)

Long Beach, California. October 14-17

Abstracts due Mar. 25, 2015

I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (Oct. 14-17, 2015). We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:

MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session: Rereading Commonplaces

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:27pm
Mai-Lin Cheng/MLA

Abstracts invited for a special session on commonplace books, to be proposed for MLA 2016 in Austin.

Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplaces as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace books and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (

CFP - InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching (March 1, 2015)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:50am
InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching

Call for Papers
Volume 10: Scholarly Teaching and Learning

InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching is a scholarly publication designed to highlight the work of postsecondary faculty at colleges and universities across the United States. It is a refereed scholarly journal published annually by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Park University that features theoretical and empirically-based research articles, critical reflection pieces, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to teaching, learning and assessment.