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Russia and the Middle East in the Premodern Period

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 7:24pm
Suha Kudsieh

Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention
2016 7–10 January, Austin

CFP for a special panel:

*Russia and the Middle East in the Premodern Period*

Description: The panel examines cultural interaction between pre-modern Russia and the Middle East in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; knowledge exchange (incl. book translations). Papers on Arabic sources are especially welcome.

Please submit your 25-35- word proposal by March 9, 2015 to: Kudsieh - at - (please remove spaces and underscores from e-mail address).

Please remember to include your name, affiliation, e-mail, and A/V requirements.

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 1/7-1/10) Special Session "Cervantes on the Early Modern English Stage"

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:47pm
Josephine Hardman

MLA special session invites papers exploring the influence of Cervantes on early modern English drama. How did English playwrights in the seventeenth century translate, adapt, rewrite, and transport Cervantes onto the London stage? Papers that investigate theatrical adaptations of Cervantes's work beyond Don Quijote are especially welcome, as are papers that redefine and/or broaden our understanding of "translation." This session will consider questions such as: what do English translations or adaptations of Cervantes reveal about Anglo-Spanish relations during the period, about cross-cultural textual exchange, and about the political and ideological uses of translation?

Language Change, Shifting Borders, and Identity Construction (MLA, Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:10pm
MLA Forum on Language Change

The Executive Committee on Language Change at the Modern Language Association (MLA) is accepting papers for a session to be held at the annual conference in January 2016 in Austin. We seek papers that examine how language change relates to linguistic identity construction and crossing borderlands (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious). Papers that address the theoretical and empirical relevance of the concept of border to research in language variation and change from interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15 to Tara Williams (

Rethinking the 'L' in MLA (Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:08pm
MLA Forum on Language Change

The MLA Forum on Language Change invites proposals for a panel on "Rethinking the 'L' in MLA." Papers might address questions like: What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies?

The Modern Language Association convention will be held in Austin, TX on January 7-10, 2016. Please send 300-word abstracts to Tara Williams ( by 15 March 2015.

Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:03am
University of Sussex

The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies (CEMMS: at the University of Sussex is pleased to announce its forthcoming Postgraduate Conference on the theme of 'Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700', which will take place on the 14th-16th July 2015.

More than Writing: Narratives

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 4:11pm
Minnesota State University Mankato Graduate Scholars of English Association

"More than Writing: Narratives" Graduate Conference

Department of English Graduate Student Conference

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Centennial Student Union

The third annual English Department graduate student conference is a collaborative symposium focused on narratives across all English-focused academic disciplines. This conference will also include Q&A sessions with working professionals from the community who are represented both inside and outside of academia. The conference committee requests presentations from scholars across all English programs including Creative Writing, English Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching Writing, and Technical Communication.

"Art, Design, Science and Literature in Early Modernity (March 1st)"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:15pm
Early Modern Studies Journal

Call for Papers

Volume 7, "Art|Design|Science and Literature in Early Modernity" 2015

Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formerly Early English Studies (EES) is an online journal under the auspices of the University of Texas, Arlington English Department and is devoted to literary and cultural topics of study in early modern period. EMSJ is published annually, peer-reviewed, and open to general submission.

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session "Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:22pm
Alexander L. Kaufman

Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in traditional outlaw narratives, or texts that have characters who are outsiders, tricksters, transgressors, or marginals. This session will consider the presence and function of food and feast in texts (broadly defined), with an eye to considering whether and how instances of food preparation and eating can be said to display, to develop, or to subvert the conventional ideas of community and fellowship most commonly associated with foods and feasts. This session encourages papers that examine post-medieval texts, cultures, and practices, especially Australian, Native American, Pan-American, and Eastern.

UNT Critical Voices Conference

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:57am
University of North Texas; Graduate Students of English Association

The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference, to be held March 27-28, 2015. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, composition and rhetoric, technical communication, English pedagogy, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/readings should last no more than 15 minutes.

We encourage authors to submit individual paper proposals as well as proposals for panels of three related presentations.