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Call for Short Articles/'Notes'

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:30am
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language

The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print by The University of Birmingham. It includes submissions from postgraduate students, alumni and external students based in the UK, specializing in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.

The BJLL is seeking short pieces ('Notes') for inclusion in Volume VII (2015). These can be on any topic of academic interest, including (but not limited to):

Chapter needed for volume on dead mothers in the cultural imagination

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:52am
Berit Åström/ Umeå University

Call for a chapter to fill a gap in an edited collection entitled Missing, Presumed Dead: the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination.

The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature such as Miriam Toew's A Complicated Kindness (2004), television, and films such as Finding Nemo (2003) and The Road (2009). The mother might be dead at the outset, or die during the narrative. Her death might be a disaster, propelling the child into danger; a blessing, saving the child from an abusive or inappropriate parent and making way for a more suitable guardian; or of no consequence.

[UPDATE] Reconsidering Sodomy

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 10:01pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Following Foucault's description of sodomy as "that utterly confused category," literary scholars like Jonathan Goldberg and Alan Bray, among others, have continued to theorize the ways in which sodomy denotes no fixed set of bodily acts, but rather persists as a mobilizable category with social, political, and juridical valences. Sodomy necessarily persists, that is, in excess of the material bodily configurations it purports to police. Even so, much prevailing scholarship nonetheless returns to anal penetration as a presumptive and primary figuration in the discourse of sodomitical, disorderly, and/or illicit sexual acts.

UNT Critical Voices Conference

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 4:41pm
University of North Texas | Graduate Students in English Association

The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, to be held on April 8-10, 2016. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, rhetoric and composition, English pedagogy, technical communication, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/presentations should last no more than 20 minutes.

English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature -- 11/7/15

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 4:28pm
English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta of Western Illinois University

English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
full name / name of organization:
English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University
contact email:
ego@wiu.edu

CFP: English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature
The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta (STD) chapter of Western Illinois University are currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our twelfth annual conference in Macomb, IL on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

Life Writing as Empathy, Deadline for abstracts October 1, 2015

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 2:30pm
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 42 No. 2 | September 2016
Call for Papers
Life Writing as Empathy

Guest editor: Rocío G. Davis
University of Navarra

Word Hoard Issue #5: Scum and Villainy

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 1:58pm
Word Hoard

Word Hoard is soliciting articles, essays, interviews, creative pieces, and other publishable works on the theme of "Scum and Villainy" for our fifth issue. (Please find our previous issues at http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wordhoard). We believe both "scum" and "villainy" have social, ethical, and epistemological implications reaching far beyond literary and popular tropes, and thus far beyond the lush taxonomy of opportunistic or conniving archetypes (e.g., muggers, grifters, the debased; psychopaths, traitors, the corrupt). Characterizations of "scum" or "villainy" interest us far more than literary characters as "scum" or "villains."

Othello: Pre-Texts, Texts, and After-Texts (51st Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016)

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 12:15pm
Shakespeare at Kalamazoo

Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016). Our panels this year are partly designed around a program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616.

Our second panel, "Othello: Pre-Texts, Texts, and After-Texts" is part of a series of panels we have been organizing for the past several years that focus on a single play of Shakespeare's from multiple perspectives. As such, we are seeking papers on potential sources and inspirations for the play, textual or performance scholarship on the play itself, and modern performances, adaptations, responses, and critical approaches.

Shakespeare at 400: Present and Future (51st Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016)

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 12:12pm
Shakespeare at Kalamazoo

Shakespeare at Kalamazoo is accepting abstracts for two panels at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016). Our panels this year are partly designed around a program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616.

The first panel is "Shakespeare at 400: Present and Future." We are looking for papers that explore what Shakespeare means today and potential future meanings. This can include pedagogical approaches, popular culture, adaptations, scholarly and biographical debates, and so on. As part of our anniversary programming, we look forward to a broad-based set of panels and discussion.

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