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Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:31am
University of Paderborn, Dr. Katrin Röder, Dr. Christoph Singer
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 25, 2018


25 - 26 May 2018

University of Paderborn, Germany



 This conference investigates the richness and variety of concepts of happiness from 1500 to 1750 as well as their negotiation and reconfiguration in the fictional and non-fictional literature of the period. We will probe the uses and meanings of “happiness,” a relatively new word in the 16th century, as well as the meanings and uses of its closely related terms felicity, (good) fortune, pleasure and bliss.

The Forest Imagined – vol. 1, issue 2

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:52pm
Artis Natura
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The editorial committee at Artis Natura is searching for emerging artists and researchers to contribute to a thematic issue on its cultural online platform. This project has taken the form of a blog reviewed and published by an editorial committee, where researchers, artists, and writers can share reflections on the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature.

Reminder: The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 3:04pm
Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, Kate Navickas, editors
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Affect and emotion have long been staples of WPA scholarship, field stories, and lore. In fact, Diana George’s iconic collection, Kitchen Cooks, Plate Twirlers & Troubadours: Writing Program Administrators Tell Their Stories, includes several chapters dedicated to the emotional labor of WPAs, such as Mary Pinard’s “Surviving the Honeymoon: Bliss and Anxiety in a WPA’s First Year or Appreciating the Plate Twirler’s Art,” in which she discusses the isolation and pressure of a do-it-yourself approach, and Doug Hesse’s “The WPA as Father, Husband, Ex,” in which he discusses the roots and implications of his perpetual feeling of provisional access and his need to be a prover and a provider, all rooted in his working class background (47).

Pedagogy & Popular Culture

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:54pm
Southwest Popular & American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017


Call for Papers

Kurt Depner, Area Chair, Pedagogy & Popular Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017


Approaches to Teaching Medieval Drama, Revisited (Session of Papers)

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 2:29pm
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 15, 2017

Twenty-seven years ago, Approaches to Teaching Medieval English Drama, edited by Richard K. Emmerson, presented possibilities for engaging students in the literary, theoretical, historical, and performative explorations of the field. Scholarship in the intervening decades has expanded these approaches and introduced new ones. Manuscript digitization, 3-D modeling of medieval cities, and online databases provide research and instructional opportunities far beyond those available in 1990. Research on Teaching and Learning and rhetorical pedagogies have demonstrated the importance of educational research and strong theoretical approaches. The panel welcomes theoretical and practical discussions of teaching all pre-modern drama.

Edited Collection about Undocumented Youth

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:31am
Ana Milena Ribero
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

After winning a presidential race characterized by scandal and bigotry, President Donald Trump has set his sights on undocumented migrants, some of  whom have lived in relative safety under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) program. DACAmented youth are being detained and deported while Trump’s executive orders targeting undocumented persons are newly punishing sanctuary cities and mobilizing funds to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Gower and Sound

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 9:52am
The Gower Project
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In rhetorical repetitions that adorn the Confessio Amantis's plain style, in the many references to animal noises in the Visio Anglie, in the bird song punctuating the lovers' speeches in the Cinkante Balades and more, the fourteenth-century poet John Gower shapes sounds and encourages an aural reception of his trilingual corpus. Just as Gower often argues for the preservation of knowledge and philosophies developed in the classical world, so it can be maintained that the phonics of his verse preserve a literary ecology: one in which repetitions reverberate with both Ciceronian and sermonic orations, animal noises recall Aesop's fables, and bird song evokes Virgil's sherpherds.

Teaching 'Fake News'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 9:20am
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Over the last several years, the issue of “fake news” – misleading or outright deceptive reporting designed to advance a particular agenda – has become a prominent feature of our media ecology. The Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as its Word of the Year for 2016, Time Magazine ran a full-cover headline in 2017 asking the question “Is Truth Dead?,” and the term “fake news” has been employed liberally by both spokespeople for the Trump administration and its critics. The debate has particular ramifications for higher education, and particularly for instructors of Composition and Humanities classes, which generally provide college students with their most explicit training in how to evaluate sources of information.

Call for Proposals: Computers and Composition special issue on Digital Technologies, Bodies, and Embodiments

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 9:17am
Phil Bratta and Scott Sundvall
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Special issue of Computers and Composition

Digital Technologies, Bodies, and Embodiments

Guest Editors: Phil Bratta (Michigan State University) and Scott Sundvall (University of Memphis)