We invite submissions for a proposed collection of essays on teaching western American literature. If, as scholars and teachers of Western literatures and cultures, we regularly share our research, we perhaps do not as often get the chance to share new and innovative strategies for teaching courses or individual works in Western studies. Our volume seeks to fill this gap by offering a range of essays on teaching Western literatures and cultures that will appeal to specialists and non-specialists, faculty and graduate students, and experienced and inexperienced instructors alike.
Update: Proposal deadline extended to March 15, 2016.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Call for Papers
Asking Questions of Education
We'd like to think as a country we provide all children with access to adequate educational resources. But with a national emphasis on testing, the poorest students have the least opportunity as their funding hinges on test scores.
Working class and poor high school graduates seek higher education, but they are asked to mortgage out their future to access the college learning community.
The study of humanities in higher education is discouraged in favor of STEM and career training, but it has become clear that people who study the humanities can lead us in a direction with more social equity.
Have you ever read a review of a comic or graphic novel on a website and felt like you were only reading a book report? How many of you noticed an article in an academic journal that focused on one of your favorite graphic novels, but it ended up glossing over – or completely forgetting – to mention aspects of the art and dryly deconstructed the narrative?
"What we learned from our grandmothers"
Our grandmothers, ourselves.
Many of us learned lessons in feminism from our grandmothers. Whether they explicitly or implicitly taught us these lessons is varied depending on who you ask.
We are interested in nuanced depictions of your grandmothers' lives. Whether you'd like to write about one grandmother or both, an estranged grandmother or one close to you, is part of your own personal story and is your prerogative.
Whatever story you have, we know it will be unique.
We are interested in poems and prose about the woman you called Grammy, Nana, Nanoots, Nanners, Abuelita, Gran, Grandmom...
Who Can Submit:
The Centre for Critical Thought, the Centre for Comic and Popular Performance and the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent are glad to invite 250-word abstracts for
COMEDY AND CRITICAL THOUGHT: LAUGHTER AS RESISTANCE?
a two-day interdisciplinary conference scheduled on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 May 2016 at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
This panel seeks papers on the ecology of home landscape and war zone representations within modernist literature for the 2017 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, 5–8 January 2017 (https://apps.mla.org/cfp_detail_8773).
Carl Granieri and Keith Dorwick ("us," "our") of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are seeking short audio narratives about gardening and the use of the earth, both positive and negative, for a large multimedia project ("Hidden Garden" premiering March 18, 2016 in Lafayette LA, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
To gain a fuller understanding of William Faulkner's literary career and fictional oeuvre, a reader could do worse than to follow the proverbial money. Faulkner delighted in the intricate maneuverings of financial transactions, from poker wagers, horse trades, and auctions to the seismic convolutions of the New York Cotton Exchange. Moreover, whether boiling the pot with magazine stories, scraping by on advances from his publishers, flush with cash from Hollywood screenwriting labors, or basking in financial security in the wake of the Nobel Prize, Faulkner was at every moment of his personal and professional life thoroughly inscribed within the economic forces and circumstances of his era.
International Undergraduate Student Symposium
Art History Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
April 14, 2016
Claire T. Carney Library, the Grand Reading Room
Type: Call for Papers
Proposal Submission Date: March 15, 2016
Conference Date: April 14, 2016
Conference Venue: Claire T. Carney Library, the Grand Reading Room, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Architectural History, Cultural Studies, Heritage and Museum studies, Art History, Media & Visual Culture Studies, Censorship Studies, and studio art practices with focus on issues of destruction and eradication of material culture
Recent scholarship on the "archive" as well as that on "cultural memory" has focused on the role of language as both mechanism and metaphor. This session seeks to further purse these lines of investigation and find points of intersection by focusing on the revival of extinct or near-extinct languages as a type of archival reconstruction grounded in cultural memory. Papers are sought that explore how and why language revival movements occur in relation to issues of identity formation (both personal and communal) and the relationship of this phenomenon to the notion of cultural preservation vis-a-vi cultural memory and archive.
Please send articles of 5,000-8,000 word articles to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by MARCH 1st 2016 (earlier submissions highly encouraged.) Articles should be in MLA format and not be under consideration at any other journal. Any queries or letters of interest are welcome and should be sent to both the e-mail addresses listed above.
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.
Orphan Identities Symposium: Call for Papers
Keynote Speakers: Laura Peters and David Floyd
In 1975, Nina Auerbach commented: "Although we are now 'all orphans,' alone and free and dispossessed of our past, we yearn for origins, for cultural continuity. In our continual achievement of paradox, we have made of the orphan himself our archetypal and perhaps only ancestor" (416).