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Human Rights Discourse in Antebellum America

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:50am
NeMLA 2017, Baltimore, March 23-26
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This panel will explore the presence of eighteenth-century human rights discourse in antebellum American culture. We will have two goals: first, to seek persistences of eighteenth-century human rights theory even as it was eclipsed by discourses of Nationalism, European Imperialism, Anglo-Saxonism, scientific racism, economic determinism, and so on in the nineteenth century; second, to articulate the relationship of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism to the forces that would stifle it during the period between the American/French Revolutions and the post-WWII resurgence of human rights.


Jane Austen & the Arts: A Bicentenary Conference

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:52am
Anna Battigelli, SUNY Plattsburgh
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016

CFP: Jane Austen & the Arts: A Bicentenary Conference

SUNY Plattsburgh

23-25 March 2017

SUNY Plattsburgh is hosting “Jane Austen & the Arts,” a bicentenary conference that explores Jane Austen’s engagement with the arts.  Discussions of the role of the arts, broadly defined, in structuring Austen’s novels, shaping her characters, or enriching her life are welcome. 

The conference website,, provides additional information and will soon contain online registration links.

UPDATE: Immortal Austen

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:42pm
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

Call for Papers

Immortal Austen

An International Conference

Hosted by the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University

At Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

13-16 July 2017


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Devoney Looser (Arizona State), Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford) and Clara Tuite (Melbourne)

CFP EXTENDED DEADLINE 7/1: Gothic Panel at PAMLA Nov. 11-13

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 11:14am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

We invite proposals for any papers dealing with Gothic literature, culture and film. This session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that engage with the 2016 conference theme of "Archives, Libraries, Properties." Possible foci might include sociohistorical context, intellectual heritage, culture and circulation, and textual materiality in (and of) the Gothic. 

Proposals may be submitted via PAMLA's online submission form:

NeMLA 2017: Literary Form and its Limit: Marxism, Poststructuralism, and Description

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:44am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

The legacies of both Marxism and poststructuralism have loomed large in literary studies in recent years. The ongoing publication of the late seminars of both Foucault and Derrida, as well as the long awaited translation of Althusser’s On The Reproduction Of Capitalism suggests a sustained interest in such methodologies, while what has been called the “descriptive turn”—which encompasses practices as disparate and ill-defined as Latourian Actor-Network Theory, Morettian “distant reading”, and Heather Love’s revival of “thin description”—has attempted to caution scholars away from symptomatic reading, ideology critique, and broadly “deconstructive” critical practice.

Anxious Forms 2016: Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 9:46am
University of Glasgow
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 15, 2016

Friday, 28th October, 2016


Professor Bradley Deane (University of Minnesota Morris)

Dr Patricia de Montfort (University of Glasgow)


‘Victorian manhood was by definition a state of permanent crisis, a site of anxiety and contradiction as much as a source of power.’

(Phillip Mallett, The Victorian Novel and Masculinity)


Hawthorne and Longfellow: Fictive and Poetic Visions of History and the Nation

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 10:51am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016


Hawthorne and Longfellow: Fictive and Poetic Visions of History and the Nation


This panel for the NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23 to March 26, 2017, seeks papers that examine the visions of history and the nation found in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).


The Sermon as Literature

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 12:06pm
Dr. Mark K. Fulk, Panel Organizer/
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This panel seeks informed readings of British sermons written between 1500 and 1900, reflecting on the ways that the sermon fits in the literature classroom and for literature readers today.What new avenues of research can be pursued in studying the sermon in Great Britain's literature from 1500-1900? How do the well-known sermon writers (e.g., Donne, Andrewes, Wesley) and lesser-known (Barrow, Whitefield, Edwards) form, transform, and deform the genre? And how do we respond to the form as instructors of British literature in the post-Christian, twenty-first century? This panel seeks informed readings of sermons and ability to discuss them in their historical context as well as pedagogically for college/university classrooms today.