Ecocritical Theory and Practice, a book series published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, is seeking proposals at the interface of literary/cultural studies and the environment. Learn more about the 90+ books already published in the series on the publisher’s website: https://rowman.com/Action/SERIES/_/ETAP/Ecocritical-Theory-and-Practice
Shifting – or transforming – between states of being is a feature of human and animal societies as well as of the wider living world and the cosmos. This act of shifting is experienced through both natural and unnatural processes and can be seen in all areas of life, from the reproductive cycles of organisms, to epochal changes undergone by entire societies, and everything in between. But transformations can also refer to distortions of reality, both deliberate and accidental, magical or real, as much as they can reflect genuine changes to an individual, an institution, a landscape, or even a society.
CFP: Altered Animals: Posthumanism and Technology in 20th and 21st Century Discourse and Narratives
According to Descartes’ views of animals, animals are to be perceived as “automata” and “void of reason” (Discourse on the Method). As he explains, “were there such machines exactly resembling organs and outward form an ape or any other irrational animal, we could have no means of knowing that they were in any respect of a different nature from these animals” (Discourse on the Method). Contemporary animal studies scholars have moved past this outdated approach, instead accepting that animals exhibit cognition, sentience, emotion, and a myriad of demonstrations of intelligence.
Call for Papers: William James Studies
Call for Papers 2024:
Greening the Medical Humanities: the Environment and the Body in Conversation
The PJMH: ThePostgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, based at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History is accepting submissions for articles and book reviews for its seventh edition ‘Greening the Medical Humanities: the Environment and the Body in Conversation’. We welcome creative pieces, original articles and book reviews that engage with any aspect and interpretation of this theme.
Join us for the upcoming 2024 Red River Valley Graduate Student Conference, May 16-17, 2024 on the beautiful NDSU Campus in Fargo, ND. The conference will explore writing, rhetoric, literary theory, and culture in digital spaces, building from questions posed by our keynote speaker, Dr. Ratan Kumar Roy of Brac University, Bangladesh:
“Our exposure to the digital world has redefined the ways of seeing, thinking, and doing in everyday life. Digital visibility has appeared as a new form of visual cultures that plays a key role in defining the culture of contemporary times. How does one examine, explore, make sense, and write about culture in this new world order?”
Call for Papers/Presentations: Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)
Theme: Speculative Fiction and Society
The editors of this important volume are putting together a collection of essays on Dark (2017-2020) for publication which is currently entitled Dark Reflections. Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, Netflix's groundbreaking German original series, Dark, premiered in 2017, and spanned three thought-provoking seasons. Set in the small town of Winden, the series revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a child and the subsequent unraveling of family secrets spanning several generations. As the story unfolds, intricate time loops and paradoxes emerge, propelling the characters into a tangled web of interconnected destinies.
Call for Essays: Ray Bradbury: A Companion
EXTENDED DEADLINE: December 31, 2023
Even eleven years after his death, Ray Bradbury remains one of the most celebrated and significant twentieth century cultural figures. He worked in a variety of modes, genres, media, and places. His is a lasting legacy of science, fantasy, wonder, and an optimism for the future.
As part of Peter Lang’s “Companion” series, the proposed volume is a collection of essays on Ray Bradbury, his life, works and cultural impact.
The series: https://www.peterlang.com/series/gffc
Abstract Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Chapter Drafts Deadline: June 15, 2024
Essays sought for an edited collection focused on Universal Pictures’ The Mummy franchise.
ECOLOGY AND INTEGRATIVE DISCOURSE: A REFLECTIVE ANALYSIS
The word eco comes from the Greek word oikos, which etymologically implies household or earth and logy from logos implies rational discourse. Together they mean criticism of the house- the earth as represented in writing. It is therefore defined in general, as the study of literature and the physical environment put together. However, in larger context, it incorporates numerous variants of human life.
International Conference of Three Societies on Literature and Science
University of Birmingham, 10-12 April 2024
American Literature Association
35th Annual Conference
May 23-26, 2024
American Literary Naturalism and Religion
Call for Papers
Special Topic: Happiness and Culture
of the Popular Culture Association (PCA)
March 27-30, 2024
(Please note: the deadline has been extended. Proposals are now due by December 15, 2023)
The primary aim of this edited volume is to explore the word ‘Literature’ in the age of AI. Etymologically, the Latin word litteratura is derived from littera (Latin) meaning the ‘smallest element of alphabetical writing’ (Klarer 1). The word ‘literature,’ then means, any writing e.g., a medical prescription, usage instruction written on the bottle of shampoo or maybe a cautionary warning on the packet of cigarettes. To specify the particular type of literature we use the term ‘Creative Literature’ (called the Literature of Power by Rees).
University of Iowa, 19-21 April 2024
The Cybernetic-Psychedelic Returns Across Aesthetic Fields
Special Editor: Thomas Mical [Esoteric Library of the Kangra Valley (Indian Himalayas), New Centre for Research and Practice (US)]
The Polish Journal of Aesthetics - Volume 73 (2/2024)
Submission deadline: June 30, 2024
In July 2023, a tech startup called “Simulation Inc” released an AI technology that the company claims will make it possible to generate entire t.v. episodes—including dialogue, voice acting, animation, and editing—from nothing more than a two-sentence prompt. Somewhat oddly—and provoking suspicion that the project might be a hoax or internet prank—Simulation Inc’s website lists a fake address under their contact info: 500 Baudrillard Drive, San Francisco, CA.
Reproductive justice was developed as an international human-rights framework by activists and scholars in the 1990s and has become a cornerstone of intersectional feminist theory and practice within social sciences. Yet, it is only recently that researchers in arts and humanities have begun to tap the rich interdisciplinary potential this framework offers for bringing together reproductive rights, social justice, and cultural representation. In a contemporary moment shaken by ecological and economic crises, rises in far-right nationalisms across the globe, and the rolling back of hard-fought sexual rights in the USA, attention to questions of reproductive justice across the disciplinary spectrum is more urgent than ever.
The 4th POM ConferenceRWTH Aachen University
No promised heaven, these wild desires
Could all, or half fulfil;
– Emily Brontë, “The Philosopher”
Bronte Studies invites new and original essays of no more than 7,500 words responding to the theme of “The Brontes and the Wild,” which inspired the Bronte Parsonage Museum’s 2023 programme of events and activities and the Bronte Society’s conference.
ASLE 2024 Symposium "Green Fire: Energy Stories Beyond Extraction"University of North Florida
May 16-19, 2024
Call for Individual and Pre-formed Panel Proposals
Call for Online Book Chapters
Title: Transcultural Media Narratives: Mapping the Cross-Cultural Communication Landscape
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023
Editors: Prof. Eduardo CAMILO & Prof. Karima BOUZIANE
Publisher and copyright: LABCOM, Comunicação e Artes,
Universidade da Beira Interior,
Rua Marquês D’Ávila e Bolama,
6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal.
A Billion and Fifty Year Spree: Science Fiction, and its Histories, ‘after’ Aldiss
University of Liverpool & Online, 23 January 2024
The realm of science fiction serves as a captivating tapestry, weaving together speculative narratives that extend beyond the bounds of conventional reality. Within this expansive genre, three thematic strands emerge as critical foci: Posthumanism, Alternate Realities, and Cyberculture. This exploration aims to unravel the nuanced layers embedded within these themes, offering a critical lens through which to examine the implications for contemporary society, ethical considerations, and the trajectory of human existence.
After Shock: New Perspectives in Literary Studies and Linguistics (Rome, 10th and 11th June 2024)
Sapienza-Silesia Graduate Forum 2024 (37th Cycle of the PhD Programme in Studies in English Literatures, Language and Translation)
CALL FOR PAPERS: FEMINIST HEALTH HUMANITIES
Call for Papers
In 1950, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing asked the world: “Can machines think?”
Published in his article in Mind when he was 38 years old, Turing’s question emerged from a life of relentless imagination. By then, Turing had applied his brilliance to help the allies win World War II and revolutionized computing—creating the foundation for much later developments in AI technologies and machine learning. His intrepidness included living as a gay man in a society that would criminalize and cause him irreparable harm for it.