From the health checks on Ellis Island to long-standing and recently increasing debates about the (un-)Americanness of different models of health care to Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign aimed at improving the health of Americans, public discourse in the US has continually connected notions of health to notions of Americanness and has negotiated one via the other. Moreover, a culturally relevant, broad, metaphorical usage of health is evidenced in the omnipresence of such phrases as "the health of the nation," "crime epidemic," and even "Bieber fever." Not surprisingly, the topic of "American Health," broadly conceived, has garnered significant attention among scholars in a variety of disciplines.
The Revue Etudes Canadiennes/ Canadian Studies, (n°77 February 2015), seeks contributions in English dealing with Alice Munro's short fiction writing (particularly Dance of the Happy Shades).
In 2014, Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades is on the Agrégation curriculum in France (a competitive advanced state exam for English secondary school teachers and university readers). This is a small « victory » for Canadian studies scholars in France as Canadian literature is rarely acknowledged or taught in our English Studies departments in European universities.
Abstracts (500 words) due November 1, 2014
Articles (7,000 words) due July 1, 2015
BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies is an open access academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed essays pertaining to Bruce Springsteen. The first edition of BOSS will be published in August, 2014 and the editors are currently soliciting papers for the second edition. BOSS provides a scholarly space for Springsteen Studies in the contemporary academy by publishing articles that examine the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that have influenced Springsteen's music and shaped its reception. The editors of BOSS welcome broad interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to Springsteen's songwriting, performance, and fan community, as well as studies that conform to specific disciplinary perspectives.
PCA/ACA 2015 National Convention
April 1 to 4, 2015
New Orleans, LA
The area Westerns and the West values a variety of approaches to the exploration of America's frontier heritage and mythology.
To be held by the University of Tehran, ICISS aims to provide a professional forum for scholars, researchers and academicians to share their outstanding findings with their peers on Shakespeare. It is strongly believed that the conference can explore innovative arenas on Shakespeare studies. Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit their abstracts on the following streams:
Shakespeare and Political Discourse
Shakespeare under the Eastern Eye
Shakespeare and Adaptation
Shakespeare and Mysticism
Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Shakespeare in Education
This panel will consider Elizabeth and her ruling strategies in relation to the issues embedded in the domestic structures in early modern England. In the ideal marriage extolled in contemporary conduct literature, a wife should exhibit obedience and subjection, but the recurrence of "shrewd" and "froward" women in popular texts of the period indicates that the spectacle of assertive female subjectivity was both present and inconvenient. As the reign of Elizabeth I drew to a close, the figure of the recalcitrant wife attracted increasing attention. We invite papers exploring the ways Elizabeth's queenship related to and shaped the use and abuse of domestic authority in prose, poetry, and drama.
Twenty-five years after the publication of A.S. Byatt's Possession, the drive to recreate the Victorian Era in contemporary fiction, graphic narratives, film and other cultural texts shows no sign of abating. If Neo-Victorianism is a cultural commentary on its own time, as well as on the Victorians', then what is the specific resonance of Neo-Victorianism for the 21st century? Papers especially welcome that point to new directions in Neo-Victorianism. Please submit abstracts to https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15410
Science Fiction and the Abolition of Man: How Science Fiction Develops Our Sense of Morality
Edited by Mark J. Boone and Kevin C. Neece
Call for Abstracts
The Postcolonialist, Fall 2014 CFP
Intersectionality, Class, and (De)Colonial Praxis
The past decade has seen a wave of socio-political and economic changes across the globe. We are witnessing geopolitical conflict on a local as well as international scale, intensified by rising wealth disparities, mass migrations, crippling austerity measures, repression of dissent, and increasingly controlled borders. These events make evident the centrality of class to any discussion on the sweeping changes taking place in the global political landscape. Class, however, does not operate in isolation from other social structures, a fact that underscores the need for interdisciplinary research and intersectional discourse.
46th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
30 April - 3 May 2015
Call for Proposals:
SEA-ASLE Roundtable in Early American Animal Studies
SEA-OIEAHC Conference, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015
In recent years, Animal Studies has gained increasing prominence among literature scholars, particularly among those working in the environmental humanities. This roundtable invites early American considerations of non-human animals, broadly conceived. We welcome papers that examine literary or visual texts as well as material artifacts.
Sustaining Women's Studies
Call for Papers: Medieval Romance Society, Kalamazoo ICMS 2015
How do we think about things? Scholarship's recent "material turn" offers an exciting new focus on things that forces us to rethink romance's well-recognised but under theorised relationship with stuff: in particular, the trappings of courtly and chivalric life (costly fabrics, rich foodstuffs, glittering jewels, shining weapons, luxury furnishings) and the thing-ness or object-ness of the texts themselves, whether books or booklets, loose leaves or other fragments, some extravagantly decorated, others poor and tatty.
"The question... is not whether we will have the storage capacity to accumulate copies of every book, film, song, conversation, e-mail, etc. that we amass in a lifetime (yes, eventually) but how do these accumulations, these massive drifts of data, interact with irreducible levels of lived experience?" – Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms