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Call for Book Reviews

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:48am
Guscoth Health and Disability Consultancy

'Considering Disability' is a new journal looking to promote disability awareness and the social meanings attached to disability identity.
We are currently looking for the following books to be reviewed.
1) Disability Theory. Tobin Siebers. 2008.
2) Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. Rosemarie Garland Thomson. 1997.
3) The Four Walls of My Freedom. Donna Thomson. 2014.
Book reviews should be 700-1000 words.

For more information please see:

NeMLA 2015: Unexpected Affect in Shakespearean Drama

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 4:59pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the ways in which Shakespearean drama delivers emotional intensity (passions, affectations, embodiment, etc.) in unexpected places. When might certain emotional reactions be surprising in Shakespeare's plays? Are there particular characters that share their feelings unexpectedly, yet with astonishing resonance?

The significance of this session is to explore whether, after four centuries of exposure, these can still be capable of emotionally shocking. In today's academic climate, do Shakespeare's words have the potential to be so emotionally disturbing that students might/can/should expect a "trigger warning" on syllabi?

Edited Collection on Charlie Brooker

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 3:40pm
Charlie Brooker: Critical Perspectives

*Deadline: 15th September*

Charlie Brooker has one of the most distinctive styles in contemporary television. He has gained critical and commercial success in both fiction and non-fiction programmes, notably A Touch of Cloth, the Black Mirror collection and his 'Wipe' series. His distinguished style of blending comedy and cynicism underpin his work, and his dystopian narratives engage with some of the most pressing issues in the contemporary world.

Despite this, Brooker has received little critical attention. This edited collection of essays intends to be a starting point. It will offer critical perspectives on a range of themes and issues in his work.

Conference On Middle-earth 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 3:13pm
Conference On Middle-earth

The Conference On Middle-earth 2015 solicits papers, paper proposals, and panel proposals from scholars interested in any aspect of The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Topics: J.R.R. Tolkien, his works, works based on Tolkien and his works, criticism, teaching Tolkien in the classroom, the books' impact on oneself and/or the world, the films and the film industry, the music, the art, the fannish side of this universe and its impact, and anything you can imagine on topic. For examples of previous papers and panels, see the programming for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Conferences.

A few areas we wouldn't mind seeing covered:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 1:48pm
liquid blackness

liquid blackness invites abstracts for its no. 4 issue titled "fluid radicalisms"

Planned in conjunction with the presentation of the Black Audio Film Collective film series hosted by liquid blackness at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA on September 26-28 and October 3-4, this issue will address a range of topics prompted by, but not limited to, BAFC's filmmaking practice in the context of Black Atlantic artistic and intellectual flows.

Beyond First Lady: The Political and Social Discourse of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 Election (10/6/14)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 1:20pm
Michele Lockhart & Kathleen Mollick

Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick seek contributors for their third collection of essays considering political women and leadership. Having published two edited collections, Political Women: Language and Leadership (2013) and Global Women Leaders: Studies in Feminist Political Rhetoric (September, 2014), they are seeking to shift their focus from American and global political women and their choices of political language to focus on one U.S. political woman whose career has led to many titles, including wife of a governor, First Lady of the United States, Senator of New York, U.S. Presidential candidate, U.S. Secretary of State, and most recently, a potential candidate for President of the United States in 2016.

Lydgate and London at Kalamazoo 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:28pm
Lydgate Society

The session proposes to trace Lydgate's importance as a poet of the city. Within the space between social classes and their respective expectations, Lydgate's poetry traced the outline of London: the urban heart of England and the moral mirror of its people. Lydgate was not just a court poet, but a civic poet – a poet whose writings shaped the public sentiments of London's people, mediated between the desires of the aristocracy and the power of the citizenry, and, in doing so, articulated the experience of London life.

[UPDATE] Globalizing the American Revolution (Deadline Extended: Abstracts Due 1-Oct-2014)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:20am
Maria O'Malley and Denys Van Renen/ University of Nebraska, Kearney

Call for Contributors to Edited Collection:

We invite chapter-length essays that analyze the American Revolution as a global phenomenon for a volume of essays; we are particularly interested in chapters that examine a range of texts and cultural practices from around the world. A major academic press has expressed strong interest in publishing the volume.

All the World's a Stage: Performance and Performativity in Medieval England-May 14-17, 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:32am
Cornell University Medieval Studies Panel for the 2015 International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo

The Easter Matins Liturgy recorded in the Regularis Concordia calls for four of the brethren to reenact the interplay between the angel and the three Marys when they first venture to Christ's tomb. At the end of this enactment, the audience is drawn into the action of the Gospel stories as the brothers standing in place of Marys take the linen from the staged sepulcher and "hold it up before the clergy; and as though showing that the Lord was risen and was no longer wrapped in it" (51). The visual reenactment of this celebrated event provides a didactic and catechetical moment for the monastic community, making evident the mystery of Easter. Yet it also unites the community to the apostles and others present at the first Easter.

BSECS 44th Annual Conference

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 7:37am
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Call for Papers
BSECS 44th Annual Conference
6th – 8th January 2015

St Hugh's College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe's largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century.