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"(Im)Materiality in English and Welsh Medieval Culture" (Kalamazoo 2015

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:53pm
Daniel Helbert

The recent trend in medieval literary studies to emphasize inanimate objects and materiality as a means of contextualizing or de-emphasizing human and humanist activities has encouraged two, perhaps unintended, consequences: 1) The segregation of 'Humanist' philosophical interpretations of the world and its contents/inhabitants (metaphysics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, etc.) from 'non-human' oriented epistemologies (Eco-Criticism, Object Oriented Ontology, etc.); and 2) the lack of distinguishment between human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally homogenous setting and human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally mixed setting.

Constructing Humanity

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:40pm
University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS)

5th Annual University of Nevada, Reno
College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS)

Call for Proposals

Constructing Humanity
(re/de)constructing (in)humanit(ies)

February 26, 27 & 28, 2015

Marriage, Money, and Seduction - RMMLA Friday Oct. 10, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:45pm
Autumn Lauzon/ Rocky Mountain MLA

This panel is urgently seeking one or two additional papers for a panel on Marriage, Money, and Seduction in literature for the upcoming Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014). The topic is open to any time period, British or American.

Please send abstracts and questions immediately to Autumn Lauzon at

Prometheus, COLOSSUS, HAL … and Beyond - The Narratives of 'Cyber' All proposals must be received by 30th September 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:57am
The Narratives of Cyber Conference - De Montfort University Cyber Security Centre

When a nation is powerful it tells the world confident stories about the future. The stories can be enchanting or frightening. But they make sense of the world. But when that power begins to ebb, the stories fall apart. And all that is left are fragments, which haunt you like half-forgotten dreams.
Adam Curtis)

This one-day conference seeks to draw together academics and practitioners from as many different fields as possible, to encourage debate and discussion around the complex, contentious and contested theme of 'cyber', information technology, and the relationship between Human and Machine.

ASECS 2015: Minor Authors and Minor Genres: Re-examining the Creation of the Eighteenth-Century Literary Canon

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:55am
Lindsay Emory Moore, University of North Texas

By the end of the eighteenth-century, thanks to literary histories such as Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets and Thomas Warton's The History of English Poetry, along with the beginning of literary criticism, the framework of the eighteenth-century canon we still use today had already been created. Writers who were lauded by Johnson and Warton as the writers of the age are for the most part still anthologized and taught in undergraduate courses in today's universities. However, an entire oeuvre of white male authors of the dominant political party—such as Elkanah Settle, Colley Cibber, and Warton himself—are relatively unexplored even though they exerted influence over literary culture as City Poet and Poets Laureate, respectively.

New Directions in Dickens Scholarship (Deadline 30 September 2014)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:07am
NeMLA 2015, Toronto

2012 saw the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth, an event marked by commemorative activities and celebratory events across the globe. Where do Dickens studies go from here? This panel invites abstracts for papers that consider new directions in Dickens scholarship. Papers are welcome to interpret 'directions' broadly, considering, for instance, issues of space and travel; futurity, time, and change; global intersections in Dickens's works; or matters of event, monument, and commemoration. Please submit 300 word abstracts by 30 September 2014.
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Feminist Theory and the Futures of Nature, ACLA 2015 proposals due Aug 31st, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 3:17am
American Comparative LIterature Association

The deconstruction of categories of animal, human, and cybernetic organisms has led to wholesale rethinking of corporeal futures. Likewise, the increase of information-based interactions refigures interactivity in ways which seem to subvert embodied expectation. Is this in fact the case? What are the frontiers of imagining futures, and how do feminist studies and queer theory help us get there?

"Representing Afghanistan" - NeMLA Panel, 30 April-3 May, Toronto 2015

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:08am
Alla Ivanchikova/NeMLA

This seminar is designed to bring together scholars whose work examines representations of Afghanistan in literature, non-fiction, film, and new media published in the aftermath of 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. invasion. Works on genre, methodology, as well as papers on individual authors are welcome. Participants interested in interdisciplinary approaches and new media analysis are also encouraged to apply. Potential topics include:

LauraPalooza 2015: Through Laura's Eyes - July 16-17, 2015

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:47pm
Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association

"LauraPalooza 2015"
Through Laura's Eyes:
Imagery, Illustrations, and Impressions from the Little House

The National Laura Ingalls Wilder
Legacy and Research Association Conference

Sponsored by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association and South Dakota State University

We invite submissions of paper, panel, and workshop proposals for review and possible acceptance for presentation at the third LauraPalooza conference, to be held on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings on July 16-17, 2015. The conference will be followed by a field trip to De Smet, South Dakota, on July 18.

Mad Women in the 21st Century-Deadline Sept. 30 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:07pm
NEMLA Mary Lannon

Mad women in many incarnations have a long tradition in literary history. Much has changed for women in the last fifty years, and as NeMLA features madness as a theme, it seems appropriate to ask what makes for a twenty-first century mad woman? Or what makes women mad in the twenty-first century? Please send creative prose that grapples with this theme for a fifteen-minute presentation. Submit proposal via NEMLA web site this year:

Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies / March 20-21, 2015; Deadline: 15 December 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:44pm
Department of English, Valparaiso University

Call for Papers

The Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University is a regional conference dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. We invite papers on topics related to the utopian tradition, from the ancient to the present day, from diverse fields, such as: utopian and dystopian literature, political theory, music, art, architecture, media and popular culture, intentional communities, urban/rural planning.

CFP: Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages at Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:27pm
Societas Ovidiana

The Societas Ovidiana is soliciting abstracts for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at the 50th International Congress for Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI from May 14-17, 2015. This year we are sponsoring two sessions on the single theme "Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages."

UF Conference: "Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media" (April 10-12, 2015)

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 8:19pm
Najwa Al-Tabaa / University of Florida Graduate Comics Organization

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants to submit proposals to the 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media." The conference will be held from Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Sunday, April 12th, 2015. Proposals are due January 1st, 2015.