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Malcolm X's Assassination and Autobiography Fifty Years Later

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 1:17pm
NeMLA 2015

What are the literary legacies of Malcolm X's life and death? In 1965, after Malcolm X's life came to an end, The Autobiography of Malcolm X cemented his status as icon. Malcolm's death galvanized a nascent Black Arts Movement, inspiring the generation of black nationalist artists that Amiri Baraka termed 'Malcolm's sons and daughters.' This panel invites papers that engage with the enduring resonance of Malcolm X's life and death for literary and black studies.

Mobility, Paralysis, and Identity in Dubliners (Abstract deadline 8/8/14)

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:36am
Ellen Scheible, Claire Culleton

CFP: Mobility, Paralysis, and Identity in Dubliners

As we celebrate 100 years of reading Joyce's Dubliners, this collection will reconsider narrative devices and strategies that Joyce scholars tend to accept as gospel. We hope to challenge canonical notions of mobility, paralysis, identity, and gender as we offer readings of a variety of stories in the collection.

Single paragraph abstracts are due Friday, August 8. Full essays should be 6,000-8,000 words and will be due Friday, October 3.

Please submit your proposals to Ellen Scheible at We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Love Thy Neighbor? - Kalamazoo 2015

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:30am
Travis Neel and Richard Godden

Whether as a figure of intimate proximity, moral obligation, psychoanalytic anxiety, or a metaphor for a literary history that eschews the genealogical, the medieval neighbor has long lurked on the margins of medieval scholarship. Recently, Slavoj Zizek, Eric Santner, and Kenneth Reinhard have interrogated the uncanniness that the neighbor introduces into the social field, inserting neighbor-love into conversations in political theology as discussed by Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben. In Medieval Studies, Aranye Fradenburg and George Edmundson have suggested a number of varied, challenging, and exigent ways in which the field of medieval studies can take up and complicate the injunction to love thy neighbor in medieval England.


Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:07am
LAURA SAVU WALKER/ University of South Carolina, Columbia

Dear colleagues,

I'm writing to invite you to submit proposals for a collection of essays that is tentatively titled The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context. Please take a look at the brief description of the topic and the research questions below. Feel free to add any other comments and questions and let me know if you are interested in contributing. My own essay examines the transnational dimensions of "that moral-intimate-economic thing called 'the good life'" (Berlant 2) as theorized by cultural critic Lauren Berlant and imagined by Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid in his latest novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2012).

CFP Kzoo2015 Mysticism and Materiality

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:23am
Magistra: a Journal of Women's Spirituality in History

50th International Medieval Congress
Kalamazoo, MI
May 15-17, 2015

A number of different scholarly organizations have come together for the 50th Medieval Congress to pose questions about Materiality in the Middle Ages. While each panel represents a different issue and/or approach, at the core of these many inquiries is the question, "what about the MATTER of the Middle Ages?"

2nd Global Conference on Fandom: Practices and Participatory Cultures (7-10 November 2014)

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:48am

2nd Global Conference on Fandom: Practices and Participatory Cultures

Friday 7th November – Sunday 10th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:
The 2nd Global Conference on Fandom: Practices and Participatory Cultures facilitates deeper engagements involving participants from across disciplinary and professional backgrounds in explorations of the nature, meaning and implications of fandom as it impacts individuals, fan communities and the societies in which they operate. The Steering Group welcome the submission of proposals for presentations, workshops, preconstituted panels, performances and installations that explore themes such as:

Short Stories for Lit Mag Website - $5.00 Honorarium

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:35pm
Blank Fiction Literary Magazine

Blank Fiction is looking to start publishing quality short stories of no more than 2,000 words on our blog. We're looking for quality writing of any genre.

Please visit the site to familiarize yourself with the project and see if you would be interested in working with us. We're looking forward to it.

BOOK CHAPTERS on Maya Angelou (Abstracts due NOVEMBER 30, 2014)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:04pm
Kendra N. Bryant, Florida A&M University

In light of Maya Angelou's most recent passing, I am inviting chapter essays that provide 21st century criticisms of Angelou's autobiographies, creative non-fiction, and poetry—preferably beyond I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, "Phenomenal Woman," and "Still I Rise." While there are some criticisms of Angelou's work (Myra K. McMurry, 1976; Carol E. Neubauer, 1983; Francoise Lionnet, 1989; Mary J. Lupton, 1990; Harold Bloom, 1995; Pierre Walker, 1995; Joanne Braxton, 1999) they precede the 21st century. Others (Terrasita A. Cuffie, 1999; Judith E. Harper, 1999; Patricia Kite, 1999; Pamela Loos, 1999; Corrine J. Naden, 2005; Vicki Cox & Miles Shapiro, 2006) are basically biographies; and many of them are for juvenile readers.

Messengers from the Stars - Episode III [UPDATE]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:52pm
University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES)

The first two editions of the Conference Messengers from the Stars (Episode I and II), organized in 2010 and 2012, gained a significant success. So, we announce a third conference dedicated to this subject. The several contributions of national and international participants (artists and academics), which were of high quality and interest, justify that we further develop this thematic line. This is a wide universe with international tradition and recognition in several areas of modernity. The national and international promotion of Science Fiction and Fantasy has gathered a widespread and varied audience, and fostered the open debate on theoretical and creative issues,

Award for Graduate Student Research on Philip Roth

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 1:56pm
Philip Roth Society

Annual Siegel/McDaniel Award for Graduate Student Research
Sponsored by the Philip Roth Society

Call for Papers: Summer 2014

The Siegel/McDaniel Award recognizes high-quality work of graduate students written on any aspect of Philip Roth's fiction in the past year (ending June 1, 2014).

We recommend that faculty urge strong students to submit papers and welcome submissions from members and non-members alike.

Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, with 12 point Times New Roman font to David Gooblar, Philip Roth Society Program Chair, at

The annual deadline is September 15.

American Prose Poetry: A conference in honor of Mary Caponegro

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:45am
University of Udine, Italy

Please submit 300-word abstract for twenty-minute arguments. Send your proposals to by Sept. 30, 2014

Keynote Speakers:
Olivier Brossard, Prof. American Literature and Translation (Univ. of Paris Créteil)
Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Prof. of French, English, American and Comp. Lit. (Graduate Ctr. CUNY)
Michel Delville, Prof. of American and Comp. Lit. (Univ. of Liège)

Keynote Reader:
Mary Caponegro, Richard B. Fisher Family Prof. of Writing and Literature (Bard College)

[Update] ASEBL Journal - literature, ethics, and evolution

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:25am
ASEBL Journal - St. Francis College (NY)

The editors of ASEBL Journal (literature, ethics, and evolution) invite queries for the January 2015 issue - sooner rather than later if possible. Issues are housed on the St. Francis College (NY) website Before query or submission, please review the About tab on the blog for complete information. The journal is peer-reviewed and indexed in Humanities Source, a major database of EBSCO Host (as well as in the MLA International Bibliography).