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Getting Inside the Outsider: Credentials and Queerness in the Academy

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 1:50pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association (April 30-May 3, 2015, Ryerson University)

What is the experience of new queer-identified members of the academy in the tightening job market? Has there been stricter inspection of non-normative doctoral candidates, adjuncts, junior faculty, and their potentially non-normative work, now that funding is more scarce and controversy more risky? Has what Michael Warner described as "queer studies' critical edge," gained "by defining itself against ... normal business in the academy," been dismissed in the guise of maintaining so-called greater institutional health, the supposed greater good, and greater approval by communities at large?

[UPDATE]The Global Renaissance

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 11:52am
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society

Call for Papers
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference
October 17 and 18
Kelowna, British Columbia

This is the second version of this call for papers. Please note the new conference dates, and new deadline for proposals.

The next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference will take place on October 17 and 18 in Kelowna, a resort town at the centre of British Columbia's wine country.

Fifth international conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania:A piece of culture, a culture of peace, re-imaging Europe

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 2:18am
Valahia University & The Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies

Annual conference 2014. Fifth international conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania: A piece of culture, a culture of peace, re-imaging European communities in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Black Sea regions

17-19 August 2014, Targoviste, Valahia University, Romania

Conference on Existentialism and Postcolonialism (October 10-11, 2014)

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 12:24am
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Existentialism and Postcolonialism"
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 10-11, 2014

Keynote Speakers: Jonathan Judaken (Rhodes College) and Yoav Di-Capua (University of Texas – Austin)

SEMA AT SAMLA (Atlanta, Nov. 7-9)

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 4:10pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Assoc

We still need one more paper!!

SEMA AT SAMLA (Atlanta, Nov. 7-9)
Sustaining the Medieval in the Modern World
How do we preserve medieval objects, culture, and ideas?
This panel welcomes papers approaching this question from a variety of perspectives: conservation, manuscript editing, digital editions, documentary, k16 pedagogy, or modern reconstructions of the medieval in film, architecture, video games. Please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Lynn Ramey, Vanderbilt University, at
Plenary speakers include poet Wendell Berry and critic Ursula Heise.

CFP: The Mind, the Medium, the Message: Neuroatypicals in Popular Culture (NeMLA 30 April-3 May 2015)

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:59pm
Julie M Johannes/Northeast Modern Language Association

The preconceptions and social constructions that society has about neuroatypicals are brought to light when one considers the recent increase of such portrayals in popular media. Mental illness occupies a curious space in our collective consciousness, one sometimes marked by fear and fascination, by stigma and stereotypes: 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is a prime example of this. Because popular culture depictions of mental illness frequently misrepresent the challenges facing those with neurobiological differences, honest and psychopathologically-aware portrayals play a crucial role in raising our collective consciousness.

NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE - The 19th-Century Latin American Text as a Lens for Contemporary Issues

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:56pm
William Michael Lake / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This session invites submissions related to Nineteenth-Century Latin American texts that examine social issues which remain largely unresolved around the world. The topic is widely defined and also encourages analyses of texts not traditionally categorized as "literary." Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and U.S. immigration policy; industrialization; class warfare; indigenous rights; narratives of environmental destruction; slavery and other forms of exploitative labor; women's agency; modern representations of 19th-century Latin America; and so on.

COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE - The Colonial Text as a Lens for Contemporary Issues (Deadline: 6/15/14)

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:54pm
William Michael Lake / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Referring perhaps in part to the crisis of the humanities, a recent SAMLA newsletter states that "shifting employment and institutional structures pose potential threats to long‐standing models of our profession." Accordingly, this session examines the value of Spanish colonial texts in reaching more objective understandings of contemporary issues. Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: modern representations of colonial writings; the colonial feminist; political identity and philosophy; religious and/or psycho-social dynamics; the colonial educational paradigm and its evolution over time; the practice of and access to medicine; stereotyping and indigenous rights; and so on.

The Sustainability of Flannery, 50 Years Later--SAMLA 86 (Nov. 7-9, 2014), Atlanta

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 2:34pm
Flannery O'Connor Society

Fifty years after the death of the Flannery O'Connor, this panel looks to the future as well as the past to explore the possibilities for sustaining the focus and relevance of O'Connor for coming generation of students and other readers. How do we keep readers interested in a writer whose themes and lifestyle might appear to be increasingly antiquated? How do we approach the charges of racism in a culture in which any recorded use of "nigger" is considered taboo? How has O'Connor influenced other writers in ways that have not been explored? What lies in the future of O'Connor studies? This panel seeks presentations that offer insights into new ways to approach O'Connor.

NEMLA 2015 Toronto "Steampunk Femininity: Recasting the Angel in the House" (9/30/2014)

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 1:33pm
Prof. Chamutal Noimann, BMCC-City University of New York

Session ID: 15117
Session Format: Panel

Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.

Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies

Deadline for abstracts: Sept. 30, 2014

RSA 2015: Universality in the Renaissance

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:53am
Brent Dawson

Universality in the Renaissance
RSA Berlin 2015

This interdisciplinary panel asks how Renaissance notions of universality differ from modern paradigms that idealize a human subject abstracted from culture, history, and the material world. The panel seeks a broad variety of approaches to its topics and will strive to think through the connections and tensions between perspectives in different disciplines and in relation to different texts, images, and cultural objects.

Pennsylvania College English Association 2014 Conference

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:03am
Pennsylvania College English Association

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2014 Conference

Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center

1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA, 16801


October 3-4, 2014

PCEA invites either panels or individual papers for the 2014 PCEA Conference.

Proposals in any and all areas of English (or English-related) studies are welcome: literature, film, composition studies, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, et al. Both pedagogical and theoretical proposals are encouraged. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.

PCEA invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit proposals.