In recent years, a number of overlooked and forgotten texts have made their way to modern readers through new scholarly editions. This roundtable discussion hopes to address the following questions: How do new editions of marginalized texts come to be? What is at stake in recuperating and reissuing neglected works? How can editors of these texts best address the needs of contemporary audiences—including undergraduates, graduate students, instructors, and the broader reading public?
Much contemporary work in the history of the book remains oriented within a nationalist tradition. This panel, instead, will present new research by literary scholars and book historians in which the transnational movement of authors, texts, printers, and publishers across North American borders and borderlands affects our understanding of the production, distribution, consumption, and reception of material texts. Taking a hemispheric approach to examining how books, individuals, and issues such as copyright move across or through national boundaries allows us to ask larger questions in book history about textual meaning, the history of communications and communications technologies, and the economics of the printing/publishing industries.
Contemporary Medievalisms: The proliferation of medievalism in popular culture - as Chaucer's Twitter account, Game of Thrones, and historical young adult novels set in Medieval Europe all attest - expresses varying ideas about what the Middle Ages could mean to our current historical moment. This panel seeks papers that explore contemporary ideas about the Middle Ages as they appear in a variety of popular culture venues. We especially welcome those that engage with global perspectives on the idea of the 'Middle Ages.'
Chairs: Emily Lauer and Filiz Turhan-Swenson
NeMLA 2015 46th Annual Convention
Toronto; April 30-May 3, 2015
From the BBC's "Downton Abbey" and "Dancing on the Edge," to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," The Jazz Age's presence in recent popular culture has been striking and pervasive. This edited collection aims to complicate familiar images of this iconic period and to better understand its persistent presence "in our time." Essays that situate well-known figures in new contexts or highlight the significance and contributions of the period's lesser-known figures are especially welcome.
CFP: Revisiting Middle East and North African cinema scholarship today
CFP: The Militant Image in Global Cinema: Histories and Afterlives
This panel seeks papers that explore and excavate SAMLA 86's themes of sustainability and renewal in the works of William Faulkner. As the geographical compass of Faulkner Studies has shifted ever southward and Faulkner criticism has embraced postcolonial, transatlantic, and digital humanities readings of his work, we believe the time is ripe for scholarly reconsiderations of those works otherwise thought to be critically overexposed. We interpret the terms "sustainability" and "renewal" broadly and invite abstracts that approach Faulkner's work from a unique textual or theoretical perspective, particularly those that seek to revise, reinterpret, and/or reinvigorate Faulkner criticism for the 21st century.
The T. S. Eliot Society will host a special session at the 2014 SAMLA convention, to be held in Atlanta at the Marriott Buckhead Hotel, November 7-9, 2014. The Society welcomes proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of Eliot's work or its reception. Those interested should email a detailed abstract of approximately 300 words and a current c.v. to Anthony Cuda (email@example.com) no later than June 18, 2014.
The editor of The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel's Jade Giant in Changing Times is seeking abstracts for essays which could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between Incredible Hulk comic books (or comic books featuring Hulk-related characters) and the culture when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Hulk comic books and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to The Ages of Superman, The Ages of Wonder Woman, The Ages of the X-Men, The Ages of the Avengers, and The Ages of Iron Man.
This permanent section welcomes papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of "The Lives of Cities" are strongly encouraged; however, this theme can be broadly interpreted.
Please email 250-word abstracts and CV by June 14, 2014, to DeLisa Hawkes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenters must become members of the M/MLA.
This panel will address the relevance of A. S. Byatt's wonder tales within the wider context of her fiction and invites submissions that specifically explore this relationship. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: gender and genre; female identity; the relationship between narrators and tales; postmodern and/ or feminist undertones vs traditional modes of wonder tale narrative; frame tale and embedded stories. Please submit 250- to 500-word abstracts at https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15437 by September 30, 2014.
CFP: Nodes & Networks in the Humanities: Geometries, Relationships, Processes
Digital Humanities Forum 2014
September 12-13, 2014
* Isabel Meirelles, Northeastern University,
* Steven Jones, Loyola University Chicago,
* Scott Weingart, Indiana University,
The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?
We seek proposals for an approved panel for the 2015 NEMLA conference in Toronto.
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
Shahrukh Khan, Anna Hazare, M.S. Dhoni, Shiney Ahuja, A.R. Rahman, M.S. Subbalekshmi, Saina Nehwal, Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Dutt, Vava Suresh…….
A random list of famous Indians such as the one given above is enough to remind one of the wide range of celebrities who are in the limelight in contemporary India. They range from film stars to politicians, from sport stars to activists, from darlings of the masses to widely hated 'villains', from pan-Indian and global celebrities to stars whose fame exists within specific regions.