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[Update] The First Biennial John Dos Passos Conference (10-11 October. Chattanooga, TN)

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 2:55pm
The John Dos Passos Society

Update: the deadline for submissions has been extended to May 30.

The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its first biennial conference. Prompted by the centennial of The Great War, a formative event in Dos Passos's life and career, this conference will facilitate discussion of the author's responses to war and other defining features of the early twentieth-century in his major and minor works. The meeting will conclude with an address by John Dos Passos Coggin, who will speak about his grandfather's "writing life" as it compared with the styles and habits of his friends Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

UPDATE: Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature: Imagination Participation and Co-Creation. 6/15; (10/31-11/1)

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:44pm
Conference on Christianity and Literature

2014 Mideast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: "The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation"
Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA
October 31 – November 1, 2014

Plenary Speaker: Alison Milbank, professor of theology and religious studies at The University of Nottingham, Author of Dante and the Victorians and Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians.

SAMLA 86 Poets Panel

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:28pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The SAMLA Poets panel welcomes creative work. Poets are invited to send work related to this year's theme, "Sustainability and the Humanities," keeping in mind the sustainability of all of the arts, what makes poetry itself sustainable, and where we find humanity in our poems. Consider ekphrastic poetry, narrative poetry, ars poetica, and poems about our own human sustainability. For consideration as a participant on the SAMLA Poets panel, poets should send a brief publication and professional CV as well as a writing sample. This sample should include no more than 10 pages/seven poems. The panel will consist chiefly of poets reading or presenting original, new work with time for a brief question and answer period.

Alfred Hitchcock - Interdisciplinary Humanities - November 1, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:54am
Interdisciplinary Humanities

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Spring 2015 Issue - Alfred Hitchcock

Guest Editor: Michael Howarth

This special issue will focus on Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense" whose career spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s. Hitchcock produced and directed over fifty motion pictures, in addition to hosting two anthology series on television.

His film craftsmanship is still relevant today, as his influence is continuously cited by contemporary filmmakers and he is regularly taught in cinema classes.

Call for Papers: The Eighth Lamp Ruskin Studies Today

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:47am
Anuradha Chatterjee

The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today (ISSN 2049-3215) invites contributors to submit scholarly papers. The papers can be short papers of 3500-4000 words or long papers of 8,000-10,000.

The Eighth Lamp is an online and double blind refereed journal (previously published by Rivendale Press, UK). It is led and managed by Dr Anuradha Chatterjee (Founding Editor and Co-Editor), Lecturer, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China and Dr Laurence Roussillon-Constanty (Co-Editor), Senior Lecturer in English, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France. The journal is also complemented by a strong Editorial Board that provides intellectual and pedagogical support and leadership to the journal:

Call for Surreal Fiction (Deadline July 10, 2014) $50 Honorarium

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:08am
Blank Fiction Magazine

Blank Fiction is calling for Surreal Fiction. We're looking for stories that blur the lines between dream and reality, devise a narrative out of an idea or concept, and/or create strange creatures from everyday objects. Send us work that challenges accepted social customs and structures and free us from this "false rationality" in which we live.

Surrealism presents unnerving and illogical scenes delivered with precision, effectively allowing what seems to be unconscious expression to rise to the surface. However, the element of surprise also plays a large role, so feel free to experiment with the genre and embrace its disdain for established artistic tradition.

[Update] "Elsewheres," JMMLA (Spring 2015): 9/15/14

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:19am
The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association

The editors of JMMLA seek essays about the literature, film, music, and art of places that don't really matter, places whose adjacency to the capitals of the world confirms their lack of sway. Especially welcome are essays that explore the consequences that come from the way literary and artistic value gets determined, the way consumers of culture continue to count on a handful of institutions to vet the art of the elsewhere.

Call for Papers: "Broken Narratives"- Graduate Student Conference-Ohio State University-Saturday 11th Oct, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:10am
English Graduate Organization, Ohio State U

Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of "broken narratives" make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O'Sullivan).

Reading and Identity: a one-day conference, 26 August 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 5:47pm
National Library of Scotland

This conference wants to ask how reading questions and defines identity: how does reading help people to investigate, reshape and resist identity?

The National Library of Scotland, and its Reader-in-Residence, Kate Hendry, are interested in fostering an enquiry into the nature and purposes of reading in the 21st century. In light of the Scottish Government's Literacy Action Plan, the pressure on local libraries and the development of digital technologies, we would like to investigate reading practices across society; to find out more about why people read and how libraries, and others working to engage audiences with the written word, can support different types of reading identity.


Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 4:34pm

Textos Híbridos, the electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Latin American chronicle from the Conquest to the present day, invites the submission of critical studies on the Latin American literary chronicle for its July 2014 issue. The journal seeks to lend additional visibility to the chronicle as an important genre and to promote dialogue on a literary form that has been continually marginalized despite its wide readership and far-reaching influence in Latin America.

Call for Book Reviewers for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 3:44pm
Michele Brittany, Book Review Editor, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Call for Book Reviewers for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics Book Review Editor is looking for one time and ongoing reviewers who are interested in reviewing books on comic and graphic novel scholarship. Reviews of single books are typically 600-1,000 words in length, while review essays of two books combined are usually up to 1,500 words. Reviews are due within six weeks of receiving the book.

Here is a short list of books currently needing reviewers:

[UPDATE] Writers for Anthology--Out Of Many

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:30pm
City University of New York

Call for Writers: Anthology of Creative Nonfiction and Fiction

We are seeking great stories for the anthology Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today. Out of Many will showcase emerging writers for an emerging generation. The anthology is already under contract with an academic publisher and will feature a broader spectrum of voices than those typically found in prose readers. 5000 words maximum. Minorities of all stripes are encouraged to submit.

Pamla October 31/ Nov. 2 Riverside California

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:17pm
Patrizia Comello Perry - Borough of Manhattan Community College

Dear Colleagues,
The deadline for submitting your paper proposal is approaching!

Please consider and feel free to disseminate the following Call for Papers for the upcoming PAMLA Conference (Riverside, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014). The deadline is May 15. Please go to for instructions on how to submit your proposal online.

New Session
Teaching Languages and Culture Through Film

Kyoto Conference on Coleridge and Contemplation, 27-29 March, 2015

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 12:36pm
Peter Cheyne / Kyoto Notre Dame University

Call for Papers
Kyoto Conference on Coleridge and Contemplation, 27-29 March, 2015

Abstracts are welcome for this international, interdisciplinary conference on Coleridge and Contemplation

Further details and a downloadable cfp poster here:

Confirmed speakers:

Jim Mays (Literature, UCD): 'Coleridge and Contemplation in Poetry'

Douglas Hedley (Philosophy / Divinity, Cambridge): 'Coleridge and Contemplation'

David E. Cooper (Philosophy, Durham): 'Meditation on the Move: Walking and the Appreciation of Nature'