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Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise conference, 28-29 November, London, UK [ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 30 May 2014]

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)

28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld

In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.

Sidekicks and Underlings - Oct. 3-4, 2014 - Bordeaux, France

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:18am
CLIMAS, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France

Sidekicks and Underlings
Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Bordeaux - Oct. 3-4, 2014.

CLIMAS (Cultures et Littératures des Mondes Anglophones), the research group in Anglo-American Studies of Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, organizes a conference titled "Sidekicks and Underlings" to be held in Bordeaux on October 3-4, 2014.

We expect submissions from specialists of literature, arts, popular culture, history, politics in the English-speaking world.

Iain Banks: Critical Essays - Call for Papers

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:14am
A Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays Series volume

Iain Banks: Critical Essays


Edited Jim Byatt, Foreword by Ken MacLeod

A Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays Series volume
Series Editor: Sarah Dillon

[Reminder] The Concept of Late Modernism - MSA 16

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:18am
Ian Afflerbach

Periodization provides one of modernism's most turbulent sites of confluence and division. In recent years, critical interest in periodizing modernism has been particularly attentive to the idea of a "late modernism" in literary studies. Because the methods and topics by which this act of division continue to differ, this panel offers a platform for articulating the plurality of approaches to this emerging concept, as well as a venue for considering the merits and risks of introducing an intermediary term in twentieth-century literary history.

11th Literature & Ecology Colloquium, South Africa: Words on Water 11-12 Sept 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:08am
Literature & Ecology Colloquium

In 2012 the Literature & Ecology Colloquium focussed on coastal littorals and literatures of South Africa's seas. This year, we invite papers exploring the relationship between words and our inland waters: rivers, dams, rains, pipelines, taps, irrigation schemes, floods, droughts. South Africa's water situation is dire, with over-use and extensive pollution now exacerbated by climate change.

[UPDATE] Nineteenth Century Popular Culture deadline 5/15 (Midwest PCA/ACA October 3-5 2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:02pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference

Call for Papers:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Topics may include, but are not limited to, historical and literary treatments of women's and children's periodicals or books, international affairs, nineteenth century "fads" or trends, travel/tourism, technology, science and medicine, temperance, advertising, and slavery.

CFP for SAMLA 2014 Panel: Adaptations of Spanish America

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:36pm
Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Rutgers University, Newark

We invite papers that focus on adaptations of (or to) Spanish America, construing adaptation in the widest sense possible (from literature to film, film to print, or stage to screen, for example). We are particularly interested in submissions that engage as well with the conference theme of sustainability. By May 30, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Rutgers University, Newark, at and Romano Sánchez-Domínguez, Imperial Valley College, at

35th Annual Meeting of the T. S. Eliot Society (St. Louis, September 19-21, 2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:27pm
T. S. Eliot Society

We invite proposals for papers to be presented at the annual Eliot Society meeting in St. Louis, September 19-21. Clearly organized proposals of about 300 words, on any topic reasonably related to Eliot, along with biographical sketches, should be emailed by June 13, 2014, to the President, Michael Coyle (

Papers given by graduate students and scholars receiving their doctoral degrees no more than two years before the date of the meeting will be considered for the Fathman Young Scholar Award. Those eligible for the award should mention this fact in their submission. The Fathman Award, which includes a monetary prize, will be announced at the final session of the meeting.

Mennonite/s Writing VII: Movement, Transformation, Place March 12-15, 2015

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:04pm
Hope Nisly and Fran Martens Friesen / Fresno Pacific University

Proposals for scholarly papers, creative writing presentations, and panel discussions are sought for the seventh conference on Mennonite writing. The conference will both celebrate and examine such writing as it continues to develop its global reach. We especially welcome papers that address experiences of movement, transformation, and/or place, and their influences on literary culture.

The conference welcomes a wide variety of voices and seeks to create a site of learning and inspiration. Writers of all ages, disciplines, and cultural or ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to submit proposals and attend the conference.

Co-sponsors: Fresno (CA) Pacific University and Hesston (KS) College

[UPDATE] Asian Literature (Standing Session) at PAMLA 2014 (Oct. 31–Nov. 2), Riverside, CA

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:57pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

CFP: Asian Literature (Standing Session) at PAMLA 2014 (Oct. 31–Nov. 2) in Riverside, CA
Deadline: Thursday, May 15

Papers are sought for the Asian Literature standing session at the 112th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, to take place from October 31 to November 2 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA.

CFP: Living-Room Wars: American Militarism on the Small Screen

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:41pm
Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula

The television industry in the United States was born of the early military-corporate alliance that resulted in the formation of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1917. A quasi-private entity created at the behest of US Navy as a means of centralizing control over the emerging medium of radio, RCA was a major player in the development of television technologies and forms. Its broadcasting arm, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), would be run for years by "General" David Sarnoff, a wireless wiz-kid who served on General Dwight D. Eisenhower's communications staff during WWII.

Sustainable Stories of Carson McCullers (The 86th Annual SAMLA Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 7-9, 2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:51am
Alison Bertolini: The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians (Columbus State University) in conjunction with The Carson McCullers Society

In recent years, there has been a revived interest in the work of Carson McCullers. For example, in 2001 the Library of America published a collection of her novels followed by a second print run in 2004. Also in 2004, talk show host Oprah Winfrey chose The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter as the selection for her popular book club, and soon after The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter became part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. More than 40 years after McCullers's death, the love, loneliness, and longing that haunt her stories still resonate with readers.