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UPDATE: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:52pm
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

[UPDATE] Sustainability as Preservation and Persistence in the Medieval Period - SAMLA 2014 - Nov 7-9

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:33pm
Rachel Scoggins/Georgia State University

English I (Medieval) Regular Session at 2014 SAMLA Conference (Atlanta)

Sustainability is a concept that would have been unknown in the Anglo-Saxon Age, at least as we now define and use the term. But certainly the preservation of learning, the care, copying and circulation of manuscripts, and the conservation and recirculation of material culture (including religious relics) were persistent and continuous activities during this period. This session invites papers that deal with any of these topics or any other aspect of the Anglo Saxon period.

Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:25pm
Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University

Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its second bi-annual Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 10 & 11, 2014. The theme of this year's meeting, "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture," highlights the interconnections between the experiences of Blacks living in Africa and the Black Diaspora and the significance of these experiences in the formation of past and current identities in a global world.

7th International Conference on American Studies October 10-11, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:46am
Irakli Tskhvediani/Akaki Tsereteli State University

Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia will host a two-day international multidisciplinary conference in American studies. The conference is organized by Prof. Vakhtang Amaglobeli Center for American Studies at Akaki Tsereteli State University and John Dos Passos Association of Georgia. The event is supported by the US Embassy in Georgia.

We invite a variety of contributions that address any of the following topics:
•U.S. Literature
•U.S. History
•U.S. Culture and Arts
•U.S. Politics and Economics
•U.S. Education System
•Georgian-American Relations

What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance (ASAP)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:42am
Todd A. Comer, Defiance College

Our collection, What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance, is now under contract, and we are interested in possibly adding one or two additional essays.

We seek essays which focus on the Occupy experience outside of New York City, describing and analyzing such marginal political experiences from a critical, future-oriented perspective. We are particularly looking for essays focused on medial or spatial/border issues. Essays (6-7,000 words) will need to be completed by early summer.

Please send any queries as soon as possible to Dr. Todd Comer (Defiance College) at

Call for paper - Familiarizing the "jeune filles"- before May 15

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:11am
PAMLA 2014

Familiarizing the "jeune filles"
Presiding Officer:
Virginie Pouzet-Duzer, Pomona College

In 1913, several sociological studies of the concept of youth were published in France, turning the unfamiliar and possibly dangerous demi-vierges from the turn of the century into well-defined categories. The goal of this panel is to resituate the blossoming of the jeunes filles in the French literature, art and culture of the years 1890-1920.

- See more at:

[Update] Modernist Studies Association Conference, 6-9 November 2014; "Modernity, Contingency, Community" panel

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:07am
Steph Brown/University of Arizona; Thomas Claviez/University of Bern

The Confluence and Division website poses the question "How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity's energies, imagined as layers, structures, and figures of confluence and division?" We suggest that modernist representations of contingency afford unique ways of situating these energies in a variety of aesthetic, political, and philosophical contexts. Our panel proposes to examine texts, artifacts, and modernist contexts in which communities are constructed in relation to, and make productive use of, a phenomenon that has been identified as one of the key characteristics of modernity: that of contingency.

SCMLA Irish Literature Panel (October 18-22), Due 4/31/2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:13pm
South Central Modern Language Association

Accepting paper proposals for the Irish Literature panel of the SCMLA 2014 conference in Austin, TX on October 18-22. The topic is open to any subject related to Irish Literature. Those scholars wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract of no more than 500 words describing the proposed paper directly to Dr. Mikki Galliher ( by March 31, 2014. For more information, see the SCMLA conference website (

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society, 4-6 September 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 4:02pm
Simon Perris, Classics Programme, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), 4-6 September 2014

Keynote speaker: Prof. Witi Ihimaera (author of The Whale Rider)
Convenors: Prof. Jeff Tatum and Dr. Simon Perris (Classics Programme, V.U.W.)

First deadline for abstracts: Monday 5 May, 2014
Final deadline for abstracts: Monday 2 June, 2014

Oh! The Horror!: The Supernatural in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 4:00pm
Pennsylvania College English Association

From the past to the present, the supernatural has inundated our popular culture. Zombies, witches, vampires, and werewolves star in our books, television shows, graphic novels, comics, stage performances, and films. This conference will contribute to the already rich discussion surrounding these topics that may already be taking place in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in our culture.

M/MLA 2014 (Detroit Nov. 13-16)- Hospitality and the City

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 2:57pm
The Midwest Modern Language Association

The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.

[DEADLINE REMINDER]: "Perchance to Dream": Sleep and Related Phenomena in English Literature

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 2:02pm
University of Bristol

From Medieval Dream Allegory to the lexical recreation of the subconscious mind in Finnegan's
Wake, literature has often explored the subject of sleep and its related phenomena. This
conference aims to consider the many and diverse representations of sleep within English
literature, and to explore the ways in which writers respond to this still largely mysterious
biological necessity.