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The William Dean Howells Society (ALA 2017)

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:35am
The William Dean Howells Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 28th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017. 


Panel 1: On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells

Call for Proposals for ATHE Panel, "The Spectrum of Spectacle in NYC: Contemporary Downtown Performance Aesthetics"

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:35am
Rachel Anderson-Rabern and Jessica Brater (conveners)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

In many ways, the spectrum of “spectacle” aesthetics that threads through New York’s contemporary downtown performance community unearths new ways of examining the ethics and political engagement of these diverse groups and performance-makers. Inclusive of epic works like Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times; The Wooster Group’s and The Builder’s Association’s sophisticated tech-scapes; and Half Straddle’s shoestring excess; downtown performance artists increasingly reinvent, challenge, resist, and embrace the spectacular.

"Nation, Nationhood and Theatre": 26th Annual CDE Conference, Reading, UK, 29 June – 2 July 2017

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:20am
The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 16, 2016

The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE) is pleased to announce its 26th Annual Conference (29 June - 2 July 2017). It is organized by the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading (UK) and will be held as a residential conference at the University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus.

Nation, Nationhood and Theatre

Offensive Shakespeare

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:39am
Monika Smialkowska / Northumbria University and Edmund King / The Open University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017


"Offensive Shakespeare"

Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

24 May 2017


Keynote speakers: Prof. Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire) and Dr. Peter Kirwan (Nottingham University)

Sponsored by the British Shakespeare Association


Special Issue of Aphra Behn Online: 18th-Century Camp!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:25am
Emily MN Kugler and Ula Lukszo Klein (Aphra Behn Online)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Special Issue Overview & CFP

Ula Lukszo Klein, Texas A&M International University, and Emily Kugler, Howard University

In Susan Sontag’s now-classic essay, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” Sontag argues for a critical dimension of the term “camp.” Camp, for Sontag, is “one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon.” For her, Camp emphasizes a blend of the silly and the extravagant, making the serious and the ridiculous equal to one another. She cites the beginnings of the Enlightenment period as an important moment for the establishment of this sensibility:

Samuel Beckett’s Bodies of Water

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:06am
Katherine Weiss / Tennessee Philological Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

Samuel Beckett’s Bodies of Water


In Samuel Beckett’s canon, water is a recurring image. In his radio play, Embers, the protagonist Henry tells us that he is sitting by the ocean, in his stage play Endgame Nagg and Nell remember nearly drowning in Lake Como, and in his tour de force stage and later television play, Not I Mouth refers to the narrative gushing from her mouth as a “steady stream.” Water in these and other works by the Nobel Prize winning author is both a location and a metaphor; it is aligned with happy memories and danger, with transition and stasis, with the beginning and  the end.


Shakespeare Reformed – Shakespearean Reformations

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:05am
Shakespeare Seminar 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In the year of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s theses, the Shakespeare- Seminar 2017 calls for papers that address ideas of reform and reformation in Shakespeare's works. We invite papers on the literary and cultural repercussions of the two major early modern reformations – the one prompted by Martin Luther and the one initiated by Henry VIII. Taking our cue from Hamlet's famous charge to the players to “reform it altogether” (Hamlet 3.2.36), the seminar seeks to address both questions of religious reformation and of more widely conceived notions of personal, political, cultural, or literary reform in Shakespeare's poems and plays. Topics may include, but are not restricted to the reform/reformation of