This is a CFP for a proposed session for the 2012 MLA convention, which will meet in Seattle and has the presidential theme 'Language, Literature, Learning'. This CFP is also posted on the MLA convention page. As per the rules, papers will be 15 minutes; if there is sufficient demand I would consider submitting this session as a roundtable discussion instead (please do feel free to me if the latter appeals). All participants must be members of the MLA by 7 April.
We welcome submissions in all areas of the Humanities, understood in the broadest sense, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, English, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Cultural studies, the Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Philosophy and History. Papers, proposed performances, art installations or screenings may be submitted by scholars, writers, artists or performers and may be in English, French, German or Spanish. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to a special issue of JAISA: The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts.
New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel: Special Session, MLA 2012
What does new formalism bring to the popular religious novel? Marjorie Levinson has suggested that new formalism, in its most sensitive and nuanced instances, offers a way of re-approaching central questions concerning the work of literature in modernity. It does this, not by rejecting history as a grounding methodological episteme, but by returning, historically, to the different ways literary form has been understood over time, as engendering experiences that are not perfectly coincidental with history itself.
Special issue of L'Esprit Créateur on "The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray"
Guest editor, Heidi Bostic
For Luce Irigaray, topics such as dialogue, love, and the relation between two are not merely personal issues, but may form the basis of a new social order. This special issue represents the diversity of issues linked to Irigaray's thought, ranging from ontology, subjectivity, and language, to yoga, spirituality, and the body, to education, law, and politics.
Submission deadline for articles in English or French, max. 6,000 words, is December 1, 2011.
Unexpected Agents: Considering agency and subjectivity beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)
* One-day postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham
* Friday 24 June 2011
* Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)
'Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant'
(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)
We seek papers dealing with "haunted" aspects of travel writing, from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics can include literal or metaphorical haunting, such as an author's interaction with a foreign land/people/religions, the negative impression left by travel to a foreign land, the idea of the haunted mind (i.e. the troubled artist abroad), travel as escape, cursed foreign relics brought back to a native land, fantastic experiences with the unknown world, unidentifiable beings in movement, or the "troubled" persistence of memory. Please send an abstract (300 words maximum) and brief CV by 21 March 2011.
Book Reviews for Schuylkill graduate journal: Mind/Body
Relationships -- Special Issue
This panel seeks papers that expand our understanding of antebellum literary history via the relatively uncharted productions of Henry Clapp and his bohemian contributors to The New York Saturday Press:
*Pfaff's and the New-York Saturday Press*
Open session on bohemian Saturday Press and the genres and writers, scandals and crises, scenes and markets that suggest new perspectives on antebellum literary production. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Leif.Eckstrom@tufts.edu by 15 March 2011.
We invite submissions for the second issue of The Centennial Reader. Essays can be on any topic of interest to an informed, Canadian audience.
As part of its centennial celebrations during 2010‐2011, Mount Royal University began an online, peer‐reviewed database of essays to offer a publication forum for intellectual discussion for Canadian writers. The Mount Royal Centennial Reader straddles both worlds: the academic world and the popular publication world. Submissions should therefore apply intellectual thought to topical concerns, offered in an entertaining and popular way.
Digital Technology in the Literature Classroom: Theory and Practice
An edited collection with preliminary interest expressed by Bedford/St. Martin's.