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Signs, Representations and Other Biases: An International Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:43am
University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 15, 2019

The sign creates our world and represents our thoughts about this world.
The sign is an enabler, a limiter, and a producer of our biases.
The sign is the trouble.
If all signs are arbitrary, how can we distinguish between the signifier and the signified while using language? How can representation and its analysis be in the same medium? How can arbitrariness be implicated with biases? Do we need a universal metalanguage that can analyse the limits of language? Or have we reached a historical moment of aporia? 

Call for Papers – CLOSURE: The Kiel University e-Journal for Comics Studies #7 (November 2020) / Thematic Section: »Eco-Comics: What Grows in the Gutter?«

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:05am
CLOSURE: The Kiel University E-Journal for Comics Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 25, 2019

Open Section

In the fall of 2019, CLOSURE will once again offer a forum for all facets of comics studies. From literary, cultural, media, social and image research to the sciences and beyond: the seventh edition of CLOSURE continues our ongoing search for the best and most innovative articles and reviews representing the state of the art in comics research. We welcome detailed close readings as much as comics theory and pioneering approaches to the medium — our open section comprises a diverse range of interdisciplinary studies of all things ›comic‹.


Thematic Section: »Eco-Comics: What Grows in the Gutter?«

Ubu: Grotesquery in Political Theory (ACLA Chicago)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:41am
Brendan McGillicuddy (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Michel Foucault opened his 1974 seminars at the Collège de France - published as "Abnormal" - with a series of comments that link his theory of “governmentality” to the aesthetic category of the grotesque.

Decolonizing Growth and Development in Postcolonial Writing (NeMLA 2020 Panel)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:27am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Echoing the enlightenment ideals and yet widely considered groundbreaking, the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development in 1986 proclaimed that “the right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.” As Joseph Slaughter denounces as tautological, this declaration presumed that human rights and freedoms could not be made possible without proper development.

ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Medieval Habits

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:52pm
Ryan Lawrence, Cornell University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019


This panel invites 15-20 minute papers concerned with medieval notions of habit. 

Writing without Writing: Fragments and Survivance

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 3:05pm
ACLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Since the nineteenth century to the present, fragmentary writing has been widely deployed in literature and philosophy (i.e. Ernst Bloch, Schlegel, Mallarmé, Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Kafka, Beckett etc.) as a strategy to disrupt the idea of totality by and through writing. Fragmentary writing as an incomplete totality, bears absent voices and traces and alludes to a whole.

Kazuo Ishiguro and the illusion of the World

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 2:29pm
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Conference: American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, 19-22 March 2020

Seminar: Kazuo Ishiguro and the illusion of the World

Organizers: James Tink ( and David Huddart (

Submit a Paper:

Deadline: 23 September 2019

The Politics of Identity and the Poetics of Liberalism in the Age of Milton

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:42pm
Reza Pourmikail / Brandeis University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Since the 2016 election, there has been much soul searching in certain progressive circles about the role that identity should play in liberal politics in the United States and beyond. Authors as diverse as Kwame Anthony Appiah, Francis Fukuyama, Mark Lilla, and David Wootton have recently urged us to consider the possibility of constructing a form of liberalism in which identity does not necessarily play a central role. In the writings of at least some of these authors, we may discern a desire to recover the heritage of classical liberalism, with its emphasis on abstract individualism and the importance of so-called “negative” freedoms, such as freedom of speech.