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What’s Left? Marxism, Literature and Culture in the 21st Century / Deadline: 20 March, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:09am
Andrew Rowcroft (University of Lincoln)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 20, 2017

The crisis and collapse of Marxism as the dominant paradigm of left intellectual thought undoubtedly remains one of the most seismic shifts in the ideological history of the late twentieth century. With the collapse of actually existing socialism in the Soviet Union, the pressure of postmodern concepts, and the rise of new social protest movements in the spheres of  race, gender, and sexual orientation, Marxism came to appear the ‘signifier par excellence of theoretical hubris, redundancy and error’ (Pendakis and Szeman, 2014). In the twenty-first century however, precipitated by the succession of economic and ecological crisis scenarios, Marxist criticism has experienced a critical resurgence.

"Dangerous Charisma." D. H. Lawrence panel, MLA 2018.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:25am
D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Dangerous Charisma"

The age of Trump has brought the issue of charisma in leadership to the fore. How does Lawrence help us understand the mutual attraction of leader and acolyte? Lawrence wrote about charisma in personal and political relationships, and his contemporaries found him charismatic. Papers might consider how Lawrence represents charisma,  how his ideas of leadership change, or how others responded to him. Please send abstract by March 15 to Joyce Wexler:



CFP: “Global Literature and Technology,” Special Session for MLA 2018 in NYC

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:30am
Special Session Proposal
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Organizer: Jap-Nanak Makkar, University of Virginia,
Deadline: March 1, 2017 (email abstract, bio & AV requirements to organizer)
Special Session, MLA 2018, New York City

Please consider submitting to a special session, proposed to take place at MLA 2018 in New York City, on “Global Literature and Technology.”


Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:27pm
Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Lodz
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories (A/R/T Journal) is a peer-reviewed journal that has been created with a view to providing a forum for analyzing and discussing issues of immediate relevance for contemporary literary and cultural studies.

The editors would like to invite submission of contributions for its seventh issue, to be published by Winter 2017. We invite original articles, reviews and interviews addressing any topics related to Anglophone literature and culture.

The contributions should be between 4000 and 6000 words long. Each contribution will be anonymously reviewed (double-blind review). The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 16 April 2017.

Beyond the Body: Explorations in posthumanism and transhumanism

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8:30am
Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars - University of Akron
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 3, 2017


Explorations in Post-humanism and Trans-humanism

SAGES Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference

The University of Akron

Student Union

March 16, 2017


Feminist Spaces 3.2 CFW

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:09am
Feminist Spaces Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 12, 2017


Feminist Spaces 3.2 (Spring/Summer)

Feminist Spaces is now accepting general submissions for its sixth issue. Feminist Spaces welcomes work across genres and disciplines and invite students, faculty, and independent scholars to submit academic papers, creative writings, and artistic pieces that address topics in feminist, gender, sexuality or women’s studies as a primary focus. Articles may begin or enter into dialogue within feminist discourse or present historical research. Examples of topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Queer Futurities in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:11am
MLA 2018 - Sponsored by the Children's and Young Adult Literature Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Although we have recently seen the implementation of institutional changes that have altered the legal and socioeconomic status of queer people in the United States (i.e. United States v. Windsor in 2013 and Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015), queer individuals continue to encounter discrimination, violence, and death based on their gender and/or sexual orientation. The stark rise in murders of trans people of color and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting are just a few of the events that have disrupted the misguided sense of utopia instilled by institutional change, and have brought into question whether it is possible for queerness to link to notions of futurity. 

*UPDATE*-CFP for Postcolonial Interventions Vol. II, Issue 2 (June 2017)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12:35pm
Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 7, 2017

A.K. Ramanujan in a poem entitled “Small-scale Reflections on a Great House” had mused, “Sometimes I think that nothing/that ever comes into this house/goes out. Things come in every day/to lose themselves among other things/lost long ago among/other things lost long ago”. The description may seem oddly apt for the field of postcolonial studies which continues to search for new shores even as some of the concerns of the past begin to fade with the inevitable processes of history. Even as the field remains committed to a quest for emancipation from violence and discrimination and deprivation, caused by the forces of race, class, gender, sexuality and a number of other factors, the modalities continue to change and the boundaries begin to blur.

Voicing the Refugee Crises

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:21am
Special Session MLA 2018, New York
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Please consider submitting to a special session in MLA convention 2018.

Voicing the Refugee Crises:

The urgency of the current refugee crises in the Western world impels us to examine texts coming from refugee writers seeking hospitable homes.

Deadline 1 February 2017. Send abstracts with brief CV to Dr. Feroza Jussawalla: and Lava Asaad: