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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 9:52am
International Society for the Study of Narrative

The International Conference on Narrative is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium.

PROPOSALS FOR INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Please provide the title and a 300-word abstract of the paper you are proposing; your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and 2-3 keywords (e.g. cognitive studies; Victorian novels; narrator); and a brief statement (no more than 100 words) about your work and your publications.

[UPDATE] Bodies in Place: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (9/30/13))

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:12pm
NEMLA Conference (April 3-6, Harrisburg, PA)

This panel seeks a broad range of papers that explore how disability challenges normative, even ableist, constructions of the body-environment dyad. Broadly speaking, papers in this panel will survey points of connection between disability studies and ecological criticism. For example, how does disability-centered American literature (re)negotiate the relationship between embodiment and emplacement? How might life writing by people with disabilities contribute to a richer and more inclusive ecological criticism? How might we re-examine and deconstruct "canonical" American environmental literature through a disability studies lens?

Paying the Way: Roads, Rivers, and Railways in Culture and Criticism [10/28/13;2/28/14]

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:15pm
Natures 2014

Paving the Way: Roads, Rivers, and Railways in Culture and Criticism

From ancient game trails to winding river routes, from the roads of the Roman empire to the railroads of the British Empire, from the multi-laned freeways of modernity to the internet of the new millennium, humans have marked the earth by pushing against their physical limitations. In a parallel way, people have pushed against the ideologies of their community and forged new paths into and through social consciousness, reflecting, refining, and expanding these revolutionary ideas through cultural and critical expressions.

[UPDATE] Ethnicity and Affect in American Literatures

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 4:46pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3 – 6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

Lynn Nottage Anthology Deadline: 10/15/2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:55am
Jocelyn L. Buckner (Chapman University) and Aimee Zygmonski (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Playwright Lynn Nottage has expanded the theatrical parameters of storytelling through her bold depictions of African diasporic experiences across time, geography, and circumstance. Nottage's plays reflect her passion and curiosity surrounding humanitarian, historical, and historiographic issues. From an African dwarf in the court of Louis XIV (Las Meninas), to female victims of war in the Congo (Ruined), to working class African Americans navigating the challenges of urban life (Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Intimate Apparel), among others, her body of work sheds light on lives, histories, and communities previously silenced and invisible on the stage.

[UPDATE] Conversion Narrative Redux: Health, Wealth, Travel, and Contemporary Bestselling Life Writing (NeMLA 2014)

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:41am
NeMLA 2014 / Harrisburg

This panel seeks to interrogate the connections between physical and mental health, material wealth, spirituality, and the bestselling conversion memoir of the twenty-first century. Conversion narrative itself is as old as the United States; in recent years, however, it has experienced a resurgence in its publication and readership. Are the "new" conversion narratives, such as Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 *Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia*, Mary Karr's 2009 *LIT*, or even Cheryl Strayed's 2012 *Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail* really about the authors' spiritual experiences, or does something else lurk beneath the surface? Are they about being healthy, in any sense of the word?

[UPDATE] CFP: Decadence in English Literature (9/29/13; collection)

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:07am
Koray Melikoglu

Please send abstracts for a scholarly collection to be published by Ibidem Press, Germany, distributed in the US by Columbia University Press. This publication will be a revised and expanded edition of Ibidem's previously published Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature (Studies in English Literatures 2,

[UPDATE]: Intimate Archives: Photography and Life-Writing, University of Oxford. Abstracts due 9 September 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:44am
Lee-Von Kim and Christine Fouirnaies, University of Oxford

Intimate Archives is a one-day interdisciplinary conference that seeks to explore the intersection of photography and life-writing. Photography has come to play an increasingly self-conscious role in life narratives, raising questions about truth, fictionality, authenticity and the limits of referentiality. What role does photography have in the construction of life narratives? How are intimate and affective relations negotiated and represented in photographic life narratives? Furthermore, what is at stake when intimate records of familial and private lives are published or exhibited? This conference seeks to engage with these issues.

Understanding Atrocities Conference: Remembering, Representing, and Teaching Genocide February 19-21, 2014

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:38pm
Scott W. Murray / Tristan Smyth, Mount Royal University

The Understanding Atrocities Conference aims to explore, among other things, the relationship between 'atrocity' and 'genocide,' and how they are interwoven and understood. By approaching the topic of genocidal atrocity within the themes of remembering, representing, and teaching, we hope to engender a discussion across, between, and among the disciplines.