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Marxism and Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century (MLA 2014)

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 4:32pm
MLA 2014 Special Session

This panel seeks to address the theoretical-methodological intersectionality of two influential but controversial disciplines(Marxism and psychoanalysis), with special focus on their current historical, cultural, and/or political relevancy and applicability.

Please note that this is a proposed special session for the 2014 MLA Convention, which will be held from January 9-12, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Please send 250-word abstract by 15 March 2013 to Adam Meehan ( and Carlos Gallego (


Monday, February 11, 2013 - 3:43pm

The State in African Literatures
Papers on representations of the state (both the real and the desired) and biopolitics in African literatures. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2013; Alain Lawo-Sukam ( and Neil Kortenaar (

Expatriation, Authorship, and Reception in African Literatures:
Consequences, forms and themes of expatriation and location in recent African literatures. Abstracts (300 words) by 15 March 2013; Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi ( and Joya Uraizee (

In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect, & Political Economy

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:24am
Northwestern University Department of Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference

In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect, & Political Economy

an interdisciplinary graduate student conference

Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Proposals Due: April 5, 2013

Conference Dates: October 11-13, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Judith Hamera

Faculty Discussants: Joshua Chambers-Letson, Nick Davis, Tracy Davis, Hannah Feldman, Marcela Fuentes, Barnor Hesse, Richard Iton, Chloe Johnston, D. Soyini Madison, Susan Manning, Kaley Mason, Coya Paz, Janice Radway, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, C. Riley Snorton, Elizabeth Son, and Harvey Young

Call for Papers & Performances

The Human journal NOW accepts submissions. May 5, 2013 is the deadline for the June issue.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:57am
The Human, a journal of humanities, social sciences, and arts

The Human ( is an international and interdisciplinary new journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, postcolonial, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, sociology, drama, comparative literature, and cultural studies, as well as creative works of art such as poems, short stories, and plays. To learn more about the journal and its principles, please visit this page:

Literary Responses to Mind Science, MLA 2014, Abstracts Due 3/15

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:42am
Nikki Skillman / American Academy of Arts and Sciences

"In any period," M.H. Abrams writes, "the theory of mind and the theory of art tend to turn on similar analogues, explicit or submerged." How has the literature of the long twentieth century responded to philosophical and cultural transformations brought about by the rise of mind science? What thematic and formal means have literary artists used to explore the ontological, epistemological, and ethical implications of cognitive materialism? How has the explanatory power of cognitive science eclipsed the explanatory power of psychoanalysis in recent fiction and poetry? Possible topics include the neuronovel, drug use, the resistance to science, mental illness, correspondences between biological and textual form.

[UPDATE] Purity: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 11th-12th July 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:16am
Excursions Journal, University of Sussex, UK

PURITY: A Call For Papers

Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Excursions has had to amend the dates to 11th and 12th July. We have therefore decided to extend our submission deadline until 15th March and still welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, works in progress, and creative performances or displays.

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

Queer Wharton-- Edith Wharton Society Panel at the MLA (9-12 January 2014)

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 6:18pm
Meredith Goldsmith/Edith Wharton Society

Queer Wharton. A panel organized by the Edith Wharton Society at the 2014 MLA (9-12 Homosexuality and homosociality in Wharton; queer authors, intertexts, and aesthetics in Wharton's writing; Wharton's relations with gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals; queering Wharton's travel writing and memoirs.
Submit 250-word abstracts and c.v.s to Meredith Goldsmith by March 15, 2013 (