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[UPDATE] The Human journal NOW accepts submissions for June 2013 issue

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:01pm
The Human, a journal of humanities, social sciences, and arts

Call for Papers – The Human journal NOW accepts submissions

The Human is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, and postcolonial), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama, sociology, comparative literature, and cultural studies as well as creative works of art such as poems, short stories, and plays.

Please view our submission guidelines here:

[UPDATE] The Dada App (MSA 15, August 29 - September 1, Brighton)

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:29pm
Merrill Cole / Western Illinois University

What contemporary uses can we make of Dada methods, techniques, innovations, and ideas? Should Dada inform our politics? Can it help to break us out of the postmodern ever-same, or is it the already-been-done, as Peter Bürger'€™s Theory of the Avant-Garde might suggest? Where is the Dada apparatus today?

Jürgen Habermas's Communicative Action & Writing

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:43pm
Ruben Quesada

The proposed session seeks writers and scholars to reassess the literary, cultural, and sociopolitical import of Jürgen Habermas's book, The Theory of Communicative Action . Named as one of the most important sociological books of the 20th century, Habermas's enlightening two-volume book concerns the subjective, objective, and intersubjective or social avenues of speech and language. This proposal seeks to address issues of central concern to writing in the digital age—aesthetic and composition—truth, value, and expression.

Please email 250-word abstracts by 4 March 2013.

Marxism..."That is the Question"

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:49pm
Marxist Literary Group/South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 8-10, 2013

Taking a cue from Shakespeare's Hamlet, this panel focuses on a critical examination of the act or state of calling one's self a Marxist, that is to say, it asks the question, "What does it mean to be a Marxist in the 21st century?" For instance, what are the challenges that arise when reflecting on individual access to digital archives in relation to others who may rely only on printed materials? What are the advantages or disadvantages of Marxist articulations across various media such as print, digital, or film, concerning their selection of viewpoints for defining one's self as "Marxist?" How does "being Marxist" differ across ethnic, gendered, racial, sexual, and religious lines?

Balkan Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Music (MLA 2014; deadline March 15)

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:55am
Mihaela P. Harper, Program in Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas, Bilkent University

Is Balkan "always the other" (Zizek), and for whom? How have Balkan self-consciousness and/or image altered, if at all, since 2000? Please send an abstract of 250 words by March 15.

Possible topics include:

--figures of Balkan in contemporary national and transnational literatures and film

--new genres of music that evoke and transform traditional Balkan motifs

--interactions between Balkan nations and the EU

--current economic dimensions of the term "Balkanization"

--contemporary political parameters of the term "Balkan"

--traditional Balkan literary tropes returned to or recast

MLA 2014 Special Session: Vulnerability, Dependence, and Risk in Caribbean Literature

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:40am
Kristine A. Wilson

For this proposed special session, I welcome paper proposals that address the presidential theme, Vulnerable Times, as it relates to Caribbean literature.

How does 20th/21st century Caribbean literature grapple with political, economic, environmental, social, or affective vulnerabilities?

Submit abstracts (~200 words) and brief bio by 15 March 2013 to Kristine Wilson (

The 129th MLA Annual Convention will take place in Chicago from 9–12 January 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a proposed special session, contingent on final approval by the MLA committee (sometime after April 1).

UpStage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre; Summer 2013; Deadline 6/24/13

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:08pm
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; St. Mary's College; Rivendale Press

UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century (1880-1914) dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, is seeking submissions for its Summer 2013 issue. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published by Rivendale Press at, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle. UPSTAGE is indexed by the Modern Language Association.

Teaching Less Commonly Taught Languages and Literatures panel

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:56pm

Please consider submitting a proposal to the following panel at the upcoming RMMLA convention in Vancouver, WA in October 2013:
Session Title: Practical Approaches to Teaching LCTL (Less Commonly Taught Languages) and Literatures.*
Deadline March 1, 2013