Editors: Jessica Seymour (Southern Cross University) and Denise Beckton (Central Queensland University)
Call for Papers: Prospero 20 (2015), edited by Marilena Parlati (University of Calabria)
Unforgiving Memory. Dynamics, Rhetorics, Paradoxa in Literary Representations of Trauma
Memory says: Want to do right? Don't count on me.
(A. Rich, An Atlas of the Difficult World)
Call for Papers
16th Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference
Jan. 4-6, 2016 - Austin, TX
Cultural Practices in the South Asian Public Sphere
Call For Papers for CWPA's Panel at MLA 2016
Title: Writing Publics: Engaging Writing Inside and Outside the Academy
The Liaison Committee of the Council of Writing Program Administrators invites proposals for the CWPA's sponsored panel at the MLA 2016 convention. This year's MLA convention theme is "Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future." We invite proposals that examine, explore and/or assess ways that WPAs, writing teachers, and the field of Rhetoric and Composition broadly have conceived of the work of writing in and out the academy as a "public" enterprise. Panelists might address topics such as:
+ the role of public education in the context of efforts to increase educational privatization
What do the works of John Gower have to say about systems in the twenty-first century?
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society invites submissions for a special issue titled "Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century," slated for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue.
Gay and Lesbian Studies in Language and Literature
Regular Session, SCMLA (Nashville, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2015)
Submit Abstracts by: 31 March 2015
Open topic call for papers on LGBTQ literature, theory or pedagogy. Papers related to the conference theme—Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language—especially welcome, but not required.
We are particularly interested in works that challenge expectations, but will choose the best abstracts regardless.
Please submit abstracts along with contact info and academic affiliation (if applicable) to
Session Chair: Rita D. Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org
The pluralistic, sophisticated and technocrazy nature of contemporary existence has blurred concepts like marginality and minority that are inherent in human existence. Because technology seems to have melted several existential boundaries, and because theories of global citizenry give the impression of free access to movement, the sense of being marginal is almost waning. However, the network of global philosophy and technological connectivity are themselves apparent mechanisms of marginalization especially in the postcolonial context. Postcolonial theorists, intellectuals and writers have taken the intellectual, political and moral authority to challenge representational claims made by dominant Western/imperial cultures.
Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
This CFP is seeking proposals for an approved "Special Topics" session examining a variety of issues related to Historical Short Fiction (abstract/CFP below) for the 2015 PAMLA conference in Portland, OR (November 6-8th).
TITLE: Long Time, Short Text: Historical Short Fiction
Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Given Lynne Huffer and Roderick Ferguson's recent groundbreaking work in Mad for Foucault (2010), Are the Lips a Grave? (2013), Strange Affinities (2011) and The Reorder of Things (2012), this MLA panel will reexamine the often fraught relation between Foucault and Queer of Color Critique to see what novel "strange affinities" might exist between these sites of inquiry today.
Send 250-word abstract and CV to email@example.com by 3/15/2015. The 2016 MLA will take place in Austin, Texas from January 7-9.
When we listen to the South, what do we hear?
Taking advantage of the MLA Convention's 2016 visit to Austin, the live music capital of the world, the Southern United States Forum (formerly the Southern Literature Discussion Group) is organizing a panel that aims to bring together sound studies and southern studies. We invite papers examining auditory depictions of the South in music, literature, film, or other media.
Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Jolene Hubbs (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2015.
Approaches drawing from emerging fields like sound studies and those employing more traditional methods are equally welcome.
PARASITES: CAMBRIDGE FRENCH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2015
14-15 May 2015
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Final deadline: 20 March 2015
_With keynote addresses from Professor Steven Connor (Cambridge) and
Professor Mairéad Hanrahan (UCL)_
The organisers of the Cambridge French Graduate Conference 2015 invite
proposals for papers on the theme of parasites.
Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future" (45). While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 31, 2015. *Conference dates corrected.*
This Special Topics session will explore English-language fantasy literature, film, and television.Topics may include, but are not limited to: Vampire literature (Twilight, The Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries,) Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Fairy Tales, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Once Upon A Time, etc. Pedagogical and interdisciplinary approaches to English-language fantasy literature are welcome.
Send 200-300 word proposals or inquiries to Mandy Taylor at email@example.com.