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MPCA- Southern Literature and Popular Culture

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:40pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers
The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Oct. 1-4 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
- Literature (either Southern in setting, by author, or theme)
-Television (Justified, Southern reality television shows including Duck Dynasty, etc)
- Film and Theatre

BIRTH STUDIES AREA MPCA/ACA Oct. 1-4, 2015 (deadline: April 30)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:31pm
Todd Comer

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

PAMLA 2015 (11/6-11/8): Melodramatic Globalization

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:12pm
William Arighi

In literature, film, television, and comics, melodrama is one of the most popular modes across cultures and countries. In regions such as Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, melodramas—in the form of telenovelas, soap operas, and pulp romances—often dominate local cultural production, and sometimes even determine the reception of cultural imports. Academic criticism has frequently invoked psychoanalytic frames of reference to discuss the appeal of melodramatic conventions such as hidden pasts, shock, and the antagonism of morality. Such criticism has tended to assume a developmentalist teleology that presupposes the universalization of values and mores as concomitant with the bourgeoisification of societies.

British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century (PAMLA Standing Session, Nov 6-8, 2015) Deadline May 15th

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:28pm

This standing session welcomes proposals in any area of 20th and 21st century British literature and culture. From poetry to novels, drama to fashion, music to the shape of empire, the session aims to provide an open space for new engagements with British literary and cultural productions of the last century. Please submit 500-word proposals to

Literary and Critical Theory In Concert with Early Modern Texts and Print Culture

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:46pm
Southeast Renaissance Conference, SAMLA affiliate

Although they may seem mutually exclusive, literary/critical theory and bibliographic/textual/print culture studies can coexist peacefully. For this year's Southeast Renaissance Conference SAMLA affiliate session, we seek proposals that attempt to bring together these two ostensibly disparate disciplines that have remained largely in separate camps. In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts," we would like to consider theory as an "other" art that can inform the physical presentation of early modern literary or non-literary texts.

Beckett and Vice Feb. 21-24, 2016

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 2:37pm
Paul Shields

Harrah's Resort Southern California
San Diego County, CA
Feb. 21-24, 2016
Keynote Speaker: S. E. Gontarski

Beckett and Vice welcomes abstracts on the theme of "vice" in Samuel Beckett's work. What is vice? Where does vice appear in Beckett's poems, plays, fiction, or other art forms? Possible ideas for exploration:

Vice as a moral/ethical term
Vice as a tool/instrument
Vice as second-in-line
Religious and philosophical implications
Images of decadence vs. indigence
Hedonism vs. asceticism

American Shakespeare Center's 8th Blackfriars Conference (27 Oct - 1 Nov 2015) - Deadline April 10

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 2:25pm
American Shakespeare Center

ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on any matters to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical, architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical, linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties. As in past years, participants may submit an abstract for consideration in one of 11 plenary sessions, each of which features only 6-7 papers. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration in the plenary sessions is 10 April 2015 (notification and announcement by 4 May). Our colloquies will be different in 2015 than at past conferences, as we are soliciting proposals to lead these sessions (deadline 10 April).

Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice (9/25/15)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 1:43pm
Lawrence Technological University

Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice will return Friday, September 25, 2015 to Lawrence Technological University. Network Detroit showcases the best of digital humanities research in the great lakes region by leading scholars from museums, libraries, universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. For this event, we welcome proposals for papers and panels that focus on the digital humanities, especially regarding the cultural heritage of Michigan and Detroit.

REOPENED: The[?] Archive- special edition of the journal Critical Survey

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 1:42pm
Critical Survey

In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of 'the' archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work?

Call for Book Chapters: Gerard Manley Hopkins's Poetic Legacies

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:44pm
Daniel Westover / East Tennessee State University

Co-editors Daniel Westover and William Wright invite chapter proposals for 'The Fire that Breaks': Gerard Manley Hopkins's Poetic Legacies, a new volume of critical essays focusing on the diverse and continuing influence of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Narrative and Time: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fiction (PAMLA, 11/6-8; abstracts, 5/15)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:35pm
PAMLA 2015

Narrative and Time: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fiction
Organizer: Jeffrey Severs, U. of British Columbia
Special Session for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, OR, November 6-8, 2015

How timely or untimely can or should contemporary U.S. fiction be in its interventions? Drawing on the spirit of Nietzsche's untimely meditations, this panel addresses the question of how contemporary fictions in the U.S. lag behind, speed ahead, and otherwise temporally relate to developments of recent political, economic, and aesthetic history. Papers might address one or more of the following issues:

Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop #FSDW15

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:03pm

Please join us for the 3rd annual Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop! Information regarding this year's workshop is provided below.

Note that we have a fantastic guest speaker this year. Amanda Strauss, Research Librarian at Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, will offer a virtual workshop entitled "Mindful Research: A Workshop for Feminist Scholars." The workshop is free and open to the public. You do not need to register for the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop to attend.

Event: 2015 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop

Dates: Monday, June 8th through Sunday, June 14th
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 1st

What is the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop?

Black Masculinity in the 21st Century

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:37am
Wendy Rountree / North Carolina Central University


"Black Masculinity in the 21st Century"

North Carolina Central University's Departments of Language and Literature and Mass Communication will host the eighth African American Literature/Studies Symposium on Thursday, November 12, 2015. This year's theme is "Black Masculinity in the 21st Century". This symposium will explore contemporary approaches to the study of Black Masculinity in African American Studies.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African-American Studies and Director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship at Duke University.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

[UPDATE] Reminder: MSA 17 - Modernism's Reiterations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:36am
Meghan O'Hara / Tom Stuart

In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.