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.
MLA 2016 (Austin, TX, 7-10 January 2016)
Special Session: The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of "the public" – past, present, and future – as imagined or provoked by Romantic literature.
Abstracts by 15 March 2015
The Aphra Behn Society
for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830
is pleased to announce its 2015 biennial conference
Women in the Global Eighteenth Century
November 5-6, 2015
Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.
Plenary lecture by Dr. Lynn Festa, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University
Modes of Relative Certainty
This panel will explore areas of "relative certainty" in modernism, where the supposed impossibility of knowing anything for certain meets the practical reality that things can be known well enough that readers and citizens can make use of them. In the wake of postmodernist criticism's essential disdain for certain knowledge and a general acceptance of modernists as ambiguous, ironic, enigmatical, interested in differance and lack, textual density and obscure allusions, we bring attention to the ways modernist texts celebrate positive knowledge--as contingent as that knowledge may be.
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Call for Papers: submission deadline extended till 15 March 2015
4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)
28-31 October 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Anne WALDMAN (poet and performer, author of over forty books of poetry, and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University)
Daniel KANE (professor at U of Sussex and author, amongst others, of All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s)