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Power, Identity, and Relationships in August Wilson’s Work SAMLA 91

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:16am
The August Wilson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 25, 2019

August Wilson’s plays are powerful in their ability to center marginalized histories through performance and language. With the recent release of Denzel Washington’s award-winning film production of Fences (2016), and the award-winning Broadway production of Jitney (2016-2017), there has been renewed focus and interest in not only Wilson’s work, but also the Hill District, where Wilson lived and where all but one of his plays are set.

Vanguard U: Universities as Infrastructures of the Avant-garde

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:15am
Modernism/Modernity Print+
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Modernism/modernity Print+ CFP – proposed Forum


Title: Vanguard U: Universities as Infrastructures of the Avant-Garde


Editors: Joyce Tsai (University of Iowa) and Jennifer Buckley (University of Iowa)


250-word abstracts due April 20

3000-word position papers due June 15


The Cold War Then and Now: Theories and Legacies

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 8:03am
Goldsmiths, University of London
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019

In his seminal study No Accident, Comrade (2011),Steven Belletto draws a distinction between fictions which are about the Cold War and fictions that are of the Cold War. What is meant by the former is clear enough: these are fictions which are written or set during the Cold War period and which engage thematically with it. The latter, however, is a more fluid category whose implications can be theorized further. Papers in this stream will seek to do precisely this – namely, to think through what this ‘of’ might signal in relation to literature, film, art, politics, news reporting, or society more broadly. What kind of preoccupations, narratives, theories, or ideologies might be described as being of the Cold War?

Gender and Race in Twentieth-Century Literature (regular session)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:12am
SCMLA (South Central Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Gender and Race in Twentieth-Century Literature (regular session), SCMLA, Little Rock, Arkansas (24-26 October 2019)—submit abstracts by March 31


South Central Modern Language Association

76th Annual Conference

Little Rock Marriott

October 24-26, 2019



This session welcomes abstracts on any topic related to gender and race in literature—including practical, theoretical, cultural and pedagogical approaches as well as literary analysis. We are open to international and multi-lingual literatures or issues of translation, although presentations should be delivered in English.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: MLA 2020: Talking Back to the Dead: Neo-Victorian Gothic

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:24am
Indu Ohri / Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Seeking paper abstracts for the special session “Talking Back to the Dead: Neo-Victorian Gothic” at the MLA Annual Convention in Seattle, WA, January 9-12, 2020.

Call for Submissions: Special Issue "Gothic Ecologies"

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:48am
Katharina Boehm
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Gothic Ecologies in British Culture: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Special Issue of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 2/2020)

Intellectual Inversions: Public Intellectuals and their Contemporary Doppelgängers

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:10am
Steven Gotzler / Carnegie Mellon University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 15, 2019

This special session invites papers that explore the countervailing, and occasionally contradictory, double meanings obtaining in our notion of the “public intellectual” today. This session is especially interested in papers that comment on the figure of the public intellectual by thinking beyond the limits of the university and the academic profession, as traditionally “licensed” intellectual spaces and modes, and consider new networks and formations of intellectual affiliation, movement, and struggle that have emerged with the generalization of social media platforms and digital publishing venues (i.e. twitter, reddit, etc.), and especially  in the wake of the election of 2016.


Towards 2020: Raymond Williams and the Politics of Being Human

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:03am
Steven Gotzler / Carnegie Mellon University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 17, 2019

MLA 2020 Panel for Special Sessions

Responses to re-discovered essay “The Future of Marxism.” How does Williams offer us a model for intervening in left-politics today? What does a radical commitment to the human look like? Abstract and CV.

“Protect our Waters”: Indigenous Women's Activism and Climate Justice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:45am
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

“You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil,”“Protect the Sacred”and “Water is Life”are slogans which shaped the year 2016 and which keep reverberating ever since. As Indigenous environmental activism in recent years shows, women have been and continue to be on the forefront of environmental protection on communal, national and global levels.