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Rhetoric in the Digital Town Squares

updated: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 12:02pm
Special Session for 2025 MLA Convention in New Orleans (Jan. 9-12)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 25, 2024

This panel discusses rhetorical strategies the new/social media users employ to voice for justice, push propaganda, and create or remix content to amplify visibility in attention economy. Please submit ~250-word abstract and a brief bio.

Call for Papers: Rhetoric in the Digital Town Squares (2025 MLA Annual Convention) (confex.com)

MSA 2024: Gendered Migration in Transnational Modernism

updated: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 12:01pm
Modernist Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 29, 2024

Gendered Migration in Transnational Modernism

 MSA 2024, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 7-10, 2024

 

Deadline for abstract submission: March 29, 2024

Silicon Valley Beyond the Valley (MLA 2025 Special Session proposal)

updated: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 12:00pm
Robert Nguyen
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2024

Call for PapersSeeking 250-word abstracts on narratives of the tech industry and the digital beyond the Valley itself. How does Silicon Valley the place become a global imaginary in literature, film, television, and public discourse? (include bio+CV)

Deadline for submissions: Friday, 15 March 2024

Artifact & Apparatus 3: Teaching Media Archaeology (final deadline May 15)

updated: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 3:31am
Artifact & Apparatus: Journal of Media Archaeology
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

As scholars’ engagement with media-archaeological study have increased, so have students’ interest in the field’s approaches, methods, and philosophies. Many courses on media history and theory today include sessions focused on media archaeology.

CFA Summer Institute of Psychoanalysis 2024

updated: 
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 2:01pm
Summer Institute of Psychoanalysis
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2024

Summer Institute of Psychoanalysis

 

“Psychoanalysis & Gender”

 

June 24-28, 2024

 

MLA 2025 Special Session - Medieval Masculinity and Its (Ir)Relevance

updated: 
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 11:12am
Megan Maldonado
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2024

This is a Special Session proposal (i.e., not guaranteed session) for MLA 2025. Full session title is "Chivalry is Dead? Medieval Masculinity and Its (Ir)Relevance." You can find the CFP on the MLA website at this link:  https://mla.confex.com/mla/2025/webprogrampreliminary/index.html

I invite papers that explore medieval conceptions of masculinity, what the "medieval masculine" could mean, how it is embodied, and whether medieval masculinity can address the abundantly visible yet often dismissed "masculinity crisis" today. Questions we might ask:

MLA 2025 - Brevity in Scholarship: The Short Book

updated: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 9:15am
Nicole Lobdell
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 22, 2024

MLA 2025, Special Session, "Brevity in Scholarship: The Short Book"

Papers discussing writing or editing of short books and their roles in scholarship. Series might include Object Lesson Series, Re: Verse Series, Oxford’s Very Short Introductions, Stanford Briefs, among others. Send 250-word abstract & bio to lobdelln@nsula.edu.Nicole Lobdell, Northwestern SU of Louisiana.

Is Visibility Still a Trap? Rethinking Visibility in Queer and Trans Studies (MLA 2025 Session)

updated: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 9:15am
Guy Davidson, U. of Wollongong / Ben Nichols, U. of Manchester
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 18, 2024

Dominant queer and trans studies frameworks still tend to see visibility as a ‘trap’. We invite 200-word abstracts for a special session to be proposed for the 2025 MLA convention that will offer a more complex picture, specifying and historicizing the changing meanings of visibility in queer and trans representation. Please send 200-word abstracts and short bio notes to Guy Davidson and Ben Nichols (guy@uow.edu.au, ben.nichols@manchester.ac.uk) by 18th March 2024.

 

Indigenous Literatures and Christianity (MLA 2025)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 9:14am
Conference on Christianity and Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 8, 2024

The Conference on Christianity and Literature, and allied organization of the Modern Language Association, invites proposals for a guaranteed session at the 2025 MLA convention in New Orleans, 9-12 January 2025. 

We invite papers that explore the relationship between Indigenous literatures and Christianity, the 2021 First Nations Version of the Bible, or other connections between Indigenous literatures and the Bible. 300-word abstract and brief c.v. requested.

Please send proposals and any questions to Cynthia Wallace (cwallace [at] stmcollege.ca) and Chad Schrock (cschrock [at] leeuniversity.edu).

Reimagining the American West (MLA 2025 Special Session)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 9:13am
Nate Mickelson, New York University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 25, 2024

How are poets, novelists, filmmakers, and other artists reconfiguring the Western genre? How do 21st century Westerns challenge the genre's enduring exclusions and myths? What do indigenous, queer, feminist, Black, and Asian-American Westerns make visible?

Please send a 200-word proposals and brief bio

Gratuitousness: ASAP/15 (NYC October 17-19, 2024)

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:59pm
Asa Seresin, University of Pennsylvania
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

This panel investigates “gratuitousness” as a key term for thinking about contemporary culture and aesthetics. To call an artwork gratuitous is to protest against its supposedly needless excesses – yet how does this square with the needlessness that arguably defines the aesthetic realm in the first place? Is the concept of gratuitousness a product of economic austerity? How might a sense of gratuitousness be produced by diminished faculties of attention? Possible lines of inquiry include

Modernist Chicago: Richard Wright and Beyond

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:59pm
Modernist Studies Association Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 29, 2024

Modernist Chicago: Richard Wright and Beyond (Modernist Studies Association Conference, Nov 7-10)

 

Deadline for Submissions: 12 PM PST, Friday, March 29, 2024

 

In the spirit of MSA 2024’s location in Chicago, this panel—centered around but not limited to Richard Wright—seeks work that engages the city’s modernist scene, broadly construed, through WWII: in literature (for example, Lawd Today!, Wright’s posthumously published experimental novel about Chicago, tensions and pollinations between realist and modernist aesthetics), sociology (the Chicago School, including Robert Park), blues music, journal culture and other radical politics, etc.

 

MLA 2025 Special Session - Collective Performance and Writing Since 1900

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:54pm
Alex Diaz-Hui
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 1, 2024

This session for the 2025 Modern Language Association conference focuses on collaborations among performers and/or writers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Papers on collective artmaking in film, theatre, performance art, music, and literature are welcome. Please send a 250-word abstract to adiazhui@princeton.edu

The Traveller's Tale. Emergent Forms and Minority Traditions

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:53pm
Université Clermont-Auvergne / CELIS
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 10, 2024

Call for papers

The Traveller’s Tale. Emergent Forms and Minority Traditions.

 

Université Clermont Auvergne, France

 

 

November 14 and 15, 2024

 

Cultures of Automobility

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:51pm
Joel Duncan / Off the Road
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

 Cultures of Automobility

University of Konstanz (Germany)

October 10-12, 2024

 

Keynote speaker: Lutz Koepnick (Vanderbildt University)

with additional speaker to be announced

War, Nursing, Narrative (MMLA 2024 Conference)

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Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:24pm
Douglas Dowland
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 15, 2024

Narratives of nursing during times of war are a reminder that, as Simone de Beauvoir wrote, “the body is not a thing, it is a situation.” Narratives construct these situations through seeing or denying the seeing of them. As Carol Acton and Jane Potter both note, “seeing… [is] an important metaphor for revealing what is hidden, especially what cannot be entirely comprehended or described, and articulating it to the writing self as well as bringing it to the attention of a public audience.” The narrative problems of nursing are those of seeing the situation of bodies and registering that situation at the level of language.

Iperstoria no. 24: "Anglo-American Digital/Electronic Literature: Theories, Forms and Practices"

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:52am
Andrea Pitozzi, University of Bergamo
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Anglo-American Digital/Electronic Literature: Theories, Forms and Practices

Iperstoria - Journal of American and English Studies no. 24 – Call for Papers Fall 2024 

 

Editors:

Andrea Pitozzi, Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Mario Verdicchio, Università degli Studi di Bergamo

 

Time and Temporality in Neoliberal Aesthetics | ASAP15 (New York)

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:52am
ASAP15
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2024

This panel will consider how neoliberalism shifts conceptions of time and temporality, especially in how they relate to aesthetics. We invite papers that engage critically with contemporary works of art and literature to ask how they represent time, and/or how shifting conceptions of time and temporality relate to aesthetic consumption and interpretation.

Theorizing "Twinks" in Literature, Culture, and Cinema | MLA 2025 (New Orleans)

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:51am
Rahul Sen (Tufts University)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2024

What is queer theory's relationship to the "twink"? This panel welcomes submissions that use different theoretical routes to interrogate the figure of the "twink" as a type, as a form, as an aesthetic, as a category of masculinity, and so on. 

FRAME 37.2 "Between the Lines"

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:49am
FRAME Journal of Literary Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 1, 2024

CALL FOR PAPERS                            FRAME 37.2 "Between the Lines"

CFP - Afterworlds: Communication and Representation of the Afterlife

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:49am
ECHO – Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication Languages, Cultures, Societies
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 17, 2024

Afterworlds

 Communication and Representation of the Afterlife

 

Life after death is a fiction. It imagines a world other than our own […] Fiction is also a kind of life after death and, in contemporary culture, the afterlife finds its most pervasive and diverse manifestations in the forms of narrative fiction.

(Bennett 2012, p. 1)

 

Routledge Companion to Literature and Sound

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:26am
Maria Engberg / Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Call for Contributions to the Routledge Companion to Literature and Sound

Editors: Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Maria Engberg

Black Literary Ecologies [MLA 2025 Special Session: New Orleans, LA, Jan. 9-12]

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:24am
Alex Alston
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

This panel seeks 250-300 word abstracts exploring political and aesthetic questions across postbellum 19th and 20th century African American and Caribbean literature across a range of subjects including nonhuman animality, ecocriticism or ecopoetics, political ecology, and/or what Chelsea Frazier calls "black feminist ecological thought." Papers placing themselves in conversation with J.T. Roane's theorization of "black ecologies" in and/or beyond literature as well as those taking up Kimberly Ruffin's work on Black ecoliterary traditions are especially encouraged, but the call is open to the broadest sense of the concepts and terms listed above. 

MSA 2024: Modernist Collectivity Roundtable

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 11:24am
Laura Hartmann-Villalta / Gabriel Hankins // JHU / Clemson U
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 16, 2024

This roundtable asks for new thinking about modernist collectivity: collectivity in relation to material resources, intellectual support, and aesthetic productivity in the modernist period; and collectivity as principle for sustained scholarly collaboration and resource-sharing now. 

The Status of Myths in New Millennial/post-2000 Cultural Production

updated: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 8:14am
Conference Myths 2024 - website: myths24.fr
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024

What is left of myths in contemporary arts and literature?

International Conference in Toulouse (France) - December 6-7, 2024

As founding narratives or idealized representations of historical figures, myths have, from time immemorial, tied humans together, creating communities that grow into organized societies. They have therefore become the safeguards of a vision of History that the arts and literature have ceaselessly spun into stories, in order to better transgress, deconstruct or simply revisit an ever-changing mythos. Contemporary stories reshape the contours of an all-too-often glorified past and they question our cultural heritage at the same time as rekindling it.

The Octoroon/An Octoroon: Special Issue

updated: 
Friday, February 16, 2024 - 1:37pm
Nick Daly
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Octoroon/An Octoroon: Special Issue

 

 

 

Steinbeck, Race, and Ethnicity A Special Issue of Steinbeck Review

updated: 
Friday, February 16, 2024 - 1:35pm
The Steinbeck Review
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 1, 2024

Like many American authors who rose to prominence in the first half of the twentieth century, John Steinbeck came from an economically privileged Protestant family of European descent and grew up in a socially and religiously conservative environment.  Like many of his contemporaries, he distanced himself from his upbringing in his fiction, rejecting the authority of government, of institutions, and of received cultural wisdom.  He sided with the poor and dispossessed, he stood with the underdog, and he tried to give the downtrodden a voice through his fiction.  His writing indicates that he aligned himself with the ideology of mid-century liberalism and considered himself liberal, progressive, and open minded.

(IN)SECURITY

updated: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 3:53pm
Adam Parkes
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2024

 

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