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Shirley Jackson's Domesticity

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:42pm
American Literature Assoc./Shirley Jackson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Shirley Jackson wrote about about haunted houses, dysfunctional families, wayward children, attempts at maintaining a sane work-life balance, as well as restricted, doomed women in a period when Americans were constantly reminded of their civic duties to manage and maintain clean, comfortable, ‘normal’ domestic spaces. But as evidenced by letters from her fans, Shirley Jackson’s approach to domesticity opened up the possibility for something different, something more for women who felt trapped by their home lives.

This panel seeks work that addresses any aspect of Jackson’s domesticity in her fiction or nonfiction for the May 2018 ALA Conference in San Francisco.

Philip Roth's Non-Fiction

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:42pm
Philip Roth Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 2017 saw the publication of the final volume in the Library of America series of the complete works of Philip Roth:  Why Write?: Collected Nonfiction 1960-2013. The volume includes Roth’s literary criticism, critical introductions, interviews, movie reviews, political writing, cultural commentary and open letters.


Call for Abstracts – ATHE 2018 –Panel Proposal

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:27pm
Zach Dailey / Texas Tech University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 27, 2017

Call for Abstracts – ATHE 2018 –Panel Proposal



A potential Multidisciplinary Panel for

Performance Studies Focus Group and American Theatre and Drama Society


E. M. Forster: Nature, Culture, Queer!

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:40pm
Dr Heiko Zimmermann, University of Education Ludwigsburg
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

The œuvre of E. M. Forster is undoubtedly based on contrast: nature vs. culture, nature vs. queer, and/or culture vs. queer. However, there seems to be many instances when the oppositions dissolve in the triad of nature, culture and queerness. Nature sometimes functions as a connection between culture and life, and the life tends to be quite specific, queer. Sometimes still it is queerness (of the sex or of the mind) that links nature with culture. In turn, culture may be responsible for bringing nature and queerness together. The proposed conference shall shed more light on the relation of the triad nature, culture, and queerness in relation to the life and works of E. M. Forster.


Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:38pm
University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Scale and proportion in art and architecture are both concerned with size: while scale refers to the size of an object in relationship to another object, proportion refers to the relative size of parts of a whole. Throughout history of art, many artworks represent what was considered as an ideal based on the ancient classical Greek model and therefore serve as an illustration of both scale and proportion in art.

Here, we are interested in how scale and proportion function today in art and architecture, therefore we invite you to submit papers to bring scale and scaling into view. What ideals and/or ideology do they represent, how measurement scales are built and what are these, what are the relationships between materiality and size?

The Auschwitz Sonderkommando, their Testimony and their Legacy

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 9:14am
Dominic Williams
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Telling, Describing, Representing Extermination
The Auschwitz Sonderkommando, their Testimony and their Legacy

12-13 April 2018


International conference organized at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin) and at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (Berlin)


Speakers will include:

Gideon Greif

Chief Historian, Shem Olam, Israel, and Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects, Miami U.S.A, and author of We Wept without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Philippe Mesnard

Deadline approaching: Gothic Animals

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 9:17am
Falmouth University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CFP: Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out

The boundary between the animal and the human has long been unstable, especially since the Victorian period. Where the boundary is drawn between human and animal is itself an expression of political power and dominance, and the ‘animal’ can at once express the deepest fears and greatest aspirations of a society (Victorian Animal Dreams, 4).

The animal, like the ghost or good or evil spirit with which it is often associated, has been a manifestation of the uncanny (Timothy Clark, 185).

Call for Abstracts--New Directions on Improvisation

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 4:16pm
Comparative Drama Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Call for Abstracts on “New Directions on Improvisation”


For the 2018 Comparative Drama Conference, there will be a sub-theme of improv running through the three days. On Thursday night we will be attending an improv performance at SAK Comedy Lab. On Saturday afternoon there will be a plenary dedicated to improv. To round out the conference, we invite papers for either a panel (or if we get enough interest a round table) on new directions in improv, as we look to consider how improv pushes boundaries within performance, the process of dramatic creation, and the text.


Some possible topics to consider (but definitely not limited to):


The Condition of Contradiction: Implications for Globalization, Identity & Culture

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:49am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Spain
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 8, 2018

Call for Papers: The advent of neoliberalism after the 1970s in “core” western economies has unleashed a relatively deregulated and more palpably globalized economy. The results have been convulsive in the socio-economic concomitants and contradictions that have followed. They include: intensified, bare-knuckled class striation alongside tendencies toward intensified tolerance and mixing; finance that moves more readily across borders than (many) flesh-and-blood people; cosmopolitanism alongside re-invigorated identity essentialism; and places and identities stuck between global forces and renewed assertions of localism. And all of it subject to 24-hour globalized, new media display.

Hazardous Objects: Function, Materiality, and Context

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:48am
University of Delaware Center for Material Culture Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 10, 2017

Hazardous Objects: Function, Materiality, and ContextWinterthur Museum, Garden & LibraryApril 27-28, 2018 The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invitessubmissions for papers to be given at the Fifteenth Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.  We invite papers that identify and consider the production and use of hazardous material culture. Whether through composition or intended function, objects are hazardous or may become hazardous. Certain materials, organic or artificial, exist as hazards to humans. Additionally, hazards are often embedded in the material environment and affect our experience of domestic, institutional and public space.   What makes an object hazardous?