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Is Kinship Always Already Queer?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:29pm
Shannon Draucker and Talia Vestri Croan
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 20, 2017

Now that many reinterpret 19c “families” as fluid and non-normative, we explore the utility of “queerness” as ideology and method. How does 19c literature disrupt kinship/community/intimacy? Abstracts (350 words) due by 20 March 2017  to Shannon Draucker ( and Talia Vestri Croan (

Movement and/in/of the City

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:17am
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017

“Movement and/in/of the City”

16th June 2017

A postgraduate conference organised by the University of Kent 

Keynote speaker: TBC

Deadline to send your abstract: April 1st 


UPDATED: MLA 2018 Special Session: Catholicism’s Gothic Legacy

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:19am
Geremy Carnes
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This proposed MLA 2018 (January 4-7, NYC) session seeks papers that address the relationship between Catholicism and English Gothic literature in ways that move beyond simplistic observations of the genre’s use of anti-Catholic tropes. Especially welcome are papers that situate Gothic literature in the history of English Catholicism or which approach the religious content and contexts of Gothic literature from “post-secular” points of view. Papers might examine anything from 18th- and early 19th-century Catholicism’s influence on the rise of Gothic literature, to the lingering anti-Catholicism (or, conversely, Catholic nostalgia) in 21st-century Gothic literature and/or film, or anything in between.

Neo-Victorian Decadences

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 7:29pm
Durham University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 2, 2017

8–9 September 2017, St John’s College, Durham University (United Kingdom)

Keynote speakers:

Dr Nick Freeman (Loughborough University)
Dr Kirsten MacLeod (Newcastle University)

Special Issue: Visual poetics

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:20am
Nordic Journal of English Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

Article proposals are sought for the the special issue of NJES on visual poetics, edited by Jakub Lipski, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz.

Papers on any aspect of the visual in English literature are welcome, though preference will be given to those covering the medieval period, the long nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. 

Send in 200-word abstracts as well as your short bio to by 31 March 2017. Complete papers will be due in December 2017.

Placing the Burneys

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:18pm
Burney Society of North America
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 15, 2017


THE BURNEY SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA 2017 CONFERENCECALL FOR PAPERS "PLACING THE BURNEYS"                                                                     NOVEMBER 2-3, 2017, PITTSBURGH, PA 

The Burney family is strongly associated with various cities such as King's Lynn, London, Bath, Brighton, Paris. The family's many talents flourished in urban settings.
Geographical place mattered to the Burney family. But so did other placements: social, political, and class. Moreover, critical placement in Frances's time and in our own has been essential to crafting different versions of Burney.

Inspired by the Burney's ties to geography, the Burney Society of North America presents "Placing the Burneys."

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at 200 (Science Fiction Studies, Special Issue)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:55pm
Nicole Lobdell and Michael Griffin
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Science Fiction Studies is currently soliciting proposals for a July 2018 special issue celebrating the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), a work that forever changed the genre of science fiction. In Frankenstein, Shelley experimented not only with subject matter, new scientific inventions and their many terrifying and horrific possibilities, but also narrative and form. Her use of multiple frame narratives, nested one within another, was a notable shift from the eighteenth-century novels she grew up reading, and her merging of popular culture’s fascination with science and the Gothic broadened the emerging genre of science fiction.

MLA 2018: Cosmopolitan Forms

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:03pm
Jessica Valdez; Nan Zhang
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

How do literary forms foster, inhibit, or problematize cosmopolitanism? What forms are more likely to travel across national or cultural boundaries? 250-word abstract by 10 March 2017; Jessica R. Valdez ( and Nan Zhang (