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Catastrophe and Literature

updated: 
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 2:37pm
NEMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This panel seeks to explore representations of mass atrocity, war, and civil strife in literature of French expression. There has been a wealth of cultural production around human-made catastrophes in global or neo/colonial contexts, wherein dire situations propelled and complicated by geographic or sectarian identities are recounted through an individual lens. Whether the author is speaking from the perspective of a witness or working through received memory, s/he must often contend with multiple conflicting interpretations proffered by various factions. 

Literature and War

updated: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 14, 2016

The College English Association will host a panel on Literature and War for its upcoming 48th annual conference on Hilton Head Island, SC. The conference will be held from March 30-April 1, 2017 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. The conference theme is "Islands," which invites contributors to this particular panel to consider literature on warfare in island nation states or territories. "Islands" might also represent pockets of resistance or safe havens. Papers on other topics in the domain of war literature will also be considered. Please send your title and abstract to Prof Andrea Van Nort, USAF Academy, Colorado, at andrea.vannort@usafa.edu.

Narrativas del miedo: Terror en la literatura y cinema latinoamericanos del siglo XX

updated: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 5:02pm
Lehman College, U of Waterloo, Truman SU
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016

La crítica literaria se ha ocupado extensamente de diversas representaciones de fenómenos como la violencia, la guerra, las dictaduras, la represión, las revoluciones y el exilio en la literatura latinoamericana, pero se ha dejado de lado el estudio de una de las reacciones humanas que más estrecha conexión tiene con estos fenómenos: el miedo. De forma directa o indirecta, el miedo ha estado presente como tema constante en las obras literarias de diversos géneros, épocas, filiaciones estéticas, compromisos ideológicos y agendas políticas, dentro de un espacio como el de Latinoamérica, tan convulso como diverso política y socialmente.

Encounters in the Indian Ocean: Colonial and Postcolonial Imaginaries (ACLA 2017 panel)

updated: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 5:03pm
Asma Sayed & Pushpa Acharya
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 23, 2016

The fluid space of the Indian Ocean and its territorial rims, i.e. Africa, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, were 'deterritorialized' and 'reterritorialized' not only by the forces of capital but also by knowledge-power nexus during and after the colonial period. In the age of neoliberal globalism, the story of the Indian Ocean has gained a renewed interest as it reminds us of the greatest mobility and traversal with such an impact that it forces us to rethink how the processes of such encounters operate and what the areas stand for.

A 'Divided' Kingdom: Poetics of Difference in the Medieval British Isles

updated: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 4:51pm
Medieval Makars Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

In studying the work of the medieval Scottish makars, the consideration of the relationship between Scotland and England is a crucial part of establishing a distinctly Scottish expression of nationhood. Though there is much to discuss regarding the tensions that arise between these two countries in particular, this panel aims to explore the notion of difference within the British Isles on a broader scale, encouraging the study of resistance to the English literary hegemony, as articulated by voices of other bordering nations.

Nick Joaquin Now: Texts, Contexts, and Approaches

updated: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:09am
Kritika Kultura
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Since his death in 2004, Nick Joaquin—National Artist for Literature of the Philippines—has left readers and scholars with a body of literature which has yet to receive innovative and incisive critical attention.  

Replanting the Colony: Sustainable Ecology and Nationalist Memory

updated: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:09am
24th International Conference of Europeanists at the University of Glasgow July 12-14, 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ecological responses to colonialist legacies have emerged as a form of economic nationalism, simultaneously, representing renewable natural resources and expressing an authentic identity, disconnected from the colonizer. Often, such an eco-renaissance sells the former colony as a tourist destination, positing a purified form of Nature to contrast the colonizer’s urban identity. Upon closer examination, however, sustainable ecology is a nexus of cultural and economic forces. Ireland’s present reforestation project, for instance, seeks to re-create the forests of oak and yew that used to cover the island.

The Travel Writings of D.H. Lawrence: A Savage Pilgrimage

updated: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:09am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This panel focuses on Lawrence's travel writing and welcomes any submissions relating to this topic. We are especially interested in exploring questions of cultural identity among diverse populations and the contrasts Lawrence explores between his native British cultures and the cultures he visited on his travels. Finally, this panel hopes to investigate Lawrence’s travel writing as it relates to travel writers in languages other than English.

This panel welcomes the following questions but is open to others:

How did he document his discoveries of new cultures and his interaction with them? What preparation went into his travel pieces? What research?

NeMLA 2017 - “Literature and Ideas: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century French Writers”

updated: 
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:10am
Dr. Stéphane Natan, Rider University / 48th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention / Baltimore, MD / March 23-26, 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas and philosophies proposed by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French writers to criticize, change, or improve their world. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open.

Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2016, to Session ID # 16189

Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16189

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