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Indigenous Intersections

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 8:15pm
Native American Literature/SCMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Native American panel at the 75th Annual South Central MLA conference is looking for your abstracts. The conference theme is “Crossroads of Culture“. This theme fits well with many aspects of Indigenous studies. We are looking for proposals that explore the diverse ways in which Indigenous studies and literature intersects with other fields and cultures. Proposal topics could include, but are not limited to theory, pedagogy, rhetoric, culture, and/or experience. Abstracts should be 250-500 words. 

SCMLA will be held from October 11-14 in San Antonio, TX. 


Please send abstracts and a brief CV to;


Kimberly Allen  

Travel Writing / Writing Travel: "Consuming Cultures"

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 9:11am
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Travel Writing / Writing Travel Permanent Session, Midwest Modern Language Association

Kansas City, Missouri 15-18 November 2018

Conference Theme: “Consuming Cultures”

The Midwest Modern Language Association’s Permanent Session of Travel Writing / Writing Travel is soliciting proposals for 20-minute papers. The conference this year is 15-18 November 2018 in gorgeous, historical Kansas City, Missouri.

Representations of Human Trafficking in Literature or Film

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 9:08am
SAMLA 2018 Conference - Sheraton Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in postcolonial/transnational literature or film to be presented at the 2018 SAMLA Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, November 2-4, 2018. Paper proposals addressing human trafficking or forced migration within the context of vulnerabilty, precarity and globalization are especially welcome. By May 29th, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Laura Barberan Reinares, Bronx CC (CUNY), at

Post-Independence Indian Theatre: A Critical Perspective

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 8:58am
Debayan Deb Barman/T H L H Mahavidyalay, University of Burdwan
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018


Abstracts are invited from academics and research scholars for a book which shall be an anthology of critical essays on the work of the following modern Indian dramatists: Asif Currimbhoy, Habib Tanvir, Mahesh Dattani, Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar, Dharamveer Bharati, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sircar and Mahesh Elkunchwar, Ratan Thiyam and Heisnam Kanhailal. The book will be jointly edited by Dr. Sushanta Bardhan, Associate Professor of English, Suri Vidyasagar College (University of Burdwan) and Dr. Debayan Deb Barman, Assistant Professor of English, THLH Mahavidyalay (University of Burdwan). It will be published with ISBN from a reputed international/national level publisher.

Inventing Otherness, Dissent, and Controversy

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 4:03pm
Significations Graduate Student Conference - California State University, Los Angeles
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Paper Topics:

Significations Graduate Student Conference theme for 2018 is “Inventing Otherness, Dissent, and Controversy.” This conference invites submissions that question the essence of individuality, the process of “otherness” and contextualization of dissent and controversial topics. We also accept submissions that go beyond the conference theme. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, we welcome all fields of study. Some fields of interest include: Critical Theory, Philosophy, History, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Pan-African American Studies, Native American Studies, Sociology, Psychology, and anything including the Natural and Social Sciences.


African Literary Criticism Online

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:52pm
The Africa since 1990 Forum of the MLA
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ref. MLA 2019: African Literary Criticism Online

The 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago, Jan 3-6, 2019

 Summary Call

African Literary Criticism Online. Discussions about the emergence of online criticism as a site for understanding knowledge production in/about Africa. Send 250 word abstracts and a one-page CV before March 15 to Naminata Diabate, with ‘MLA PANEL” in subject line.

 Expanded Call


Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:45pm
ASA-UK, Birmingham, UK, 11-13 September 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nelson Mandela’s A long walk to freedom (1994) is probably the most well-known autobiography from Africa that relates to the issue of detention, but it is certainly not the only one. In the course of Africa’s history, many autobiographical texts have been produced that relate to confinement and imprisonment. Thus, including Mandela’s autobiographical narrative, there exists a large body of texts that relates to the conditions of imprisonment during Apartheid. Furthermore, a number of African autobiographical texts discuss colonial detention; a case in point being the Mau Mau memoirs from Kenya.

CFP: New Biopolitics for Georgetown University Interdisciplinary Journal

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:34pm
Georgetown University English Graduate Student Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 2, 2018

Predicate: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal

Theme: New Biopolitics


Michel Foucault defines biopolitics as “this very specific, albeit very complex, power that has

the population as its target, political economy as its major form of knowledge and apparatuses of

security [or dispositifs] as its essential technical instrument.” Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze,

in turn, describe the “biopolitical turn” as “a proliferation of studies, claiming Foucault as an

inspiration, on the relations between ‘life’ and ‘politics.’”

As scholars have further engaged with and complicated the concept of biopolitics, new trends

CFP: Lusophone/Hispanophone Caucus at ALA 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:32pm
Lusophone/Hispanophone Caucus of African Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 10, 2018

In line with the theme proposed for the 44th annual meeting of the African Literature Association in 2018, “The Environments of African Literature”, the Lusophone/Hispanophone Caucus (LHCALA) invites submissions for roundtables, paper or poster presentations that engage Lusophone and/or Hispanophone perspectives. We seek submissions that consider ways by which multiple environments as cited in the general call—physical, institutional, ideological, symbolic, discursive, cultural, and technological (among others)—feature in and affect the production, dissemination and reception of Lusophone and Hispanophone literature (comprising various expressions of creative endeavor including essays, film, music, narrative, poetry, digital material, and visual texts).