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Graphic Resistance: Comics and Social Protest: MLA 2018 Special Session

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:14pm
MLA/ Leah Misemer and Margaret Galvan
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

From March artist Nate Powell sharing a poster design for the Women’s March to Phil Noto’s revised image of Muslim American superhero Kamala Khan going viral in response to the Executive Order on Immigration, comics have played an active role in recent social protests.  They have formed the visual vocabulary of protest, taking advantage of the combination of text and image to efficiently circulate ideas of resistance.  The role of comics in social protest is not new.

Narratives of "Comfort Women" in WWII - SAMLA 89 Conference - Atlanta, GA Nov. 3-5, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:30am
Dr. Laura Barberan Reinares
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This panel welcomes papers analyzing fictionalized narratives of "comfort women" (military sexual slaves during WWII) in literature and/or film. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 89 theme of "High Art/Low Art" are especially welcome. By May 28, please submit a 500-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Laura Barberan Reinares, Bronx CC of the City University of New York at

Global Fantastika: Special Edition of Fantastika Journal

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2:09pm
Fantastika Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Global Fantastika: Special Edition

Fantastika Journal


“Fantastika”, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space.

CFP: MLA Roundtable - "Bildung Across Languages"

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2:09pm
Melissa Gelinas and Jocelyn Frelier
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 17, 2017

Call for Proposals: “Bildung Across Languages”


MLA Convention 2018


New York City

January 4-7 2018


Ingenium: The Making of Renaissance Genius

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:49am
Judith Deitch
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017


What was the attitude towards genius in an age that produced a great number of polymaths?  Is ingenium strictly a natural disposition, innate quality, talent or temperament? Or to what extent must this natural quality be formed through a process of education, including self-education? Papers are invited for a special session at the Neo-Latin Congress at Albacete, Spain, 29 July - 3, August 2018, that focus on a single subject who worked in Latin in the period. The theme of the congress is Humanity & Nature: Arts & Sciences in Neo-Latin Literature. Please send your abstract of 150-200 words as a Word attachment, including your name, institutional affiliation (if any), address, email, and telephone number.

MLA 2018: The “Arrival” of Jia Pingwa in World Literature: Translation and Interpretation

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2:10pm
Jiwei Xiao/LLC Modern and Contemporary Chinese
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The “Arrival” of Jia Pingwa in World Literature: Translation and Interpretation

平凹贾到: 译与释

A Roundtable sponsored by the LLC Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum for the MLA Annual Meeting in New York, Jan. 4-7, 2018.

Watermark Journal - Literary Journal for Graduate Student Work - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 02/20/17

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 1:30pm
California State University, Long Beach
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 20, 2017

Watermark 11 has extended the submission deadline to Monday, Feb. 20th, 2017! We advise all graduate students to participate in this great opportunity to have your work (seminar papers, critical essays, book reviews, etc.) reviewed by a blind, peer-review panel, as well as an opportunity to be published in an academic journal.

Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative (MCSI) Summer Institute

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 4:20pm
Penn State University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017


Announcing the first Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative (MCSI) Summer Institute at Penn State University, Monday, June 12- Saturday, June 17, 2017


Director: Jonathan P. Eburne


About the MCSI Summer Institute:


The MCSI Summer Institute is a five-day (Monday morning-Friday evening) program offering graduate students and faculty the opportunity to share their current research, as well as to engage in sustained discussions of key issues and methods in the study of modern and contemporary literature, art, culture, and critical thought in a global context. 

Spanish II: Peninsular Literature after 1700

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2:18pm
Isaac García-Guerrero - M/MLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This panel welcomes papers (either in English or Spanish) that explore any aspect of Peninsular Literature after 1700, including those dealing with the convention’s theme: “Artist and Activism.”  Please email abstracts of 250 words (along with your first and last names, institutional affiliation, preferred email, and paper title) to Isaac García-Guerrero at  The deadline to submit proposals is April 5th, 2017.