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NeMLA Seminar New Sincerity in Contemporary Central and Eastern European Literature

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 3:17pm
Sanja Ivanov / University of Toronto
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019


NeMLA 2020 Seminar, 

Boston, March 5-8, 2020

This seminar seeks to explore the current engagements with "New Sincerity" in literature from Central and Eastern Europe. It expands the geographic borders of discourses on "New Sincerity" by moving beyond the North American and post-Soviet contexts. It also aims to examine the changes to the "New Sincerity" aesthetic in an age of "post-truth" and more than two decades after David Foster Wallace’s call for writers who are "too sincere."


Translating Italian Dialects: Issues, Strategies and Solutions across Languages. (UPDATED 6/3/2019)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:39pm
Federico Tiberini, Florida Atlantic University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dialects are a major component of Italian linguistic richness, which depict a specific community with its own history, customs and habits, and which profoundly varies from the North to the South. The peculiarity of Italian linguistic history is its resistance towards its linguistic uniformity, imposed after the unification of the Country in the second half of the 19th century, which however is still far from being a reality today. In fact, the relationship between dialects and Standard Italian results into a form of bilingualism and diglossia. These phenomena happen when the use of dialect in an informal context takes place opposed to the use of Standard Italian in a formal one within the same community of speakers.

New Perspectives on Contemporary German Science Fiction

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:45pm
Lars Schmeink
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The German influence on science fiction is substantial, even though it might not register as obvious in the minds of many academics, even less with fans around the world. Kurd Laßwitz might be an overlooked father of science fiction, taking a backseat to the popularity of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne due to a lack of translation, but his Auf zwei Planeten, a novel about a conflict with a Martian civilization, has preceded the imaginations of Wells’ War of the Worldsor Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom stories. Similarly, cinematic science fiction owes many of its iconic images to the Weimar republic’s early film movement.

Novels, Then and Now

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:25am
Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019

This area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Conference (MAPACA), November 7-9 2019, includes all novel genres, authors, time periods, cultures, and settings. Consider it a safety net for novels that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre or that cross genres. For example, consider the many sub-genres of Romance with a capital “R”—western, thriller, paranormal, religious, romance (with a small “r”), detective, urban fantasy, etc. From Pearl S. Buck to Lee Child, from Laurie King to Tony Hillerman, from Julia Spencer-Fleming to Emilie Richards—all are welcome.

Portrayal of Minorities in Pakistani Literature

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:08am
Mushtaq Bilal / Binghamton University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This session is part of the 51st NeMLA Convention to be held in Boston from 5 - 8 March, 2020. Please submit your abstracts (300 words) through NeMLA's website: In order to submit your abstracts, you will have to create an account on NeMLA's website. 

American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:36pm
American Conference for Irish Studies-Western Regional
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 26, 2019

The Rose: Beauty, Blossoming, and Transition in Irish Studies
ACIS-West 2019
October 10-12, Embassy Suites Portland Downtown, Portland, Oregon


Beyond Ruination: Climate Change and Contemporary Caribbean Novels

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:55am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Caribbean authors have the challenge of narrating stories which can encompass the histories of genocide, slavery, indentured labor and colonialism. Alejo Carpentier, in his introduction to The Kingdom of This World (1949), is inspired by the ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace in Haiti, to imagine, in the ruination of the colonial past, a miraculous new future. His ideas spawned a genre that helped formerly colonized peoples decolonize by revaluing formerly subjugated knowledges.

German-language Comics and Graphic Novels by Minority Authors

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:00am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Graphic narratives including comics and graphic novels continue to garner attention by researchers and instructors across the modern languages. German Studies is no exception as the last decade has seen comics studies contributions about themes as widespread as history, manga, journalism, and foreign-language pedagogy. Lately, graphic narratives about the experience of migrants have been particularly pertinent in publications and academic panels.

Writing Mothers: Maternal Subjectivity in Literature

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:44am
Justine Dymond, Springfield College
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

51st Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference

Boston, MA; March 5-8, 2020