Spaces, whether domestic, social, or political, often carry symbolic or metonymic meaning. As Nicole Pohl points out in Women, Space and Utopia 1600-1800, there is a "complex linkage between space, knowledge and power, identity and the body" (1). However, the occupants of a space can transform, alter, or redefine its significance. In early modern England, women employed a number of strategies to question, defy, and change the traditional authoritative and often oppressive spaces in their world/lives. For example, by forming bonds with other inhabitants of the prison, Mary Wollstonecraft's Maria undermines the punishing isolation of the jail cell and converts it into a communal space defined by equality.
Monstrous Maternity: Mothering Monsters, and Monsters as Mothers
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Host: Susquehanna University
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2013
This roundtable explores effective teaching practices for medieval and early modern performance (non-Shakespearean). Submissions should address how student-centered activities (collaborative / experiential practices, flipped / hybrid assignments, tech / web resources) overcome challenges posed by teaching lesser canonical works. Abstracts addressing a wide range of performance genres are welcome. Interested participants see http://teachingearlyenglishperformance.wikispaces.com. Please submit 250-word abstracts to email@example.com
Paper proposals are sought for a panel on "The Plays of Don DeLillo" at the Comparative Drama Conference, 3-5 April 2014, at the Pier V Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Proposals dealing with any aspect of DeLillo's individual plays, his dramatic sensibilities or influences, or comparative approaches between his plays and better known fiction will be considered. Panels at the CDC consist of three 15-minute papers.
This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas, philosophy, and beliefs proposed by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French writers. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. Major seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open. Send abstracts (200-300 words) to Dr. Stéphane Natan, Rider University, at
Chair: Stephane Natan
Area: French and Francophone
This panel will explore the concepts and stereotypes that lay behind the vision of love and passionate relationships expressed by Latin American poets and narrators. Its purpose is to create a dialogue about writers' depictions of love, and how those ideas reflect, renew or challenge Latin American societies and identities. Comparative and feminist approaches in Spanish/English/Portuguese are suitable, but other approaches would be considered. Send abstracts to Dr. María Cristina Campos Fuentes, DeSales University, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: María Cristina Campos Fuentes
Areas: Spanish/Portuguese; Women's and Gender Studies
"I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best." (Robertson Davies)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
March 27-29, 2014
The Eudora Welty society is seeking papers for two panels at the 2014 SSSL conference. For these panels, we would like to play off of the conference theme of "Other Souths."
Possible topics include extrasouthern Weltys, queer Weltys, digital Weltys, poor white Weltys, ethnic Weltys, transnational Weltys, non-fiction Weltys, undead Weltys, and altogether new Weltys.
Please send 250 word proposals to Sarah_Ford@baylor.edu by December 1, 2013.
Configurations, the Journal of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, is seeking submissions on graphic medicine in the form of essays, comics, and any combination of the two. Due to production changes, the deadline for all submissions has recently been moved up to January 15, 2014. Please send materials as well as any questions, to Susan Squier, email@example.com. Any submission should include 2-3 sentences of biographical information, your name, email address, and hard mail address.
Motor Culture and the Road spans across a variety of different disciplines. More often than not, we associate "motor" with automobile culture; but the term "motor" can also simply describe any type of movement at a steady pace. In addition, the concept of "road" can remind of us freedom or escape; but it can also be an obstruction, such as "the road to nowhere" or "the end of the road." Regardless of how one interprets these constructions of motor and the road, it is clear that we are all impacted by their presence in everyday life. The theme of this year's conference asks us to contemplate the past, present, and future of popular culture; and in this call specifically, the motor world.
Call for Proposals
Global Women Leaders: Their World, Their Language
Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick seek contributors for their second collection of essays considering women and leadership. Having published their edited collection, Political Women: Language and Leadership this year (September), they are seeking to shift their focus from American political women and their choices of political language to those political women in leadership positions in other countries.
It is easy to point to the giants of the eighteenth-century: Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Swift, etc. - but what of those in the shadow of these "greater" writers? How do authors such as Sarah Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, and Francis Coventry fit into the tapestry of eighteenth-century writing? All too often these authors are dismissed as "lesser" or at best, "problematic," but upon closer examination, many of them seem to play an important role in understanding the period.
The editor invites original scholarly essays that address the reception and transformation of Edgar Allan Poe's thought and writing by H. P. Lovecraft.
Call for Projects: Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture
Special Edition: Privacy and Dataveillance
Due February 1, 2014
You may view the video CFP and full version of the text-based CFP at this link: http://itineration.org/node/45
The special edition, *Privacy and Datveillance*
Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture invites projects that engage questions of data collection and dataveillance. Some possible areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to:
Foucault's metaphor of the panopticon and its relationship to questions concerning dataveillance