Desire and Devotion: Eastern International Region Meeting of the AAR, McGill University, Montreal, May 1–2, 2015

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Call for Papers: Eastern International Region Meeting of the AAR, McGill University, Montreal, May 1–2, 2015

Paper Proposal Deadline: February 16, 2015

The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2015 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme of Desire and Devotion.

Proposals are welcome in all areas within the study of religion, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Art history and criticism
  • Comparative religions
  • Ethics
  • Gender
  • History
  • Literature
  • Method and theory
  • Music history and criticism
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Textual studies
    • In particular, the program committee is interested in proposals related to our special theme of Desire and Devotion. These could include submissions on:
      • Devotional Texts, Songs, Images, Practices
      • Cultural Repertoires of Devotion and Desire
      • Construction and Regulation of Eros, Sex and Gender
      • "Sacred" and "Secular" Art
      • "Sacred" and "Secular" Music
      • Languages of Mystical Experience
      • The Psychology of Desire and Devotion
      • "Religious" Experience/Language and "the Romantic"
      • "Romantic" Experience/Language and "the Religious"
      • and others



      Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in MS Word format:

      • One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel.
      • Current CV(s) for the participant(s).
      • Cover page that includes the submitter's full name, title, institution, phone number, fax number, e-mail, and mailing address.
      • For panel proposals, identify the primary contact person.
      • Please send your proposal to eiraarsubmission@gmail.com.

      Deadline for submissions is February 16, 2015.


      Scholars from any region may apply to participate. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, with ten minutes allowed for questions. If you require technological support for your presentation/panel (such as an Internet connection or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.


      As a general rule, the Region discourages panels comprised of scholars from a single institution. Exceptions to this rule would include a presentation from a research team or a panel based on other types of collaborative research.

      Student Paper Competition



      Graduate and undergraduate students in the Eastern International Region are invited to enter the student paper competition. Please note that to be eligible for submission, the student must attend a university in the Eastern International Region. The committee will give preference to work that is new at this conference. Up to two $200 awards are reserved for winning papers. The award(s) will be formally presented at the business meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2015.


      To enter the competition, please attach a short note confirming that you wish to enter your paper into the contest along with your initial proposal by the February 16, 2015 deadline. NOTE: A final draft of the paper must be submitted to the EIR Regional Coordinator, Verna Ehret (vehret@mercyhurst.edu) by April 1, 2015. To be eligible for this award the student must read the entire paper at the meeting, which means the paper and presentation must conform to the twenty-minute time limit (roughly 2,500 words).

      Undergraduates

      The Region welcomes submissions from undergraduates in the field of religious studies. Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in Word format:

      • One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel.
      • Letter from a faculty member who has supervised the student's work.
      • Cover page that includes the student's full name, institution, phone number, e-mail, and mailing address. For panel proposals, identify the contact person.
      • Please send your proposal to eiraarsubmission@gmail.com.

      Deadline for submissions is February 16, 2015.

      Note: All presenters at the 2015 regional conference with the exception of undergraduates must have active membership in the AAR or SBL. All participants must register for the conference.

      59075"Carnivalization and the Carnivalesque in Composition and Literature": 12/1/2014; 1/30-1/31/2015Georgia and Carolinas College English Associationlee.jones@gpc.edu1414092508general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Georgia and Carolinas College English Associationcontact email: lee.jones@gpc.edu

      Abstracts (200 words) requested on carnivalization and the carnivalesque in composition and literature as well as related topics. Full CFP available from lee.jones@gpc.edu. Conference to be held in Clarkston, GA, just outside Atlanta.

      cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinary 59076Special Issue on "Contemporary Film and Public Life" - Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics (UNC-CH)Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillbmangrum@email.unc.edu1414093828african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillcontact email: bmangrum@email.unc.edu

      Ethos: A Digital Review of the Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics—a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary online journal and digital forum based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—invites submissions for its April 2015 issue, entitled "Contemporary Film and Public Life." For this issue of Ethos, we invite submissions of original scholarly work that consider recent films (roughly defined in terms of the past twenty years) and the weight they bring to bear on our contemporary public life. What patterns and preoccupations characterize the current generation of films? How do certain popular genres of film (the Western, the romantic comedy, etc.) differ from their predecessors? How may the idea of genre itself be altered in contemporary film? What are the politics underlying the institutions (such as festivals and academic departments) supporting film studies? Where in public life do films surface, and how do they seem to inform public discourse? Other approaches might include:

      • Film's changing place in the contemporary "media ecology" of the public sphere
      • The documentary and filmic representations of historical "fact"
      • The cinematic avant-garde
      • New paratextual relationships of film to its viewership, pre- and post-release (crowdfunded films; microbudget films; films with a cult following; commercial camp)
      • Cinema and celebrity culture
      • Historical trauma (e.g., 9/11 or the conflicts in the Middle East)
      • The short film

      This issue will also consider studies of foreign-language films, although the essays themselves must be written in English and must translate quotations from the films. Furthermore, we invite essays that make interventions in recent film theory.

      Ethos welcomes all submissions that engage with topics related to "Contemporary Film and Public Life." Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words in length and should be submitted in a format adhering to the MLA guidelines. Ethos publishes articles written for a wider intellectual audience, so authors are encouraged to avoid—or, in the least, explain—technical jargon whenever possible. Submissions received before May 15, 2015 will be considered for the October 2015 issue.

      Ethos is a digital project maintained by scholars based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to our referred journal, the project also features weekly review posts on cultural criticism and public life. To learn more, visit the project at www.ethosreview.org/.

      cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59077The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence (March 14, 2015)English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensborouncg.egsa.2015.conference@gmail.com1414096138african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensborocontact email: uncg.egsa.2015.conference@gmail.com

      "The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey

      "Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne

      "Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry

      For our seventh annual interdisciplinary conference, we at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's English Graduate Student Association ask you to join us as we explore place and the ramifications of place. We encourage submissions from all disciplines, including but not limited to literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, history, architecture, geography, environmental studies, psychology, classics, foreign language studies, linguistics, sociology, religious studies, philosophy, and any of the arts. Papers can focus on a broad spectrum of place-related topics.

      Paper may discuss, but are not limited to:
      —explorations of specific places
      —being from a place or being of a place
      —passing through place(s)
      —a place's influence on oneself/characters
      —spatial rhetoric and how it functions
      —interactions between people and place (fiction, nonfiction, design)
      —how place works as setting in fictional works
      —how place functions as a character in fictional works
      —the function of place in nonfictional works
      —how place, as a concept, changes/develops throughout history
      —how physical places change overtime
      —interactions between different places (urban vs. rural; city vs. city; regionalism)
      —different structures in a place
      —teaching in a place
      —how the classroom works as a specific place
      —online/digital places
      —how music/photography/art reflects, influences, is a part of place
      —escaping places
      —displacement and placelessness
      —the peoples involved in, and difficulties of, defining and controlling a place
      —the impact of humans on a place
      —the relationship between place and gender

      We invite abstract submissions for consideration. An abstract of no more than 200 words must be submitted in PDF or MSWord format by December 15. Abstracts should be submitted to uncg.egsa.2015.conference@gmail.com. In your email submission, please include the presenter's name, institution of affiliation, email address, phone number, and any audio-visual requirements. Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract itself.

      Panel proposals can also be submitted to the same email address by December 15 and should include the following: panel title, organizer/moderator's name and contact information, names and contact information for panelists, a short description of the panel topic, and abstracts of the papers included in the panel.

      The registration fee for presenters is $25.

      cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59078Trash Talkin': New Directions in Popular Culture and Creative WritingUniversity of Regina, English Students' Associationesaregina@gmail.com1414105214cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Regina, English Students' Associationcontact email: esaregina@gmail.com

      An interdisciplinary conference for undergraduate and graduate students on popular culture and creative writing, hosted by Students of the University of Regina.
      March 13-14, 2015

      The seventh annual Trash Talkin' conference is an opportunity to analyse pop culture in an academic setting unlike the ordinary classroom.

      Trash Talkin' is about pop culture phenomena and media and its intersection with academic theories and discourse. Explore it, delve into it.

      You want to write a paper about The Hunger Games and Butler's theories on gender performativity? You write that paper. We'll read it, and you can discuss it in front of an engaged, academic audience.

      We will consider scholarly papers, creative writing, visual art, and film from students of all disciplines, from any theoretical or methodological perspective, on any aspect of pop culture.

      Among the variety of subjects, those discussed in past conferences have included:
      • Greek epics and Breaking Bad
      • Historiographic metafictions
      • Autism and The Big Bang Theory
      • Heidegger, Game Theory, and Dungeons and Dragons
      • Buddhism and the Modern Ghost in Kurosagi's Corpse Delivery Service
      • Postmodern Civic Architecture
      • Original creative writing pieces

      Submissions should not be longer than 20 minutes (approx. 8-10 pages, double-spaced). Formal audio-visual presentations are acceptable, but must still include a written paper. Film submissions must also include a complete copy of the film to be presented.

      If you want to form a panel, all organisers/participants must include all papers or presentations as part of the proposal.

      We encourage multimedia presentations. All papers, panels, and presentations will be refereed.

      Papers must be received by January 15, 2015 via email or hard copy.

      Email to:
      esaregina@gmail.com
      alexis.mcquigge@uregina.ca

      Mail to:
      Trash Talkin' Conference ℅ ESA
      Department of English
      University of Regina
      3737 Wascana Parkway
      Regina, SK S4X 0A2

      cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 59079Call for Papers: The European Conference on Cultural Studies 2015The International Academic Forumeccs@iafor.org1414136021cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: The International Academic Forumcontact email: eccs@iafor.org

      The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global university partners, is proud to announce the European Conference on Media, Communication and Film (EuroMedia2015), to be held from July 13 to July 16, 2015, at the Thistle Hotel Brighton in the United Kingdom.

      http://eccs.iafor.org

      The abstract submission deadline is March 15, 2015

      Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience the UK. Join a global academic community.

      The 2015 Conference Themes are "Power" and "Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture"

      Streams include:
      Critical Race Theory
      Cultural History
      Cultural Studies
      Education
      Gender studies / Feminist Theory
      Justice Studies
      Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
      Media Studies
      Political Philosophy
      Political Theory
      Queer Theory
      Sociology
      Visual Culture

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      IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

      Conference Proceedings
      If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings.

      Journals
      The IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film is an editorially independent journal. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

      cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesprofessional_topics 59082'Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century' 7 May 2015. CFP Deadline 16 January 2015Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University, UKcncs@durham.ac.uk 1414156219childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesromanticvictorianfull name / name of organization: Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University, UKcontact email: cncs@durham.ac.uk

      'Neither moral philosophy nor poetry condescends
      to the monstrous or the abnormal,'
      Thomas De Quincey, 1848.

      Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century
      Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University
      in association with Newcastle University and Northumbria University
      supported by British Society for Literature and Science

      KEYNOTE ADDRESS

      PROFESSOR MARTIN WILLIS, Chair of Science, Literature and Communication, University of Westminster

      ABNORMALITY AND THE ABNORMAL

      The words 'abnormal' and 'abnormality' first emerged in the nineteenth century; contemporary usage reflects their pejorative connotations.

      The first recorded use, in 1817, contrasts 'abnormal' with 'healthy,' suggesting that 'abnormality' was initially a medical term. In medical discourse it became an ostensibly objective descriptor – in 1847 The Lancet defined abnormality as 'something that is abnormal; an instance of irregularity.' However, the term eventually came to mean an aberration from any kind of 'normal' concept, behaviour, expectation, or way of being: indeed, the construction of 'normal,' and the values associated with normality, is itself implicated in nineteenth century constructions of the abnormal.

      This one-day interdisciplinary conference aims to explore categorisations, explanations, and implications of abnormality in the long nineteenth century, asking what the abnormal can tell us about long nineteenth century constructions of aberration, deviancy, and normality.

      CALL FOR PAPERS

      Topics may include, but are not limited to:

      o Measuring and/or quantifying (ab)normality
      o Abnormality as/and spectacle
      o Decadence, deviance and abnormal tastes
      o Degeneration of behaviour and race
      o Imperialistic perceptions of the 'other'
      o Locating & segregating the abnormal

      We invite proposals for 20-minute individual papers, or for 1 hour three-paper themed panels, from postgraduates of all disciplines and stages. Please send abstracts (individual papers 300 words / panels 500 words) including the title, all names, affiliations and a contact email address, as a Word or .pdf document, to the conference organisers at cncs@durham.ac.uk with the subject heading 'CNCS PG Conference: Abnormality'.

      The deadline for submission is 16 January 2015.

      This conference is organised by the Postgraduate Representatives for the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University. For more information about CNCS, please visit our website: www.durham.ac.uk/cncs/conferences/abnormality or follow us on Twitter: @durhamcncs

      cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesromanticvictorian 59084Charles W. Chesnutt Association sessions at American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015Charles W. Chesnutt Associationsmcfatt@cau.edu; swright1222@aol.com1414163350african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfull name / name of organization: Charles W. Chesnutt Associationcontact email: smcfatt@cau.edu; swright1222@aol.com

      The Chesnutt Association will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Conference, May 21-24, 2014 at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02116-5798 (800-916-4339)
      Session 1: The role of supporting characters in Chesnutt's fiction. Chesnutt's protagonists are always surrounded by a cast of fascinating characters: shrewd males and females of various classes, clever children, martyrs, workers, rebels, cheats and misfits, along with perfect models of humanity. These characters are often overlooked or undervalued by critics. Think in terms of the essential value of these characters in relation to Chesnutt's purpose, aesthetic, etc.
      Session 2. Open Topic.
      Please email no more than a two-page abstract of the paper by January 15, 2015, to program chair, Susan Prothro Wright: swright1222@aol.com; smacfatt@cau.edu. For further information regarding the conference, please consult the ALA website: www.americanliterture.org

      cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approaches 59085Panel on "The Nature of/in War" (June 23-27, 2015)2015 Biennial Conference of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)withers@iastate.edu1414165113ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisionpopular_culturefull name / name of organization: 2015 Biennial Conference of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)contact email: withers@iastate.edu

      As most any military conflict has shown, humanity's wars are rarely of benefit to the natural world. Our bullets maim and kill countless animals; our bombs denude and decimate entire communities of plant life. Animals are even increasingly conscripted into the military itself, in the form of fighting dogs, bomb-detecting dolphins, and spying insects. But all of this is not necessarily new: weaponized animals go back as far as the medieval and even classical worlds, and of course animals have been combatants and casualties of war since time out of mind. Yet, war is not always bad for nature. For example, some people have pointed out that places like the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea has become a flourishing habitat for plants and animals in the absence of a human presence in that area.

      This panel, entitled "The Nature of/in War," will present at the upcoming 2015 biennial conference of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment), and will examine the intersections of war and nature as depicted in a variety of texts: literature, film, nonfiction/memoir, photography, war propaganda, etc. The panel seeks presenters to address the impact of war on the natural world in texts from any time period and from any nationality.

      For more information on the next ASLE conference taking place June 23-27th,, 2015, in Moscow, Idaho at the University of Idaho, please see the conference website:

      http://www.aslebiennialconference.com/

      If interested in being a part of this "The Nature of/in War" panel, please send a short abstract of around 200 words to the panel organizer, Dr. Jeremy Withers (Dept. of English, Iowa State University), no later than later than November 30th and at the following email address: withers@iastate.edu.

      cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisionpopular_culture 59086Journal of Dracula Studies (May 1, 2015)Journal of Dracula Studiesjournalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu1414166750film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturevictorianfull name / name of organization: Journal of Dracula Studiescontact email: journalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu

      Anne DeLong/Curt Herr

      contact email:

      journalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu

      We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
      Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
      Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
      Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
      Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
      Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
      Submissions must be received no later than May 1, 2015, in order to be considered for the 2015 issue.
      Send electronic submissions to journalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu
      Contact: Dr. Curt Herr or Dr. Anne DeLong

      cfp categories: film_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturevictorian 59087Special Edition 2015 Journal of Dracula Studies (Jan 1, 2015)Journal of Dracula Studiesjournalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu1414167013cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturevictorianfull name / name of organization: Journal of Dracula Studiescontact email: journalofdraculastudies@kutztown.edu

      In 2015 we will be publishing a
      special edition of the Journal of
      Dracula Studies to mark the 20th
      anniversary of our Chapter. The
      theme of this edition will be The
      Horror Classics.
      We invite manuscripts of
      scholarly, reader-friendly,
      articles of 3000 words or less for
      The Horror Classics. We are
      looking for articles which explore
      the classic horror monsters of
      literature, film, comics from the
      Golden Age of horror (Tales
      From the Crypt etc), and TV: The
      Mummy, Ghosts, The Witch,
      Mad Scientists, Swamp Monsters,
      Zombies, The Haunted House,
      The Werewolf, Aliens, Edward
      Gory etc. (For this special edition,
      we are not publishing material
      on the Vampire). Material is not
      limited to any historical era. We
      require that articles be free of
      jargon and over-dependence on
      literary criticism.
      Send submissions (electronic
      only) to Curt Herr
      (journalofdraculastudies@kutzto
      wn.edu). Please put "Special
      Edition: Horror Classics" in the
      subject line.
      Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015

      cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturevictorian 59088Call for contributors to The Roma: An Encyclopedia of "Gypsy" Life, Culture, and Society. Andrew Hundaxh69@cwru.edu1414172117cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Andrew Hundcontact email: axh69@cwru.edu

      I would like to invite you to contribute to The Roma: An Encyclopedia of "Gypsy" Life, Culture, and Society. Please feel free to pass along to colleagues that might be interested in contributing to this reference work.

      This one volume encyclopedia, to be published by ABC-CLIO, is soliciting contributors for 18 thematic essays Roma throughout the world. Thematic essays vary in length between 4,000-6,000 words. All contributors get their name in the contributor list and associated with their article and payment is $125 (USD) per thematic essay or a copy of the work.

      The book will be geared toward our target audience of high school and early college students with little background knowledge on the Roma population.

      If you are interested in contributing, please send the following information: full name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email, and 2-page CV to Andrew Hund (Editor) at: romanencyclopedia@gmail.com

      Best regards,

      Andrew

      cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinary 59089Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): C A L L F O R E N T R I E SColdnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)poetry@coldnoon.com | researchpapers@coldnoon.com1414237475african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)contact email: poetry@coldnoon.com | researchpapers@coldnoon.com

      Coldnoon: Travel Poetics
      (International Journal of Travel Writing)
      ISSN 2278-9642 | E-ISSN 2278-9650

      C A L L F O R E N T R I E S
      No. XI | Issue 4(1) | Jan '15
      Deadline: November 20 2014
      Please visit: http://coldnoon.com/submissions
      in addition to following the notice below.
      Ph: 91-8130224674

      Coldnoon: Travel Poetics International Journal of Travel Writing (CTPIJTW) invites writers and researchers to submit their original works of poetry, creative non-fiction, art/book/film reviews or research papers on travel/travel poetics for publication in CTPIJTW. The works published in any online issue will be republished in the subsequent CTPIJTW print issue.

      There is no publishing or review fee for sending your work to CTPIJTW. However, every author (only those whose works are selected for publication) is required to subscribe to one issue of CTPIJTW (print), in which their work(s) has appeared, at a discounted author price.

      P O E T R Y

      Address for submission: poetry@coldnoon.com.

      Submit at least 4 poems, and not more than 6, in MS Word Doc. format only. Please ensure your poems are properly formatted, and the lineation is as desired. Before you submit, we suggest you read our previous publications of poetry, once, so as to have a clear idea of the kind of poetry we like, or tend to understand better.

      R E S E A R C H P A P E R S / N O N F I C T I O N /
      R E V I E W S

      Address for submission: researchpapers@coldnoon.com.

      Works should be based on the subject of travel pertaining to literature, cinema, culture, architecture, and more. Submit an abstract of your essay in no more than 500 words. The works will be checked stringently for plagiarism; avoid any whatsoever. Attach your submission in MS Word doc. format only. Kindly note the minimum length of papers for CTPIJTW should be 4500 words. If you are not prepared for this please do not send us your abstract.

      N O T I F I C A T I ON

      Notifications of the selected abstracts will be sent by December 1 2014, and the deadline for the submission of the complete papers is December 20 2014. Notifications of selected poems will be sent by December 5 2014.

      cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59090[UPDATE]Permacultural Practices, panel proposed for the ASLE Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 23-27, 2015, University of IdahoAssociation for the Study of Literature and Environmentwallacem@queensu.ca; 11dmjc@queensu.ca1414248830ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfull name / name of organization: Association for the Study of Literature and Environmentcontact email: wallacem@queensu.ca; 11dmjc@queensu.ca

      Writing in 1978, founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term permaculture—a portmanteau compounding and eliding "permanent agriculture"—to signify a design ethics suitable to an imminently low-energy future. In the intervening years, "permaculture" has become a truly global movement, inspiring home gardeners and farmers, intentional communities and design courses, and artists and activists, coming to refer more broadly to all aspects of culture, and referring as much to an ethics of life and the living as to principles of conscientious and efficient design.

      Inspired by this broadening of the concept, this panel (which we envision as a traditional panel or paper jam, depending on response) queries the applicability of permacultural values to the study of art and literature. We welcome proposals for papers that deal directly with examples of permaculture in practice, but we are also interested in the ways in which permaculture might inform our practices as (eco)critics. To what extent might permaculture offer a model for thinking about the slow violence and environmental injustice of contemporary (agri)culture? How might consideration of permaculture's design principles inform our interdisciplinary aspirations? Could permaculture enhance our thinking of peak oil, global warming, deep time, and the anthropocene? Given the "perma" in permaculture, how resonant is it with other contemporary key words, like "resilience"? How might permaculture affect ecocritical pedagogical practices? And, to what extent can art or literature contribute to permaculture on the ground?

      Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief bio by November 10, 2014, to both Molly Wallace (wallacem@queensu.ca) and David Carruthers (11dmjc@queensu.ca).

      cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies 59092Being Non/Human: Bodily Borders. Abstracts due 02/02/15. Conference on 17th June 2015.Queen Mary University of Londonbeing.non.human@gmail.com1414259121african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Queen Mary University of Londoncontact email: being.non.human@gmail.com

      'Being Non/Human' is organising a conference for 2015 on the topic of 'bodily borders' and we invite any postgraduate or early career researcher interested in this theme to submit an abstract or propose a panel. Being Non/Human is an interdisciplinary group that engages with research on interactions between the human and nonhuman, providing a forum for graduate students and early career researchers to present current research. We hope this conference will offer a similar opportunity.

      Transforming human skin into fur or scale; combining living tissue with metal; breaking through membrane into disembodied existence. Factual and fictional narratives of bodily metamorphosis are common. But what does it mean to exist in the middle – in the moment between pre- and post-transformation? What does it entail when we speak of change, adaptation and mutation? We are looking for papers and panels which explore this suspension between the non/human and open it up to analyse the borderlands of non/humanity, examining how such borders are defined, transgressed or denied altogether.

      This is an interdisciplinary conference and as such we welcome papers and panels from a range of backgrounds. We are looking for examinations of bodily borders within literature and popular culture, the limits of the human in medicine, the impact of technological developments on how we define the borders of the 'human', the place of the non/human in ethics, anthropological approaches to how the human body may have changed over time, the concept of liminal embodiment in theology, discussions of the boundary between human and animal, and so forth.

      How human is the cyborg's touch? What does it mean to cross species' boundaries or create chimeras? What is the experience of shifting beyond an animal body into vegetal or ecological vibrancy – to become cold as ice, turn into stone, be reduced to ash or mud? Is the transformation between the non/human merely physical?

      Possible focuses might include:
      • Posthuman embodiment
      • The hybrid, mutated or mutilated form
      • The animalistic or inorganic body
      • Subhuman, superhuman or sublime existence
      • The lifeless body
      • The disembodied

      Please send abstracts (250 words) for twenty minute papers or panel proposals to: being.non.human AT gmail.com. The deadline for abstracts is Monday 2nd February 2015.

      The conference will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at Queen Mary, University of London. It is organised by Sophia Wilson (King's College London) and Lydia Zeldenrust (Queen Mary, University of London).

      Being Non/Human
      www.beingnonhuman.wordpress.com

      cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59093Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at SSAWW Nov. 2015Constance Fenimore Woolson Societyssalter2@gmail.com1414266028americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementstravel_writingfull name / name of organization: Constance Fenimore Woolson Societycontact email: ssalter2@gmail.com

      Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Call For Papers: Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, Philadelphia PA, Nov. 2015

      "Constance Fenimore Woolson: Geographic Borders, Social Crossings"

      The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites paper submissions for the CFW Society's panel at the SSAWW Triennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA 2015. In keeping with SSAWW's conference theme of "Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives," this panel will explore Woolson's liminal status as regionalist, international traveler, and genre-crossing woman writer. The Society warmly welcomes paper proposals on any of the following topics/keywords:

      Woolson's multi-regional fiction
      Woolson's international writing and travel experience
      Woolson's poetry and/or travel writing in addition to her fiction
      Woolson's relationship to the physical body: gender expectations, disability, or travel
      Woolson and biography: revisiting critical responses to Woolson, Woolson and Henry James
      Woolson and the animal world: dogs, horses, other non-human denizens of the Southern swamp or Upper Midwest
      Childhood as liminal space: Woolson's representations of children
      Crossing social boundaries: representations of familial or interpersonal intimacies in Woolson's work
      Crossing historical markers: Woolson and the Civil War, Woolson and westward expansion, Woolson and international tourism
      Crossing boundaries of gender, region, nation, or genre

      While this list provides some conceptual suggestions for thinking about Woolson, her work, and her time, the CFW Society gladly accepts paper proposals on any topic related to Woolson and her contemporaries. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a one-page CV to Sarah Salter at ssalter2@gmail.com by January 5, 2015. This panel organized and supported by the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society, Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux, President.

      For more information about the life, writings, and legacies of Constance Fenimore Woolson, explore the new Woolson website: http://constancefenimorewoolson.wordpress.com/

      For more information about the conference in Philadelphia, check out SSAWW conference information:
      http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015-conference/ssaww-2015-call-for-papers...

      cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementstravel_writing 59094Crisis? What Crisis ? Etudes irlandaises special issue autumn 2015Etudes irlandaisesmartine.pelletier@univ-tours.fr1414267808cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Etudes irlandaisescontact email: martine.pelletier@univ-tours.fr

      CALL FOR PAPERS

      ETUDES IRLANDAISES
      French Journal of Irish Studies

      Autumn 2015 issue
      Crisis? What Crisis?

      Guest edited by Martine Pelletier & Valérie Peyronel
      The peer-reviewed journal Etudes Irlandaises is inviting contributions for its Autumn 2015 issue entitled "Crisis? What Crisis?"
      From the mid-1990s to 2007, the Republic of Ireland benefited from a remarkable but ephemeral prosperity. Characterised by a very low unemployment rate but an astonishing appetite for consumption, Ireland was the best pupil of Europe and the Celtic Tiger triumphed fortified by its 2.0 economy, massive foreign direct investment and a booming financial sector which brought Le Monde to call Ireland a European "American dream". However, the real estate boom was going to strike a fatal blow. As a result of the international crisis, the Irish miracle has collapsed; unemployment and emigration have struck again, weighing heavily on a population which has been confronted to a stringent austerity policy. The banking system has been partly nationalised and restructured to avoid bankruptcy, but at what cost?
      With the benefit of hindsight, one may wonder why Ireland was so fiercely hit by this crisis and ponder over the exact meaning of the term. What crisis are we talking about? Indeed, the reality of a generalised economic crisis cannot be denied, but in Ireland the crisis has raised a large number of political and social questions too. Fintan O'Toole, in particular, has launched a massive campaign in favour of overhauling the Republic, presenting an uncompromising analysis of the limits of the current political class and suggesting another crisis: the crisis of a political culture unable to deal with the current issues at stake – Ship of Fools, Enough is enough. The system of values which underlies the Irish society has also undergone a radical transformation in recent years, particularly noticeable in the loss of authority of the Catholic Church illustrated by accelerated secularisation and the consequences of the Murphy, Ryan and Cloyne reports. As a consequence, the crisis may also be understood to have a moral/ethical dimension worth exploring.
      Is it possible to say that the crisis is nearly over? What transformations is Ireland about to complete or to be affected by? What about the constantly deepening gap between the Dublin area and the other parts of the country? Or the calls for a reform of the Republic, an in-depth change in the very institutions of the country and in its political culture, a groundswell partly illustrated by the election of Michael D. Higgins?
      The placement of Ireland under the supervision of the troïka (the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) for three years from 2010 to 2013 also generated a deep crisis of confidence in a country where independence and national sovereignty are still hot issues less than a century after the war of independence and hardly 60 years after the official proclamation of the Republic of Ireland.
      During its short period of prosperity, Ireland had become a land of immigration, notably for citizens from the East European countries once they had become members of the European Union. In 2007, 10% of Irish residents were born abroad. What has been the fate of these people in this long-term crisis context? Have they remained in Ireland or have they left to seize new economic opportunities? Emigration has always been one of Ireland's traditional responses to unemployment and economic contraction. Consequently it is not at all surprising to witness the massive exile of young Irish people once more, as well as the revival of so-called "wakes", Australian more often than American these days. Are these massive departures, boosted by the economic crisis, likely to foster another type of crisis resulting from the brain and talent drain this emigration implies?
      The cultural institutions have also been affected by the backlash of the crisis, struggling with shrinking public subsidies. The consequences of this reduction in means in terms of production, cultural policies and influence are also worth analysing. On a more individual level, to what extent have artists reacted or failed to react to the crisis? In what ways have specific aesthetic forms emerged or been explored to facilitate a critical direct or indirect interpretation of these radical changes? The way Claire Kilroy re-invents the gothic novel in The Devil I Know, the success of The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, or less direct interventions which reflect the anxieties, the doubts and the new preoccupations of the country, may be examples of such changes.
      While some economic commentators and politicians may claim that "the Celtic Tiger is back", praising a rigorous management model, it is pertinent to put this "crisis" and its interpretations in perspective. Papers can question the very concept of "crisis"; or address one of the following issues : the specificities or, on the contrary, the similarities between the current Irish crisis and other crises; the way the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have managed the crisis or been damaged by it; the consequences of this crisis in Ireland but also on its reputation and on its image abroad (in Europe, in the United States, in the numerous countries which used to endeavour to imitate the Celtic Tiger development model). Comparative studies will also be welcome (the comparisons between Ireland and Greece or Ireland and Spain may be particularly enlightening). Contributions can also analyse the impact of the crisis on individual artists, on cultural institutions, on the relationship to the diaspora ("The Gathering").
      Articles of 36000 signs (including spaces and notes) following the style sheet (http://www.pur-editions.fr/pdf/consignes_etudes_irlandaises.pdf) should be sent to both Martine Pelletier (martine.pelletier@univ-tours.fr) and Valérie Peyronnel (valerie.peyronel@univ-paris3.fr) before January 26th 2015.
      Etudes irlandaises is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles in English and French which explore all aspects of Irish literature, history, culture and arts from ancient times to the present. Etudes irlandaises publishes twice a year on a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects including: poetry, fiction, drama, film, music, politics, economy, social studies, etc. General issues published in Spring alternate with special issues in Autumn. Etudes irlandaises is aimed at scholars, postgraduate students, institutions specializing in Irish studies as well as people who have an informed interest in the subject. Each number has a comprehensive section devoted to recently published material on Ireland.

      cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59095California State, University, Long Beach -- Watermark 9 -- English Scholarly Journal -- Deadline February 2, 2015Watermark Journalwatermarkjournal.editor@gmail.com.1414311237americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Watermark Journalcontact email: watermarkjournal.editor@gmail.com.

      Watermark, an annual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking submissions for our ninth volume. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with the fields of rhetoric and composition, and literature of all genres and periods. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

      Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

      Rhetoric
      The media age
      Transnational, translational, and transgendered approaches
      Ecological mindscapes
      The dead, the detained, the diaspora
      Medieval & Renaissance concerns
      Minimalism
      Colonial approach / postcolonial reproach
      Dissidence or dissonance
      Migratory issues
      Popular culture

      We encourage submissions to coincide with Re/Inventions 2015: Consumption - 4th Annual CSULB Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference for the Humanities.

      Submissions will be accepted starting December 1, 2014, and will be accepted until February 2, 2015. Early submissions are strongly encouraged and will receive priority in the peer review process.

      All submissions should include a cover that includes your name, phone number, email address, and the title of your essay or book review. All submissions should be approximately 10-15 pages and must be typed in MLA format with a standard 12-point font. Please do not include your name on the essay itself, as it will be reviewed by a blind peer-review panel.

      Email papers and cover letters as separate Word attachments to: watermarkjournal.editor@gmail.com.

      Please direct all questions to: watermarkjournal.editor@gmail.com.

      cfp categories: americanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59096[UPDATE] Young Shakespeare (extended deadline: 11/10/14)Société Française Shakespearecontact@societefrancaiseshakespeare.org1414315464childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturerenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Société Française Shakespearecontact email: contact@societefrancaiseshakespeare.org

      The 2015 Annual Conference of the French Shakespeare Society will take place in Paris in March 19-21, 2015.

      We welcome proposals on all aspects concerning youth and Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

      - What exactly was innovative, revolutionary even, in Shakespeare's youthful productions, and what might be learnt from them by today's young audiences, scholars, performers and readers?
      - How far can today's young actors, directors, academics in literature and history, find inspiration for their own works in the "Young Shakespeare" experience?
      - What types of products and productions aimed at young people today draw their titles, characters or elements of plots from Shakespeare?

      For a detailed rationale, see our website:
      http://shakespeare.revues.org/2861

      The Société Française Shakespeare publishes select proceedings of its annual conference.

      Extended deadline: abstracts due November 10th, 2014.

      cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturerenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 59097Anarchism and the Body Conference June 12-14, 2015 @ Purdue UniversityAnarchism and the Body Conference June 12-14, 2015 @ Purdue Universityanarchismandthebodyconference@gmail.com1414355204americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Anarchism and the Body Conference June 12-14, 2015 @ Purdue Universitycontact email: anarchismandthebodyconference@gmail.com

      This conference seeks to be the first of its kind that is dedicated to questions of anarchism in conjunction with questions about the body conceived of as real, social, perceived, constructed, or institutionalized. The conference committee will consider papers that use anarchism to inform studies related to the body or studies related to the body informing anarchism. We encourage innovative papers that engage with multiple aspects of anarchism intersecting with multiple disciplines and fields. While we encourage innovation, radical thought, diversity, and interdisciplinarity, we ask that individuals explain how their argument or presentation is applicable or significant to the fields with which they engage to ensure a coherent program.

      Please visit our website: anarchismandthebodyconference.wordpress.com

      We will also host at least one session about the teaching (pedagogy and practice) of these issues in regards to anarchism or radical thought, and would encourage primary or secondary submissions from students and instructors who have taught these issues in various educational settings.

      We will consider a variety of convergences, including but not limited to:
      ◾Gender
      ◾Sex
      ◾Sexuality
      ◾LGBTQ2IA
      ◾Race
      ◾Racism
      ◾Liberation
      ◾Ethnicity
      ◾Dis_ability
      ◾Intellectualism
      ◾Body Image
      ◾Food Studies
      ◾Human Trafficking
      ◾Exploitation
      ◾History
      ◾Rhetoric

      The Body in/as
      ◾Higher Education
      ◾Institutionalization
      ◾Property
      ◾Citizen
      ◾Subject
      ◾Object
      ◾A Spectacle
      ◾A religious subject/object
      ◾A rhetorical subject/object

      Anarchism(s)
      ◾Anarcha-Feminism
      ◾Classical Anarchism
      ◾Anarchism by region/country
      ◾Post(modern) Anarchism
      ◾Individualist Anarchism
      ◾Communal Anarchism
      ◾Anarcho-Syndicalism
      ◾Queer Anarchism
      ◾Anarcho-Primitivism
      ◾Post-Left Anarchism
      ◾Indigenous Anarchism
      ◾Religious Anarchism

      cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 59098Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern EuropeBrill Studies in Medievalism Seriestmtomaini@mail.com1414363356cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryreligionrenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Brill Studies in Medievalism Seriescontact email: tmtomaini@mail.com

      Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

      Call for abstracts for chapters to be included in an upcoming volume on Death in Medieval and Early Modern art, history, and culture.

      For people of all classes in medieval and early modern Europe death was a constant, visible presence. It was part of everyday life and there were reminders everywhere of its inevitability: injury and accidents, illness and disease, public executions, and the tragedies of death in childbirth and infant mortality. Yet, the acknowledgement of the fact of death, despite its undeniable reality, did not necessarily amount to an acceptance of its finality. Whether they were commoners, clergy, aristocrats, or kings, the dead continued to function literally as integrated members of their communities long after they lay in their graves.

      From stories of revenants bringing pleas from Purgatory to the living, to the practical uses of the charnel house; from the remains of the executed on public display, to the proclamation of an aristocratic dynasty's authority over the living via its dead, we are looking for papers that discuss how communities dealt with their dead as continual, albeit non-living members. We are interested in interdisciplinary studies that illustrate unexpected situations and under-researched persons, periods, and events in art, literature, archaeology, and history. We are also interested in papers that argue against stereotypical or outdated presumptions about the relationships between the premodern dead and their fellow community members above ground. How do 21st century scholars deal with the medieval and early modern dead?

      Papers are open to any discipline of the humanities and also to the disciplines of paleography and archaeology. Papers are also open medieval and early modern cultures outside Europe. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Thea Tomaini, University of Southern California at tmtomaini@gmail.com

      cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalpoetryreligionrenaissancetheatre 59099MAP annual conference, April 10-11, 2015 "Reform and Resistance" [UPDATE]Medieval Association of the Pacificlaskaya@uoregon.edu1414366490medievalfull name / name of organization: Medieval Association of the Pacificcontact email: laskaya@uoregon.edu

      MAP is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its annual conference hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno in Reno, NV, April 10-11, 2015. The program committee invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. We welcome papers and panels that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages, especially those that connect to the conference theme, broadly conceived. All speakers must be fully-paid ("active") members of MAP to register for the conference and participate.

      Proposals need to include the following for each speaker:

      1. Name of Speaker
      2. University Affiliation
      3. Are you a faculty member, graduate student, or independent scholar?
      4. Your contact email

      5. Paper Title
      6. Paper Proposal (up to 250 words)

      Submit via email attachment and send to MAP2015secretary@gmail.com
      File format: MS Word or PDF
      Submissions accepted until Nov 20, 2014

      cfp categories: medieval