Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.
Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25, 2015.
Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)
Long Beach, California. October 14-17
Abstracts due Mar. 25, 2015
I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (Oct. 14-17, 2015). We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Contributions are sought for PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS," a collection of essays edited by Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität).
Essays appearing in PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS" will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature.
How do contemporary poets envision their role in the public life of a postcolony? This is not a question of social value but of social relations. In what ways does poetry mediate the discourses which, in part, inform the coherency of any public?
Asian Americans Writing the South: This panel considers Asian American writers (Monique Truong, Lan Cao and others) as they write the history, geography, and politics of the US South. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Crystal Parikh (email@example.com). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.
40 Years of The Woman Warrior: On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the continuing influence of The Woman Warrior on 21st
century Asian American literature and culture. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Julia Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.
The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on the subject of television for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.
The Flannery O'Connor Society seeks paper submissions for the 2015 meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association in Nashville, Tennessee, October 31-November 3, 2015.
This year's conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language." Papers that explore this theme as it relates to O'Connor studies are welcome, as are any papers related more broadly to O'Connor studies.
Please submit an abstract of 500 words or fewer by March 31, 2015 to Julianna Leachman at email@example.com. Please include your name and academic affiliation.
Abstracts invited for a special session on commonplace books, to be proposed for MLA 2016 in Austin.
Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplaces as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace books and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.
The modernist period is characterized by national upheavals, from the Mexican Revolution, to the Russian Revolutions, to the controversial peace settlements of 1919, and the crises leading up to the Second World War. Modernist artists, writers and filmakers engaged with, and responded to these upheavals, adapting their media to narrate new kinds of national belonging and new versions of the national story. Exploring the connections between nation, narration, and revolution in its broadest sense, this panel seeks to bring together a variety of examples of modernist reactions to geopolitical upheaval.
The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displaced Caribbean Sexual Minorities. Seeking papers on space and body politics of exiles, diasporas, and/or migrations of Caribbean LBTQIA. Co-sponsored by the Latina and Latino Forum and the Puerto Rican Literature and Culture Forum of MLA.