The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites papers on Nabokov's representations of—and resistance to—tyrants and tyranny, political or non-political, for a special session at the 2018 MLA Annual Meeting (New York, January 4-7). Papers treating the author's literary engagements against despots (real or fictional), demagogues, police states, fascists, Soviet oppression, Nazism, and/or totalitarian regimes (e.g., “Tyrants Destroyed,” Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, etc.) are especially welcomed, but the topic may also be conceived broadly in relation to his many works (e.g., Humbert's tyranny over Lolita, Kinbote's over Shade's poem in Pale Fire, the tyranny of Nabokovian narrators, etc.).
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference 2017 - Liquidity: “Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores”
Location: Vancouver, BC / Conference date: July 7-8
From this perspective, water is no longer a singular, external object, but rather a material that animates us, and that we in turn animate. [...] water is no longer just something out there, but is very much the majority of what is in here, perpetually moving in a temporal flux. - Rita Wong, “Waters as Potential Paths to Peace”
Water, water, everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee, A Warrior’s Journey
English and I: Literary and Cultural Encounters
Fourth ASSE International Conference on British and American Studies
organized in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”
8-10 June 2017
Call for papers
We seek papers explaining movements in locations and texts that have transformed individuals, Christian groups, or Christianity as a whole, as well as other topics related to Christianity and literature.
Contact: Bill Lancaster, Texas A&M University – Commerce. email@example.com
Political Biographies in Literature and Cinema
The second half of the nineteenth century was marked by the emergence of the global women’s movement.Feminism altered the course of literature by challenging those literary conventions that governed the portrayal of women and women's experience at the fin de siècle. Feminist texts explicitly advocated social change and discussed new women’s roles in society. This edited volume Liberating Herself: Emancipationist Writing at the Fin de Siècle (under contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing) welcomes contributions on any aspect of nineteenth-century literary feminism. Comparative approaches are welcome. By March 8, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and your CV to Dr.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Stages in Transition: South Asia and the Diaspora
City University of New York
April 29, 2017
Theater of South Asia and the diaspora is a rich topic for exploration, particularly in our current political climate, in which questions of cultural identity, citizenship, personal and cultural expression, movement between cultures and geographic borders are all at the forefront of public discourse globally. How do place and space, our understanding of home and belonging come to inflect the theater that we make?
Edited Collection call for chapters:
Science Fiction Beyond the Western Tradition (working title)
Dr Yomna Saber, Qatar University
Dr Amy Christmas, Qatar University
Call for chapters:
Proposals submission deadline: 1st May 2017
Notification of acceptance: 1st July 2017
Full chapters due: 1st November 2017
Planned submission of manuscript: 1st January 2018
Drone Warfare and Post-9/11 Cultural Practices
How do post-9/11 art and literature represent drone warfare and its effects on the notions of war, heroism, masculinity, surveillance, trauma and human-rights? Abstracts (300 words) by 15 March 2017; Muhammad Waqar Azeem (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more details: https://apps.mla.org/cfp_detail_10234
“Show thy queere substance”: The Queer, the Early Modern and the Now
Friday 7th July (evening) and Saturday 8th July 2017
Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster
Two decades after the groundbreaking 1997 essay collection Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction, edited by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, no comparable volume of theoretical engagements with poetry has appeared. This is not because of a lack of significant, queer critical accounts of poetry, then or now. Yet this relatively small body of work in queer poetics has emerged piecemeal, rather than as part of a sustained, collective effort to consolidate a line of inquiry and further a dialogue between queer and poetic theories.
The "Literature and Politics" panel at this year's South Central MLA Conference is accepting proposal for 15-20 minute papers on the topic.
There is no theme for this panel, and all submissions are welcome!
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Email 300-word abstracts and a brief CV to Courtney Simpkins at email@example.com
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!
The annual meeting of the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will be held on 2-4 November 2017 at Howard University, in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by the location, the meeting’s theme, “Capital Culture and Cultural Capital,” invites papers on any aspect of the many meanings of capital and culture.
We welcome papers on…
The editors of Between the Lines, an academic Hebrew journal dedicated to the study of children's and YA literature, invite submissions for its second volume. All venues of exploration are welcome: theoretical, comparative, interdisciplinary, new readings of canonical texts for children, etc.
Please note that while we welcome articles that explore children's and YA literature from all ages and cultures, we publish in Hebrew.
All articles will be blind-refereed.
Between the Lines is published both in print and as e-journal. Contributors are encouraged to visit our first issue, at: http://shaanan.ac.il/?page_id=24075
Stories are fluid and mutable, forever in a state of flux, and gradually developing according to their shifting surroundings. While certain features of a story endure, other elements undergo changes. Indeed, in their homology between biological and cultural adaptation, Gary Bortolotti and Linda Hutcheon (2007) highlight the importance of persistence and diversity, as persistent and diverse replicators and narratives thrive in biology and culture respectively. Through exploring the persistent elements of a story, we can examine universal themes, timeless symbols and archetypal characters. Meanwhile, the areas of diversity offer insight into the plethora of contextual components framing a story.