Jonathan Swift was a traveller, in his imagination as well as in life, regularly making his way, by ship and by foot, back and forth between Ireland and England during major periods of his life. Swift also travelled through genres and voices, among men and women, and between politics and religion. His works have travelled as well, through space and time, in numerous editions, along with translations, responses, adaptations, abridgements, continuations, and illustrated versions.
Call for PapersAmerican Literature Association Symposium“Regionalism and Place in American Literature”September 7-9, 2017Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
Black Masculinity in the Trump Era
North Carolina Central University's Departments of Language and Literature and Mass Communication will host the ninth African American Literature/Studies Symposium on Thursday, February 8, 2018. This year's theme is "Black Masculinity in the Trump Era". The symposium will explore various contemporary approaches to the study of Black Masculinity in African American Studies.
Possible Paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Afrofuturism, Authenticity, Disability Studies, Drama, Folklore, Gender Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Intertextuality, Film/Television, Literary Canon, Memory, Protest, Pop Culture, and Urban Literature
Elsewhere: Wandering In and Out of the Humanities
J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Although this quotation has experienced its fair share of "inspirational quote" status by both Tolkien and Coachella fans alike, there remains a question of what "wandering" and "being elsewhere" means for the academic community.
We are currently seeking writers, editors, and contributors of all kinds to The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook under development with the Rebus Community. Rebus is a non-profit organization that works with faculty, librarians, students, and staff to build tools and resources in support of free and open textbook publishing.
Ethos: A Digital Review of the Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics—a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary online journal and digital forum—invites submissions for its August 2017 special issue on the Anthropocene. In 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy met to discuss whether or not to formally define our current geological epoch as the “Anthropocene.” Despite the fact that the term has not been officially sanctioned, it has been widely adopted by popular scientists, social theorists, humanities scholars and others since its coining in 2000 by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer.
The Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association, an internationally recognized academic organization, invites applications for membership in its Law and Politics Studies Area. This group will examine the interconnections between fandom and media on the one hand and politics and law on the other. “How is political culture played out in the media?” “How is law (mis)represented in fiction?” and similar questions will fit into this field. Current and retired lawyers in good standing, law students, elected or appointed government officials, professors of law and/or politics, and political operatives are eligible for membership in this committee. The chair at any given time must be a practicing lawyer, sitting government official, or current professor.
We are seeking proposals of 500 words by July 31, 2017 for essays to be included in an edited collection on the possibilities of responsibility in the anthropocene era.
This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?
Topics of interest might include:
The Editorial Board of Acta Iassyensia Comparationis,a thematic, interdisciplinary biannual e-journal published by the Department of Comparative Literature of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, invites you to publish in AIC 20 (2/2017), devoted to the VIS ŞI REALITATE / DREAM AND REALITY / RÊVE ET RÉALITÉtopic. By the choice of this theme, we intend to bring together, in one volume, approaches to the different (and yet related) genres and subgenres of fantastic literature, science-fiction and imaginary ethnography.
Humor was the original scaffolding upon which American comic books were built. We have not historically called them “funny books” for nothing. Today, however, humor-based comics and graphic novels have been relatively marginalized by both scholars and contemporary readers alike. The focus of this special issue of Studies in American Humor, ser. 4, 4, no. 2 (October 2018), will be the comic side of comics, the funny that helped make the funnies. We are looking for essays that discuss graphic humor in periodicals from historical, thematic, and theoretical perspectives.
The writing of a literary text is as a retrospective explanation of what is happening in the present and such writing is the deliberate re-creation in actual practice. This present includes social, cultural, religious and political events. The impact of immediate contemporary concerns is served to place a literary text at least partly outside the author’s control. The author responds to a given context of historical and cultural incident that limits his freedom to invent or adapt or explain.
English: The Journal of the English Association (Oxford UP) seeks reliable book reviewers. Please email the Reviews Editor, Dr Adam Hansen (email@example.com) with your CV (2 pages maximum) and a brief (100 words) statement of areas of interest or expertise.
*NEW: deadline for proposals extended to May 26 2017*
Craft Modernism: an assembly
Sussex University, 15 June 2017
We cordially invite you to come and take part in a new type of collaborative event: an assembly of thinkers and of ideas.
We want to gather a group of scholars and practitioners who are interested in instances or representations of craft in modernist writing, visual art, and sound.
We are open to inventive interpretations of the terms ‘craft’ and ‘modernism’. We welcome creatively imagined short presentations that will introduce an image or excerpt that the presenter will ‘speak to,’ and explain the connection to craft.
SASGLS General Conference
SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
“Things fall apart”
17-19 August 2017, University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa
The South African Society for General Literary Studies (SASGLS) invites scholars to submit proposals on the theme “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold” for its biennial conference, to be hosted at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, from 17 to 19 August 2017.