This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation.
This panel, titled Queer Oceans, seeks abstracts for papers that explore the ocean in relation to queer studies. The sea has frequently been idealized as a place for escaping the norms that bind life on land. From sodomitic pirates to the famous spermaceti scene in Moby-Dick, the sea often emerges in suggestively queer contexts. However, discussions of these queer possibilities rarely take into account the nautical setting in which they occur.
We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on the literature, culture and social history of the British/Anglophone long-eighteenth century. This standing session entertains paper proposals on a wide variety of topics, but particularly welcomes papers focusing on context, especially the relation of an author’s life to his or her texts, and the influence from earlier historical periods on works, items, customs, etc. of the eighteenth century. We are particularly interested in papers that engage this year’s conference theme "The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing."
Studies in the Fantastic requests submissions for issue 5 of our peer-reviewed academic journal, to be published in winter 2017/18. Essays examining the fantastic from a variety of scholarly perspectives are welcome. For consideration for issue 5, please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2017.
Submitted articles should conform to the following guidelines:
1. 6,000-12,000 words
2. MLA-style citations and bibliography
3. A separate title page with author information to facilitate blind peer review
4. 1” margins, 12 point serif font, page numbers (but no identifying information in page headers)
Every play imagines its own world—but the worlds they imagine must in some way connect with their audience. This panel invites perspectives on early modern English drama that considers the balance between these two poles: the imagined world of the setting and its connection to the surrounding culture in early modern England. This balance is particularly important in early modern English drama for both historical reasons—an increased awareness of other worlds and their different reality within the expanding cultural purview of the early modern English—and literary ones—since so much criticism of these plays has focused on their relation to early modern England itself to the exclusion of their frequently quite disparate settings.
This NeMLA panel will focus on the ways women have transformed space and place as central to their creation of a self-determined identity. In particular, it will focus on indigenous women’s relationship to geography and gender in the construction of self. Such an autonomous identity subverts the societal expectations and cultural geographies that have forced definitions of race and gender upon 19th- and 20th-century women. This panel would be an intersection of cultural geography, indigenous and ethnic studies, social justice issues, and eco/feminism.
We are currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume that interrogates the representations of children and young people’s agency in popular culture. When considering children and youth, acts of agency are inseparable from the heightened structures they are forced to work within and around.
For the NeMLA 49th Annual Convention, April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, this session is seeking proposals exploring new approaches to Hopkins’s poetry consistent with the theme of NeMLA 2018, Global Spaces, Local Landscapes, and Imagined Worlds. Papers should explore poems and other writings by Hopkins that engage the apocalyptic, imagined worlds, urban and rural landscapes (seascapes and skyscapes), including but not limited to topics such as nature and naturalism, natural theology, the environment, sustainability, science, and Darwinism. Please submit your proposal on NeMLA site @ http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html
Theme: This collection is designed for people to speak out on specific rights, resources, and protections they feel have been threatened as a result of the presidential election (both as a result of campaign rhetoric as well as post-election decisions).
We invite content including academic essays, feminist rants, op-eds, poetry, photojournalism, and other forms of art.
Possible themes may include:
Gaslighting and violence
Rhetoric, metaphors, or symbolism
Title: Globalization and Cultural Production in the Maghreb
April 12-15, 2018
Session Co-Conveners: Neil Doshi, University of Pittsburg & Alexandra Gueydan-Turek, Swarthmore College
This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?
Culture In Focus, a new eJournal of the English Department at Middle Georgia State University, is seeking papers for its inaugural issue. Never before has culture been so important. Culture, after all, matters! So for our first issue of Culture in Focus we are setting our sights on nothing less than the state of cultural studies as it is being practiced throughout the realms of language and literature, and indeed, in all the relevant areas that fall within the scope of this journal. What is new in critical analysis? What is being reassessed or reinterpreted? What are cultural specialists doing and saying now?
MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association) 2017
28th Annual Conference
November 9-11, 2017
Medieval and Renaissance (formerly called “Beowulf to Shakespeare”)
The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works that make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representations in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to:
The deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
The peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its special issue: Otherness and Transgression in Fan and Celebrity Studies, Autumn 2017.
Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that critically examine the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.
Digital Violence: A Symposium
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 4th 2017
Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown University)
Eugenia Siapera & Debbie Ging (Dublin City University)