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ASA 2018 Roundtable, "American Studies in the Plantationocene: Emergent Methods for the Long Emergency"

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 4:22pm
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University, and Rebecca Evans, Winston-Salem State University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

The term "Plantationocene" has recently been proposed to describe the extractive and alienating processes of racial capitalism that have undergirded imperialism, racial slavery, environmental degradation, and climate colonialism. We invite proposals that interrogate this term in relation to the methods and field imaginaries of American Studies. Proposals may address questions such as: How does the Plantationocene inflect or change practices of periodization, (trans)national studies, and disciplinary boundaries within American Studies? What histories and texts take on new or different significance in the context of the Plantationocene? How has or hasn't the field begun to address the Plantationocene? How can we teach (in) the Plantationocene?

Going Global: Steampunk and Transnational Cultures

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:15pm
University of Portsmouth / British Steampunk Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 30, 2018

Going Global: Steampunk and Transnational Cultures

Call for Papers


The Asylum Steampunk Festival Conference

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

25th – 26th August 2018


Keynote Speaker:

Yomi Ayeni – Transmedia Author, Producer, and Filmmaker


Diffractive Reading

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 9:35am
Prof. Dr. Kai Merten, University of Erfurt
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 16, 2018

Following a lecture-cum-workshop in January 2017 with Birgit Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele on the topic of “Diffraction” in Erfurt, the Erfurt Research Network on New Materialism (ENNM) developed an interest in the idea of reading literary (and other) texts diffractively. Therefore, we are looking for contributions for a book proposal for the Book Series New Critical Humanities (series editors Birgit M. Kaiser, Timothy O’Leary and Kathrin Thiele), at Rowman & Littlefield International. The publication will be an edited volume of articles on the notion of “Diffractive Reading”.

Marxism & (Bio)politics

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
Marxist Reading Group
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 19, 2018


The Twentieth Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group

Keynote Speakers: Christopher Breu, Tru Leverette, and Alexander Weheliye

22-24 March 2018

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 3:59pm
University of Silesia
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

University of Silesia in Katowice                                                    

Faculty of Philology

Institute of English Cultures and Literatures





Sosnowiec, Poland, Nov. 23rd-24th 2018




REMINDER: Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 4:06pm
Northern Arizona University's Graduate English Organization
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Salvador Plascencia, author of The People of Paper

Conference Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 

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As an interdisciplinary conference, PEAKS encourages and accepts research from a wide range of scholarly and creative disciplines such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric, education, creative writing, history, art history, musicology, women and gender studies, film studies, science, philosophy, psychology, communications, and much more! 


Climate Change in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction (MLA 2019)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 1:14pm
Clare Echterling / Children's Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Children’s Literature Association non-guaranteed session on children’s and young adult climate fiction (“cli-fi”) at MLA, Chicago, 3-6 January 2019. 

Sea Change: Wavescapes in the Anthropocene

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 1:12pm
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Sea Change: Wavescapes in the AnthropoceneFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split & Island of Vis, 3-6 December 2018


Keynote addresses: Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey), Rebecca Giggs (Macquarie University) & Joško Božanić (University of Split)



                              Nothing of him that doth fade,
                              But doth suffer a sea-change,
                              Into something rich and strange.

                                                            — William Shakespeare


Energy humanities: What we know and where we are going

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 1:12pm
Matúš Mišík/Comenius University and Nada Kujundžić/University of Turku and University of Zagreb
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

For humankind, energy production and consumption present a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we need energy to survive; on the other hand, the production of energy with current technology poses a threat to our very survival as it is not sustainable from a long-term perspective. The emerging, highly interdisciplinary field of energy humanities (Szeman and Boyer “The Rise of Energy Humanities”, 2014) responds to these concerns by viewing energy as a key factor in contemporary human (social, cultural, political) relations.

Call for issues: "Interférences littéraires"/Literaire interferenties

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 1:08pm
Interférences Littéraires
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties is a peer-reviewed, international and multilingual open-access journal devoted to the interaction between literature and cultural and societal practices. The word “interference” denotes a situation of unsolicited or even unnecessary intervention, the conjunction of clearly distinct phenomena. If literature, and in particular the reservoir of texts commonly categorized as ‘modern’, has delineated itself and has been projected with a strong sense of autonomy vis-à-vis social, cultural, ideological or scientific discourses and material conditions, neither its production nor its reception ever happens in a vacuum.