The sudden arrival of COVID-19 and its profound impact on nearly all aspects of daily life for people across the globe will undoubtedly produce a substantive re-examination of the canon of ‘plague writing’ that has, historically, been dominated by European voices. While the predominant influence of European authors in the genre of plague writing can, to a certain extent, be explained historically by the Black Death being the most deadly pandemic in human history, more recent and more global pandemics provide the opportunity to re-examine the situation of these canonical texts and to consider the stakes of plague writing on a broader international stage.
Important Update: The 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will take place November 13-15, 2020 as an entirely online event hosted through Accelevents.
Because we are moving our conferene to an online format for 2020, we have revised several crucial deadlines for conference planning. They are as follows:
Peripheral Literatures and the History of Capitalism
Guest Editors: Ericka Beckman, Oded Nir, and Emilio Sauri
Deadline for Submissions: 1 August 2020
Article proposals are sought for a special issue of a journal on Chaucerian resonances in early modern drama. At present, confirmed contributions for this issue focus primarily on Chaucerian resonances in Shakespeare’s works. We are potentially interested in further contributions focusing on Shakespeare's Chauceriana but would be especially interested to receive proposals relating to Chaucerian resonances beyond Shakespeare’s dramatic canon.
CFP: YA Studies Around the World
2 - 6 November 2020
What does YA Studies look like in 2020? The YA Studies Association’s first biennial conference will explore recent critical developments in YA Studies from around the world. This online conference aims to bring together diverse, international voices across a range of disciplines, offering a variety of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for presenting and engaging throughout the first week of November.
A Session at the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 7-10 April 2021
This session aims to foster conversation about the relationship between Continental law (civil, canon, or Roman) and early modern visual culture. Chaired by Dr. Valérie Hayaert, it specifically probes how images of justice were adapted to conform to local custom in order to retain their effectiveness. However, any topic that addresses early modern European law and visual culture (including but not limited to painting, sculpture, book illustration, and public murals) is welcome and will be considered for inclusion on the panel.
Please send the following to Hayley Cotter (email@example.com) by 15 July 2020:
This panel invites papers that explore new approaches to Gloria Naylor, by offering fresh evaluations on the relationship among Naylor’s novels; analyzing her works through more recent theoretical or critical frameworks; situating her novels in relation to U.S. and transnational literary and historical contexts; and/or engaging materials from the Gloria Naylor Archive to develop new critical perspectives on Naylor’s published and unpublished works.
For a fuller description or to submit an abstract, please visit: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18701
Sport and the Power to Inspire Change: A Global Virtual Symposium
with Danny Crates, Phil Davies, Derek Peaple and Karl Spracklen
Tuesday 21st July 2020 - Wednesday 22nd July 2020
‘Sport’, as Mandela famously observed, ‘has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.’
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically if not irrevocably altered our world in ways that we are only now beginning to realize. Academia has been one of the areas profoundly impacted by this global disaster. Hiring freezes instituted at universities, structural retrenchment, and newly arisen budget crunches have ensured that the academic job market will be beset by uncertainty for the foreseeable future. Even before the onset of this crisis, the academic job market was precarious at best and non-existent at worst.
Graduate students know they will have, at minimum, a chairperson for their dissertation, but the extent to which that relationship is cultivated as a mentorship, or the availability of other formal and informal mentorships, if often unknown or at best variable. Even within formal, department-directed mentorships, “[w]hile mentorship relationships can be generative and supportive of excellence, they often reflect the hierarchical boundaries of a traditional academic culture” (Dorland et al).
Building off GSC’s successful 2019 session, “Bridging the Praxis Gap,” which largely addressed pedagogical issues, this session aims to address an even wider variety of gaps in what is taught in graduate school and the critical skills needed to survive in academia and professional life beyond. We are particularly interested in ways to bridge traditional notions of graduate school with active leadership training frameworks that seek to develop engaged graduate students who could take the reins and influence positive change in various contexts in and out of academia.
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Resisting James Bond:
Power, Privilege, and Social (In)Justice in the Daniel Craig Era
Edited by Lisa Funnell and Christoph Lindner
ABOUT CONFERENCE: Affects, emotions and perceptions have always been at the center of philosophical discussion. Yet the so called “Affective turn” in social studies and humanities is relatively a new phenomenon inspired by Deleuze and Guattari´s influential works among others. Affective turn challenges the still dominant representational approach in semiotics, discourse analysis and text analyses of all kind. Its goal is to overcome human exceptionalism together with the domination of the word-based language over the other forms of expression in the process of creating meaning and knowledge altogether.
NeMLA 2021: Philadelphia, PA. March 11-14, 2021
This heuristic panel seeks to examine the lived reality and creative representation of the political and ecological crisis in Kashmir. Spotlighting the voices of Kashmiri writers will continue the long and delicate process of shedding light on the current human rights crisis happening in Kashmir, as well as its global significance. This panel, therefore, solicits academic research that brings the persecuted voices of Kashmiri writers out of isolation (respecting anonymity on an individual basis) and into humanist discussions. The purpose of this panel involves both understanding the description of the Kashmiri lived reality, as well as providing space for hearing the specific tenants of their calls for change.
In 1860, Walt Whitman, begins his poem “I Dreamed in a Dream” with this vision of an idyllic city: “I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth; I dream’d that was the new City of Friends; Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love— it led the rest” (1-5). Though presented as a utopian city formed in a dream, the City of Friends, in the 19th century, was a slogan used to refer to Philadelphia. The allusion to friends references the foundation of Philly by William Penn, a Quaker. It is this Quaker heritage that Whitman connects to his vision of Comradeship in which men of different backgrounds and cultures will lovingly embrace one another.
We are accepting submissions for academic research on anything "German" - be it a cultural issue, a literary analysis, or linguistic research on how to learn German, and more. We are an interdisciplinary journal and are looking to combine various topics in our publications. We publish in English and German and are looking for a word count of no more than 10.000 words. Submit your paper here https://dc.cod.edu/gj/, or click https://dc.cod.edu/gj/ for more information.
Call for Papers: The 28th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history, literature, and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by October 9, 2020, to co-director Willie Steele (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the abstract committee’s consideration.
This panel explores forms of dissent adopted by twentieth-century transatlantic avant-gardes as a means of challenging traditional genres and social codes. Since the inception of European experimentalism during the first decades of the twentieth century, a series of art movements engaged in radical production that questioned the established state of affairs. From the Cubist adoption of multiple viewpoints, through the Futurist celebration of technology and speed, the Expressionist distortion of form, to the Dadaist sense of provocation and the irrational juxtaposition of images in Surrealism, avant-garde art and literature has set precedents on an international level of exchanges.
I will be chairing a panel on Disability Representation in Contemporary Media at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention in Philadelphia from March 11-14. I am currently accepting paper submissions.
Collaborative Research in Theatre and Performance Studies
Joint Issue of Global Performance Studies and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
To be published Fall 2021 (GPS issue 4.2 & JDTC issue 36.1)
Kevin Brown, University of Missouri
Felipe Cervera, LASALLE College of the Arts
Kyoko Iwaki, Waseda University and University of Antwerp
Eero Laine, University of Buffalo, State University of New York
Kristof van Baarle, University of Antwerp
Call for Papers, Panels, and PresentationsPage 23 Virtual LitConOctober 15-17 2020
500-word abstracts for papers, panels, creative presentations, roundtables, or any other appropriate event expanding and/or expounding on comics and pop culture are being accepted for an online scholarly conference.
Since its inception nine years ago, Denver Pop Culture Con’s Page 23 LitCon features presenters from numerous areas of focus, including comics and graphic novels, gaming, television, film, anime, wrestling, toy studies, and so much more. We love giving a platform to people who live in any pop culture realm (or at the intersections of multiple!).
Please submit abstracts directly to NeMLA.org for this panel with traditional 15 or 20 minute papers for the
52nd NeMLA ConventionPhiladelphia, PA | March 11 - 14, 2021
Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, is currently accepting submissions for our Fall 2020 issue: Teaching Horror and the Weird in the American Literature Classroom, to be guest edited by Chris Brawley, author of Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature.
Submit articles to Patricia.Bostian@cpcc.edu.
Northeast Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, 11-14 March, 2021
Abstract This panel will seek to explore the changing relationship between scientific paradigms and society’s self-understanding as it is manifest in the novel form. If the novel itself has functioned as a record of the social imagination—a narrative ideologeme as Jameson describes it – this social imagination often borrowed its models from contemporary natural philosophy and later the social sciences. We see examples of this in Balzac’s use of taxonomical zoology, Sterne’s use of Cartesian “animal spirits,” or Joyce’s phylogenetic process in “Oxen of the Sun.” Some of the questions this panel will ask include: how do naturalistic sociological models help to mediate political and aesthetic theories? How do these models affect stylistic developments?
The peer-reviewed e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for a special issue, Representing Richard: Shakespeare and Otherness in a Global Context which will be guest-edited by Anne Sophie Refskou forthcoming Spring 2021.
Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.
(ISSN NO: 2249-6416)
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