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25th AISNA Biennial Conference Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond

updated: 
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:41am
Italian Association for North American Studies (AISNA)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Paper  proposals  (max.  300  words)  should  be  submitted,  together  with  a  brief biographical note, to the Panel Coordinator(s), to the Conference Organizer Gigliola Nocera (noceragi@unict.it) and to the Aisna Secretary Simone Francescato (segretario- aisna@unive.it) by June 15, 2019. Successful proponents will be notified by June 30,

2019. Panels exceeding four participants will be split into two sessions.

 

Panel # 1

 

Black Privacy

updated: 
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 1:27pm
The Black Scholar
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Black Privacy

Call for Chapters: The Wakandan Civitas and its Panthering Futurity

updated: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 1:39pm
Vernon Press--Academic Peer-Reviewed
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on African History. All areas of study, including disciplines such as Black History Race Studies and Women's & Gender History, among others, are invited to submit.

Black Panther envisions 'Afrotopic' advancement; in other words, it imagines an Afrocentric utopia. This call invites examinations of black civilization as portrayed in various literary forms (novels, graphic novels, films etc). Discussions will be centered around representation of Africa and the African diaspora.

NeMLA 2020 CFP: Color and Text: Reading Kultur et Phyla

updated: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 8:08am
NeMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

The panel considers readings of text in terms of race, gender, and class. A review of literary works stems from Stanley Fish’s essay titled “Is there a Text in this Class?” and for this panel the idea of reading considers text as more than text and regard the reader’s thoughts involving textual perception. This panel reviews receptions of literary (i.e.

Diva: Hip-Hop, Feminism, Fierceness

updated: 
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 9:05pm
Centre for Film, Media, Discourse & Culture, University of Wolverhampton
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 14, 2019

The shift from the margins to the mainstream has occurred simultaneously, over the last few decades, for two groups that now jointly exert a central influence over contemporary culture and politics: female r’n’b and hip-hop artists, and feminist thinkers and activists. The coming together of these two groups and sensibilities has redefined contemporary popular music (in all senses of musics of black origin), and wider culture and politics, in the West – from the banlieues to the White House, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, from Betty Davis to Neneh Cherry, TLC to Aaliyah, Alicia Keys to Iggy Azalea, Beyonce to Ariana Grande, and all points in between.

Liminality and Beyond: Conceptions of In-betweenness in American Culture and Literature

updated: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:46am
University of Zielona Gora, Poland
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Recent theories explain that any cultural encounter engenders the particular and, more often than not, peculiar condition of in-betweenness. Even in the past, when the immigrants faced the assimilative pressures within the American society, their identity could hardly be discussed in essentializing terms. The condition of in-betweenness affected political, cultural, emotional, familial, professional, and many other spheres of life. A number of social critics and cultural theoreticians have coined variegated terms regarding the condition of in-betweenness experienced by the representatives of certain cultural groups in attempt to redefine their identities in American society.

11th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference

updated: 
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:23pm
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 15, 2019

The 11th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 20-21, 2019 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The conference committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The 2019 conference theme, “Becoming Louisiana,” is dedicated to exploring the ways in which Louisiana’s cultures, peoples, and histories have evolved over time. Presentation proposals on any aspect of this theme, as well as creative texts and performances by, about, and/or for Louisiana and Louisianans, are sought for this year’s conference.

The Disruptive Child in Literature of America (NeMLA 2020 Boston)

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:55am
NeMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

The child occupies a fraught space in American culture, as notions of the “rebellious adolescent” and the “infant nation” have long tethered political upheaval to the figure of the child. This panel seeks to examine child figures who have performed disruption in the literature of America with particular interest in disruption that confronts notions of authority, ownership, and belonging.

If Beale Street Could Talk: Memphis (Blues) Diaspora

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:11am
Antonio Jenkins/ Northeast Modern Language Association 2020 Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This is a call for papers for a panel discussion on how places in the American South are used in music, literature, and/or cinema serve as spaces for African American/Black cultural understanding. In particular this panel is looking or papers that describe or explain how Baldwin (1974) and Jenkins (2018) use Beale Street in name to narrate and visualize Black life in 1970s Harlem and beyond.

Please submit an abstract (300 word limit) and bio (100 word limit) to the organiztion portal (hhttps://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18262)

 

Russian & American Short Stories & Influence, updated; Abstract: 7/8/2019; Completed Draft: 12/1/2019

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 9:54am
Jeff Birkenstein
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019

CFP: Russian & American Short Stories & Influence, updated

Abstract: 7/8/2019; Completed Draft: 12/1/2019


UPDATE: Below follows our original CFP, which we now update slightly and with urgency. We have thus far assembled an excellent collection of promised essays, but are now looking specifically for essays that meet the requirements below as well as1) are about Russian authors OTHER than Chekhov (as you can imagine, we quickly got our share of those) and 2) about American authors who are of color and/or women. Please read on and submit your idea(s) to us. We are excited to hear from you.

 

Decorating the Body: Gems, Jewellery, and Body Adornments in Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:43pm
Anne-Marie Evans, York St John University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 6, 2019

Submissions are invited for this special edition of Lectora exploring the role and representation of jewellery, gems, and other accessories in literature. Focusing on material culture and the novel, the collection will explore how objects designed to enhance the body operate within a range of different literary texts.

Global Medievalisms

updated: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:57pm
International Society for the Study of Medievalism
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019

34th International Conference on Medievalism

 

Dear colleagues,

Below please find the call for papers for this year's ISSM conference:

 

GLOBAL MEDIEVALISMS

Writing Mothers: Maternal Subjectivity in Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:44am
Justine Dymond, Springfield College
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

51st Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference

Boston, MA; March 5-8, 2020

Pre- or Post-? Periodization Problems in American Literary Study

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 10:58am
NEMLA 2020 (Boston)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This panel for NEMLA 2020 (Boston) examines the scholarly, pedagogical, and professional problems posed by current chronological demarcations of “early” and “modern” American literature and seeks to propose viable alternative chronological models. The specific years covered by the traditional undergraduate American literary survey have a lasting impact on the American public’s sense of literary history, the dissertation topics of graduate students, the canonical visibility of authors who span chronological margins, the specific texts that receive attention in an author’s oeuvre, the networking of scholars, the availability of grant money, the publication contracts of major presses, and the creation of tenure-track positions.

Modernist Short Stories Writers

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 10:12am
Kay Boyle Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Modernist Short Stories Writers

Sponsored by the Kay Boyle Society

The American Short Story: New Considerations

New Orleans, Sep. 5-7, 2019

 

Many modernist writers experimented with the short story genre early in their careers, while reading, publishing and critiquing each other’s work in small magazines.

The objective of this panel is to engage in comparative, reflective conversation, bringing out as yet unnoticed similarities and convergence in themes, writing practices, and subjectivities among these writers.

This panel invites papers on the work of one writer or in the context of other writers, on one or more of the following themes:

Religion in American Literature (San Diego, CA; Nov. 14-17, 2019)

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. In particular, it welcomes papers that explore the topic of theodicy in contemporary American literature. How have the events following 9/11, and the developments in post-secular and trauma studies made the question of theodicy a more vital, urgent topic in our contemporary moment? How has 9/11 transformed the ways in which Americans think about the problem of evil? How has this event and other acts of terror influenced our cultural imaginations of suffering and death? How have contemporary American writers contributed to the conversations about the presence or absence of God in suffering?

Decolonizing the Digital Archive

updated: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
25th AISNA Biennial Conference Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond (Ragusa, Italy, September 26-28, 2019)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Decolonizing the Digital Archive

 

In recent years we have witnessed a proliferation of digital archival work – often (but not always) in the form of open access platforms developed to gather, preserve, and share historical documents. The very nature of open accessibility counters a rhetoric of retreat and the construction of barriers among knowledge producers and consumers – by refusing ownership over its content and seeking collaborative and communal engagement in both interpretational and curatorial work, open access digital archives are often decentralized archives that  provide modes for democratic access, exchange, and co-construction of knowledge.

Signs Special Issue: RAGE

updated: 
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 1:40pm
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Feminists are raging.  This special issue will consider our rage as a global, complex phenomenon that mandates interdisciplinary and intersectional analysis. Rage is historical. Rage can be deeply exclusionary, recognizable as a legitimate emotion for only a privileged few. It is an instrument of patriarchy as well as a potential feminist resource. Rage shapes moral claims for racial justice, movements against gender violence, and opposition to the global rise of authoritarian regimes.  Rage can do so in ways that both extend and depart from the histories of feminist and queer raging that marked late-twentieth-century radical feminism, global organizing against HIV/AIDS, and against police brutality.

Mapping “No-Place”: Geographical Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century America

updated: 
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:13pm
Ashley Rattner and Ryan Charlton
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Remapping is inherently an act of dissent. As Denis N. Cosgrove observes, “The measure of mapping is not restricted to the mathematical; it may be equally spiritual, political, or moral. By the same token, the mapping’s record is not confined to the archival; it includes the remembered, the imagined, and the contemplated.” What role do illusory places––literary utopias, hoaxes, legends, visions, and other fictions––play in critiquing, reinforcing, or challenging mainstream American culture in the nineteenth century? This proposed panel explores aspirational, deceptive, and fantastical spaces which throw the existing world into relief to propose plausible and potent alternative microcosms.

Pop South: Translating the Region

updated: 
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:12pm
SAMLA / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

November 15-17, 2019 | Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, GA

African American and Native American Women Writers

updated: 
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 1:52pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 3, 2019

African American and Native American Women Writers

 

SAMLA 2019

Atlanta, GA

Westin Peachtree Plaza

November 15-17

 

New Criticism and Pedagogical Directions for Contemporary Black Women Writers

updated: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 8:51pm
LaToya Jefferson-James, Southwest Tennessee Community College
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Call for Papers

Tentative TitleNew Criticism and Pedagogical Directions for Contemporary Black Women Writers

Editor: LaToya Jefferson-James, Ph.D.

Publisher: Lexington Books, a wholly owned subsidiary of Littlefield & Rowan Publishers

Deadline for submissions:  June 15, 2019

Decision Date: July 15, 2019

Email: blackwomenwritershome@gmail.com

 

Religion in American Literature (San Diego, CA; Nov. 14-17, 2019)

updated: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:15pm
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. In particular, it welcomes papers that explore the topic of theodicy in contemporary American literature. How have the events following 9/11, and the developments in post-secular and trauma studies made the question of theodicy a more vital, urgent topic in our contemporary moment? How has 9/11 transformed the ways in which Americans think about the problem of evil? How has this event and other acts of terror influenced our cultural imaginations of suffering and death? How have contemporary American writers contributed to the conversations about the presence or absence of God in suffering?

ZOUK: DIASPORIC TRAJECTORIES, IMAGINATIONS AND PERSPECTIVES

updated: 
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 1:11pm
University of the French West-Indies
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

ZOUK!
DIASPORIC TRAJECTORIES, IMAGINATIONS AND PERSPECTIVES

Zouk stands out as the complex and intricate artistic creation of Guadeloupe and Martinique, two sister islands that have conjointly gone through irreparable convulsions, collective devastation and a lengthy reconstruction of their identities during French colonial history.

Young Scholars Competition: Theatre/Drama

updated: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:57am
Black Theatre Network
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition

In recognition of Black Theatre scholar and educator, S. Randolph Edmonds, The Black Theatre Network instituted the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition in 1988.

This competition seeks to encourage research and scholarship in Black Theatre. The competition supports the overall mission of BTN: to expose the beauty and complexity of the inherited theatre work of our African American ancestors as well as preserve and develop Black Theatre’s unique art form. 

 

REQUIREMENTS 

SAMLA 91 General Call for Papers

updated: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:04am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 15, 2019

General Call for Papers

SAMLA invites prospective conference participants to submit abstracts to our annual General Call for Papers. The General Call will be used to build programming from accepted abstracts that did not resonate with any of our currently published CFPs. 

Abstracts will be reviewed internally, and accepted abstracts will either be placed on an extant panel or combined with other General Call abstracts to create new sessions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee acceptance and placement, though we will work earnestly and diligently to place all abstracts.

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