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Melville, Conrad, and Life

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:25pm
Joseph Conrad Society of America and the Melville Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Both Melville and Conrad appeal to the concept of life allied with their artistic activities. Moby Dick is pervaded by appeals to the appeal to life, as in the description of a whale skeleton become a chapel:  "Life folded Death; Death trellised Life; the grim god wived with youthful Life, and begat him curly-headed glories." Conrad, too describes the action of art in fruitful tension with the kinetics of life, as when in his 1897 preface, he connects art with seizing a fragment "from the remorseless rush of time, a passing phase of life." But how exactly do these writers understand and see their relation to "life" -- vegetative, human, physical, spiritual, ethical?

Alternative Print Technologies and Revolution

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:25pm
AMODERN
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2023

AMODERN 12: Alternative Print Technologies and Revolution

Edited by Thomas S. Mullaney and Andrew Amstutz
300-word proposals due: 31 March 2023
Drafts of 4000-8000 words due: 1 June 2023

Adapting Middle English Literature

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:24pm
MLA Middle English Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 17, 2023

 

Please send 250-word abstracts for roundtable presentations to be delivered at the 2024 MLA National Convention in Philadephia, PA (Jan 4-7, 2024) to Susie Nakley, snakley@sjny.edu and Ruen-chuan Ma, RMa@uvu.edu by March 17, 2023.

 

 

Whose South Asia?

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:24pm
Aparajita De/University of the District of Columbia
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 13, 2023

This MLA panel invites critical and ethical interrogations that underpin the urgency to look beyond the single-issue strategies of reading and creating South Asia in critical discourse. Incidentally, the scholarly trajectory of issues on South Asia has flattened the diversity of the geopolitically, culturally rich discursive space and its experiences to increasingly refer to India-centric discussions.

MPCA American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:23pm
Midwestern Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 15, 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS

 

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

 

Friday-Sunday, 6-8 October 2023

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

 

Address: DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: (312) 362-8000

 

Conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging. 

 

Eco-Phenomenology and Passivity

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:21pm
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Phenomenology is a tradition of thinking that acknowledges the already-givenness of our bodies, our relationships to others, and the ecosystems in which we live. Since the founding of the field in the early twentieth century, phenomenologists have taken an interest in the ways that humans engage the world that precedes us, but it was only in the last twenty years that scholars recognized the potential phenomenology could have for environmental ethics and the ongoing multi-disciplinary rethinking of our human relationship to the more-than-human world.

Dialogue - Special Issue "Unreliable Me: Constructing and Inventing the Self"

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:21pm
Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2023

Wayne C. Booth, in The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961), coined the term unreliable narrator to discuss the “artificial authority” that we as readers assign the narrator that is telling us a story (4). The question, however, comes when the narrator withholds information, manipulates information, or outright disguises or hides the information to fulfill a particular purpose. Perhaps the narrator wishes their reader to believe a particular idea, or they do not want the reader to know something to maintain the image they are creating through their narration. Literature has always played with the concept of narration. From Cervantes to Poe to George R.R. Martin, readers experience narrators that are confused, obscured, illusive, and more.

“William Gaddis at his Centenary” Special issue of electronic book review (

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:20pm
https://electronicbookreview.com/about-ebr/
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 15, 2023

The year between December 29th 2022 and December 29th 2023 would have been the hundredth of William Gaddis’ life. Between 1955, when he published The Recognitions, and 1998, when he died shortly after completing Agapē Agape, Gaddis was notorious for a disproportion between reputation and readership. Being reflexively labelled “difficult,” with his own novels’ wry figurations of characters writing “for a very small audience,” and with a tendency to be categorized (though not always actually read) alongside the increasingly unfashionable “high postmodernists”… all this might have made it hard to envisage his work surviving into the 2000s.

 

 

Music and Memory in Anglophone Literature and Film

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:36am
Claire Guéron/ University of Burgundy
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023

Please find below a call for contributions for issue 19.1 of Textes et Contextes, an online jounal published by the University of  Burgundy). The papers we are calling for will be published along with the proceedings of the two-day symposium, entitled “Music and Memory in Anglophone Literature” that was held in Dijon on September 19-20, 2019.

 

Special Issue: Ordinariness (Qui Parle)

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:35am
Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2023

In times of crisis—war, pandemic, severe disruptions of supply chains, climate apocalypse, systemic erasure of reproductive autonomy—there might seem to be no meaningful distinction between the extraordinary and the ordinary. Yet after the cultural emphasis on catastrophe in the last few years, a return to the ordinary is overdue. What role can critical thought on ordinary language, affect, and aesthetics now play in interrogating the evolving concept of ordinariness, imagining alternative ordinaries, and expanding our geographies and objects of study? Additionally, what are the limits of critical theory for understanding and communicating about ordinary experience?

Expanding the Scope of Victorian Rape Studies

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:33am
NAVSA 2023 Session Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Caucus
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 25, 2023

The majority of research on 19th-century literary representations of sexual violence variously restricts the field by 1) explicitly or implicitly treating rape as an exceptional crime; 2) limiting analyses to what Erin Spampinato has termed “adjudicative reading,” or legalistic approaches that evaluate rape stories as if they were real-life court cases; and 3) attending only to narratives about cisgender men’s violations of white cisgender women, especially within the middle-class home, to the exclusion of nonheterosexual, queer, and colonial contexts.

CFP: Radioactive Empires: The Nuclear Relations of Coloniality

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:33am
Rebecca Macklin
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

 

Journal Special Issue “Radioactive Empires: The Nuclear Relations of Coloniality.” 

Editors: Rebecca Macklin, Laura De Vos, Sonja Dobroski, and Susanne Ferwerda


Abstracts due: February 15, 2023
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2023

Full articles due: 15 September 2023

Joys and Sorrows of Black Geographies

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:32am
Modern Language Association 2024 Annual Convention Philadelphia
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 20, 2023

This panel explores Black geographies (both real and imagined) of joy/sorrow in African American literature, examining how geographic thought, speculation, and practice produce joys/sorrows for Black subjects and communities. Send a 200-word abstract and CV.

Dorottya Mozes, University of Debrecen

 

MSA 2023: Precarious Modernisms

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:31am
Zoë Henry / MSA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 20, 2023

The Graduate Student Representative for the Modernist Studies Association seeks paper proposals from graduate students and emerging scholars on the topic of “precarious modernisms” for a guaranteed MSA 2023 panel. In a rapidly shifting climate of academic precarity, what can modernism’s own precarities offer in the way of addressing our contemporary crises of the humanities? Panelists might consider, but are certainly not limited to:

Splendid Difficulty: Teaching Conrad

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:31am
Joseph Conrad Society of America
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Conrad's works feature linguistic sophistication, narrative complexity, psychological nuance, subtle irony, political contestation, and historical challenge. While some might seek to avoid difficulty, this panel instead embraces difficulty and considers how precisely the most challenging aspects of Conrad's art can empower students and cultivate subtlety, humanistic and historical breadth, and even humility. This panel invites papers that consider how the multivalent difficulty of Conrad’s works — syntactic, psychological, political, or aesthetic — offers pedagogical opportunity.  Comparative approaches are welcome.

CFP: Humor and Conflict in the Digital Age Conference

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:30am
HACIDA, Ghent University, Belgium
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023

Call for Proposals:

Humor and Conflict in the Digital Age Conference

29-30 November 2023

Ghent University, Belgium

Humor and Conflict in the Digital Age (HACIDA), an ENLIGHT Scientific Research Network at Ghent University, welcomes proposals for 20-minute presentations as part of a two-day conference in Ghent, Belgium.

WIF at the MMLA, Nov. 2-5, 2023

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:29am
Women in French
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023

Call for Papers for Women in French

2023 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention

Cincinnati, Ohio

November 2-5, 2023

 

I am pleased to announce the Call for Papers for WIF at the 2023 MMLA Convention (to be held in person November 2-5 in Cincinnati, OH). We welcome proposals that relate the study of French and Francophone women authors, the study of women’s place in French and Francophone cultures or literatures, and feminist literary criticism to this year’s theme: “Going Public: What the MMLA Owes Democracy.”

Violent Environments

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:28am
Edge Effects Magazine
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 5, 2023

Call for Submissions

The acceleration of diverse and converging crises—climate disaster and apartheid, environmental racism and resurgent ecofascism, ecocide and land grabbing—reinforce that environmental violence has become an unmistakable feature of contemporary life. Edge Effects seeks submissions that ask how violence is enacted through, for, and on environmental spaces, including land, water, and air. 

Identity in Cultural Diversity

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:27am
Moroccan-American Studies Lab
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 9, 2023

Identity in Cultural Diversity

International Conference

22 – 23 November 2023

Call for Papers

 

AUSACE 2023 Kuwait University, Kuwait: Changing Media Landscapes: Convergence and Fragmentation

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:26am
Arab US Association for Communication Educators
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 15, 2023

The Twenty Seventh Annual Conference of the
Arab-US Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE)

Kuwait University, Kuwait

28-30 October 2023

THEME: Changing Media Landscapes: Convergence and Fragmentation

Media platforms have developed at an unprecedented rate recently, disrupting traditional
models for publishing, broadcasting, and advertising and creating a need for identifying new
models. As media become more fragmented and at the same time converge, implications can be
seen across several different areas, such as the way people access media, how media are
marketed, and how the media industry is changing.

Strange Heading: Post-Critique and the Medieval Book

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:23am
Sherif Abdelkarim / Modern Language Association LLC Middle English
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 13, 2023

Recent work like George Edmondson’s The Neighboring Text or Seeta Chaganti’s Strange Footing models close engagement with medieval manuscripts that offers new modes of experiencing literature beyond the historically positivist, empirically material, or hermeneutically suspicious, either by recognizing the limitations of theoretical lenses or by approaching language beyond information. This session asks how looking at the character of the medieval text on the manuscript page–its calligraphy, titles, rubrics, initials, performance cues, polysemy–might allow us to consider anew readers’ encounters, medieval and modern, with that text.

Oceans, Seas and Shorelines in Film (under contract with Routledge)

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:23am
JeongWon Bourdais Park, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China Viv Westbrook, KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2023

We would like to invite humanities and social science scholars to contribute to our edited volume, ‘Oceans Seas and Shorelines in Film’, to be published in 2024/25 by Routledge in the Oceans Seas and Shorelines: a natural and cultural environmental history series.

Film is the most influential of all of the cultural media, combining powerful audio and visual formulas to recreate the world for the purpose of telling a story. It implicitly and explicitly conveys important aspects of real and imagined social change and exchange within a variety of environmental contexts, but the role of the environment and the impact of human agency on the environment has rarely been a focus of critical enquiry. 

MLA 2024: Transtemporal Methodologies in the Study of Late Medieval English Literature

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:22am
MLA Middle English Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 17, 2023

Several recent, celebrated studies of late medieval English literature present their anchoring motivations as including one or more twenty-first century activist concerns – for example, scholarship that considers Chaucer and rape culture, examines the medieval roots or affinities of contemporary white supremacy, thinks ecocritically about the medieval beyond-human, juxtaposes medieval political events with modern ones, etc. Methodologically, such studies have involved explicit interleaving of analysis of late medieval English literary texts with considerations of texts, events, or discourses of the present.

A Cultural Experience: The Role of Theatre at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (an edited volume)

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:22am
Khalid Y. Long and DeRon S. Williams
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Since their inception dating back to as early as 1829, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have continuously represented the notion of possibility and hope for African Americans. As an initial action, these organizations emphasized the educational improvement of Blacks at the elementary and secondary levels. Since the creation of the first HBCU, these institutions of academic excellence have transformed exclusively into postsecondary institutions, ultimately forming a network where thousands of African descendants could obtain an education that they otherwise could not afford due to years of educational suppression and segregation in higher education.

MLA 2024 Special Session: Bob Dylan's Blues: Blues Poetics and American Memory

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:22am
Robert Reginio/Special Session MLA 2024
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 24, 2023

Bob Dylan's Blues: Blues Poetics and American Memory I am seeking  abstracts between 200-400 words for a panel on Dylan's incorporation, use, and revision of blues music especially in the context of theorists of blues poetics such as Houston Baker, Angela Davis, and Fred Moten. Most existing scholarship on Dylan's use of blues music remains informed by the work of writers and critics such as Sam Charters, Michael Gray, Greil Marcus, and Alan Lomax. This work often favors a conceptualization of the blues as a distant,  pre-modern source of "authentic" soundings.

Di/Con: Writing on the Verge

updated: 
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:21am
Literature & Writing Studies Graduate Department at CSU, San Marcos
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 19, 2023

 

    What is DiCon?

Diverge: to separate. Converge: to meet. In mathematical terms, the prefix marks the difference between infinity and defined. The Literature and Writing Studies department at California State University, San Marcos seeks papers and creative works that expand, transgress, problematize, and rethink hegemonic boundaries and definitions. 

 

Call for Applications: Reviews Editor Gaskell Journal

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Friday, February 10, 2023 - 11:20am
Gaskell Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 24, 2023

The Gaskell Journal seeks a new Reviews Editor. As well as publishing peer-reviewed articles, this annually produced academic journal features 2-4 book reviews, of works focused on Elizabeth Gaskell but also on Victorian literature and culture more generally. The reviews editor’s role is to identify suitable books for review, contact publishers to request a complimentary review copy, and appoint appropriate reviewers. As well as engaging with our regular reviewers, this also involves making new contacts in relevant scholarly fields. The reviews editor must then keep in contact with the reviewer to ensure that the review is completed in good time, and meets house requirements, before forwarding it to the journal editors.

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