The last decade has been good for Gaddis’ public profile. Three major milestones—Joseph Tabbi’s biography, Steven Moore’s edition of Gaddis’ letters, and #Occupy Gaddis, 2012’s global social-media readthrough of J R—have seen Gaddis discussed across major US media, the letters and biography reviewed more widely (in an age of less literary reviewing) than much of Gaddis’ fiction was during his lifetime. As a result, Gaddis’ first two novels are now republished in the NYRB Classics series, giving them their best chance yet of finding that post-2010s boom audience.
Beat Studies Association Conference:
The Jack Kerouac Centenary
November 3-4, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Ann Charters
The Beat Studies Association invites presentation proposals for its 2022 conference. Given that 2022 is the 100th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s birth, we are inviting proposals on any aspect of Kerouac’s life or work, with particular interest in “new directions” for Kerouac studies.
This international conference is part of the MuséaLitté project — a multi-year research project on the relationship between the museum and the literary (ComUE Paris Lumières).
THE MANY FACES OF THE POST-PANDEMIC STUDENT: CHANGING PEDAGOGIES TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED
I saw a recent Facebook post from a fellow English professor: “A student who hasn’t attended class or turned in any work for two and a half months just asked me for an incomplete. . . . and the ask was in an email, too, on a day when she didn’t attend class.” Although I did not know the professor, I can empathize with her experience. Some of our post-pandemic students are different from our “usual” first-time freshmen. For reasons that remain unclear to me, some students, like the one described in the Facebook post, do not yet understand the connection between class attendance, the successful completion of course work, and final grades.
6th Medieval Europe in Motion. The Sea
Institute of Medieval Studies. FCSH–NOVA University of Lisbon
Lisbon, 28 November-1 December 2022
How bold and skilled was the man who first made a ship and put to sea before the wind, seeking a land he could not see and a shore he could not know.
Robert Wace (c. 1110–c. 1174)
For a special issue of Studies in American Jewish Literature on “Cynthia Ozick and the Art of Nonfiction,” guest editors Michèle Mendelssohn (Oxford) and Charlie Tyson (Harvard) invite proposals on Cynthia Ozick’s essays and criticism. Given the critical turn towards the essay form, the special issue will examine particularly themes that overlap in her essays and fiction, among them memory, cultural transmission, canon formation, style, influence, and the state of Jewish-American literature and culture.
North-American Novelists’ Autobiographical Acts: Nonfictional Disruptions
Aix-Marseilles University, 6/7 July 2023
Organizers: Sophie Vallas (Aix-Marseilles University, LERMA), Arnaud Schmitt (University of Bordeaux, CLIMAS)
(Re)thinking Landscape: Ways of Knowing / Ways of Being
September 29 - October 1, 2022
The next issue of USAbroad aims to acknowledge and celebrate the importance and impact of bell hooks' transgressive interdisciplinarity, which challenges the boundaries of academic disciplines and those of the cultural marketplace to present a "feminism for everybody." We invite proposals that address the myriad themes of her intellectual output: from gender to sex and sexuality, from sexism to the construction of masculinity, from racism to the representation of blackness, from the house as a site of resistance to women's labor, from the university teaching to education in general.
CfP: Special Journal Issue on Imperialism and the Riverine Environment in Modern Asia
PAMLA 2022: Geographies of the Fantastic and Quotidian
modernism 1922 celebrating distinctions
14-17 September 2022 free online event
Call for Papers
The conference Modernism1922: Celebrating Distinctions will honour 1922 as annus mirabilis for modernism.
CFP: Featured Topic in Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature
Disability Representation in Australian Genre Fiction:
Orthodox Approaches and New Directions
This special session invites proposals that engage with literary or cultural food studies, food novels, or other texts that depict food and eating in unconventional ways. How can we approach literary or cultural texts through the framework of food and eating and what effect does this have on the reading experience or the audience? This panel is especially interested in proposals that examine socially or politically sensitive topics and, with respect to the conference theme Post-Now, the alternative ways of reading and perceiving that the food lens can enable. Proposals should indicate your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title, as well as the methodologies used and the text(s) under consideration.
CFP for Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy Panel
MMLA 2022, November 16-21, Minneapolis, MN
Abstract Deadline: May 10, 2022
General Conference Topic: “Post-Now”
The Midwest Modern Language Association welcomes, especially but not exclusively, proposals dealing with any aspect of the theme “Post-Now” for the 2022 conference. Please find a general description of this theme here:
American Studies Association of Turkey (ASAT)
41st International American Studies Conference
Hacettepe University, Department of American Culture and Literature
40th Anniversary Conference
The MMLA’s permanent section on American Literature After 1870 invites papers which, building on the conference theme, examine the topic of “post-book” American literature. In an 1868 essay, John William De Forest first used the term “The Great American Novel,” which has had an outsized impact on the American literary imagination ever since. This panel asks how the term applies in an age of sophisticated narratives that often live outside of the printed page, or in transmedia combinations with the printed page. While acknowledging the continuing importance of print texts both old and new, our panel seeks papers that examine the changes to literary analysis, objects, and pedagogy associated with a contemporary “post book” orientation.
THE 23rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES SECTION
CALL FOR PAPERS
The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 23rd Annual International Conference:
Disaster Discourse: Representations of Catastrophe
Call for Papers
Faulkner and Ward
A Conference Sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
October 20-22, 2022
This “Faulkner and Ward” conference invites proposals for 15-20 minute papers on any topic related to William Faulkner and/or Jesmyn Ward. All critical approaches, including pedagogical, are welcomed. We are particularly interested in inter-textual approaches that treat both authors. Proposals for organized panels are also encouraged.
As the COVID-19 pandemic exposed structural cracks in public health policies and health care systems around the globe, the humanities intensified arguments for their inclusion in health care, health education, policy development, and public health initiatives, citing, among other things, their existing work on cultural analysis, gender, race, and class, disease construction, illness narratives, the decoding of text, and perspective-taking. At the onset of the pandemic, humanities scholars from across the world quickly produced editorials and lecture series, arguing for, and demonstrating the value of, the humanities in responding to the global health crisis.
This collection of critical essays explores how contemporary British authors engage with the theme of crisis in their fiction (as apparent in novels and short stories by Julian Barnes, A S Byatt, Graham Swift, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, Pat Barker, Martin Amis, among others.)
‘Crisis’ can be investigated not only as informing any aspect of fiction involving sociopolitical and cultural systems, but also as a mode of challenge to established power structures and modes of representationacross narrative traditions.
Submissions should focus on one or more of the aforementioned major contemporary British authors (though you are welcome to propose additional British authors who explore the theme of crisis).
The Senses: Present Issues, Past Perspectives24 April 2023 – 27 April 2023Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Switzerland
We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers in the field of medieval sensory studies for the international workshop ‘The Senses: Present Issues, Past Perspectives.’ The workshop is organised by Prof. Annette Kern-Stähler (University of Bern, Switzerland), Prof. Elizabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow, UK), and Dr. des. Laura Bernardazzi (University of Bern, Switzerland) and is funded by the Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Switzerland, and the University of Bern.
Call for papers
Call for Chapter Proposals:
Decolonizing Media and Communication Studies Education in Africa
We are seeking abstracts (250 words maximum) together with a short biography and subsequently 6,000 word chapters for an edited book that explores the topic of decolonizing media and communication education in Africa.
UVA Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXXV
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
September 15-17, 2022
“The Weight that English Carries: Vernacularity Before and After Chaucer”—Andrew S. Galloway, Cornell University
Despite forming the basis for many cultural and political norms in the world today, sexuality is also that which resists easy normativity. In addition to agitating for change in the form of legal rights, critical thinking on non-conforming sexualities has also raised the question of sexuality itself as non-conformist. This latter strand of thinking allows us to think of sexuality as always having alternatives, and also being alternative to fixed forms of itself. This theorisation considers sexuality both from the political perspective from which it is often studied, and also from the perspective of literature and the arts.
Osmosis: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Human Sciences
Dates: 16 & 17 November 2022
Turkish Shakespeares Project (Call for Researchers)
The Turkish Shakespeares Project seeks new researches to join its Research Team.
The Turkish Shakespeares Research Team has an interdiciplinary nature and consists of scholars who are from a broad research area and study Shakespeare in Turkey. Team – Turkish Shakespeares (wordpress.com)
While our current scholars are from the English Language and Liteature, Turkish Language and Literature, Theatre, and Translation departments, we aim to include scholars from other disciplines, including but not limited to, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, History, and many more.
The aftermath of societal and cultural traumas can be cause for growth, hope, change, and (r)evolution. The last two years have brought the world to such moments. Questions may arise such as: What is the role of Children’s and Young Adult Literature within and after such traumas? How do events such as war or pandemic cause reflection and change on societal, cultural, and/or individual levels? We seek papers that explore all aspects of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as those addressing the conference theme of Post Now.
CFP: PAMLA 2022
Spaces of Memory and Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian
Los Angeles, California at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel
Time: November 11-13, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline:
May 15, 2022.
Director of the Language Center
Taipei Medical University