In an essay for the New Yorker, author Nell Stevens writes that, growing up as a reader of ghost stories, the “spectral presences, by being seen and not seen, by exerting energy where none was anticipated, spoke to the queerness I felt within me and didn’t understand. At that time in my life, I experienced my queerness as an unknowable force” (2022). With the advent of media like the YouTube series Queer Ghost Hunters (2016), Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix 2020), and Kristen Stewart’s long-awaited queer ghost hunting show Living for the Dead (Hulu 2023), queer ghosts have begun to make themselves visible in the broader landscape of paranormal media.
CFP: THE FUTURE OF MASCULINITIES: THEORY & PRAXIS
Deadline for proposals: February 10, 2024
For this seminar as part of the ESSE conference 2024 in Lausanne, 26-30 August 2024, we invite abstracts on the topic/narrative structures/media conditions of the scandalous (in the 19th-21st centuries) through the lens of in_visibilisation. Scandals – in the context of sex, money or power – tend to involve obfuscation, an audience that is in the dark, but willing to see, agents who have an interest either in disclosure or in concealment. These interests are shot through with power that can be gendered, often contains a class-imbalance, is sometimes racialized, and not infrequently centres on non-normative desires. One area in which these dynamics of scandalization become particularly obvious are the cultural practices of fame and celebrity.
Victorian Network: Call for Book Reviews
2024 Issue Theme: Victorian Pedagogies
Victorian Network, an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal, is thrilled to announce its sixteenth issue on the theme of “Victorian Pedagogy,” guest edited by Kevin A. Morrison.
As a platform committed to showcasing the finest work in Victorian studies by postgraduate students and early career academics, we invite proposals for insightful and critical book reviews that explore the theme of Victorian Pedagogy.
Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada
2024 Biennial Conference: Migrations
19-22 June, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
The Literary Encyclopedia publishes biographies of writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, etc.; scholarly descriptions of significant texts; and essays on literary, cultural, historical, and social contexts in which this writing was produced.
Call for Papers
Queer Ethics, Queer Embodiments
International Conference, Université de Montréal
7- 9 march 2024
The strings accentuating Norman Bates's stabbing of Marion Crane in Psycho (1960); the simple, albeit extremely effective two-note ostinato representing the shark in Jaws (1975); the sinister atmosphere established by Ennio Morricone's The Thing (1982) theme; the critique of pop music to the (diegetic) tune of Huey Lewis & The News' song "Hip To Be Square" in American Psycho (2000); the poignant use of Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Free Bird" in the concluding scene of The Devil's Rejects (2005); the pieces of classical music accompanying Hannibal Lecter's preparation of dishes containing human ingredients in Hannibal (NBC, 2013–2015); sounds of chainsaws cutting off human limbs, alligator jaws snapping h
Bridges and Borders: Media (In)Forms
A Graduate Student Virtual Conference presented by the Departments of English and Modern Languages Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Cait McKinney
April 12 - 13, 2024
“Studying information activism means following information as it moves—the logistics of information—to see the infrastructures that quietly get it where it needs to go: across space, across different forms of media, and through time.” Cait McKinney Information Activism (2020)
There’s Jove’s “mythy mind” in “Sunday Morning,” Penelope’s meditative compositions in “The World as Meditation,” “Aeneas” bearing his father “from / The ruins of the past” in the uncollected “Tradition,” and a call-out to “Classical mythology” in general as “The greatest piece of fiction” toward the end of Adagia. Stevens invokes “Plato’s ghost” and “Aristotle’s skeleton” in “Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit”; he proposes and describes a “platonic person” in “The Pure Good of Theory”; he points to Plato and cites Socrates throughout his essays and letters. We find him freely, knowingly referring to Callimachus, Democritus, Parmenides, Sappho, Xenophon; to Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Lucretius, Ovid.
Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Lived Experiences, the international two- day PhD conference that takes place in Brussels, Belgium, on June 7th, and online on June 8th, 2024. This conference aims to create a platform for doctoral students specializing in literary studies, literary translation studies, and theatre studies to showcase their research and engage in discussions on the profound impact of personal narratives and lived experiences in shaping creative works. It provides an excellent opportunity for emerging scholars to actively participate in scholarly dialogues, share their findings, and contribute to the broader academic discourse.
Theme and Scope
Voicing Otherness: Reconfiguring Australia’s Postcoloniality?
17th ESSE Conference 2024 Lausanne 26-30 August 2024
(please note, only members of one of the European Association for English Studies or similar can present papers at the Conference, so you should consider applying for one before sending a proposal)
Jerome Charyn Anthology
Jerome Charyn is one of America’s most prolific and respected authors. He has written 50-plus works of fiction, nonfiction, essay collections, memoirs, and more. Charyn is widely celebrated in Europe (particularly France and Germany), including renown for writing award-winning graphic novels. Included in his oeuvre is the Isaac Sidel crime novels, which added a new dimension to the genre, and his recent historical fiction: Savage & Son, Big Red, Sergeant Salinger, and Cesare.
Papers on any aspect of Thomas Hardy, poetry or prose, 19th or 20th century. Email abstracts or papers by April 1 to email@example.com. Conference Dates: October 10-12, 2024. Conference Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
"Everyone whose name appears on the convention program must pay MEMBERSHIP DUES AND the applicable CONVENTION REGISTRATION FEES, even faculty and students from the local host institution."
Our book, Digital Literacy at the Intersection of Equity, Inclusion, and Technology, aims to address a national and global need for furthering a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between equity, inclusion, and digital technologies in higher education. These issues impact students and faculty across disciplines, thus we aim to foster broader multidisciplinary conversations that will guide teacher-scholars as they navigate this rapidly evolving landscape. ObjectiveThis edited collection explores scholarship at the intersection of equity/inclusion and digital pedagogies.
“Writing and performing should deepen the meaning of words, should illuminate, transfix and transform.” –bell hooks
Conference date: April 26, 2024 | Abstracts due: January 10, 2024 (*extended deadline*)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser, Professor of English (CUNY Graduate Center)
In Anna Tsing’s ethnography Friction (2005), Tsing offers “friction” as a metaphor for thinking about global connection: “A wheel turns because of its encounter with the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere. Rubbing two sticks together produces heat and light; one stick alone is just a stick. As a metaphorical image, friction reminds us that heterogenous and unequal encounters can lead to new arrangements of culture and power.”
Conference online (via Zoom)
18-19 January 2024
Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland
Professor Polina Golovátina-Mora – NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
The Department of English Language and Literature at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) invites submissions for 'Acts of Literary Creation,' an undergraduate conference to be held Friday, April 19 April, 2024. Submissions for online and in-person presentations are welcome.
From storytelling and architectural design to moviemaking and economic production, the act of creating is intimately tied to our senses of self and community. What is creativity? What constitutes a creation? What constitutes a creature? What are the political implications of the act of creation? How might an attention to creativity impact our understandings of the history of literary thought?
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
The Archival is Political
Special issue of Women’s Writing (Taylor & Francis)
Unveiling Untold Narratives: Rediscovering the Literary Legacy of Jewish Female Writers and Representations of Jewish Women by Female Writers from the 1700s to the 1920s
Guest Edited by Irina Rabinovich and Brygida Gasztold
Description: This compilation seeks to shed light on the often-overlooked voices and hidden gems within the vast tapestry of Jewish women’s writing, as crafted by female authors during a transformative period in history.
DEADLINE REMINDER: *The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2023*
Call for Chapters
Narratives of Confinement in American Literature and Popular Culture
Conference, 13-14 June 2024, Université de Haute-Alsace, France | Institut de recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes (ILLE)
Working languages: French, English
Explorations: A Journal of Language and Literature is a peer-refereed online journal published by the University of Opole, Poland (for more information and the current issue see http://www.explorations.uni.opole.pl).
For the next issue of the journal, to be published in December 2024 we invite articles addressing language and literature related topics in an original and innovative way. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches ranging across linguistics, critical theory, literary studies, cultural studies and translation studies (theoretical or applied).
This panel and roundtable seek to investigate the value of close reading in early modern studies. Since the sunset of New Criticism’s zenith in literary studies, close reading has assumed a primarily pedagogical role. But what of its theoretical and historicist payoff? What position can close reading play in the 2024 scholarly landscape?
Papers proposed for the panel may address any aspect of close reading, from its utility for approaching particular Renaissance texts (broadly conceived), to its role amid other methodologies now in vogue, to attendant questions of early modern textual transmission and translation. Case studies are welcome, as are comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.
I am currently putting together a proposal on the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who for Manchester University Press and am seeking proposals on the following topics:
* The Blue Peter Doctor Who competition, placed in the context of the relationship between the two programmes
* The Beyond the Screen event of December 9 2023, only open to competition winners but with a q & a live streamed
Please contact me at my email address with Doctor Who: 60 in the subject line if you are interested in submitting a 500 word abstract on either of these topics.
Submission Date: Monday, January 1st, 2024
Symposium Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2024
Note: Selected presenters will be notified by Friday, January 19th, 2024.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eva Díaz, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design.