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MLA 2023 Roundtable: The “Safe Animal” Sensibility

updated: 
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 3:10am
Yea Jung Park and Jiwon Rim
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

This roundtable panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” Safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.

Critical Essay Collection on THE GOLDEN GIRLS

updated: 
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 8:11pm
Jill E. Anderson, Assist Prof of English
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

This call is for critical essays for a proposed edited volume centering on the iconic television show The Golden Girls for Routledge’s Advances in Pop Culture series.

Carceral Shakespeare

updated: 
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 4:11pm
Liz Fox (UMass) and Gina Hausknecht (Coe College)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Carceral Shakespeare
Edited Collection, Call for Papers

Shakespeare has been in American prisons over the last forty years, in arts programs and college-in-prison classrooms. Even as the landscape of incarceration has shifted—from the War on Drugs to the Fair Sentencing Act, from prison reform to prison abolition—Shakespeare programs have endured. While attention to these programs often reduce them to methods of “reform” and “rehabilitation,” these narratives of redemption do not capture the complexity of what it means to engage with Shakespeare inside the carceral system.

See and Be Seen: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 9:14pm
Popular Culture Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Popular Culture Research Centre,

Auckland University of Technology

13-14 September 2022

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Katie Ellis (Curtin University, Australia)

Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell (Auckland University of Technology)

The Popular Culture Research Centre (Auckland University of Technology) welcomes papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on the theme of ‘storytelling and identity’ in popular culture. The conference will be a hybrid event (allowing for both in-person and online presentations), and will be held on 13-14 September 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Quantitative Methods for Literary and Historical Scholarship -- in Theory and Practice

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 2:02pm
Gabriel Egan / De Montfort University (Leicester, England)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Those of you in the United Kingdom might
be interested in a couple of free training
events being offered in the cities of
Leicester and Leeds. They are called
"Quantitative Methods for Literary and
Historical Scholarship -- in Theory and
Practice":

http://cts.dmu.ac.uk/events/QMLHS

Crime Fiction and Ecology (Updated - Additional Chapters Needed)

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 2:02pm
Dr Nathan Ashman/ University of East Anglia
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 30, 2022

This is a final call for chapter proposals for The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction and Ecology. We are seeking 5-6 additional chapters, with particular interest in the following topics/research areas:

  • Petrofictions
  • Environmental Thrillers
  • The Global South
  • Truth/Post-Truth
  • Australian Crime Fiction
  • Energy Conflict

Please email abstracts of no more than 400 words along with a short biographical statement to Nathan Ashman (n.ashman@uea.ac.uk) by 30th June 2022. Essays will be commissioned shortly after for delivery by December 1st, 2022.

The collection is slated for release in Summer 2023

Crones, Crime, and the Gothic Conference

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 2:01pm
Falmouth University, 10-11 June, 2022
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 1, 2022

Older women have traditionally been portrayed negatively in folklore, fairy tales, literature and film, for example. Images of witches, evil stepmothers, shrivelled, bitter 'spinsters', and vindictive, bullying women abusing positions of power are rife in Western culture. Yet, perhaps things are changing. A new emphasis on the need to discuss and understand the menopause seems to be at the heart of this. This conference examines historical representations of the 'crone' in relation to crime and Gothic narratives. But it also looks ahead and globally to examine other types of discourses and representations.

Call for articles-Modern and Contemporary US Poetry

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 2:01pm
Literary Encyclopedia
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Literary Encyclopedia at www.litencyc.com is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of postwar and contemporary American poetry. Following is a list of poets and/or movements for whom/which we are seeking introductory essays of ca. 2500 words covering biography and historical context and giving a brief overview of relevant works. The list below is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome.

CFP: Passages of Water and Labor Cultures of the Coastal South and the Caribbean

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 10:54am
MLA 2023 LLC Southern US Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 18, 2022

In Edwidge Danticat’s short story “Without Inspection,” an undocumented Haitian immigrant, Arnold, dies from unsafe working conditions at a construction site in south Florida. In the news coverage about the event, the construction company and developer release a statement in which he is referred to as Ernesto Fernandez, probably from the false documents Arnold offered to be hired. Danticat’s story illustrates the blending of Caribbean cultures in the U.S. South through worksites and migration processes, centering labor and labor conditions in immigrant and refugee life.

CFP: Disability and Public Health in the US South

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 10:54am
MLA 2023 LLC Southern US Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 18, 2022

A key part of colonizing in the U.S. South depended on the rhetoric of health, such as Ponce de Leon’s mythical fountain of youth and nineteenth-century boosterism claiming Florida as the “winter sanitarium of the country” (qtd in Knight 5). The semi-tropical warmth of the South invited justifications for intrusion and settlement, and for the environmental destruction necessary to transform a place “heavy with the poisons of malaria” into something habitable for white Europeans. Yet, beneath this rhetoric, we find evidence that ties the South to a history of public health disasters, especially the mistreatment and abuse of people with disabilities.

Call for Academic and Creative Proposals The English Graduate Student Society at Florida Atlantic University 2022 Graduate Conference: Connections (Florida Graduates Only) EXTENDED

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 5:26pm
The English Graduate Student Society at Florida Atlantic University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 28, 2022

(Florida Graduate Students Only) Call for Academic and Creative Proposals

The English Graduate Student Society at Florida Atlantic University 2022 Graduate Conference: Connections 

 DEADLINE EXTENDED

Boca Raton, Florida (in person and Zoom)

 

April 15 and 16, 2022

 

DHSI 2022 – Online Edition Conference & Colloquium

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:30pm
Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Conference & Colloquium
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 4, 2022

DHSI Conference and Colloquium 2022

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2022 – Online Edition Conference & Colloquium.

Since 2009, the DHSI Conference & Colloquium has been a valued part of the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute. It offers an opportunity to present diverse, dynamic digital humanities research and projects within an engaging, collegial audience that actively fosters the ethos of the greater DHSI community.

Chicon 8/Worldcon 80 Academic Track Call for Papers

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:29pm
Chicon 8
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 29, 2022

Science fiction (and its cousin genres, fantasy and horror) have long explored what it means to explore the unknown. In particular, some of SF’s familiar narratives have pondered life beyond our world, grappled with the vast expanse of the universe and the many things to be discovered there, and tackled complicated meetings with other beings and other ways of life. Beyond the SF bubble, fantasy has imagined entire worlds and wondered at a cosmos of gods and magic; meanwhile, horror has teased at the edges of its genre cousins, offering disturbing visions of space and other forms of travel and exploration in which the unknown is often waiting with jaws wide open.

Life Narratives: Self-referential Proclamations

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:29pm
S. Bilge Mutluay Cetintas / Hacettepe University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 15, 2022

Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST): Special Issue on Life Narratives

Guest edited by Bilge Mutluay Çetintaş, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

 

Life Narratives: Self-referential Proclamations

Deadline for Full-Text Submissions: July 15, 2022

American life writing has a long tradition starting with the diaries, journals, and captivity narratives kept by Pilgrims and Puritans such as Mary Rowlandson’s The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682), to more canonized life writings such as Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography (1791).

Call for Papers: BAVS 2022 Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:29pm
British Association for Victorian Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 15, 2022

CFP: British Association for Victorian Studies - Annual Conference

1-3 September 2022, University of Birmingham

 

Forgotten Fantasists

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:29pm
Forgotten Fantasists: A Companion to Fantastic Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Who are the unsung heroes of fantastical literature? Who deserves to be recognised for their significant contribution to contemporary Anglophone Fantastika literature but are pushed out of the limelight? This edited companion to fantastical literature hopes to address gaps in research by bringing together considerations of important but underexamined authors and artists. Depending on the number of abstracts received, the collection may be further divided into separate sections – or even individual volumes – taking into consideration different media:

The Conditions of Langston Hughes in Literary Study and Literary Study in the Academy (MLA 2023)

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:28pm
Langston Hughes Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 27, 2022

In 1931, Langston Hughes embarked on a tour of the southern United States, reading his poetry mostly at HBCUs in the age of Jim Crow. His goal was two-fold: he was both answering Mary McLeod Bethune’s suggestion that “people need poetry” and developing a formula for “making poetry pay.” As the Great Depression dragged on and the Scottsboro case lay heavy on his mind, Hughes understood the importance of art and the artist in providing perspective and spiritual strength to the community, but he also labored under hostile conditions that complicated every aspect of his journey.

RE: Abstracts due 3/21 for CEA at MLA '23 Teaching at Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:28pm
Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay / College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 21, 2022

This is a reminder that the College English Association is soliciting abstracts from its members for a panel entitled “Teaching at Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education” at the 2023 Modern Language Conference from January 5-8 in San Francisco, CA.

Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:28pm
Katherine Mansfield Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The editors of Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society are seeking scholarly essays for publication in the sixth volume of the journal. Essays that address any aspect of Mansfield and her writing will be considered. Tinakori is committed to publishing innovative and rigorous research into one of the most significant women authors of the early twentieth century. It is an official online series recognised by the British Library with its own ISSN number: ISSN 2514-6106.

Creaturely Fear: Animality and Horror Cinema

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 12:55pm
Peter Sands, Mo O'Neill, Samantha Hind (Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 27, 2022

Call for Papers

Creaturely Fear: Animality and Horror Cinema
Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC), 21–22 July 2022 (Online)

Keynote speaker: Dr Christy Tidwell, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The South and Science Fiction

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 9:38am
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites papers on the South and science fiction for a panel at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 94th Annual Conference from November 11-13, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL. Papers may discuss any of the subgenres of science fiction, especially afrofuturism, post-apocalyptic, or alternate history, and may focus on any medium including video games, novels, movies, television, comics, etc. as long as the South or “Southern-ness” is a concern within the chosen text. We welcome presentations that offer to 'expand' the canon of southern literature and science fiction itself, especially papers that focus on works by BIPOC, AAPI, or LGBTQ+ writers.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Environmental Justice Epistemologies (MLA 2023, TC Science and Literature Forum guaranteed session)

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:34pm
Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 20, 2022

Environmental justice illuminates various crises of knowing: overreliance on universalizing western scientific epistemologies; suppression of marginalized (including Indigenous/Black/Asian/Latinx/feminist/queer/crip) epistemologies; uncertainty, skepticism, doubt.

Please send 250-word proposals on the making/unmaking of knowledge in relation to environmental justice, broadly conceived, as well as a CV and/or brief bio, by midnight Pacific on March 20, 2022.

SAMLA 2022: Speculative Fiction

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:16pm
Mary Ann Gareis / Middle Georgia State University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres.  The cohesive element that pulls works together under the category is that there is some “unrealistic” element, whether it’s magical, supernatural, or a futuristic/technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way.   For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from China Miéville to Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more. 

 

Collectivity in Reception Studies

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:16pm
Reception Study Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Call for Papers

“Collectivity in Reception Studies”

Sponsored by the Reception Study Society

Midwest Modern Language Association Convention

Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 16-21, 2022

 

 

Gender, suicide, and culture: a one-day online symposium, 8th July 2022

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:16pm
University of Birmingham
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022

We have seen a rise in awareness campaigns and charities for mental health in the last decade: Calm, Let’s Get Men Talking, NHS’s recent ‘Help!’. Each speaks to the need to chip away at the stigma of being open about mental health. In particular, there has been a notable rise in campaigns approaching men’s mental health. Male suicide rates still account for three-quarters of the suicides in the UK. This one-day symposium seeks to engage with a range of interdisciplinary discussions on the link between gender, culture, and suicide. It aims to explore the ideas around gendered approaches to suicide, and how cultural frameworks and representations shape them.

 

EH : DH

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:15pm
MLA TC Digital Humanities Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sponsored by the MLA's Digital Humanities forum, this guaranteed panel invites papers that merge frameworks drawn from the environmental and the digital humanities. Of special interest are papers addressing the global impact of computing technologies and attendant issues of environmental justice.

Please send abstracts up to 300 words, along with a brief professional bio to:

Avery Slater (avery.slater@utoronto.ca)

For information on the 2023 MLA convention (Jan 5 - Jan 8, in San Francisco), see

https://www.mla.org/Convention/MLA-2023

Call for papers in Cultural Geography

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:15pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 30, 2022

https://alastriapress.wordpress.com/mpca-maca/

CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS in CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

Friday-Sunday, 14-16 October 2022

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

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