With its massive world, open-ended quests, and near-limitless options for customization, Elden Ring––the most critically acclaimed video game of 2022––is designed to be replayed. But it is also a text that demands to be reread. Whether we study its environmental storytelling or the lore in item descriptions, the game’s fragmented narrative fuels exegeses that resemble the long history of Biblical interpretation, midcentury criticism of modernist enigmas like Ulysses, and hermeneutic fandoms surrounding popular culture like Twin Peaks. Its spatiotemporally disjunctive universe frustrates efforts to interpret its world “realistically” and prompts one to place it in dialogue with theories of unconventional space and time.
The MLA’s Forum on Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Literature solicits abstracts for a guaranteed panel at the January 2024 MLA Convention in Philadelphia on queer theory and psychoanalysis. We particularly welcome theoretical and archival scholarship that centers LGBTQI+ theorists, artists, intellectuals, and writers.
Queer theory embraces psychoanalysis and its speculative concepts as crucial elements of counter-identitarian critical practice. Yet the relationship between these two fields remains under-examined. Topics of particular interest include:
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Call for Papers - Creature Redux: Considering the Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Chimera in Fiction and Popular Culture
Extended Deadline: April 21st, 2021 (4/21/23)
Animals are the quotidian absolute Other. They are not inherently horrifying, dangerous, or invasive; nor do they have designs to usurp or subjugate humanity. In his lecture-turned-book The Animal That Therefore I Am, Derrida critiques the use of the word “animal” to describe an almost limitless array of creatures. “Animal” becomes a catch-all term for everything that is otherwise than human–and not the biological entity, but a specific, constructed hegemonic entity.
Love, Violence, and Feminine Resistance: Dis-/placement, Reckoning, and Reconciliation
CFP for Peace, Literature, and Pedagogy Panel
MMLA 2023, November 2-5, Cincinnati, OH
Abstract Deadline: May 10, 2023
General Conference Topic: "Going Public: What the MMLA Owes Democracy"
The Midwest Modern Language Association welcomes, especially but not exclusively, proposals dealing with any aspect of the theme "Going Public: What the MMLA Owes Democracy" for the 2023 conference. Please find a general description of this theme here:
DECOLONIZING VISUALITIES: Critical Concepts and Interventions in Visual Studies
Course Instructor: Nasheli Jiménez del Val
ONLINE COURSE — May 2023
4 sessions / Tuesdays 2; 9; 16; 23 — 6pm - 9pm (GMT)
How does modern poetry enact a paradox of emotion? This MLA 2024 special session invites proposals exploring ambivalence, co-existence or contradiction of emotive states in modern/late modern/postmodern poetics. Broader interpretations of the theme are certainly welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Emotional valences
- Embodied knowledge
- Phenomenology of emotions
Kindly submit your abstract (250-350 words) as well as a short bio by Monday, March 20th to:
While we sometimes feel like life is moving around us rather than with us, it is essential to take a moment and consider how we got where we are. Over time, attitudes, opinions, and feelings have shifted along with what we choose to carry with us. To avoid leaving important things behind or risk forgetting them altogether, it is time to ask ourselves why we leave certain things behind and what it means when we do.
We invite papers for our 2024 MLA Convention session examining Lessing’s critiques of colonialism and/or neocolonialism, especially in conversation with post-colonial African women writers from Aidoo, Gordimer, Dangarembga, and Vera to Gappah, Bulawayo, and Mbue. 250-word abstracts and brief bio requested.
We invite papers for an MLA 2024 session exploring figures of the griot—as chroniclers, poets, songmakers, and Memories—in Doris Lessing’s later works and in the works of writers from Africa and throughout the postcolonial diaspora. This topic has been designed to fit in with the MLA's 2024 Presidential Theme, "Celebration: Joy and Sorrow." For more details on the theme, see: <https://www.mla.org/Events/2024-MLA-Convention/Presidential-Theme-for-th....
250-word abstracts and brief bio requested.
Constructions of Identity 11 - Transmission
Department of English Language and Literature
Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania)
Conference dates: 18-20 May 2023
Conference venue: Faculty of Letters, 31 Horea St., Cluj-Napoca
Conference website: Transmission: Constructions of Identity XI – Event Landing Page (ubbcluj.ro)
Extended deadline for proposals: 10 April 2023
Saint Louis University—Madrid April 21-22
Adaptation is a term that bridges the divide between literature and evolution. Texts are adapted to speak to new circumstances as time advances and younger writers, directors, actors, artists, and audiences seek connections to a mutable culture. Likewise, organisms adapt over generations to better suit their circumstance.
Transgender Embodiment: 1400-1700 (June 2nd): DEADLINE EXTENDED
University of York, UK (Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
Keynote: Prof Melissa Sanchez (University of Pennsylvania)
CFP: Nobody Cares but Everybody Should: Toward a Smarter History of the Novel
Special Issue of Studies in the Novel, Winter 2024
The Center for American Studies at the University of Bucharest
and the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission
invite proposals for their annual student conference on the topic
America in the Global World
to be held online and in person
JOCPC is now accepting article submissions for the Fall 2023 issue focusing on the broad theme of the mechanized child. We have kept the theme open-ended and invite works across a wide range of disciplines where researchers are exploring representations of the intersection between the child figure, childhood and mechanization. This may include robotics, automatons, cyborgs, AI, VR, and other emerging technologies, both historical and future forward, real and fictional, and how these are used by, to, on and for children. Born alongside new and emerging technologies, children have an innate fluency with new technologies that often leave their adult counterparts behind, reinforcing the notion of children as symbols of futurity.
Borders in the English-Speaking World: Mapping and Countermapping
International conference organized by UR SEARCH
9-10 October 2023
University of Strasbourg
Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris Cité/LARCA)
Michael Darroch (York University) and Lee Rodney (University of Windsor) - The research-creation hub IN/TERMINUS
Donna Akrey and Taien Ng-Chan (Artists, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit)
Histories of Earth Sciences:
visual and interdisciplinary approaches amid an environmental crisis
For decades now, the history of Earth sciences has been a ground for the development of interdisciplinary research. Historians and scientists from different disciplines have been contributing with methodologies coming from the history of institutions, art history, visual studies, material studies, geoscientific fields (such as integrating geoscientific iconography or retreating historical fieldwork), philosophy, gender studies, the history of literature, political and colonial histories, disciplinary histories, and history of fieldwork.
The monstrous mother: images of unexpected evil (Edited Volume)
Editors: Anna Chiara Corradino; Alessandro Grilli; Sofia Torre
The monstrous mother, a peculiar subset of the ‘monstrous feminine’ (Creed 1993), is a recurring figure in cultural representation – in mythology, literature and the arts. Its multifaceted profile symbolizes the dangers and anxieties associated with motherhood and the maternal.
Please send in your abstracts for a special panel proposed by me for MLA 2024: "Speculative Fiction and Work: Histories, Futures and Resilience" This panel examines speculative/sci-fi re-imaginings of the exploitation of laboring, vulnerable bodies to serve an extractive society and their resistances. How to envision a socially just future shaped for and by precarious labor? Please submit 250-word abstracts by 25 March, 2023 to email@example.com Full description: This panel traces the interconnected histories and future of labor, vulnerable populations, and their resilience. In a post-pandemic era the definition of work has undergone a sea change with the constant threat of automation.
Inspired by Nannie Helen Burroughs, this roundtable conversation will center on the precarity of educators working at the intersections of race, class, and gender, more importantly, the lessons faculty can learn from innovative educational praxis.
Abstract/Panel submission deadline: May 21, 2023.
Conference dates: September 22-23, 2023.
Venue: Film and media space “Planeta“, A. Goštauto str. 2, Vilnius
Mode of participation: In person only
Conference language: English
Vilnius Academy of Arts
Lithuanian Cultural Research Institute
Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival
Partner: International Network for Small Cinemas
Dr. Laura Rascaroli, Professor, University College Cork
"I've struggled a long time with survivin', but no matter what you have to find something to fight for."- Joel, The Last of Us
This CFP is for a special journal issue focused on South Asia and aimed for a postcolonial journal.
The J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Sturgeon Symposium (Wed. 9/28 – Fri. 9/30/2023), celebrating the 30th anniversary of Octavia Butler's groundbreaking novel, The Parable of the Sower. As KU's choice for the 2023 Common Book program, this novel is a powerful inspiration for our Symposium's theme, "Fantastic Worlds, Fraught Futures."
MUSLIM WOMEN’S POPULAR FICTION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – 5-9 SEPTEMBER 2023
Muslim Women’s Popular Fiction AHRC Research Network International Conference
Birmingham, UK, 5-9 September 2023
Free to attend for all speakers and attendees.
Professor Claire Chambers
Dr Rehana Ahmed
In the twenty-first century, readers, publishers, and booksellers have noted a surge in popularity of genre works written by Muslim women, particularly in the Anglosphere. From the detective novels of Ausma Zehanat Khan to G. Willow Wilson’s fantasy fiction, Ayisha Malik’s romantic fiction to graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi – Muslim women authors are embracing popular fiction forms and genres.