African American literature has always been under assault and faced threat of erasure. Yet, we are experiencing a heightened moment of attack, when political activists are using legislative action to attempt to eradicate Blackness, intersecting identities, DEI initiatives, and the history of race in America from public education and consciousness. Therefore, this is an important time for us to proactively discuss how we teach African American writing and its expressive power to help us understand our pasts, presents, and futures.
II. Theatre and Drama Studies Conference: Adaptation, Appropriation, Translation (Online, 8-10 Dec 2023)
We are delighted to announce that our confirmed keynote speakers are:
Aleks Sierz (Journalist, Author and Theatre Critic)
Dr Catherine Rees (Loughborough University, UK)
Prof Benjamin Poore (University of York, UK)
Prof Julie Sanders (Royal Holloway University, UK)
Call for Papers
Editors: Somasree Sarkar (Assistant Professor, Ghoshpukur College, University of North Bengal) and Agnibha Maity (Senior Research Fellow, University of North Bengal)
Call for Papers
ICSSR-sponsored National Conference
Narrative Matters: Materialities, Modalities, and Ethical Dimensions of Storytelling
8th – 9th February 2024
Centre for English Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
CFP: Words Across Worlds: Multilingual Writers and Online Writing Instruction
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15, 2023
With the success of two panel sessions at the 2023 NeMLA Convention, we are happy to propose a “sequel” session on the theme of “Tolkien’s Medievalism in Ruins” in 2024. For all that may be said about the 2023 panels, one thing is certain: The panelists highlighted the important roles of relics and ruins within Tolkien’s essay “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics,” The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites paper proposals for its 2024 conference, “Body Matters!: Disability in English Literature to 1800,” to be held at UCSB on March 1 and 2, 2024. Attending to the presence of disability in the premodern world, this interdisciplinary conference invites proposals that address medieval, early modern, and eighteenth-century literary and cultural texts. We are thrilled to announce our keynote speakers, Dr. Rachael King (UCSB), Dr. Bradley Irish (Arizona State University), and poet Jos Charles.
International Conference of Three Societies on Literature and Science
University of Birmingham, 10-12 April 2024
We invite proposals for research chapters for a new edited book, Muslim Women’s Popular Fiction, for Manchester University Press. This page outlines the book and how to submit a chapter proposal.
Description of book
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 S. A. Chakraborty’s fantasy fiction, Ayisha Malik’s romantic fiction to graphic novels by Deena Mohamed – Muslim women authors are embracing popular fiction forms and genres.
Aural Chills and Sounds of Terror: Podcasting Horror
Edited by Laura Álvarez Trigo (Universidad de Valladolid) and Anna Marta Marini (Universidad de Alcalá)
“Refusal, Disruption, and Persistence in Academia” centers on strategies such as refusal, disruption, and persistence in academia from an intersectional perspective that focusses on gendered racialization.
This roundtable will engage participants about structural change in their local context by sharing strategies from diverse standpoints. This could mean sharing stories about surviving contract work, probation, tenure review, and administrative roles while coping with and negotiating the demands of everyday life. However, participants can also consider refusal, disruption, and persistence with collaboration and community building in the foreground for systemic change, big or small.
This panel aims to explore the possibilities presented in immanent, paralinguistic expressions which evade or function parallel to and beyond the realm of structured grammar and logics of exchange. Edouard Glissant, in Caribbean Discourse, teaches us that in the beginning was not the word, but sound. He writes, “the spoken imposes on the slave its particular syntax. For Caribbean man, the word is First and foremost sound. Noise is essential to speech . . .
Special Issue Call for Papers: Studies in South Asian Film & Media
‘Marathi Cinema and Media’
View the full call here>>
2024 CONFERENCE THEME: BUILDING ALLIANCES
(A)rchival endeavors should not be about documenting the past, nor even about imagining the future…but about building a liberatory now.
-Michelle Caswell, Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work (2021, 13)
Ideas in Pop Culture – Potential and Risks
Special Editors: Agnieszka Mikrut-Żaczkiewicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow) and Paweł Dybała (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
"The Polish Journal of Aesthetics" Volume 72 (1/2024)
Submission deadline: January 31, 2024
Ideas, multifaceted in nature, embody thoughts, beliefs, and abstract representations of concepts or entities. Their manifestation and propagation occur through diverse techniques across various media. This special issue aims to delve deep into the intricate relationship between ideas and their portrayal within popular culture.
CFP: JEWISH STUDIES UNIT
Jewish Interfaith, Intercultural, and Intersectional Engagements
Unit Chairs: Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada
Alexander Marcus, University of Pennsylvania
Northeast Modern Language Association 55th Annual Convention (March 7-10, 2024)
Enhancing Language Learning through AI: Practical Strategies for Teachers in the Age of ChatGPT (Roundtable)
(If interested, please submit your abstract here through the NeMLA portal: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20556)
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE NEXT ISSUES
Volume: 34, Issue: 1 & 2, Year: 2024
Students of English Studies Association (SESA) Call for Papers 2023
"Navigating the Environment: Adapting, Critiquing, and Reconstructing Our Surroundings"
Call for Papers
Contemporary Pagans in Public Interaction:
Constructing Religion in Central and Eastern Europe
We are seeking papers for a peer-reviewed edited volume, to be published by Bloomsbury Press with the editor Eglė Aleknaitė, Vytautas Magnus University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on 19th-century American literature for our 53rd annual conference in Atlanta, March 21-23, 2024.
For this area, we are particularly interested in proposals that relate 19th-century American literature to the conference theme of “Transformations” from academics from a wide range of areas across literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film.
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on African American Literature for our 53rd annual conference in Atlanta, March 21-23, 2024.
For this area, we are particularly interested in proposals that relate African American literature to the conference theme of “Transformations” from academics from a wide range of areas across literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film.
A hybrid conference hosted by James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
February 7-10, 2024
Deadline: October 15, 2023
The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held from Wednesday, February 7 to Saturday, February 10, 2024. The conference brings together scholars, archivists, and practitioners from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. This year’s theme is “Reckoning,” a term that evokes the multitudinous ways responsibility and accountability may be linked to forms of measurement, methodology, and knowledge-constitution.
2024 Advanced Writing Symposium
Uncharted Territories: Genre, Audience & Innovation in Advanced Writing Contexts
University of Southern California
Event Date: February 2, 2024
Event Location: Online
The USC Writing Program’s Upper Division Curriculum Committee welcomes proposals for
“Uncharted Territories: Genre, Audience and Innovation in Advanced Writing Contexts.”
Sophia A. McClennen and Joseph R. Slaughter in “Introducing Human Rights and Literary Forms” warn: “Human rights are under threat everywhere, especially when the language of human rights is used to justify their violation” (Comparative Literature Studies 2009). They notice that through double-speak the states exercise violence to advance their jingoist agenda in the name of protecting the rights of the children and women, as George Bush did while invading Afghanistan in 2001.
The keyword for the 2024 NeMLA convention is “surplus”—for critical and creative work that, in addition to the commonly associated meanings of profit and value, can be more broadly construed as excess or excessive, as surfeit, or what is leftover, or unwanted.
*** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 1, 2023 ***
The response to our earlier CFP was so strong that we are expanding our edited volume into The Handbook of Transgender Science Fiction, and we welcome additional chapters examining science fiction novels, short stories, YA literature, graphic novels, comics, films, television, games, material culture, and other media.
Interested authors should submit a 300-word abstract, a 200-word biography, and a sample of a previously published chapter or article to the Dropbox folder at https://bit.ly/Transgender_Science_Fiction no later than October 1, 2023.
Critical Plant Studies, a book series published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, calls us to re-examine in fundamental ways our understanding of and engagement with plants, drawing on diverse disciplinary perspectives. A sampling of topics appropriate for this series includes but is not limited to:
• Representations of plants in literature, art, film, and popular culture
• Relationships between humans and plants
• Boundaries and distinctions between plants and animals
• Plants and the environmental crisis
• Phytosemiotics and plant communication
• Plant sensation and consciousness
• Vegetal agency