Taking into account the presidential theme for MMLA, 2022--“Post-Now”--, it is important to foreground the constituency of 'now', and what its discursive urgency means for this panel. While 'now' can be ontologically considered as the transient nature of the present moment in time, which is relative in nature (Einstein 14), its association to time can also be extended to understand the persistence of circumstances and ideas as situated in the present age, or the contemporary times (Dubreuil 44). Laurent Dubreuil links literature to temporality, mentioning how “literature does not exist before but rather after itself: we reconstruct and designate it without exhausting its signification” (Dubreuil 45).
In addressing the MMLA conference theme, “Post-Now,” the permanent section on “English Literature Before 1800” welcomes papers exploring any moments in pre-1800 literary scenes and contexts that relates our cultural moment. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to, representation, identity categories (race, class, gender, age, sexuality, disability, etc.), technologies, political movements, audience responses, and any other critical issues from any period and genre. Reflections on pedagogy and classroom practices that address the “Post-Now” theme are welcome.
Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature 46.3 (2022)
Beyond Language: Intermediality and Multimodality in Literature and Literary Studies
Guest editors: Dominika Bugno-Narecka, Heidrun Führer, Miriam Vieira
Call for papers/articles
Derived from the Latin word littera which means “a letter of the alphabet,” literature has been predominantly associated with language, and has rarely been considered as intermedial. However, as recently underlined by researchers of intermediality, any form of communication involves all our senses, and so “[t]here are no purely visual, textual, or auditory media” (Bruhn & Schirrmacher 2021,p. 3).
Call for Papers: “Looking Backward – Looking Forward”
The editors of Arc: Journal of the School of Religious Studies are pleased to announce a call for papers and book reviews for our forthcoming volume (Vol. 50). As the 50th anniversary of the journal presents a unique opportunity to think both retrospectively and prospectively, Arc is asking for submissions that engage with the theme of looking backward – looking forward.
Resources for American Literary Study, a journal of archival and bibliographical scholarship in American literature, invites submissions for our upcoming 2022 issue. Covering all periods of American literature, RALS welcomes both traditional and digital approaches to archival and bibliographical analysis.
Founded in 1971, RALS remains the only major scholarly periodical of its kind. Each issue includes, in addition to archival and bibliographical research, related book reviews and a unique “Prospects” essay that identifies new directions in the study of major authors. Our editorial board consists of leading scholars from an array of fields and subfields in American literary study.
For far too long the story of British history and culture (of Western history generally) has presented the presence of Africans within Britain as a product of the Atlantic slave trade. Not only is this figuring of Africans as first arriving in the British Isles as enslaved people simply inaccurate as a matter of historical fact, it carries deeply troubling and problematic categorical and ontological implications through casting the very identity of Africans and their descendants first and foremost as enslaved people in the historical imagination.
Writing as Resistance and Transgression: Gender, Poetics and Activism in
Post-World-War-Two Literature in English
Date: May 26-27, 2022
Keynote Speakers: Professor Dominika Ferens (University of Wrocław, Poland) and Professor Evie Shockley (Rutgers University, USA)
We can build for the United Kingdom and for the European Union
a mountain of debris for us nimble-hoof goats to climb, and gloat.
But we need to move on to talk about our future relationship
with razor lips like bad ram john
Of course we recognize that we can’t leave the EU and have everything stay the
So we regurgitate ole talk, chew and re-chew, fling blame and cus you.
The 7th International Academic Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences is a must-attend event for the academic community. Join us on the 19-21 of August in the dynamic city of Paris. IACHSS continues to recruit top speakers in the field, showcase findings from the latest research, and provide premier networking opportunities.
While fantasy fiction has become incredibly popular and prolific in these last few decades, the appeal of fantastical literature dates back to antiquity, as mythologies, legends, and encounters with the supernatural have formed a large part of narrative traditions in every culture and language. This companion seeks to update and address underexamined areas of fantasy fiction, with the chief aim to provide a global introduction to English-language and English-translation fantasy fiction. This collection will focus on the contemporary written word (narrative prose) produced in late 20th and early 21st century.
Seeking abstract proposals for new chapters
Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives
Revised and Expanded 10-Year Anniversary Edition (2024 Publication with Routledge)
Since Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives was published in 2014, we have seen exponential growth in scholarship on asexuality as well as more widespread recognition of asexuality in socio-political life, including increased asexual representation in art and media, a surge in people identifying as asexual and aromantic, and a greater presence of asexuality in the public lexicon.
Refractions: A Journal of Postcolonial Cultural Criticism is a journal dedicated to interdisciplinary and experimental scholarship in postcolonial cultural studies. In physics, refraction is the phenomenon by which a wave changes its direction as it passes from one medium to another, and in the process, alters perception of that thing.
We seek paper abstracts for a panel on the short story (and other forms of short narrative broadly conceived). This panel will be conducted at SCMLA’s 79th Annual Hybrid Conference, to be held in Memphis, Tennessee from October 13-15, 2022. The conference offers options for both In Person and Virtual attendance to suit presenters’ needs.
Papers might cover any variety of topics, including studies of the traditional 'short story' literary genre as well as other types of short narrative — like short-program multimedia, short films, music videos, short-episode video games, social media micro-literature, and anything else that pushes at the boundaries of literature studies.
We seek paper abstracts on English-language films. The topic is broadly conceived and open, and approaches may favor criticism, theory, history, etc. At least one panel, more as interests warrant and the program allows, will be conducted at SCMLA’s 79th Annual Hybrid Conference, to be held in Memphis, Tennessee from October 13-15, 2022. The conference will be hybrid and offers options for either in-person or virtual attendance to suit presenters’ needs.
Papers might cover any variety of topics on films in the English language.
If you are interested, please submit a paper title and abstract of approximately 400 words to
Scott L. Baugh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
This special session of the 94th South Atlantic MLA conference welcomes submissions on any aspect of Power, Society, and Adaptation in and of Charles Dickens. Abstracts addressing the conference theme, Change, are especially welcome. By May 7th, 2022, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Meghan Hodges at email@example.com.
JOCPC is now accepting article submissions for the Fall 2022 issue focusing on children in the political sphere. We have kept the theme open-ended and invite works across a wide range of disciplines where researchers are addressing the presence and/or representation of children occupying roles of leadership, activism, and advocacy. This may also include an investigation of the ways children and childhood is variously arrogated.
The Midwest Modern Language Association’s 2022 conference theme is “Post-Now.” The conference will take place November 16-21 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (https://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/callforpapers/)
The Writing Across the Curriculum permanent session will explore this theme by exploring our ethical responsibilities as instructors of writing, our pedagogy, and our work with students as they seek to find their voice in composition classrooms.
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
Inaugural bell hooks center Symposium
Sponsored by the bell hooks center and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Berea College
June 16th-18th, 2023
The SAMLA 94 conference theme of “change” encourages us to look at texts in different ways, which might include looking at texts that reflect real change or that perhaps illustrate the appearance of change coupled with a sense, ultimately, of stasis. This theme of “change” gives us a chance to examine Conrad’s authorial engagement with the potential complexities of change in society or politics and in our personal lives.
Conference: 2-3 June 2022, online (via Zoom)
Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland
Professor Polina Golovátina-Mora - NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
We are currently accepting submissions for the longstanding Bibliography and Textual Criticism panel at the South Central Modern Language Association conference to be held in Memphis, TN on October 13-15, 2022.
This panel will examine bibliography as a field ripe for intersections and collaborations with other methodologies, including digital humanities, publishing studies, textual criticism, critical theory, and literary history.
Interdisciplinary approaches to bibliography and technical studies are welcome.
This special issue of Administory focuses on the relationship between different traditions of literature or art, on the one hand, and of state administration, on the other. By highlighting the "story" in Administory, it seeks to unpack aesthetic configurations manifest in literary and artistic works engaging with bureaucratic topics and spaces, set in (or against) a variety of historical backgrounds. Drawing on literature, but also on film or other arts to highlight different administrative cultural contexts and then contrasting them in their specificity is the goal of the edition.
Literature Compass Special Issue:
"Global Visions from Oceania"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE April 22, 2022
Reading Minds: Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks and the Reading Human
SLSA 2022, Purdue University
The Creative Writing II: Poetry permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks creative, critical, and hybrid proposals that connect to this year’s convention theme of “Post-Now.” We are particularly interested in presentations from poets and poet-scholars who engage with future-oriented poetics and praxis. Questions to consider include: How is (your) poetry and poetic practice positioned within the (ecological, technological, political, intersectional) contemporary momentum of the twenty-first century? How does poetry engage with and/or towards the future while also negotiating past and present? What poetic possibilities lie ahead, and what cannot be left behind?
In The Hero with A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell asserts that the mythic figure of the hero is central to understanding the human experience. He argues that “the hero is symbolical of that divine creative and redemptive image within us all, only waiting to be known and rendered into life.” The hero, in other words, might be said to be the embodiment or archetype of the imago Dei raised to the highest pitch, functioning as an exemplar of what humanity at its level best can do.
Under the auspices of the project ‘Orientation’: A Dynamic Perspective of Contemporary Fiction and Culture (1990-onwards) (Ref. FFI2017-86417-P), this Conference explores how the concept of ‘orientation’ can offer a renewed perspective on literary texts and cultural products alike. By positioning ‘orientation’ in close relation to (multiple) temporalities (or “polytemporality”, following Victoria Browne), space, and recognition of the ‘other’, this Conference (and the project) addresses the dynamic and fluid nature of today’s fiction and culture in English. As Sara Ahmed points out, “[o]rientations are about the direction we take that puts some things and not others in our reach” (56).
Call for journal articles/ Concept note for
War and Representation in India
Special Issue, Revue Lisa
Silence (tacere or Schweigen) has been considered by Franz Rosenzweig among others as a subversive act or defiant stance of the tragic hero against overwhelming power mechanisms of necessity, i.e., totalization and universality. It has also, however, been regarded as an epiphenomenon (or a result) of marginalization and oppression by postcolonial theorists. The latters’ understanding marks silence as an end, a potential violent effect of the logics of exclusion and marginalization by “signifying machines”. The former understanding marks silence as a means of rendering mechanisms of powers inoperative.
Attention Artists and Writers:
We’re writing to invite you to contribute to the 19th volume of the literary journal P-QUEUE, which will be released this Summer 2022.
Our theme we've chosen is "Site / Cite." Feel free to interpret this theme in any way useful to you.
119th PAMLA Conference
Los Angeles, CA | November 11-13, 2022 (entirely in-person)
PAMLA 2022: UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel
Sponsored by UCLA Department of English
Special Session: Gazing Through a Pandemic Lens: Absurdist Literature, Theatre & Film
Presiding Officer: Dr. Kimberly Jew, University of Utah
This panel seeks papers that explore the connections between our experiences of the recent (and ongoing) global pandemic and Absurdist literature, theatre & film.