Percival Everett is among the most significant and prolific living contemporary American writers. The author of over twenty novels, four short-story collections, five volumes of poetry, and a children’s book, Everett is famed for his versatility and range while retaining a distinctly recognizable style. His prose oeuvre includes masterful satires as well as unconventional takes on genre fiction, profound explorations of personal tragedy as well as playful metafictional experiments, stories of the rural as well as the cosmopolitan, bitter critiques of American injustices past and present as well as absurd tall tales. Everett also, of course, has a distinguished career in the academy as a Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Conference Call for Papers:
International Gaming: Laws and Regulations around Games in the Digital Era
Hosted by Durham University and InGame International
In-person Conference to be held in Durham 8-9 September 2022
The theme for the 87th Annual Conference of the Indiana College English Association is "The Impacts of Education."
“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” – Socrates
Panel Session, NeMLA’s 54th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, March 23-26
Where does public history end and personal narrative begin? Practically everyone in the United States during the 1990s saw the footage of LAPD officers beating Rodney King, a Black motorist. Known by many names, the events that followed the acquittal of the four charged LAPD officers also took over television sets and radio waves far and wide. What the nightly news denounced as “the Riots,” others articulated as part of a resistance by the name of “No Justice, No Peace.”
Women and their bodies share a close connection with (im)purity, filth, and dirt as unavoidable elements in their routines of care and caring. It could be said that the words like filth, dirt are loaded with colonial meanings and can become extremely complicated when understood from the socio-cultural-political lens. Through the postcolonial appropriations, these meanings have subsequently contributed to the patriarchal assumptions and gendered ideas of women’s roles, especially, in handling filth and dirt, in their daily duties of selfless care, nursing, cooking, cleaning, and mothering.
“Instead, queer means, splendiferously, you.
& you means someone who knows that common flavors for ice cream sandwiches in Singapore include red bean, yam, & honeydew.” – Chen Chen, Summer
The Burney Journal
Call for Submissions
The Burney Journal is now accepting submissions for volume 19, to be published in 2023, and for subsequent issues to be published annually. A peer-reviewed publication of the Burney Society, The Burney Journal is available in print and indexed online by EBSCO Host and MLA International Bibliography.
Within the genres of science fiction as well as in poetry and drama, scenarios of dystopic presentations are frequently reversed to reveal a more hopeful denouement. The focus of this year’s convention is Resilience which is identified on the NeMLA website as “an anchor term for critical and creative work that explores how we bear up under trauma,” amongst other critical issues in the world. Literature has been utilized as a means of explaining difficult issues and often works through a myriad of complications, revealing resilience as well as offering a glimmer of hope. How do these writers achieve their encouraging shift from sometimes desolation and seeming hopelessness to a more hopeful viewpoint? Are there parallel constructs?
NeMLA 2023: Niagara Falls, NY. March 23-26, 2023.
As we continue to transition our daily lives “back to normal”—or rather to our understanding of “normal” from a pre-pandemic perspective—how do we negotiate the lessons learned during the pandemic? Quarantine, lockdown, self-isolation, social distancing, and the many other necessary health measures we have taken, currently take, and may continue to take, have forced a reconsideration of how we work and how we teach. What are our key pedagogical takeaways to help build and foster resiliency during these times?
CALL FOR PAPERS – FALL 2022
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS), an open-access peer-reviewed academic e-journal, invites original and unpublished research papers and book reviews from various interrelated disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, law, ecology, environmental science, and economics.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Reconfiguring Corporeality in 21st Century
How would it be possible to think the reality of the mind, of the I-subject, without a lived body?
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Literature
Call for Papers for Special Issue: Insurgent Infrastructures
Edited by Gabriella Friedman, Henry Ivry and Harriet Stilley
In concert with the theme of the 2023 NeMLA annual convention, “Resilience,” this panel will consider in what forms sustainability and resilience (broadly conceived) appear in the literature and philosophy of ancien régime France. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, France and Europe more broadly faced a variety of social, political, economic, and environmental crises, from the brutal Wars of Religion in the sixteenth century, to the “Little Ice Age” climatic downturn that affected agricultural production, to more international disputes, political uprisings like the Fronde, the 1720 outbreak of plague in Marseille, and the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.
Special issue working title: The Cultural Deliberation of Europe
Intended journal: Continuum. Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Editors: Jesse van Amelsvoort (University of Amsterdam, NL), Margriet van der Waal (University of Groningen/University of Amsterdam, NL)
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: DIGITAL DICKENS There has been a growing number of online projects in Dickens studies over the past few years, but discussion of the role Digital Humanities has to play in Dickens scholarship (and vice versa) has been limited so far to conference papers and individual articles.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Joanna Russ’s landmark short story, ‘When It Changed’, the Science Fiction Foundation and the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at Glasgow University are proposing an online conference (3-4 December 2022) on women’s role in reshaping science fiction.
We are seeking contributors for an edited collection of scholarly essays on these recent changes in the complexity of time-travel media (film, television, gaming, or literature). Submissions that are interdisciplinary in theory and method are welcome, especially those in popular culture, science fiction, fantasy, genre studies, critical media studies, narratology, etc. Abstracts and papers discussing recent time-travel media, approximately within the last decade, may include but are not limited to research concerning narrative structure, theme, genre, reception, comprehension, and other relevant topics.
This section of the academic journal “Sinestesieonline” is open to contributions about theatre and performing arts in all historical ages, forms and variations, in English, Italian and foreign languages. We use double blind peer review.
“Il Parlaggio” is the name created by Gabriele d’Annunzio for the amphitheatre in Vittoriale – a place of empathy, a cradle of emotions, a crossroads of cultures, a connection between antiquity and contemporaneity, an emblem of the “neverending show”.
Tramp Press (f. 2014) is one of the leading voices in independent publishing, launching well-known writers from Ireland and beyond such as Sara Baume and Emilie Pine, and reissuing impactful past women writers. A globally-minded local press, Tramp’s list queries fixed ideas of “Irish” writing and of what can constitute the contemporary.
NeMLA 2023: Niagara Falls, NY. March 23-26, 2023.
We have always lived with trauma, but how do we embrace trauma into our lives and create a meaningful life in the world we live in?
In recent years, critical considerations of aesthetics or beauty have been de-emphasized in literary criticism. There is a certain taboo about the notion of beauty, as Elaine Scarry has neatly pointed out: “many people have either actively advocated a taboo on beauty or passively omitted it from their vocabulary, even when thinking and writing about beautiful objects such as painting and poems” (117). There has been many talks about how aesthetics demeans a work’s values—serving as Bourgeois distractions from the real social issues we face, which rightfully remains as an important critical consideration.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
LIFE WRITING AS WORLD LITERATURE (book)
Deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2022Deadline for final essays: January 1, 2023
The series Literatures as World Literature by Bloomsbury Publishing aims to “take a novel approach to world literature by analyzing specific constellations — according to language, nation, form, or theme — of literary texts and authors in their own world-literary dimensions.” https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/series/literatures-as-world-literature/
The 14th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 16-17, 2022, at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The conference committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. Presentation proposals on any aspect of the 2022 conference theme “Supernatural Louisiana,” as well as creative texts by, about, and/or for Louisiana and Louisianans, are sought for this year’s conference.
ON-LINE CONFERENCE (via Zoom)
11-11 July 2022
It is widely known that ideologies of racism, nationalism, and xenophobia are dangerous and spread all over the world. We want to examine these terms as much as possible, from many perspectives and variable aspects: in politics, society, psychology, culture, and many more. We also want to devote considerable attention to how the phenomena of racism, nationalism and xenophobia are represented in artistic practices: in literature, film, theatre or visual arts.
“That’s a Take”: The International Television Commercial as Short Film is a two-day, virtual conference that engages interdisciplinary scholarship from any critical/methodological perspective examining the international television commercial production as a short film narrative. As examined in Consuming Images: Film Art and the American Television Commercial (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) which established the complex vitality of the television commercial both as a short film and as an art form, the television commercial has an aesthetic and historical dynamic linking it directly to cinematic and media cultures.
Disruption and Its Discontents: Ethics, Politics, and Epistemology of Disruptive Technology
A two-day symposium hosted by Academic Writing Lab (AWL) and Dept. Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), IIIT- Delhi
August 19-20, 2022
What does it mean to write and think about nature? Do language, thought, and mimesis ultimately have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our natural environments, and do these environments in turn have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our words and ideas? Taking such questions as a starting point, this panel aims to explore how the relationship between the human community and the environment has occupied a central space within literature and thought across various epochs and epistemological arenas.
I am recruiting contributors for a collection of scholarly essays with the working title Starcrossed Century: Astrology in Global Society from World War One to Covid. The book is designed to address the identification of the history of astrology with "premodern" history. The historiography of astrology is very active and intellectually exciting, but it focuses almost entirely on the period before 1800. Yet never have there been more astrological believers and practitioners than today.