The centenary of Proust’s death next year is neither the only, nor the first event in honour of the author of In Search of Lost Time. This year, for instance, we celebrate the 150th birthday of his birth while, in 2013, the 100th anniversary of the publication of Swann’s Way was marked by a number of festivities. In its celebratory dimension, this upcoming centenary may seem more apt for initiatives conducted under the ambit of French Studies than under that of semiotics or narratology. However, we believe that it offers an opportunity for a broader, trans-disciplinary reflection.
Proposed Panel for MELUS 2022
March 23-27, 2022
New Orleans, LA
Panel Title: Mixed Awakenings: Reckoning with Multiraciality in Young Adult Literature
Asian American immigrants’ heterogeneity in their countries of departure, race, ethnicity, and class characterizes different immigrant experiences -- ranging from “voluntary” immigration to dislocation directly caused by wars and imperialism. What is the role of literature in preserving the history of their movements? How does literature reimagine the history of these marginalized subjects? What is the significance of narrating Asian American immigration history through literary forms? What do the stories of these subjects -- immigrants, refugees, undocumented immigrants, elite cosmopolitan, and many more -- suggest the meaning of belonging in the Americas?
“International Symposium on Innovative Trends in Contemporary Language and Literature Research: Theories, Methods and Techniques” will be held online on 15-16 October 2021 by the Department of German Language and Literature, hosted by Atatürk University.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Defining the Human in Environmental Humanities
Venice International University
In recent years there has been increased attention to conversations concerning consent, sexual violence, and rape. The stories of survivors have been an important tool for informing the public about these issues and providing healing. First-hand nonfiction accounts of sexual violence like A Woman in Berlin, Know My Name, and Willow Weep for Me have helped to destigmatize conversations about rape and sexual assault and problematized mainstream understandings of these concepts. Novels like The Handmaid’s Tale have also been able to question what sex and pleasure could look like within a rape culture.
If one were to judge the genre of science fiction by the blockbuster films it has produced, one would think it is a hypermasculine, imperialist, anti-feminist genre. However, non-white, non-male people have shaped, defined, and sustained the genre throughout its existence as authors, editors, and fans. The modern founder of the genre was arguably Mary Shelley who initially published anonymously. However, authors like Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler are now synonymous with literary sci-fi. Furthermore, some of the most compelling and successful contemporary writers of science fiction are women of color.
Following the various calls for a more global perspective on the eighteenth century at ASECS 2021, this panel seeks papers on the work of Japanese author Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693). In her 2016 book, The Age of Silver, Ning Ma discusses Saikaku as the most significant representative figure of the “stories of the floating world” that, she argues, should be seen as an emergence of realist fiction. A bestseller in 17th and 18th century Japan, Saikaku’s work fell into obscurity until a revival of interest in the late 19th century, when he became known as “Japan’s realist”.
Call for abstracts for the 2022 NeMLA conference in Baltimore, Maryland, March 10-13, 2022
The editors have received several requests for extra time: balancing teaching, designing, and researching during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge with which we fully empathize. It is also an opportunity to invite others to participate, and we welcome additional proposals. Updated proposal deadline, November 1, 2021.
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Call for Proposals
Tabletop Teaching: Board Games and Social Justice
Call for Book Chapter Proposal
Title: Queer Visuals: Gender, Sexuality and Indian Cinema
Edited by: Srija Sanyal, Research Scholar, Ronin Institute, USA
In the wake of COVID, some workers have been deemed essential, forced to put their lives at risk to keep the market moving or care for those with the means to stay off the frontlines. While these jobs may be crucial, those who perform them are frequently treated as exchangeable.Yet as workers have become interchangeable, a fantastical contrast has emerged in the form of the non-fungible token (NFT): at the same time that stable employment and livable wages have been cut in the interest of profit, digital creations become irreplaceable tokens of payment. The catastrophic impact of the pandemic shows which systems of exchange are malleable or fluid and which remain brittle or stagnant.
CFP: Indian Writing in English Online, University of Hyderabad
Indian Writing in English Online at The University of Hyderabad (henceforth IWE Online), an initiative being executed and funded by the prestigious Institution of Eminence (IoE) project of the University, aims at being the single authoritative academic web resource for any student or a general reader searching for information on the subject of Indian Writing in India.
Stanley Cavell: A Retrospective
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan
Palazzo Arese-Borromeo, Cesano Maderno
September 23rd- 24th 2021
Organizing Institution: Centro ICONE / Facoltà di Filosofia
Organizers: Raffaele Ariano (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan),
Paolo Babbiotti (University of Turin).
DATES EXTENDED to 1st OCT 2021 for submission of abstract
Reading into Murder: critical essays on the theme of murder in select cult texts.
Screen Bodies invites submissions to be considered for our forthcoming general issue. We feature work on all forms of visual media, particularly research that engages with concepts of the body, the screen, and / or technology broadly construed. Articles are typically between 6k–9k words. Please see our website for details about the inclusion of artwork/images (www.berghahnjournals.com/submissions).
Call for Papers: American Journal of Play Special Issue on Vygotsky and Play
Guest Editors: Elena Bodrova and Deborah Leong, Tools of the Mind
Abstracts (300 words): December 15, 2021
Full papers (5,000 to 10,000 words), if accepted: April 15, 2022
Call for Papers/Chapters
Beyond the Occident: Perspectives on Past, Present and Speculative Future in Fiction, Art, Media, and Film
To be edited by Sümeyra Buran and Jiré Emine Gözen.
The editor of a volume tentatively titled Redefining Paradise is looking for submissions focusing on 21st-century, environmentally oriented fiction written in California and the American West.
“I grow old as the world does.” --- Adso of Melk, The Name of the Rose
British Women Writers Conference 2022
May 19-21, 2022 | Baylor University
The organizers of the 2022 BWWC invite papers and panel proposals interpreting the theme of “Borders” in 18th- and 19th-century British women’s writing. In response to the 2021 BWWC “Reorientations,” panels and papers on topics related to race and ethnicity are especially welcome.
The Journal of Avant-Garde Studies (JAGS) and its guest editors invite submissions for the special issue “Las Vanguardistas: Spanish Women Poets in Transnational Contexts (1920–1975)”.
By proposing this special issue, we aim to foster a global understanding of avant-garde movements and highlight the key role of Spanish women poets in the transnational avant-garde scene from the 1920s to the 1970s. To this end, we welcome academic articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Transnational Literary Networks between Spanish, European and Latin American Women Poets.
- Spanish Women and the Avant-Garde Press: Women’s Contributions to Avant-Garde Magazines.
Coercion in work is a universal human experience that can be found in manifold forms of labour relations, both contemporary and historical. The analysis of coercive mechanisms in labour relations draws on various disciplinary approaches, mediums and tools.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 8
Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy
Call for Presentation Proposals
Auburn University at Montgomery
February 24-25, 2022
Sponsored by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama and Auburn University at Montgomery
"The complex relation between the private, the individual and loneliness is unique and necessary to Adorno’s work, despite the rich annoyance of his particular mode of provocation.” (Fred Moten, “The Phonographic mise-en-scene” 2004)
Call for Papers
France and Louisiana: “A Special Relationship?”
Bordeaux Montaigne University, France
June 7-10, 2023
On June 7-10 2023, Bordeaux Montaigne University will host an international conference that will explore various aspects of the 300+-year-long relationship between France and Louisiana.