In her book The Promise of Happiness (2010), Sara Ahmed explains how the concept of happiness is related to heteronormative notions of the “good life”: “The good life is the life that is lived in the right way, by doing the right things, over and over again” (Ahmed 2010, 36).Questioning the promise of a good life leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness (unlike happiness) can be productive for social change as it fosters a possibility to open to new affective spaces in the subject’s life. Ahmed describes individuals’ urges toward “the good life” as frequently grounded in attachments that, while often toxic and ultimately unfulfilling, are not recognized as such by the people who engage in these negative relations.
Working Book Title: Censorship Is a Drag: LGBTQ Materials and Programming Under Siege in Libraries – Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies
Editors: Jason D. Phillips and Jordan Ruud
Submission Link: https://tinyurl.com/censorshipisadrag
International Society for Philosophy in Film
Second Annual Symposium Call for Abstracts
August 24th-26th, 2023
Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2023 12th Annual Conference
29th – 30th June 2023, University of Liverpool, In Person and Online, https://crsfhome.home.blog/
“While most people conceptualise thinking as this straightforward linear thing, I see ideas spreading out into alternatives before one is selected. In this place every notion can potentially become reality.” (Tade Thompson, Rosewater)
KEYNOTES: Roz Kaveney (Writer and Independent Researcher) Dr Chris Pak (Swansea University)
AUTHOR ROUNDTABLE: Exploring metamorphosis and change in SF
PUBLISHING ROUNDTABLE: Getting published in academic journals
North, South, East, West
Cardinal points and regions
in contemporary British literature and arts
International conference SEAC / CECILLE
Université de Lille, 19-20 October 2023
Organized by Claire Hélie
Keynote speaker: Prof. Katy Shaw (Northumbria University)
Religious practice has arguably declined in Euro-American contexts in late modernity, provoking intense debates about secularization, but Christian movements continue to grow in the Global South, giving rise to new modes of literary production. The cultural, social, and theological aspects of these religious and literary expressions throughout Latin and South America, Africa, and Asia complicate and challenge commonly held notions about the field of Christianity and literature, inviting a widened scope of scholarly engagement.
Call for Papers - ReFocus: The Films of Don Siegel
New Romantic Narratives for the Twenty-First Century
Esferas Literarias, vol.6.
The practice known as close reading has been for decades one of the central methodological commitments of literary studies. Consolidated, articulated, and promulgated as part of the professionalization of the field during the New Critical era, close reading survived the theory wars (gaining traction, even, thanks to deconstruction). It continues to be a major focus of teaching at the college and K-12 levels (where, since 2009, it has been an explicit part of the Common Core standards).
Pamiętnik Teatralny, a bilingual Polish-English academic quarterly published by the Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, welcomes submissions for a thematic issue addressing the festivalization of theater culture.
“Students in the Archives: Archival Pedagogy in Practice”
Edited Collection CFP Heather Fox & Amanda Stuckey
Pamiętnik Teatralny, a bilingual Polish-English academic quarterly published by the Institute of Arts, Polish Academy of Sciences, invites submissions of articles for a thematic issue focused on theater at the decline of anthropocene.
The 2023 First Book Institute
June 4-10, 2023
Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University
Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Past Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book
Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Co-Editor of American Literature
We are perhaps past the point of stopping the climate disaster that is producing environments of crisis around the globe–water pollution, housing deprivation, spread of contagion, maldistribution of resources, and displacement and dispossession. Building on Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s definition of racism, this panel examines environments of crisis as “state-sanctioned or extralegal production and exploitation of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death.” Fantasies of a return to a pristine past or a rush towards a future in which environmental crises are “solved” have long been unavailable to those marked as disposable.
Notes from the Field, a publication of the TPS Collective, is accepting submissions about teaching with primary sources for three series of peer-reviewed blog posts: “Public-Facing Scholarship and Outreach,” “Teaching with Community-Based Archives,” and “Accessibility and Access in the Primary Source Classroom.” These series are intended to highlight a broad range of voices from all sectors of the TPS community.
Series One: Public-Facing Scholarship and Outreach
Call For Papers
17th - 19th May 2023
York University, Toronto, Canada
With Keynotes Speakers: Patrice Douglass and Sara-Maria Sorentino
Katherine Mansfield: Life, Light, and Renewal
An international conference and the annual birthday lecture
organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society
Professor Elleke Boehmer FRSL FRHistS FEA
will be presenting the Keynote Address / Birthday Lecture
The Department of English and Communications at South Carolina State University invites proposals for twenty-minute papers for the 2023 Intersectional Studies Remote Conference via Zoom on Friday, March 24.
Papers that explore topics related to this year's theme, “Human Rights: Momentum and Obstracles,” are particularly welcome.
The Journal of Global Postcolonial Studies publishes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural articles and interviews on literature, history, politics, and art whose focus, settings, or subjects involve colonialism and its aftermath, with an emphasis on the former British Empire. The journal is published by the University of Florida Press.
The journal enjoys a close relationship with the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, the oldest and longest-running annual meeting of its kind in the United States.
We are seeking essay submissions on any topic related to postcolonial scholarship, theory, and criticism. We also welcome suggestions for special issues.
We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .docx). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field. Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
This MLA session for Philadelphia (2024) invites proposals exploring Morris’s relevance for the twenty-first century. Topics could include beauty, design (including Morris’s influences on black artists such as Kehinde Wiley & Althea McNish), architecture, ecology, the environment, sustainability, pollution, socialism, the carceral system, labor, leisure.
Please include a 250-word abstract and short bio no later than Tuesday, 28 February 2023, to firstname.lastname@example.org
MMLA 2023 Permanent Session: Old and Middle English Language and Literature
“Modern Meets Medieval: Scholars and the Public, Then and Now"
The General Call opens with an analogy between now-times and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, invoking an approach that is both medieval and modern by looking at how the arts, the academy, and general society should, can, and do interact. In that spirit, the general question for this panel is “what is the value of studying medieval history, culture, art, and/or literature in today’s world?”
Special Issue of American Literary Realism
Topic: America the Beautiful? Regionalism and Indigeneity
The Rebecca Harding Davis Society welcomes proposals for two sessions at the next meeting of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 25-28, 2023 in
New Directions in Davis Scholarship (2 panels)
We are interested in proposals that engage in any aspect of Davis’s work. We particularly encourage proposals that address some of Davis’s lesser known works, and we also welcome new readings of the canonical “Life in the Iron-Mills.”
Please send a 200-250 word abstract to Aaron Rovan (email@example.com) by January 15, 2023.
Critical Companions to Contemporary Directors SERIES
Call for Abstracts: Theology, Religion, and Dungeons & Dragons
Edited by Scott Donahue-Martens and Brandon Simonson
This roundtable session - still to be submitted for convention approval - will consider the rights of faculty in online course assignments, approval/oversight at the university level, intellectual property matters, instructional design (e.g., Bloom's Taxonomy) matters, and related topics. Abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by 13 March.
August 7-9, 2023
Southern Utah University - Utah Shakespeare Festival
The 2023 Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic relating to Shakespeare and his plays:
- Literary Analysis & Theoretical Approaches
- Shakespeare and Adaptation
- Shakespeare on Screen
- Shakespeare and History, Culture, and Society
- Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
- Shakespeare and Rhetoric
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Shakespeare and the Arts
We encourage papers and presentations that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2023 summer season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, and Romeo and Juliet.
Information Literacy, Undergraduate Education,
and Business/Organizational Communication
Conference: Modern Language Association Convention
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dates: 04-07 January 2024
Full name of organization: Association for Business Communication
Contact email: email@example.com
Due date for abstracts: 10 March 2023
TOPOGRAPHIES OF MEDICINE
5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TRANSATLANTIC STUDIES
April 28th – 29th 2023
Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard (Cambridge, MA)