Since its invention around 100 BC in China, paper has shaped and supported an incredibly wide range of social, cultural, and artistic practices all over the world and of all ages. This interdisciplinary panel seeks case studies that interrogate the political and aesthetic potential of paper. It welcomes contributions from all disciplines, areas, periods, and geographies. Topics may include but are not limited to: paper as a trade commodity; the materiality of paper; paper artifacts; paper as a tool for governance; epistolary cultures; manuscripts and printed matters.
Are you a major fan of DC or the Marvel Universe and its female characters: Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, General Okoye, Princess Shuri or any others in the universe? We are developing an edited collection with interest already from publishers focused on Female Superheroes and their representation in a traditionally male-dominated film genre--action. Potential themes are female representations of power, strength (physically, psychologically, scientifically), as well as female minority representations of female power in superheroes and how they are similiar or different from their male counterparts. We are also interested in exploring how these female superheroes are portrayed when the director(s), producer(s), writer(s) are female.
We are seeking submissions for an upcoming volume on the work of Frederick Rolfe, also known as Baron Corvo, with particular emphasis placed on his novel Hadrian the Seventh. The book will be published by Lexington Books in 2024. The chapters should be around 7,500 words.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Extended deadline for
Call for Papers and Workshops
8th July 2022
Conference Ventana 4 has extended the deadline to receive applications for Papers and Workshops. The new date is Friday 8th of July 2022.
Cadernos de Fraseoloxía Galega (CFG), an international journal on phraseological and paremiological research edited by Centro Ramón Piñeiro para a Investigación en Humanidades (Xunta de Galicia), is seeking submissions of contributions for its twenty-fourth issue. Even though the deadline is permanently open, only manuscripts received by October 24, 2022 will be considered for issue 24.
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 49 No. 1 | March 2023
Call for Papers
Culture Chameleons: Narrative Code-Switching
Earl Jackson, Jr. (Asia University)
Mary Goodwin (National Taiwan Normal University)
Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2022
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 49 No. 2 | September 2023
Call for Papers
The Rise of Profilicity (Profile-Based Identity):
Literature and Theory in the Twenty-First Century
Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau)
Paul D’Ambrosio (East China Normal University)
Bodily Transgressions in Fantastika Media
A Digital Symposium: 12 November 2022
“Fantastika” – a term appropriated from a range of Slavonic languages by John Clute – embraces the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but can also include Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk, Young Adult Dystopic Fiction, or any other radically imaginative narrative space. Our goal is to bring together academics, independent researchers, creators, and audiences who share an interest in this diverse range of fields with the aim of opening up new dialogues, productive controversies, and critical collaborations.
[EXTENDED] Call for Papers
Focused Issue Theme:
Newtrospection: Reverse-Engineering Modernity in South Korean Speculative Fiction
Focused Issue planned for early 2023
EXTENDED Proposal submission deadline: June 30, 2022
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2022
At times depicted as loquacious and licentious, while most often portrayed as silent or inert harem slaves, the Arab and Muslim women received much attention from writers of different periods. Though considerable scholarly attention was given to discussing such representations and others, there are still forgotten and underrated characters. With the access we have to an abundance of digitized historical literary sources, we can trace these figures and analyze them in more depth.
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?
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.
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.
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/
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.