This panel will discuss how the conception and operation of “crisis” intersect with issues of gender and the cultural codes of society. Assuming a broad temporal scope for the Middle Ages (c.500 CE–c.1500 CE), the panel is interested in examining how societal constructions of gender triggered and were, in turn, shaped and reshaped by disruptions and upheavals in religious life, literary culture, economic structure, and political organization. With its capacity to span the distance between private and public realms, can gender mediate the conceptualization of internal and subjective crises as well as large-scale social tensions and changes?
Materialities of Shame in the English-Speaking World:
Bodies, Artworks and Objects
Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1-2 December 2023
In this final conference of the “Shame” project, we propose to look at the ways in which shame is triggered, expressed, performed, contained, repressed, remembered, exorcised or reclaimed in material culture.
Next year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Patricia Nell Warren’s The Front Runner. I am planning an essay collection to commemorate Patricia (and already have an academic publisher that’s “definitely interested”). Pretty much any aspect on Patricia’s life and works would be welcome. There may also be a conference, but it would probably be a Zoom meeting. If you're interested, please contact me as soon as possible.
The Front Runner: athletics and homosexuality (the last taboo?), college life, fan mail, global reception, Olympic Games
The Fancy Dancer: Catholicism, smalltown homosexuality, Native American heritage
Comparative Drama Conference
Orlando, FL, April 4-6, 2024
Deadline: October 12, 2023
This panel will examine Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown in any of its incarnations, from 2006 community theater project to 2010 concept album to 2019 Tony-winning Broadway musical. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
the Black Theatre Review (tBTR) is now accepting submissions for our fourth publication,
Vol. 2 No. 2, to be published in January 2024.
We are pleased to invite submissions that interrogate aesthetics, performativity, and matters of Environmentalism in Black and African Diasporic theatre history, contemporary performance and production, dramatic literature, digital art, artistic leadership, pedagogy and praxis, and nature-based religious and spiritual performativity. We invite authors to investigate, meditate and reflect on, and respond to:
By all accounts, we are living in a new age of form in literary criticism: the last decade has seen a slew of monographs, articles, and special issues devoted to what Jonathan Kramnick and Anahid Nersessian have called “the millennial reboot of formalism,” (Kramnick and Nersessian 2017, 652) one largely devoted to the political revivification of form. While these projects vary widely, they are united, in some ways, by a major omission: the body.
Children's Literature Association 2024 Conference
May 30 - June 1, 2024
Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club
Theme: Looking Back, Looking Forward: ChLA at 50
As we approach the 50-year anniversary of the Children’s Literature Association’s founding, we gather to reflect on the past, present, and future of our field.
“Comparative Dylan @ Comparative Drama”
Comparative Drama Conference
Orlando, FL, April 4-6, 2024
Deadline: October 12, 2023
Bob Dylan has been performing on stage for six decades. However, his relationship to other performance arts remains underexplored and underappreciated. This panel will put Dylan’s work as a singer-songwriter and performance artist in conversation with relevant dramatic works, performances, and stage traditions.
Broadly speaking, I am looking for paper proposals in the following areas:
Event 2024 is an experiment in sustainable global conferencing, including monthly Zoom events, face-to-face hub events in September, and the asynchronous discussion of uploaded papers on COVE Conferences.
CALL FOR PAPERS
More is More: Maximalism, Materiality, and the Medieval Aesthetics of Embellishment
International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 8-10, 2024, Kalamazoo, MI)
Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2023 (on the ICMS submission portal)
2024 International Congress of Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo)
This panel invites papers considering the global reach and expanse of Petrarch and Petrarchan concepts, as reflected in: 1.) the poet’s work itself, 2.) his engagement with other literary and linguistic traditions, and 3.) intertextual responses to his work. Countering longstanding perceptions of an “insular” Petrarch who primarily gazes inward while losing sight of other perspectives and horizons, this panel considers the sociopolitical, transhistorical, comparative, intertextual, interlinguistic, and plurilinguistic frameworks that permit an understanding of a more capacious Petrarch—a Petrarch who can be understood “globally,” so to speak, in both his Latin and vernacular writings.
Deadline: January 15, 2024
THEATRE ANNUAL: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas
Call for Articles, 2024 Issue
Call for Papers
Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture Area
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
45th Annual Conference, February 21-24, 2024
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Submissions open on September 1, 2023
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2023
This is a call for papers for the ACLA seminar titled "Ecocritical Adaptations: Feminist and Queer Interventions" organized by Dr. Fei Shi and Dr. Sylvie Bissonnette.
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference
Palais des congrès, Montreal, March 14-17, 2024
Co-organizers: Christine Xiong (Stanford) and Fiana Kawane (University of British Columbia)
Édouard Glissant, in Poetics of Relation (1990), famously emphasizes that “Cultures develop in a single planetary space but to different ‘times.’ It would be impossible to determine either a real chronological order or an unquestionable hierarchical order for these times.”
ACLA Annual Meeting: Montréal, March 14-17 2024
The act of literary reading implies a commitment to the text, which means making ourselves available and open to its potential and consequences. Indeed, many texts require us to devote careful attention to them and to adopt a ‘vulnerable reading’ stance even though they escape our horizon of meaning. What are difficult texts and how can they be felt as such?
ACLA Annual Meeting 2024: March 14-17, Montreal, Canada
Figuring the Lyric Across Media Seminar
Co-organized with Frances Grace Fyfe, Concordia University
This seminar focuses on the recent (2022) publication of Catherine Malabou’s Au voleur!, which is slated for publication in English translation as Stop Thief! in January 2024. Contributors are invited to present 20-minute responses to Malabou’s book that consider the interdisciplinary relevance of Stop Thief! to contemporary theoretical discourse.
ACLA 2024 CfP: Bodies in Crises, Crises as Bodies in the Middle East and North Africa
ACLA 2024: Thinking the “Unthinkable World”: Theories of Horror, Horrors of Theory
American Comparative Literature Association Seminar
University of Toronto Quarterly (UTQ) is currently seeking submissions. Established in 1931, UTQ publishes innovative and exemplary scholarship from all areas in the humanities. The journal welcomes articles, in English or French, on art and visual culture, gender and sexuality, history, literature and literary studies, music, philosophy, theory, theatre and performance, religion, and other areas of the humanities not listed here. As an interdisciplinary journal, UTQ favours articles that appeal to a scholarly readership beyond the specialists of a given discipline or field.
Masculinity is in crisis. This comes as no surprise to anyone following current events, taking note that the perpetrators of violent crimes (most significantly mass shootings, terrorism, and domestic violence) are overwhelmingly male. It becomes clear that, despite their dominant status in American culture, a significant proportion of men are lonely, violent, and repressed.
Remembering “the magic of the B.B.C. box” long after he had left for London, George Lamming described the event of a Caribbean Voices broadcast: “West Indian writers would meet in the same house and listen to these programmes,” absorbing “the curriculum for a serious all-night argument” and then wrangling “among themselves and against the absent English critic.” With venues for print often vanishingly small, radio assumed an outsized importance for postcolonial writers in the middle of the twentieth century, offering larger audiences, steadier remuneration, and programming with a generative mix of stories, poems, drama, and criticism. How did wireless outlets, and networks, shape literatures emerging from the protracted end of European empires?
Cary Nelson’s stance on archival work in his 1989 book Repression and Recovery applies to the intimate, frustrating, and rewarding practice of archival research’s potential to offer literary scholars the chance to rehabilitate both author and text. He states, “For texts previously ignored or belittled, our greatest appreciative act may be to give them fresh opportunities for an influential life. That discourse can include new constructions of the cultural work those texts may have done in their own time” (14). When archival research uncovers voices that showcase underrepresented voices, the outcome is tremendous in how it results in new ways of reading the past in contemporary culture. But what about historically problematic constructions?
Hortense Spillers describes the Black woman as “a locus of confounded identities”: “‘Peaches’ and ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Sapphire’ and ‘Earth Mother,’ ‘Aunty,’ ‘Granny,’ God's ‘Holy Fool,’ a ‘Miss Ebony First,’ or ‘Black Woman at the Podium.’” Borrowing Nicole Fleetwood’s term “excess flesh” which refers to the hypervisibility of Black female bodies, this panel seeks to engage with the representation of bodies that are seen as “excess” or “surplus.” Fleetwood explores artists and performers that reclaim or subvert the attributed “excessiveness” of the Black female body using this very corporeality to (re)gain ownership of Black female subjectivity and narrativization.
The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention will be held in Boston March 7-10 2024.
We are soliciting papers for our roundtable, entitled "Mentoring Scholars of Color." The roundtable was very popular at last year's session, and we want to resume conversations about best practices for mentoring diverse scholars today. The goal is to create a safe space for scholars of color to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the area of mentorship among scholars of color.