The confluence of sports culture and sociopolitical issues has a long history. Memorable examples of athletes of yesteryear embracing activism include Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists against institutional racism, Muhammad Ali opposing the Vietnam War, and Billie Jean King fighting for gender equity. Contemporary examples include Colin Kaepernick protesting police violence against people of color and the U.S. women’s national soccer team charging U.S. Soccer with gender discrimination. Each example underscores the reality that athletes are so much more than the games they play. Many authors have honored this tradition through the fictional athletes they portray in contemporary sports-related young adult literature (YAL).
In Passage: The International Journal of Writing and Mobility, the electronic journal of the Faculty of Languages & Literatures of the University of Boumerdes, seeks contributions in English or French for its third issue, to be released in December 2020. The subjects addressed by In Passage include, but are not limited to:
- Literary genres and movements
- Travel literature and intercultural contact.
- Writing and sexual identity
- Code switching/code mixing
- Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
- Translation issues
- "Digital writing" (SMS language, social networks)
Global Center for Religious Research
Division of Religious History
Call for Submissions!
The Effects of Pandemics on Religious History
The Division of Religious History for the Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is seeking written submissions to be anthologized in a bound publication dedicated to the influence and effects of pandemics on religion.
The physical role of the body on stage holds equal fascination for dance and theatre scholars and practitioners.
Call for papers: BROLLY. Journal of Social Sciences
London Academic Publishing, UK
Vol. 3, No. 1, April 2020
Extended Submission Deadline: April 20, 2020
No publication fee will be charged.
ISSN 2516-869X (Print)
ISSN 2516-8703 (Online)
BROLLY welcomes submissions of original papers that make contributions to the research field of social sciences, pursuing the changes that occur in the contemporary world.
"Spatiality and Temporality"International Online Conference4-5 July 2020
organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research
We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the upcoming "Spatiality and Temporality" International Online Conference. The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest related to the conference topic. We invite proposals from various disciplines including philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, culture studies, literature and architecture.
International Online Conference on European Studies27-28 June 2020organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research
The conference aims to explore Europe from a variety of perspectives. It will consider its political, social and philosophical dimensions as well as the cultural and intellectual life of Europe. Proposals can demonstrate both national and regional expertise, refer to the past or present, or offer a comparative analysis.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered all aspects of society in North America and around the globe, including higher education. The Modern Language Association Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities invites short reflections from graduate students on how this situation has affected the core aspects of their scholarly lives––from coursework and teaching to research projects and dissertation defenses––as well as the impact on their broader selves: personal well being, physical and mental health, familial and domestic responsibilities, financial and living situations, and any other repercussions of this crisis.
UVA Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXXIV
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
September 17-19, 2020
“A Saint for One Season, or Who Was Mary Magdalen?”—Elizabeth Rhodes, Boston College
Call for Papers:
This panel seeks presentations about racial identity/experience and time in modern and contemporary literature, visual-art, and performance cultures, broadly and imaginatively conceived. We are especially interested in papers about irregular conceptions of racialized/black time, such as those that draw on ideas of absurdity or abstractionism to discuss race as it relates to time and phenomenological inquiry, the staging of temporal stasis or acceleration, and questions of audience and presentness, duration, or movement. We welcome presentations about African American expressive practices, but also those that focus on works by artists belonging to other racialized communities.
Dance and Disruption: Science and Body in the Long Nineteenth Century
A Working Symposium hosted by the Dance Studies Association Working Group, Dancing the Long Nineteenth Century
NEW DATES: August 8-9, 2020, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, USA
We seek papers for a panel at this year's Modernist Studies Assocation annual meeting (Brooklyn, NY, October 22-25) entitled "House Styles: Pulp, Periodicals, Publishing." From the little magazines that launched a slew of modernist authors' careers to the grassroots periodicals and zines of the 1970s–80s that reintroduced forgotten or out-of-print writings, periodicals have consistently served as counter- and sub-cultural venues for literary production. This panel will consider the intersections between print cultural forms, mechanisms of dissemination, and the constitution of evolving twentieth-century literary canons and tastes.
Writers have long used revision as a creative tool, well before writing classrooms institutionalized it as such. Think of Pound ruthlessly cutting Eliot’s Waste Land, Moore slashing most of “Poetry,” and Robert Lowell turning stories and letters into cinquains, sonnets, and blank verse--and then revising some of those poems again, into other forms. To many, such acts of revision are the markers of a serious writer, one who pursues perfection in multiple drafts.
Edited Collection – Critical Perspectives on Stephen King’s It
Edited by Whitney S. May
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces three awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.
PLEASE NOTE THE EXTENDED DEADLINES.
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by August 28, 2020.
Since the Age of Enlightenment, which glorified reason and empirical observation as the nexus for human knowledge, and the Industrial Revolution, which brought about robust technological changes, science and scientific thinking have been increasingly placed above everything else. But from a humanities perspective, fiction has always moved one step ahead of science, dreaming of the impossible first. Science-fiction and speculative fiction, in both utopian and dystopian forms, are concrete examples of this. From Mary Shelley to Jules Verne, George Orwell, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Margaret Atwood, many authors explored what the future holds for the world in their narratives of the ‘back-then’ unimaginable.
Call for Chapters
for an Edited Anthology
Digital HumanitiesDigital approaches to Literary ,linguistic and cultural Studies
MLA 2021 (Toronto, 7-10 January)Dickens Society Allied Organization Panel This panel invites papers considering hunger and/or survival or persistence in Dickens's world. What are Dickens’s characters hungering after? What do we make of feast or famine in Dickens? Please submit 300-word proposals and a brief bio to Sara Malton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 30 March 2020
"Examining the Longest International Border: The US and Canada in Atwood's Works" For the Toronto MLA, The Margaret Atwood Society's panel will explore the representation of Canada and the US in Atwood's works. Papers may investigate depictions of the nations themselves, the relationship between the two nations' peoples, or instances of navigating/crossing the long border. Papers considering how Atwood is taught, e.g. her inclusion in American Lit syllabi, will also be considered.
CONFERENCE CANCELLED IN NECESSARY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
We're sorry not to be seeing you this summer, but please stay well, and we'll be back next year!
Surely the wake left behind by mankind’s forward march reveals its movement just as clearly as the spray thrown up elsewhere by the prow.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Few would dispute the validity of Teilhard’s analogy itself: a society is defined as much by what it rejects as what it values. What we might question is the very forwardness of the march he imagines. Moreover, would an exhibit of what any given society has “left behind” constitute a tribute or a condemnation?
EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 5, 2020
Media have always been able to configure our sense of space. However, in recent years, technological development—which tends to affect the relationship between the individual and the environment more and more deeply—has been radically intensifying this process. More particularly, the spatial dimension has assumed a role of increasing importance in determining the subject’s activity and agency.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE ARE HOPING IT WILL BE HELD IN OCTOBER 2020 OR MAY 2021. THE EXACT DATE WILL BE PROVIDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
MANY REGIMES OF CAPITAL IN THE POSTDIGITAL AGE
Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw 21-22 May 2020
Call for papers for a proposed session at the 2021 MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 7-10 in Toronto.
Feminist theory has always enjoyed a productive but uneasy relationship with laughter. What are the limits and potentials of laughing paradigms for the future of feminist critical thought?
Topics May Include (but are not limited to):
Call for Chapters for an edited collection on the performativity of villainy and evil in literature and media
We are inviting abstracts for a publication on the British television series Auf Wiedersehen Pet to mark the 35th anniversary of its first screening. We are interested in a range of contributions including; academic articles, fan responses, reminiscences, revisiting locations, interviews, etc.
There has been an explosion of interest in the impact of children’s television and literature of the late C20th. In particular, the 1970s and 1980s are seen as decades that shaped a great deal of our contemporary cultural landscape. Television of this period dominated the world of childhood entertainment, drawing freely upon literature and popular culture, and much of it continues to resonate powerfully with the generation of cultural producers (fiction writers, screenwriters, directors, musicians and artists) that grew up watching the weird, the eerie and the horrific.
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a symposium at the York Centre for Writing, York St John University. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND THE CFP EXTENDED. WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A NEW CONFERENCE DATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
The daytime Horrifying Symposium event is free to attend (lunch is provided). There will be a ticketed event in the evening with very special guests, Scarred for Life.
Our symposium is intended to span academic and popular responses and we would welcome contributions from academics, practitioners, broadcasters, writers and fans. Proposals can be for critical papers and other mixed-mode presentations and submissions that blur the boundaries.