Our cultural exercises and transactions have a symbiotic relationship with the past. The traces of our past determine the essence of the present and these traces manifest as memories. This fluid and liminal nature of memories lends an element of elasticity while crafting personal and collective identities, nationhood, history, body, imagination, communities, erasure and approval of knowledge systems and much more. The process of recollecting, recalling, remembering, retrieving, registering, witnessing, repressing, recording, forming, forgetting memories frees them from all forms of spatial and temporal boundaries and makes them powerful agents of disruption and change.
Mental health related challenges among graduate students have long been known as a serious concern across universities throughout the world. Findings from a recent survey of graduate students across numerous fields of study, countries, and institutions suggest that graduate students are over six times more likely to experience anxiety and depression than the general population (Evans et. al 2018). Women, LGBTQ students and graduate students from other, minoritized, underrepresented groups in universities are even more vulnerable to such issues.
Graduate students who come to NeMLA get professionalization practice at writing and delivering conference papers. After the show is over, what becomes of those rich documents and the feedback you received on your work?
This GSC-sponsored roundtable aims to give practical advice to graduate students and others, particularly early career and precariously employed professionals, regarding strategies for developing your recently delivered paper into a publishable manuscript. We particularly encourage proposals that cover a variety of publishing opportunities, including small presses and open access journals. Possible discussion points include:
Choosing the right publication to target
Open access journals
How does one prepare for a comprehensive exam? Who would make for the best members of a dissertation committee, and how should one ask them for help? What kind of relationship should one have with other graduate students? How does one move from being an undergraduate to a graduate student?
The shifting landscape of academia has necessitated that leadership approaches and leadership training also be adapted to remain abreast with the rapid changes taking place in the world. While the impact of neoliberal trends in the university would lead one to believe in the primacy of maximum self-actualization to improve one’s prospects in a hypercompetitive market, there also exists a strong counter-ideological movement that aims to develop servant-leaders who would pave the way for ethical decision making, public-oriented activity, and participatory management.
Since 1989, Penumbra has published the artistic and literary talents of students and creatives regionally, nationally, and internationally and has strived to be a champion for writers of all ages and backgrounds. As a publication, Penumbra is unique; its student-led staff personally solicits, selects, and edits its content and design. This journal provides its staff with the unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience putting together both an online and print publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid, and art pieces. This year Penumbra is excited to share a new opportunity; Penumbra Press, a new branch of the Stanislaus State publication.
We have the pleasure to invite you to submit articles for our next issue of HyperCultura (indexed CEEOL, Ulrichsweb, DOAJ, MLA Director of Periodicals, ERIH PLUS and EBSCO), due March-April 2022. While we will still encourage a comparative approach, though not imposing it, we will welcome papers on nationalism/postnationalism, colonialism/postcolonialism/decolonization, race, gender studies, ethnicity, and identity. The papers should apply any of the above on: literature (not classic), media studies, film studies, visual and performative arts, teaching (language and literature).
The fantasy of sentient machines serving humans’ desires and needs connects world cultures and media as the film & TV industry is eager to produce eye-catching visual narratives of indestructible cyborgs like Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the Terminator Series or selfless servants like Andrew Martin (Robert Williams) in Bicentennial Man. However spectacular these films are, they often leave us uncomfortable, wondering if bionic humans or AI-operated machines are here to destroy humanity. Could it be that humans deceive themselves into thinking that the creation of such posthuman beings will resolve the paradox of the ‘master and slave’ power dynamics?
This panel examines the language used to represent disdained or illicit early modern labor. We seek papers that ask how gender functions in cultural attempts to prohibit, criminalize, or disparage marginalized workers or practioners of unsanctioned professions (e.g., cure peddalers, sex workers, pirates, poachers, counterfeiters). What do representations of such disruptive laborers tell us about the dynamic between subsistence pursuits and the accumulation of economic surplus in early modern burgeoning capitalism? How do these disruptive economies depend upon and sustain already authorized systems?
Latin American Children’s Literature and Culture
Call for Papers
Equipping undergraduate students with the skills to express themselves and communicate their research results effectively has far-ranging impacts, from providing a measurable outcome of undergraduate research in coursework and programs to building interpersonal experience for college graduates as they pursue further education or professional paths where they will discuss complex subjects with nonspecialist audiences.
The range, audacity, and radical commitments of Alice Notley’s poetry are unmatched in contemporary literature. Having published continuously for over 50 years, Notley is one of the most important and celebrated American poets of the 20th and 21st centuries. This NeMLA roundtable aims to address the full scope of Notley’s writing and aesthetic activity from 1970 to the present, from the slant domesticity of her early volumes in the 1970s, to the investment in gendered urban publics in the 1980s, to an attention to environmental crisis in the early 1990s, to the more oracular interest in the relationship between “one” and “world” in recent volumes, in order to variously describe a poetics of care in Notley’s work.
Poetry not only provides a creative, real-world context for studying language but also allows for the integration of other disciplines into the language-learning process. With that in mind, this session explores the use of poetry as an effective tool in foreign language instruction and acquisition.
Full CFP here: https://bevismanuscripts.wordpress.com/call-for-papers We warmly invite submissions for a workshop taking place in Düsseldorf 2-4 December 2021, hosted by Heinrich-Heine University. The multi-text manuscript was a key medium for disseminating popular narratives including romances and epic or hagiographical texts across the cultural and linguistic borders of late medieval Europe. The manuscripts that have survived from this period can therefore be read not only as windows into the literary, social and linguistic environment in which they were created, but also as cultural objects whose evolving contents shaped the adaptation and reception of the texts they contain.
Editors: Catherine Clay, Andrew Thacker, Rebecca Butler, and Matt Gill
Designer: Craig Proud, Co-founder of Dizzy Ink
Deadlines: 20 July 2021 (proposals); 1 September 2021 (full submissions)
The Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG) at Nottingham Trent University invites proposals for contributions to a special issue zine on the topic of ‘Revolutions in Print: Rebellion, Reform and the Press’. The zine will be produced as part of the PPCRG’s exhibition and event series on this topic (26 Oct-29 Nov 2021) at Nottingham Castle, where it will be distributed.
In times marked by the growing and irreversible impact of global climate change, this panel welcomes contributions exploring the literary and artistic ideations of Francophone ecofutures within and across French-speaking spaces. Inspired by the recent publication boom of eco-oriented literary and philosophical works such as Leonora Miano’s Rouge impératrice, Malcom Ferdinand’s Pour une écologie décoloniale, and Felwine Sarr’s Afrotopia, this panel seeks to answer questions such as: how have Francophone visual and literary ecofictions imagined decolonial futures?
Research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) of Ghent University (Belgium) is delighted to announce From the Scenic Essay to the Essay-Exhibition. Expanding the Essay Form in the Arts after Literature and Film, an international conference from 27th-29th of April 2022 in Ghent (Belgium) and the corresponding call for proposals to contribute to this event.
Theme of the conference:
This panel asks a follow-up question to the so-called "urban turn" in the humanities and social sciences in recent years: what lies beyond or at the margins of the urban. The city itself has evolved into something that transgresses the traditional formations of the urban/rural, the fictional/material, the state/institutional, and the resistant/popular. By seeking to address the interrelation between the notions of the center and the peripheral within media urbanisms across the world, the panel aims to go beyond the binary of the center and the margin well as the urban and the non-urban, and in doing so, rethinks urban marginality as well as the processes that create it.
Reading Contemporary American Warfare with Just War Theory
Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2022
Full name / name of organization: LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scripting the Past in the Present:
Early America and Contemporary Culture
SAMLA 93, November 4-6, 2021 (Atlanta, GA)
Patrick M. Erben and Rebecca L. Harrison, University of West Georgia
In this creative panel we will gather voices from a wide array of poet-scholars that write in and experiment with their original languages, and will present their works in both their original languages and in their English translations. This creative session welcomes a variety of sounds, themes, approaches, experiments, that work within the poetic realm.
‘Make It New’ Once Again: Experimental Trends in 21st-century Poetry in English
Northeast Modern Language Association 53rd Annual Covention, Baltimore MD, March 10-13, 2022
Panel: Networks of Care in Early Modern Women’s Maternal Fiction and Nonfiction
Chairs: Kate Albrecht (University of Miami), Claire Richie (Univesity of Miami)
This panel seeks to explore how Early Modern maternity is figured through various genres and creates social networks of care. From recipes to poetry, how do Early Modern women, within proto-feminist coteries, create a written record of their reproductive choices and roles as caregivers?
Older women's contributions to art and intellectual pursuits are often under-valued in western culture. Many contemporary women writers challenge our perception of their abilities and worth by continuing to produce award-winning fiction about aging women as they themselves age. Writers such as Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, Amy Tan, Joyce Carol Oates and Isabel Allende have all continued to write well into their sixties and seventies, and their focus on complex older female characters creates a counter-narrative to the popular conception that they are no longer relevant. This panel invites proposals that examine the literary contributions of contemporary women writers over sixty who focus on similarly-aged female characters.
Writers inherit much from their families: stories, material wealth, trauma, discipline, genetic traits, knowledge, and other legacies. What do we do with this heritage and how do we make it our own in our original creative productions? Will the legacy become a heirloom seed that produces exquisite blooms or a hereditary disorder that wilts inspiration on the vine? Bestselling memoirists Mary Karr, Sherman Alexie, Ocean Vuong, and many others have famously shaped family trauma into achingly poignant works of art, begging us to ask if such pain is a necessary ingredient of their success.
CFP – Panel: 53rd annual NeMLA Convention
Baltimore, MD (10-13 March, 2022)
Connecting Characters in Modern and Contemporary French-Language Fiction
Abstract deadline: September 30, 2021
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program promotes the work of scholars new to bibliography, broadly defined to include the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts. This includes manuscript, print, and digital media, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads.
The New Scholars award is $1,000, with a $500 travel stipend. Three awards are made each year as part of a two-pronged program:
1. New Scholars present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished bibliographical research during a program preceding the Society’s Annual Meeting, held each January.
9-11 September 2021, online
Keynote Speakers: Grace Dillon, Radha D’Souza
Guest Creators: Jeannette Ng, Rivers Solomon, Neon Yang
Girl, Interrupted. Crank. Thirteen Reasons Why. Wintergirls. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Turtles All the Way Down. Amidst a preponderance of "mental illness novels" marketed toward a young-adult audience, we are left wondering: where's the Madness?
CFP: Food in American Literature
Proposals due July 20, 2021