From arborescence to the rhizome, plants have long served as models for thinking in philosophy, biology, and the arts. In recent years, scholars including Michael Marder, Catriona Sandilands, and Jeffrey Nealon have brought renewed attention to the agency and dynamism of the vegetal, at the same time that the future of plant life has come to be at risk in the wake of climate change and the impending collapse of ecosystems. This panel invites papers that explore ways of thinking about and with plants in the shadow of the Anthropocene. How do writers and visual artists, past and present, help us renegotiate our relationship to the vegetal today?
400 years ago, the Mayflower arrived on Patuxet land and established the settler colony of Plymouth. Just two years later, the Patuxet peoples were pronounced extinct. Despite or due to this settler violence, the Plymouth colony gave rise to the American tradition of “Thanksgiving” and the mythology of Europeans building a ‘City upon a Hill’ in America.
While it is considered dubious to anthropomorphize animals to learn about them, learning with animals asks scholars to consider both animal and human ways of being and knowing, as well as where those epistemologies might overlap or diverge. Attempting to learn with animals requires consideration of the value of anthropomorphization. Drawing on the burgeoning field of animal studies, we invite literary scholars to consider how literature imagines animals and their ways of being and knowing—whether alternate or familiar.
According to the United Nations, more than 70 million people have been displaced worldwide. The UN monitors statistics on internally displaced persons, refugees, and asylum-seekers, and within those groups there are nuanced experiences of displacement based on gender, race, sexual expression, class, religion, and ability. Experience of forced displacement—whether because of civil unrest, natural disaster, government-induced development, or climate change—is more and more a shared experience, and the narratives of these experiences can both bring together and challenge us. The recent global Coronavirus pandemic affects us all, and yet it exacerbates the inequities in medical care, services, and ability to adhere to stay-at-home mandates.
Whether we consider the high fantasy of Lewis and Tolkien or the contemporary rise in historical fiction set during the Middle Ages, it must be acknowledged that medievalists (and scholars more generally) have long been linked with creative writing. In an era of academia where the traditional university job is far from assured and where representations of the Middle Ages are co-opted by white nationalists, we must acknowledge the wider benefits and contributions of the humanities, while promoting a diverse picture of the Middle Ages. It is more important than ever that the scholastic community embrace its creative side.
Call for Papers:
Jesuits in Science Fiction: The Clash of Reason and Revelation on Other Worlds
Edited by Richard Feist (Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada)
To be published by Vernon Press
The 64th annual American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held February 12th through 13th at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. This year’s conference is delayed until the spring because of COVID-19. The following is a list of suggested areas of scholarship you may consider when exploring our conference theme:
The Arab notion of identity, defined by traditional gender roles, categorizes the binary subsets of the patriarchal understanding of performative “male” and “female” facades. Gender remains vaguely defined in the Arab world due to layers of taboo and stigma; untraditional gender roles and practices result in a halt of the fragile cyclical reality within the Arab realm. In recent years, the academic world began to decode expressions of gender within the Arab world; however, the gendered Arab identity has been fundamentally stereotyped. In this edited volume, we venture into various subsets of the 21st century Arab identity that pertain to deciphering the gendered Arab.
Call for Papers
An Edited Book (ISBN)
Mythological Literature in India
We are pleased to inform you that we are going to publish an edited volume with the proposed title “Revisiting Mythological Literature in India: Origin and Development.”
Pride/Sacrifices: Soldier Wives’ Memoirs (1947-2020)
(Call for Entries for an Anthology)
She cleans the house and pays those bills
And has her moments when all time stands still
With the love in her heart for just one man
She can't help but cry as she looks at her band
She prays someday he'll come home safe from harm
And once again she'll snuggle up in his arms
She speaks to God about her plans and wishes
As she stands and cries while doing dishes
She's trying to hold it together the best that she can
Doing all she can do for the love of just one man
Humanities Bulletin Journal - Call for papers
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2020
Vol. 3, No. 2 - November, 2020
Humanities Bulletin is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journal which features original studies and reviews in the various branches of Humanities, including History, Literature, Philosophy, Arts.
This journal is not allied with any specific school of thinking or cultural tradition; instead, it encourages dialogue between ideas and people with different points of view. Our aim is to bring together different international scholars, in order to promote the dialogue between cultures, ideas and new academic researches.
The Journal is hosted by London Academic Publishing, London, UK.
2021 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI
Fear of a Medieval Queer Planet: Global, Medieval Queerness (A Roundtable)
Sponsored by New Queer Medievalisms book series at Medieval Institute Publications
The Department of Theatre Studies and the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic are pleased to announce a series of international symposia on English Theatre Culture 1660–1737. The overarching theme of the first symposium is Forms, Genres and Conventions.
Este GT explora las intersecciones entre los campos del arte, la historia, la política y la filosofía en las Américas, abordando cuestiones relacionadas con la creación de identidad y la formación cultural y artística en el continente americano. La identidad cultural de los países americanos es un tema crucial que debe analizarse a través de los cambios en el contexto de este continente.
CFP: special issue of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature on the Chinese-Australian author Brian Castro
We invite essay submissions for a special issue of Antipodes, journal of the American Association for Australasian Studies (AAALS) examining the work of the Chinese-Australian author Brian Castro. This special section will be guest edited by Peter D. Mathews (Hanyang University).
Studies in Travel Writing special issue:
‘Vertical Travel: Deceleration, Microspection, Confinement’
Guest edited by Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Zoe Kinsley (Liverpool Hope University) and Kate Walchester (Liverpool John Moores University)
The College English Association welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme: Justice. The College English Association’s 52nd national conference will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, where the freedom ensured by civil rights has been contested by the government in both the past and present. Birmingham’s notoriety as a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, including the Birmingham Campaign, the imprisonment of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the writing of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is matched by the city’s renown for forging steel, founding Veteran’s Day, and hosting the USA’s second-oldest drag queen pageant.
Representation of work in contemporary Italian short story collections from the 1980s to the present day
Guest editors: Filippo Gobbo, Mara Santi and Tiziano Toracca.
Call for Chapters: House of the Devil: Satanic Cultures (and Panics) from the 60s to Today (Proposals due October 15, 2020)
From the Satanic and occult counter-cultures of the late 60s, as seen in the films of Kenneth Anger, to the Satanic Panic of the 80s, to the progressive-style Satanism of music groups like Twin Temple and organizations like The Satanic Temple, Satanism in the U.S. (both real and imagined) has long reflected the anxieties, hopes, and concerns of the culture at large.
Dr. Scott Oldenburg and Dr. Matteo Pangallo are seeking essay proposals for a prospective collection of essays tentatively titled None a Stranger There: England and/ in Europe on the Early Modern Stage.
This volume will gather together scholarship (theater history, performance study, literary criticism, literary history, etc.) about early modern English drama, written in response to, reflecting upon, or in light of Brexit and the debates that it has provoked. Some of the themes or topics that the essays might address include:
Abstracts are sought for a peer-reviewed collection of philosophical essays related to the Naughty Dog action-adventure video game series Uncharted (2007-2017). The essays should refer to the games that are considered the canon of the series: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. As the production of the movie adaptation of the game has been once again put on hold, and it seems that Naughty Dog will not develop new entries in the series in the foreseeable future, a book of essays seems rather timely.
Call for Papers
Stephen King Area
2021 PCA/ACA Annual National Conference
Boston: Wednesday, June 2nd-Saturday, June 5th (New Conference Dates)
We are pleased to invite you and your colleagues towards a book chapter for The revelation of the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic and Exploration of Socio-cultural responses to be published by AAP CRC Press (a Taylor & Franscis Group). Please submit your chapter(s) before August 10, 2020.
Call for Papers
Chapters for The Trinary Enigma of East-West Exchange:
A Cultural Dialogue
Chief Editor's Bio: Dr. Saswat Samay Das teaches Critical Theory, Continental Thinking and Deleuze Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences (IJELS)(ISSN: 2456-7620) is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed refereed journal that inviting Literature Essays, Review Articles, Research articles, case studies, conference proceeding, and short communication in the field of English Literature, Humanities, and Social Sciences. IJELS welcomes quality work that focuses on research, development, and review.
After submission, all papers will be evaluated by experienced editorial members for their originality, Language perspective, and correctness, the relevance of topic and presentation quality.
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Flow Volume 27 Special Issue
“TikTok as a Cultural Forum”
The body on the screen and the body of the screen have always formed a compelling and productive pairing. From apparatus theory to production and exhibition histories, these two conceptualizations of cinematic bodies remain valuable avenues for reflecting on the use of images, their visibility, materiality, and presentation. As cinema continues to fracture and expand across our cell phones and living spaces, the screen is increasingly tangible, mobile, and ubiquitous. Like the mobile toys and popular illusions preceding modern cinema, these forms of new media present particular bodies on particular screens.
Unreliable narrators are storytellers that the reader (or viewer) cannot trust. They most often occur in narratives that are written from a first-person point of view. Unreliable narrators deceive purposefully in some cases and unintentionally in others. As a result, the reader/viewer is left with the sense that something is “off.”
NEW DEADLINE This CFP was first sent last year but the book was delayed and is now under contract for 2021 publication.
This is a call for essays and interviews for a book titled “Alternative Careers for the Performing Arts,” a new book in Routledge's "PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional" series, which will explore possibilities for making use of a theatre education.