For presentation at the NeMLA conference in March of 2024:
This panel offers a transnational and interdisciplinary vision of how creativity resists debt. Capturing the social alienation of debt embodied in the lives of so many Latin Americans, and contrary to analyzing Latin American debt only as a sophisticated form of socioeconomic oppression— particularly of individuals and communities historically marginalized from politics and power—this panel aims to discuss the creative and resourceful ways indebted individuals are forced to navigate their precarity and reclaim a future for their families.
Critics frequently frame American literary regionalism in geographical terms, whether by emphasizing a region’s spatial boundedness or emphasizing components of regionalist writing that stretch across space and scale. A similar negotiation of spatial scales from the proximate to the planetary has come to characterize recent conversations about climate change in the environmental humanities—for example in the work of Timothy Clark, Benjamin Morgan, and Elizabeth DeLoughrey. Regionalism’s engagements with place, scale, ecology, and everyday atmospheres make it a potentially generative form for representing climate, and yet few scholarly treatments have investigated the interconnections between American literary regionalism and climatic thought.
CFP: Words Across Worlds: Multilingual Writers and Online Writing Instruction
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2023
University of Iowa, 19-21 April 2024
Literature and Life Writing
Midwest Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature
October 23-24, 2023
This conference brings together scholars of Christianity and literature with contemporary writers of spiritual memoir to celebrate religious life writing and consider the forms, features, and thematic possibilities within the range of associated genres. How do literary works and forms shape portrayals of spiritual life? What might literature accomplish in the spiritual life within writer and reader? How might the literary space of religiously inflected life writing offer particular theological content?
Call for Papers
Silver Jubilee Issue: 25 Years of American, British and Canadian Studies: Lofty Aspirations, Protean Visions, Ongoing Quests
Deadline: 10 June 2024
Charlotte Beyer, University of Gloucestershire
Christine Berberich, University of Portsmouth
Sean Matthews, University of Nottingham
Special Issue Consultants:
South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 95th Conference:
Pre-1900 American Literature Panel: “Writing with Security and Insecurity in Early America.”
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What a Waste! is an interdisciplinary graduate conference that seeks to explicate the position of waste in the cultural output of the post-war. This conference will be held at the University of St Andrews on 23rd September 2023, and invites proposals from postgraduates and early career researchers.
One interpretation of the NeMLA 2024 theme of Surplus centers on embodiment, and the transatlantic long nineteenth century was arguably a key historical moment for envisioning material embodiment in terms of surplus, or lack thereof. Representation of both individual and corporate embodiment often turned to material resources like food to express approval or disapproval for various bodies’ relationships to each other. As David J. Hutson argues, during the nineteenth century “body weight was allowed to hold multiple symbolic positions, with thinness and fatness understood as both positive and negative” (2017).
Call for Papers Special Issue of Persona Studies
*Persona and Inter(Face)*
Editor: Amanda du Preez
The human face is an encounter; it acts as a threshold between worlds
and spheres. The face is often associated with a persona, a mask, a
screen, a surface, and even a mirage. Historically the face has been
mediated through the portrait, photography, the cinematic moving image,
and, lately, by the selfie (to mention only the obvious examples).
Conference online (via Zoom)
27-28 July 2023
In our postmodern world there are a lot of questions that should be re-considered and re-defined. What does it mean to fight against colonialism and racism in the world of migration crisis and xenophobic attitudes towards minorities? What does it mean to be a postcommunist country in the face of the common nostalgia for order and rules? How is it possible to have a national identity being aware of the relative character of every national feature?
Call for Submissions:
Vector invites proposals for articles on speculative modernisms, exploring modernist, experimental, and avant-garde literary and artistic traditions in relation to science fiction, fantasy, and cognate genres and modes.
Horror has been analyzed in literature and film endlessly. But in this modern age of surplus, more niche and obscure mediums for horror have been taking the reigns. With so much media at our fingertips and so readily accessible, film and literature are influenced by independent creations. Video games, web Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), music, Internet culture, and international media have led to the development and evolution of American mainstream horror in the past couple of years. More traditional outlets for terror like books and movies have become stale and formulaic due to Capitalism, restricted to producing what is only guaranteed to be profitable, causing the traditional mediums to take note of these newer forms of scary storytelling.
Is there such thing as too much memory? According to nineteenth-century French psychologists, there is, which is how they coined the term “hypermnesia,” or “the disease of too much memory” (Michael Roth). As Michael Roth has usefully charted, a “typical” or normal” memory, then, would be one that brings order, allowing for a clear link between the past and present that consequently allows for “possible futures.” In contrast, surplus memory becomes an “agent of disorder” that overwhelms the present.
This roundtable welcomes educators whose teaching and scholarship focus on Latinx Peoples and Popular Culture.
Invite to submit to an upcoming in-person conference session, "Rethinking Critical Thinking and the Humanities." (October 2023, Portland OR; PAMLA)
I have organized a round-table session to be held at the PAMLA 120th Annual Conference (Portland, OR) – October 26-29, 2023.
From natural to synthetic, from accidental to administered, poison is entangled with our human history, and its presence has a lot to say about not only our customs and laws, but also our ways of storytelling. Poison likes to adapt itself to situation: the definition of what poison even ‘is’ changes according to time and place, and to the cultural groups and sub-groups that are being consulted. Poison is malleable, mutating, and culturally slippery. In its ability to conquer the imagination, poison is a crafty narrative weaver. From Shakespeare’s plays to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Eco’s The Name of the Rose, from iconic cinematic examples such The Princess Bride to global phenomena such as J.K.
We invite submissions to the session “English as a Second Language in STEM Spaces of Higher Education” at NeMLA 2024. Please, see a more detailed description below and links to the submission portal at the bottom of the message.
With the success of two panel sessions at the 2023 NeMLA Convention, we are happy to propose a “sequel” session on the theme of “Tolkien’s Medievalism in Ruins” in 2024. For all that may be said about the 2023 panels, one thing is certain: The panelists highlighted the important roles of relics and ruins within Tolkien’s essay “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics,” The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
Consider submitting paper extracts for Surplus and the Melodramaric Excess at the upcoming Nemla Conference, March 7-10 2024 in Boston!
This session investigates the surplus of melodrama through an examination of its excess. What can an overabundance of tears, laughter, and music tell us about the cultures they grew out of or ourselves? In what ways can we re-engage with and rethink the legacy and influence of the melodrama during its time and today?
Organised in partnership with: University of Brighton / The Glasgow School of Art / The OA Zine / Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne
This international online conference will focus on both seasons of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's acclaimed television series The OA that went missing 4 years ago. Released on Netflix between 2016 and 2019, The OA has been described as one of the best streaming series of the 2010s, but has yet to benefit from an international conference that is interdisciplinary in scope. We are enthusiastic about the conference’s accessible online format and its potential to engage with international colleagues in diverse fields of research.
Elodie Rousselot defines “neo-historical fiction” as a subgenre of historical fiction that reimagines history by offering an “active interrogation of the past.”[i] Historical fiction, broadly speaking, allows readers to witness perspectives of the recognizable past while audiences interrogate the future. Most importantly, imagining the livelihood or end of various societal institutions has different stakes for different groups. Perspective is critical in historical fiction as exploring significant historical events also offers the opportunity to actively interrogate the future.
Upon entering a new decade of the twenty-first century the artistic landscape is increasingly hybrid and veering from the norms; a growing blend of forms, contents and genres is taking place. Therefore, it is imperative to reflect on the interrelation of narrative and media/arts and to contribute with academic theorization that allows for a broadening of reflection upon the nature and role of narrative as the binding element of a new audiovisual praxis.
We call on authors to submit papers focusing on the multiple challenges of artistic contemporaneity, seeking to foster a multidisciplinary dialogue.
NeMLA 2024: Boston, March 7-10, Sheraton Back Bay
This session is a panel (3-4 participants, each presenting a formal paper of 15-20 minutes, plus Q&A).
Read more about this session: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20317
NeMLA 2024: Boston, March 7-10, Sheraton Back Bay
This session is a roundtable (3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations of 5-10 minutes each, and the session is open to conversation and debate).
Current directions in composition and rhetoric scholarship—including labor-based contract grading, ungrading, experiential learning and/or service learning, critical language awareness, antiracist pedagogy, translingualism, and asset-based pedagogies—are converging to make the classroom a more inclusive, welcoming space for all learners. When we consider how these different approaches play out with multilingual learners, though, we learn more about our students, our texts, our classrooms, and ourselves.
Call for Special-Issue ProposalsAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities Angelaki seeks proposals of 5--700 words for special issues. The journal publishes four special issues (and two nontheme ‘general’ issues) per volume/annum. Angelaki special issues are generous: 80--90,000 words. Special issues are republished, 9--12 months after the issue, as hardback books in the Angelaki: New Work in the Theoretical Humanities series. We seek proposals for special issues for publication in the second half of 2025 and for 2026.
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Panel
March 7-10, 2024, Boston