In the current moment, there is no paucity of catastrophe writing. From apocalyptic speculative fiction, cli-fi, and other textual forms of disaster writing, catastrophe is too often conceived of as environmental events or disasters that already have occurred (tsunami; forest fires; hurricanes and floods) or will reliably occur in the future. Part of the problem with this textualization is that catastrophe often is seen as an event rather than a process. More pointedly, our critical attention has been (understandably) trained on the effects and harms of climate change rather than on capitalism’s disastrous drive for surplus extraction that renders life unlivable for millions in the here and now.
**Since these are electronic publications, we have been offered the opportunity to expand our content. Likewise, we recognize that the lessening of covid restrictions has allowed for more research travel. The expected deadlines for delivery of final papers remains the same [1 February 2023], but all abstracts should be submitted by September 16th, 2022. Please note for both journals: all abstracts we select and papers put forward for peer review will have their submission fees waived.**
Special Issue Information:
Writing As ____ the 5th Writing Innovation Symposium (WIS), is slated for February 2-3, 2023 in person and online at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Undergrads, grads, faculty of all ranks and roles, academic staff, and independent writers and scholars are welcome to apply. Proposals for workshops and flashtalks are due 10/28; proposals for posters, displays, and other creative work as well as applications for B/SM Fellows are due 12/9. Notifications will be made in early November, and registration will open in December, when conference modalities and health mandates will be confirmed. For more: visit our online CFP.
What: Pearl Kibre Medieval Study 17th Annual Conference
Where: Online, hosted through The Graduate Center, CUNY
When: Friday 5 May 2023
After decades of failed attempts at interpreting the comic that many fans believed couldn’t be adapted, the Netflix series Sandman is now enjoying richly deserved critical and commercial success. The explosive popularity of the series follows on the heels of other recent television adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s work, most notably Good Omens (2019 Amazon) and American Gods (2017-2021 Starz). It is also fueling ongoing discussions about representation, social justice, and art's role in responding to and reflecting upon historical and cultural movements. This edited book collection seeks essays that delve into these issues and more.
Journal of Contemporary PoeticsCall for Papers
Deadline for submissions: Submission permitted throughout the year.
Full name / name of organization: International Islamic University, Islamabad
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Decolonizing Visuality: Looks, Minds, Ways of Thinking and Acting
Editors : Teresa Mendes Flores (Université Nova de Lisbonne et ULHT), Filipa Duarte de Almeida (Université Omar Bongo) and Joseph Tonda (Université Omar Bongo)
54th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 23-26, 2023
University of Buffalo
Niagara Falls, NY
Environmental Justice Pedagogies: Performance and Activism in the Humanities; ASLE Session
Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004), the hospital scene has been paid special attention for seeming “more at home in a horror movie than a superhero sequel,” according to Bloody Disgusting’s Meagan Navarro: it depicts Dr. Octopus’ mechanical tentacles as they slaughter the surgeons who are about to remove them from his body. The scene is rife with the imagery of gaping screams, fingernails clawing into the floor, and limbs going limp, evoking an atmosphere of terror which even Dr. Octopus recognizes once he awakens to the carnage before him.
As we figure out what new social configurations look like, and whether or not we want to be a part of them, it seems we are at a point in queer and feminist theory where the futurity of our current conceptions of the social is also being called into question.
(Revised) Call for Book Chapters
Queer Visuals: Gender, Sexuality and Indian Cinema
Co-editors Michael Dango, Erin Spampinato, and Doreen Thierauf invite original chapter-length contributions for a volume on New Rape Studies: Humanistic Interventions, under contract with SUNY Press. Final chapters are due February 1, 2023, and should be no longer than 8,000 words, inclusive of Chicago-style footnotes. We strongly encourage interested contributors to be in touch with abstracts by December 1, 2002, to ensure a fit before submissions of full drafts. We are committed to boosting the voices of graduate student, early career, and contingently employed writers. All queries can be sent to Michael Dango at email@example.com.
Please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel at the 2023 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference to be held on March 23-26, 2023 at Niagara Falls, NY.
Submit abstracts at the NeMLA portal:
While fantasy fiction has become incredibly popular and prolific in these last few decades, the appeal of fantastical literature dates back to antiquity, as mythologies, legends, and encounters with the supernatural have formed a large part of narrative traditions in every culture and language. This companion seeks to update and address underexamined areas of fantasy fiction, with the chief aim to provide a global introduction to English-language and English-translation fantasy fiction. This collection will focus on the contemporary written word (narrative prose) produced in late 20th and early 21st century.
Journal of European Popular Culture (JEPC)
Next issue - call for articles
This peer-reviewed journal seeks lively submissions for its latest issues on any aspect of European cultural and creative activity.
- Early submission is encouraged -
The journal is interested in contemporary practices, but also in historical, contextual, biographical or theoretical analyses relating to past cultural activities in Europe.
Papers or exploratory critical or creative pieces relating to European media, literature and the writing arts, film, music, new media, art and design, architecture, drama and dance or fine art are all very welcome.
deadline for submissions:
full name / name of organization:
Dr Terence McSweeney & Dr Stuart Joy, Solent University (UK)
Reframing Hollywood series at Mississippi University Press
Looming ecological and economic catastrophe has lent urgency to calls for “concrete utopian” solutions to capitalism’s excesses and to global governments’ failure to constrain those excesses—or to constrain them in ways that are consistent with democratic principles and international solidarity. In this issue, we would like to prioritize articles that address the humanities’ role(s) in articulating and implementing real solutions to the political and economic issues of the twenty-first century. We are interested in articles that emphasize the constructive over the diagnostic.
“Dramatic Fictions / Fictional Dramas”
Comparative Drama Conference
Orlando, FL, March 30 – April 1, 2023
Deadline: October 12, 2022
I am organizing a comparative panel that crosses and combines genres: works of fiction that contain plays, playwrights, actors, or dramatic performances; or plays that contain writers, fictional texts, or acts of literary composition. Alternately, presenters may set up intertextual conversations between the work of a playwright and an artist or character from another genre. For instance, I will be presenting a paper on Samuel Beckett and Bartleby the Scrivener. I am seeking two other papers to complete the panel. Only in-person presentations will be considered for this panel.
Not so much thinking “with” or “through” contradiction as about contradictory thoughts and feelings, this ACLA 2023 seminar will explore unique expressions of ambivalence and confusion in contemporary literature, film, culture, and theory, broadly conceived. This seminar seeks to track ambivalence— that admixture of love and hate— as the unsteady affective baseline of the social field and all group formations, or of one’s relations with others. Following Lauren Berlant (among others), we want to examine ambivalence in a less negative or resolute sense and more in a way that recognizes its inevitability and pervasiveness. How does ambivalence manifest in contemporary literary, subjective, and political spheres?
Material fragments such as a scrap of ancient poetry, a fractured sculpture, a torn diary page, or a partially written novel warranted increasing attention during the eighteenth century. The unfinished aesthetic of fragments offered an experience that was contrary to the sense of completion provided by whole and polished texts, and provided access to voices that would be otherwise inaccessible and lost. How do we understand this fascination with fragments in their various aesthetic, material, and political conditions? This panel invites contributions of papers on any aspect of the fragment. Papers may consider a single work, author, or artist; a theoretical approach; individual fragments or their role in larger works.
The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for its annual Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion to be held from March 20-24, 2023.
The HCA Spring Academy provides 20 international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and thoroughly discuss their Ph.D. projects. Additionally, it offers workshops held by visiting scholars.
Emotions, affect, and moods do not happen to us. Rather, we are our emotions: they configure our manner of relating to, and existing within the world. Ontologies of emotion—in their embodied and symbolic dimensions—alter our perceptions, experiences, and predictions of ourselves and our environment in ways which problematize inside/outside and mind/body dualities. This is also true of the so-called ‘negative emotions’. Studies of negative affect abound in the humanities, from Aristotle’s fear and pity, Heidegger’s angst, and Robert Burton’s melancholy, to Sartre’s nausea, Germaine Greer’s rage, Kristeva’s disgust, and, more recently, Sianne Ngai’s “ugly feelings.”
Learning of Castiglione’s death in 1529, Charles V declared “one of the finest gentlemen in the world has just died.”
The Spanish emperor’s praise is evidence of the depth and scope of the influence of Il Cortegiano during the
sixteenth century, appearing in Spanish translation by Juan Boscán in 1534 and in an Elizabethan translation by
Thomas Hoby in 1561. Yet Castiglione’s Courtier—read at times as a book of manners, and other times as
representative of Renaissance ideals—continued to influence writers, poets, and literary critics well into the
seventeenth century and for long after. Whether interested in sprezzatura, the art of conversation, the persistence of
Disability Studies in Dramatic Texts and Performance
Papers are sought for a special panel series on the subject of disability in dramatic texts and performance for the 45th Annual Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando, FL. We invite research on representation, image, symbolism, societal regulation or construction of disability as it pertains to casting and depictions of those with disabilities in playtexts and dramatic performance. The conference will allow hybrid attendance and presentations.
Call for Submissions to ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama.
ROMARD is currently seeking submissions for publication in Volume 60. Anyone may submit original work to be considered for publication provided that they hold the authorized copyright for the work. ROMARD welcomes submissions of:
Transcendentalism is readily understood to have been an American—and even a transatlantic—social reform movement, having played a significant role in antislavery efforts, women’s rights, and labor and educational reform. But reform is markedly different than radicalism. For this edited collection, we are interested in what nineteenth-century radicalism looked like, and the ways in which the Transcendentalist movement was intertwined with radical social practice and thought. We are interested in, for example, the historiographic and philosophic connections between radical workers’ movements in Europe and the rise of Transcendental social critique in the United States.
This edited volume examines how sexual violence and feminist interventions in South Asia and the Diaspora have been articulated in literature and popular culture in the context of and in opposition to the #MeToo Movement. The #MeToo has significantly impacted how we understand sexual harassment, rape, and gendered violence, especially in the US. However, the movement was taken up only briefly by the media and entertainment industry in South Asia and the Diaspora.
2023 will mark the hundredth anniversary of Wallace Stevens’s debut poetry collection, Harmonium. To celebrate the occasion, the Wallace Stevens Society is organizing a panel about this landmark publication for the American Literature Association Conference in Boston (May 25-28, 2023). All approaches welcome, including fresh readings of individual poems, archival discoveries related to the book’s composition and publication history, discussions of new literary theories and their relevance to the poems, or reflections on the volume’s enduring impact on contemporary poetry.
In the rapid pivot to remote teaching at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many instructors turned to tools like Hypothes.is and Perusall that allow students to engage in social reading and annotation. These same tools are also built into many digital editions (like those in Literature in Context) and multimedia scholarly publishing platforms like Manifold and Scalar. The Digital Humanities Caucus calls for presentations on annotation in an eighteenth-century and/or contemporary context.