The Philip Roth Society invites submissions for a seminar entitled “Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale.” While the subject of “literature and scandal” seems to be an emerging trend within studies of European literature, relatively few academic works focus on American literature and scandal. Thus, this panel seeks to examine how Philip Roth, both the subject of scandal and one of its keenest interrogators, can shed new light on this conversation.
Annual Northeast Modern Language Association
51st Annual Convention
Boston MA, March 5th - 8th, 2020
Mariott Copley Place
Host Institution: Boston University
Jesuits in Science Fiction: From James Blish & Walter Miller Jr. to Today
NeMLA 2020: Boston, MA
In his 1961 essay “The New Lost Generation,” James Baldwin argues that Europe gave the “new” African American expats of the late 1940s and the 1950s “the sanction, if one can accept it, to become oneself. No artist can survive without this acceptance. But rare indeed is the American artist who achieved this without first becoming a wanderer, and then, upon his return to his own country, the loneliest and most blackly distrusted of men.” Indeed, Baldwin asserts that African American expats in Paris gained a kind of liberation through their experience with a culture wholly unlike their own.
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College, a two-year institution serving Collin County, is pleased to announce a one-day Working-Class Studies conference for interested scholars and students. The conference will consist of panels in a range of disciplines and on a variety of issues related to social class and labor issues, both historical and contemporary. The keynote speaker will be noted scholar Barbara Jensen, author ofReading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America. Jensen, also a licensed community and counseling psychologist, has been examining and teaching about working-class cultures and classism for over thirty years.
This panel explores the relationship between Ezra Pound's poetry and the cultures and people—real, created, and re-created—that he uses to inhabit that poetry. From his early work, such as we find in A Lume Spento and Personae, and the culmination of his life's work in The Cantos, Pound shapes and shares many identities with the ultimate goal of pursuing truth and beauty. Panel papers might also explore Pound's use of numerous foreign languages in shaping and sharing these identities.
Michel Foucault opened his 1974 seminars at the Collège de France - published as "Abnormal" - with a series of comments that link his theory of “governmentality” to the aesthetic category of the grotesque.
This panel sets out to discuss the ways in which affects, emotions, and sensations shape, take shape in, and are shaped by American literatures.
Our Round Table at the 2020 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Boston assembles elements of these literary dialogues and brings them into conversation with cultural conversations that emerged as a new decade began a half-century ago, in 1970.
From the Margins to the Center: Reevaluating “Tradition” in English Studies
Graduate Student Symposium ft. keynote by Ariana Brown
February 22, 2020
University of Texas at San Antonio
“Enslaved Black folk couldn’t lift shackled feet,
so instead they shuffled
& invented the cumbia—
& you can’t tell me there aren’t many ways to survive,
to remember the dead,
to make a freedom where there isn’t one.”
Excerpt from Ariana Brown, “Cumbia,” published in the Acentos Review, 2019
Panel Proposal for the SSSL Biennial Conference in Fayatteville, AR (February 20-23, 2020)
Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization
Chair: Elizabeth Gardner, Louisiana State University
This seminar invites papers on stylistic production in any medium and genre, in any period or place.
CFP: "Narrative Hysterics: Feeling and Form in Women's Experimental Fiction"
Colleges and universities have witnessed great shifts in student populations over the last few decades, including new populations of veteran and adult students. Now, as the traditional aged student continues to decline in numbers, one additional population of potential students appears to continue to grow: prison inmate students. College prison programs include both credit programs and enrichment programs. Through programs such as Shakespeare Behind Bars, the recidivism rates have declined as the men and women in these programs discover empathy, a love of language, and the value of community. This panel will explore college prison programs.
Panel: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism
Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference
March 5-8, 2020
Seeking papers on the politics of futurity in Afro-diasporic writing from before the mid-twentieth century for the following guaranteed session at NeMLA 2020. Abstracts due by September 30 on NeMLA's website. Visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17890 to submit.
UPDATE: We are seeking reviewers for our spring 2020 issue (volume 6, number 2) and beyond. We accept rolling submissions of media reviews and scholarly articles.
CALL FOR MEDIA REVIEWERS and PAPERS – MIDDLE WEST REVIEW
Diana Wallace and Andrew Smith note that the Female Gothic has been an ever-shifting category since its introduction into literary vocabulary by Ellen Moers in 1976, asserting that the Female Gothic “is shaped by...national identity, sexuality, language, race, and history” (The Female Gothic, 10). Gothic scholarship has long demonstrated that the mode varies across national and continental borders particularly drawing out distinctions between the American and the British. However, less attention has been paid to the concept of age. Keeping in mind the conference theme, how does the space of girlhood and/or adolescence complicate or further our understanding of the Female Gothic?
Poetry & Poetics (Critical)
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
40th Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
In November 2018, The New York Times published “Black Male Writers for Our Time,” an article that highlights some of the African-American male writers who have won prestigious awards in recent years. For instance, Gregory Pardlo won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2015, while Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award in 2016 and the Pulitzer in 2017. In 2018, Kendrick Lamar made history as the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Although they have been writing for generations, the literary establishment is now recognizing and rewarding Black male literature.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale had an enduring cultural effect well before the world began so uncannily to reflect it. Notable hallmarks of its resulting renaissance include, among others, the following three. Bruce Miller’s ongoing television adaptation, on the one hand, beginning in April of 2017, its second and third seasons moving us a few years away from Gilead as an established dystopia, as depicted in the body of the novel, toward its eventual downfall, as acknowledged in its concluding “Historical Notes.” On March 26, on the other hand, shortly before the third season’s premiere, Renée Nault’s graphic-novel adaptation of the original appeared.
Travel & Literature at CEA 2020
March 26-28, 2020 | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 51st annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org.
Call for Papers, for an accepted session at the next NeMLA conference, in Boston, March 5-8, 2020.
NeMLA’s 2020 theme will be: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures"
A Space of One's Own: Articulating the Scope of the Female in American Literature
The third issue of JAm It! (Journal of American Studies in Italy) will explore the relations between environmental transformations and migrations in the North American context from a multi-disciplinary perspective. While scholarship in American Studies has produced relevant contributions analyzing the historical and present contingencies of both endogenous and exogenous migratory flows, the complex relations between migrations and ecological change require further inquiry within the field.
This edited scholarly collection seeks to explore the ongoing usefulness of the noir label through attention to less heralded films that straddle genres, are difficult to categorize, or have been limited in academic study because of their identification with a single genre, style, star, or director. Our goal is not to expand the noir canon but to recover lost nuances and give new life to specific classical era (1930s-1959) films by exploring them through a noir lens.
The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2018-19 Article Prize.
The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019. RSAP takes an expansive view of “periodicals” and will consider any article that focuses on serial publications in print or digital form in the Americas, broadly construed. We also welcome submissions from any field or discipline.
The Article Prize is designed for early-career scholars. Graduate students and those who received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2014 are eligible to apply.
The Carson McCullers Society is pleased to announce an open call for panel papers on any topic related to the life and works of Carson McCullers for one of two guaranteed panels at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Diego, California, on May 21-24, 2020. Papers that approach McCullers’ works from interdisciplinary, comparative, and disability or gender studies perspectives are especially sought; however, all topics will be considered.
There is still room on this accepted panel for NEMLA 2020 (Boston) that examines the scholarly, pedagogical, and professional problems posed by current chronological demarcations of “early” and “modern” American literature and seeks to propose viable alternative chronological models.
CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS:
READING W.D. HOWELLS (1837-1920) A CENTURY LATER
NEMLA, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 2020
Can the Other Speak? Productive Difficulties in Ethnic and Postcolonial Literature
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
March 5-8, 2020
Deadline for paper abstracts: September 30, 2019
Contact: Misun Dokko email@example.com
Our 2020 NeMLA panel emerges from Gayatri Spivak’s seminal question, “can the subaltern speak?” Following Spivak’s response to this question, we will investigate moments when subalterns cannot speak or have difficulty speaking. Our inquiry into these moments will build on and sharpen conversations about otherness with respect to literary texts and beyond.
Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media
The Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS) in cooperation with the Department of American Literature and Culture of the School of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, is launching the fourth issue of the electronic multi/interdisciplinary open access, refereed journal with the title Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone
Literature, Culture and Media (Ex-Na). The journal addresses academics, scholars and graduate students engaging in the interdisciplinary study of Anglophone literatures, cultures and media and will be published once a year.