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Gender, Identity and Sexuality for NEPCA conference; deadline May 26, 2014; conference 10/24-25

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:11am
Northeast Popular Culture Association

Currently soliciting proposals for the upcoming NEPCA conference at Providence College in Providence, RI, October 24/25, 1014.

Papers may deal with any aspect of gender and identity, sex and sexuality in popular culture. Papers focusing on recent public and media discourses regarding discriminatory legislation or sexuality in professional sports are especially welcome, though papers on all topics with the areas listed are encouraged.

Please submit a 250-word abstract, as an attachment in MSWord, to Dr. Donald P. Gagnon at the email address listed. Please include your university or college affiliation and preferred email and telephone contact information. Deadline for submissions is May 26.

Margaret Atwood Studies [rolling submissions]

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 10:33am
The Margaret Atwood Society

Margaret Atwood Studies, the journal of The Margaret Atwood Society, invites submissions on a rolling basis from both members and nonmembers. Essays submitted must be the original work of the author(s) and neither published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. Essays should be focused primarily on the work of Margaret Atwood, between 2,500 and 7000 words, double-spaced, and documented following the conventions outlined in the latest MLA Handbook. To facilitate blind review, submissions should include a cover sheet with contact information and include no references to authorship in the essay. Submit via email as an attachment to Dr. Karma Waltonen at

13th International Connotations Symposium - Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 9:15am
Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate

The first textbook definition of the concept of poetic justice goes back to Thomas Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age Consider'd (1678). According to him, the term signified "the distribution, at the end of a literary work, of earthly rewards and punishments in proportion to the virtue or vice of the various characters" (Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms 299-300). The introduction of virtue and vice into the concept immediately refers to a moral dimen-sion; on aesthetic grounds, however, it was soon (and has continued to be) criticized.

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:10am
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

CFPs: MLA proposed panels that deal with Arab/Arabic literature & culture (Vancouver, 8-11 Jan. 2015)

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:31pm
MLA (Modern Language Association) Division for Arabic Lit. and Culture

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a list of proposed MLA panels that deal with Arab/Arabic literature and culture for the 30th annual convention scheduled to be held in Vancouver, 8-11 Jan. 2015.

Please feel free to circulate this CFP as widely as you can among your colleagues and students.

Please note the deadline for each panel; panels have different deadlines.


Suha Kudsieh
On behalf of the Executive Committee for the MLA Division for Arabic Literature and Culture

1) Panel s Proposed by the MLA Division for Arabic Literature and Culture:

[UPDATE] The AnaChronisT journal (4/25/2014)

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 1:39pm
The AnaChronisT

The AnaChronisT 18 invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in 2014. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Friday, 25 April 2014. Note that this is an extended deadline.

The AnaChronisT welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:

- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;

Child and Childhood in Fiction, April 15, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 5:04am
Dr. Suman/Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi

A child is thought to be an innocent figure, an inactive persona in fiction. S/he is someone who is acted upon and hardly ever reacts in turn, almost a mute and ignorant individual who remains marginalized or largely absent in literature. Though an important part of any society, the children are more or less seem to be missing from the "adult" literature. Fiction that does not cater to the children as readers appeared to have forgotten the child as a character worthy of being written about.

Gender, Sexuality and Power

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 5:52pm
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at Cal State Los Angeles


10TH Annual Gender, Sexuality, and Power Student Research Conference May 13, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, Professor of English, University of Chicago

Keynote Title: "On Being in Life Without Wanting the World: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life.

"After the Eruption": Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War (MLA, Vancouver, BC, 8-11 January 2015)

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:15pm
Coleman Hutchison, UT-Austin/Melville Society

In response to the 2015 MLA Presidential Theme, "Negotiating Sites of Memory," the Melville Society invites proposals for a special session, "'After the Eruption': Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War."

We welcome papers on any aspect of Melville's representations of the American Civil War—especially how those representations helped to influence the cultural memory of the conflict in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Please send 300-word abstracts and brief CVs to Coleman Hutchison by 15 March 2014 (

Travel in Africa

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:34pm
Amber Foster/Texas A&M University

What is "cultural work" is performed by Africa in the transatlantic/transnational literary imagination? This proposed special session for MLA 2015 (Vancouver) considers Africa as a site of memory, with an emphasis on new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in Africa. 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014.

Voice and Empowerment -- October 24-25, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:08am
Michigan College English Association

Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday October 24, 2014, and Saturday October 25, 2014

Theme: Voice and Empowerment

Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Fiction Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also want our students to hear the different voices of others in their classrooms and cities and in literature. Working in a culture that often has an anti-intellectual bias, how can we find our own voices and empower ourselves? We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about the topics below.

Search for Peer Reviewers & Editors

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:48am

This is a call for early career Assistant Professors in India and abroad for a novel venture in publishing. Detailed CVs are requested from interested scholars for consideration as both Peer Reviewers and Editors of a partly open access journal to be published from India on American Studies. Please include a small write-up about why you are positioned to peer-review American literature or edit articles within the domain of American Studies.

There will be two forms of the journal: one online and one with standard international accreditation in print form. Incumbents should be willing to spend about 5 hours/ week in working on the website, blog and editing etc. The first issue of the proposed journal will be on the Gothic in American Studies.