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Negotiating Archives of Redemption in Modernism, MLA 2015 Special Session Proposal

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:33am
Christopher Langlois, University of Western Ontario

In Religion and Violence, Hent de Vries argues that the "critical resources of the historical phenomenon called religion […] constitute an immense archive of concepts and figures, practices and dispositions, whose analytical yet highly ambiguous potential for the present age we have not yet begun to fathom" (35). This panel assumes that the concept and figure of redemption represents such an archival site that, in the midst of the "return to religion" that we are witnessing today, is worth our time re-opening.

Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism and Decadence, 1860-1920

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:14am
Oxford University and University of Kent

Over the past twenty years, the term "cosmopolitanism" has been the focus of intense critical reflection and debate across the humanities. For some, it represents a potential remedy for oppressive and antagonistic models of national identity and a means of addressing the ethical, economic, and political dilemmas produced by globalisation. Others consider it a peculiarly insidious form of imperialism, and argue that it advocates an untenable ideal of a privileged, rootless observer, detached from — and disposed to romanticise or commodify — very real injustices and inequalities. Meanwhile, the "transatlantic" has emerged as a popular critical framework and field of inquiry for historians and literary scholars.

Kings of Infinite Space?: Renaissance Literature and the Spatial Turn (October 16-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:43pm
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Literary critic Robert Tally has identified what he calls a "turn to the spatial" in humanistic inquiry over the past generation. The insights of spatial theorists like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Bertrand Westphal, as well as those of radical geographers like Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, David Harvey, and Yi-Fu Tuan have altered how literary critics speak about the idea of "space" in relation to literary production. The "turn to the spatial" has been particularly embraced by those who work on literature in an era of the internet and globalization in which our very understanding of how space is experienced is so radically different.

[UPDATE] Mirrored Subjectivities (4/18-19/14)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:20pm
Mirrored Subjectivities / University of New Mexico

Call for Papers

Sixth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

April 18-19, 2014

Mirrored Subjectivities: Technology and Visual Representation in Film and other Media

Keynote lecture to be delivered by: Dr. Bambi Haggins, Arizona State University

6th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference, September 19-20, 2014, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:49pm
Shane Rasmussen, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The 6th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 19-20, 2014 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Louisiana Realities."

Religion after War (MLA 2015, 8-11 January-Vancouver)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:54pm
Modern Language Association, Division of Literature and Religion

Religion after War
From the Crusades to Afghanistan, from the Bhagavad-Gita to Wiesel's Night--papers welcomed on how wartime experiences have led to literary expressions of religious doubt, affirmation, and exploration. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Liam Corley (

Panel sponsored by MLA Division on Literature and Religion.

The South Carolina Project on Language and Culture (SCPLC) will host a Student Conference on October 3, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:24pm
The South Carolina Project on Language and Culture (SCPLC) is a program of the Department of English and Modern Languages and the College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, SC State University, Orangeburg, SC.

Conference Theme: South Carolina's Cultures and Languages: Identifying, Documenting and Interpreting

The organizing committee is soliciting proposals for 20-minute presentations on topics related to language, culture, dialects, literature, film, communities, and other areas that highlight research and documentation studies on South Carolina's cultures and languages. Please send a 250-300 word abstract by March 14, 2014 via email to Please send the following information with the abstract.

1.Name and affiliation of the presenter.
2.Email address
3.Title of the presentation.
4.Abstract (approximately 250-300 words)
5.AV equipment requests, if any.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:18pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

[UPDATE] Issues in Critical Investigation 2015 Manuscript Competition

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:25pm
Issues in Critical Investigation

Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI) seeks significant, original manuscripts that enrich and develop research in fields related to the study of the African Diaspora. Only untenured professors and independent scholars in the relevant fields are eligible for the competition. The candidate may submit a manuscript on a single, cohesive topic or a series of linked essays in either the Humanities or the Social Sciences.

Submissions will be evaluated by senior professors in various fields of African Diasporic studies. Winners of the two prizes - the Anna Julia Cooper Prize in the Humanities and the Ida B. Wells Prize in the Social Sciences - will each receive $1500 and the opportunity for a book contract.

Issue of Biography on Online Auto/Biography (7/1/2014)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:24pm
Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly

Call for Submissions: Issue of Biography on Online Auto/Biography

The editors of the journal Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly seek contributions to an issue devoted to the various modes of online auto/biography that have emerged in the decade following the journal's Winter 2003 special issue "Lives Online," which brought together scholars examining online diaries, personal home pages, and some of the earliest manifestations of blogs.

Call for Books Reviews - Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 11:47am
Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics ( is looking for book reviews to include in the inaugural issue of our journal, which will be published in April. Book reviews need to have some relevance to the CFP for the issue (see, should be approximately between 500-1000 words, and must be submitted in MLA-style format.

[UPDATE] - Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (April 26, 2014)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 11:24am
Binghamton University - English Department

Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (5th Annual)

Theme: "Transatlantic Modernities"

Date: April 26, 2014

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Keynote: Anthony Bogues, Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences & Critical Theory and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Brown University

Deadline for Proposal Submission: March 7, 2014.

MLA 2015 Vancouver-- An Electronic Round Table on Nabokov, Digital Scholarship, and Augmented Reality

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:57am
International Vladimir Nabokov Society

Brief presentations (8 min. maximum). Innovative context-aware digital tools, cultural memory, distributed cognition, active learning, and collaborative partnerships at the level of the classroom, the archive, and the globe. 300 words abstracts and a listing of relevant URLs by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (