The Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) invites proposals from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars for its 2022 Annual Conference on the theme of recovering lost writers and lost texts. We are especially interested in recovering marginalized voices, finding reasons for their disappearance, and charting a path to bring their writing and lives back into the light of current scholarship. Lost or forgotten work by canonical authors would also be welcome subjects of literary inquiry as part of this call, as would be papers that trace the evolution of a literary text from manuscript to magazine publication to book form if the changes are radical.
30 years ago, Polygram Filmed Entertainment released Candyman, a film loosely adapted from Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden”. Unlike Barker’s original text, this Candyman was set in Chicago, specifically the urban ghetto Cabrini Green, and seemed to focus on the tragedy of a Black artist who vengefully returns as a violent ghost after his brutal lynching. The film and its ideologies were complicated. Innovative in its starting point – a story of profound Black suffering which called attention to the racial injustice underpinning US society – audiences were also given a tale which reiterated ideas of Black monstrosity and illogical interracial violence.
Animals in the American Popular Imagination
Virtual conference 12-16 September 2022
How are novels adapted for onstage presentations as musicals or operas? Given their large numbers of characters, multiple settings, and large spans of time, the plots of novels need to be adapted to fit within the logistical and chronological realities of live theatre, as compared when novels are adapted for film or video. Also, how is music used in these adaptations? We seek proposals that examine how this has been done in the past and is being done now.
What strategies are contemporary life writers using to approach queer/trans pasts that remain unrecognized or unrecognizable? Possible topics may include archival silences, biofiction, LGBTQ childhoods and queer temporality, intergenerational mentorship, HIV/AIDS’ legacy, and more.
This call for papers is for a special session at the Modern Language Association 2023 conference, which means that it is a non-guaranteed panel. Please submit 250-word abstracts and CVs to Megan Paslawski (Queens College, CUNY) to be considered for the panel proposal.
The 65th American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held November 2-4, 2022, at Collin College-Frisco, Texas. Our conference theme is “Space & Autonomy.” While scholars and researchers in various disciplines have examined the relationship between space and autonomy for centuries, perhaps millennia, our need to negotiate between these two concepts has never been more pressing: we have had to reconsider our personal and public spaces in the face of a pandemic; we have had to reconceive of the geography of our urban spaces and infrastructure to confront climate change; we have had to maneuver around the constantly shifting political climate in a fractious nation; and we have had to negotiate the ever expanding realm of cyberspace.
American Furies: Collective Action and the Politics of Moral Outrage
Myra Mendible, Editor
“Our ability to respond with outrage depends upon a tacit realization that there is a worthy life that has been injured or lost…”
Judith Butler, “Survivability, Vulnerability, Affect”
“Outrage has become the signature emotion of American public life.”
Lance Morrow, “America is Addicted to Outrage”
In the online session "Hollywood and the Subversion of Identity", Sandra Shevey will discuss raising issues of gender, race, antisemitism and orientation in interviews with megastars.
Sandra Shevey, age 78, has not only interviewed over 500 major icons from Mick Jagger to Alfred Hitchcock in her career spanning 60 years, she has revised the megastar interview by introducing issues of race, gender, antisemitism and orientation.
4th Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference: Pragmatism
- Sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Communication Ethics Institute at Duquesne University
- Virtual Conference
- June 7–9, 2022
The theme for this year’s conference is Pragmatism. The conference centers on the works of Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Charles S. Peirce.
This year’s conference will be conducted in a seminar format with:
A keynote address on each of the three central pragmatic thinkers
Jane Addams will be addressed by Annette Holba, Plymouth State University.
Department of English and American Studies at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin and Department of American Literature and Culture at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin are pleased to announce the third ExRe(y) conference. A two-day international conference “EXπRE: Going Off in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Culture” will be held online on December 1-2, 2022.
We invite proposals for papers and panels that focus on the topic of the (broadly understood) expiration and waning in American and Canadian literature and culture of the last two decades.
Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
CFP: MEDIA REVIEWERS and SCHOLARLY ARTICLES – MIDDLE WEST REVIEW
Middle West Review (MWR) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that examines the American Midwest. The journal is published biannually by the University of Nebraska Press.
The Henry James Society
Modern Language Association Convention
5-8 January 2023
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Henry James Society invites proposals for the following panel.
Work in James
MFS is currently looking for potential book reviewers. Below is a list of some of our current books received. If you are interested in writing a review for us, please send an email containing the title of the book you would like to review and a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will consider requests from doctoral students who are ABD. Also, please explain any personal or professional relationship you have with the author of the book.
Current List of Books Received
Lindsay Thomas, Training for Catastrophe: Fictions of National Security after 9/11 (Minnesota 2021)
Al Filreis, 1960: When Art and Literature Confronted the Memory of World War II and Remade the Modern (Columbia 2021)
Penn State’s Center for American Literary Studies presents
Sizing Up The Chair
Friday, February 18, 2022, Noon–1:00 p.m. EST via Zoom
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
2022 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference
American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999
(Formerly Contemporary Studies)
Deadline for submissions:
April 30, 2022
Dr. Jennifer K Farrell, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
contact email (for questions only, submissions must be made through the website):
CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
Friday-Sunday, 14-16 October 2022
The Beat Studies Association has space for papers on The Beats in relation to Chicago and for an open topic panel. Please send your proposal (title and a short paragraph) to John Whalen-Bridge at email@example.com by end of day, 7 February 2022.
EJAS (European Journal of American Studies): Call for book reviews
EJAS (European Journal of American Studies) invites reviews of current books on topics relevant to American studies for publication in EJAS’ upcoming issues (vol. 17-18) due in 2022 and 2023.
Please send a review proposal (author, title, publisher, publishing date and place, number of pages), and CV (including the list of publications) to the book review editor, Dr. Kornelia Boczkowska (firstname.lastname@example.org). We accept proposals on a rolling basis.
Sixth Annual Global Souths Conference
Formerly the Deep South in the Global South Conference
March 17-19, 2022
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENTS OF TURKEY JOINT GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2022
April 28-29, 2022
A Virtual Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS
Hosted by Hacettepe University’s American Studies Department
In collaboration with the American Studies Departments of Ankara University, Atatürk University, Başkent University, Bilkent University, Dokuz Eylül University, Ege University, Haliç University, and İstanbul University
Call for Papers: English Department Symposium, University of Alabama (September 8-10, 2022)
UCL's English Journal is seeking reviews of poetry, novels, plays, film adaptations, and critical monographs relating to the theme of unfeeling. Ideally, texts for review should have been published in the last two-three years.
Suggestions for review:
Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings (2020)
Patricia Lockwood’s Nobody is Talking About This (2021)
Xine Yao’s Disaffected (2021)
Tomáš Jirsa’s Disformations: Affects, Media, Literature (2021)
Peter Gizzi, Now It’s Dark (2021)
Extended Deadline - 22nd March
‘Unfeeling’ in relation to literature may evoke thoughts about depictions of cold-hearted characters, or repressive worlds in dystopian literature. It may also evoke the supposedly “emotionless” character of disinterested responses to art and literature, and of data-driven distant reading techniques. Affect and reader-response theories tell us that our feelings matter when we read, but which feelings have historically been prioritised and at whose expense?
CEA Mid-Atlantic Review – Volume 30
Deadline: April 18, 2022
The CEA Mid-Atlantic Review seeksscholarly articles, position papers, short stories, poems, and pedagogical reflections for its 2022 issue. For those in search for inspiration, the theme for the 64th Annual CEAMAG Conference is “The Way Forward.” We are also looking for an original photograph or artwork for our cover, which can relate either to the conference theme or something related to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Call for Papers for a non-guaranteed session sponsored by the LLC Italian American Forum and Allied Organization Italian American Studies Association at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 5 through 8, 2023 in San Francisco, California.
One of the US’s most famous and beloved independent bookstores, City Lights celebrates its 70 birthday this year while we gather for MLA. This special session, a joint venture between the LLC Italian-American and the Allied Organization Italian American Studies Association, celebrates City Lights focusing on book cultures and print communities.
Università del Piemonte Orientale (Vercelli, Italy) invites paper proposals for a conference exploring the routes and branches of literary and cultural exchanges from Italy to the United States in the years 1945-1975. The conference is the third in a series of events taking place within the framework of the transdisciplinary research project Transatlantic Transfers: the Italian presence in Postwar America 1949-1972 (PRIN 2017, 2020-23) developed in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and Università di Scien-ze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo.
Journal of Ethnic American Literature, a refereed scholarly annual dedicated to new research and criticism in American literature and culture, seeks scholarly articles (5000 to 7000 words saved in Word) that use the MLA Style. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com, and the subject line should contain JEAL, Sub, your name, and the date. The deadline is August 1.
The John Dos Passos Society invites paper proposals for one or two open-topic panels at the American Literature Association conference, to be held in Chicago on May 26-29, 2022.
As such, we invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Dos Passos’s life or work.
For consideration, please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief bio in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 29, 2022. Be sure to also note any A/V requirements.
Sneaker Studies: A Call for Papers
This panel will explore the following questions. All takes on these questions and related issues of academic/university labor are welcome: What is professionalism today, and how might we approach the study of professions from today’s emerging abolitionist and decolonial perspectives? What does it mean to talk about the academic profession and academic freedom in our present moment, and how do our ways of talking about our work reflect different relationships to professionalism?
Call for Proposals: Understanding the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence in the Public Imagination Conference
September 21 – 23, 2022
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Call for Papers, Panels, Roundtables, and Presentations
Keynote Speakers: Susan Neiman, PhD (Einstein Forum, Germany) Donald Fixico (Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole), PhD (Arizona State University, USA)