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UPDATE - new deadline - PAMLA 2016 (Nov. 11-13, 2016) in Pasadena, CA

updated: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:07pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 PAMLA Conference Extended Paper Proposal List: Friday, July 1 Deadline

The following sessions are still in search of paper proposals. Sessions may be added to this list over the next few weeks, so do check back regularly. You have until July 1 to propose to any of these sessions.

Go here to submit a paper proposal: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

For a list of extended sessions go here: http://www.pamla.org/news/2016/06/18/2016-pamla-conference-extended-pape...

CFP: The Comics of Alison Bechdel (edited collection; DEADLINE December 1, 2016)

updated: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:01pm
Janine Utell
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Call for Papers

The Comics of Alison Bechdel:  From the Outside In

 

“The Comics of Alison Bechdel:  From the Outside In” is a proposed volume in the series Critical Approaches to Comics Artists at the University Press of Mississippi.  This volume will contain an array of critical essays on the comics of Alison Bechdel, offering new examinations of her entire body of work. 

 

“13th International Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS) Conference. Understanding (Human) Nature”

updated: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:32am
Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

13th International SAAS Conference
Understanding (Human) Nature

University of Extremadura, 5 - 7 April 2017

 

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for the 13th International Conference of the Spanish Association for American Studies, which will be hosted by the University of Extremadura, in Cáceres. The thematic focus of this conference will focus on the understanding of (human) nature.

Baltimore and the Emergence of the African American Literary Tradition

updated: 
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:31pm
Lena Ampadu/Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, has been the home of several important African American authors, including Frederick Douglass and Frances E. W. Harper.  In addition to these major writers who influenced the emergence of African American protest literature of the tumultuous nineteenth century, there are several other significant writers of prose and poetry who have lived in the city and created African American literature. Notable examples include Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Waters Turpin, Eugenia Collier, and Lucille Clifton.

International James Baldwin Conference

updated: 
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:47am
The Department of American Culture and Literature, Başkent University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

International James Baldwin Conference

04-05 May 2017

Ankara, Turkey

American Fiction after Postmodernism @ NeMLA 2017

updated: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 3:46pm
Christopher K. Coffman
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

For many readers, the notion that Cold War or pre-9/11 postmodernist fiction is essentially the same as post-9/11 fiction is a problematic one. Such notable critics of postmodernist writing as Linda Hutcheon and Brian McHale have suggested as much, and a wide variety of recent work (Green, 2005; Toth and Brooks, 2007; Burn, 2008; Nealon, 2012; Holland, 2014; and so forth) by other figures has bolstered their assertions. Consequently, the nature of post-postmodernist fiction has become a topic of significant interest.

Flash Fiction: Theory and Practice

updated: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 3:46pm
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Flash fiction is as old as Aesop’s fables, as recent as microfiction on blogs. But what works best in a limited space, who are some of the best practitioners of this brief form, and why? Is there an emerging praxis or theory for writing and teaching flash fiction as there once was for short stories? Any fresh angle on this subgenre is welcome, but preferably with an emphasis on analysis and technique and something intrinsic to the form, not just a reading of a particular short short story. 300-word abstracts, please, to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16145

Kaiju and Pop Culture Anthology

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:15am
Camille D. G. Mustachio
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Kaiju is a familiar trope in film and television that places giant monsters in direct conflict with fellow monsters and/or everyday citizens. While a larger-than-life creature that attacks Tokyo is likely the most familiar form of kaiju, additional iterations include apes, dragons, dinosaurs, and even robots.  Kaiju as a genre has evolved along with cinema; technical developments no longer require men stomping around in rubber costumes as CGI enables bigger and more frightening monsters to haunt our screens. With a timeless kitsch quality, kaiju is solidly placed within our collective pop culture psyche.

Disability in Modernist Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:11am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Combining disability and modernist studies, this panel engages in current discourses on disability in modernist texts. The modernist moment, marked by war trauma, advances in psychology, and eugenics, is a rich area of inquiry for disability theory. Recent disability theory argues that representing disability is an effort to engage with the unknowable, which we also see in the modernist preoccupation with connection. Papers may address representations of disability in modernist texts and/ or how authors negotiated their disabilities.

For a full description and to submit an abstract, please visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16375.

Is a recipe a poem?: Nineteenth-century Domestic Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
NeMLA 2017, Baltimore Maryland
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

Is a Recipe a Poem? Nineteenth Century Domestic Literature

NeMLA 2017, Baltimore Maryland

March 23-27, 2017 

Comparative American Ethnic Literature

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
Barbara Kitt Seidman/Linfield College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

Proposal submissions are welcome for the standing panel on Comparative American Ethnic Literature in conjunction with the 114th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) being held Nov. 11-13 in Pasadena, CA. 

The extended deadline for proposals is July 1, 2016.

This year's conferencee theme is "Archives, Libraries, and Properties" (to align with the wealth of archival and library resources in the Pasadena area).  However, the Comparative American Ethnic Literature panel is NOT restricted to discussions related to the conference theme.  All topics relevant to the standing panel focus on American Ethnic Literature are encouraged.

Narratives of the (Un)self: American Autothanatographers, 17th-21st centuries

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:08am
E-Rea, peer-reviewed journal of Aix-Marseille University's English and American Studies Unit, France
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Since the 1980s-1990s, the terms “autopathography” and “autothanatography” have increasingly been used by the theorists of autobiography. Defined by Thomas Couser as “life writing that focuses on the single experience of critical illness” (“Introduction: The Embodied Self”, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, vol.6, no 1, Spring 1991, 1), autopathography often— but not always—envisions death. The aporic term autothanatography, the writing of one’s own death, has provided a useful framework for the theorists interested in the relationships between writing, the self and death.

Literary Maryland in the American Imagination

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:57am
Anthony Dotterman/NeMLA Conference (March 23-26)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

In her 1998 play How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel described Maryland as a place where “You can still imagine what how [it] used to be before the malls took over. This countryside was once dotted with farmhouses. From their porches, you could have witnessed the Civil War raging in the front fields.” Considering the preceding quotation—as well as Maryland’s geographical and figurative status as a border state between the North and South—in terms of America’s complicated racial and social history, the following panel invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to present on the representation of Maryland in the American consciousness at NeMLA's 2017 conference in Baltimore, Maryland (March 23rd-26th).

Extension: CFP for Octavia Butler collection

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:54am
Martin Japtok/Rafiki Jenkins
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

Deadline extension: Octavia Butler essay collection

 

We invite essays on any aspect of Octavia Butler’s multi-faceted work, from her continued exploration of the topics of domination, slavery, symbiosis, and exploitation, to her ecological vision, to her exploration of gender systems, to genre considerations, etc. etc. Essays from 3000 to 6000 words are recommended, but no strict word limit (MLA format). 

Please send essays to either Martin Japtok (mjaptok@palomar.edu) or Rafiki Jenkins (jjenkins@palomar.edu) by December 15, 2016.

Varieties of Aesthetic Experience in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-century American Literature (Panel)

updated: 
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:46am
Northeastern MLA conference 2017
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

In Art As Experience, John Dewey writes: “When an art product once attains classic status, it somehow becomes isolated from the human conditions under which it was brought into being and from the human consequences it engenders in actual life-experience.” Dewey also notes that the growth of capitalism “has been a powerful influence in the development of the museum as the proper home for works of art, and in the promotion of the idea that they are apart from the common life."

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