Scholars working in queer studies, both in and out of academia, are still often marginalized; one of the aspects of this marginalization is the lack of publishing venues, which discourages potentially original and creative researchers from pursuing their interest in queer studies, and from contributing to the development of the field. This has a negative impact on both the queer studies community, and on scholarly, social, and political discourse in general.
The Mandalorian explicitly interacts with the Western genre, setting up a story of a single gunfighter standing against enemies to protect the innocent. The theme of the 2020 Western Literature Association conference is graphic wests, which lends itself well to a panel focused on the Disney+ series.
The conference itself will be held virtually, and the organizers seek a variety of panel types. Individuals interested in being part of a panel focused on The Mandalorian should submit 100-200 word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 5. Responses will be sent by July 10.
Below is the full CFP for the conference. It includes details about the panel types accepted.
This panel will consider the cases of writers who have used their platforms to create fictions of self—to misrepresent, self-justify, even blatantly lie about their own lives and realities. The panel is open to considering any act of writing sociopathy, from memoir (e.g., M.E. Thomas’s 2013 Confessions of a Sociopath or Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal) to fictional works that inhabit the minds of sociopaths (e.g., A Clockwork Orange, Gone Girl) to literary fakers (e.g., James Frey, Danny Santiago, JT LeRoy, Caroline Calloway). Is writing in itself an act of misrepresentation bordering on psychopathy?
Several Romantic artists and, in particular, writers focused on historical events that brought the Americas on the forefront of the European imagination. Certainly, many Italian writers looked at what then still was the New World with a prismatic approach, either because they were writing on historical events that occurred in North America (especially the formation of the United States) or because they were looking at the independence wars fought in South America; either because the Americas offered shelter to the exiles, or because they provided new ground for thinking about the relationship between nature and culture.
Special-Issue Proposal Guidelines
Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to
PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors’ schedule.
Label Me Latina/o is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication.
This panel invites papers that address how terrorism, whether historically or contemporarily, engages with and within the city. Sociologist Saskia Sassen argued in “When the City Itself Becomes a Technology of War” that asymmetrical military strategy has turned the space of the city itself into a technology of warfare. She writes that asymmetric warfare, the military strategy that defines U.S. engagement with terrorist cells across the world, are “partial, intermittent and lack clear endings…They are one indication of how the center no longer holds – whatever the center’s format: the imperial power of a period of the national state of our modernity” (36).
Networks, broadly defined, share tasks and information between nodes through a unique spatial constellation which allows them to distribute power evenly and, in the process, eliminates the need for a concentrated source of directives. For this reason, they have been looked at within various disciplinary communities as harbingers of negative and positive possibilities in the 21st Century. What are networks capable of, and how does literature address the significance of networks, both locally and globally? Are authors working to alter, exploit, or combat modes of power through their portrayal of various networks? This standing session invites papers from all fields, but has a particular interest in papers that address the local and global.
Call for Papers: Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump (virtual session/roundtable)
The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic and the Monsters & the Monstrous Area invite paper proposals for a special session/roundtable on “Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump” for the 2020 conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) to convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, from Friday, 23 October, to Saturday, October 24.
The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2020.
Please note: This year’s conference will be entirely virtual.
Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump
Edited Collection—Reimagining Ernest J. Gaines for the 21st Century
This panel seeks to investigate cross-cultural and intercultural exchanges in British literature produced by men and women who traveled to and from the Americas (North, Central, and South) during the long 19th century (1750-1900). It provides a critical examination of the ideological underpinnings and socio-political reasoning for the production of British travel narratives as well as the effects they had on the construction of identity, race, and gender in American and British territories during this period. In doing so, we hope to challenge established academic disciplinary boundaries and provide new insights into the intricate relationships between transatlantic literature, identity, and politics.
Guest editor: Rosemary Erickson Johnsen (Governors State University)
Historical crime fiction, or detective fiction using historical settings, has long been an important strand of the mystery genre. Well-placed to provide pleasures similar to armchair tourism combined with the potential to convey historical knowledge through the crime fiction's focus on the quotidian amidst larger cultural landscapes, over the decades historical crime fiction has ranged from the whimsical to the didactic, offering insight into the author's own time period and that of the historical setting.
CFP 20 Years Later: Looking Back at 9/11
International Conference October, 7-8, 2021
University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, France
A combination of global transformations within cultural and political perspectives have germinated fresh theoretical approaches to all fields of inquiry. Moving into the third decade of the Twenty-First Century, how does a controversial author like Henry Miller (1891-1980) fit into our current conversations? We could ask some of the following questions: in the era of #MeToo does Miller’s literature and personae alter significantly? How might we approach Miller’s extensive published and/or archival correspondences in terms of Life Writing or the Archival Turn? Miller received copious amounts of fan mail over numerous decades; how do fan mail studies help reveal Miller’s impact on American (and global) readers?
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Julia Ward Howe’s Saturday Morning Club, a one-day symposium on Howe’s legacy will be held at Boston University’s College of General Studies on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Professor Megan Marshall will deliver a keynote address Friday evening, June 11, 2021 at a dinner to open the festivities. Topics on any aspect of Julia Ward Howe’s legacy may include, but are not limited to: Social Reform in 19th Century Feminism; Women Writing Hymns and Poetry; Transatlantic Social Movements; Gender and Identity; Literary Celebrity; Women’s Suffrage; Howe and Material Culture in the Gilded Age; Howe, Abolition, and Race; Ladies’ Clubs, Then and Now; The Domestic Sphere; 19th Century Women’s Travel Writing; Writing Women’s Biography
Resources for American Literary Study, the leading journal of archival and bibliographical scholarship in American literature, is inviting submissions for upcoming issues. Covering all periods of American literature, RALS welcomes both traditional and digital approaches to archival and bibliographical analysis.
Founded in 1971, RALS remains the only major scholarly periodical of its kind. Each issue includes, in addition to archival and bibliographical research, related book reviews and a unique “Prospects” essay that identifies new directions in the study of major authors. Our editorial board consists of leading scholars from an array of fields and subfields in American literary study.
Call for Papers: Special Session-Cyberpunk and the City
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Thurday November 12 to Sunday November 15, 2020, at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Conference Theme: "City of God, City of Destruction" (https://pamla.org/2020/conference-theme-city-god-city-destruction)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference, November 13-15, 2020. Originally scheduled for Jacksonville, FL, and now will be fully online.
Panel at the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association / SAMLA 92 Conference
This panel intends to examine the works of Muslim American poets, novelists, playwrights, jazz musicians, punks, hip hop artists, filmmakers, and visual artists.
Unmade Film and Television:
Call for book proposals
Unmade Film and Television is a new book series with Intellect that explores unmade, unseen, and unreleased film and television from across the globe and from all time periods.
Intégrité is a scholarly journal published biannually by the Faith and Learning Committee and the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. Published both online (www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print, it welcomes essays for a special issue (Fall 2021) on “Cormac McCarthy and Theology.” Essays may explore the intersection of Christian theology and Cormac McCarthy’s life, creative writing and its literary adaptation. As a faith and learning journal, Intégrité also invites pedagogical essays that address teaching Christian theology and Cormac McCarthy’s work at faith-based institutions of higher learning.
SAMLA 92: Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts - November 13-15, 2020: Virtual Conference through Accelevents
Scandalous Spaces (Modernist Literature)
The Poetry and Poetics standing session at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) seeks abstract submissions exploring any aspect of poetry and poetics. We are open to paper topics that encompass a wide range of subgenres, time periods, and critical approaches; in particular, we are interested in papers that engage with the PAMLA special conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction."
As Carroll Pursell suggests in Technology in Postwar America, technology enabled America to develop global prominence in the 20th century. And in seems poised to do the same in the 21st. Yet the relationship Americans have with technology is thorny. For instance, Thomas L. Friedman lauds technology, observing that “Globalization 3.0,” a new era in global history that is marked by digital developments, is leveling the playing field (The World is Flat 10).
This special issue examines the role of literature and criticism in addressing poverty and dispossession. In a 2009 Inside Higher Ed op-ed, Keith Gandal predicted that the economic crisis would lead to literary studies finally putting “poverty near the top of the agenda and the center of the field.” Ten years later, poverty has become a focus of scholarship in the social sciences, particularly geography, anthropology, sociology, and critical legal studies. Yet the topic remains stubbornly marginal to literary studies, even though qualitative social scientific methods have been taken up in the discipline as never before.
Political contradiction is written all over modernism. No other literary historical period seems quite as striven between the static, apolitical or even conservative outlook of its various key figures on the one hand, and the explosive and even revolutionary formal potential on the other. Woolf’s classism, for example, is met by her quasi-revolutionary declaration that “in or about December, 1910, human character changed.” No literary period so vehemently defines itself against mass culture while also expressing unbridled democratic impulses. Joyce’s defense of autonomous art is met by the opposite impulse in Ulysses to forge an aesthetic of the everyday.
DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Over the past seventy years, neoliberal thinkers have strategically reinvented classical liberal ideals in order to privilege a sense of personal freedom over the perceived overreach of government intervention. Once considered a fringe movement, neoliberalism has steadily become the central tenet of American life. It is now nearly impossible, for example, to imagine any mainstream voice espousing tax hikes or championing the sorts of policies enacted under Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. Promises of privatization today trump collective action in virtually every aspect of life. This epistemic shift can be felt far and wide, from politicians to postmodern theorists.
Both perennial elements of a society, scandal is often fodder for humor, and humor fodder for scandal. From their subversion of existing power structures, to issues of critical reception, to objectionable behavior on the part of creators, humorous texts have exposed, caused, and responded to many instances of cultural uproar. This panel will explore the ways that humor and scandal are intimately related. Papers and presentations on any aspect of humor expression are welcome, including but not limited to analysis of stand up or sketch comedy, satire, political cartoons, satirical activism, parody, literature, television, film, or music.