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EXTENDED CFP DEADLINE 1/8/2016: "Digesting Discourses" at IU-Bloomington

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 6:53am
Hosted by the Graduate Students of the IU Department of English

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption," to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English. Our 2016 keynote speaker is Dr. Roopali Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College.

CFP: Nature and Environment in Australia - Conference 28 September-1 October 2016, University of Cologne

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 6:29am
Association for Australian Studies (GASt)

Founded in 1989, the Association for Australian Studies (GASt) is a politically independent, interdisciplinary organisation devoted to furthering scholarship concerned in the broadest way with Australia and to promoting Australian studies, both in teaching and research, in German-speaking countries.

In line with this interdisciplinary approach to Australian Studies, GASt invites panels and papers that address nature and environment in Australia.

Cultural Representations of the City International Conference

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 1:22pm
University of Bucharest




The English Department of the University of Bucharest invites proposals for the Literature and Cultural Studies section of its 18th Annual Conference:

Cultural Representations of the City

Dates: 2–4 June, 2016
Venue: The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
Str. Pitar Mos 7–13, Bucharest, Romania

'Romanticism on Edge / Edgy Romanticism' - a one day symposium on 9th April 2016

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 2:22am
Dr Andrew McInnes, Edge Hill University

The traditional boundaries of Romanticism - six male poets; the definite articles of Romantic image, imagination and ideology; an implicit focus on Englishness - have been comprehensively contested to transform the discipline into the study of Romanticisms, including novels, plays, polemic, periodicals and print culture alongside a widening canon of poetry; questioning the ideology of the Romantic Ideology; and expanding borders spatially, to include Four Nations, archipelagic, Europe-wide, transatlantic and postcolonial approaches, and temporally, beyond the 1790s and early nineteenth century to imagine a Romantic century running from ca. 1750-1850.

[Reminder] Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline (MadLit) – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 5:05pm
UW-Madison MadLit Graduate Student Conference

Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.

Rebecca Harding Davis at ALA 2016

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 3:13pm
Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association's Annual Conference. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis's work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

Call for Submissions (ongoing): The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 12:35pm
Janine Utell, Editor / The Space Between

The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 is a peer-reviewed digital journal devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship on the period bracketed by the two World Wars. We are interested in approaches to texts of all kinds, emphasizing research on lesser-known writers and artists and understudied topics of the period, including literary and cultural responses to the First and Second World Wars.

In 2015 The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 transitioned to a digital open-access publication. In addition to publishing annual issues of the peer-reviewed journal on general and special topics, the journal's platform aims to serve as a digital scholarly community for those interested in research on the field of intermodernism.

CFP: Undergraduate/Graduate Renaissance Symposium (April 15-16, 2016; abstracts due February 15, 2016)

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 3:12pm
University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is pleased to announce a call for papers for its Undergraduate/Graduate Renaissance Symposium, April 15-16, 2016.

Papers covering any area of Renaissance studies are welcome.
The symposium is in celebration of USC's selection to host the "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" traveling exhibit.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kirk Melnikoff, Associate Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte.

Everyday Stowe: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society's 20th Anniversary Conference

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 11:06pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Society

Everyday Stowe: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society's 20th Anniversary Conference
Spokane, WA
June 24-26, 2016

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society announces a conference celebrating Harriet Beecher Stowe—her life and works—at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, our first conference in the Pacific Northwest!

C PRACSIS International Conference on History, Theory and Writing 11&12January 2016 • Changanassery, Kerala, India

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 10:28pm
Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia In Association with The Institute of Social Justice, Australian Catholic University and The Department of English, SB College Changanassery.

C PRACSIS announces its 2016 edition of International Conference on 'History, Theory and Writing'. Nikolas Kompridis, Director, Institute for Social Justice and Research Professor in Philosophy and Political Thought at Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus will deliver the keynote address. Allison Weir, Professor in Social and Political 
Philosophy and Gender Studies at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University will be the plenary speaker.

CFP, Panel(s): The Business of Literature: Authorship, Publishing, Aesthetics

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 12:54pm
Vance Byrd and Ervin Malakaj

CFP, Panel(s): The Business of Literature: Authorship, Publishing, Aesthetics
Fortieth Annual German Studies Association Conference
September 29 – October 2, San Diego, CA

In the context of expanding literary markets throughout the nineteenth century, this series of panels seeks to foreground new approaches that consider how evolving publishing practices impacted the production of literary texts. Papers might address issues such as:

[UPDATE] Acacia Group's Philip K. Dick Conference April 29-30 [JANUARY 15 Deadline]

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:46pm
The Acacia Group at California State University, Fullerton

Call for Papers for the Acacia Group's Philip K. Dick Conference to be held at Cal State Fullerton, April 29-30, 2016. Confirmed Special Guests: Dr. Ursula Heise, Jonathan Lethem, Tim Powers and James Blaylock.

Deadline for proposals: Interested individuals should submit a titled, 250-word abstract and complete contact information—name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mail and email addresses, and telephone number—by January 15. Submission email:

Our theme: Philip K. Dick, Here and Now.

Digital Poetics and the Multimodal Novel (U of Amsterdam, June 16-18, 2006)

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:16pm
International Society for the Study of Narrative

Multimodal novels stipulate conceptual shifts in our understanding and experience of literature, according to Wolfgang Hallet. Though the genre label "multimodal novel" is a recent coinage, graphic resources such as experimental typography and layout, images and illustrations, which contribute to multimodal aesthetics, have appeared in novels for centuries. Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and Edgar Allan Poe utilized the expressive properties of typeface and layout in their narratives. In the early twentieth century, practitioners of the historical avant-garde including Andre Breton and F.T. Marinetti also produced multimodal narratives.

Watermark: Graduate Student Journal - Deadline to Submit: Feb. 8, 2016

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 5:23pm
Watermark: California State University, Long Beach

Watermark, the annual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by graduate students in the English Department at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking submissions for our tenth volume. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with the fields of rhetoric and composition and literature of all genres and periods. Watermark also accepts reviews of recent books published in these fields of study. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

The deadline to submit an essay or review for consideration is Monday, February 8, 2016. Early submissions are strongly encouraged and will receive priority in the peer-review process.

Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con, 2/1

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 11:49am
Comics Arts Conference

The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentation, panels, and poster sessions taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for a meeting of scholars and professionals at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 21-24, 2016. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publisher, retailers, distributors, and journalists.

MAKING EARLY MIDDLE ENGLISH - Conference - 23-25 September 2016

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:36pm
University of Victoria

Making Early Middle English - CFP - Abstracts 21 December 2015
Conference 23-25 September 2016 @ University of Victoria

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Susanna Fein (Kent State University), Delbert Russell (University of Waterloo), Pinchas Roth (Bar-Ilan University), Jennifer Miller (University of California, Berkeley)

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Issue 5 "Scum and Villainy"

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 4:14pm
Word Hoard interdisciplinary graduate journal

Word Hoard is soliciting articles, essays, interviews, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other publishable works on the theme of "Scum and Villainy" for our fifth issue. (Please find our previous issues at We believe both "scum" and "villainy" have social, ethical, and epistemological implications reaching far beyond literary and popular tropes, and thus far beyond the lush taxonomy of opportunistic or conniving archetypes (e.g., muggers, grifters, the debased; psychopaths, traitors, the corrupt). Characterizations of "scum" or "villainy" interest us far more than literary characters as "scum" or "villains."

[UPDATE] The Imaginary [March 4-5 2016; abstracts due December 21, 2015]

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:01am
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association

"The imaginary" invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadow, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive. This conference features keynote speakers Mya Poe of Northeastern University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth College.

For Lacan, the imaginary is the beginning: "I began with the Imaginary, I then had to chew on the story of the Symbolic ... and I finished by putting out for you this famous Real." For sociologist John B.Thompson, the social imaginary is "the creative and symbolic dimension of the social world, the dimension through which human beings create their ways of living together and their ways of representing their collective life."

New website "Why Social Theory?" Seeks Pedagogy Contributors

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 1:08pm
"Why Social Theory?"

The Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce our forthcoming project, the website "Why Social Theory?"

This site is designed to become the premiere source for scholars on the subject of Social Theory. As part of the website, we are designing a resource of pedagogical materials for a section on teaching. These contributions can include:

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging (20-21 May 2016)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 1:05pm
Endnotes: UBC English Graduate Conference

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging

Date: 20-21 May.

Location: UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 January 2016

Keynote Speakers: Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis and Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia.

What does it mean to be from a place or a position? To move from one position to another? What does it mean to be "moved" by an aesthetic experience?