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Literature for Change: How Educators Can Prepare the Next Generation for a Climate-Challenged World

updated: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 2:10pm
Rebecca Young
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020

 

Essays or K-12 lesson/unit plans analyzing how literature frames a specific environmental concern are invited from educators around the world. Contributions will be organized in an instructional follow-up resource to Confronting Climate Crises through Education: Reading Our Way Forward (2018). Intended to support educators’ implementation of literature-based interdisciplinary climate instruction, the project is titled Literature for Change: How Educators Can Prepare the Next Generation for a Climate-Challenged World. The collection will be published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 

Updated CfP: Children's Literature and Climate Change

updated: 
Monday, May 11, 2020 - 10:13am
Lara Saguisag, CUNY-College of Staten Island
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS (updated May 2020)

 

Children’s Literature and Climate Change

Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn

 

Guest Editors:

Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island-City University of New York

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin: Citizen of Mondrath

updated: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 6:54pm
Mythlore, a journal of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 25, 2020

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Mythlore, Fall 2020:

Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin: Citizen of Mondrath

Guest Edited by Melanie A. Rawls

 

Proposal deadline March 25, Draft deadline June 25, Final paper deadline August 25

PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED to MAY 25

 

Mythlore, a journal dedicated to the genres of myth and fantasy (particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis), invites article submissions for a special issue focused on Ursula K. Le Guin, grandmaster of mythopoeic fantasy.

Alt KidLit: What Children’s Literature Has Been, Never Was, and Might Yet Be

updated: 
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 11:18am
Kenneth B. Kidd & Derritt Mason
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

Alt KidLit: What Children’s Literature Has Been, Never Was, and Might Yet Be

eds. Kenneth B. Kidd and Derritt Mason (editors of Queer as Camp: Essays on Summer, Style, and Sexuality, Fordham UP, 2019)

EXTENDED DEADLINE (May 15, 2020) - 2020 MPCA/ACA Conference: Animation and Anime

updated: 
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:43pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 15, 2020

 

Call for Papers. The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and panels both on Western animation and on anime for its 2020 Conference, to be held Friday-Sunday, 2-4 October 2020 at the Westin Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As animation and anime cover all kinds of storytelling, topics may include but are not limited to the following suggestions:

 

“Connecting Cultures and Collectivity in Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature”

updated: 
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 12:54pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 30, 2020

We seek papers that explore all aspects of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as those addressing the conference theme of cultures of collectivity. Considerations may be given to audience, race, technologies, body image, sexualities, disabilities, literacies, socioeconomics, immigration, rural/urban spaces, posthumanism, regionalism, and any other critical issues in children’s and young adult literature from any period and genre. Panel proposals are also welcome. The MMLA conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI November 4-8, 2020. Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Dr.

Deadline Extended to April 30: Animals in Literature and Film CFP (MMLA; November 5–8, 2020; Milwaukee, WI)

updated: 
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 11:27am
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENSION: APRIL 30 

Call for Papers: “Animals in Literature and Film” (Permanent Panel) 

Midwest Modern Languages Association 

November 5–8, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI 

“Ecological Communities: Animal Neighbors in Literature and Film” 

This year’s “Animals in Literature and Film” panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association’s annual meeting (November 5–8, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI) invites papers engaging the conference’s theme of “Cultures of Collectivity,” specifically how works of literature or film cultivate or impair ecological communities, broadly defined. 

Harry Potter Special Issue--Extended Deadline

updated: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:57pm
Jane Elizabeth Dougherty/Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures/Southern Illinois University Carbondale
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 1, 2020

We are starting a national peer-reviewed undergraduate and graduate student journal, The Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures.  Our first issue is a special issue on Harry Potter and we are accepting academic essays and creative non-fiction submissions.

Submissions opened on February 1st and will be open until June 1st (extended deadline due to COVID19).    Submission is free. 

Submissions can focus on the Harry Potter books, films, other media, or any expressions of the fan cultures of Harry Potter, including fan fiction, art, sports, or fan communities of other kinds.  

Sports-Related Young Adult Literature: Society, Culture, and Politics

updated: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:59pm
Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 15, 2020

The confluence of sports culture and sociopolitical issues has a long history. Memorable examples of athletes of yesteryear embracing activism include Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists against institutional racism, Muhammad Ali opposing the Vietnam War, and Billie Jean King fighting for gender equity. Contemporary examples include Colin Kaepernick protesting police violence against people of color and the U.S. women’s national soccer team charging U.S. Soccer with gender discrimination. Each example underscores the reality that athletes are so much more than the games they play. Many authors have honored this tradition through the fictional athletes they portray in contemporary sports-related young adult literature (YAL).

Horrifying Children: television, literature and popular culture from 1966-1998

updated: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 2:14pm
Robert Edgar, John Marland and Lauren Stephenson: York Centre for Writing, York St John University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 3, 2020

Twitter: @horrifyingbook

Email: HorrifyingChildrenBook@outlook.com

There has been an explosion of interest in the impact of children’s television and literature of the late C20th. In particular, the 1970s and 1980s are seen as decades that shaped a great deal of our contemporary cultural landscape. Television of this period dominated the world of childhood entertainment, drawing freely upon literature and popular culture, and much of it continues to resonate powerfully with the generation of cultural producers (fiction writers, screenwriters, directors, musicians and artists) that grew up watching the weird, the eerie and the horrific.

Horrifying Children Conference - TV, Literature and Popular Culture

updated: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 2:13pm
Robert Edgar, John Marland and Lauren Stephenson: York Centre for Writing, York St John University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 3, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a symposium at the York Centre for Writing, York St John University. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND THE CFP EXTENDED. WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A NEW CONFERENCE DATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

The daytime Horrifying Symposium event is free to attend (lunch is provided). There will be a ticketed event in the evening with very special guests, Scarred for Life.

Our symposium is intended to span academic and popular responses and we would welcome contributions from academics, practitioners, broadcasters, writers and fans. Proposals can be for critical papers and other mixed-mode presentations and submissions that blur the boundaries.

Harry Potter Special Issue of The Journal of Fantasy & Fan Cultures

updated: 
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 3:56pm
Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures // Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of English
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Submissions for our first issue (Harry Potter) will be open from February 1 until April 1.  Submissions can focus on the Harry Potter books, films, other media, or any expressions of the fan cultures of Harry Potter, including fan fiction, art, sports, or fan communities of other kinds.  

You may submit once per issue for each category (creative non-fiction and academic essays). We are not interested in publishing fan fiction or poetry.

Submissions must be 2500-7500 words and, if scholarly, must be in MLA citation format. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt font. Current undergraduates and graduate students in any major or field are eligible to submit, as are holders of master’s degrees.

Fall Literary Festival CFP

updated: 
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 3:55pm
Lit Youngstown
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FALL LITERARY FESTIVAL 2020

Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for In Many Tongues: Constituents of the Barbaric Yawp, 4th annual Fall Literary Festival, September 24-26 in Northeast Ohio. Proposal submission form here.

I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
–Walt Whitman

General Information

2020 MPCA/ACA Conference: Animation and Anime

updated: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 4:28pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020

2020 MPCA/ACA Conference: Animation and Anime

 

Call for Papers. The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and panels both on Western animation and on anime for its 2020 Conference, to be held Friday-Sunday, 2-4 October 2020 at the Westin Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As animation and anime cover all kinds of storytelling, topics may include but are not limited to the following suggestions:

 

"Movement through Arthurian Legend" Bangor English Medievalism Transformed 2020

updated: 
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:05am
School of English, Bangor University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"Movement through Arthurian Legend" 

Medievalism Transformed 2020 explores all historical and literary ideas relating to the theme of movement in the medieval world. How are texts re-invented across time? What role do texts play as cultural objects in their historical moment and beyond? How does a text engage with moving times, cultures, and space?

We invite papers relating to movement through Arthurian legend crossing all periods, borders, and historical and literary disciplines including but not limited to:

Impertinent Pedagogy: Mischievous Praxis in Children’s and YA Literature and Culture

updated: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:26pm
Victoria Ford Smith, University of Connecticut
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

This guaranteed session sponsored by the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum welcomes proposals for 5-minute lightning talks introducing innovative, irreverent, revolutionary, or downright disorderly approaches to teaching children’s and young adult literature and culture in the college classroom. Scholars from across research areas and disciplines — including English, Education, Library Science, and others — are welcome, as are reflections on teaching young people’s texts and cultures in a variety of class contexts, from the undergraduate survey to the graduate seminar.

 

MLA 2021 CFP: Comics and Graphic Narratives for Young Audiences (Deadline: 03/10/20)

updated: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 11:17am
Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Comics and Graphic Narratives for Young Audiences

This panel explores intersections between children’s literature and comics (including manga and graphic novels). All periods and nations welcome.

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 7-10, 2021 in Toronto, ON. This collaborative panel is jointly sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum and the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum.

MLA 2021 “#OwnVoices in Children’s and Adolescent Literature”

updated: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:46pm
MLA GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

MLA 2021 “#OwnVoices in Children’s and Adolescent Literature”

Guaranteed Session Sponsored by the MLA GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum

Toronto, Ontario

January 7-10, 2021

Panel Chair:  Brigitte Fielder

 

Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2020

 

Fantastic (Fantasy & Science Fiction / Monsters & the Monstrous) (NEPCA Manchester, NH 10/23-24/2020)

updated: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:40pm
Michael Torregrossa, Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 1, 2020

Call for Papers on the Fantastic (Fantasy & Science Fiction / Monsters & the Monstrous)

The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic and the allied Fantastic Areas (Fantasy & Science Fiction and Monsters & the Monstrous) invite paper proposals 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 1, 2020.

CFP - General Call, *Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures*

updated: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:47pm
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: *Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures*

Published by the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) at the University of Winnipeg, *Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures* is a scholar-led, interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

Our scope is international; while we have a special interest in Canada, we welcome submissions concerning all areas and cultures. The focus of the journal is on the cultural functions and representations of “the child.” This can include, but is not limited to:

Theorizing the Child for the Twenty-First Century

updated: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:39pm
Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Theorizing the Child for the Twenty-First Century

Call for Papers for MLA 2021

 

Panel Proposal for MLA 2021, Toronto: The Other in Narratives of Rival Nations

updated: 
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:29pm
Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Other in Narratives of Rival Nations

This panel seeks papers that examine the representation of the ethnic Other in literatures of rival nations or ethnic groups in twentieth and twenty-first century children’s and young adult fiction from around the world. How is the ethnic Other presented to young readers, and how are children initiated into certain cultural, political, national, or historical ideologies of the rival nation? 

Katherine Mansfield and Children

updated: 
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:26pm
Katherine Mansfield Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 31, 2020

KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND CHILDREN

(volume 13 of Katherine Mansfield Studies book series published by Edinburgh UP)

 

Editors

Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK

and

Todd Martin, Huntington University, USA

 

Refractions/Reflections: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing

updated: 
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:06pm
Victorians Institute Conference 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 1, 2020

Please join us in Charlotte, NC October 23-24 2020 for the 49th annual Victorians Institute Conference. This conference seeks essays that explore how Victorians saw their world, how they depicted what they saw, and the ways that modern scholars, in turn, see the Victorians. Papers or panels on poetry, prose, nonfiction, biography, digital humanities, or visual art are welcome, as are presentations on the pedagogy and ethics of teaching Victorian literature in 2020.

For a full CFP, see http://victoriansinstitute.org/cfp-for-vi-2020-in-charlotte-nc/

ChLA 2020 Panel *Sustaining Black Lives: Ecological Imaginaries in African American Books for Young Readers*

updated: 
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:43pm
Samira Abdur-Rahman, University of San Francisco
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020

We are seeking panelist proposals for the accepted Children’s Literature Association (ChLA 2020) conference panel “Sustaining Black Lives: Ecological Imaginaries in African American Books for Young Readers.” The  ChLA 2020 theme “Sustainability Through Story: Eco-Justice, Children's Literature, and Childhood” invites “an expansive array of interdisciplinary topics on the cultural, political, historical, and contemporary impact of children’s literature in relationship to the environment.” This panel seeks papers that correlates race and gender with Black sustainability issues like environmental inequity and global migration.

Rebecca Harding Davis at ALA 2020 - Deadline Extended

updated: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:20pm
Rebecca Harding Davis Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Rebecca Harding Davis Society welcomes proposals for two sessions at the next meeting of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 21-24, 2020 in San Diego, CA.

 

New Directions in Davis Scholarship (2 panels)

We are interested in proposals that engage in any aspect of Davis’s work. We particularly encourage proposals that address some of Davis’s lesser known works, and we also welcome new readings of the canonical “Life in the Iron-Mills.”

 

 

Please send a 200-250 word abstract to Aaron Rovan (ajrovan@mix.wvu.edu) by Sunday, January 26, 2020.

 

 

 

Comics Arts Conference—Comic-Con International

updated: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:02am
Comics Arts Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, 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 23-26, 2020.  We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and indepenent scholars.  We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.

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