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Critical Misanthropy

updated: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 9:45pm
University of Amsterdam
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Critical Misanthropy Conference

25th, 26th, and 27th January 2023
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organisers: Eva Meijer and Emelia Quinn

Natural Spaces and Managed Wilderness: Mediation in National and State Parks

updated: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 7:55pm
Jillian Boger (University of Rhode Island) / Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

Panel Session, NeMLA’s 54th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, March 23-26

 

State and national parks alike often function with the purpose of stewardship over the environment and historical spaces across the country, but their design often may provide instruction on how to read the space. Though the National Park Services states that their conservation of these spaces leaves natural resources “unimpaired,” parks are places which are highly mediated in service of their use to visitors in those spaces; likewise, parks are subject to rhetorics of space and their construction may contain explicit or implicit messaging about how people are supposed to engage with the world around them.

 

Werewolves and Shape Shifters in Lore, Literature and More

updated: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 3:09pm
Myra Tatum Salcedo/University of Texas Permian Basin
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

“Children of the Moon: Werewolves and Shape Shifters in Lore and Literature”

University of Texas Permian Basin’s Fifth-Annual Halloween Conference

The University of Texas Permian Basin (with campuses in both Odessa and Midland), will conduct its Fifth Annual Halloween Conference 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. The event, to be broadcast live from the main Odessa campus, will also be available virtually to encourage global presentations and viewer participation. This year’s theme is broad. It embraces everything from comics and graphic novels to global folklore tales of either benevolent or evil representations of those figures known as villains or victims (due to having been cursed into their lot).

Transgressive Fiction Today

updated: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 11:18am
Rebecca Warshofsky / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

In the 1990s, transgressive fiction authors like Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, and Irvine Welsh shocked, disgusted, and offended audiences with their depictions of terrorizing, murdering, and drug-abusing characters whose bad behavior rejected and subverted the Western hegemony of neoliberalism. But their behavior was only seen as “shocking” or “transgressive” because of its blatant opposition to the dominant paradigm. What does it mean to transgress norms, boundaries, and conventions in today’s post-9/11 world, when the paradigms of whiteness, masculinity, heteronormativity, etc. are not necessarily viewed as the ultimate gatekeepers of what is normal, standard, correct, or expected?

Charles Olson Adrift: The Reach of Black Mountain Poetry

updated: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 9:48am
The Charles Olson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 9, 2022

The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, to be held February 23-25, 2023. We are interested in abstracts that examine the influence of Charles Olson and/or other Black Mountain Poets on poetic practices and their developments up to the present. A variety of poets took up the innovative practices of figures like Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, John Wieners, and others associated with Black Mountain. How have the practices of this fundamentally important school of poetics been extended, transformed, and/or resisted by other poets?

Crises and Turns: Continuities and Discontinuities in American Culture (Extended deadline)

updated: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 2:36am
Nordic Association for American Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

While it appears to be perennially tempting to see one’s own time as exceptional and unprecedented, it is nevertheless safe to say that our present time is perceived by many as characterized by crises of different kinds (democratic, humanitarian, environmental) to an unusually high degree. As a result, the stakes are high when it comes to identifying causes and cures and the political, media and academic communities are all concerned in their different ways with constructing narratives that make sense of what is happening: Backlash, renewal, apocalypse?

Neoliberalism and Alternative Temporalities in Contemporary African Fiction

updated: 
Saturday, September 3, 2022 - 9:59pm
Michael K. Walonen
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 17, 2022

I am putting together a panel to present at next year's African Futures Conference in Cologne, Germany (May 31 - June 3 2022) on the subject of neoliberalism and alternative temporalities on contemporary African fiction. More information on the conference can be found here https://ecasconference.org/2023/ and a short description and abstract for the panel can be found below. To be considered for inclusion in this panel, please send me your CV and a 250 word paper abstract at mwalonen@saintpeters.edu

 

Neoliberalism and Alternative Temporalities in Contemporary African Fiction

(EXTENDED DEADLINE) ExRe(y) 2022 - ExπRE: Going Off in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Culture

updated: 
Saturday, September 3, 2022 - 4:38am
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University and The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 17, 2022

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: Social Justice & American Literature

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 1:21pm
Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart/Saint Martin's University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

CFP: Social Justice & American Literature

 

We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores American literature through the lens of social justice.  The volume will become a part of a popular literary series published by a major press.

 

CFP: Social Justice & American Literature

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 1:20pm
Saint Martin's University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores American literature through the lens of social justice.  The volume will become a part of a popular literary series published by a major press.

 

European Writers in Exile (Abstracts Due April 15)

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 1:20pm
Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart/Saint Martin's University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

We have a contract with Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield) in hand and are issuing a targeted call for, primarily, the following important writers.  We have accepted a number of essays already and are seeking to round our volume, as follows.

 

We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores the work of some of the more popular and/or influential European writers in nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century exile. 

 

Russian & American Short Stories and Influence Abstract: 11/15/2018; Completed Draft: 3/15/2019

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 1:19pm
Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Though usually relegated to second status critically, the short story is having a moment. When Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2013, it was specifically for her contribution to the short story genre. As a writer who does not write novels, she acknowledged the importance of the award: “It’s a wonderful thing for the short story.” Indeed.

 

UPDATED: Russian & American Short Stories and Influence Abstract: 3/31/2019; Completed Draft: 8/15/2019

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 1:19pm
Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Though usually relegated to second status critically, the short story is having a moment. When Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2013, it was specifically for her contribution to the short story genre. As a writer who does not write novels, she acknowledged the importance of the award: “It’s a wonderful thing for the short story.” Indeed.

 

Food in American Literature

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 1:18pm
Jeff Birkenstein/Saint Martin's University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

CFP: Food in American Literature

Proposals due September 1, 2021

UPDATE:

We have accepted about 3/4 of the papers we need for an edited volume on food in American literature. We are seeking a handful of high-quality papers to complete the collection.

OVERVIEW:

Becoming-Transhuman: The Machine Is Us (And the dash is Deleuzian)

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:25pm
Amanda Long / NEMLA conference Spring 2023
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

Continuing an ongoing philosophical conversation about the order of rank and value, media theorist and evolutionary biologist Donna Haraway states in A Cyborg Manifesto that the classifications of human, machine, and animal species blur if one examines them at the genetic or molecular level; the order and rank of human supremacy dissolves. In the late 19th century following the acceptance of Darwin’s theory of evolution, how were the fuzzy lines between humans, animals, and machines drawn and by whom? At what point do we, as humans, become transhuman—enhanced by technology?

Reimagining #MeToo in South Asia And the Diaspora

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:25pm
Nidhi Shrivastava
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

At the center of the #MeToo movement lie survivor testimonies, which demystify victim-shaming, victim-blaming, and legitimizing the victim-survivor's testimony as the unquestionable truth. In the South Asian context, such testimonies are still a taboo, which leads to victim-survivors refusing to share and relive their experiences and narratives even if they have the means and access to do so. Our panel seeks to problematize the #MeToo movement in order to reimagine and contextualize it in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora as a much-needed intervention to examine the implications of a transnational feminist movement.

The Remnants of Plato’s Cave – From Imprisonment and Ideology to Resilience

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:23pm
NeMLA 2023
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

"You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners. Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave?" (Plato, The Republic)

“Allegorie entsteht, wenn der Verstand sich vorlügt, er habe Phantasie.” Allegory occurs when the mind betrays and tells itself it has imagination. (Hebbel, Diary 1840, translation added)

"Alternative” Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:22pm
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 3, 2022

Competing concepts of “medicine” and “healing” abound, with roots in our period; what might we think of as “alternative” medicine? Competing conceptions of medicine were proposed by Bruonians (John Brown’s binary of stimulant vs sedative) and Cullenians (followers of William Cullen), and yet another by Samuel Hahnemann (the law of similars, the law of the minimal dose). We might consider physiological interventions (surgeries, purgings) in contrast with more palliative approaches aimed at restoring “nature’s balance.” The origins of obstetrics (and its displacement of midwives), anatomical dissection and pathology (and their relation to criminality), and mesmerism are linked to famous male figures but also their critics.

EVELYN G. ETHERIDGE CONFERENCE ON THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:22pm
Paine College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 9, 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS

EVELYN G. ETHERIDGE CONFERENCE

ON THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

PAINE COLLEGE

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA

OCTOBER 26-28, 2022

 

Paine College

1235 Fifteenth Street

Augusta, GA 30901

Contact: Dr. Nancy Wellington Bookhart, Conference Chair (nbookhart@paine.edu), or Professor Jeffrey Jones, Conference co-chair (jjones3@paine.edu)

 

Punk Scholars Network Canada & USA: 2022 Virtual Conference

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:21pm
Punk Scholars Network
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

English

Punk Scholars Network Canada and Punk Scholars Network USA 

2022 Virtual Conference

Friday, November 18, 2022 via Zoom (Times TBA)

Our annual conference of the Punk Scholars Network Canada and United States will be held on November 18, 2022 via Zoom. The theme this year is Punk & Resilience, and we welcome proposals from punk scholars both in North America and internationally.

cfp - "Roads of America" [NeMLA panel]

updated: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 11:17pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

**This cfp is for an already-acceped panel at the NeMLA conference. NeMLA is taking place in person March 23-26, 2023 in Niagara Falls, New York. **

Recasting the Bygone Witch: Examining Strength in Preservation (NeMLA 2023)

updated: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 3:43pm
Panel at NeMLA 2023, March 23-26, 2023, Niagara Falls NY
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2022

From Sabrina to Supreme, there are plentiful modern representations of the witch in popular culture, each exuding singular or group-sourced power borne from traditions of centuries-past, as manifested in literature, television, film, or local lore. But what about the lesser-known witches, those who practice and represent branches of witchcraft rarely examined within the subcultural analysis or fandom?

This panel examines portrayals of lesser-known witches and how their quiet unconventionality, even within the broader occult subculture, might inform scholarship, practice, and preservation. What can we learn by examining lesser-known witches or unconventional representations of the witch?

Bending Metal: Metal Scenes during and after COVID

updated: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 1:44pm
Bryan Bardine/University of Dayton/ Jerome Stueart
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

 

 

Bending Metal: Metal Scenes during and after COVID 

deadline for submissions: 

October 1, 2022

full name / name of organization: 

Bryan Bardine/University of Dayton/ Jerome Stueart

contact email: 

bbardine1@udayton.edu

Bending Metal: Global Metal Scenes during and after COVID
Proposals due: September 1, 2022

Continuing our work examining metal scenes and with a contract with Lexington Press we propose the following project:

Symposium: ‘Toxic’! Toxicity In-Between the Humanities and Natural Sciences

updated: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2:52am
Chair of English Literature and British Cultural Studies, University of Würzburg
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 14, 2022

‘Toxic’! Toxicity In-Between the Humanities and Natural Sciences // 18 Nov. 2022 (09.00-17.00 CET)

 

Toxicity and intoxication surround us: If anything, the resurgence of the terms in the late 2010s reminds us of this statement’s basic truth. Toxic masculinity, for example, has become a rallying cry against problematic gender norms, while Britney Spears’ 2003 mega-hit ‘Toxic’ has become a queer anthem conjuring the ‘poison paradise’. The future of our planet is decided at the dead banks of toxic rivers, with people living on toxic soil and drowning in an increasing mass of toxic waste. In the Western world, lifestyle-gurus promise ‘mental detox’ while an opioid crisis ravages the United States.

EXTENSION: SpokenWeb Symposium 2023: "Reverb: Echo-Locations of Sound and Space"

updated: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 11:51am
University of Alberta
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 16, 2022

SpokenWeb Symposium 2023 Call for Papers

We've extended the deadline to Friday, September 16, 2022!

The SpokenWeb Research Network (www.spokenweb.ca)  is hosting the 2023 SpokenWeb Research Symposium at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada from May 1-3, 2023. We invite those from inside and outside the Network who engage with sound in their research and/or creative practice to submit paper or panel proposals that respond to the conference theme of:

Reverb: Echo-Locations of Sound and Space

Graduate Student Call: Judith Yaross Lee Publication Grant in American Humor Studies

updated: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 11:28am
American Humor Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 23, 2022

American Humor Studies Association

Judith Yaross Lee Publication Grant in American Humor Studies

 

Sponsored and funded by the American Humor Studies Association, the goal of the Judith Yaross Lee Publication Grant is to provide graduate students and emerging scholars with professional guidance and support in publishing an article on comedy and humor studies. Graduate students and those who earned their Ph.D.s in 2022 are welcome to apply. 

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