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Literary Geographies in Isolation

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:30am
Literary Geographies ISSN 2397-1797
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 7, 2020

Developing a discussion initiated in the recently-published Literary Geographies 6(1), the journal’s editors seek contributions to an expanded ‘Thinking Space’ section on ‘Literary Geographies in Isolation’ planned for the December issue. We are interested in receiving shorter submissions of 1500-3000 words, including the more personal, polemical or impressionistic. Topics might include, but are not limited to:


  • armchair tourism in lockdown

  • reading as virtual fieldwork

Geographia Literaria: Studies in Earth, Ethics and Literature

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:17pm
Jagannath Basu & Jayjit Sarkar
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 15, 2020

The word “Geopoethics” comes from (meaning, “earth”), poiesis (meaning, “to create”) and ethics. The poiesis in Geopoethics has a sort of Heideggerian “bringing-forth” of the earth, not as something which was hitherto absent but by bringing something from concealment to unconcealment, from darkness to light. The earth is “brought into the light (or clearing) opened up by the created work itself” (Whitehead 2003). Geopoethics is about “thinking” (noein) the ‘always, already’, constituting not only the idea of the earth but the earth itself. It is not only the poetry but the process of creation itself (poiesis).

CFP: Resisting James Bond

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:40pm
Lisa Funnell/University of Oklahoma
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020



Resisting James Bond:

Power, Privilege, and Social (In)Justice in the Daniel Craig Era



Edited by Lisa Funnell and Christoph Lindner



In Their Own Words: Voices of Kashmir

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:39pm
Zachary Bordas/ Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This heuristic panel seeks to examine the lived reality and creative representation of the political and ecological crisis in Kashmir. Spotlighting the voices of Kashmiri writers will continue the long and delicate process of shedding light on the current human rights crisis happening in Kashmir, as well as its global significance. This panel, therefore, solicits academic research that brings the persecuted voices of Kashmiri writers out of isolation (respecting anonymity on an individual basis) and into humanist discussions. The purpose of this panel involves both understanding the description of the Kashmiri lived reality, as well as providing space for hearing the specific tenants of their calls for change.

Naturalistic Models of Society and the Novel Form

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:37pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Abstract This panel will seek to explore the changing relationship between scientific paradigms and society’s self-understanding as it is manifest in the novel form. If the novel itself has functioned as a record of the social imagination—a narrative ideologeme as Jameson describes it – this social imagination often borrowed its models from contemporary natural philosophy and later the social sciences. We see examples of this in Balzac’s use of taxonomical zoology, Sterne’s use of Cartesian “animal spirits,” or Joyce’s phylogenetic process in “Oxen of the Sun.” Some of the questions this panel will ask include: how do naturalistic sociological models help to mediate political and aesthetic theories? How do these models affect stylistic developments?

The Mandalorian and the Western at Western Literature Association 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:31pm
Erin N. Bistline/University of Tennessee-Knoxville
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 5, 2020

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 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. 


Call for Special Issues

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:21pm
PLL: Papers on Language and Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 31, 2021

Special-Issue Proposal Guidelines

Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to

Digital Humanities


Literary Translation

Print Culture

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.

Unsettled and Unsettling Nature: The Ecogothic in American Literature Before 1900 (NeMLA 2021)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 9:26am
Northeast Modern Language Association (52nd annual conference)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils note that “the dominant American relationship with nature . . . has always been unsettling” with the Gothic “sewn into the very warp and woof of American literature." This panel seeks to coalesce a body of work which investigates the Ecogothic in American literature before 1900: letters, slave narratives, novels, and travel journals which foreground nature as protagonist. The panel aims to investigate how writers of early America invoked the Gothic to describe their wild environs as well as the natural spaces becoming trampled by progress and exploration.