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Utopia on the Tabletop

updated: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 7:32pm
Jo Lindsay Walton
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 1, 2021

Utopia on the Tabletop: CfS

“Quite the contrary, Skepticus. I believe that Utopia is intelligible, and I believe that game playing is what makes Utopia intelligible.”

— Bernard Suits, The Grasshopper: Games, Play, and Utopia


We invite abstracts of 200-500 words on the theme of utopia and tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs). Please also include either a 50-300 word bio, or a CV, or a link to your website. Send abstracts to j.c.walton@sussex.ac.uk by 1 February 2021 with “Submission” in the subject line. Chapters of 5,000-8,000 words will be due 1 September 2021.

Recuperating Joy: Symbiotic Connections, Optimisms, and Unproblematic Faves

updated: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 1:45pm
Carleton English Graduate Student Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 13, 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS

Recuperating Joy: Symbiotic Connections, Optimisms, and Unproblematic Faves

Department of English Graduate Virtual Conference

Carleton University

8-9 May 2021

 

“Take joy in your digressions. Because that is where the unexpected arises.”

-        Brian Massumi

 

Resistance and Resilience: Envisioning the Future

updated: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 1:44pm
Graduate Student Colloquium of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

Resistance and Resilience: Envisioning the Future

Virtual Graduate Student Colloquium of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

University of Maryland, College Park

March 5-6, 2021 via Zoom

How to Do Things with Worlds (Again) [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

updated: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:21pm
Indiana University Department of English
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

Call for Papers

How to Do Things with Worlds

18th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington

Dates: TBA [but virtual]

Keynote: TBA


 

 

“A ‘world’ need not be a construction of a whole society. It may be a construction of a tiny portion of a particular society. It may be inhabited by just a few people. Some ‘worlds’ are bigger than others.”

  • Maria Lugones, “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception” (1987)

Food Futures: A Special Issue of SFS

updated: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 2:36pm
Graeme Macdonald & Nora Castle, University of Warwick
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

This special issue of Science Fiction Studies examines food’s multiple registrations across the spectrum of historical and contemporary SF. As a core element of both the problems with and solutions to the climate crisis, the global food system is the nexus of an array of future-oriented concerns emerging around issues such as security, diet, foodways, technologies, population, habitats, consumer cultures, production techniques, energy regimes and much more. As a result of this focus the very concept of eating and food as baseline cultural material has arguably been placed under the sign of the future to a greater extent than hitherto experienced.

Out of Bounds: An Exploration of Boundaries in Crisis

updated: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 1:11pm
Trinity College Dublin
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 1, 2021

Out of Bounds: An Exploration of Boundaries in CrisisOnline Conference: 14 & 15 July 2021Trinity Centre for Literary & Cultural Translation

From the exact lines on an architect’s blueprints to the demarcations on maps that shape the world today, boundaries have consequences. In concrete form they have separated societies, but they need not be material in order to exert power. The onset of crisis often sees the imposition of boundaries that are nebulous and ill-defined but surely no less potent than the menacing walls of segregation. 

Avian Aesthetics: Birds and Humans in the Literary and Popular Imagination

updated: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:49am
Danette DiMarco and Tim Ruppert / Slippery Rock University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

Jennifer Ackerman’s national bestseller The Genius of Birds (2016) highlights how birds and humans, while on seemingly different evolutionary paths, have coincided in interesting ways as both have risen to meet the challenges of nature (The Genius of Birds 12). Birds have consistently been alluded to in literature, dating back to the Greeks, and the proposed edited collection Avian Aesthetics seeks to deepen the awareness of the importance of birds in the literary and popular imagination while simultaneously focusing on how the human vision of birds has altered in an age of Animal Studies, species-ism, and climate change.

CfP: Wet feet? Flooding, resilience and the climate crisis (online conference)

updated: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 1:51pm
Gemma Curto and Juliet De Little, University of Sheffield
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

CfP: Wet feet? Flooding, resilience and the climate crisis (online conference)

Keynote speakers to be announced

Funded by the Sheffield Water Centre, The University of Sheffield

19 May 2021

Deadline for proposals: 15 January, 2020

 

(Virtual Conference) Materialisms: Reconciliations in the Present

updated: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 3:04pm
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Materialisms: Reconciliations in the Present

Graduate Student Conference (Virtual)

April 16th-17th, 2021

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

 

 

Keynote Speakers

Grant J. Silva 

EXTENDED DEADLINE- British Association for American Studies 2021 Digital Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 2:20am
British Association for American Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

***** EXTENDED DEADLINE*****

We are excited to announce details for the British Association for American Studies’ 66th Annual Convention — its first to be hosted entirely remotely. The conference is scheduled to take place from April 6-11, 2021. We hope that this digital format will allow participants from a wider geographic range to participate, as well as those normally prevented from participating due to budgetary constraints. 

The International Emerging Scholars Online Conference: "GLOBAL-LOCAL-GLOCAL in Anglophone Literature, Culture, and Linguistics"

updated: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 2:04am
Academic Association for Doctoral Students of English, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 15, 2021

Institute of Literary Studies

Department of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Comparative Studies

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics

Academic Association for Doctoral Students of English

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

are pleased to announce

The International Emerging Scholars Online Conference

GLOBAL – LOCAL – GLOCAL

in Anglophone Literature, Culture, and Linguistics

Haunted Shores: Coastlands, Coastal Waters, and the Littoral Gothic

updated: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:34pm
Edinburgh Napier University/ University of Birmingham/ University of Bristol
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Call for Participants

Haunted Shores: Coastlands, Coastal Waters, and the Littoral Gothic

Online symposium: Friday 26th March 2021

We seek participants in an online symposium to explore coasts and shores in the Gothic and to discuss a potential edited volume of essays. At this early stage, we invite proposals for short, 10-15 minute presentations, but would also like to hear from anyone interested in attending or taking part. 

Haunted Shores

Victorian Ecologies

updated: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:34pm
Victorian Network
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

CfP: Victorian Ecologies

 

Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work across the broad field of Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics. We are delighted to announce that our fourteenth issue (2021) on the theme of “Victorian Ecologies” will be guest edited by Elizabeth Miller (UC Davis).

William Golding: Beyond Good and Evil

updated: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:33pm
Arabella Currie and Bradley Osborne, University of Exeter
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 7, 2021

William Golding: Beyond Good and Evil

Call for Papers and Expressions of Interest

 

We are excited to announce a virtual symposium on the work of William Golding to be held in the spring of 2021 (8th April). We would like to invite all those who are interested in Golding to participate through critical and/or creative responses to his writing, and are particularly keen to hear from emerging scholars and those whose voices have seldom been heard in Golding criticism.

 

Hopkins and His Environments

updated: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:33pm
International Hopkins Organizing Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 25, 2021

Hopkins and His Environments” 

A virtual international conference, 24‒26 June 2021

From the Cliffs of Moher to the Valley of the Elwy, from leafy countrysides to city centres “smeared” with everyday life, Gerard Manley Hopkins was acutely attuned to environmental conditions. The 2021 international Hopkins conference, to be held virtually 24 to 26 June 2021, will consider the many environments in which he worked: natural, textual, aesthetic, political, theological, Jesuitical, and social.

FORUM: New Feminist Research Ethics: EOIs sought

updated: 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 7:23am
Australian Feminist Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Australian Feminist Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis is seeking expressions of interest for contributions to a planned forum devoted to the topic of ‘New Feminist Research Ethics’.

We anticipate publishing wide-ranging sets of ideas that capture the current and emerging challenges and opportunities for feminist researchers.

Contributions may engage generally with questions concerning feminist research ethics or they may offer a reflection on a specific research project or activity.While the expectation is that contributions will be scholarly in orientation, less conventional provocations and manifestos are also welcome. All submissions will be peer-reviewed as per the journal’s policies.

Mapping the Contemporary US Novel: Theories, Forms and Themes

updated: 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 7:23am
special topic section of RSAJournal (Rivista di Studi Americani)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Issue #32 (2021) of RSAJournal: Rivista di Studi Americani, the official journal of the Italian Association for North American Studies (Associazione Italiana di Studi Nord-Americani – AISNA) will feature a special section, edited by Pia Masiero (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and Virginia Pignagnoli (University of Zaragoza) on “Mapping the Contemporary US Novel: Theories, Forms and Themes.”

 

Hip Hop Ecologies - Special Issue of Ecozon@

updated: 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 7:20am
Alain-Philippe Durand (Arizona) / Timo Müller (Konstanz)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Hip-hop is one of the most successful forms of global cultural production today. Since its emergence in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, it has spread around the world and exerted a considerable impact not only on pop culture, but also on social debates around race, class, language, nationality, gender, and a range of other issues. One topic that is rarely discussed, however, is the relationship between hip-hop and the environment.

Language, Culture, Environment Journal

updated: 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - 7:20am
KIMEP University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

             Language, Culture, Environment is Central Asia’s first internationally peer-reviewed, English-language humanities journal, published four times per year by KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Our aim is to encourage a diverse range of international collaborative work that contributes to our knowledge and understanding of communication and cultural practices and offers new perspectives on the challenges confronting a new age of environmental change.

The ISSN for this open-access, online journal is 2709-5010.

CFA: Ecological and Religious Radicalism

updated: 
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:39pm
Journal for the Study of Radicalism
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

The Journal for the Study of Radicalism interested in articles for an issue that explores the history of ecological radicalism, including the recent history of movements, groups, and individuals. We are also interested in related currents, which could include anarchism, black bloc, antifa, and the creation of autonomous zones, as well as ecological movements or groups like Extinction Rebellion. And we welcome articles on various forms of religious radicalism across the political spectrum.

Send completed articles to the editors at jsrmsu@gmail.com by January 15, 2021 to be in time for the next issue.

Contagion: Matter, Method, and Medium

updated: 
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:39pm
Gender & Violence: South Korea and Beyond (University of Minnesota)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Contagion: Matter, Method, and Medium

University of Minnesota, April 30-May1, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be held online through Zoom. Call for Paper deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Organizers: Soyi Kim (kim4190@umn.edu) / Soo Jackelen (leex7096@umn.edu)

Keynote Speaker:
Scott O’Bryan, Indiana University (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Sangjoon Lee, Nanyang Technological University (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information)

Crossroads of Emergency: Modern Dystopias and Imminent Futures

updated: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:46pm
Kai Breaux / Stony Brook University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

Crossroads of Emergency: Modern Dystopias and Imminent Futures, April 23rd 2021

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University

Spring 2021 WGSS Graduate Virtual Conference

Call for Proposals

 

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Winter 20212020

updated: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:46pm
Patricia Bostan, Central Piedmont Community College
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, is currently accepting submissions for our Winter 2021 issue: Teaching Western and Native American Literature, to be guest edited by Susan M. Stone, author of works on 19th-century regionalism, gender, and Native American literature and culture.

Deadline is January 30, 2021

BUGS AND BOOKS: DISEASE, INFECTION AND CONTAGION IN CULTURE

updated: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:25pm
University College Cork
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Scholars at all stages of their career are invited to take part in a one-day interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the School of English, University Cork, to explore the diverse roles historically played by contagion/outbreak narratives and disease metaphors. We invite 15-minute papers that engage with a variety of cultural forms, such as literature, film, television and photography.  Examples of relevant topics include the function served by fear of contagion in the othering process, contemporary vampirism as a metaphor for sexually-transmitted diseases, zombiism as a metaphor for capitalism, and why epidemics and plagues that stay confined to Africa or Asia rarely form the plots of novels or films.

Call for Special Issue of Interval(le)s on "The Pastoral: New Trajectories in the Anthropocene"

updated: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:25pm
Stefano Rozzoni (University of Bergamo / Justus Liebig Universität Gießen) & David Lombard (Université de Liège [CIPA] / University of Leuven)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

Call for Special Issue of Interval(le)s on "The Pastoral: New Trajectories in the Anthropocene"

 

Guest editors: Stefano Rozzoni (University of Bergamo / Justus Liebig Universität Gießen) &

David Lombard (Université de Liège / University of Leuven)

 

Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2021

 

 

“Pastoralism is a species of cultural equipment

that western thought has for more than two millennia

been unable to do without”

The Climate of Fatigue: What Comes After Exhaustion? (ACLA 2021)

updated: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 9:28am
Sarah Ensor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Steven Swarbrick, Baruch College (CUNY)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

The Climate of Fatigue: What Comes After Exhaustion?

ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Virtual Conference, April 8-11, 2021

Co-organizers: Sarah Ensor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Steven Swarbrick, Baruch College (CUNY)

Abstracts due by Oct 31.

Poetry's Publics and Counterpublics

updated: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:23pm
ACLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

This panel invites discussion on how poets have negotiated the construction of publics and counterpublics in our loosely defined contemporary moment. While writers have long been interested in the genre’s ability to foment and critique the production of virtual and actual modes of togetherness, we aim to address poetry’s engagements with collectivity after the rise of mass media and the opening up of political and aesthetic representation to diverse identities and electorates that defined the postwar period in the United States. What kinds of social bodies can texts and politics produce in this realm? What does the study of poetry reveal about historical shifts in the ways collectivity gets experienced and conceptualized?

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