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New Voices in Jewish-American Literature (Proposals Due 3/18)

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:26am
Open Library of the Humanities

The retirement of Philip Roth in 2012 signifies a definite break with the past, the silencing of one of the last living links with the Jewish generation that dominated post-war American literary culture (Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Isaac Bashevis Singer et al.). This does not, however, mean the end of Jewish-American literature. Recent years have rather shown the remarkable tenacity of Jewish-American writing: its enduring ability to grapple with contemporary society's pivotal issues along with its power to initiate new critical debates.

MOSF Journal of Science Fiction (Vol. 1, No. 2)

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:36am
Monica Louzon / Museum of Science Fiction

We are soliciting manuscripts to be featured in Vol. I, No. 2 of Museum of Science Fiction's Journal of Science Fiction (MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, The inaugural issue was released on January 26, 2016, and Vol. I, No. 2 will be published by May 31, 2016. Manuscripts for Vol. I, No. 2 are due by March 25, 2016.

[UPDATE] Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1750

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:49am
Birmingham Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies

During the early modern period, national identity was increasingly defined by the dynamic between people and the environment they populated. While many still longed for the pastoral ideal of Britain as the 'Eden of Europe', the looming threat of pollution, natural disaster, resource depletion, and urbanisation beset the thoughts of contemporary writers, theologians, and politicians. Though it had been long held that the environment had an observable influence on the fortunes of a nation and the character of its citizens, the inhabitants of early modern Britain now became gradually conscious of their impact on the natural world.

John Clare: the One and the Many; MLA Jan 2017

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:47am
John Clare Society of North America

The John Clare Society of North America invites proposals for its guaranteed session/panel at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, PA, January 5th-8th, 2017.

TOPIC: "John Clare: the One and the Many" Scholarship on any aspect of singularity, multiplicity, unity, disorder, and/or the myriad meanings, images or forms in Clare's life and work.

Abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016 to Erica McAlpine at

East Asian Human Rights Cinema: Producing Social Change in Japan and Korea (proposals due Feb. 15, 2016)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:24pm
Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema

Call for Papers: East Asian Human Rights Cinema: Producing Social Change in Japan and Korea

Special Issue of Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2016

Deadline for completed essays: May 15, 2016

Original essays are being sought for a special issue of Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema devoted to the subject of East Asian human rights films.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Mining the Landscape: Jane Smiley's Western Novels (WLA 9/21-24); 5/13

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:54pm
Elizabeth Abele

Session proposed for Western Literature Association
Big Sky, Montana Sept. 21-Sept. 24, 2016

This year's conference theme is The Profane West, including what is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, and/or secretly shared. The novels of Jane Smiley frequently explore the poisonous effects of the unexamined ideologies, negotiations, and secrets that she presents as integral to the development of the West. This session invites papers that examine the relationship of Smiley's fiction to The Profane West.

Call for Papers Portals Spring 2016—Time and Space (3/14 Deadline)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:25pm
Comparative Literature Student Association

Call for Papers

Portals, Spring 2016, Volume 13

From memory and imagination, to the forgotten, the future, intergalactic, the idea of the self, mirrors, orality and performance, literature bleeds into an endless number of different spaces. For the upcoming 2016 volume, Portals is seeking papers that explore dimensions of time and space in diverse literary and linguistic traditions.

The Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to submit original critical essays and short creative fiction of a comparative or critical nature. Papers that engage the theme of time and space will be featured prominently, though all will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2016

[UPDATE] Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium [Extended Deadline]

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 6:57pm
Performance of the Real Research Theme / University of Otago

Please note the deadline for submissions has been extended by one week, until February 12th.

The University of Otago Performance of the Real Research Theme
Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium
April 14th & 15th 2016

Call for papers.

"Every day people perform dozens of rituals. These range from religious rituals to the rituals of everyday life, from the rituals of life roles to the rituals of each profession, from the rituals of politics and the judicial system to the rituals of business or home life. Even animals perform rituals" (Richard Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction 3rd ed. 52).

Extension: Christopher Isherwood Panel at Significations 02/19/2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:30pm
English Graduate Student Association

Call For Papers
CSU graduate students who present their papers at Significations share their research and engage in professional academic discussion of their work during the conference. All submissions will receive feedback from reviewers.
Paper Topics

Vehicles for Thought: Goldsmiths Graduate Festival 2016, London, May 9-15

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:20pm
Goldsmiths, University of London

The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival is an important celebration of postgraduate research in Goldsmiths and in universities nationally and internationally. It is organised by and for postgraduate research students as a vital platform to present and share their work.

The Festival is scheduled to take place over one week, from 9th May until 15th May, and will consist of a broad range of activities including keynote speakers, performances, exhibitions, film screenings, papers, roundtables and panel discussions.

The Streets of Philadelphia: From Rocky to Creed

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:11pm
MLA/Italian American Literature Forum

The MLA Italian American Forum seeks paper proposals for a possible session at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA January 5-8, 2017. Taking a cue from the presidential conference theme "Boundary Conditions," this panel seeks submissions that explore the boundaries of racism and ethnocentrism in the Rocky series. We are most interested in papers engaging with: Italian American and African American masculinities; South Philly as a multi-ethnic/racialized community; Boxing rhetoric in the Rocky series; and Gender stereotypes related to ethnic and racial constructions.

One-page CV and 250-word abstract to by 3/15/16.

DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:08pm
MLA/ Italian American Literature Forum

DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People

The Italian American Literature Forum is seeking panelists to present transmedia perspectives and projects (oral histories, photos, artifacts, home movies etc.) on the Italian American experience for its guaranteed session at the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia.