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The Harlem Renaissance After the Transnational Turn

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 3:35pm
Special Session: MLA 2017 Panel

This proposed special session will explore how the transnational turn in literary studies has impacted the ways we research and write about the New Negro Renaissance. Publications like Escape From New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem and the 2013 special edition of Modernism/modernity "The Harlem Renaissance and the New Modernist Studies" (20.3) have pushed us to expand the boundaries of the New Negro Renaissance. As a result of works like these, scholars have begun to accept that what we call the "Harlem Renaissance" was not limited to Harlem's urban locale; the term signifies a global uptick in black cultural production encompassing the Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

8th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 2:23pm
Dr. Shane Rasmussen / Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The 8th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 16-17, 2016 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Sacred Louisiana."

Tenth Global Studies Conference - National University of Singapore

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 1:16pm
Global Studies Knowledge Community


National University of Singapore, Singapore
8-9 June 2017


The Tenth Global Studies Conference will be held at the - National University of Singapore in Singapore, Singapore, 8-9 June 2017. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

Q-Topia: Queer Futurism in Theory and Literature

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:50pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

As queer theory continues to evolve and utopian studies dusts itself off from its relative dormancy until the late twentieth century, the two strands of thought have grabbed ahold of one another in hopes to uncover just what "The Future" might mean to those identifying as queer. This panel seeks papers wishing to join the vibrant conversation of the relationship between queerness and utopianism. Is queerness inherently utopic? Is the future inherently queer? How might queer individuals enact utopic desires? Can we find moments of the queerly utopic and utopicly queer in canonical and non-canonical literature?

The Good Life is Out There Somewhere: Uncovering Utopia in the Nineteenth Century Canon

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:41pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Though neither Mr. Thornton nor Mr. Bell evoke "Utopia" flatteringly in Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, each mention of the term situates the concept of utopianism at the center of the novel's labour dispute and makes the reader wonder if Margaret Hale might not be a utopian heroine. Not considered a utopic text, North & South nevertheless engages itself in a conversation about utopianism (and dystopianism). This panel seeks papers re-reading non-utopic texts (or authors) from the nineteenth century as utopic. By June 1st, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University,

SCMLA 2016: Technology in the Classroom (abstracts due March 31)

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:26pm
South Central Modern Language Association

The theme for the 2016 SCMLA conference is "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture," but the topic for this particular panel is open. Proposals for both formal papers and experience-based presentations on the use of technology in the classroom are welcome.

To be considered for this panel, please submit a 350-word abstract to Rochelle Bradley at by March 31, 2016.

The conference will be held in Dallas, TX, Nov. 3-5, 2016. Presenters are required to be members of SCMLA but can join the organization after abstracts are accepted.

Humor as Embodied Practice

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 11:12am
International Society for Humor Studies

The Department of Drama and the Trinity Long Room Hub welcome the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) to Ireland for its 35th annual conference in June 2016. ISHS is the world's leading organization for the study of comedy, humor and laughter. Established in 1976, it boasts over three hundred members worldwide across disciplines ranging from the Arts and Humanities to the Social and Natural Sciences – from stand-up comedians, clowns and laughter therapists to researchers in media studies, linguistics and neuroscience. Bringing together a variety of scholars and creative practitioners, ISHS Dublin 2016 focuses on the broad notion of Humor as Embodied Practice.

"Object Lessons in Personhood" (MLA Roundtable)

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 11:05am
Law and Humanities Forum, Modern Language Assocation of America

A Roundtable Session for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia, organized for the Law and Humanities Forum.

Proposals are welcome for 10-minute papers that focus on a single "thing." The aim of the session is to consider key theoretical issues surrounding legal personhood—questions of consent, responsibility, rights, and freedom—as they manifest themselves at the level of substance, form, and lived environment. Taken together, these papers will establish a material archive for personhood and model new ways of putting legal studies into conversation with other thriving subfields in the humanities, such as material culture studies, animal studies, science studies, ecotheory, disability studies, and critical theory.

Update: Feasting, Fasting, Famine: Representations of Hunger in South Asian Literatures and Culture

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:14am
Guaranteed Panel MLA 2017, Philadelphia, 5-8 January

Feasting, Fasting, Famine: Representations of Hunger in South Asian Literatures and Culture

The South Asian and South Asian Diasporic Forum of the MLA invites proposals on theorizing the politics, aesthetics, ethics, affect, of figurations of hunger in South Asian literatures and cultures. Presentations may focus on hunger in a range of contexts including food insecurity and globalization; class, gender, imperial, postcolonial contexts; on memory, and memorialization, and the historiography of hunger. Among other contexts/aspects, papers may focus on hunger and the state; hunger and violence; hunger and migration; philanthropy/famine relief: a fundamental right or charity? Visual representations of hunger.

The Globe, the World, and Worldliness: Planetary Formations of the Long Eighteenth Century

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:10am
NEASECS Amherst, MA (October 20-22, 2016)

We often think of the terms "globe" and "world" as synonymous because they seem to similarly name the totality of the thing on which or in which we all find ourselves living. This panel asks contributors to consider different formations of planetary or worldly experience in the long eighteenth century, if only to highlight the particular implications of considering the world as species of globe.

[UPDATE-New conference date] The English Language Conference: "First Contact"

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:57am
California State University Dominguez Hills English Graduate Association

The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.

ASCH Spring Meeting (Edmonton, AB, April 7-10)

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:12am
American Society of Church History

The American Society of Church History is having its spring meeting in Edmonton, AB, April 7-10, 2016. The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 1. Presenters can come from any academic discipline, but will be asked to be members of the ASCH at the time of the conference.

Please visit for more information and proposal forms.

"Works in Progress" postgraduate conference, Thursday 7th July

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 7:35am
GradCATS / De Montfort University

CFP: Works in Progress

All texts and artworks will have at one stage been a work in progress, despite the tendency to value them as cultural artefacts once they are deemed finished and made available for consumption. Redrafting and editing are processes which strive towards a "final" product, meaning their publication often results in the loss or occlusion of multiple ancillary versions. Such materials are important to our understanding of how texts and works are shaped and reshaped, and by whom.