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Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences, Shanghai, 19.-22. July 2017

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 6:52am
Convened by Fudan University (China), Macquarie University (Australia), Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Modernism has often been critiqued for being homogenising and Eurocentric. Yet, modernity was experienced differently by different societies and cultures, each pursuing their own specific historical trajectory. Across the world in societies as different as China, Australia, the US and Europe, modernist literature and art were, in very different ways, crucial mediators of modernity. This conference will survey diverse experiences of modernity and the place of modernist art and aesthetics in those experiences. Implicit in this discussion is the question of what survives of modernist practices and modernity as a project beyond the known debates around modernism and postmodernism towards a new relevance in the era of globalisation and climate change.


Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:20am
Eric Athenot/IMAGER/Université Paris-Est Créteil

Writing, Ethics, and Aesthetics
October 14-15, 2016
IMAGER/Université Paris-Est Créteil

[UPDATE] Vile Visions: Representing Evil

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 3:52am
University of Southampton

The concept of evil is age old, but the way it manifests in cultural narratives has continuously shifted. From the theological to the psychological, evil is a core theme of tales across the ages. What does the way it is portrayed tell us? Does it still hold as much significance? This one day conference at the University of Southampton will explore representations of evil in its many guises. Papers from across disciplines are welcomed. Suggestions for topics include (but by no means are limited to):
•Physical representations of evil
•The changing role of evil in narratives
•Blurred lines between good and evil
•The celebration of evil
•History of evil
•Evil protagonists and their stories

[UPDATE] MLA 2017 Special Session: New Approaches to Existentialism and the Absurd (deadline 3/15/2016)

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 5:18pm
Julia Elsky / Loyola University Chicago

This is a call for a proposed panel, which will explore new approaches to the study of the existentialist and absurdist movements in the 20th century. We invite proposals for papers that rethink these movements in light of recent scholarship related to gender, race, ecology, transnationalism, and immigration. We welcome papers that rethink issues at the heart of these two movements: the category of the Other, the search for meaning in the world and its environment, freedom and oppression, the political and the private. We are also interested in how these movements have been in dialogue with each other.

Politics, Civic Life and Culture

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 4:24pm
Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)

​The section on Politics, Civic Life, and Culture for the 2016 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) conference is now accepting paper proposals from faculty and graduate students (jointly authored papers with advanced undergraduates are also welcome).This year, NEPCA's annual fall conference will be held on the campus of Keene State University in Keene, NH during the weekend of October 21-22, 2016. For more information, please visit the NEPCA website:

Creative Writing and Military Experience-- Inaugural Issue

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2:27pm
Michael Kula, University of Washington, Tacoma

Collateral is a newly launching literary magazine affiliated with the Writing Studies Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. We are currently open for submissions for our inaugural issue, forthcoming Summer 2016. We seek to provide a creative forum to showcase the voices of those who exist in the spaces around military service and military personnel, i.e., spouses, children, parents, co workers, etc...

Please see our mission statement below and the link to our site with full submission guidelines.

About Us

Open Field: Gender, Sexuality, and the Black Athlete

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:50am
Portland State Univ./Univ. of Louisville

Sport operates as a social and cultural institution that allows for hegemonic ideals about masculinity to be preserved and reproduced. Moreover, these ideals have historically been decidedly white and heteronormative. However, sport is also a contested terrain where the battle for the maintenance and redistribution of power and privilege is constantly being waged, won, and lost. The black athlete, then, is always/already linked to the questions of race, gender, sexuality, sport, and power.

Call for Papers and Artistic Submissions

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2:23am
Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017)

Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists Working From Canada

Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Contact email: or

Editor: Dr. Emily Allen Williams

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017) will highlight the work of Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists working from Canada.
[Note: Essays, poetry, literary non-fiction, visual art, performance art videos, et. al. on other topical areas also will be considered.]

Deadline Extended to April 1 for Submission to Harriet Beecher Stowe Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:24pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Society

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society is organizing its 20th Anniversary conference on "Everyday Stowe" at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington from June 24-26, 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended until April 1, 2016. We are happy to announce that Dr. Laura Korobkin will be our keynote speaker.

Form and The Public Intellectual (MLA 2017 Guaranteed Session; 3/15/16; 1/17)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:05pm
David Bahr, BMCC-CUNY

Almost thirty years ago, Russell Jacoby defined public intellectuals as "writers and thinkers who address a general and educated audience." Yet from Rousseau to Jacoby, the public intellectual has been perceived to operate most effectively outside the power elite, including the university system.

Welcome to Night Vale (collection; 6/15/16)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:44am
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Call for Papers: Welcome to Night Vale (collection; 6/15/16)


Proposals related to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale are solicited for chapter contributions to an edited scholarly collection to be published by Palgrave.

The editor seeks to include a range of approaches focusing on both form and content. Topics may include but are not limited to:

• internal themes and allusions
• genre and influences
• performance, music, and effects
• politics and historical contextualization
• podcast production, distribution, and consumption
• reception and fandom
• paratexts, marketing, and merchandise

CFP: How Normal is White?: The Normalization of Whiteness in Young Adult Dystopian Lit

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:22am
Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda Green-Barteet (SAMLA)

In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in this literature. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is, as well.

Transformation for Empowerment: Moving beyond Buzzwords November 10 &11, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 5:06am
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Call for Papers

10th and 11th November 2016
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
We are delighted to announce the fifth International Research Conference on Humanities and social Sciences-2016 (IRCHSS-2016), to take place at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, on 10th and 11th November, 2016.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
• Professor David Amigoni, Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor in Victorian Literature, University of Keele, UK

Romantic Legacies

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:27pm
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

Romantic Legacies, 18-19 November 2016
Conference Website:

Keynote Speakers:
Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London): "Romantic Walking and Railway Realism"
Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University): TBA

Kaleidoscope Journal: 'Evidence' Theme CFP

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:42pm
Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University

Kaleidoscope is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by postgraduate researchers at Durham University. Working under the auspices of Durham's Institute of Advanced Study, Kaleidoscope is designed to foster international communication between postgraduates in different disciplines, to promote excellence in interdisciplinary research, and raise awareness of the IAS as a public forum for interdisciplinary scholarship. A key feature of Kaleidoscope is that it embodies and connects diverse subject areas in a single publication, whether in the Arts and Humanities, the Sciences, or the Social Sciences. The IAS publishes a new theme for study each year, and submissions are particularly encouraged relating to this theme.

[UPDATE] Washington and Politics on Contemporary US Television (Edited Collection)

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 11:16am
Betty Kaklamanidou - Margaret Tally

We are currently inviting submissions for 2-3 chapters for an edited collection on Washington and Politics on Contemporary US Television already contracted by Ashgate.
Television has been accommodating a bigger number of political narratives in the last years. From the dramatic "The West Wing," "Scandal," "Madame Secretary," "Homeland," "House of Cards," to the short-lived yet impressive "Boss," and "Commander in Chief" and the mini-series "Political Animals," as well as the comedic "Veep" and "The Brink," millennial TV is fraught with political plot lines that are edgier and more provocative than their filmic counterparts.

Editing the Amanuensis, due 15 March

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 9:03am
Association for Documentary Editing

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for its 2017 MLA session entitled "Editing the Amanuensis." We seek presentations that address issues of editing material prepared with the help of an amanuensis, broadly defined. Among such situations are instances where someone prepares an original text on behalf of someone else, typically in the voice of that person, or where a scribe or clerk produces a fair copy of a previously oral or written text.

Proposals could address editing for publication

- the work of a person who prepared the original text on behalf of someone else, typically in the voice of that person (Alex Haley for Malcolm X),

[UPDATE] The European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2016 (ECERP2016)

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 1:30am
IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

Abstract Submission Deadline has been EXTENDED to May 1, 2016

The European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2016 (ECERP2016)

We invite you to submit a proposal to this event or to attend as an audience member.

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its international partners, invites you to participate in this international, intercultural and interdisciplinary conference in Brighton, UK. IAFOR expects this conference to draw educators, researchers, professionals, and members of international offices to discuss the future of Ethics, Religion & Philosophy.

The 2016 conference theme is "Justice".

CFP – Digital Humanities – MMLA – Due April 5th

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:32pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

The Digital Humanities section of the Midwest Modern Language Association is accepting proposals for scholarly and literary presentations that examine, complicate, or challenge concepts of borders and bordering as imagined across multiple modes of digital production. The MMLA conference will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, November 10-13, 2016.

We invite proposals that broadly interpret the conference theme, "Border States," through multiple disciplinary lenses, such as computational text analysis, critical/creative media, game studies, data mining/archiving, and digital pedagogy. We are especially interested in presentations that explore the impact of digital media on literary production.

[UPDATE] Milton Special Session / RMMLA Convention Oct 6-8, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 6:42pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Deadline extended to April 1. Papers on any aspect of Milton for the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Oct 6-8, 2016. Email 200-300 word proposals by April 1, 2016 to or All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member to be listed in the program. For further conference information, access the RMMLA website at

Digital Textualities/Canadian Contexts - Sept. 20-22, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 3:26pm
Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC), University of Alberta



Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory Launch
Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2016

Papers on the intersection of text and the digital in the
Canadian context are invited for a two-day conference
celebrating the launch of the Canadian Writing Research
Collaboratory (CWRC) at the University of Alberta.

Keynote: Lori Emerson (University of Colorado at

Edited Collection: Women in STEM on TV

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 3:23pm
Ashley Carlson, University of Montana Western

A major publisher has shown interest in an edited collection on the portrayal of Women in STEM fields on television. I am currently soliciting chapter proposals for this collection.

[UPDATE] Leadership, Popular Culture, and Social Change Chapter Proposals Due Mar. 15

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:02pm
Kristin Bezio & Kimberly Yost, New Horizons in Leadership Studies, Edward Elgar

A volume in the New Horizons in Leadership Studies series to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. in late 2017. Volume co-editors: Kimberly Yost, College of Business and Leadership, Lourdes University; Kristin Bezio, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.

Musical Theatre area Inaugural Session at NEPCA October 21/22, 2016; deadline 6/1/16

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:55am
Northeast Popular Culture Association

The Northeast Popular Culture Association is soliciting paper proposals for the inaugural session of the new area on Musical Theatre at the NEPCA conference at Keene State College in Keene, NH on October 21 and 22, 2016.

Paper proposals may address any aspect of musical theatre and its impact on or reflection in popular culture. Papers on politics and historical subjects in the musical theatre are prioritized, but papers on any subject in the area are welcome.

Please submit a 250-word abstract, along with professional vitae, via the conference website: Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.

trauma and traumatic memory

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:36am
A monographic volume

Traumatic Memory CFP
A monographic volume on trauma and traumatic memory

Papers are invited to discuss a wide range of issues concerning trauma and traumatic memory ---- in poetry, novels, autobiographical works, book reviews etc.

Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references, and should follow the MLA Style Manual (7th edition) for internal citation and Works Cited.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 April 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2016
The final date for submitting articles: July 2016

Please send your abstract to: