The COVID-19 pivot from face to face to remote or digital instruction affected every teacher and student across the world. This roundtable invites participants to reflect and discuss teaching in the current moment, as well as during the unplanned (February-April) 2020 pivot.
This panel will consider the cases of writers who have used their platforms to create fictions of self—to misrepresent, self-justify, even blatantly lie about their own lives and realities. The panel is open to considering any act of writing sociopathy, from memoir (e.g., M.E. Thomas’s 2013 Confessions of a Sociopath or Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal) to fictional works that inhabit the minds of sociopaths (e.g., A Clockwork Orange, Gone Girl) to literary fakers (e.g., James Frey, Danny Santiago, JT LeRoy, Caroline Calloway). Is writing in itself an act of misrepresentation bordering on psychopathy?
In video games such as Life is Strange, the Witcher series, and Telltale’s The Walking Dead, multiple story choices are offered that are the purview not of the protagonist but of the player, who may be forced to choose from a limited set of outcomes but is still in control of the narrative’s pace and flow. Unlike traditional narratives in which the writer is in control of the characters’ choices and their outcomes, video game narratives involve the participant in an interactive shared story with multiple possibilities.
In the 1930s and ‘40s, crime fiction was often published on cheap paper made of wood pulp, and this reputation as faintly disreputable has stayed with it, pursuing it into creative writing classes in which “genre-writing” has traditionally been discouraged. This panel invites creative writers as well as literary scholars to consider crime writing—true crime, mystery and detective fiction, suspense fiction, and film or television drama—in the context of creative writing pedagogy. Is crime writing inherently disreputable? Does this genre have a place in the creative writing classroom?
One immediate side-effect of the current ominous economic climate and general uncertainty of our times has been a downturn in traditional publishing. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, consolidation of publishing houses, the closure of brick-and-mortar bookshops, and the supremacy of Amazon had begun to permanently alter the way creative writing is published. At the same time, creative content on the internet has never been so abundant, with poetry, film, and fiction being shared and streamed in ways that create a flourishing if generally nonremunerative cultural climate. This panel looks at options available to creative writers in the wake of the decline of traditional publishing options.
While it is too soon to fully assess the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will stand as a watershed in global human life, creative writers as canaries in the cultural coalmine will be among the first to try to render it comprehensible and are already responding to the seismic shifts. The unexpected changes the pandemic has created have altered all of the processes that sustain human life, the social practices and interactions that are the mainstay of poetry, fiction, and drama, perhaps permanently. Enforced social isolation has caused people from all strata of society to contemplate what it means to be engaged in human culture while at the same time facing the possibility of sudden and random mortality, even mass extinction.
In an age of Twitter rants, allegations of fake news, and increasingly bitter partisan divides, what happens to the novel or poem? Does literary material have to engage with the political? And if it doesn’t, must the political be read between its lines? What are the possibilities for creative work in an era that is increasingly in a state of emergency? This panel asks creative writers to consider the question of political and literary engagement in our political age. Writers of all modalities and genres are encouraged to explore these questions in the context of their own work. This panel asks creative writers to consider the question of a political literary engagement in our political age. Writers of all modalities and genres are welcome.
What makes us happy and content in our life? Some people may point to fabulous fame, fortune, or money. Some may say that the key to happiness are interpersonal relationships. But what if someone is alone? Is loneliness really disastrous? Are there any benefits of loneliness? Can loneliness become an epidemic? In order to answer such questions, during our conference we will have to concentrate on many particular issues. Thus, we are interested in all aspects of loneliness in the past and in the present-day world.
For centuries Italy and East Asia have been at the center of numerous economic, political, and cultural exchanges. Studies have mostly focused on the relationship between Italy and China. As Zhang (2018) points out, in the last decade this topic has piqued the interest of a number of scholars on Italy-China issues. In addition to the special issues of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2010) and in the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (2014), books have been published on Italian-Chinese relations such as Marinelli and Andornino (2013) and Chinese migration to Italy (Pedone 2013).
**Deadline Extended to 14 June 2019**
The People of Print: Printers, Stationers, and Booksellers, c. 1500-1830
Thursday 12th September - Saturday 14th September 2019
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Plenary speakers: Dr Lisa Maruca (Wayne State University); Professor James Raven (Cambridge University)
Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities
seeks abstracts for the forthcoming
Global Conference on Women and Gender
to be held at CNU, March 18-20, 2021
We have reserved the same theme from our postponed 2020 Conference:
Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance, and Representation
CFP 20 Years Later: Looking Back at 9/11
International Conference October, 7-8, 2021
University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, France
Call for Papers: Special Session-Cyberpunk and the City
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Thurday November 12 to Sunday November 15, 2020, at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Conference Theme: "City of God, City of Destruction" (https://pamla.org/2020/conference-theme-city-god-city-destruction)
The Poetry and Poetics standing session at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) seeks abstract submissions exploring any aspect of poetry and poetics. We are open to paper topics that encompass a wide range of subgenres, time periods, and critical approaches; in particular, we are interested in papers that engage with the PAMLA special conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction."
As a result of the pandemic, the RHOME 2020 Conference on Dislocation (22-23 October 2020) has been postponed. However, the good news is RHOME will launch the first issue of, its new creative journal, ROAM, later this year.
Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and confinement, RHOME sees the need to continue its focus on the theme, the experience and the actuality of home, the place and abode that looms so large these days in the lives of everyone on the planet.
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender
Call for Panel Proposals
Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
Dublin, Ireland, 7-10 April 2021
(Update on) Situations Annual Conference 2020
Between Asia and Europe: Whither Comparative Cultural Studies?
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nov 26-27, 2020
** The conference is now scheduled for Nov 26-27, 2020.
** The deadline for your 4,000-word proposal, which includes a 100-word bio statement and a 150-word abstract, is Sep 20, 2020.
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020
Sahara Las Vegas Hotel
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION
Of City Spaces and Graveyards: A Pictorial Reading (Workshop)
11th International Conference
Political Imaginaries of Small Cinemas and Cultures
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
September 11-12, 2020
CONFERENCE ONLINE*9-10 July2020Deadline for Proposals: 25 June 2020
15th Annual Conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) | 8 to 10 October 2020 | Online
ComFor’s 15th annual conference aims to intensify a dialogue between the various disciplinary approaches to the medium of comics and related popular narrative images (including manga, graphic novels or cartoons) by focusing on the concept of medial, mediated, and mediating agency. Building on perspectives from actor-network theory and subsequent approaches to a possible actor-media theory, the conference aims to reconstruct the complexities of distributed agency within historical and contemporary cultures of comics.
Invisible Lives, Silent Voices
In the British Literature, Arts and Culture of the 20th and 21st centuries
15th-16th October 2020
Conference update - Covid 19 situation
Decolonization is a growing niche in German Studies [e.g. works of Kien Nghi Ha, Dirk Göttsche, Jürgen Zimmerer] – but a niche, nonetheless. Yet Germany has been and is changing. Aladin El-Mafaalani writes: “Die Integration von Teilen in ein Ganzes verändert dieses Ganze” (83, 2018). A (more) diverse Germany necessitates comprehensive contention with its complicated past, laying bare the various structures of oppression that consciously and unconsciously impede or prohibit integration and cohabitation. Furthermore, Decolonial theory necessitates such a discussion, positing that modernity and coloniality are co-constituent: colonialism is not an effect of modernization but an element of its foundation.
ANZAMEMS Conference Postponed Until February 2022
We have been closely monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact upon the ‘Reception and Emotion’ conference in early February 2021.
Based on current Australian Government advice, we have decided to postpone the conference until 2022.
We are mindful of uncertainty prompted by the outbreak and cannot predict what impact it will have in the coming weeks and months.
Our primary concern is the health and safety of all involved in the conference, and we are aware of the need to ensure the conference is as safe an environment as possible for all.
Calls for Papers and Creative Presentations
John R. Milton Writers’ Conference
Prospecting: Uncovering New Veins and Voices in Identity, Genre, and Place
October 8-10, 2020
The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Imagining inclusive communities in European culture / Imaginer des communautés inclusives dans la culture européenne / Immaginare comunità inclusive nella cultura europea.
9th Congress/9ème Congrès
Rome, 6th-10th September 2021
We must sadly confirm the rescheduling of the 9th International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture and Crossroads III Conference due to the ongoing COVID-19 developments. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests and community very seriously.
Having spent the past few months preparing for the conference we are genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time. We want to thank you for your interest in our event and we fully intend to host it in June 2021. Your registration will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event. We will get back to you with more information on specific dates in the nearest future.
NB: We are acutely aware that this CFP coincides with extremely uncertain times re COVID-19. Of course, it is currently unknown when gatherings of people will be able to resume as normal. We have every intention of holding this event in October, but first and foremost must prioritise the safety of our attendees. If necessary, we will either postpone the conference or host it virtually.
MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM STUDIES CONFERENCE 2020
An international online conference organised by Modernism and Postmodernism
Studies Network in Turkey and Kocaeli University
CALL FOR PAPERS (23-24 July 2020)