The emerging cyborgs, transhumans and posthumans call for an urgent reconsideration of humans as individuals and collectives. The identity of the human in the 21st century eludes the constraining boundaries of definitions underpinned by simplifying and simplified dichotomies. Affecting all the spheres of life, the discoveries and achievements of recent decades have challenged the bipolar categorizations of human and nonhuman, human and animal, or even human and machine, and thus opened the door to transdisciplinary considerations.
Sapienza Summer School
The Cultural Heritage and Memory of Totalitarianism
Organized by the Department of Literature and Modern Cultures
Rome, June 14 – 25, 2021
Directors: Franca Sinopoli (Università di Roma, Sapienza) and Franco Baldasso (Bard College, NY)
Call for Papers
Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Philologia 1/2021
Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Philologia, a refereed quarterly journal published by the Faculty of Letters in Cluj, Romania (indexed ERIH+, WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index), invites submissions of original manuscripts in the form of scientific articles to be included in the Miscellanea Section of issue 1 (2021).
The long nineteenth century witnessed the rapid expansion and modernization of cities around the globe. It is often also heralded, by critics working with Anglo-American literature, at least, as the starting point for studies of the fantastic. Nonetheless, despite the claims of critics such as Rosemary Jackson and Stephen Prickett that modern fantasy is, in part, a reaction to industrialization, few projects have explored nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century fantasies’ engagement with the urban, and fewer still have attempted to address the intertwinement of fantasy and the city across cultures, a gap this volume seeks to fill.
Charlotte Mew and Friends
Decadent and Modernist Networks
A one-day virtual symposium 9 July 2021
Dr Megan Girdwood, University of Edinburgh Dr Francesca Bratton, Maynooth University Dr Fraser Riddell, Durham University
Professor Joseph Bristow, UCLA
‘I think it is myself I go to meet’ ‘The Quiet House’ (1916)
The Fourth Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium:
Faulkner, Transgressive Fiction, Postmodernism
SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE CALL FOR PAPERS:
‘A House Divided’?: Reading Faulkner in the Post-Trump Era
Saturday, January 30th, 2021
Ethical Crossroads in Literary Modernism
Updated Call for Papers: Situations International Conference 2021
(Hybrid Online/Offline Conference)
Between Asia and Europe:
Whither Comparative Cultural Studies?
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia May 21-22, 2021
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society (http://www.fscottfitzgeraldsociety.org/ ) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2021 American Literature Association in Boston, Massachusetts, 27-30 May 2021.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society invites proposals for papers examining any aspect of Fitzgerald’s life and work that provides fresh insights.
Abstracts: November 1, 2020
Seeking proposals for an edited book of chapters on “theatre-fiction”, i.e. novels and stories about theatre.
We are extending the deadline to Nove. 15, since the proposal submission link did not work properly. It does work now.
FORUM Postgraduate Journal Call for Papers
Issue 31 (2020): Art, Disease, and Expression
Science and art are the very nature of human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. As COVID-19 continues to dominate public discourse across the world - its ongoing effects trickling into every facet of our lives - the relationship between our health and how it affects the way we move through society has never felt more prescient. The 31st issue of FORUM aims to explore what has been identified as ‘sickness’ in literature and art through the years. How have the body and mind been treated by writers, artists, and cultural commentators - in sickness and in health.
CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Proposed Title of the Book
Disaster, Holocaust, and Dystopian Literature: Concepts and Perspectives
Understanding Disaster, Holocaust and Dystopian Literature
Theorizing Disaster, Holocaust and Dystopian Literature
Pandemic Fear and Literature
The Evelyn Scott Society invites abstracts of 1-2 pages on the American writer Evelyn Scott (1893-1963). Papers may focus on any of her works (novels, short stories, memoir, poetry, young adult literature), and they may take any contemporary critical approach. We encourage papers that engage with the themes of the 2021 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference: Ecologies, Survival, Change. Scott’s work showed keen awareness of the “dynamic, interlocking systems that make up our world,” and often revealed stresses and fault lines where systems conflicted. She also frequently represented resilience in the face of change and hardship, but also probed characters and situations where change was experienced irrevocably as loss.
For MLA 2022, Washington D.C., ChLA + MSA Allied Organization Co-Sponsored Session (non-guaranteed)
Proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series entitled Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jorge Luis Borges.
Essays in this volume could address teaching Borges's work by focusing on topics such as philosophy, religion, mythology, detective fiction, gender relations/gender conflict, politics, the fantastic, history, popular literature, film and other arts, translation. Borges’ works are taught in so many different courses and contexts (Modern Languages, English, History, Philosophy, Religion) that we welcome essays teaching Borges in non-traditional settings or to non-literature students. Contributors are also invited to propose essays on topics not mentioned above.
Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary
We are proposing the following CFP for ACLA 2021, which will be held virtually.
Outside the Western Box—In Search of the Primary
Organized by the Charles Olson Society
American Literature Association, May 27-30, 2021
The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the American Literature Association Conference, to be held in Boston, May 27-30, 2021.
This is a call for papers for a panel to run at NeMLA 2021, which will be conducted virtually March 11-14, 2021. Submit an abstract by October 19, 2020 [deadline extended] here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18807
This panel seeks to convene a conversation that theorizes the relationship between the detective novel, the art novel as it has been understood since modernism, and professional literary study—and in doing so move the critical study of detective fiction beyond the impulse to validate the genre as an object of study or redeem it from the stigma of genre.
Life Writing as World Literature, ACLA April 8-11, 2021 (Virtual)
This panel brings the fields of world literature and life writing together to explore social, economic and ideological contexts informing the circulation, translation and reading of auto/biographical texts. Redefinitions of world literature highlight the “effective life” of works “within a literary system beyond that of its original culture” (Damrosch 2003) or underscore that literature now “is unmistakably a planetary system” (Moretti 2000).
Originally an 18th-century German innovation, the bildungsroman became a popular literary genre across the Anglo-American world during the 19th century. A ‘coming of age’ novel about young adults in search of meaning, the genre was the literary medium of choice for many Western writers exploring the moral and psychological developments of characters traversing unfamiliar worlds and encountering new challenges and adventures.
What is boredom and why do we feel bored? Recently, research on boredom has gained momentum in the scientific community, particularly in neuroscience and clinical psychology, where the symptoms of boredom and the behavioral patterns of the bored person are scrutinized (i.e. Boredomlab). Boredom, however, has been explored by philosophers for centuries and has been making a persistent appearance in the modern novel from nineteenth and century to present, in the moments of contemplation, waiting, idleness or complaints of bored characters.
The International Research Journal, Thesis, announces the call for manuscripts for the December edition
Thesis is an international research journal with double-blind peer review, which is published by AAB College in Prishtina.
The journal presents an international forum for empirical, qualitative, critical and interpretative studies, on interdisciplinary research in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Economics, Law, Linguistics, Media Studies and Communication, Pedagogical & Educational Research, Political Sciences and International Relations.
This panel is a part of the 52nd Annual Convention of the The Northeast Modern Language Association. The conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel Downtown in Philadelphia, PA, with the support of the University of Pennsylvania, the local host institution.
The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2020.
We invite participants to explore some of the ways in which Afro-Latin American experience was narrated by writers, scientists, and politicians in Latin America 19th to mid-20th century and beyond. We encourage participants to address Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Lusophone contexts of the said regions and the ties between these.
In a letter to Lucilius, Seneca distinguishes between a person's being and "the trappings in which he is clothed," urging his interlocutor to "consider [the] soul" in order to distinguish true being from false appearance. In addition to the distinction he makes between being and appearance, Seneca indicates here an analytical tool by which Lucilius can learn to see beyond illusory appearances in order to comprehend the true nature of things (animum intuere). Seneca's instrumental approach to this analysis constitutes a major component of the Ancient tradition of introspective analysis: across genres ancient authors such as Virgil, Propertius, Martial, Horace, Tacitus, Plato, and Aristotle performed similar analyses.
Caribbean novelists, poets, and playwrights have contributed inestimable riches to the world of literature. How have the themes and styles of established Caribbean voices, including Brathwaite, Walcott, Cliff, and Naipaul, been adapted or diverged from by younger Caribbean voices? Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words and be submitted via the Northeast Modern Language Association website. Go to http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html
The 52nd NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Convention (Philadelphia, PA) is now going to be held on a hybrid/virtual platform between March 11 and 14, 2021. This means you can present your papers virtually from anywhere in the world without having to travel to Philadelphia, PA. We now hope to hear more from scholars and students living outside of the US. Please consider sending your abstracts to our panels by September 30! See this link for more instructions: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html
Reposting my own panel description here for anyone interested in global modernism and print networks: