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Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:35am
Alan Golding / University of Louisville
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 10, 2018


The 47th Annual Louisville Conference On Literature & Culture Since 1900

Featuring–Sianne Ngai, Douglas Kearney, & Lynn Keller

February 21 - 23, 2019

The 47th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 21-23, 2019. Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc). Work by creative writers is also welcome.


Submissions may be in English or Spanish.

Joseph Conrad and the Uses of Influence

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:37am
M. Nezam-Mafi/ Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Even among the modernists with whom he is frequently grouped, Joseph Conrad, the Polish-born former mariner who, in his third language, reinvented himself as a British novelist, is a singularly resonant and deeply fraught figure.  Conrad’s biography and work anticipate both the figure and the preoccupations of the transnational and transcultural artist.  In a 1906 letter, Henry James wrote to Conrad, “No one has known – for intellectual use – the things you know.”  How Conrad rendered what he “knew” is critical to literary developments of the last century.  Much of the scholarship on Conrad, however, has focused on his impressionism or, more controversially, on his view of imperialism.  Was he, in his partial sympathy for subjugated people, and his attack

'Everything is Permitted': Secularity, Values, and Suffering in Modern Literature

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:29am
NeMLA 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dostoevsky’s character Ivan Karamozov declares, “Without God, everything is permitted.” This notion is philosophically provocative and existentially potent, particularly in the study of secular literature from the modern era. Having experienced with Hillis Miller calls “the disappearance of God” or Nietzsche’s “death of God”, secular literature shows several attempts to account for humanity’s place, meaning, and immanent values. This panel seeks to explore questions of existential crisis in the secular age that perforate throughout modern literature and theory. How does one ascribe meaning or purpose to a world of violence, trauma, and suffering? How does modern fiction tease out social problems and what insight to they provide for them?

Discourses of Truth in Harlem Renaissance Art and Literature

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:08am
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Call for papers for a panel titled "Discourses of Truth in Harlem Renaissance Art and Literature" at the 2019 NeMLA Conference in Washington, DC

Chair: John Hadlock, Duquesne University (

Neoliberalism: Between Utopia and Dystopia (SUS 2018)

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:36pm
Society for Utopian Studies 43rd Annual Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 10, 2018


Please send paper/presentation proposals of 300 or fewer words to on or before August 10th, 2018.

Society for Utopian Studies

43rd Annual Conference

"Disruption, Displacement, and Disorder"

Berkeley, California

November 1-3, 2018

Panel Title: Neoliberalism: Between Utopia and Dystopia

This panel seeks to examine utopian representations of (neo)liberalism in 20th century literature and culture, emphasizing comparative connections to (neo)liberal political philosophy and economic theory.

James Joyce / Richard Linklater (essay collection)

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 12:18pm
Layne Farmen and Nathan Wallace
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

From the earliest reviews to the most recent monographs, commentators have noted the Austin-based director Richard Linklater’s overt references to James Joyce. We invite scholars of literature and film to submit 500-word proposals for essays exploring Joyce's fiction in relation to specific Linklater films.

CFP: Special Issue of The Space Between: CINEMA in the Space Between

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:38am
Janine Utell / The Space Between Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Special Issue  

The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945


Call for Essays:

Cinema in the Space Between: An International Approach


The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945 is the annual peer-reviewed digital journal of the Space Between Society, focused on interdisciplinary scholarship of the two world wars and the decades between.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019


Origins and Assemblages of the "Modern;" Shakespeare and the Gothic Imagination

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:32am
Lucian Ghita (Clemson University)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Writing in 1800, the Marquis de Sade claimed that the Gothic was the inevitable product of the revolutionary tremors felt throughout Europe. In revealing the proximity between poetic and political terror, the Gothic became the inescapable condition and symptom of modernity itself. The rise of the Gothic in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe is closely bound up with the discovery of Shakespeare as a "modern dramatist" by Hegel and, later, Marx. Like the Gothic, Shakespeare's plays had a propensity for exploring the "dark underbelly" of the new modern world. This seminar explores the mutually constitutive relationship between "Shakespeare" and "the Gothic," viewed as cultural catalysts for modernity and modern creativity.

Transnational Spaces in the Poetry of Ezra Pound

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:59am
Jeff Grieneisen / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Seeking abstracts for consideration on a panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association March 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Please submit abstracts and contact information by Sept. 30 using the following link:

Literature & Religion

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:55am
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Annual Meeting, Bellingham WA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

This panel welcomes papers on a wide variety of religious and spiritual topics in connection to literature. Given the special conference theme of "Acting, Roles, Stages," papers that attempt to engage with this theme in relation to religious topics are particularly welcome.   

The conference will take place at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA.  

Please submit a 350-word proposal by going to the PAMLA website: