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ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies (update)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:12am
Edinburgh University Press
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 30, 2027

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY) Gary D. Rhodes (University of Central Florida), and Frances Smith (University of Sussex), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, mainstream cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. Volumes published so far in this series include: Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine May, Spike Jonze, William Castle, Barbara Kopple, and Budd Boetticher.

Beckett&Italy. "Old Chestnuts", New Occasions

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:22am
University of Reading / Sapienza University of Rome
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 16, 2019


old chestnuts”, new occasions

University of Reading (7-8 November 2019)

“Sapienza” Università di Roma (May 2020)


Can’t conceive by what stretch of ingenuity my work could be placed under the sign of italianità… There are a number of Italian elements [in my work]…

(SB to AJ Leventhal, 21 April 1958)


Avant-Garde Humor and Political Aesthetics

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 2:37pm
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

This panel explores the interconnection of avant-garde humor with forms of political action that defied conventional art and lifestyles. The significance of the comical aspect centers on a greater understanding of experimental practices as cases that unsettle the establishment. Literally meaning “advance guard” in French, the term holds a military sense that applies to artists and works characterized by their combative nature and their tendency to question the acceptability of norms and traditional aesthetic genres. Avant-garde artists made use of humor as a political weapon that destabilized the status quo by challenging bourgeois values and promoting radical reforms on a sociocultural level.

Conrad and Power

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:32am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 91)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 10, 2019

Conrad and Power.  Affiliated session; traditional format.

Conrad and Power: The panel organizers are especially interested in 15-20 minute papers on power in any aspect of Joseph Conrad’s life and works. Proposals addressing the broader elements of the conference theme or on any Conradian theme in multimedia contexts are also welcome. By May 10, please submit an abstract of 350 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Professor Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, at
Secretary: Dr. Reena Thomas

A Dissident Kingsley: The Life and Work of Lucas Malet. 15 June 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:07am
Charles Kingsley 200 Festival
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 3, 2019

This is a call for abstracts of short papers (ca. 3,000 words) on the work of Lucas Malet to be presented at a summer symposium in Eversley, Hampshire. Organised in conjunction with the CK200 Festival (, celebrating the bicentennial of the author’s father Charles Kingsley, this symposium provides students and scholars opportunity to discuss recent research on Malet’s work.

"Elizabeth von Arnim — Identities" International Conference (University of Toulon, France, 2-3 July 2019)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:54am
The International Elizabeth von Arnim Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Elizabeth von Arnim — Identities" 

International Conference, University of Toulon, 2-3 July 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr Kate Macdonald, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire and Director of Handheld Press

Translation Archives

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:38am
Anthony Cordingley and Patrick Hersant, Université Paris 8
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

— Call For Papers

Translation Archives

Edited by Anthony Cordingley and Patrick Hersant

Theatre's Clowns and Comic Traditions

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:46am
Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Assocation (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019



Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Annual Conference

November 14-17, 2019

San Diego, California




Drama and Society 1: Theatre’s Clowns and Comic Traditions 


This panel invites papers that explore the many ways the ever elusive and haunting trope of the clown has been represented in theatre arts: from the Ancients to the Contemporary, from the buffoon to the coulrophobic grotesque, and as a signifier embedded in both Western and non-Western cultures.