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ACLA 2020: Comparative Socialisms and Literary Imagination Before the Age of Decolonization (Chicago, March 19-22)

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Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 10:46am
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

 

Inviting paper abstracts for a proposed session for the upcoming American Comparative Literature Association conference, to be held in Chicago, March 19-22, 2020. Submit abstracts by 9 a.m. EST on September 23, 2019, via the ACLA website: https://www.acla.org/comparative-socialisms-and-literary-imagination-age-decolonization

 

Comparative Socialisms and Literary Imagination Before the Age of Decolonization

NeMLA 2020: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism (Boston, March 5-8)

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Panel: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism

Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference

March 5-8, 2020 

Boston, MA

 

Seeking papers on the politics of futurity in Afro-diasporic writing from before the mid-twentieth century for the following guaranteed session at NeMLA 2020. Abstracts due by September 30 on NeMLA's website. Visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17890 to submit.

ACLA-Snapshots of the Past: Memory and Photography in Literature and Film (Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, 3/19-3/22, 2020)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:05am
The American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Following the success of previous ACLA seminars, “The Story of Memory: Remembering, Forgetting, and Unreliable Narrators” and “The Story of Remembrance: The Future of Memory and Memories of the Future” in 2018 & 2019, this seminar invites paper proposals to discuss the relationship between memory and photography and its representation in literature and film.

 

ALA 2020: Carson McCullers Society Panel

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Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:37pm
Carson McCullers Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Carson McCullers Society is pleased to announce an open call for panel papers on any topic related to the life and works of Carson McCullers for one of two guaranteed panels at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Diego, California, on May 21-24, 2020. Papers that approach McCullers’ works from interdisciplinary, comparative, and disability or gender studies perspectives are especially sought; however, all topics will be considered.

PCA/ACA Pulp Studes

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:46pm
Jason Ray Carney / Christopher Newport University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Pulp magazines were a series of mostly English-language, predominantly American, magazines printed on rough pulp paper. They were often illustrated with highly stylized, full-page cover art and numerous line art illustrations of the fictional content. They were sold at a price the working classes could afford, though they were popular with all classes, including president Woodrow Wilson. The earlier magazines, such as All-Story, were general fiction magazines, though later they diversified and helped solidify many of the genres we are familiar with today, including western, detective, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance and sports fiction.

Agamben and Literature (ACLA 2020)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:44pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Giorgio Agamben is one of the most compelling contemporary theorists of literature. Yet despite ever intensifying interest in Agamben’s work, his studies of literature and poetics remain a less explored dimension of his corpus. This seminar seeks spirited contributions that engage with Agamben’s reflections on literary texts, as well as those mobilising the concepts and interests of his aesthetics into new readings. Papers addressing the connections between literature and other aspects of Agamben’s thought (such as sovereignty and biopolitics) are welcome, as are explorations of his writing’s intellectual and historical contexts – including its affinities with the work of thinkers such as Benjamin, Blanchot, Foucault, Derrida, de Man and Hamacher.

ACLA Panel - Lost in the Archive: Writing and Self-Effacement in Bureaucratic Subjectivities

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:41pm
Alexandra Irimia / Western University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Clerks, bureaucrats, copyists, scriveners, archivists, bookkeepers – they are, along with the repositories of written facts they work and sometimes live in, organs of the greater corpus of the archive. This human machinery of archons (Derrida) is hidden in full display, at once peripheral and essential to the archive, managing its material flows, embodying the Law, maintaining and guarding the archive’s very possibility of existence.

Writing without Writing: Fragments and Survivance

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:23pm
ACLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Since the nineteenth century to the present, fragmentary writing has been widely deployed in literature and philosophy (i.e. Ernst Bloch, Schlegel, Mallarmé, Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Kafka, Beckett etc.) as a strategy to disrupt the idea of totality by and through writing. Fragmentary writing as an incomplete totality, bears absent voices and traces and alludes to a whole.

Writing a Cosmos: European Literature and Popular Astronomy, 1890-1950 (CfP)

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Friday, August 30, 2019 - 8:19am
Christoph Richter
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

By the turn of the twentieth century, the ‘new astronomy’ had developed into a proper scientific discipline, with its own sets of instruments, its own journals, its own jargon, and its own interpretative authority. With the acceleration of new discoveries and insights into stellar phenomena, the emerging mass media ensured that this astronomical knowledge fascinated an even wider audience in the late 19th and early 20th century. At the same time, literature across Europe responded to the fascinating astronomical developments in a variety of modes, styles, and genres.

Brandeis Novel Symposium 2020: Willa Cather, Settler colonialism, indigeneity

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Friday, August 30, 2019 - 8:11am
John Plotz/ Brandeis Novel Symposium
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

CFP: Brandeis Novel Symposium

Friday April 24, 2020

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

 

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2019 

The fourth annual Brandeis Novel Symposium examines the genre’s relation to issues of settler colonialism, land, and indigeneity. The focal text is Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House (1925). As in previous years, we invite papers that explore these larger questions from diverse theoretical, historical and formal angles, taking Cather’s novel either as focus or simply as a point of departure.

Literature and Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 4:23am
University of Warwick
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Literature and Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century

Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick

Saturday 15th February 2020

Keynote: ProfDerek Attridge (York); Prof. Esther Leslie (Birkbeck) 


 

Projective Verse at 70: Theoretical and Poetic Influences

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 4:07pm
The Charles Olson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 6, 2019

The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a panel at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville from February 20-22. 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of this important essay, and the panel will therefore examine the essay’s theoretical and poetic legacies. We are interested in abstracts proposing innovative approaches to reading Olson’s essay and the conversations that it started. How have the theoretical or cultural contexts surrounding projective verse created a robust understanding of poetic practice in the post-1945 era? How have the legacies of projective poetry engaged with and inflected theoretical models?

NeMLA 2020: Literature, New Media and Perception (Panel)

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:31am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

With the invention of photography in the mid-19th century, reality no longer depended on the autonomous interpretation of the subject's view, but was instead objectively perceived and recognizable. Contrary to painting, photography fueled changes in perception and perceived reality by realistically reproducing the object as it exists. Now, the 21st century stands under the aegis of the image, a culture dominated by pictures, visual simulations, illusions, copies, and reproductions—creating an inflection point where visual paradigms compete with and even threaten traditional practices.

[NeMLA 2020] Detecting the Margins: New Perspectives on the Critical History of Detective Fiction (Panel)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:10pm
Mollie Eisenberg, Princeton University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Since its emergence from the periodical press into the first mass-market novelistic craze, detective fiction has occupied a liminal position in the margins of aesthetic legitimacy—and critical study. Detection is a popular genre, a “literature of escape,” that nevertheless seems to make a claim to, and find purchase in, more rarefied aesthetic and intellectual precincts. Michael Holquist styles detection as a guilty pleasure of the reading classes: “The same people who spent their days with James Joyce were reading Agatha Christie at night.” This panel asks what that liminal position might show us about both the genre and the conditions—theoretical, professional, material—of its study. 

“No Kind of Place”: Location, Migration, and Imagination

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Monday, August 19, 2019 - 11:21am
The International Flannery O’Connor Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020

“No Kind of Place”: Location, Migration, and Imagination
The International Flannery O’Connor Conference

St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Canada,

June 18-21, 2020

Call for Papers

9/11 and Its Aftermath in the New Millennium

updated: 
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 11:07am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

NeMLA, Boston, MA. March 5-8

In a 2011 Economist Prospero blog entitled "After the Unthinkable," the effects of 9/11 on literature was compared to those of World War II in that it "will continue to be a marking point." As we approach the twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, this panel seeks to move beyond representations of the day itself to explore the various nuances of post-9/11 literature by looking at how the long political and cultural aftermath have left their mark on literary and visual culture. 

“Paper Kaleidoscopes”: The Cycles of Modernism

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Friday, August 16, 2019 - 11:07am
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 9, 2019

The International Lawrence Durrell Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations on fictional, dramatic, or poetic cycles from the modernist era. Such cycles may include explicit trilogies (tetralogies, etc.) or works connected in more implicit ways. Potential subjects include:

 

 

International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies

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Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:05pm
Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 7, 2019

The International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies is an activity of scientific and academic divulgation that is part of Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX, and which has the collaboration of the Miguel Hernández University (Spain).

Its mission is to transmit research studies in all the different thematic lines of the Fantastic Genre, covering all its possible variants and platforms: cinema, television, theater, literature, comics, videogames, virtual reality, etc.

 

WAYS OF PARTICIPATION:

 

OPTION 1:

Open Session on the Neoavanguardia, the Novissimi, the neosperimentali, et alii. (Panel in Italian Language and Literature)

updated: 
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:01pm
NeMLA, Boston, Copley Place (5-8 March 2020)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

As Maria Corti has written, the strength of all artistic avant-gardes may be found in their “foolish squandering of the past” and of how literature plays host, in precise historical moments, to writers who consider their role irreconcilable with those who preceded them; who believe it is their destiny to live among the gravestones of tradition; and believe they are engaged, in “incandescent conversation,” with the future. The panel invites participants to debate the enduring contributions of the Italian neo-avantgarde against the background of social and political upheaval that characterized Italy in the 1960s.

Reading in Theory (ACLA 2020)

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Monday, August 12, 2019 - 11:29am
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

Reading in Theory

 

Pirandello and Scientific Revolution

updated: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 11:31am
NeMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Pirandello and Scientific Revolution

Global Literature in the Wake of the Trump Presidency

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Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:15am
Richard Schumaker NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This roundtable endeavors to assess the influence of Donald Trump’s presidency on literature in the US and around the world. Three avenues of inquiry will be featured. First, how has the Trump presidency influenced literature in the US since 2016? Second, are there commonalities between writing in the US and writing internationally owing to the Trump presidency? Finally, focusing on non-US writing, are there perspectives or themes in global literature that are not at all present in US writing that have occurred in the wake of Trump’s presidency?

One of the strengths of comparative literature is that by definition it offers a pluralistic perspective on concrete world events.

CALL FOR PAPERS Translational Spaces: Language, Literatures, Disciplines

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Monday, August 5, 2019 - 12:07pm
Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT), University of Oxford
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Call for Papers

Translational Spaces: Language, Literatures, Disciplines

A postgraduate and early career conference at the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Research Centre, University of Oxford (22 February 2020)

REMINDER: CFP: Special Issue of The Space Between: CINEMA in the Space Between (DEADLINE 12/31/19)

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Monday, August 5, 2019 - 11:58am
Janine Utell / The Space Between
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

 

Yeats and Eros/Yeats and Paris

updated: 
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:14am
The International Yeats Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 9, 2019

 

  The annual International Yeats Society conference: "Yeats and Eros" / "Yeats and Paris"

Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris, France), 12-14 December

Call for papers 

Yeats and Eros:

CALL FOR PAPERS: After ‘Emancipation’: The legacies, afterlives and continuation of slavery.

updated: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 9:45am
Institute for the Study of Slavery
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

After ‘Emancipation’: The legacies, afterlives and continuation of slavery.

University of Nottingham, 21-23 June 2020.

The University of Nottingham’s Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS) is a multidisciplinary centre which pursues research on both historical and contemporary slavery and forced labour in all parts of the globe and through all periods.

World Cities in 19th and Early 20th Century Literature (NeMLA 2020 Boston)

updated: 
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 5:25pm
NeMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Taking its impetus from the theme “Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures” this panel juxtaposes two types of space: the local and the global as they came together in the conception of the world city. The material embodiments of the function of cities as global nodes are the Expositions, Great Exhibitions, and World’s Fairs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where a world spectacle could be viewed in imperial capitals (Paris and London) and in international capitals (Chicago, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, to name a few) .

The Short Story's Global Dimensions - Panel ACLA Chicago

updated: 
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 3:02pm
Gavin Jones (Stanford), Michael Collins (King's College, London)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Gavin Jones (Stanford) and Michael Collins (KCL) are seeking contributors for a panel on the "The Short Story's Global Dimensions" at the Annual Meeting of the ACLA in Chicago, 19th - 22nd March 2020. Abstract proposals of around 200 words should be sent to the organisers by August 30th.

 

https://www.acla.org/short-storys-global-dimensions  

 

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