In a 2005 essay entitled "Why Experimental Fiction Threatens to Destroy Publishing, Jonathan Franzen and Life as We Know It: A Correction," American fiction writer Ben Marcus suggests that by catering to the masses, authors have willingly diluted their literary works. For Marcus, this is frightening because it means that novelists are "selling out" to readers who crave easy reads in exchange for the author gaining some economic stability. Even worse, he attests that the publishing world is squeezing out those experimental writers whose works are not necessarily economically viable precisely because they do not appeal to a wide audience.
This permanent section welcomes papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of "The Lives of Cities" are strongly encouraged; however, this theme can be broadly interpreted.
Please email 250-word abstracts and CV by June 28, 2014, to DeLisa Hawkes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenters must become members of the M/MLA.
2014 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium: Sounding Futures
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, September 3-5, 2014
Call for Papers
"The future is always here in the past" -Amiri Baraka, "Jazzmen: Diz & Sun Ra"
"We will make our own future Text" -Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
Proposals for papers are invited on any subject relating to the session theme of literature and the other arts. PAMLA 2014's special conference theme is "Familiar Spirits," so papers that consider the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and uncanny, or reference spiritualism, spirits, hauntings, manifestations, conjuring, or magic will be particularly appropriate, but proposals on any topic related to literature and the other arts are equally welcome.
Submission Deadline: May 15
Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website (http://www.pamla.org/2014).
The Milton Society of America has been granted Associate Organization status with the Renaissance Society of America. This means that the MSA may henceforth submit up to five panels at the annual meeting of the RSA, beginning with the 2015 meeting in Berlin. We will also hold a seat on the RSA Council, allowing us to participate in its deliberations.
Thus we are writing to call for panels and papers seeking inclusion in the program of the 61st annual meeting of the RSA, to be held in Berlin on 26-28 March 2015 (more information on the Berlin conference is available on the RSA website). Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those falling under the following themes:
This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Early Modern/Renaissance Literature as examined through and ecocritical or natural lens. Paper proposals addressing the conference theme of Sustainability are especially welcome. By June 1, 2014, please submit a 200-250 word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Mary Grace Elliott, University of New Hampshire, at email@example.com.
Our world is rapidly changing, and these changes – in communication, technology, politics, the economy and the environment – deeply and widely affect people across the globe. The problems these changes cause, whether at the personal or societal level, have become increasingly and overwhelmingly complex. Today's digital world, for instance, has caused instability in the existing contrasts between globalization, nationalism and localism. It has also resulted in a reshaping of human thought and emotion. New ethics and values, new worldviews, new questions of the self, spirituality, and identity, have emerged even as some of the old standards persist. This requires a new understanding of the world and our societies beyond the existing frameworks.
Polari Journal of queer creative writing is holding an open call for submissions for its next issue (published October 2014). There is no specific theme for this issue. However, Polari Journal tends towards the shorter forms: short stories, poetry, essays, scholarly papers, one act plays/scripts and reviews. In general, the word limit for fiction, plays and essays is 6000 words. Reviews should not be more than 1500 words. For poetry, the maximum is 100 lines.
At this time financial remuneration is not offered.
All rights remain with the author/s.
The Final Date for submission is July 1st 2014.
Review the Submissions Guide on the menu above.
Send all submissions to the managing editor:
The Program Committee of the Midwest Modern Language Association particularly welcomes CFPs for Special Sessions that address the 2014 conference theme, "The Lives of Cities." Special Sessions may focus on any literary period/category or may encourage papers that cover multiple periods. Please note: the Committee seeks CFPs for panel topics and *does not require* complete panels with identified papers/panelists at this time (though complete panels are also welcome).
Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Hosted by Ryerson University
In April 2015, NeMLA will meet in Toronto, Ontario for its annual convention. Every year, this event affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of research dissemination and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. The convention will include roundtable and caucus meetings, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.
The deadline for session proposals is April 22, 2014.
The abstract deadline for approved sessions will be September 30, 2014.
NeMLA is a member-driven convention, accepting session proposals (panel, roundtable, creative session, seminar) in the following areas:
The symposium topic is focused on, but not limited to, T.S. Eliot and Modernism, and may include such topics as:
- Evocations of time and place in Eliot's writing or that of his contemporaries
- The preoccupation with space, place and (dis)location
- Modernism and the uses of time, 'time past', and timelessness
- Eliot, Modernism and history
- Eliot, Modernism and contemporary scientific and philosophical views on space and time
- Eliot's place in the tradition, the canon, Modernism, and world literature
Papers that explore the connections between England and Florence or England and Italy in the context of Eliot and his contemporaries are also welcome.
Language, Literature and Ecoculture
Faculty of Arts, University of Buea, South West Region, Cameroon
23-25 July 2014
"… the culture of nature – the ways we think, teach, talk about, and construct the natural world – is as important a terrain for struggle as the land itself." (Alexander Wilson)
As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.
The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:
Eighth Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies
Örebro, 26-27 September 2014
Second Call for Papers: Call for Contributions to Panels
SAAS is an academic network that encourages scholarship in the multidisciplinary field of American Studies. SAAS seeks to develop a critical understanding of the role, place and meaning of the United States and North America. In Sweden, research about the US/America is conducted in many different disciplines; the biennial SAAS conference thus functions as an important forum for interdisciplinary exchange and provides American Studies scholars with an opportunity to meet and network.