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Paul Laurence Dunbar Society ALA San Francisco May 24-27, 2018

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 12:25pm
Paul Laurence Dunbar Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA on May 24-27, 2018. 

Session 1: Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask Documentary

Papers that examine, engage, or respond to the recent documentary, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask. This documentary was broadcast nationally earlier this year on PBS, and has several selected screenings across the nation since then.

Musicians, Movement, and Literature: Blues and Jazz Representation

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:17am
The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club website is seeking monthly feature articles ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words on various blues and jazz topics for 2018. Our organization is looking for individuals who are actively engaged in blues and jazz culture and/or scholarship who are interested in writing conversational yet informative articles for our website.

Call for Hispanic/Latino Book Reviews

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 9:14am
South Texas College - Interstice
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

South Texas College’s publication Interstice is looking for Hispanic and Latino book reviews to incorporate in their upcoming 14th volume. Submissions are accepted by January 15, 2018. 

The review must adhere to the following criteria.

Graphic Content Warning: Graphing Explicit Modernist Bodies (MSA 2018 Columbus)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 4:33pm
Modernist Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 30, 2018

“The natural object,” Pound writes, “is always the adequate symbol.” Nevertheless, Modernist literature is plotted along bodily representations that often seem far from the realities of their correlative “natural object.” This panel will consider the tension between Modernism’s representative strategies and the gendered objects that Modernist writers “graph,” focusing particularly on Modernist representations of female, queer, non-white, disabled, and otherwise marginalized bodies. How do the literary strategies of Modernist writers complicate, limit, or make space for bodies, or bodily functions, that might have been given a “Graphic Content Warning”?

Poetry in Motion: Spoken Word Poetry and What It Means Today

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 9:50pm
Paul McNamara
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Poetry in Motion: Spoken Word Poetry and What It Means Today


Conference Organiser:         Paul McNamara


Contact Email:            


Title:                                     Poetry in Motion: Spoken Word Poetry and What It Means



Conference Location:           Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland


Date of Conference:             26th of April 2018



Poetic Digression (conference panel for ESSE 2018, Brno)

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:11pm
ESSE / Dr. Patrick Hart and Dr. Heather H. Yeung
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 1, 2018


From the parecbasis or ‘stepping away’ of Quintilian to the meandering twists and turns of the ‘loiterly’ work, this panel investigates the many and various modes of digression in poetry, figuring digression as a means through which we can rethink poetic effect - poetry’s grammatical, rhetorical, formal, philosophical, lyric and/or narrative power or force.

We invite proposals for conference papers exploring poetic digression and its effects. Topics for discussion might include, but are by no means limited to the following:

“In defense of close reading or, reading the minuscule”

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 2:29am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 22, 2018

AFEA 2018 Symposium « Magnifying America : the poetics and politics of details » 

22-25 May 2018

Nice-Sophia Antipolis University


PANEL “In defense of close reading or, reading the minuscule”

American Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, 2018 (San Francisco): “Stevens’ Americana”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:05am
Wallace Stevens Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

Robert Frost intended to insult Stevens’ poetry when he called it mere “bric-a-brac,” verses loaded with pretty ornaments of ultimately little concrete value beyond themselves. In the context of American studies, however, “bric-a-brac” (or “Americana,” in our national tradition) often appreciates in critical value over time. This panel proposes to look at items, objects, or elements of Americana in Stevens’ poetry, essays, letters, and/or life. It welcomes presentations that consider the way Stevens uses or abuses American artifacts or lore in his work, as well as those that establish links between Stevens and other writings, cultural products, or ephemera idealized as unique to (or representative of) the American experience.

The Poetics of the Detail in American Music and Dance

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:16am
French Association for American Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

The Poetics of the Detail in American Music and Dance

Université de Nice, France, May 22-25, 2018


Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand)

Mathieu Duplay (Université Paris Diderot — Paris 7)


Mississippi Philological Association Meeting and Conference

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:01am
Mississippi Philological Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mississippi Philological Association Meeting and Conference

March 2-3, 2018

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi


Call for Papers


The Mississippi Philological Association (MPA) invites submissions of critical or pedagogical papers and creative works for the annual association meeting and conference to be held March 2-3, 2018, at the Mississppi eCenter campus at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The conference is hosted by the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication, the Department of History and Philosophy, and the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University.