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egocentrism and anthropocentrism in language and discoruse, 30-31 March 2017

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:42am
Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France)

This conference seeks to investigate the linguistic manifestations of egocentrism and anthropocentrism. While the existence of these two related, though distinct, phenomena is well established, the aim is to understand more specifically the extent of their influence on the structuring and interpretation of language and discourse, taking into account a wide range of languages and genres (political speech, computer-mediated communication, press articles, advertising, novels, letters, [auto]biographies, etc).

Senectus Mundi, Dream Visions, and Apocalypse - SAMLA 2016 - Nov 4-6, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:16am
Peter Steffensen/Georgia State University

To coincide with the conference theme of Utopia/Dystopia, this panel welcomes submissions concerning literature related to the medieval concept of the Senectus Mundi (the world grown old), dream visions, and apocalyptic imagery in general. Submissions unconcerned with these ideas will be considered, but priority will be given to submissions concerning the aforementioned concepts. Example topics include Chaucer's dream visions, Confessio Amantis, The Dream of the Rood, Piers Plowman, and Wulfstan's sermons.

By May 6 please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Peter Steffensen, Georgia State University, at

Midwest Modern Language Association, English After 1900 Permanent Session

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:06am
Midwest Modern Language Association

CFP: Midwest Modern Language Association, English III: English after 1900

The Midwest Modern Language Association English III: English after 1900 session invites essays for its session at the upcoming November 10-13, 2016 conference in St. Louis, MO.

The theme for the conference is "Border States." We encourage papers that consider this topic literally or figuratively. This approach lends itself not only to location but also to movement like immigration, and, additionally, states of otherness in its interpretation. Papers may address fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama.

[Update] Young Adult Literature in the Post-Secular Age (collected essays)

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:42am
Jacob Stratman

To date, there is no book-length critical exploration of the field of young adult literature and religious belief, and there are just a handful of peer-reviewed articles on the subject. While there are books that apply Christian theology to particular novels (e.g. Harry Potter), and some academic journals have been open to this scholarly topic, there still remains skepticism about religion's place in the scholarship of young adult literature.

'Byron and the Romantic World' Postgraduate Conference at the Old Library, Keele Hall, Keele University. 30th September 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:39am
Keele University and Edge Hill University

One of the most celebrated and recognisable figures of
the early nineteenth century, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
stands at the centre of our current debates about
Romanticism and the Romantic world. His life and
poetry has attracted critics, scholars and biographers
interested in issues such as celebrity culture, sexual
politics, the Regency period, the Byronic hero and
Gothicism to name but a few. The amount of recent
scholarly work devoted to editing his works and
correspondence – including digitisation at the Murray
Archive – to exploring his poetic legacy and to
reconsidering his key place in a European Romantic
tradition means there has never been a more exciting

Art and Economics in American Literature MMLA "Border States" St. Louis, Missouri November 10-13, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:06am
Midwest Modern Language Association

In recognition of this year's conference theme, "Border States," the American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that are interested in questioning, criticizing, re-arranging, or otherwise complicating the seemingly irreconcilable disciplinary borders between economics and the arts in American Literature after the Civil War. How might the "dismal science" of economics inform our understanding of American literature, and likewise, how might our understanding of American literature and the arts affect how we think about economic life, homo economicus, future or utopian economics, etc?
Possible questions for consideration include:

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): Call for Submissions

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:40am
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/reserach/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For the month of March we will start receiving submissions from March 1, 2016, ending on March 14, 2016.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

Holding/Held by the Book (1 July 2016) Proposals due by 31 March 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 6:31am
Centre CHoP, University of Leeds, UK

Keynote speaker: Sheena Calvert (University of the Arts)

This one-day symposium considers what it means to hold a book as well as the continuing hold the book has upon its readers. Books come in many shapes and sizes, yet reading, as a process, often makes the book itself disappear. 'Holding / Held By the Book' recognizes the material dimensions of book culture, but places these in dialogue with the idea of the book more broadly. The book has been many things over its long life and, with the emergence of the ebook, is changing once again. This symposium explores how the form of the book structures its status as privileged cultural object: what happens to the status of the book, it asks, at a time when the book is taking on new forms?

On-going CFP Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 6:08am
Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) is

- devoted to literary, historical, film and cultural studies of the English-speaking world
- an international scholarly journal with an international audience available at major research centers and libraries throughout the world
- the oldest continuously published Central European scholarly journal in its field
- published twice a year by the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary.

MSA 18: Crossing the Modernist Border (Nov. 17-20, 2016; Pasadena, CA)

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 1:19am
Kevin Riordan (Nanyang Technological University)

In Atlas of the European Novel, Franco Moretti argues that discourse changes at the border. When we cross geopolitical lines our stories, style, and language all record the shift. As the geographical expansion of modernism continues to occupy an important place in the field, what do national border crossings indicate about the shape of our defined literatures and the disciplinary approaches we use to study them? Might writing, performing, or screening the border itself articulate the "cultural parataxis" Susan Stanford Friedman describes in her model of planetarity?

"Coming to Terms with Film-Philosophy" Conference and Masterclass with Alain Badiou, Toronto, Canada May 16-17, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:29pm
York University and TIFF Bell Lightbox

Although it has established itself as a sub-discipline or hybrid of film and philosophy in various European formations, film-philosophy is relatively new to North American cinema and media studies. As one of the first in North America to nominate itself under its auspices, this conference explores the mobilization of philosophical discourses and projects relative to the modern event of cinema. More specifically, we seek papers that address the origins of film-philosophy, in addition to its current manifestations and future potentialities.

Utopia Vs. Dystopia

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:10pm
Mariam Fawaz/ University of Florida

Few of us are actually able to empathize with the hardships of war. War brings on hatred, anger, and murder. Tearing citizens away from their homes and family, some are even torn away from the country they know and love. Most of the time, the declaration of a war is to really deconstruct the current governmental system. During the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was facing a whole new system from the results of war. The capital city moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow and the Tsar ruling system was replaced with the communist system. Russia went from an empire to a socioeconomic society in less than a few years. People didn't speak against this drastic change in fear of execution.

Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives (MLA 2017)

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:25pm
J. Ashley Foster and Margaret Galvan

CFP: Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives (MLA 2017)

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.