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Posthuman Praxis of ‘human’

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 4:36am
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Posthuman Praxis of ‘human’


In posthuman theory we do have an obligation, but it is never what we think it is, because the ethical event cannot be known in advance… Posthuman Ethics shows we cannot ‘do’ ethics, and evaluate whether something was as ethical or not as we would hope.  
                                                                                                            -- Patricia MacCormack

“So What Happens Now?”: Ernest Cline’s Prose and Poetry

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:46am
Tom Ue / Dalhousie University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Calling all Gunters! The past few years have seen a growing number of scholarly interventions on Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011), exploring topics that range from his portrayal of dys/utopias (see Nordstrom, Ue) to his use of Pac-Man as a metaphor (Ue and Munday), and from Cline’s treatment of masculinity (Condis) to his invocation of Arthurian romance (Aronstein and Thompson). In 2018, the novel was adapted into a critically and commercially successful hit, earning an Academy Award nomination.

Fifteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 6:56am
BSLS & University of Sheffield
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019

The fifteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will be held at the University of Sheffield from Wednesday 15 April until Friday 17 April 2020.

Keynote speakers will be Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford), Professor Martin Willis (Cardiff), and Professor Angela Wright (Sheffield).

The BSLS invites proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science (including medicine and technology), and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, film, and television.

Dark Economies: Anxious Futures, Fearful Pasts Conference

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:31am
Falmouth University, UK 8-10 July 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 2, 2020

After the success of the Folk Horror in the Twenty First Century conference hosted by Falmouth University, we are holding another related conference in 2020.


The present is dark. With the rise of right-wing populism, global migrations and immigrations, continued violence, abuse and crime, prejudice and intolerance, there is increasing anxiety about the future. The Earth itself is under threat from environmental catastrophe and a mass extinction event is anticipated. The collapse of society, morality, and the environment was often also feared in the past, particularly in Gothic, horror and dystopian fictions and texts. What were the monsters of the past? What are our monsters now?


Climate Fictions

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 10:17am
Graduate Center for Literary Research
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Graduate Center for Literary Research Annual Conference Call for Papers


Climate Fictions

April 18-19, 2020

McCune Conference Room, HSSB


As climate change has become a central topic of discussion, laced with the uncertainty of tomorrow, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to reframe their conversations with a focus on this ubiquitous topic as it has been interpreted in literary fiction, as well as within the arts.

Theorizing Corporeality in the Climate Change Era

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:42pm
Kritika Kultura
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 31, 2020

Theorizing about the body has never been more urgent than in our current era of climate change. Stacy Alaimo has compellingly argued that “potent ethical and political possibilities emerge from the literal contact zone between human corporeality and more-than-human nature.” In the decade or so since she first penned those words, these ethical and political possibilities have become even more urgent, and the borders of the contact zones themselves have become more blurred. Climate change has had increasingly intimate corporeal implications (especially in the Global South), and the widening gap between the rich and the poor has only exacerbated these matters, as has the global rise in right-wing extremism.

Access and Accessibility: Disability is Not a Metaphor

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:37pm
English Student Association, City University of New York Graduate Center
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Disability has functioned historically to justify inequality for disabled people themselves, but it has also done so for women and [other] minority groups. That is, not only has it been considered justifiable to treat disabled people unequally, but the concept of disability has been used to justify discrimination against other groups by attributing disability to them.

-          Douglas C. Baynton, Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History



CFP Deadline Update: Machine Ethics and Morality

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:20pm
Steven Thompson
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, December 2, 2019

Dear Colleagues,


Theere is one week left as the CFP for the Handbook of Research on Machine Ethics and Morality has been extended to December 2, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has submitted a proposal. I’m expecting a similarly robust exchange for this extended call. Again, I’m interested in approaches to the topic from the humanities, with exploration on rhetorics and philosophies of artificial intelligence, machine ethics, and moral machines.


Call for Short Articles - Graduate Journal

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:13pm
Parallèle 67 - Université de Montréal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 15, 2019

Parallèle 67 was created in 2018 at the initiative of undergraduate and graduate students in the History of Art at the Université de Montréal. Its objectives are to create a space for discussion between visual and material culture, museology, anthropology of art, among many other disciplines; to provide an opportunity for fruitful collaboration between students and students; and finally, to showcase their research. Bilingual, it is intended as a platform that publishes short articles pertaining to issues that are indiscriminate with respect to theoretical approaches, historical periods or geographical regions.

Poetics among the Disciplines @ Scientiae, Amsterdam, 3-6 June 2020

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:07pm
Poetics before Modernity / Scientiae
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Poetics before Modernity 

invites papers on 

'Poetics among the Disciplines' 

to be proposed for 

Scientiae, Amsterdam, 3-6 June 2020

TexMoot 2020--Apocalypse: Unveiling the Future

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:06pm
Signum University’s Third Annual Texas Literature & Language Symposium
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

From Ragnarok to Revelation, from the utopian proposals of Plato’s Republic to the dystopian vision of Huxley’s Brave New World, a prominent concern of human language and literature has always been to describe possible futures. Some of these visions of the future are cataclysmic, looking forward to a time when Heaven—or Mother Earth—will wipe the slate clean; others propose a more optimistic vision of progress. Recent films such as Interstellar or Tomorrowland have taken a middle way, suggesting that although humanity has recently fallen short of its promise, there still remains hope that we will be able to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

CFP: Technoculture Tenth Anniversary Issue (Vol 10, 2020)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:05pm
Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020

For our tenth year anniversary issue, Technoculture is seeking critical essays and creative works from a broad range of academic disciplines that focus on cultural studies of technology, and especially on the future of the study of technology and culture.

Essays and creative works we publish examine the topic technology and society, or, perhaps, technologies and societies. This call is ongoing and open topic, and we encourage a broad definition of technology. Topics could include depictions of technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the social sciences and humanities.

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 4:53am
University of Wolverhampton
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 13, 2019

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro

The University of Wolverhampton, UK
Saturday, 1 February, 2020

Keynote: Cynthia Wong (University of Colorado, Denver, USA)

Poetics of the More-Than-Human World

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:43am
Dispatches Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

CFP: Poetics of the More -than-Human World: a call for poems, hybrid work, and brief manifestos on ecopoetics, for a special issue of Dispatches( be released inSpring 2020. We are also interested in reviews of relevant work, critical appraisals, and audio-video work, but query first to This issue will lead to a print anthology.


CFP for Edited Volume on Science and Performance

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:41am
Meredith Conti and Vivian Appler
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 31, 2020

CFP for Proposed Volume on Science and Performance

From the Curious to the Quantum: Identity, Culture, and the Science Performance

Editors:     Vivian Appler, College of Charleston
            Meredith Conti, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Deadline for Abstracts:  January 31, 2020   
Deadline for Chapters:    December 1, 2020

Humanities Special Issue "Anthropocene Nonhumanities"

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:32pm
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The mark of humans may now be read in all earthly things, from the strata of the lithosphere to the upper reaches of the stratosphere. The Anthropocene, as many have proposed we call this too human geological and climatological era, calls for a radical reconsideration of the nonhuman world and humanity’s place within it. Human-induced climate change and the sixth extinction have irreparably harmed nonhuman populations and ecosystems, yet humans must also reckon with the destructive climatic forces for which we are in large part responsible. The nonhuman is at once more vulnerable and more destructive than at any time within human history.

Politics and American Literature - ALA San Diego Roundtable

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 11:57am
Jonathan Bayliss Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Jonathan Bayliss Society invites proposals for a roundtable discussion on Politics and American Literature at the annual American Literature Association Conference (ALA), which will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, on May 21-24, 2020 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).

In addition to the novels of Jonathan Bayliss, presenters might consider the work of such writers as Henry Adams, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Robert Penn Warren, Ayn Rand, Philip Roth, Ursula LeGuin, Michael Chabon, and Toni Morrison, among many others. 

Reenvisioning Transgender

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:12am
Bodies of Knowledge 2020 Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019


April 9-10, USC Upstate 

Call for Papers: 250-word abstracts due Dec. 1, 2019 by email to Dr. Lisa Johnson (


CFP: Book Reviews for Gothic Nature Journal: New Directions in Ecohorror and EcoGothic

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:11am
Gothic Nature Journal: New Directions in Ecohorror and EcoGothic
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019

CFP: Book Reviews for Gothic Nature Journal: New Directions in Ecohorror and EcoGothic


Calling all Gothic Naturalists for recommendations for books to review!


What would you like to see reviewed in our next issue of Gothic Nature? What recent criticism or literary fiction are you aware of from the last year or so relating to any element at all of Gothic Nature? Or perhaps you have published something yourself on these themes? (Ecohorror, EcoGothic, Animal Studies, Anthropocene Gothic, etc.)


We're currently sourcing free review copies of various books from publishers and all recommendations are most welcome!


X Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture - ECOCULTURE

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 4:48pm
Universidade Católica Portuguesa/The Lisbon Consortium
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020

X Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture  


Lisbon, July 6-11, 2020  

Deadline for submissions: February 20, 2020  

Edited Collection: Science Fiction and Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 4:13pm
Jeffrey Pietruszynski
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We are seeking contributions from scholars in various disciplines to submit proposals for chapters to be combined into an edited collection on Shakespeare’s influences on modern day science fiction.

Shakespeare’s influence on literary genres is profound to say the least, however, for some people, the association with modernity and popular culture often blinds the reader from any connection to Shakespeare and the English Early Modern Period. Evidence from science fiction belies this position as Shakespeare in both physical and textual form is a regular fixture on the screen. A well-known example comes from the 2007 Doctor Who episode “The Shakespeare Code” where the Doctor refers to him as “the most human human there’s ever been.”

[UPDATE] Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (PCA/ACA 2020 4/15-4/18)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 3:59pm
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (PCA/ACA 2020 4/15-4/18)deadline for submissions: November 24, 2019full name / name of organization: Pop Culture/American Culture Associationcontact email:

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (Ficociello and Bell)

Call for Proposals:  Sessions, Panels, Papers




2020– Philadelphia – 4/15-4/18

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to

Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence in Art & Science 2020

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 7:12am
TTT2020 Organizing Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

TTT2020: Call for papers, posters and artist-talks
Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2020

The fourth international conference "Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence in Art & Science" will take place November 26–28, 2020, in Austria, hosted by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Including theoretical and art practice presentations, TTT2020 continues to focus (a) on questions about the nature of the forbidden and aesthetics of liminality as expressed in art that uses or is inspired by technology and science, and (b) on the opening of spaces for creative transformation in the merging of science and art.

Petrocultures 2020: Transformations

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6:49am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 20, 2020

26-29 August 2020

Norwegian Petroleum Museum

Stavanger, Norway


Natural Philosophy, Literature, and the Embodied Imagination

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6:35am
SCSECS (St. Augustine, Florida - February 7-8, 2020)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, December 9, 2019

From Tita Chico’s The Experimental Imagination (2019), Karen Bloom Gevirtz’s Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy (2014), and Dana Jalobeanu’s “Disciplining Experience” (2014), recent criticism has disrupted the notion of objectivity and detached or modest witnessing that is typically associated with the scientific method and that was put forth by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century natural philosophers, themselves. This panel seeks to explore the connections between seventeenth- and eighteenth-century science and literature by paying particular attention to the role embodiment—broadly construed as corporeality, experientiality, materiality, and/or subject-position—played in both.

Call for Book Reviews, Modern Language Studies

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:20am
Randy Robertson / Susquehanna University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, December 2, 2019

Modern Language Studies, the journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association, is seeking reviews for the winter 2018-2019 issue.

I am especially interested in reviews of primary sources (including scholarly editions, contemporary literature, art, film, comic books, visual and popular culture), pedagogical works, and hypertext publications. However, reviews are no longer restricted to these categories.

Graduate students are welcome to contribute to the journal. Please submit your review electronically (as a Word attachment) to Randy Robertson, Reviews Editor of MLS, at