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Doing Undoing: Cross-Disciplinary (and Non-Disciplinary) Approaches to Scholarship

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:09am
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Since the 1970s, scholars and scholarship have pushed to undo different systems of power, for instance: Foucault mapped out the history of state control over bodies; Derrida revealed oppressive systems behind accepted logics; Lugones explained the logics of purity and impurity, showing us that fragmentation is actually a part of the logic of purity and so used to oppress; Crenshaw allowed us to see this logic of fragmentation in the legal system and how this system excludes black women.

International Conference: “Enumeration, Epistemology, Etcetera: Lists and List-Making in Literature and Culture”

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:10am
University of Freiburg, Germany
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 30, 2018

The ERC Starting Grant Project “Lists in Literature and Culture” invites proposals for an international conference that aims to examine the literary, cultural and epistemological potential of enumerative forms as well as their significance in diverse historical contexts.

The conference will take place at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg, Germany, from July 4 to July 6, 2019.

Attachment and Affect

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:17am
University of Virginia Department of English
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Attachment and Affect

March 22-23, 2019

The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference


Keynote by Lisa Ruddick (UChicago)

Master class with Rita Felski (UVA/SDU)


Why does the study of literature matter? What is the relationship between reader and text? How can affective responses to texts inform criticism? This conference seeks to take seriously our aesthetic and affective attachments, the attachments at work within and among literary texts, and the ways attachments form and function.

ACLA Panel: Rural Political Resistance

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:57am
Stefka Hristova, Michigan Technological University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

ACLA Panel on Rural Political Resistance seeks paper proposals.

Shapes of Futures

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:19am
Shapes of Futures
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shapes of Futures

Third interdisciplinary conference organised by the Institute of Modern Languages at the University of Bielsko-Biała

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Ziauddin Sardar

Rafał Matyja


What is realised in my history is not the past definite of what was, since it is no more, or even the present perfect of what has been in what I am, but the future anterior of what I shall have been for what I am in the process of becoming.Jacques Lacan


Lenin 2020 (calls for abstracts)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:35am
Alla Ivanchikova and Robert Maclean
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Lenin 2020 

Editors: Alla Ivanchikova and Robert Maclean 

Abstracts due: October 31, 2018 

This edited collection of essays seeks to answer the following question: what does “Lenin” and “Leninism” signify today? What is the future of Leninism? Why, after thirty years of iconoclasm (that involved the removal of statues of Lenin throughout the former socialist world), in spite of concerted efforts to demote, deconstruct, and discredit Leninist mode of thinking, does the specter of Lenin return to haunt our turbulent political present?

interdisciplinary symposium: On Criticism

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:35am
Platform Journal, Royal Holloway, University London and Royal Central School of Drama and Speech
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 24, 2018

Interdisciplinary Symposium: ‘On Criticism’

Friday 23 November 2018

Royal Central School of Drama and Speech, University of London

Hosted by Royal Holloway‘s Platform Journal

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Sabeth Buchmann, title TBC*

Confirmer Rounttable Participants: Hetain Patel and Sanjoy Roy

Co-organisers: Lisa Moravec, Josephine Leask, and Clio Unger

ACLA 2019: Affects of Class

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:25am
Mathies G. Aarhus, University of Southern Denmark
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Affects of Class. ACLA Conference, 7-10 March 2019, Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Seminar organizers:
Mathies G. Aarhus, University of Southern Denmark,
Tayor Johnston, University of California, Berkeley,

Neoliberalism: Between Utopia and Dystopia (ACLA 2019)

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:56am
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 

March 7th-10th, 2019

Panel Title: Neoliberalism: Between Utopia and Dystopia

Please send paper/presentation proposals of 3000 or fewer characters to the ACLA seminar website to on or before Thursday, September 20th at 9 AM:

This panel seeks to examine utopian representations of (neo)liberalism in 20th century literature and culture, emphasizing comparative connections to (neo)liberal political philosophy and economic theory.