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MLA 2023 Roundtable: The “Safe Animal” Sensibility

updated: 
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 3:10am
Yea Jung Park and Jiwon Rim
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

This roundtable panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” Safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.

Critical Essay Collection on THE GOLDEN GIRLS

updated: 
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 8:11pm
Jill E. Anderson, Assist Prof of English
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

This call is for critical essays for a proposed edited volume centering on the iconic television show The Golden Girls for Routledge’s Advances in Pop Culture series.

Call for articles-Modern and Contemporary US Poetry

updated: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 2:01pm
Literary Encyclopedia
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Literary Encyclopedia at www.litencyc.com is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of postwar and contemporary American poetry. Following is a list of poets and/or movements for whom/which we are seeking introductory essays of ca. 2500 words covering biography and historical context and giving a brief overview of relevant works. The list below is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome.

Forgotten Fantasists

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:29pm
Forgotten Fantasists: A Companion to Fantastic Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Who are the unsung heroes of fantastical literature? Who deserves to be recognised for their significant contribution to contemporary Anglophone Fantastika literature but are pushed out of the limelight? This edited companion to fantastical literature hopes to address gaps in research by bringing together considerations of important but underexamined authors and artists. Depending on the number of abstracts received, the collection may be further divided into separate sections – or even individual volumes – taking into consideration different media:

The Conditions of Langston Hughes in Literary Study and Literary Study in the Academy (MLA 2023)

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:28pm
Langston Hughes Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 27, 2022

In 1931, Langston Hughes embarked on a tour of the southern United States, reading his poetry mostly at HBCUs in the age of Jim Crow. His goal was two-fold: he was both answering Mary McLeod Bethune’s suggestion that “people need poetry” and developing a formula for “making poetry pay.” As the Great Depression dragged on and the Scottsboro case lay heavy on his mind, Hughes understood the importance of art and the artist in providing perspective and spiritual strength to the community, but he also labored under hostile conditions that complicated every aspect of his journey.

Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 3:28pm
Katherine Mansfield Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The editors of Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society are seeking scholarly essays for publication in the sixth volume of the journal. Essays that address any aspect of Mansfield and her writing will be considered. Tinakori is committed to publishing innovative and rigorous research into one of the most significant women authors of the early twentieth century. It is an official online series recognised by the British Library with its own ISSN number: ISSN 2514-6106.

Creaturely Fear: Animality and Horror Cinema

updated: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 12:55pm
Peter Sands, Mo O'Neill, Samantha Hind (Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 27, 2022

Call for Papers

Creaturely Fear: Animality and Horror Cinema
Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC), 21–22 July 2022 (Online)

Keynote speaker: Dr Christy Tidwell, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

SAMLA 2022: Speculative Fiction

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 4:16pm
Mary Ann Gareis / Middle Georgia State University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres.  The cohesive element that pulls works together under the category is that there is some “unrealistic” element, whether it’s magical, supernatural, or a futuristic/technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way.   For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from China Miéville to Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more. 

 

Boundaries and Borders of the Unknown

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 3:41pm
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS

‘The Unconscious and Everyday Life’ PPS Postgraduate Conference 2022 on:

Boundaries and Borders of the Unknown

To be held on the University of Essex Colchester campus and on Zoom Friday 27 and Monday 30 May 2022

Open to all current Postgraduate Research and Professional Doctorate students

 

CFP Monsters & Monstrous Bodies in American Culture and Society (3/13/2022; NEASA 6/10-11/2022)

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 2:30pm
Michael A Torregrossa / Monsters & the Monstrous Area of Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 13, 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

MONSTERS & MONSTROUS BODIES IN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY

 

SPONSORED BY THE MONSTERS & THE MONSTROUS AREA OF THE NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

 

PROPOSALS BY 13 MARCH 2022

 

Classics Illustrated: Adaptation and Appropriation in the Comics and Other Graphic Narratives

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 2:30pm
Michael A Torregrossa / Saving the Day: Accessing Comics in the Twenty-first Century
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

CFP: Classics Illustrated: Adaptation and Appropriation in the Comics and Other Graphic Narratives

 

A collection organized to further the goals of Saving the Day: Accessing Comics in the Twenty-first Century, a joint outreach effort of the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture. (More information at https://accessing-comics-in-the-21st-century.blogspot.com/.)

 

Organizers: Nick Katsiadas, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Carl Sell, Lock Haven University; and Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

CFP Fair Unknowns: Extending the Corpus of Arthurian Texts

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 2:30pm
Michael A Torregrossa / Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

CFP Fair Unknowns: Extending the Corpus of Arthurian Texts

 

Sponsored by the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

 

Collection edited by Carl Sell, Lock Haven University, and Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar.

 

Proposals due by 1 June 2022

 

 

UPDATE: DFW 2022 - David Foster Wallace - Austin, TX - June 2-4, 2022

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 2:29pm
International David Foster Wallace Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 28, 2022

UPDATE:  EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 28, 2022

The International David Foster Wallace Society invites you to attend DFW 2022 in Austin, Texas. Special events at the Harry Ransom Center (home to Wallace’s archive), social events, and other presentations will be included, in addition to a wide variety of panels of Wallace criticism and commentary. 

Panels will be held at the University of Texas Glickman Conference Center. The keynote address by Pulitzer winner Jennifer Egan will be held at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall on Thursday, June 2. The keynote, sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, is free and open to the public.

Animal(ity) in Southern Literature (In-Person Panel)

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 2:29pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 30, 2022

This traditional session welcomes submissions on any representation of nonhuman animals or animality in southern literature from the last century. With the development of posthumanism and human-animal studies over the last few decades, nonhuman animals in literature invite readers to no longer consider them as only symbols of human experience, but instead as literary agents of cultural change for both human and nonhuman worlds. Particularly, this panel seeks to explore how those nonhuman animals are active in southern literature. Panelists may be interested in examining nonhuman animals or animality in a single southern text, a southern author’s oeuvre, or an entire southern genre.

MMLA 2022: “Art and Politics: Pinter and the Nobel”

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 2:16pm
International Harold Pinter Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 15, 2022

The International Harold Pinter Society

MMLA CFP 2022

“Art and Politics: Pinter and the Nobel”  

Call for Presentations, Papers, Performances, Panels

updated: 
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 12:53pm
Breakin' BLACK Reachin' Back
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 27, 2022

CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference (virtual/online)

Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30, 2022

CFP EXTENSION to 03/27/2022

 

Breakin’ BLACK Reachin’ Back is an experiential conversation engaging with Black intellectual, political and creative concepts through the primary disciplinary nodes of Black studies, Hip Hop and DJ scholarship. This virtual two day gathering centers practitioners as theorists, interdisciplinarity and public humanities through roundtable panel conversations, keynote presentations including musical and dance performances followed by discussion/Q&A, and breakout sessions. 

Call for Chapter Proposals for Edited Collection -- Retreating to the (Modern) Past: Vintage and Cottagecore Lifestyles in the Digital Era

updated: 
Sunday, March 13, 2022 - 10:36pm
Clare Douglass Little
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Modern life has become defined in many ways by our digital experiences, and it is in this technological environment that a retreat to an idealized version of the past has been increasingly realized and depicted through social media. The distinctive aesthetics of cottagecore, dark and light academia, and vintage movements represent creative cross sections through which individuals blend pop culture, literature, fantasy, art, and lifestyle elements in an often fantastical, romanticized, or idealized version of the past—one inherently informed by and expressed through a modern, digital present.

Sylvia Wynter’s “No Humans Involved”: Towards the Rewriting of Knowledge and Undoing Truths

updated: 
Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 4:46pm
MLA 2023 Special Session
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 18, 2022

This panel considers Wynter’s letter as a call to challenge present truths of biocentrism, classifications of humanness, and the condemnation of “the speech of the street” to cultivate new modes of knowing/feeling. 250 word abstract. Contact: Amari Mitchell (amari.mitchell@rutgers.edu) or Diana Molina (diana.molina@rutgers.edu). 

  • If you are invited to participate in a 2023 session, you must be an MLA member by 7 April 2022. 

  • All session participants must register for the convention.

Topics may include but not limited to:

MLA 2023: Comedy, Capitalism, and Hope

updated: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 2:49pm
American Humor Studies Association and the Screen Arts and Culture Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

How can critical comedy studies of popular and/or experimental media help us revive political theories of hope amid material conditions characterized by climate apocalypse, obscene inequality, and rising authoritarianism? We invite a range of approaches.

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio to Sam Chesters at samantha.chesters@gmail.com and Maggie Hennefeld at mhennefe@umn.edu.

Genres Against Markets

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 7:02pm
FU Berlin/RiVAL
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 11, 2022

This week-long workshop will bring together both critical and creative writers to support one another in the development of new written work across a wide range of “popular” genres, forms and approaches. “Genres Against the Market” aims to foster a temporary community to encourage radical writers to explore new methods for reaching unconventional audiences toward a critique of economic limitation and possibility. Leaving aside the familiar form of the conventional academic essay and monograph, we aim to host a gathering to explore how radical ideas that challenge reigning forms of social and economic power can be expressed and broadcast using “popular” formats of writing.  

ENSFR Annual Conference, Lisbon 2022 — Short Fiction as World Literature

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:59pm
European Network for Short Fiction Research
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 3, 2022

In Death of a Discipline, Gayatri Spivak mentions the problematic identification of “literature” with the novel form in comparative literature (2005: 123). Her concern with our general blindness to non-hegemonic forms recalls the consternation frequently shown in short fiction criticism toward the enduring novel-centrism of literary studies. This conference aims to bring together scholars with an interest in examining this tension and the different ways in which it may extend to the field of world literature. But our goal is not to look at the short form once again in stark opposition to the novel.

MLA 2023 Ricoeur's Interpretation Theory and Our Work Now (Special Session)

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:58pm
Nate Mickelson, New York Univ
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Paul Ricoeur insisted there is always more meaning than can be articulated, appropriated, or understood. This session seeks enactments, explorations, and reconsiderations of his Interpretation Theory 50 years later. Though the book was published in 1976, Ricoeur delivered the lectures in fall 1973. It was a period of social and intellectual reckoning similar to our own. Ricoeur had recently relocated to the University of Chicago from Paris-Nanterre under criticism for his attempts to mitigate conflicts during the 1968 student uprisings. In parallel with this personal crisis, Ricoeur was turning in his thought from considerations of symbolic interpretation to considerations of texts and their social and political dimensions.

André Gide and the Equivocal Dynamics of Justice

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:54pm
Association des Amis d'André Gide
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 14, 2022

MLA, January, 2023 (San Francisco): “André Gide and the Equivocal Dynamics of Justice.” This session will examine political, legal, and social justice; aesthetic and intellectual justice, being an outlaw, etc., in the life and works of André Gide.” Abstracts of 250-300 words in French or in English due to Pamela Genova (genova@ou.edu), by Monday, March 14, 2022. Panel sponsored by the Association des Amis d’André Gide.”

“Now What?” What Now?: Approaching a Present in Precarity

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:52pm
Center for American Literary Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 18, 2022

Penn State’s Center for American Literary Studies presents

 

“Now What?” What Now?: Approaching a Present in Precarity

 

Friday, March 18, 2022, Noon–1:00 p.m. EST via Zoom

 

 Register here

https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0pGKj_fCSnKc6u7ViHV4Ig

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email

 containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Public Humanities and Agents of Change in Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:49pm
AATSP at MLA 2023
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 18, 2022

The AATSP’s guaranteed session at the MLA Convention in January 2023 will explore the creative ways in which Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies address complex social issues through public humanities scholarship and practice, all while providing relevant and significant opportunities for students.

Religion and Literature Permanent Section

updated: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:48pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 15, 2022

Religion and Literature

“Post-Now” in Religion and Literature: MMLA Convention

Minneapolis, MN. November 16-22, 2022

 

The Religion and Literature Permanent Section invites proposals that engage with the 2022 Midwest MLA conference’s theme: Post-Now. Proposals might consider the following questions: How does literature speculate about religion? How do writers shape and reshape the religion that they imagine? How do writers create belief systems? How do different writers construct their vision of future religion? How and why did writers of the past get things wrong?

DEADLINE EXTENDED - 03/18 - EDITED COLLECTION: The Palgrave Handbook to the Ghost Story

updated: 
Monday, March 7, 2022 - 7:23am
Joan Passey, Jen Baker, Henry Bartholomew
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 18, 2022

The Palgrave Handbook to the Ghost Story 

This handbook seeks to open new conversations about the ghost-story form. It is open to all media, genre, and disciplines - fiction, nonfiction, theatre, cinema, video games, podcasts, graphic novels, musicals, and so forth - as well as spaces and time periods (antiquity to the present).

 Chapters will provide a new angle, intervention, or perspective on various aspects of the ghost-story tradition. These can be thematic, author-based, chronologically centred, or narrative-based.

Deadline extended: MLA 2023: Writing Work

updated: 
Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 7:41pm
Ben Clarke, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

After D. H. Lawrence’s mother died, his father “struggled through half a page” of The White Peacock. After he had finished reading, he asked his son what he had been paid for the novel. When Lawrence told him his father

 

looked at me with shrewd eyes, as if I were a swindler. “Fifty pounds! An’ tha’s niver done a day’s hard work in thy life.”

 

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: DOGMAS IN LITERATURE and LITERARY MISSIONARY: TEXT, READER AND CRITIQUE

updated: 
Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 7:13am
Önder Çakırtaş
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 19, 2021

This book project aims to examine the existence of dogma in literature and some cult texts, and how dogmas in literature are conveyed to various audiences as a mission by some literary readers, experts and academics. The questions leading up to the volume are varied and their answers require lengthy examination and interpretation. So, this project investigates; Is literature dogmatic? What about literary theories? Can they be dogmatic, too? The answers to these questions are open to clarification, but the responses can also initiate an extensive discussion and manifestation. However, above all, literature does have an aspect that drags the readers, habitually burying them in its pages, and blindly attaching them to itself.

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