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Queer Utopias: Decolonizing Utopianism in Contemporary Literary Studies (Panel)

updated: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:24pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA 2021)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

José Esteban Muñoz’s ground-breaking work Cruising Utopia has sought to unite scholarship from the disparate fields of queer and utopian studies by contending that “queerness is primarily about futurity and hope” and “queerness is always on the horizon” (Muñoz 11). Aside from this, it has also powerfully contested the academic pessimism toward utopian political idealism that was becoming a dominant feature in queer theory at this time. Drawing on Muñoz’s work, this panel invites paper abstracts about queer utopias and queer utopian possibility demonstrated in literatures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Gladiator (2000): Magazine Covers/Memorabilia/Costumes

updated: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:03pm
St. Thomas University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: “A Hero Will Endure”: Essays at the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator for an edited collection.

Martin M. Winkler edited a collection about Gladiator regarding its historical and media aspects. There are also several single essays about psychological (Skweres), political, or cultural issues related to the film. Nevertheless, there have been no other collections on the cultural and social impact of the film since its release. The twentieth anniversay has just passed, and the time is right for presenting new insights about this award-winning film.

Specific topics that the editor is seeking to round out the collection include:

The Graveyard in Literature: Liminality and Social Critique

updated: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:54am
Dr Aoileann Ni Eigeartaigh, Dundalk Institute of Technology
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 31, 2020

This edited collection will be published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2020. The volume invites essays that focus on literary or other cultural texts that use the graveyard as a liminal space within which received narratives and social values can be challenged, and new and empowering perspectives on the present articulated.  Essays in the volume will examine the use of liminality as a vehicle for social critique, paying particular attention to the ways in which liminal spaces facilitate the construction of alternative perspectives.

A Chapter should be no longer than 6000 words, and should be original and previously unpublished.

21st Century Literature

updated: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:53am
Kristen Skjonsby / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Networks, broadly defined, share tasks and information between nodes through a unique spatial constellation which allows them to distribute power evenly and, in the process, eliminates the need for a concentrated source of directives. For this reason, they have been looked at within various disciplinary communities as harbingers of negative and positive possibilities in the 21st Century. What are networks capable of, and how does literature address the significance of networks, both locally and globally? Are authors working to alter, exploit, or combat modes of power through their portrayal of various networks? This standing session invites papers from all fields, but has a particular interest in papers that address the local and global.

Discourse and Rhetoric amid COVID19 Pandemic:Dis/Articulating the 'New Normal'.

updated: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:52am
Andrea C Valente/ Rhetoric & Communication eJournal
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Discourse and Rhetoric amid COVID 19 Pandemic:

Dis/Articulating The ‘New Normal’

 

Journal Chief Editor: Ivanka Mavrodieva

Guest Editors: Andrea Valente and Paola Giorgis

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Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump (virtual session/roundtable)

updated: 
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 9:40am
Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Call for Papers: Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump (virtual session/roundtable)

The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic and the Monsters & the Monstrous Area invite paper proposals for a special session/roundtable on “Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump” for the 2020 conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) to convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, from Friday, 23 October, to Saturday, October 24.

The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2020.

Please note: This year’s conference will be entirely virtual.

 

Monsters and the Monstrous in the Age of Trump

Monsters & the Monstrous (Open-Topic) (virtual session)

updated: 
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 12:04am
Michael Torregrossa / Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Call for Papers on Monsters & the Monstrous (Open-Topic)

The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic and the Monsters & the Monstrous Area invite paper proposals for the 2020 conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) to convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, from Friday, 23 October, to Saturday, October 24.

The revised deadline for proposals is June 30, 2020.

Please note: This year’s conference will be entirely virtual.

 

Monsters & the Monstrous Area:

*UPDATE* Everything is Queer. The Relevance of Gender and Queer Studies Today

updated: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:28am
Gender Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Guest Editor: Robyn Dudic

In a society gradually turning to more inclusiveness and tolerance, this special issue of gender forum is dedicated to highlight the relevance and importance of Gender and Queer Studies with regard to contemporary academic literature.

CFP, Historical Crime Fiction (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

updated: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:54am
Caroline Reitz
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Guest editor: Rosemary Erickson Johnsen (Governors State University)

Historical crime fiction, or detective fiction using historical settings, has long been an important strand of the mystery genre. Well-placed to provide pleasures similar to armchair tourism combined with the potential to convey historical knowledge through the crime fiction's focus on the quotidian amidst larger cultural landscapes, over the decades historical crime fiction has ranged from the whimsical to the didactic, offering insight into the author's own time period and that of the historical setting.

Migration, Humanities, and the Crisis of the Contemporary

updated: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 4:02am
NeMLA 2021 Seminar Panel
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This collaborative, seminar-style panel invites an exploration of aesthetic interventions that respond to urgent concerns of contemporary migration. By analyzing the ways in which literature and the visual, performing, and conceptual arts engage with these issues, the panel interrogates how the humanities respond to the lexical and affective demands posed by the contemporary moment. How have our vocabularies as humanists been altered by discourses around migratory movements? In what ways can humanistic thought reframe ideas of rights, citizenship, sovereignty, and borders in light of present-day crises?

Prospero vol XXV (2020) A Journal of Foreign Literatures and Cultures

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:53am
Prospero A Journal of Foreign Literatures and Cultures
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Prospero Rivista di Letterature e culture straniere,

A Journal of Foreign Literatures and Cultures

Call for Papers

Prospero XXV, 2020

 

ArtsPraxis Volume 7, Issue 2b: Social Justice Practices for Educational Theatre

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:48am
NYU Steinhardt
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

As of this writing, we find ourselves about ten days into international protests following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protesters the world over have made specific calls to action: acknowledge that black lives matter, educate yourself about social and racial injustice, and change the legal system that allows these heinous acts to go unpunished. In thinking through how we in the field of educational theatre can proactively address these needs, I reminded myself that there are many artists and educators who are already deeply engaged in this work.

Uncharted Medievalisms: Revealing the Medieval in Popular Fiction and Games (Panel) (9/30/2020; NeMLA Philadelphia 3/11-14/2021)

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:44am
Michael A. Torregrossa / Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Uncharted Medievalisms: Revealing the Medieval in Popular Fiction and Games (Panel)

52nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 11-14 March 2021

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2020

Session organized by Carl B. Sell and Michael A. Torregrossa and sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture.

 

Can We Be More Than the Middle Ages? Medievalism Studies and Medieval Studies (Roundtable) (9/30/2020; NeMLA Philadelphia 3/11-14/2021)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:43am
Michael A. Torregrossa / Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Can We Be More Than the Middle Ages? Medievalism Studies and Medieval Studies (Roundtable)

52nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 11-14 March 2021

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2020

Session organized by Michael A. Torregrossa and Carl B. Sell and sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture.

 

Machines in 20th Century Literature, Philosophy and Cinema

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:42am
Giorgia Bordoni - UNC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This panel aims to explore the machinic metaphor in the Italian and European literary, cinematographic, and philosophical panorama of the 20th century. Since the Industrial Revolution, machines have established themselves as a crucial, pervasive, and unavoidable presence of individual life and collective existence. The disturbing and fascinating vitality of the machine has shaped all social, political, and economic relationships. Even the literary, cinematographic, and philosophical space was crossed by the new myth of the machine and met its complexity: it refused or exalted it, let itself be inspired by it, analyzed its profound meaning.

Viral Memes : Research and Reflections on the Coronapocalypse

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:32am
Shane Trayers & George Sieg
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020

No event since the recent millennium, itself an “event” only in the sense created by expectationalism, with Y2K being a paradigmatic “non-event,” has activated apocalyptic sensibilities to the extent that COVID-19 has done.  Its impact has been global, multifarious, and multivalent.  In many places, it has impacted every area of life, and there are very few places where it has not spread: as of June 4, 2020, the only nations reporting no COVID-19 cases were various Pacific islands, Turkmenistan, and North Korea.  In distinction to previous pandemics with cultural impact, the most recent of any significance being the HIV/AIDS pandemic, COVID-19 has been swift and pervasive, without immediate association to any specific sub-population or vectors beyond the

Henry Miller in New Contexts

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:32am
NeMLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A combination of global transformations within cultural and political perspectives have germinated fresh theoretical approaches to all fields of inquiry. Moving into the third decade of the Twenty-First Century, how does a controversial author like Henry Miller (1891-1980) fit into our current conversations? We could ask some of the following questions: in the era of #MeToo does Miller’s literature and personae alter significantly? How might we approach Miller’s extensive published and/or archival correspondences in terms of Life Writing or the Archival Turn? Miller received copious amounts of fan mail over numerous decades; how do fan mail studies help reveal Miller’s impact on American (and global) readers?

GROWING UP IN LATIN AMERICA - EDITED VOLUME CFP

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:18am
Marco Ramirez / Lehman College CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Growing up in Latin America is an experience that has been marked by constant negotiations with precarity, (post)coloniality and multiple forms of violence. Numerous literary and audiovisual productions have drawn attention to this issue, which has also elicited significant academic interest. In this edited volume, we invite critical examinations of 20th and 21stcenturies coming-of-age narratives and Bildungsroman dealing with bi-cultural or multi-cultural identities, picaresque and heterodox processes of learning, non hetero-normative sexualities, as well as other alternative processes of development and growth.

Growing up in Latin America: Narratives of Precarity, Postcolonialism, Violence

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:18am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The experience of growing up in Latin America for the past two centuries has been marked by constant negotiations with precarity, postcoloniality and multiple forms of violence. Numerous literary and audiovisual productions have drawn attention to this issue. In this session, we invite critical examinations of coming-of-age narratives and bildungsroman dealing with bi-cultural or multi-cultural identities, picaresque and heterodox processes of learning, non hetero-normative sexualities, as well as other alternative processes of development and growth.

Latin American Cosmopolitanisms: Vernacular, Ethical, and Ecological Views of Globality

updated: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:18am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The question of cosmopolitanism has been crucial to the literatures of Latin America during the 20th and 21st centuries. At the turn of the past century modernistas and vanguardistas proposed innovative views of cultural cosmopolitanism that traced the geopolitical shifts of the continent. Later, as Magical Realism became a global phenomenon, this originally Latin American aesthetics would come to be celebrated as the literary language of the postcolonial world (Bhabha).

CFP: PAMLA 2020 Special Session-Cyberpunk and the City (updated submission date)

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 5:12pm
Melanie A. Marotta, Morgan State University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Call for Papers: Special Session-Cyberpunk and the City

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Thurday November 12 to Sunday November 15, 2020, at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Conference Theme: "City of God, City of Destruction" (https://pamla.org/2020/conference-theme-city-god-city-destruction)

The Covid 19 Pandemic: What this means for a Society, Culture and Nation

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:56pm
Damdama College,Guwahati
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 21, 2020

Articles in about 4000(four thousand words) are invited from faculties, academicians, scholars and activists for the inaugural issue of a peer reviewed journal called Social Currents. The issue will feature articles on the Covid-19 pandemic and what this means for a society, culture and nation. Have we learnt new lessons or should we go about doing what we always aspire and do-a technocracy irreverent to human history and its complex interlinking with the environment. While doctors and nurses are at the forefront of the battle against the pandemic, are we somehow ignoring the sanitation workers or such men and women who have been traditionally marginalized and do not figure in our ideas of societal growth?

Place and Space in Interwar Women’s Literature in English - Edited Collection

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:51am
University of Bedfordshire
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020

CfP: Place and Space in Interwar Women’s Literature in English

 

Dr Nick Turner and Dr Nicola Darwood invite essays for an edited collection on the topic of place and space in fiction by interwar women writers in English. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

 

Portrayal of the home

Homelessness and displacement

Boundaries and borders

Travel/movement

Mental space

Rural space/use of the pastoral

The city

The seaside, coast and liminal spaces

Geographical place

Public/private space

The relationships of genres (romance, crime, etc) to place and space

 

Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy (update)

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:50am
ULICES/Messengers from the Stars Project
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Messengers from the Stars:

On Science Fiction and Fantasy

No. 5, 2020

Edited by: Matthew Hill

Co-edited by: João Félix

 

Messengers from the Stars is an international, peer-reviewed journal, offering academic articles, reviews, and providing an outlet for a wide range of creative work inspired by science fiction and fantasy. The 2020 issue will be dedicated to the following theme:

Utopias, Dystopias, Ecotopias and Heterotopias

NeMLA 2021 Panel: Modernism and/in the Anglophone Novel

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:50am
Shun Yin Kiang / University of Central Oklahoma
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016), Eric Hayot and Rebecca L. Walkowitz call for thinking about modernism from a global perspective, in order to recover and examine “local instances of modernism...[with] the traces of world thinking and world imagining that both respond to...global pressures...and anticipate into being the structures of feeling that...shape the world we live in” (8-9).

Scandalous Spaces - SAMLA 92 (2020)

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:50am
SAMLA / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020

SAMLA 92: Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts - November 13-15, 2020: Virtual Conference through Accelevents

 

Scandalous Spaces (Modernist Literature)

History and Technology in Contemporary American Literature

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:46am
Liliana Naydan / NeMLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

As Carroll Pursell suggests in Technology in Postwar America, technology enabled America to develop global prominence in the 20th century. And in seems poised to do the same in the 21st. Yet the relationship Americans have with technology is thorny. For instance, Thomas L. Friedman lauds technology, observing that “Globalization 3.0,” a new era in global history that is marked by digital developments, is leveling the playing field (The World is Flat 10).

Contextualizing Digital Media in the Global Pandemic (Panel)

updated: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:42am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

As we (North American academics) think and, moreover, live in the shadow of the global pandemic, the role digital media plays in our no-longer-ordinary lives becomes increasingly salient. During the quarantine, participation in digital lives can be said to be no longer a supplement or replacement for “real life”; instead, it seems to have become its constitutive activity. Nevertheless, this new entanglement between the pandemic and digital media is not devoid of national, political, economic, and linguistic specificities: issues of accessibility, censorship, credibility, and the like cannot be addressed in the abstract. Instead, they only become visible when uses of digital media is contextualized and compared across national and linguistic boundaries.

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