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The City and Canadian Literature and Authors

updated: 
Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 3:33pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The City and Canadian Literature and Authors at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference Las Vegas: “City of God, City of Destruction” Nov 12-Nov 15, 2020

 

Navigating Chaos: Living the Apocalyptic Dystopia

updated: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 3:01am
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Navigating Chaos: Living the Apocalyptic Dystopia

Hegel wrote that the only thing we can learn from history is that we learn nothing from history, so I doubt the epidemic will make us any wiser. The only thing that is clear is that the virus will shatter the very foundations of our lives, causing not only an immense amount of suffering but also economic havoc conceivably worse than the Great Recession. There is no return to normal, the new “normal” will have to be constructed on the ruins of our old lives, or we will find ourselves in a new barbarism whose signs are already clearly discernible.                          (Slovaj Žižek, Pandemic!)  

NEMLA 2021: Forgotten Women: Violence, Gender, and Sexuality in South Asia

updated: 
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:32am
Nidhi Shrivastava
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Since 2017, the #metoo movement has been successful for the conviction of Harvey Weinstein, who was at the center of the landmark trial. The same cannot be said in the case of India, which is still coming to terms with the issue of gender-based violence. Our panel will examine the representations of women who have been forgotten or have been rendered invisible in the national and international media discourse. Our panel will examine such representations through the study of South Asian filmic and theatre representations of Dalit (lower-caste), Northeast Indian, and women who were foundational figures in the defining the newly minted nation—India and Pakistan.

Decolonising Science Fiction

updated: 
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 6:00pm
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 4, 2021

In the wake of the worldwide protests after the killing of George Floyd, and the toppling of statues implicated in the legacy of the slave trade, we propose a special issue of Foundation on the topic of ‘decolonising science fiction’. As John Rieder and others have argued, the emergence of sf as a genre is embedded in colonial discourses of the late nineteenth century. The pursuit of new frontiers in outer space, within the Earth or under the oceans not only mirrored ‘the scramble for Africa’ but was also informed by the racialist and pseudo-scientific ideologies of the period. In more recent years, authors such as N.K. Jemisin, Jeannette Ng and Tade Thompson have sought to confront sf with the racist legacy of its origins.

Dispossessions in the Southern Cone (NeMLA 2021 Panel)

updated: 
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 11:14am
Northeast Modern Language Association, 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

How do we understand dispossession and subjections that result from imposed demarcations, displacements, and deprivations? How do we see the dispossessed or subjugated as re-articulated in literary works, and what functions can those re-articulations of present/spectral absences play in the literary analysis of the dispossessed territories or bodies, and beyond?

NeMLA 2021: Imagination and the Body in 20th-century Literature

updated: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:39pm
NeMLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In the Arcades Project, Benjamin wrote that it is from the gates of the imagination that lovers and friends draw their energies. Over the past few decades, scholarship has been ever more inclined to treat the imagination not as false or unreal, but as an embodied, affective, and fluid mode of creating meaning and experiencing the world. The concept of bodily imaginaries in queer and feminist studies, for instance, seeks to overcome the strict duality between imagination and the body: as Maggie Nelson points out in The Argonauts, “in the field of gender, there is no charting where the external and the internal begin and end.”

Polish Literature as World Literature (Edited Collection)

updated: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:25pm
Piotr Florczyk
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Polish Literature as World Literature (Edited Collection)

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Contact:
Piotr Florczyk (University of Southern California)
K. A. Wisniewski (American Antiquarian Society)

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ITALIAN SESSIONS AT PAMLA 2020 - LAS VEGAS

updated: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:18pm
Fabiana Cecchini - Texas A&M University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
This year the PAMLA Conference is scheduled to take place at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel from Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020. We invite you to consider submitting a proposal to any of the following panels by the deadline of July 15. Proposals are received and reviewed entirely online; please click on the specific panel link and follow instructions.

Italian / Cultural, Historical, and Political Studies
Presiding Officer: Fabiana Cecchini (Texas A & M University - College Station) 
fcecchini@tamu.edu

NEMLA 2021: Plague Writing: Rethinking the Canon

updated: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 10:41am
Josh Dawson SUNY Buffalo
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The sudden arrival of COVID-19 and its profound impact on nearly all aspects of daily life for people across the globe will undoubtedly produce a substantive re-examination of the canon of ‘plague writing’ that has, historically, been dominated by European voices. While the predominant influence of European authors in the genre of plague writing can, to a certain extent, be explained historically by the Black Death being the most deadly pandemic in human history, more recent and more global pandemics provide the opportunity to re-examine the situation of these canonical texts and to consider the stakes of plague writing on a broader international stage.

SAMLA 92 is Going Virtual (A Conference Update)

updated: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 10:41am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 3, 2020

Important Update: The 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will take place November 13-15, 2020 as an entirely online event hosted through Accelevents

Because we are moving our conferene to an online format for 2020, we have revised several crucial deadlines for conference planning. They are as follows:

In Their Own Words: Voices of Kashmir

updated: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:39pm
Zachary Bordas/ Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This heuristic panel seeks to examine the lived reality and creative representation of the political and ecological crisis in Kashmir. Spotlighting the voices of Kashmiri writers will continue the long and delicate process of shedding light on the current human rights crisis happening in Kashmir, as well as its global significance. This panel, therefore, solicits academic research that brings the persecuted voices of Kashmiri writers out of isolation (respecting anonymity on an individual basis) and into humanist discussions. The purpose of this panel involves both understanding the description of the Kashmiri lived reality, as well as providing space for hearing the specific tenants of their calls for change.

Sprache - Literatur - Kultur^language - literature - culture

updated: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:38pm
German Journal - Sprache - Literatur - Kultur
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 31, 2020

We are accepting submissions for academic research on anything "German" - be it a cultural issue, a literary analysis, or linguistic research on how to learn German, and more. We are an interdisciplinary journal and are looking to combine various topics in our publications. We publish in English and German and are looking for a word count of no more than 10.000 words. Submit your paper here https://dc.cod.edu/gj/, or click https://dc.cod.edu/gj/ for more information.

Collaborative Research in Theatre and Performance Studies

updated: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:37pm
Global Performance Studies and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Collaborative Research in Theatre and Performance Studies

Joint Issue of Global Performance Studies and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 

To be published Fall 2021 (GPS issue 4.2 & JDTC issue 36.1)

 

Issue Editors

Kevin Brown, University of Missouri

Felipe Cervera, LASALLE College of the Arts

Kyoko Iwaki, Waseda University and University of Antwerp

Eero Laine, University of Buffalo, State University of New York

Kristof van Baarle, University of Antwerp

The Modified Body in Media and Literature (Panel)

updated: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:28pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

While the overarching narrative that frames scholarship on body modification seems to reduce it—especially in the case of tattoos—into what Matthew Lodder calls a “chronological tourism,” that is, that every tattoo merely speaks of “internal truths” that chronicle milestones in one’s personal mythmaking (as a response to questions like “What does your tattoo mean? What were you going through when you got it?”), such a view eschews the discursive potential of body modification as a social act in favour of pure radical individualism.

Beyond Yunioshi: Rewriting New Asian Masculinities in Media and Literature (Roundtable)

updated: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 2:28pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The convergence of critical masculinity studies with postcolonial theory aims, at its core, to interrogate discourses that created hegemonic and binary categories that in turn became eventual grounds for the historical racialization of gender and sexuality, as well as the gendering and sexualization of race. Taking the image of “palimpsest” as its semantic inspiration, this session seeks to problematize the layerings and shifting stratigraphies of power that obscure, erase, or overwrite the specific historical, cultural, and political experiences that underpin notions of Asian masculinity and male identity as represented in various forms of literature and media.

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.

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.

Terrorism and the City

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

This panel invites papers that address how terrorism, whether historically or contemporarily, engages with and within the city. Sociologist Saskia Sassen argued in “When the City Itself Becomes a Technology of War” that asymmetrical military strategy has turned the space of the city itself into a technology of warfare. She writes that asymmetric warfare, the military strategy that defines U.S. engagement with terrorist cells across the world, are “partial, intermittent and lack clear endings…They are one indication of how the center no longer holds – whatever the center’s format: the imperial power of a period of the national state of our modernity” (36).

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.

NeMLA2021 Roundtable: “Beyond the Silk Road”

updated: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:53am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

For centuries Italy and East Asia have been at the center of numerous economic, political, and cultural exchanges. Studies have mostly focused on the relationship between Italy and China. As Zhang (2018) points out, in the last decade this topic has piqued the interest of a number of scholars on Italy-China issues. In addition to the special issues of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2010) and in the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (2014), books have been published on Italian-Chinese relations such as Marinelli and Andornino (2013) and Chinese migration to Italy (Pedone 2013).

 

The Location of Utopia

updated: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:53am
World Literature Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Although Utopia literally means no-place, in some utopias the location definitely has some cultural significance. If utopia is in the sun or under the earth, it is probably not the case. Thomas More put his Utopia in the South Atlantic, but the imaginary geography of the island does not seem to have any importance for social construction. More’s Utopia does not seem to have anything South American. However, the geographical and temporal orientation of Chinese and European utopias seem to be different in many aspects, which carry a politico-cultural significance. The special issue of World Literature Studies will explore two questions about the location of utopias:

NeMLA 2021 (Philadelphia): World Literature and Unhomeliness

updated: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:51am
William Arighi (Springfield College)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

World literature in its contemporary formation is often traced back to the catastrophe of World War II and the large number of European academics whose displacement was produced in its wake. Though the Euro-centric post-War vision of world literature has been gradually overcome with the introduction of East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern (and, more rarely, Latin American and African) texts to syllabi and graduate programs, much of the pedagogy of world literature is still organized by national traditions and historical epochs defined by empires and states. Like the return of the repressed in Freud's famous formulation of the Unheimlich (lit.

CFP: Asian Film and Media (PAMLA 2020)

updated: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:56am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Call for Proposals Asian Film and Media Session at PAMLA 2020 PAMLA’s 118th Annual Conference Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15, 2020 Sahara Las Vegas Hotel http://www.pamla.org/2020  The Asian Film and Media Session at PAMLA 2020 will feature papers that look at Asian film and media produced in a variety of geopolitical settings, across a wide range of historical periods. Presenters are encouraged to bring forth their analyses of various works of film and television, live-action and animated, silent and with sound—or any other work that they feel fit into the conversation of "film and media".

2021 Global Conference on Women and Gender

updated: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:47am
Christopher Newport University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities

seeks abstracts for the forthcoming 

 

Global Conference on Women and Gender

to be held at CNU, March 18-20, 2021

 

We have reserved the same theme from our postponed 2020 Conference:

Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance, and Representation

 

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