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CFP: "Horror," February 19-22, 2014, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 3:20am
The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)



35th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on February 19-22, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The area chair for Horror of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, digital and online as well as general culture.

Given the strong showing of work on horror cinema in recent years, we hope to continue this tradition, but also to diversify into new and unconventional areas, especially with the addition of roundtable sessions on a variety of popular topics.

Teaching African American Literature in the Age of Obama

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:04pm
Northeast Modern Language Association: 45th Annual Convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In 2011, Kenneth Warren made the provocative assertion that African American literature is now a dead genre; it grew out of the Jim Crow era when writers were explicitly engaged with representing black humanity. With the advances of the Civil Rights movement, the goals of this genre of literature are now antiquated. Warren's logic could be read as an extension of the current "post-race" mentality, which assumes that the ascendancy of President Obama is tantamount to the end of race in America. However, the real issue is the influence of post-race on the teaching of African American literature. This genre is still being produced, in part because race remains pertinent.

Radical Historiographies -- Rutgers University Symposium -- Friday, March 28, 2014

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:56pm
Rutgers University African American and African Diaspora Studies Group

The African American and African Diaspora Studies Group of the English Department at Rutgers University announces "Radical Historiographies," an interdisciplinary graduate student symposium. This daylong event will take place at Rutgers – New Brunswick on Friday, March 28, 2014.

A major challenge for the African and Diasporic subject has been how to deal with the past while writing the new narratives the present requires. The multiple meanings of "historiography" (i.e., the writing of history, written histories, and the study of history writing) invite us as scholars to consider the histories we receive not only in terms of the context they provide but also as objects of study and active productions.

The Shakespeare Standard's "Shakespearean Languages" Call for Contributors

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:13pm
The Shakespeare Standard

The Shakespeare Standard is looking for editors and occasional contributors to help expand our Saturday "Shakespeare's Language(s) feature." Currently, we have two editors who each write their own dedicated columns. Colleen Kennedy covers "Global Shakespeare News" (non-Anglophone and international Shakespeare performances, films, and adaptations) in her weekly column "A Great Feast of Languages" and Josh Magsam writes on "Shakespearean Languages, Digital Humanities, & Social Media News" in his monthly feature "Talking in Signs."

[UPDATE] Travelling—Writing—Tasmania

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 8:48pm
Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, University of Tasmania

February 6–7, 2014, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania

A two-day symposium to explore Tasmanian travel writing and journeys in Tasmanian literature.

Keynotes and Guests: Prof Timothy Youngs (Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University), Associate Professor Richard White (University of Sydney), Robert Dessaix.


Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:55pm
Sara Muñoz / Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) 2014

In the politically tumultuous nineteenth century, Spanish literature introduced a variety of public spaces constructed to shelter new political currents, social phenomena and alternative (sub)cultural practices. While there have been a vast number of critical studies that approach the presence of public spaces in the novel, little attention has been paid to the role of theater in this spatial configuration. Indeed, the Spanish nineteenth century is often studied as the "century of the novel," but as David T. Gies notes in his study on nineteenth-century Spanish theater, more than 10,000 theatrical works were produced in this century, most of which lie outside the canon.

The Reception of German Art (AAH London 10-12 Apr 14)

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:39pm
Tatiane De Oliveira Elias / AAH 2014

London, Royal College of Art, April 10 - 12, 2014
Deadline: Nov 11, 2013

Call for Papers
The Reception of German Art, Art Theory, and Philosophy by the Americas in the 20th Century
Panel at the AAH Annual Conference, London

[UPDATE] Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 4:14pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association - 35th Annual Conference

Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
35th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 19-22, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013
Conference Website: (updated regularly)

Contemporary Orientations in African Cultural Studies: May 30 - June 1, 2014

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 3:27pm
McMaster University, Canada

Cultural Studies has become a prominent concern in recent scholarship from and about Africa. Those theorizing the field of 'African Cultural Studies' have had to tackle long-standing hegemonic notions of what Africa has come to mean in academic and popular circles both on the continent and globally.

At the Edge of the Postmodern? American Poetry in the 1950s (May 22-25, 2014)

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 2:14pm
American Literature Association, Washington DC, May 22-25, 2014

The Charles Olson Society is sponsoring a panel titled "At the Edge of the Postmodern? American Poetry in the 1950s" at the 2014 ALA conference. Olson was perhaps the first American poet to use the contested term "postmodern" (in a letter to Robert Creeley, August 1951), and the 1950s may be taken as a pivotal or liminal decade in American poetics. The great Modernists (Eliot, Pound, Williams, Stevens) were still at work, as well as their epigones (Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, et al.), but new directions seemed everywhere--not only Black Mountain, but Beat, confessional, Deep Image, New York school, and many others (Don Allen would try to organize some of these in "The New American Poetry, 1945-1960").

NCSU AEGS Fifth Annual Symposium: "Beneath the Boot Heel: Examinations of Oppression and Resistance"

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 1:43pm
The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University

"Beneath the Boot Heel: Examinations of Oppression and Resistance"

The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our fifth annual graduate student conference in the humanities, which will be held March 21 and 22, 2014 in Raleigh, NC.

[UPDATE - extended deadline] Doing Violence in Literature and Photography (Seminar Panel)

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 1:16pm
Northeast Modern Language Assocation (NeMLA)

In the Ground of the Image, Jean-Luc Nancy writes that "violence always makes an image of itself, and the image is what, of itself, presses out ahead of itself and authorizes itself." Here Jean-Luc Nancy draws attention to the intersection of image and violence that has been an abiding concern for scholars working at the interface of literary and photographic representation. Much recent scholarship including work by Dominick LaCapra, Georges Didi-Huberman, Susan Sontag, Cathy Caruth, and many others have focused on the ethical dimension of representing images of violence and trauma in literature and photography.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2014 - New Approaches to Visual Culture

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 12:51pm

Submission Deadline is September 30th.

This panel will bring together literary scholars of diverse areas of expertise to discuss approaches to visuality in literary studies. Papers should address methodologies used to discuss visual elements in literature. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) portrayals of the visual arts, artists' points of view, ekphrasis, descriptions of visual and decorative elements, aestheticized bodies, etc. Please email 250-word proposals in Word document format to Sarah Dennis (sdennis@uis.edu).


Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:19am
Joanna Malicka / Kazimierz Wielki University

Department of English Studies
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz

is seeking papers for the first issue of


which will be concerned with the theme

John Bull and the Continent

Contexts: Journal for English Literature and Culture is seeking papers for its first issue, which will examine literary and cultural relations between Britain and Continental Europe. We invite contributions dealing with literary and cultural aspects of John Bull's encounter with the Continent, from the eighteenth century to the present.

Special journal cluster on Affect and the Short Story

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:48am
Journal of the Short Story in English

Journal of the Short Story in English announces a call for papers for an upcoming special section—"Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)". The guest editors are interested in papers addressing how the field of Affect Studies can help inform the ways we read short stories and the ways we theorize about formal and generic labels like the Short Story and, especially, the Short Story Cycle. We are also interested in papers that make use of short story or short story theory in ways that might inform our understanding of the transmission and operation of affect and emotion.