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Aging and the Humanities, ACLA New York 2014, Deadline Nov 1, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:20pm
American Comparative Literature Association, March 20-23, 2014

Dominant representations of old age depict it as a period of debilitation and decline, frailty and dependence, isolation and loss of selfhood. Other accounts emphasize the experience of exceptional lucidity, insight, and wisdom that accompanies aging. This seminar invites participants to rethink and interrogate these two descriptive poles and attempt a more critically nuanced engagement with aging and old age. Papers can address aging from different humanistic and theoretical perspectives and approaches. They can also consider literary and filmic representations of aging that go beyond the accounts provided by the news media and sociological reports.

Possible topics include:

Call for Book Reviews on Radicalism- OPEN

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 3:51pm
Journal for the Study of Radicalism

The Journal for the Study of Radicalism is currently looking for potential book reviewers. Currently we have a backlog of works on the following subject matters:
* Leftism in Puerto Rico
* African American Radicalism, Marxism and Communism
* Civil Rights
* International Insurgency and Social Movements
* Radicalism in Ireland
* Foundations of Modern Terrorism
* State Violence against Citizens
* New Left, anti-Vietnam
* Hippies
* Feminism (specifically Italian Women's resistance in NYC)
* Haitian Radicalism

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please email 1) a brief bio outlining educational background and research focus; and 2) subject matters of interest.

Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative (edited collection; 12/15/13)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 3:03pm
Chris Foss, Jonathan Gray, Zach Whalen


We invite proposals for chapters in a volume on disability and graphic literature for the new Literary Disability series from Palgrave Macmillan edited by David Bolt, Elizabeth Donaldson, and Julia Miele Rodas. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative will scrutinize the ways that disability has been employed in comic books, graphic nonfiction, graphic novels, underground comix, and/or webcomics.  Our aim is to interrogate standard assumptions about disability and sequential art in order to open up new approaches and potential collaborations between both of these vital areas of study.

Some possible but not exclusive topics include

[Update] British Society for Literature and Science Conference 10-12 April 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:54pm
University of Surrey

The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.

Motherhood and Labor in Transnational Women's Writing (March 20-23 2014, NYU)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:56pm
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the reconfiguration of women's roles in both the domestic and the social spheres in countries across the globe. Women's vital roles as mothers and educators to the future citizens of the nation/world were capitalized upon by female writers and activists who called for the improvement of women's social rights and their inclusion in the workplace. The discourses of motherhood and domesticity as gendered cultural capital(s) have thus long been engaged, reconfigured, and deployed in transnational women's movements.

The American West in Literature and Film - 19-22 Feb. 2014 - Proposal Deadline 1 Nov. 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:52pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Seeking Papers on any aspect of the American West in Literature or Film:
• Popular Westerns or novels of the West
• Film Westerns or films set in the West at any time
• Gender/Masculinity Issues in "The Westerner"
• Race in the West
• John Wayne
• The Hispanic West
• Foreign Visions of the American West

Please submit your proposal to the Event Management Site at

Call for Papers: Composition and Rhetoric at CEA 2014, March 27-29, Baltimore, MD, 21202

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:08pm

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Rhetoric and Composition for our 45th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014

Special Topic: Composition and Rhetoric
We invite papers on Composition and Rhetoric that draw on the conference theme "Horizons." Proposals may conceive the conference theme broadly. Practical and theoretical responses encouraged.

Travel, Technology and War: Word and Image/Engagement and Denial. University of Dundee (Scotland), August 11-15, 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:12pm
International Association of Word and Image Studies

Please consider submitting an abstract for consideration in the following session at the IAWIS/AIERTI international conference at the University of Dundee (Scotland), August 11-15, 2014. More information is available at the website: http://www.scottishwordimage.org/conferences/iawis2014

Submit abstracts via email to indicating the title of the session and supply full contact information. Deadline: Friday, 15 November 2013

Travel, Technology and War: Word and Image/Engagement and Denial

Call for Participants - Cannibal Modernisms Conference

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:03pm
King’s College London Programme in Comparative Literature

Cannibal Modernisms

King's College London Programme in Comparative Literature Annual Graduate Conference, 7th-8th November, 2013.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Xudong Zhang, Professor of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, New York University.

[UPDATE]: Reminder: Lynn Nottage Anthology Deadline 10/15/13

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:42am
Jocelyn L. Buckner (Chapman University) and Aimee Zygmonski (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Playwright Lynn Nottage has expanded the theatrical parameters of storytelling through her bold depictions of African diasporic experiences across time, geography, and circumstance. Nottage's plays reflect her passion and curiosity surrounding humanitarian, historical, and historiographic issues. From an African dwarf in the court of Louis XIV (Las Meninas), to female victims of war in the Congo (Ruined), to working class African Americans navigating the challenges of urban life (Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Intimate Apparel), among others, her body of work sheds light on lives, histories, and communities previously silenced and invisible on the stage.

[Update] Special Issue: Teaching Creative Writing (Deadline: March 31, 2014)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:59am
Lewis Land / Modern Language Studies

The teaching of music, dance, painting and other arts is well-respected in the academy, but in creative writing a myth lingers in the minds of many: you either have "it" or you don't. As instructors much of our time is spent attempting to dispel this myth; indeed, Kelly Ritter and Stephanie Vanderslice go so far as to title their anthology of creative writing pedagogy essays Can It Really Be Taught?

Animals as Cultural Capital, ACLA 2014 -- Deadline Nov. 1st

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:43am
American Comparative Literature Association

Animals often enter into human culture by way of their symbolic currency; their power as figures of representation often overshadows their presence as material beings. At the same time, the living animal body appears as an excess that cannot easily be contained by culture's intended binaries. This panel will examine the intersection of the cultural and material roles of animals in the human imagination as this position shapes and is shaped by living relations between human and nonhuman animals. We invite papers that interrogate the relationship between "real" and "represented" animals.How do novelists, visual artists, filmmakers, and other cultural workers employ the uniquely powerful cultural capital that animals figures offer?