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The Essay: Forms and Transformations (deadline for abstract: March 1 2014)

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 3:39am
Department of English and American Studies (University of Salzburg)

The Essay has constituted an important prose form from the sixteenth century until the present and constitutes an intriguing field for interdisciplinary study. Applied to such a heterogeneous range of writings as maxims, aphorisms and proverbs, letters, treatises in philosophy and the sciences, as well as criticism and journalism of different kinds, it has eluded clear definition. Not surprisingly, literary and cultural studies have been reluctant to tackle what appears to be a random array of prose texts straddling the boundaries between literature, philosophy and scientific writing, criticism and journalism.

Global Dimensions of English Language Learning and Use, April 5th, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:23pm
Purdue University

Call for Papers

Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & English as a Second Language

Symposium Theme: Global Dimensions of English Language Learning and Use

April 5, 2014

RAWLS Halls, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

SCMLA Session: "Black Nationalisms" (abstracts due 3/31)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:12pm
South Central Modern Language Association


This is a regular session sponsored by the African American Literature Studies group within the SCMLA. For this year's panel, the group invites papers that examine racial solidarity as it is envisioned, advocated, challenged, or otherwise reflected upon within African American literature from any period.

The 2014 SCMLA Annual Convention will be held on October 18-22 in Austin, TX. Abstracts for the "Black Nationalisms" session should be 250-300 words and must be submitted via email attachment by March 31. Please email submissions to mchooper@pvamu.edu.

M. Clay Hooper
Assistant Professor of English
Prairie View A&M University

Literatures of the North American West (MLA, Vancouver, 2015)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:09pm
Elisabeth Bayley/Western Literature Association

Affiliate Organization Session of the Western Literature Association

In continuation of the Western Literature Association 2014 conference theme, we welcome any papers on the literatures of the North American West: possible topics include, border crossings broadly interpreted, first nations/Native American writing, depictions of the cowgirl/cowboy, the storyteller, and settings/ecocritical depictions or interpretations of western writing.

Please send a 300 word abstract to Elisabeth Bayley at wlamla2015@gmail.com

Deadline for Submission is March 7, 2014

Update: Special Edition: Privacy and Dataveillance--Due 3/1/14

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 2:24pm
Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture

Call for Projects: Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture
Special Edition: Privacy and Dataveillance
Due March 1, 2014

You may view the video CFP and full version of the text-based CFP at this link: http://itineration.org/node/45

The special edition, *Privacy and Datveillance*

Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture invites projects that engage questions of data collection and dataveillance. Some possible areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to:

Foucault's metaphor of the panopticon and its relationship to questions concerning dataveillance

Researching Performance For / By/ With Young People

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:51pm
Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association Canadienne de la Recherche Théâtrale Conference

Child, baby, girl, boy, youth, juvenile, adolescent, young adult, young people are all age-bounded categories, laden with assumptions about who does and does not belong to them. They often suggest a state of becoming and borders to cross on the way to something else – usually adulthood. Those categories profoundly colour the way that artists produce work, institutions engage with young audiences and young performers, and influence the way we as scholars engage with our own research about and with young people within the context of theatre and performance studies.

Harold Pinter Session MLA 2015 Abstracts due 3/10/14.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:06pm
The International Harold Pinter Society

Seeking papers on time and temporality in the works of Harold Pinter for the 2015 MLA Harold Pinter Society session in Vancouver, CA. Submit a 500-word abstract with contact information by 10 March 2014.

SPRINKLE: A Journal for Queer and Feminist Studies

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:25pm
The Freire Project: Critical Culture Community, Youth & Media Activism

Our committee is accepting academic works from undergraduate and current graduate students, that engage critically with issues of gender/gender-under-erasure, sexuality, race, class and dis/ability.

Included below are the instructions for submission:


UPDATE Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:52am
Jeffrey Webb / Huntington University

ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore in 2015. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.

Comics panel at ASA American Studies Association conference in Los Angeles

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:32am
Eyal Amiran

A panel on American comics is forming for the ASA in Los Angeles, November 2014. Panel proposals are due by February 2, so I need to receive a short abstract and your cv by JANUARY 28, 2014.

How do comics engage the public sphere and what work do they perform for collective thought? What ideological, political, and sexual concerns do they engage? Theoretical approaches are encouraged. Work on Krazy Kat, Prince Valiant, Mickey Mouse, Little Sammy Sneeze, and early work welcome, along with work on Fantomah, Batman, and other later magical figures. Participants will need to be members of ASA for the event.

[UPDATE] Reminder: First Book Institute Applications Due by 2/17 (Hard Deadline)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:57am
Center for American Literary Studies (CALS)


The 2014 First Book Institute

June 8-14, 2014

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University


Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Duke University and Editor of American Literature