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Recharting Penn's Woods: The Early American Mid-Atlantic (July 18-21, 2015 Chicago IL)

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 7:45pm
Society of Early Americanists/Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Since the 1939 publication of Perry Miller's classic The New England Mind early Americanists have acknowledged the fundamental role New English Puritanism played in the subsequent development of American culture. Scholars like Edmund Morgan, Sacvan Bercovitch, Andrew Delbanco and many others have placed New England at the center of the development of American identity. Yet in the past generation other scholars have broadened an understanding of regionalism in the construction of American nation-hood, with many focusing on the polyglot, multiethnic and religiously non-conformist colonies of New York, New Jersey, and especially Pennsylvania.

UPDATE, Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 7:33pm
The 43rd Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900

The 43rd Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900
February 26-28, 2015

The 43rd annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 26-28, 2015. Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc). Work by creative writers is also welcome.

"World Literature, World Religion": A proposed seminar for ACLA 2015

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 6:50pm
Nazry Bahrawi / Singapore University of Technology and Design

This is a call for papers for a proposed panel "World Literature, World Religion" at the American Comparative Literature Association 2015 annual meeting to be held at Seattle, Washington, on March 26-29, 2015.

Our panel propose to look at the intersections between religion and literature through the lens of World Literature, which had allowed literary criticism to expand its inquiry into new realms such as the question of scale in the practice of comparative literature, the circulation and migration of literary and religious texts beyond their points of origin, and 'the universal' in aesthetics and ethics.

Darkest Ecology: Ecocritical Approaches to Disaster Fiction

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 5:37pm
Steve Asselin / NEMLA

In recent years disasters both sudden (tsunamis, hurricanes) and prolonged (droughts, rising oceans) have impacted the lives of millions. Present and historical narratives of disaster (in prose, on film, etc.) can help us understand our charged environmental rhetoric and its impact on public discourse. Can disaster fiction spur action against anthropogenic climate change? Do spectacular representations of disaster blind us to what Rob Nixon has called the 'slow violence' of ecological degradation? Send 200-300 word proposals to Steve Asselin.

Neoliberalism and American Literature (20-21 February 2015)

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 5:04pm
University College Dublin

Neoliberalism and American Literature

Clinton Institute for American Studies
University College Dublin
20-21 February 2015

How has American literature responded to the political, economic and cultural dominance of neoliberalism? What does neoliberalism mean for practices of writing, reading, and selling books? This conference will focus on the production, form and consumption of literature under conditions of neoliberalism.

Speakers include:

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University)
Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)
Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Donald Pease (Dartmouth College)
Stephen Shapiro (Warwick University)

[UPDATE] Geographies of Home in Ethnic American Women's Literature

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 4:20pm
2015 NeMLA Conference, Toronto, Apr 30-May 3, 2015

From Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine to Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera to Toni Morrison's Home, symbolic representations of "home" mediate between the individual and the various geographies of home, both physical and metaphysical. How do literary works employ the tropes of location and dislocation, of belonging and exile, of inside(r) and outside(r), to highlight the complex relationship we have to the "place" that shapes our identities and destinies? We seek papers from any theoretical or critical perspective that interrogate the notion of home and belonging in gendered, aesthetic, political, and/or social dimensions in contemporary ethnic American women's literature.

UPDATE: Women's and Gender Studies Caucus NeMLA (30.9.14; 30.4-3.5.15

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:14am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention

Toronto, Ontario - April 30-May 3, 2015

NeMLA's Women's and Gender Studies Caucus seeks abstracts for the approved panels below – panel descriptions, submission guidelines and the full cfp are available at:

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Activist, Professor, or Scholar? Best Practices in Gender Scholarship - Chair: Lisa Day

Alice Munro and the Body - Chair: Alison Arant

Beyond 'Green Gables': L. M. Montgomery's Darker Side - Chair: Laura Robinson

CFP: "Unanswered Questions about Joan of Arc" - 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 14-17, 2015)

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:18am
Stephanie L. Coker / International Joan of Arc Society

The International Joan of Arc Society is accepting proposals that will investigate some unanswered questions surrounding the life of the French saint. For example, how authentic are the trial records as official documents? The subjective viewpoints of three French copyists, which were later translated into Latin, distance us from the actual historical event. Certain critics examine the trial record as a literary text resulting from the collaboration between Joan and her scribes. The current state of Johannic studies reveals a need to have a better understanding of this "official" document, going deeper in resources such as eyewitness accounts and chronicles to discover more details about the Maid, her life, and her trial.

NEMLA 2015: Oceanic Turns The Politics of Hemispheric American Studies

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 7:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable examines the locations, terminologies and methodologies that shape the oceanic turn in contemporary American literary studies. The recent twentieth anniversary of Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic reminds us that an oceanic rather than a national framework has influenced the direction of literary and cultural studies for the last two decades. During this time studies of American, British, and African Diasporic literature have taken a decidedly oceanic turn. Current scholarship reflects renewed interest in the impact of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans on the creation of extra-national literary imaginaries. Yet, despite what we might consider a degree of academic canonization, the oceanic turn remains as slippery as it is suggestive.

CFP REMINDER: Performing Freedom, Troubling Race (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:57pm
Maleda Belilgne/NeMLA

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

Chaucer and Italian Poetics (NEMLA 2015)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:47pm

One of the first English readers of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Chaucer did more than simply translate the poetry of his Italian predecessors. He also interpreted, transformed, and altered what he found in his reading. Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature helped shape his conception of the scope of vernacular authorship and the construction of a literary tradition. This panel seeks papers that focus on the interaction between Chaucer and his Italian sources. We are especially interested in garnering a wide range of critical approaches to the theory and practice of interpreting intertextual relationships.