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[UPDATE] Call for Articles: Popping the Question - The Question of Popular Culture

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:26am
Diffractions - Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture

Call for Articles

Diffractions – Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture


Deadline for article submissions: December 31, 2014​

As a concept, the popular – or popular culture for that matter – has never ceased to be debatable and ambivalent. Although it has come to occupy a particular place under the spotlight over the past decades within the broad study of culture, such apparently privileged position has not deprived it of the manifold ambiguities, complexities or misconceptions that have often involved its general understanding (John Storey, 2012; Angela McRobbie, 1994; Andrew Ross, 1989; John Fiske, 1989).

Apollon eJournal - Undergraduate Submissions deadline 9/15/2013

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:51am
Apollon: eJournal of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

Check the website, www.apollonejournal.org, for submission details on publication, or for an application to work with us.

Apollon invites undergraduate students to get published in, review submissions for, or help edit the fourth issue of our peer-reviewed eJournal, Apollon. By publishing superior examples of undergraduate academic work, Apollon highlights the importance of undergraduate research in the humanities. Apollon welcomes submissions that feature image, text, sound, and a variety of presentation platforms in the process of showcasing the many species of undergraduate research.

[Panel to be Proposed] Multimodal Literature and Narrative Communication- March 5-8, 2015 at Chicago

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:30am
International Narrative Conference

In the last two decades we have seen a proliferation of what scholars like Wolfgang Hallet, Alison Gibbons, and others have called "multimodal literature." These texts, which include Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, Steve Tomasula's VAS: An Opera in Flatland, Anne Carson's NOX, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams' S, among others, engage the verbal dimensions of narrative communication while incorporating modalities that have been conventionally omitted in genres like the literary novel and even poetry.

Call for submissions: Headland: Literary frontiers & emerging voices

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:53pm
Headland: Literary frontiers & emerging voices

Headland, a new literary e-journal based in Wellington, New Zealand, is calling for submissions of work from 1 September 2014. Headland will be published regularly from January 2015, giving further voice to local as well as international guest writers, to new as well as established writers - and hopefully all kinds of writers in between.

Festival of Faith and Music March 26-28, 2015

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:44pm
Calvin College

Call for Papers: Festival of Faith and Music

March 26-28, 2015 
Calvin College

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, journalists, academics, students and lovers of music and popular culture to discuss diverse forms of popular music and issues of faith.

"(Im)Materiality in English and Welsh Medieval Culture" (Kalamazoo 2015)

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:53pm
Daniel Helbert

The recent trend in medieval literary studies to emphasize inanimate objects and materiality as a means of contextualizing or de-emphasizing human and humanist activities has encouraged two, perhaps unintended, consequences: 1) The segregation of 'Humanist' philosophical interpretations of the world and its contents/inhabitants (metaphysics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, etc.) from 'non-human' oriented epistemologies (Eco-Criticism, Object Oriented Ontology, etc.); and 2) the lack of distinguishment between human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally homogenous setting and human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally mixed setting.

[UPDATE] New Contexts for American Poetry in the 1950's and 1960's

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:20pm
The Charles Olson Society

The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 26-28, 2015. We are interested in abstracts pertaining to poetry in the fifties and sixties, especially those that draw attention to uncommon readings. Though Donald Allen's influential anthology The New American Poetry divided American poetry into distinct schools (Black Mountain, San Francisco, Beat, New York) and contributed to its division into distinct styles (Experimental, Academic, and Confessional), Allen's model creates too many internal and external contradictions.

CFP: Literature (General) Southwest PCA/ACA (11/1/14; 2/11-2/14/15)

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 5:42pm
Southwest Popular Culture American Culture Association

Organizers of the 36th annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please peruse the specific area list at:

CFP: Higher Education; Book Reviewers

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:26pm
Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Call for Submissions




Research Notes

Teacher-Scholar accepts submissions of articles offering original research, either qualitative or quantitative, on any facet of State Comprehensive Universities; articles focused on pedagogy that offer suggestions for either on-line or on-campus teaching at State Comprehensive Universities; and personal reflection essays focused on life at State Comprehensive Universities; as well as reports on research in progress or current trends at SCUs.

Comics Arts Conference WonderCon Anaheim 4/3-4/5: submissions due 12/1

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:02pm
Comics Arts Conference

The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, and panels taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for a meeting of scholars and professionals at WonderCon Anaheim, 4/3-4/5, 2015. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.

Studies in Musical Theatre Special Issue: "All Kinds of Music is Pouring Out of Me" Abstracts due: Dec. 1, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:04pm
Studies in Musical Theatre

When the eponymous Sweet Charity (1966) realises somebody loves her, not only does the scene shift from dialogue into song, she acknowledges the largeness of her emotional response, singing "Now I'm a brass band." Such moments in musical theatre are at the heart of the form's appeal for many kinds of spectators, allowing them to vicariously live large for the duration of the musical and sometimes beyond. Raymond Knapp has investigated the persistence of identity formation as a process musical theatre facilitates for its creators, characters and audiences, and this special issue would build upon Knapp's work.

Apes, Humans, and Other Primates (Ottawa, ACCUTE 2015)

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 1:20pm
Marc André Fortin (Université de Sherbrooke)

Non-human primates often play the role of "other" to the rational and civilized human animal in literature. As fictional foils, Darwinian traces, and anthropomorphic ruptures, the literary primate offers an existential challenge to the perceived supremacy of human evolution, to the social and biological experience of consciousness, and to epistemological models of truth and being. Recent representations of the non-human primate (Sara Gruen's Ape House, Colin McAdam's A Beautiful Truth, Kenneth Oppel's Half Brother) both contest and reinforce the dividing line between the human and animal, and situate the human within its own evolutionary history as animal.

Photography, Testimony, and the Voyeuristic Gaze: Bearing Witness to Trauma

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:02pm
North Eastern Modern Language Association

This panel seeks papers on the relation between trauma and representation in photography and related visual media. How do images of atrocities both provoke and disarm our voyeuristic gaze? How does bearing witness differ within visual, oral, and literary fields? This panel will explore our engagement with the spectacle of atrocities via the work of artists such as Alfredo Jaar and Richard Mosse. Preference will be given to papers that examine both photography and literature.