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[UPDATE] The Literature of Loss

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:54pm
Dr Deirdre Flynn / Limerick Literary Weekend

The Literature of Loss

Irish literature is filled with loss; the loss of love, of language, of sovereignty, of wealth, of health and of religion. The atmosphere of loss almost haunts the pages and words of the Irish, and leads to questions about the influence of loss, the representation of loss and the meaning of loss. Where does this loss fit in? How has it changed? What impact do chronological, political, economic and geographical changes have on loss?

[UPDATE] Disguise and Incognito: 1000-1500 (Kzoo: May 14-17 2015)

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 3:44pm
James Howard / ICMS: Kalamazoo 2015

We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute paper sessions on disguise and incognito for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17 2015. Submit via e-mail to jwhowa2@emory.edu with ICMS in the subject header. Please send it in no later than September 15, 2014.


Gaming the Medieval: Medievalism in Modern Board Game Culture (July 6-9 2015)

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 3:40pm
Daisy Black and James Howard / IMC Leeds 2015

Since the early 1980s, the medieval has proven to be a fertile source of narrative concept, artwork and play structure in popular board and card game culture. In recent years, games with medieval subject matter such as Carcassonne, Dominion and Shadows Over Camelot have increasingly graced the top of European and American board game award tables.

CFP: MLA 2016 CHLA-Sponsored, Guaranteed Panel: "The Afterlife of Popular Children's Culture Icons"

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 2:52pm
Children's Literature Association

Throughout the 20th century, the role of the author has played a crucial role in Western culture's understanding of children's media. Children learn from a very early age to associate well-loved fictional characters with individual author-figures, and names like Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney accordingly become inextricably linked with iconic characters like The Grinch and Mickey Mouse. What happens, however, when those characters continue to appear in new stories after their creators die? How does the absence of that signature author figure impact the audience's relationship with those characters? Papers in this panel for the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, Texas are invited to address these questions.


Monday, September 8, 2014 - 2:37pm
HARTS & Minds

This call for papers invites innovative submissions from postgraduates or early career academics on topics relating to the subject of 'Crime/Concealment' for the next edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for postgraduates, early career researchers (including EC independent researchers) of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in early 2015.

Our previous editions, 'Against the Grain', 'Space and Place' 'Death and Decay' and 'Sound and Silence' can be found at www.harts-minds.co.uk and updates and review suggestions at facebook.com/hartsandminds.

We accept:

[UPDATE] The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies: Past, Present, and Future Directions (San Diego State University, April 17-18, 2015

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:45pm
SDSU LGBTQ Research Consortium

As LGBTQ Studies finds disciplinary space on a growing number of university and college campuses, questions about the cultural and intellectual effects of academic institutionalization have become progressively more urgent:

• Where is the broad field of LGBTQ Studies heading?
• Where has it been? How might we negotiate the relationship between intellectual inquiry and social movements?
• In what ways might the epistemological concerns of LGBTQ Studies affect the pedagogical imperatives of the classroom (and vice-versa)?

"The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies" is a two-day conference devoted to exploring these and related questions.

The Future in/of Television, NeMLA 2015, 9/30/14; 4/30-5/3/15

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:22pm
Lisa Perdigao / Northeast Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
April 30-May 3, 2015
Toronto, Canada

"The Future in/of Television"

While science fiction television series have presented fantastic future worlds since the 1940s, recent contemporary television series represent a future that is not entirely speculative. Television is following the recent trend in dystopian novels and films. Series such as Doctor Who, Fringe, Revolution, Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, and The 100 return to familiar concepts and landscapes envisioned in earlier works but with a difference. Advances in television technologies, the platform of storytelling, have significantly altered how we view television and our relationship to it.

The Migrating Word: Collectivities Outside State Boundaries: NeMLA Convention 2015

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:01pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association

In the global present, migration is increasingly understood not as a voluntary process, but as one of forced displacement, whether for political or economic reasons. Disillusioned by the rupture of the social contract, and the failure of states to guarantee the rights of all its citizens, forcibly displaced diasporic communities seek forms of representation and expression that trouble statist interpretations of culture that have been traditionally delineated by physical geography. Troubled by the legacies of colonialism, and carrying the trauma of political upheaval and displacement, communities with a history of neglect or abuse by statist discourse have, over the past few decades turned to art forms that embrace futurism via digital media.

452ºF CFP: Chinese imaginary in other literatures (January 31st 2015)

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 11:27am
452°F Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature

CFP for the thirteenth issue of the 452°F Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature. The monographic section will bring together a body of texts dealing with "Chinese imaginary in other literatures: inspiration, appropriation and intertextuality". A non-comprehensive list of possible topics is:

A New Nation of Regions

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 7:44pm
Carl Watts / ACCUTE

This session seeks to create a dialogue among scholars focusing on regional, sub-regional, and urban writing in Canada. Canadian literature and critical approaches to it have long focused on large regions such as the Prairies and the coasts rather than the nation as a whole; more recently, however, there has been a shift toward provinces and smaller regions as well as specific urban areas. I welcome proposals on any of these formations, and I hope to discuss the relationships between newer and older regionalisms. For instance, does fragmentation into smaller areas challenge previous notions of region? Is a conception of Maritime writing such as David Creelman's enriched or undermined by analyses of Cape Breton literature?

International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies: Volume 1, Issue 3

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:57pm
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies

The IJHCS (Volume 1, Issue 3)

The International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (ISSN 2356-5926) is an open-access quarterly peer-reviewed online journal. It is published in March, June, September and December. The IJHCS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, English language, cultural studies and creative writing for the December 2014 Issue. Contributors can send their works to be considered for publication in Volume 1, Issue 3 (October-December). Manuscripts Submission Deadline: November 20, 2014 Issue Publication Date: December 2014. For more details on the manuscripts and submission guidelines, please visit the Submission Guidelines webpage:

Call for abstracts for panel discussion at Northeast Modern Languages Association Convention 2015

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:31pm
Lynn McGovern, PhD, Merrimack College

Call for abstracts for a Panel discussion to take place at the 2015 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) annual Convention.

In late April 2015, NeMLA will meet in Toronto, Ontario for this event. This Convention affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. The convention will include a full array of sessions, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.

Panel Title:
Beyond the Virtual Bubble: Toward an Embodied Intercultural Discourse

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

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:43pm
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.