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[UPDATE] Call for Papers -- "Embracing the Other" (a seminar at the ICLA, Vienna, July 2016) Submission Deadline, Aug. 31, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 4:44pm
International Comparative Literature Association

In the past two decades, universities, professional organizations, and businesses around the western world have placed a great emphasis on celebrating diversity on their grounds, welcoming members, students, faculty, and employees from different ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, and class identities. This trend toward embracing otherness has often been instituted and protected by laws and policies in different countries, and employees have been trained to effectively maintain agreeable and harmonious work atmosphere with each other.

CEA Special Topics: British Literature: Restoration, 18th C, TransAtlantic

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 4:35pm
College English Association

CEA Special Topics: British Literature: Restoration, 18th C, TransAtlantic
College English Association 47th Annual Conference, March 31-April 2, 2016, Denver, CO

The 47th Annual Conference of the College English Association invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the rhetorical, the pedagogical and the professional "creations" of our fields.

Women Authors from the Great War, NeMLA in Hartford, CT 3/17-3/20

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 2:44pm

The last 30 years has seen an increase of scholarship on women writers from WWI, but these texts are still not part of the mainstream canon of war literature. A recent film adaptation of Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth has spiked some interest in women's role, but that film offers only a small glimpse of women's roles. This panel asks the following questions:
What new perspectives can these texts (whatever the genre) add to our understanding of World War I?
How did women's roles in the war change their perspective of the world?
What, if any, impact did their participation play within the feminist movement?

Apollon Undergraduate Research CFP -- 30 SEPT 15

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:56pm
Apollon eJournal

Apollon invites undergraduate students to get published in, review submissions for, or help edit the sixth 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.

Romance Ecologies - Kalamazoo ICMS 2016

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:39pm
Medieval Romance Society

Ecology is concerned with the relationship between living creatures and their environments. Increasingly, this relationship is considered to be culturally, as well as biologically, constructed. In recent years the fields of 'eco-criticism' and 'animal studies' have developed as strong currents within the study of medieval romance. Animals, landscapes and other features of the natural world are no longer seen as exclusively decorative, tangential or symbolic but as agents and characters that can respond to each other as well as humans and animals.

The Medieval Romance Society is hosting three connected sessions that will explore ecologies in medieval romances and related texts. The sessions will be defined by the following themes:

[UPDATE] The Objects of Performance (ASECS -- 3/31/2016 - 4/3/2016)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:17pm
Ashley Bender / American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

This panel seeks papers that consider the role of objects in the production and study of Restoration and eighteenth-century drama. How might a consideration of the physical and material conditions of performance shed light on the texts through which we so often engage with the drama? What do textual artifacts reveal about production practices or even specific performances?

Please e-mail 300-word abstracts by September 15.

ACLA 2016: Rethinking Political Cinema (abstracts due 9/23)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 11:22am
American Comparative Literature Association // Harvard University // March 17-20, 2016

Since its emergence, cinema has been preoccupied with the relationship between film and politics, and across its long history filmmakers have explored the relationship between film and social change. This history seemed to reach its apogee in the 1960s with the global explosion of radical filmmakers intent on exploring cinema's revolutionary capacities. Of these movements, Godard's political modernist cinema and Latin American third cinema are the most well-known and have since come to stand as both the height and limit of a politically committed film practice.

[Update] Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 11:05am
NeMLA 2016

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel (9/30/2015; 3/17-3/20 2016) NeMLA Hartford, CT

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel
Chair: Tara Harney-Mahajan

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016; Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut

UPDATE - Teaching Space, Place, and Literature (due September 1, 2015)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 9:21am
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

Call for Short Articles/'Notes'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:30am
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language

The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print by The University of Birmingham. It includes submissions from postgraduate students, alumni and external students based in the UK, specializing in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.

The BJLL is seeking short pieces ('Notes') for inclusion in Volume VII (2015). These can be on any topic of academic interest, including (but not limited to):

Chapter needed for volume on dead mothers in the cultural imagination

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:52am
Berit Åström/ Umeå University

Call for a chapter to fill a gap in an edited collection entitled Missing, Presumed Dead: the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination.

The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature such as Miriam Toew's A Complicated Kindness (2004), television, and films such as Finding Nemo (2003) and The Road (2009). The mother might be dead at the outset, or die during the narrative. Her death might be a disaster, propelling the child into danger; a blessing, saving the child from an abusive or inappropriate parent and making way for a more suitable guardian; or of no consequence.

The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 3:37am
University of Maine (Le Mans, France) and University of Akron

The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers

An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM), and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio) with the support of the regional program EnJeu(x).

Université du Mans, June 15th and 16th, 2016