Medical Humanities at ACLA (Submission 25 Sept 2015, Presentation 17-20 March 2016)

full name / name of organization: 
Lisa M DeTora/Hofstra University

Medical Humanities: Reading the Body in the Medicine, Literature and the Visual Arts

This seminar will explore the means by which the body can be read across artistic, literary, visual, and medical discourses. By investigating readings of the body in arts and medicine, we hope to establish a dialogue between disciplines and discourses. We are particularly interested in readings of gender, transition, looking relations, and the medical gaze. We welcome work from all historical and cultural contexts and from scholars in all disciplines. Work that draws on materials from outside the United States is especially welcome as is work on visual media such as medical imaging, film, television, fine art, graphic novels, medical illustrations, pin-ups.

64116[UPDATE: Proposals due November 1st, 2015] Intense Humanity: Politicizing Technicity, or Re-Feeling the Post-HumanSam Kolodezh and Bryan Reynoldsskolodez@uci.edu1442499651cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: Sam Kolodezh and Bryan Reynoldscontact email:

Intense Humanity:
Politicizing Technicity, or Re-Feeling the Post-Human

Technicity is theorized as a medium of labor, a process, a substance, and a combination of the three as an open set in a dynamic, interdependent, and interactive relationship with categories of the human. Yet, the human, the intensive ethical category of value-making and vitality, is often left behind even as, and especially because, theories of technicity imagine a futurity out of multiplicities of rupture. The increased acceleration, integration, internalization and miniaturization of technology has spurred theories of technicity that continually attempt to theorize it as overtaking, changing, or destroying categories of the human through technologization and catastrophe. Hence, contemporary theories of the posthuman (Ihab Hassan, Katherine Hayles, Carey Wolfe, etc.), of the inhuman (Francois Lyotard, Manuel de Landa, Quentin Meillasoux, Graham Harman, Ian Bogost), and of catastrophe (Maurice Blanchot, Paul Virilio), have attempted to critique and theorize human from the outside. Put differently, these various traditions posit technicity as outside of the human and belonging to a different spacetime than the human even as they argue that humans are always already technical. Yet, as Arthur Bradley argues in his Originary Technicity from Marx to Derrida, each of these schools that attempt to theorize technicity as technical all the way down, contribute to what Agamben calls the "anthropological machine," turned towards technicity, which continuously reimagines the human as a category both distinct and primary to technology even as technology overwhelms the human. They end up with theorizations that are not "technical all the way down." Meaning, humans remain a primary category defined through the "other" of technicity. While Bradley's argument is contestable, he comes to an interesting conclusion: perhaps instead of theorizing the end of the human, we might otherwise theorize the end of technology as a category distinct and separate from the human. The stake of such an argument is that while we may have never been modern, we have always been human.

Technology is seemingly playing an ever-expanding role in the world: smartphones guide refugees and keep communities together, social media has become a political platform for ISIS, apps are being created to fight against police brutality, ideas of techno-libertarian utopias surge in silicon valley, computer models are more adept at simulating and predicting environmental catastrophes, cyber-security is a nationalist concern, even as jingoistic politics of the right rise to continue defining superior humanity through a particular type of technical extension and stability. In short, technicity moves through political discourses as individuals feel technology has left them behind, is taking them forward, or continues to make them into technical implements systematically and structurally. Yet, technicity is undertheorized as immediately mediated, urgent, and intense. In this collection, we are interested in these aspects of technicity and the human both now and in the past. How can we think of technology as part of rather than different from human and what might this achieve?

What are the political stakes of theorizing technicity?

How is technicity theorized with and through the human?

How do discourses of technicity substantiate concepts of 'otherness' (as opposed to difference), and how can they resist them?

How can chaos and catastrophe be thought of otherwise or even affirmatively?

What opportunities and spacetimes are created when humans intensely engage with technology? How?

What are the stakes of theorizing technicity in conjunction with spirituality, religion, ecology, and environment?

How are these various discourses related, and what can theorizing within and through them do?

We are interested in these questions across history and disciplines: from virtuoso musicians and their instruments and the early modern theater as a technology, to refugees and their use of smartphones and black, white, conservative, and progressive populist movements in the United States. More importantly, we are interested in the intensity of technicity rather than its extension—its urgency, its potential, and its political playfulness for an intense humanity.

Please send proposals of 500-750 words to the editors, UC Irvine Chancellor's Professor Bryan Reynolds ( and UC Irvine doctoral student in theater and performance studies Sam Kolodezh ( Proposals are due November 1st, 2015 and completed drafts are due February 1st, 2016.

Thanks, Bryan & Sam

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalrenaissancescience_and_culturetheatretheory 64117[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate ConferenceLehigh English Department Graduate ProgramLSJLehigh@gmail.com1442501536african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Lehigh English Department Graduate Programcontact email:

The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities. In addition to those papers that focus on literature and the role of the English department within public humanities, we are also open to papers that address the many diverse topics within the intersection of literature and social justice. This call is open to scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical approaches. Potential topics related to the public humanities theme include but are not limited to:

--the interplay of academia, literature, and public outreach
--online venues for public humanities
--literacy and literature in the academy vs in the public sphere
--public outreach and access to the humanities
--public radio/public broadcasting/podcasts
--service learning through literature
--the university's responsibility to the community
--public histories/storytelling and community engagement
--museums, archives, collections, and sites
--documentaries and representing the voices of others
--concepts of audience
--public humanities and the literature curriculum
--teaching literature beyond the traditional classroom
--literary and interdisciplinary collaborations for public humanities

Graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dashielle Horn and Dana McClain at by October 15th, 2015. Check back at the conference website for updates:

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64118POLITICS AND POETICS, 3rd symposium, Leverhulme Research Network 'Imaginaries of the Future', Belfast, 19-21 Jan. 2016Queens University Belfast; Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies Limerick; Newcastle University,; studiespoetrypopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Queens University Belfast; Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies Limerick; Newcastle University, UKcontact email:;

What does it mean to think of politics as a poetics, and to do so through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-Yet, and the futural? The third symposium of the 'Imaginaries of the Future' International Research Network seeks to investigate the ways in which futures are both imagined and governed, projected, deferred and deterred, through different disciplinary formations, and to explore the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.

The 'hope project' at the heart of utopianism pursues a future transformed through collective agency, and develops an anticipatory register in which visions of competing futures are mobilized to orient such collective political agency. Conversely, in what ways are creative practices of agency obstructed, and how are visions of 'the future' deployed in reactive, prohibitory ways? How does the utopian anticipatory compare with other categories of futurity, such as precaution or pre-emption, risk or threat? How, then, can we theorize the ambivalence of the anticipatory, modes of capture and recuperation?

Symposium participants may interrogate utopianism itself, exploring the poetics of utopian desire, affect, and agency vis-à-vis the politics of contestation, challenge, and transformation. We may also consider the specificity of politics and poetics, and the relations of connectivity between these approaches. Is politics necessarily reducible to calculative and instrumental modes of grasping the future? Is poetics more attuned to the epistemological and ontological uncertainty of the future, to what has not and might not happen? Or, is there a politics to poetics, and a poetics to politics? How can engagement with poetics help map forms of relationality and connection, and what is the role of affect, emotion, memory in creating connections and preconditions for political agency? What might be the political valence of aesthetic and sensual categories of experience -- touch, proximity, intimacy, harmony and dissonance? How might technological and cybernetic invention advance both human agential capacity, as well as contribute to a critique of the anthropocentrism of both politics and poetics? And can we think of ethics (say, the Levinasian encounter with the Other, or perhaps the Spinozist endeavour to enhance capacity, agency, connectivity, and joy) as a missing third term between poetics and politics?

We welcome proposals of 250-300 words in length from across the arts and humanities (and beyond) for papers, presentations or performances of up to 20 minutes in length. Please send all proposals to both and

Five travel bursaries, two of up to £1000, and three of up to £350, will be awarded through open competition to individuals who promise to make a significant contribution to the work of the Network. The larger bursaries are intended for applicants traveling a significant distance to attend the symposium. We welcome submissions from all career stages including PhD researchers. Bursary recipients will be expected to contribute a piece of writing and/or embedded media to the Network blog, and will be invited to submit work to be considered for publication opportunities arising from the symposium.

To apply for a bursary, please send a CV along with your proposal to both and

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64119Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016Edith Wharton; paul.ohler@kpu.ca1442506307americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementspopular_culturereligionfull name / name of organization: Edith Wharton Societycontact email:;

The Edith Wharton Society invites proposals for the following two panels:

1. Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton's writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim,   

2. Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine

We seek papers that investigate Wharton's engagement with the culture of the monthly magazine, including critiques of readers and reading in Wharton's work as well as contextual studies of publications in periodicals. Papers might also offer new information about Wharton's relations with individual magazines—she published in more than twenty—and/or consider the history of Wharton's dealings with editors and publishers in the context of Laura Stevens's call to attend to "questions of authority, canonicity, the means of textual production, and other questions central to feminist literary scholarship." Please send proposal (250-500 words) and a short CV to Paul Ohler,

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementspopular_culturereligion 64120Spaces & Flows: Seventh International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies - A Common Ground ConferenceCommon Ground Publishingsupport@spacesandflows.com1442506666general_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Common Ground Publishingcontact email:


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

10-11 November 2016


Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for Spaces & Flows: Seventh International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, held at University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, 12-13 October 2016. Proposals are invited that address urban and extra-urban studies through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Urban and ExtraUrban Spaces

Theme 2: Human Environments and Eco-systemic Effects

Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows

2016 Special Focus: "Planetary Urbanization in the Modern World"


If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may present in a Virtual Poster session or a Virtual Lightning Talk. Virtual sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar. As a virtual participant, presenters are scheduled in the formal program, have access to select conference content, can submit an article for peer review and possible publication, may upload an online presentation, and can enjoy annual membership to the community and subscriber access to Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies.


All presenters are invited to submit written articles for publication to the fully refereed Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. Articles may be submitted by in-person and virtual participants as well as Community Members.


We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines.

*Advanced Proposal Deadline – 10 January 2016*

Early Proposal Deadline – 10 April 2016

Regular Proposal Deadline – 10 August 2016

Late Proposal Deadline – 10 October 2016

For more information and to submit a proposal visit:

Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested.


Web address:

Sponsored by: The Spaces & Flows Knowledge Community / Common Ground Publishing

cfp categories: general_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culture 64121Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies (Feb. 11-12, 2016)University of Michigan Disability Studies GroupCRIPFUTURE2016@gmail.com1442507957african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Michigan Disability Studies Groupcontact email:

Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies
keynote speakers: Ellen Samuels (UW-Madison) and Alison Kafer (Southwestern)

February 11-12, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

When we imagine future worlds, will they be accessible? What might crip future(s) entail? Following Alison Kafer's "politics of crip futurity" outlined in Feminist, Queer, Crip, this conference centers the then-and-there of Disability Studies, wherein disability is not understood as lack or impediment, but as a "potential site for collective reimagining" (Kafer 9). We seek to nurture coalitions between scholars, artists, and activists who collectively aim to articulate the future of Disability Studies.

We also take this opportunity to honor the legacy of Tobin Siebers, whose foundational work in Disability Studies continues to enrich new scholarship.

We invite a broad range of proposals for individual presentations and for full 90-minute sessions in ANY format, from traditional papers to performances, collaborative panels to workshops. We welcome contributions from all disciplines and global/historical contexts that engage with the future of Disability Studies and/or Tobin Siebers' legacy in literature, film, art, design, philosophy, performance, social science, and so forth. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

crip time and temporality
the beginning and end of life
disability and speculative fiction
disability and utopia
disability and new media or genres of inquiry
emerging interdisciplinary directions
global and transnational expansions of the field
redefinitions and revisions of concepts such as health and illness
bioethics, eugenics, and genetics
developing medical/scientific technologies
new design (i.e. assistive devices, universal design, architecture, etc. )
new pedagogies and platforms of scholarship
future visions of disability history and theory
Tobin Siebers' life and legacy:
engagements with his academic scholarship or personal essays
the impact of his teaching
personal memories

We are also calling for 5-minute lightning talks presenting works-in-progress related to the conference theme; and poster presentations from faculty, staff, students, and community members, showcasing current, local projects and happenings. Conference participants are eligible to present a lightning talk or poster in addition to a main-session presentation.

Please submit a CV and 250-300 word proposal with title, institutional affiliation, and contact information as an e-mail attachment to by November 15, 2015, and feel free to contact us at that address with any questions or concerns.

This 8th annual UMInDS (University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies) conference is hosted by members of the UM Disability Studies Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, a Graduate Student Interest Group within the Department of English Language and Literature.

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cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64122The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature [UPDATE]Northeast Modern Language AssociationLindsay.Bryde@gmail.com1442508501americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email:

The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature

Young Adult (YA) Literature has always featured a variety of sub-genres working in conjunction with familiar tropes (beauty, sexuality, identity, etc.). In the last decade, there has been a steady rise in popularity of the dystopia sub-genre (e.g., Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Uglies), particularly in the emergence of strong female heroines. While each series has its own distinctive features and developments, a question remains when we look closely at the genre: is there any originality left when we know the pattern of events and characters? This roundtable looks to examine the rise and development of the dystopia sub-genre from its origins to the current climate.

The conference is through the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, CT.

Submissions are due: September 30, 2015

NeMLA uses a user-based system to process abstract submissions. Interested scholars should submit 250 word abstracts to Lindsay Bryde through the NeMLA website using the link below:

For questions about the new submission system, you can contact NeMLA web support here:

Questions specific to the roundtable can be sent to

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culture 64123Showrunners in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Composition & Literature Courses [UPDATE]Northeast Modern Language AssociationLindsay.Bryde@gmail.com1442508584americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheoryfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email:

Showrunners in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Composition & Literature Courses

In the last two decades, there has been a steady rise in our pop culture's awareness of the role writers, producers, and directors play in developing television series both from a commercial and critical context. With the advent of social media, fans are able to hear directly from the source on the fandoms that they hold so dear. This panel looks to investigate lesson plans and courses that are based on using the work of television auteurs in composition and literature classrooms. How are instructors using television episodes to construct critical thinking and writing skills?

The conference is through the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, CT.

Submissions are due: September 30, 2015

NeMLA uses a user-based system to process abstract submissions. Interested scholars should submit 250 word abstracts to Lindsay Bryde through the NeMLA website using the link below:

For questions about the new submission system, you can contact NeMLA web support here:

Questions specific to the panel can be sent to

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_cultureprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheory 64124UPDATE: North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald StudiesJohn Pennington, Editor of North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studiesjohn.pennington@snc.edu1442509770childrens_literaturegeneral_announcementspopular_culturevictorianfull name / name of organization: John Pennington, Editor of North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studiescontact email:

North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies

North Wind, the journal devoted to the works of George MacDonald, is seeking articles for its 2015 edition. Articles are welcome on all aspects of MacDonald: his fairy tales, fantasies, novels, poetry, and sermons. The journal is also seeking shorter "notes and queries" and "connections" that focus on issues related to MacDonald.

Deadline for submissions is October 31, but final manuscript deadline can be negotiated. All submissions should be sent to John Pennington, Editor, North Wind, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI 54301: . The complete editorial guidelines can be found at

North Wind is a refereed journal. Articles are listed in The MLA International Bibliography. For more details on the George MacDonald Society, see

cfp categories: childrens_literaturegeneral_announcementspopular_culturevictorian 64125ACLA Seminar: Creative Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Poetic Word in Urban SpacesAmerican Comparative Literature,, ashea@cca.edu1442511972interdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email:,,

Creative Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Poetic Word in Urban Spaces

In this seminar, we invite papers that explore the ways in which poetic words engage with the material and the immaterial in the contemporary urban world, marked by spatial inequality, racism, sexism and the related phenomena of segregation, marginalization, gentrification, or deliberate decay. Many examples of contemporary urban poetry speak about, and from within, spaces marked by the watershed of neoliberal policies, principles and beliefs, and the financial crisis of 2007-08.

The short form, read, performed, exchanged or written on the urban surface, interferes with established spatial orders and creates alternatives to them based on the terms of creation, instead of possession or productivity. This world-making, poetic expression, which is often the fruit of cooperative or communal endeavors, furthermore problematizes the traditional ideas of the public and the private and revisits conventional notions of enunciation and authorship. In the best of cases, it is an exercise in democratic imagination.

This seminar seeks papers that explore the role of the poetic word as a critical response to the realities of living in today's post-industrial, neo-colonial and neoliberal cities. We are interested in studies of a variety of poetic expressions and from diverse urban zones. Studies may include strategies of writing against monumentalization, poetry in relation to the city as tourist attraction, street art's sensory responses to urban rhythms (in lines with and beyond the historical vanguards), poetry of resistance to the language of advertisement, art in relation to an economy of sharing, lyrics of dispossession and discarded objects, and the poetic word as world making.

Submission Deadline: September 23, 2015

Conference: Harvard, March 17-20, 2016

cfp categories: interdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64126Wreck Park Journal is Open for Submissions for Winter IssueWreck Park Journalwreckpark.criticism@gmail.com1442516432african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Wreck Park Journalcontact email:

WRECK PARK: A Journal of Interesting Fictions, Interested Criticism

Wreck Park is a double-blind, peer reviewed publication run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.

Wreck Park is inviting works of criticism, and – in keeping with an unbound sensibility – there is no preferred subject, location, time period, or theme for submission. Rather, we are looking for works that are invested – that is, interested – in the ongoing deconstruction and reformulation of literary, critical-theoretical, and cultural studies. We seek works that explore the intersections between texts, critics, and modes of inquiry through their political, cultural, and ideological impacts; we look for scholars who politicize the aesthetic and aestheticize the political; and we favor those essays which are uncompromising in challenging margins and opening new frontiers in scholarship.

The editorial process for the criticism section of Wreck Park meets the professional standard for double-blind, peer review; accordingly, articles published in Wreck Park can be listed as a peer-reviewed for purposes of tenure and promotion. In our commitment to open and public scholarship, we will not be available through expensive, exclusive database searches. We will rather remain available online, for free.

Article submissions should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words and formatted to conform to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Book Review submissions should follow the above guidelines but remain between 600 and 2,000 words. If interested in submitting a book review, it is strongly recommended to submit a brief proposal of a book prior to submitting the review (or to request a list of books the journal is interested in having reviewed).

The issue is set to be published electronically January 2016. The deadline for consideration is December 1st, 2015.

If interested, please send your article or review to the editor at

For more information, visit the journal's official website at


M. Heiligenthal
Criticism Editor
Wreck Park Literary Journal

Possible approaches and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Transnational and New American Studies
• Neoliberalism and Political-Economic Theory
• Inter/trans/a- disciplinarity Approaches
• Post-structuralism and Politics
• Post-Colonialism and Subaltern Studies
• Onto-political Criticism
• Critical Race Theory
• Print Culture and Archival Studies
• Queer Theory
• Eco-criticism

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64127Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism (student journal) [submissions due 11 Jan 2016]Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism / Brigham Young Universitybyucriterion@gmail.com1442517856general_announcementsgraduate_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysfull name / name of organization: Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism / Brigham Young Universitycontact email:

Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism

Call for Papers: Winter 2016 Issue

Submission Deadline: 11 January 2016

Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays by undergraduate and master's students. The pieces can be written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its Winter/Spring 2016 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2016. The submission deadline for the 2016 issue is 11 January 2016.

Submissions to both the general section and the Forum should be between 3000 and 6000 words (not including the bibliography). All submissions should be double-spaced, written in English, and formatted according to the most recent MLA guidelines. Submissions should be uploaded as MS Word files through our new website and online submission system, found here:

You will be asked to create a profile before uploading your submission. Please follow the instructions and include:
• author's full name
• undergraduate or graduate institution
• current year (i.e. junior, senior, first- or second-year master's student, etc.)
• paper title
• contact information (email, phone number, current address, and permanent address)

In the "cover letter" section addressed to the editors, please include an affirmation that the submission contains the author's original work and is free from plagiarism. Criterion encourages authors to be sensitive to nuances of language and presentation, avoiding language that exhibits racial, ethnic, and gender bias, and treating issues of sexuality and violence with sensitivity. The contents of Criterion represent the opinions and beliefs of the authors and not necessarily those of the editors, staff, advisors, or Brigham Young University.

For its 2016 Winter/Spring issue, Criterion anticipates reserving space for multiple essays that address the intersection of religion and literature and the question of faith during points of crisis. To provoke thoughts on this topic, Professor Emeritus Laura Dabundo has provided the prompt for this year. Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Professor Dabundo; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts. The prompt can be accessed here:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at


Kristen Soelberg and Chelsea Lee
2015 Editors-in-Chief

cfp categories: general_announcementsgraduate_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essays 64128CALL FOR MEMOIRS/APPEL DE MÉMOIREPeninsula: A Journal of Relational Politicspjrp@uvic.ca1442518955bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politicscontact email:

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Memoir. noun. 1. A historical account or biography written from personal knowledge; 1.1 (memoirs) An account written by a public figure of their life and experiences; 2. An essay on a learned subject; 2.1 (memoirs) The proceedings of a learned society. Origin – Late 15th century (denoting a memorandum or record): from French mémoire (masculine), a special use of mémoire (feminine) 'memory'. (OED)

Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics is a journal of political theory open to a broad range of methodological, philosophical, and disciplinary perspectives. Our area of focus is politics; our approach is critical; and our perspective is relational.

Peninsula invites contributions to a special issue that focuses less on a specific topic, theme or form of content, than on a form of expression, a genre or style of writing: the memoir(s). What relationships can be established between the production and publication of memoirs and political life? How do memoirs resemble to and differ from other forms, genres or styles, such as the essay, the monograph, or the ethnographic relation? Is the memoir necessarily a memorializing or self-aggrandizing, heroic text, or can it be a counter-memorializing piece of writing? Can memoirs be read as effective analyses and powerful critiques, or are they primarily personal testimonies of everyday thoughts and actions? Why would one assume that these categories are mutually exclusive?

Authors of memoirs are often already known as political actors in certain circles and networks. They can be retired generals or high officials, for example, but also grass-root activists, up-and-coming analysts, stubborn artists, etc. The pertinence of a memoir seems to be a function of the author's perceived merit, valor, and accomplishments in the face adversity. In many cases, the production and publication of a political memoir, a more or less autobiographical account of past political deeds, can itself constitute a political deed. Old and new memoirs can also be read as documents of self-reflection, as auto-ethnographies that might take part in mediating the critical transmission of past knowledge, experiences, creations and traditions to present and future generations. Memoirs are sites of recollections, or repositories of memories, and encountering one can be a memorable event. There can transpire a poignant authenticity from the pages of a memoir, but it is also the case that many memoirs are known to have been the works of ghostwriters. One may not be the best person to tell one's own story, after all!

We invite contributions in the form of memoirs, leaving the theme, the topic or the subject to the authors' discretion. Indeed, we do not claim to be able to precisely define what text undoubtedly counts as a memoir and what text does not: the exploration of the limits of this form is what Peninsula seeks to encourage with this special issue.

Texts should be submitted to Peninsula ( by November 1st 2015.


Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics est une revue de théorie politique ouverte à un large éventail de perspectives méthodologiques, philosophiques et disciplinaires. Notre champ de pensée est politique; notre approche critique; et notre perspective relationnelle.

Peninsula invite des contributions pour la publication d'un numéro spécial dont l'objet d'étude est moins un sujet, une thématique ou un contenu défini qu'une forme d'expression, un genre ou un style singulier : le mémoire. Quelles relations y a-t-il entre la production et la publication de mémoires et la vie politique? En quoi les mémoires ressemblent ou diffèrent-ils d'autres formes, genres ou styles d'écriture ou de paroles politiques telles que la monographie, l'essai, le manifeste, le commentaire ou les relations ethnographiques? Le mémoire tend-il nécessairement à l'écriture héroïque d'un texte commémoratif ou auto-glorifiant? Peut-il, au contraire, donner lieu au travail d'une contre-mémoire? Est-ce que les mémoires peuvent être abordés comme des analyses rigoureuses et de riches critiques, ou sont-ils d'abord et avant tout le témoignage personnel de pensées et d'actions qui tissent les scènes de la vie quotidienne? Y a-t-il lieu de présumer que ces catégories soient mutuellement exclusives?

Les auteurs de mémoires jouissent plus souvent qu'autrement d'une notoriété déjà bien établie dans certains cercles et réseaux. Qu'il s'agissent de généraux ou haut fonctionnaires à la retraite, de militants dans les mouvements sociaux, d'analystes émergents, d'artistes insoumis, etc., la pertinence d'un mémoire semble tributaire du mérite, de la valeur et des accomplissements de l'auteur face à l'adversité. Dans de nombreux cas, la production et la publication d'un mémoire politique, le récit plus ou moins autobiographique d'œuvres politiques passées, peuvent constituer en eux-mêmes des gestes politiques. Les mémoires, qu'ils soient d'un lointain passé ou d'aujourd'hui, peuvent aussi être lus comme des documents d'auto-réflexion, des auto-ethnographies pouvant contribuer à la transmission critique de savoirs anciens, d'expériences, de créations et de traditions aux générations présentes et futures. Le mémoire est un site de réminiscences, une collection de souvenirs dont la rencontre peut être en soi un événement mémorable. Des pages d'un mémoire peut transpirer une authenticité saisissante, mais le mémoire est également connu pour être parfois l'œuvre d'un prête-plume. On peut ne pas être la meilleure personne pour raconter sa propre histoire, après tout!

Nous invitons des contributions sous la forme de mémoire, laissant à la discrétion des auteurs le choix des thèmes et des sujets. En effet, nous ne prétendons pas pouvoir définir hors de tout doute ce qui constitue un mémoire et ce qui ne le fait pas; l'exploration des limites de cette forme d'écriture ou de parole est ce que Peninsula vise à encourager avec ce numéro spécial.

Les mémoires doivent être soumis par courriel à Peninsula (, au plus tard le 1er novembre 2015.

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 64129ACLA 2016: Consumerism and Prestige (abstracts due 9/23/15)Anthony Enns / Dalhousie Universityanthony.enns@dal.ca1442519274bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookfull name / name of organization: Anthony Enns / Dalhousie Universitycontact email:

"Consumerism and Prestige: The Materiality of Literature in the Postindustrial Age"
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
Harvard University
March 17-20, 2016

Anthony Enns (Dalhousie University)
Bernhard Metz (Freie Universität Berlin)
Anh Nguyen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

This seminar will explore the relationship between consumerism and prestige by examining how the material properties of books (such as the cover, binding, typography, and paper stock) reflect and perhaps even influence their cultural status. Beginning in the nineteenth century, printing and binding became cheaper, faster, and more easily accessible than ever before, which increased the demand for new content and lowered the cultural entrance level, resulting in the expansion of popular or trivial literature as well as a wide range of new formats, such as dime novels, pulp magazines, and paperbacks. At the same time publishers also sought to mimic the conventions of exclusiveness through deluxe editions, which attempt to preserve the highbrow status of literature as a marker of class distinctions. These same trends can also be seen in the development of digital media, as cultural distinctions are now being reconfigured through new forms of electronic display in the postprint era.

The relationship between consumerism and prestige thus reflects fundamental historical changes with regard to the development of technology, literacy, and social power. While the industrialization of print resulted in a sudden explosion of print material, which democratized literature by making books available to a mass reading public, these developments were perceived as a potential threat to the literary elite, who relied on material distinctions as a way of securing their cultural authority. As the divide between highbrow and lowbrow taste widened, the material properties of the text became the primary site where the cultural status of literature was constructed and contested. In many cases, the distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow texts had little to do with the content of the texts themselves, given that books more often functioned as markers of socioeconomic status, like clothing or home décor. At the risk of being provocative, one might even go so far as to say that since the eighteenth century the concept of literary taste has been more closely related to fashion sense than critical judgment, although this claim clearly challenges the hermeneutic and philosophical traditions upon which these cultural distinctions rely for their continued relevance.

Our seminar will address this provocative claim by examining the tensions between consumerism and prestige in the history of book production, consumption, and reception over the last two centuries. Participants will explore how the cultural status of literary texts can be understood as an inherent consequence of the industrialization of print and how the material form of a book often changes the value of texts otherwise experienced as less prestigious. Contributions are particularly invited on the following topics:

-- The impact of printing technologies on the production and distribution of literary texts.

-- The relationship between the material properties of literary texts and their cultural prestige.

-- The production and reception of popular literary formats, including dime novels, pulp magazines, paperbacks, etc.

-- The relationship between new forms of electronic display and the cultural status of digital texts, including e-books, e-readers, cell phone novels, etc.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 1500 characters in length, including spaces, by September 23, 2015.

For more information, or to submit an abstract, please visit: or contact the organizers:

Anthony Enns:
Bernhard Metz:
Anh Nguyen:

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_book 64130[UPDATE] Proposed Panels for SCSECS (South Central SECS) Feb 25-27 2016South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studiessspencer@uco.edu1442522174cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetryromantictravel_writingfull name / name of organization: South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studiescontact email:

The list of proposed panels for this year's meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS) is now available at

This year's conference theme is "East Meets West in the Eighteenth Century." The theme is meant to be evocative rather than exclusionary, so if you've got an idea for a paper or panel that doesn't quite fit with the east/west theme... Send it in anyway!

The meeting will take place at the historic Skirvin Hilton hotel in downtown Oklahoma City on February 25-27. We have been able to secure a fantastic sleeping room rate, but the number of rooms available in the block is limited so reservations should be made as soon as presenters hear back that their paper has been accepted.

The deadline for proposals for individual papers is October 30, 2015. We will also consider complete panels (that is, panels that have three or four presenters already in place) up to that date.

A full description of the conference itself is available on our Call for Papers page:

The organization's website, with links to previous years' conference programs, is

If you have any questions, or if you have a proposal for a paper that does not fit any of the panel topics on the list, please contact the conference organizer:

    Susan Spencer
    Professor of English
    University of Central Oklahoma

    100 N. University Dr., Box 184
    Edmond, OK 73034

Conference Bonus:
The University of Central Oklahoma will host an Asian Studies Development Program workshop, to be held at the Skirvin Hilton all day on Thursday, February 25, and a follow-up series of panel discussions on various aspects of Asian culture, politics, and history on the following day. The sponsors have invited SCSECS members to attend any one of these talks on either day, so if you want to come a bit early or do some "corridor crossing" during our concurrent panels on Thursday or Friday, this might be a chance to increase your knowledge of Confucian philosophy, traditional music, or Chinese sitcoms.

Both the ASDP group and SCSECS will enjoy a plenary luncheon at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club, located directly across the plaza from the Skirvin Hilton: . The luncheon will feature a presentation by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak of the University of Hawai'i. Professor Wichmann-Walczak is a leading expert in the United States on Jingjù, or "Beijing opera," which got its start in the reign of Emperor Quianlong (1711-1799), sixth emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

Before the presentation we are planning a live east/west face-off between Beijing-style and western-style opera singers, which is bound to be an unforgettable event. The Petroleum Club itself--a private club for Oklahoma City's oil and gas executives, located at the penthouse of the second-highest building in the city with sweeping views of the capital building and other local landmarks--would be well worth the trip in itself.

We hope to see you in Oklahoma City this year!

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarypoetryromantictravel_writing 64131America's Contradictory Promise (Nov. 1)ACCUTE / Congress 2016 (28-31 May 2016)srangwal@ualberta.ca1442522777african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionmodernist studiespostcolonialfull name / name of organization: ACCUTE / Congress 2016 (28-31 May 2016)contact email:

"Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free." These words inscribed on founding father and slave-owner Thomas Jefferson's Memorial speak to the essential principles of equality and freedom in the new American nation. Over 200 years later, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in Between the World and Me (2015), "In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage." This contradiction between laudable ideals and material reality forms the heart of the American ethos. This panel welcomes papers on U.S. literary or filmic narratives, historical or current, that attempt to expose, expand, or resolve this contradiction. Questions to consider include: How does the historical legacy of promise and contradiction manifest through the specificity of character and story? How do particular forms make racialized, gendered, or classed subjects visible? How are the inequalities of the exchange economy rendered through the logic of narrative?

Please send proposals to srangwal@ualberta and include the following:
A 300- to 500-word proposal (with NO identifying marks of any kind)
A 100-word abstract
A 50-word bio
A 2016 Proposal Information Sheet (

Note: You must be an ACCUTE member in good standing to apply for a member organized panel. All submissions rejected by member organizers will be considered in ACCUTE's 2016 general pool.

The deadline for all member-organized panel submissions is 1 November 2015.

For more information, please see:

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionmodernist studiespostcolonial 64132FOURTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE HUMANITIES - A Common Ground ConferenceCommon Ground Publishingsupport@thehumanities.com1442523186americanclassical_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Common Ground Publishingcontact email:


University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, USA
8-11 June 2016


Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Fourteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in Chicago, USA, 8-11 June 2016. Proposals are invited that address the humanities through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies

Theme 2: Communications and Linguistics Studies

Theme 3: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
Theme 4: Literary Humanities
Theme 5: Humanities Education

2016 SPECIAL FOCUS: 'Nature at the Crossroads: New Directions for the Humanities in the Age of the Anthropocene'


If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may present in a Virtual Poster session or a Virtual Lightning Talk. Virtual sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar. As a virtual participant, presenters are scheduled in the formal program, have access to select conference content, can submit an article for peer review and possible publication, may upload an online presentation, and can enjoy Annual Membership to the community and subscriber access to the New Directions in the Humanities Collection.


All presenters are invited to submit written articles for publication to the fully refereed New Directions in the Humanities Collection. Articles may be submitted by in-person and virtual participants as well as community members.


The current review period closing date for the latest round of submissions to the Call for Papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 September 2015. Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

For more information and to submit a proposal visit:

Web address:
Sponsored by: New Directions in the Humanities / Common Ground Publishing

cfp categories: americanclassical_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheory 64134Secularization and the Novel, a Seminar for ACLA 2016 at Harvard, March 17-20 - Proposals Due Sept 23rd [UPDATE]American Comparative Literature Associationsiemers.ryan@gmail.com1442529065african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email:

The history of the novel is also, it would appear, a history of secularization. For Ian Watt, Michael McKeon, Franco Moretti, and many others, the novel is a product of what Max Weber called rationalization. More recently, in Martha Nussbaum's _Love's Knowledge_ and Lynn Hunt's _Inventing Human Rights_, the novel is seen as participating in the production of secular modernity—-through the elaboration of modernity's ethics and the encouragement of empathy across socio-economic boundaries, respectively. How then should we characterize the relationship between the novel and secularization? Is the novel an effect or a cause of secularization? Or, if the relationship between the two is more dialectical, how should that dialectic be described? Perhaps there is no relationship, causal or otherwise, and we should disentangle the two—-but how? This seminar proposes to address questions such as these.

Of course, what we mean by "secularization" informs how we go about addressing these questions. In sociology, the theory of secularization has undergone revision due to the persistence and continued relevance of religion. Once considered an inevitable decline of religious practice and affiliation due to modernization, secularization may take on more varied forms and winding (even recursive) paths than previously thought. In the philosophy of history, meanwhile, Hans Blumenberg defends modernity from debts to religion proposed by Carl Schmitt, Karl Löwith, and others by suggesting a secularization of functions rather than contents. For Blumenberg, the function of responding to questions inherited from earlier epochs accounts for the lamentable overextension and distortion of authentically modern contents. The modern notion of possible progress, for example, becomes overextended to "reoccupy" the "answer position" left over from Christianity as to the transcendent purpose of history. In so doing, possible progress becomes inevitable progress. Blumenberg's strategy of narrowing the "authentically modern" in order to rule out identity between secular and religious contents raises the question of whether or not such a narrow modernity can ever be fully achieved. If not, then a secularization of functions becomes unbounded and opens up to peripatetic and recursive possibilities. Whether we see secularization as a straight line, a circle, or a tangled mess has obvious implications for our view of secularization's relationship to the novel.

To submit a paper proposal, please visit the official CFP ( and click on "submit a paper for this seminar." (Please ignore the language at the bottom of the CFP about emailing the abstract to me.) Proposals are limited to 1500 characters.

The ACLA describes the structure of its multi-day seminars, which are somewhat unusual for a conference, here:

Please direct questions to Ryan Siemers using the contact email above.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64135Call for Panelists - Bodies Out of Work: Staging the Experience of Unemployment (ATHE 2016)Laura Farrell-Wortmanfarrellwortm@wisc.edu1442531588african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Laura Farrell-Wortmancontact email:

We are seeking participants for a proposed panel on the staging of unemployment for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2016 conference in Chicago, IL.

Bodies Out of Work: Staging the Experience of Unemployment

In considering this year's conference theme of "bodies at work," we must simultaneously reconcile the precarity of contemporary labor: "bodies at work" also occur alongside "bodies out of work." Moreover, the un- and under-employed body has increasingly garnered attention in both performance and academic circles via discourses of faculty adjunctification, the limits of non-profit funding models in supporting theatre-making, and the shifting landscape of labor in both classrooms and on stages.

Given these realities, this panel explores the theatricalization of unemployment and underemployment both in the academy and beyond it. How do playwrights and theatre artists conceive of the experience of losing one's livelihood? In what ways can we use theatre to explore the complex social, psychological and political ramifications of unemployment and contingent labor? What does it mean for unpaid, uncontracted or underemployed theatre artists to create and stage these works? The panel takes particular interest in analyses of these experiences from a variety of time periods and geographical locations.

Please submit a short abstract, including bio and a/v needs, to by October 1, 2015.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64136[UPDATE] ACLA 2016, Harvard: Images of Science in LiteratureCatalina Florina Florescu, Pace or ravaseala@gmail.com1442534366african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Catalina Florina Florescu, Pace Universitycontact email: or

This seminar investigates the views man has expressed about the impact of technology and science across recorded history. Questions that might be addressed include: What is the relationship between religion and technology? Has man always viewed technological innovations as positive? What relationship is there between man's vision of utopian society and technology? The seminar promotes awareness of the importance of literature in creating and maintaining the social, political, ethical and religious systems by which we live. The seminar also considers how humans have discussed the impact of technology and science on society. Suggested primary works may include, but are not limited to, T. More's Utopia; A.Huxley's Brave New World; H. Müller's The Passport; S. Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape; E. Ionesco's Rhinoceros; S. Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone; A. Clarke's "The Nine Billions Name of God"; U. Guin's "The One Who Walked Away from Omelas"; A. Lightman's Einstein's Dreams; etc.

Please submit an abstract online,, no later than Sept 23rd.
Thank you for your scholarly interest.
Dr. Florescu

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64137CFP: Honors Education: Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (12/4/15;3/9/16-3/11/16)National Society for Minorities in Honors conference@nsfmih.org1442535438african-americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: National Society for Minorities in Honors contact email:

Call for Papers

Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Honors Education

March 9-11 2016
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan

To launch the National Society for Minorities in Honors (NSFMIH), Oakland University's Honors College is hosting a two day conference, offering a key opportunity for discussion and networking.

The focus of the inaugural conference will be on topics concerned with the support of diversity, equity and inclusion in college honors programs and honors colleges.

We now invite proposals

While all topics pertaining to the theme are welcome, special attention will be given to presentation topics that include the creation of honors "pipelines" from high school to college, programmatic work on supporting diversity in honors, and topics focusing on specific under represented or under served populations.

Proposals: 150 word abstract
Presentation: 15 minutes in length (each 60 minute session will allow for 15 min question time)

Those who might be interested in attending include: Honors College/program faculty, Academic Affairs staff, Academic advisers, Admission officers.

Participants/attendees (non-presenting) will also be very welcome at the conference.

Closing Date for Proposals: December 4 2015

Please send proposals to:

Further inquiries: Graeme Harper, Dean, Honors College, Oakland University:

Oakland University: in spirit of the words of Andrew Carnegie, Matilda Dodge Wilson donated her estate in 1957 to provide "ladders upon which the aspiring can rise," establishing what is now Oakland University. The OU campus has 1,443 acres with the historic address of Rochester, Michigan, and includes the National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook Hall. Grounded in teaching, service and research, Oakland University offers more than 270 degree and certificate programs to aspiring minds from its large campus spanning two thriving cities (Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills) in southeast Michigan.

cfp categories: african-americanethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topics 64138"New and Novel Ways of Teaching the Nineteenth Century"NSCA Graduate Student Caucusncsagradcaucus@gmail.com1442546007americaninterdisciplinarypoetryprofessional_topicsvictorianfull name / name of organization: NSCA Graduate Student Caucuscontact email:

In the spirit of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association's conference theme, "The New and the Novel in the 19th Century/New Directions in 19th Century Studies," the NCSA Graduate Student Caucus invites submissions for the panel "New and Novel Ways of Teaching the Nineteenth Century." The panel will be held at the annual meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 13-16, 2016.

One of the greatest challenges of any educator is bringing the past to life in an accessible, engaging way for students. This panel seeks to collect and present innovative ways of teaching the nineteenth century in a college or advanced high school classroom. Topics could include: teaching and discussing nineteenth century texts, incorporating visual and audio material, developing multi-modal and digital assignments, bringing interdisciplinary approaches to the classroom, or teaching the controversial. Papers can focus on an individual assignment or activity or a more general philosophy or pedagogical practice. We also welcome alternative interpretations of the theme.

This panel is open to scholars from all disciplines, although graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Please email a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to by Monday, September 28, 2015. For more information on NCSA or the 2016 conference, please see

cfp categories: americaninterdisciplinarypoetryprofessional_topicsvictorian 64140World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain info@worldcongresslbp.com1442567395interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain contact email:

Deadline for submissions is 20 December 2015

• Anatomy and biomechanics
• Epidemiology: evidence based papers on effectivement diagnostic and therapy outcome
• Lumbar pain
• Pelvic girdle pain
• Motor Control
• Minimally invasive surgery
• Sports medicine
• Exercise and therapeutic intervention
• Manual techniques
• Prevention and education

All submissions of articles to be made through the abstract form on the website:

Information about the formats of presentations, instructions for authors, etc. is now available on the congress website

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culture 64141CFP - GRETA Journal (vol. 21) - Dec. 15th 2015GRETA Journal, Revista para Profesores de Inglésgretajournal@gmail.com1442567634general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topicsfull name / name of organization: GRETA Journal, Revista para Profesores de Ingléscontact email:

GRETA Journal, Revista para Profesores de Inglés (ISSN 1989-7146), is preparing the publication of its 21st volume. GRETA Journal publishes manuscripts on English Language Teaching Methodology. The objective of the journal is to bridge the gap between the field of Applied Linguistics and class praxis. Other fundamental goals include providing updated information about the latest trends, techniques, materials, and methodologies employed in EFL teaching and to exchange experiences and publications between research teams both on a national and international level.

GRETA Journal is included in the following databases: ANEP/FECYT, CIRC, DIALNET, DICE, Linguist List, IN-RECH, ISOC-Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (IEDCYT-CSIC) , MIAR, LATINDEX, MLA International Bibliography, MLA List of periodicals and RESH.

In keeping with its continuous concern for state-of-the-art issues, the journal makes a call for contributions related to one specific topic of current and future relevance for education at any level: The Role of Multimodality in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Volume 21, no. 1). We also welcome papers on other topics, approaches, frameworks, etc. for a different miscellaneous issue (Volume 21, no. 2) with the following regular sections:

Theory Behind the Practice
Classroom Techniques
In the English Classroom (Primary, Secondary, University, Adults)
Teaching English for Specific Purposes
Bilingual Education
New Technologies in the English Classroom
Teaching Culture and Teaching Literature
Teacher Training and Development

Contributions can be in English or Spanish and should adhere to the publication guidelines of the Journal, available at The manuscripts received will be evaluated in a double blind peer review process. The deadline for submissions for the next volume is December 15th, 2015. Manuscripts should be sent by e-mail to

The editors:
Carmen Aguilera Carnerero
Laura Torres Zúñiga
Eva María Gómez Jiménez

cfp categories: general_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysprofessional_topics 64142Image and Information - 8 December 2015, University of St AndrewsThe Art of Identification Networktheartofidentification@gmail.com1442570171cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Art of Identification Networkcontact email:

Identification has historically been ratified via the production of paper documents and the presentation of visual images. This workshop will be based upon the premise that the representation of identity formed by such documents and images can be constructively read/viewed alongside the representations offered by literary texts and visual art. The workshop will thus concentrate on the aesthetic dimension of identity documents and the information they contain, and will seek to elucidate the various strategies and theories which, historically, have underwritten the truth-claims made for and by identifying practices. This will facilitate an exploration of how such practices relate to the cultural self-fashioning of citizen-subjects and what happens to those processes of fashioning a self in the age of information technologies and mass culture.

This workshop is the second in a series of one-day events that are running as part of the AHRC funded network 'The Art of Identification'. For full details of the network see its website - The workshop will be of interest to a range of academics and practitioners and proposals are welcome from all disciplines. If you wish to present a paper please send a 300 word abstract and recent CV to by Friday 9 October 2015.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64143NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature & Literary Theory Print ISSN 2277-3967 E- ISSN: 2347-2073Interactions Forum Punenewacademia.if@gmail.com1442573276african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingvictorianfull name / name of organization: Interactions Forum Punecontact email:


NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature and Literary Theory (Print ISSN 2277-3967) (Online ISSN: 2347-2073)

VOl. IV Issue IV OCT. 2015

Deadline for submission: 30 Sept. 2015

New Academia is a refereed and indexed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum.

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cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualitymodernist studiespoetrypostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingvictorian 64144The Wenshan Review (ISSN: 2077-1218): Launch of its new website & call for submissionsThe Wenshan Review of Literature and studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culturecontact email:

The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, issued both in print and online versions, is excited to announce the launch of its new website: . Authors are warmly invited to submit articles and book reviews via "Online Submissions." Also, the call remains open for submissions to the special issue on Affective Perspectives from East Asia (which can be found in News). Members of the editorial board are based at top universities in the UK, US, and East Asia and cover almost all research areas of literary and cultural studies. Normally, reviews of articles are completed in 3 months.

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cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64145Touching the Body in Pieces: Affective Ecologies of the Modern Body (NeMLA- March 2016, Hartford, CT) [UPDATE]North East Modern Language or kara_watts@my.uri.edu1442580242african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetryreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: North East Modern Language Associationcontact email: or

From artist Hans Bellmer's distorted dolls, to Rupert Brooke's "dust" in a "corner of a foreign field," to Virginia Woolf's "orts, scraps, and fragments," bodies – textual, phenomenological, cultural, political, and physical – seem to fall to pieces in modernism. How can we conceptualize the modern body in light of its affective and ecological surrounds?

Broadly, this panel seeks to examine these ecologies of bodies and their surrounds in modernism. Specifically, we endeavor to explore textual bodies and their composition (or decomposition) in ways that help us understand the ecological placement of the body as it engages with modernism's historical and physical environments. What is the relation of modern bodies to both "hard" and "soft" surrounds? How is the natural body "queered" by the natural world or other surroundings? Does the queer intervene in these conceptions of dualistic bodies, as Judith Butler argues? How is the wounded body – which seems to negotiate both the hard and soft by opening permeable bodily and subjective bounds – represented in or through landscapes of war, or in relationships with nature and landscape? What is embodiment, or what are the boundaries of the body and its hard surrounds if the body itself is an affective environment or ecology of its own? How does modernity's affective shift register or occlude a relationship between subject the "outside"? How is the body and/or its emotions disseminated, or dismantled? Related elements to consider could include WWI, WWII, "publicity," cities and urbanity, T.S. Eliot's cool impersonality, nation or politics, robotic or prosthetic bodies; and in parallel, the domestic, rurality, sentimentality, the homefront, sympathy or suffrage.

We welcome all approaches to the question of the modern body's conceptualization or re-/de-conceptualization, including those that cross disciplinary bounds.

Go to to submit a 200-300 word abstract by September 30, 2015. Email or with any questions.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetryreligionscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 64146Transnational Lives CFP | disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory Volume 25The Committee on Social Theory at The University of KentuckyCate Gooch & Ashley Ruderman, University of Kentucky, disclosurejournal@gmail.com1442583374americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytravel_writingfull name / name of organization: The Committee on Social Theory at The University of Kentuckycontact email: Cate Gooch & Ashley Ruderman, University of Kentucky,

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15 December 2015, by 5pm EST

The editorial collective of disClosure seeks submissions that explore Transnational Lives as they are understood in a variety of areas and disciplines, including (but not limited to) Sociology; Gender & Women's Studies; History; Philosophy; Anthropology; Political Science; Hispanic Studies; Communications; Theories of Transnationality, Hybridity and Bifocality; and Literature (particularly analyses dealing with border studies, immigration, or transnational lives). Possible topics might include:

• Migration
• Transnational
• Translocality
• Bifocality
• Intersectionality
• Globalization
• Immigration (all forms)
• Border studies
• Hybridity
• Mestizaje
• Cosmopolitanism
• International gender relations
• International affairs
• Ethnography
• Belonging/inclusion/exclusion
• Home

disClosure is a blind refereed journal produced in conjunction with the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. We welcome submissions from all theoretical perspectives and genres (scholarly articles, interviews, reviews, short fiction, poetry, artwork) and from authors and artists (academically affiliated or not) concerned with social theory. The 25th volume will include interviews with Nina Glick Schiller, Otto Santa Ana, Floya Anthias, and William Nericcio.


Scholarly Articles, Essays, Poetry, and Fiction: Please submit electronically in PDF or Word format to Submissions should be double-spaced with no more than 10,000 words.

Manuscripts, notes, and bibliographies should follow Chicago format, where applicable.

Book Reviews: Please submit electronically in PDF or Word format to These should be approximately 1,000 words and should review works published no earlier than 2010.

Art and Digital Media: Artists should submit material as high-quality .jpgs to

**Authors are responsible for securing copyright and fair-use notices and must submit them prior to disClosure publication. All
material accepted by disclosure for publication becomes property of the journal. disClosure is not responsible for loss or damage
resulting from submission.

For Submissions, Visit our website:

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytravel_writing 64147[UPDATE] Queer Deviation: Complicating Heteronormative Endings in Early Modern Literature / NeMLA / Hartford, March 17-20, 2016Kelsey Norwood / NeMLAheteronormative.endings.nemla@gmail.com1442587912gender_studies_and_sexualityrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Kelsey Norwood / NeMLAcontact email:

Critical inquiry into early modern English literature over the last few decades has attended to a proliferation of heteronormative endings in literary texts. These appear, for example, in the form of dramas that end in socially acceptable marriages, such as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, or sonnet sequences like Sidney's Astrophil & Stella, in which a male protagonist is denied a happy ending because his interest lies with a woman who is already engaged or married to another man.

Although scholarship has, for years, expounded and debated the insistent heteronormative quality of these endings, this seminar will take a different approach, fixating instead on the smaller details of these narratives that resist texts' otherwise heteronormative conclusions and prevent clean, perfect endings. Investigating the moments of exception that emerge in early modern texts, papers in this seminar will consider how heteronormative endings are problematized by queer details that pervade these narratives, with an eye toward contemplating the larger cultural and theoretical implications of these small instances of queer resistance.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2015. Abstracts should be under 300 words. Please submit online at

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityrenaissance 64149Star Trek and Gender Studies Nadine Farghaly 1442594644african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Nadine Farghaly contact email:

Since its premiere on September 8, 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek has become one of the icons of science fiction. With the 50th anniversary coming up this collection will focus on gender representations within the Star Trek universe throughout these five decades. From the very beginnings of Nichelle Nichols (as the first African American actress in a science fiction series) as Uhura to such powerful female such as Jadzia Dax (who lives in symbiosis with a wise and long-lived creature), The Borg Queen (the focal point within the Borg collective consciousness and a unique drone within the collective), Seven of Nine (a rehumanized ex Borg), T'Pau (the only person ever to turn down a seat on the Federation Council), Captain Janeway (the only female captain with her own series) or B'Elanna Torres (the half human half Klingon ex-Maquie) to name but a few of the iridescent female characters the Star Trek universe has to offer. In addition, the male characters are equally as tantalizing. From the enigmatic James T. Kirk (who not only survived but helped others to survive at a young age at Tarsus IV) and his loyal 1st Officer Mr. Spock (the only human Vulcan hybrid in existence), Worf (the first Klingon to serve in the Federation), Q (an almighty being able to bend time and space to his wishes) to Miles O'Brien (a formerly no name character who later become a fan favorite) or Odo (a character who can shapeshift but does not shift into a human form). The sheer multitude of individuals, races, and universes this franchise has to offer calls for a deep and focused scrutiny of the gender relations in it.

Invited are papers concerning all Star Trek TV shows, movies, graphic novels, novels, audio plays, web series, fan productions (such as Star Trek Renegade), fanfiction (remember that Kirk and Spock are the original slash pairing), electronic games, board games, fan gatherings, spinoffs, parodies, revivals, paratexts, fan cultures, etc. So basically everything that can be connected to Star Trek.

I am looking for fun and entertaining chapters that are written in a way to attract and engage laymen as well as long term fans and academics. The collection should be a celebration of this wonderful franchise … have some fun with it!

We are on a tight schedule. Final copy should be send to the editor around August 2016.
Abstracts and proposals are welcome and need to be send in by the 15th of October 2015.

Articles of 5,000-8,000 words should be formatted using MLA style.
Any questions should be directed to the editor, Nadine Farghaly (, The deadline for chapter submissions is December 15th , 2015, with anticipated publication in Star Trek's 50th anniversary year.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 64150MisrememberingAmeer Sohrawardy, Rutgers Universityasohrawardy@gmail.com1442595758americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalrenaissancescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Ameer Sohrawardy, Rutgers Universitycontact email:

This is a collection of essays that will revolve around the idea of misremembering in literature. A diversity of approaches are welcome (eg: historicist, cognitive science, theories of temporality, narrative theory, animal studies.)

Several questions will guide the collection: What does it mean to 'misremember'? What does the 'mis' of 'misremembering' refer to? Something 'not remembered'? Something re-membered differently than the 'original' memory? What are the ontologies of misremembering?

Is misremembering always accidental? Is it 'anachronistic,' as we've currently understood the word (eg: de Grazia, Tribble.) If the cognitive sciences teach us that we must re-arrange old memories in order to accommodate new ones, is misremembering a stage in this transition?

If post-Enlightenment thinking teaches us that our memories make us distinctly human, how does misremembering shape our perception of what it means to be human? Can we detect different cognitive perceptions of 'the human,' when literary animals misremember (especially from the pre-Enlightenment period)?

In our current age, when our memories are digitally stored, does misremembering mean something different than it did in earlier ages?

Abstracts of 250-300 words may be emailed to Abstract deadline is December 31st, 2015.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalrenaissancescience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64151The Teaching of Literature across Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges: Comparative Perspectives @ACLA, Mar 17-20, 2016, Cambridge MAAmerican Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2016dfzino@gmail.com1442598069african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2016contact email:

Organizer: Dominique Zino, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

This seminar seeks to bring into conversation a range of faculty – tenured and tenure-track professors, adjunct lecturers, and graduate students – teaching at two-year and four-year institutions.

We will aim to discuss the following pedagogical questions: What ways of reading, writing, and thinking should students be introduced to in their first two years of college, especially if they plan to study literature at a four-year college or university? What do we value most as teachers of literature? What concepts, skills, or texts do we find most fundamental to helping students to read literature deeply and to apply it to other realms of learning?

Participants might also choose to respond to institutional issues: Do literature classes in two-year and four-year colleges fulfill the same purposes and learning objectives? (Should they?) How are literature students' analytical skills assessed at two-year and four-year institutions? What challenges do instructors at two-year institutions face that teachers at four-year institutions may not see, and vice versa? What similar challenges do instructors face at both kinds of institutions? What kind of pedagogical practices are employed at two-year institutions that could be useful for teachers and students at four-year institutions?

The seminar invites papers that discuss classroom experience alongside pedagogical and/or literary theory. Faculty who may be teaching and/or studying transfer students at their respective institutions are also encouraged to contribute to this discussion.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64153Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts on Philosophy and Poetry, January 29-30, 2016University of Dallasudbgsaconference@gmail.com1442603667graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetryfull name / name of organization: University of Dallascontact email:

"'Dear Homer, if you are not third from the truth about virtue, a craftsman of a phantom, just the one we defined as an imitator, but are also second and able to recognize what sorts of practices make human beings better or worse in private and in public, tell us which of the cities was better governed thanks to you?'" (Plato, Republic, X 599d)

The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the second annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts. This conference will explore the relationship between philosophy and poetry through the various lenses of philosophy, theology, literature, political philosophy, and the human sciences generally. Related topics include but are not limited to:

Reason and the imagination
Psychology and poetry
Religious poetry
Poetry and the city
The liberal arts of the trivium and the fine art of poetry

We invite scholars working in the liberal arts to submit a one page abstract that considers the relationship between philosophy and poetry from the perspective of their discipline or through an interdisciplinary approach. Preference will be given to papers conversant with the great texts of the Western tradition. In addition to a scholarly abstract, those interested may submit an original poetry sample of no more than three minutes presentation time to be performed at a poetry reading in conjunction with the conference.
Submit abstracts and original poetry to Abstracts should be prepared for blind review. Please include a separate cover letter with your name, paper title, email address, and institutional affiliation.
Abstracts are due no later than Monday, November 2, 2015. Presenters will be asked to submit conference-length papers suitable for a 15 minute presentation (approximately 2500 words) by December 31, 2015.

cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetry 64154[REMINDER] "The Critical 'I'" (9/30/2015; 3/17-20/2015) NEMLA roundtableDavid Bahr, BMCC-CUNYdbahr@bmcc.cuny.edu1442606605americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: David Bahr, BMCC-CUNYcontact email:

CFP: "The Critical 'I'"
NEMLA Mar 17-20, 2016, Hartford. CT
Abstract deadline Sep 30, 2015

This roundtable examines the explored and unexplored possibilities (and challenges) of the autobiographical "I" in academic scholarship and literary criticism, both inside and outside the academy.

Scholars of life writing, such as Nancy K. Miller (Enough About Me, Bequest & Betrayal), have often included the personal in their scholarly projects. Yet, what might those traditionally marginalized by race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, and religion, add to various academic disciplines because of their personal experience. The social science forum Artic anthropology, addressing the combined disciplines of ethnography and biography, queried: "If, as [anthropologist] Michael Herzfeld has argued, the combination of these two genres as 'ethnographic biography' promises to overcome the vexing and ultimately specious divide between individual, socio-cultural and historical domains of experience, how might scholars across diverse fields take advantage of this potential?" Furthermore, creative scholars, such Wayne Koestenbaum (The Queen's Throat) and, more recently, Louis Bury (Exercises in Criticism), have employed poetic, autobiographical aspects in their critical work, while encouraging scholars to look at the critical work done by autobiographical creative writers such as Geoff Dyer (Out of Sheer Rage).

Although it can be argued that much academic criticism has an autobiographical basis, in terms of what animates an author's passion and interests, the inclusion of the self is often discouraged because of its perceived lack of objectivity and/or rigueur. Furthermore, effective use of autobiography in scholarly writing can be difficult to employ, as autobiographical and scholarly concerns should, ideally, complement each other, with the personal advancing the scholarly project; in some cases, its exclusion may hamper or falsify the critical work being done. This roundtable will provide creative scholars with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and potential of the critical "I." Proposals representing a variety of disciplinary perspectives, historical eras, and methodological approaches are all welcome.

Submission Guidelines
This panel will be a part of the 47th Annual NeMLA Convention, March 17 to 20, 2016, in Hartford, CT.

Interested authors should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words through the CFP list on NeMLA's website Submissions must also include the author's full name, email address and institutional affiliation.

Submissions must be received by September 30, 2015.

Accepted panelists must be members of NeMLA by December 1, 2015, and register for the conference by the same date in order to present. Participants may only deliver one paper at the conference.

Inquiries (but not proposals) should be sent to David Bahr (

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 64155[UPDATE] The Science of Affect in American Literature and Culture NeMLA, March 17-20, Abstracts Due Sept 30Northeast Modern Language AssociationSubmission Online at ; contact with any questions1442606925americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email: Submission Online at ; contact with any questions

Chairs: Nicole Zeftel (CUNY Graduate Center) and Allison Siehnel (University at Buffalo)

Submit Abstracts Here:

Patricia Clough has recently identified what she calls an "affective turn" in fields across the humanities and social sciences, which reimagine the place of emotion and the body within the political, economic, and social. Affect is increasingly important to nineteenth-century American studies, as critics like Michael Millner and Christopher Castiglia work to understand how feelings such as sympathy and anxiety helped shape literature and popular culture, as well as our definitions of citizenship more broadly. In addition, this affective turn is present in the sciences: Raffi Khatchadourian's recent investigative piece, "We Know How you Feel: Computers are Learning Emotion and the Business World Can't Wait" in the New Yorker (19 Jan. 2015), examines how contemporary computer science research capitalizes on consumer feelings to create an "emotion economy." This panel seeks to explore how these trends can be linked to the nineteenth-century's interest in the readability and knowability of human emotion (through, for example, pseudo-sciences such as mesmerism, phrenology, and electrical psychology). Though these various investigations into affect work towards very different ends, the trend to pursue human emotion pervades American literary and scientific studies. In what ways are recent scientific explorations that endeavor to quantify human interiority similar to nineteenth-century science that posited the knowability of the self? What can such similarities tell us about the ability to "know" both our own and others' emotions? This panel will draw attention to the potential intersections between affect theory and nineteenth-century science, literature, and psychology. We welcome papers that explore nineteenth-century science and psychology on its own terms, and especially in relation to the spread of Western culture and United States imperialism. As well, we invite papers that consider the place of science in affect studies through the present day.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64156Twenty-First Century South African Literature: Combating Current Human Rights Abuses (ALA conference, April 6-9, 2016)Renée Schatteman/ African Literature Association conferenceschatteman@gsu.edu1442609259cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Renée Schatteman/ African Literature Association conferencecontact email:

Now that the race-based master narrative of apartheid is beginning to fade from the country's collective consciousness (as seen most clearly in the South Africans born after 1994 who have no lived experience of its system of comprehensive repression), South African literature produced in recent years has begun to explore the human dimensions of new forms of discrimination resulting from social phenomenon such as xenophobia, ethnic tensions, homophobia, language bias, and the misrepresentation of HIV and AIDS. This panel welcomes papers dealing with literary works that identify such human rights violations, explore their causes and ramifications, and challenge the post-apartheid rhetoric of the rainbow nation.

Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words to by October 30th, including name and institutional affiliation.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 64157Call for Papers 2016 National Black Writers Conference "Writing Race, Embracing DifferenceCenter for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNYCreynolds@mec.cuny.edu1442612786african-americanfull name / name of organization: Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNYcontact email:

13th National Black Writers Conference
"Writing Race, Embracing Difference"
March 31, 2016 – April 3, 2016
Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College
In her classic essay Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison writes that although the habit of ignoring race may be desirable and generous, "A criticism that needs to insist that literature is not only 'universal' but also 'race-free' risks lobotomizing that literature and diminishes both the art and the artist."
This desire to ignore race is turned upside down in the critique of Rita Dove's editing of The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry. Helen Vendler, a Harvard professor and literary critic, lambasted former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove for her inclusion of "some 175" poets and for her choice of poems: "mostly short" and "of rather restricted vocabulary" in the anthology and states that "Multicultural inclusiveness prevails…."
The 13th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) "Writing Race, Embracing Difference" places the issues of race and difference at the forefront of the literature produced by Black writers and provides for writers, scholars, literary agents, editors, publishers, students, academics, and the general public to examine these themes through panel discussions and roundtables.
We invite interested faculty, independent researchers, and students to submit proposals for papers focused on the conference theme and panels or in the literature and work of our conference honorees: Rita Dove, Edwidge Danticat, Michael Eric Dyson, Charles Johnson, and Woodie King Jr.
The year 2016 marks the centennial of the birth of author and educator John Oliver Killens, founder of the National Black Writers Conference. Since 1986, the National Black Writers Conference has been held at Medgar Evers College to bring together writers, critics, booksellers, book reviewers, and the general public to establish a dialogue on the social responsibility of the Black writer and the emerging themes, trends, and issues in Black literature. As we celebrate his birth in 2016, we welcome proposals on the literature and works of John Oliver Killens.

The Presentation of Papers will be held during the Conference on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Conference Theme: "Writing Race, Embracing Difference" in the Literature of Black Writers
Conference Panels:
● Afrofuturism: Reimagining the Past, Present, and Future
●Decoded: Hip-Hop and Youth Culture
● The Politics of Race and Psychology in the Literature of Black Writers
● The Impact of War, Disaster, and Global Crises in the Literature of Black Writers
● Creating Dangerously: Courage and Resistance in the Literature of Black Writers

A one- or two-page proposal with references should be submitted by January 15, 2016. Please include name and contact information on the title page.
Please submit to:, with 2016 NBWC Call for Papers in the subject line.

cfp categories: african-american 64158"Small Screen Fictions" ParadoxaAstrid Ensslin <>, Pawel Frelik <> Lisa Swanstrom <>1442625077americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Paradoxacontact email: Astrid Ensslin <>, Pawel Frelik <> Lisa Swanstrom <>

Paradoxa, Issue in Preparation

Volume 29, "Small Screen Fictions"

Anticipated publication date: December, 2017

Astrid Ensslin (Bangor University, Bangor, Wales)
Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin, Poland)
Lisa Swanstrom (Florida-Atlantic, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

In the last few decades, digital technologies have dramatically reconfigured not only the circumstances of media production and dissemination, but also many of their cultural forms and conventions, including the roles of users, producers, authors, audiences, and readers. Arguably the most spectacular of these digital transformations have affected the large screens of cinema multiplexes and the increasingly large screens of home televisions, but other narrative forms have emerged on a smaller screens as well.

Today, with growing frequency, narratives are experienced on the smaller screens of laptops, tablets, and even mobile phones. These narratives often involve direct reader/viewer/player interaction, enabling highly idiosyncratic, individualized and unique narrative experiences. Some of these fictions are merely digitized or wikified versions of texts previously available in the codex form—their digital conversion affects some of the ways in which readers engage with them, but the basic structures of these narratives remain unchanged. Some others, however, have been written and designed (these two words often blur) specifically for these small screens. Their functionalities and affordances are not replicable in any other medial form, nor do they demonstrate an allegiance to any single pre-existing art form.

Paradoxa seeks articles for a special issue devoted to "Small Screen Fictions." Both in-depth analyses of individual texts and more general, theoretical discussions are invited. The genres and media of interest include but are not limited to:

• DVD novels, such as Steve Tomasula's TOC (2009);
• literary-narrative video games and ludic, gamelike fictions whose principal interest is in offering innovative storytelling experiences, such as Chinese Room's Dear Esther (2012) and Device6 (2013);
• twitter and blog texts, such as Jennifer Egan's "Black Box" (2012);
• collectively written, locative online texts, particularly those breaking narrative linearity, such as Hundekopf (2007), The LA Flood Project (2013) and The Silent History (2013);
• interactive graphic novels, such as Nam Le's The Boat (2014);
• genre-bending, dialogic hybrids, such as Blast Theory's Karen (2015);
• neo-hypertextual fictions enabled by user-friendly authoring software such as Twine;
• physically distributed narratives that make use of small screen spaces, not merely to create and display fictions, but also to navigate, negotiate, and interact with real-world spaces through geo-caching or other means, such as Ingress (2013), Cartegram (2014), and Call of the Wild (2015).

Similarly, possible approaches to such screen texts include but are not limited to:

• the changing cultural patterns and expectations of engagement with narrative;
• the reality and illusions of linearity and non-linearity;
• the shifting nature of public and private spectatorship;
• the role of touch and tactility, as well as other human senses in experiencing narratives;
• the blurring of the verbal and the visual, of fact and fiction, of reading and writing, of natural and artificial;
• the economic, social, and political contexts of authorship and readership of such texts;
• the implications of such narrative experiences for the meaning(s) and perceptions of fiction, genre and literature.

Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted by 1 March 2016 to the editors: Astrid Ensslin <>, Pawel Frelik <> Lisa Swanstrom <>. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 1 April 2016. Full drafts (6,000 to 8,000 words) will be due by 1 October 2016.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64159[Reminder] Contemporary Literature as Digital Literature - NeMLA 2016, Hartford, CTTimothy Wilcox / Stony Brook Universitytimothy.wilcox@stonybrook.edu1442640461americanhumanities_computing_and_the_internettwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Timothy Wilcox / Stony Brook Universitycontact email:

Digital technology permeates the daily experience of life in the Western world - through shifting social relations owing to social media, the ability to search and store mass amounts of information, ever-increasing recording and broadcasting possibilities, and so on. Even in areas where cell phones and Internet access are absent, lives are still shaped by new forms of globalization building off possibilities - or new needs - opened up by digital technology. This panel seeks papers which examine the relationship between literature and digital technology. For decades writers have been working to imagine the effects of emerging or prospective technology, and in recent years things like Google searches have started to become common in narratives, though the possibilities such a tool opens have existed much longer. Accordingly, possible topics include how digital technology has been imagined in literature, how it has been suspiciously absent, the way writers try to make sense of these new phenomenological experiences, and so on. Papers may be examinations of the history of such writing, close examinations of specific problems and texts, or somewhere in between. Papers may also consider contemporary writing, including things like electronic literature, in relation to earlier texts. One possible set of considerations is: how digital technology is or is not heterogeneous, whose stories do or do not get told/read, and what possibilities this holds for this emerging history of digital narratives.

This panel will be part of the 2016 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention, to be held in Hartford, CT from March 17-20, 2016.

Submissions go to:
The deadline for abstract submissions is September 30, 2015.

cfp categories: americanhumanities_computing_and_the_internettwentieth_century_and_beyond 64160French Literature after the Houellebecq Years - Please send your proposal by using the NeMLA link below by Sept. 30NeMLA conference (Hartford, Connecticut - March 17-20, 2016)gviennot@uark.edu1442642329cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLA conference (Hartford, Connecticut - March 17-20, 2016)contact email:

March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, Connecticut
Northeast Modern Language Association

NeMLA French Literature after the Houellebecq Years

In 1998, Michel Houellebecq confirmed his promising debut, "Whatever", by publishing "Elementary Particles", arguably the fin de siècle masterpiece France had been seeking. With it ended the last derivations of the Nouveau Roman.

At the core of his writing, dark realism evidenced the disenchantment seeping in Western civilization. His depiction of the 1968, his harsh critiques of feminism, as well as other unresolvable aspects of his texts, were deemed disturbing.

Novel after novel, perhaps with less anger, Houellebecq depicted France thrown in a devastatingly morbid and cryptic world, quite in line with the baudrillardian simulacrum. Relentlessly exploring this path, "The Map and the Territory", showed an ungraspable and loveless world which aims pointlessly at financial profitability, including in the market of contemporary art. Love and art, the two forces that never die – the former is born from tenderness in childhood, the latter lies in our tendencies toward aesthetics, were dying. Dark urges pressed his characters; this time a surgeon killed for fun, in what he saw as an artful posture.

His latest novel, "Submission", whose subject seemed impossible to exploit literarily, describes a cold, hostile, nonsensical world where Houellebecq's prose and statement appear more devitalized than ever. Is literature still valid in the present? Houellebecq doubts it and keeps advocating for the rediscovery of the old masters, Huysmans being among them. In some ways, Houellebecq seems to be asking others to go on and lead the French literature for a couple decades like he did.

Among the newer writers, some are connected to Houellebecq by critics; some are deliberately taking the path away from the baudrillardian dead end and the literature of disaster some critics have come to dislike. Either way, the aim is to show that art, culture, education and love are still relevant to salvage our democracies and retrieve a more invigorating literature.

Our panel will focus on the new voices that are gaining attention in the French novel. We invite you to talk about one or two authors among this new generation of French writers whom you find the most compelling / surprising / relevant / uplifting. Who can refresh the French novel and address the Western disenchantment as sharply as him, but perhaps by offering a little more hope?

Please submit your proposal by using the following link, by September 30:

Invitations will be notified by Oct. 15.

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) is a scholarly organization for professionals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other modern languages. With more than 2,000 members, NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLA affiliates. The annual convention affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. The convention includes panels and seminars, roundtables and caucus meetings, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers. In addition, NeMLA supports its members through awards, fellowships, and opportunities for professional development.
NeMLA members can join a scholarly community and shape the conversations that happen by presenting a paper at the annual convention. The deadline to submit a paper abstract to an accepted session for NeMLA's 47th annual convention, which takes place March 17 to 20, 2016 in Hartford, CT, is September 30, 2015.

Information about membership:

Please note that you do NOT need to be a current NeMLA member to submit an abstract. Creating a NeMLA account is free. For those participating in the upcoming convention, registration opens in late fall.

Convention participants must register and join NeMLA by December 1. After December 1st, there will be a $25 late fee and a $50 late fee after January 5.
Chair: Dr. Gilles Viennot (University of Arkansas)

Conférence du 17 au 20 mars 2016
Hartford, Connecticut
Northeast Modern Language Association

La littérature française après les années Houellebecq

En 1998, Michel Houellebecq confirmait ses débuts prometteurs, en donnant suite à son premier roman "Extension du domaine de la lutte" avec "Les particules élémentaires", dont on a pu lire qu'il était le chef-d'œuvre que la France se cherchait pour finir le siècle et ouvrir sur un nouveau millénaire. Par ce texte important, l'auteur mettait un terme aux expérimentations parfois absconses du Nouveau Roman.

Au cœur de son écriture, un réalisme sombre reflétait le désenchantement ayant gagné l'Occident. Sa description de 1968, sa critique dure du féminisme, ainsi qu'une dimension irrésoluble de son écriture, choquèrent une partie de la critique, mais séduisirent un large public.

Puis, roman après roman, avec un peu moins de colère, Houellebecq décrivit une France cryptique et morbide, non sans évoquer le simulacre dénoncé par Jean Baudrillard. Explorant cette perspective sans relâche, "La carte et le territoire" donnait à lire un monde insaisissable, dénué d'amour, et où triomphait fatalement la profitabilité, notamment sur le marché de l'art contemporain. L'amour et l'art, les deux forces qui refusent de mourir – le premier né de la tendresse qui nous est dispensée lors de l'enfance, le second issu de nos penchants naturels vers l'esthétique –, y étaient bord de l'extinction. Les personnages étaient animés de passions obscures ; un chirurgien esthétique fou se mettait à tuer pour le plaisir, tout en se réclamant d'une démarche esthétique.

"Soumission", au sujet périlleux à exploiter littérairement, déploie un monde encore plus froid et hostile. La prose de Houellebecq se fait dévitalisée. Le non-sens gagne du terrain. La littérature est-elle encore une entreprise valide ? A l'évidence, Houellebecq en doute, qui renouvelle ses encouragements à relire les grands maîtres, ici Huysmans. En extrapolant un peu, ne semble-t-il pas vouloir passer la main, invitant la relève à prendre la tête des lettes française ?

Parmi les nouveaux écrivains susceptibles de donner une nouvelle direction aux lettres françaises, la critique juge que certains sont dans la continuité de Houellebecq, mais que d'autres auteurs prennent délibérément un chemin différent, éloigné de l'impasse baudrillardienne parfois décriée. En tout état de cause, tous ces auteurs cherchent à démontrer que l'art, la culture et l'amour restent déterminants. Pourront-ils insuffler un nouvel élan à nos démocraties, par le biais d'une littérature vivifiante et revigorante ?

Notre panel se concentrera sur les nouvelles voix écloses récemment dans le roman français, et qui s'imposent progressivement dans le paysage littéraire. Vous êtes cordialement invités à présenter un ou deux auteur(e)s. Quelle écriture vous paraît saisissante, juste, et motivante ? Qui, parmi la nouvelle génération, estimez-vous comme particulièrement intéressant ? Qui vous semble en mesure de refaire une santé au roman français, en s'attaquant frontalement au malaise occidental, à l'instar de Houellebecq, mais en autorisant peut-être un surcroît d'espoir ?

Le panel sera en anglais. Les propositions en français seront examinées, mais priorité sera donnée aux présentations en anglais pour garantir au maximum que chaque participant est compris par l'ensemble de son auditoire. Merci par avance de votre compréhension.

Veuillez soumettre votre proposition (300 mots) et un titre (100 mots), avant le 30 septembre, en utilisant le lien suivant :

Les invitations seront notifiées avant le 15 octobre.

Directeur du panel: Dr. Gilles Viennot (University of Arkansas)
La conférence NeMLA (North East Modern Language Association) se tiendra à Hartford, dans le Connecticut (USA) du 17 au 20 mars 2016.

Informations sur l'inscription à NeMLA + tarifs:

Veuillez noter que vous n'avez pas besoin d'être inscrit à NeMLA pour soumettre une proposition de communication. La création d'un compte NeMLA est gratuite.

Les participants au panel doivent s'acquitter de l'inscription à NeMLA ainsi que l'inscription à la conférence. Le service d'inscription sera disponible à la fin de l'automne 2015. Les participants à la conférence doivent être membres de NeMLA avant le 1er Décembre 2015.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitymodernist studiestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64161The University's Reception of LacanUniversité de jmurray@univ-fcomte.fr1442651324interdisciplinarytheoryfull name / name of organization: Université de Bourgognecontact email:

The University's Reception of Lacan

One-day Conference
Thursday, May 12, 2016, University of Bourgogne, Dijon
Conference organizers: Bénédicte Coste and Jennifer Murray

Lacan's position in relation to the institution of the university was "rather peculiar," as he commented in 1969 before an assembly of post-graduate students from the prestigious Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes where his seminar was being hosted. Lacan was never 'of' the university, and he stood by his ex-centric status even as he gave his seminars within university walls. And yet, in the last few decades, numerous academics in various fields have asserted the importance of his ideas and theoretical reflection in their own teaching and research. How, then, is Lacan considered within the university institution today? More than thirty years after his death, what place does his heterodox theory occupy, not only in departments of psychology and psychoanalysis, but more generally within the arts and social sciences? In view of the developments in the scientific, social and political fields and given the changes taking place within university structures and curriculums, the moment seems propitious to examine the question of the pertinence and durability of Lacanian theory within teaching and research.

The objective of this one-day conference is to analyse the changes in the university's reception of Lacanian theory. Some of the questions implicit in this endeavour include: Who writes about or with Lacan? Which fields of study affirm this connection most fully and to what end? What types of curriculum make a place for the teaching of Lacan, and which aspects of his theory are privileged? What is the situation with regard to university research and publication?

Moreover, in view of the availability of a number of English translations of Lacan's publications and seminars we would like to consider the reception of Lacan both in France and in countries where English is spoken. The relationship between Lacan and the USA was marked by the conferences he gave at Yale and Columbia University in 1975 to students outside of the field of psychoanalysis. As a now prominent figure of French Theory, Lacan is the subject of books, articles, and websites written or produced by teachers of the arts and humanities in Anglophone countries: examples of this mode of working with Lacan include the establishment of a Masters in psychoanalysis focused on the teachings of Freud and Lacan at the University of Kingston in Great Britain, and the activities carried out at the Centre for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the University of Buffalo where teaching and publishing projects are supported.

Do these approaches differ fundamentally from those of analysts and academics in France? Looking at Anglophone countries and at France, we will reflect on the current-day presence or absence of Lacanian teaching, thinking and research within the scope of the university, so as to be able to see more clearly what the potential force of Lacan's thinking is today, at the beginning of the XXIst century.

Please send your proposals for papers along with a short resume of your publications to and by November 30, 2015.

cfp categories: interdisciplinarytheory 64162Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American CultureInterdisciplinary Humanities: The Journal of Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)dore.ripley@gmail.com1442682150cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Journal of Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)contact email:

Deadline for submission: Nov. 15, 2015

HERA is pleased to announce an upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain feature moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.

Classic noir faded in the 1950s, but during the 1970s as noir made a comeback through neo-noir, it spawned new forms including tech-noir, a form set in the near future where a gloomy dystopia with an environmentally corrupt aesthetic reflects the characters' personalities as they question the essence of human nature. Tech-noir, in turn, spawned cyberpunk, retro-noir, and steam punk as aficionados still squabble over whether noir is a genre, style, or movement.

From classic to neo-noir to tech-noir, this issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will examine the history, issues, and theories of the noir vision in American culture as exemplified by literary and mass cultural fiction (films, texts, art, pulps, comics) and its interactions with historical, social, political, psychological and literary-cinematic contexts.

The completed essays should be approximately 6,000 words.

The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities' parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at

For more information about Interdisciplinary Humanities, including guidelines, go to:

Please submit articles to Dore' Ripley (guest editor) at

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmodernist studiespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 64163Triangular Atlantic Entanglements: Rights and Revolutions (U. S., France, Haiti), NeMLA 17-20 March 2016Robert R. Daniel / Saint Joseph's Universityrdaniel@sju.edu1442683975african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Robert R. Daniel / Saint Joseph's Universitycontact email:

This session seeks to discern and categorize some of the important "entanglements" between the U.S., France and Haiti. It will focus specifically on writers and works from these three countries who look to the different revolutions and their resulting cultures, thematizing human rights as a fundamental social principle and revolutionary thinking as a process. The panel is intended to be cross-cultural and comparative. Papers informed by post-colonial theory or by cultural and ethical frameworks are particularly welcome.

Over three decades, three distinct political revolutions took place in three distinct situations. Inspired by Enlightenment-era notions (including human equality, the necessity of respecting rights and the state's legitimacy being determined in some measure by the consent of the governed), these revolutions generated radically different results. Each displayed significant internal tensions and cognitive dissonances (e.g. the proclamation of human rights coexisting with the institution of slavery and/or the practice of genocide or mass homicide). Over time, the revolutions themselves and the resulting cultures gave rise to both creative and critical works that focus on histories forged or re-forged by revolution and by the idea of human rights as a fundamental principle. There are many examples ways in which writers from these three cultures looked to the others as sources or touchstones. The most obvious example, perhaps, is Alexis de Tocqueville's La Démocratie en Amérique, but there are many others (Madison Smartt Bell's novels about the Haitian Revolution, Michel-Rolph Trouillot's critique of euro-centric historiography, Césaire's La Tragédie du roi Christophe, etc.). This panel seeks to draw out, conceptualize and analyze significant literary and intellectual entanglements between and among these cultures, these literatures, these deep wells of human experience sited around the Atlantic, specifically those that enact cross-cultural dialogue and critique and/or that focus on rights and revolutionary social/political change (or the lack thereof).

Papers informed by post-colonial theory or by cultural and ethical frameworks and that compare the corpora of writers from different national traditions are particularly welcome.

To submit an abstract:

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypostcolonial 64164[UPDATE] The Contemporary CanonAmerican Comparative Literature Associationhmatthe1@binghamton.edu1442685772african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: American Comparative Literature Associationcontact email:

[For the annual American Comparative Literature Association's conference, held at Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016]

This seminar seeks to examine the world of non-canonical literature, and its effects on readership throughout and beyond American society and its interests.

The literary canon is shaped by and formed from Western novels that have been historically deemed important in the shaping of western society. Throughout time, in order to be considered educated, one must have been familiar with as many canonical texts as possible. Now, the canon has begun shifting with the wide availability of texts over locations and times, as well as the recognition of superb authors who are not the stereotypical "dead White man." The literary canon is changing every day. No longer are "The Canterbury Tales" or "Frankenstein" considered the apex of literature – a new breed of literature have been taking their places in the home, in classrooms, and in the hands of the American reader. As new authors emerge and become popularized within American societal contexts, we must wonder its effects on the reader.

This seminar aims to examine what are these "new canonical" texts are, who writes them, and for whom they are written. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
-New definitions of canonical literature
-world literature in a "new canon"
-queer lit in a "new canon"
-young adult literature in a "new canon"
-effects of contemporary or canon literature in the classroom
-alienation effects of "old canon" texts

To submit a paper: please visit the ACLA's website at Submissions should be no more than 300 words. Submission are due September 23rd.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinary 64165Neo -Victorianism and Steampunk - The 37th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)Southwest Popular/American Culture Associationgordmarshall@gmail.com1442692237americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Southwest Popular/American Culture Associationcontact email:

Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
The 37th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

February 10th – 13th, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

Submission Deadline: November 1st 2015 at

What the neo-Victorian represents, then, is a different way into the Victorians – for students and faculty alike. This is not contemporary literature as a substitute for the nineteenth century but as a mediator into the experience of reading the 'real' thing; after all, neo-Victorian texts are, in the
main, processes of writing that act out the results of reading the Victorians and their literary productions.
-- Mark Llewellyn, "What Is Neo-Victorian Studies?" Neo-Victorian Studies 1:1 (Autumn 2008) 168.

Originally coined in the late 1980s, the term steampunk was "retrofitted," if you will, to describe a group of nineteenth-century-inspired technofantasies – darkly atmospheric novels of a time that never was... It is an uncommon hybrid of a term, describing even more uncommon tales of historical science fiction infused with Victorian visions of wildly anachronistic technologies.
-- Julie Ann Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller eds. Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology. Latham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013. xv.

...[O]ne common element arguably shared by all steampunk texts, objects, or performances is the one on which this journal is predicated: the invocation of Victorianism.
-- Rachel A. Bowser and Brian Croxall, "Introduction: Industrial Evolution" Neo-Victorian Studies 3:1 (2010) 1.

These three quotations on both Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk begin to form the general parameters of what these fields are or will become. This conference area's aim is to press against the boundaries of the accepted discourse in the hopes of finding new texts, images, sub-cultures, etc. that can expand or further define this new and exciting genre and culture. Any paper on any aspect of Neo-Victorianism and/or Steampunk will be considered. This, our third year as a separate area at SWPACA, is particularly exciting as it should coincide with the release of a special issue of The Journal of American Studies in Turkey (edited by the Area Chair) on the subject - made up in large part of versions of papers previously presented at the conference.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
* Neo-Victorian/Steampunk Literature
* Neo-Victorian/Steampunk film and television series
* The importance of the web to Neo-Victorianism/Steampunk
* Periodizing Steampunk
*Steampunk as part of the Neo-Victorian cultural discourse
*The outsider/amateur and the cultural production of Steampunk
* Maker culture in Steampunk
* Steampunk community formation
* The politics of Neo-Victorianism/Steampunk
* Consumption and Consumerism
* Gender and Sexuality
*Race and postcoloniality in Neo-Victorianism/Steampunk

The conference organizers are particularly interested in graduate student presentations (as well as those of independent scholars, in order to make the conference as inclusive as possible and provide a balance of viewpoints on a particular subject). As such, the conference has a number of awards for graduate student papers, which can be found at:

Check out the Association's new journal: Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. More information can be found on its website:

For information about the conference and other presentation areas, registration, and hotel accommodations, go to the SWPACA website at:

To apply to the Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk Area, please follow the instructions for submitting a paper abstract on the submissions database at:

If you have questions, requests, or require further information, please contact the Area Chair:

Gordon Marshall, Area Chair, Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
Department of American Culture and Literature
Baskent University

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64166NeMLA 17-20 March 2016 cfp: Triangular Atlantic Entanglements: Rights and Revolutions (U. S., France, Haiti)Robert R. Daniel / Saint Joseph's Urdaniel@sju.edu1442693752african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Robert R. Daniel / Saint Joseph's Ucontact email:

Over about three decades, three distinct political revolutions took place in three distinct places. Inspired by Enlightenment-era notions (including human equality, the necessity of respecting rights and the state's legitimacy being determined in some measure by the consent of the governed), these revolutions generated radically different results. Each displayed significant internal tensions and cognitive dissonances (e.g. the proclamation of human rights coexisting with the institution of slavery and/or the practice of genocide or mass homicide). Over time, the revolutions themselves and the resulting cultures gave rise to both creative and critical works that focus on histories forged or re-forged by revolution and by the idea of human rights as a fundamental social principle. There are many examples ways in which writers from these three cultures looked to the others as sources or touchstones. The most obvious example, perhaps, is Alexis de Tocqueville's La Démocratie en Amérique, but there are many others (Madison Smartt Bell's novels about the Haitian Revolution, Michel-Rolph Trouillot's critique of euro-centric historiography, Césaire's La Tragédie du roi Christophe, etc.). This panel seeks to draw out, conceptualize and analyze significant literary and intellectual entanglements between and among these cultures, these literatures, these deep wells of human experience sited around the Atlantic, specifically those that enact cross-cultural dialogue or critique and/or that focus on rights and revolutionary social/political change (or the lack thereof).

Papers informed by post-colonial theory or by cultural and ethical frameworks and that compare the corpora of writers from different national traditions are particularly welcome.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words. Papers will be 20 minutes, as part of a panel.

To submit:

Questions? Contact Robert R. Daniel (

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypostcolonial 64167American Association of Australasian Literary Studies Annual Conference 31 March–2 April 2016 University of Washington, SeattleAmerican Association of Australasian Literary Studiesmachosky@hawaiii.edu1442711019cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Association of Australasian Literary Studiescontact email:

The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, 31 March – 2 April 2016. Papers addressing any aspect of Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific literary, film, and cultural studies are welcome. Papers on Aboriginal, Maori or other indigenous topics are especially welcome. Proposals from graduate students are strongly encouraged. Presentations are generally 20 minutes long; however, alternate presentation formats will be considered. Please send a paper title and 250-word proposal (or alternate format description) by 15 November 2015 to Brenda Machosky ( Please label the email subject line: AAALS 2016 proposal.

Since these dates fall during most Australian universities' mid-semester break, we hope many Australian scholars will be able to attend.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialtheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 64168[UPDATE] Phoneography: Low-tech, Mobile, Mutant, and Guerilla Film Theory NeMLA DEADLINE: 9/30NeMLArromanow@uri.edu1442714213cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLAcontact email:

Call for Papers

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT
iPhoneography: Low-tech, Mobile, Mutant, and Guerilla Film Theory

Deadline: September 30, 2015

This panel will invite a critical examination into the historical, theoretical, and aesthetic underpinnings of low-tech, mobile, and guerilla film, its producers and consumers. The effect of these new ways of creating and viewing film reflects the 21st century cultural, artistic, and economic constraints and contexts that affect the complex and ever-changing art of film, which this roundtable will explore in light of the theories and practice of low-tech and mobile cinema, iPhoneography, and guerilla filmmaking and filmmakers.

Submit 300-word proposals online at NeMLA's website at:

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 64169[UPDATE] Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology." NeMLA Hartford, CT DEADLINE: 9/30NeMLArromanow@uri.edu1442714424cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLAcontact email:

Call for Papers 46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT

Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology." The video essay represents an active place where the barriers between disciplines is merged and converging, and where pedagogical practices, as well as analytical examination, can take place across academic borders.

This roundtable will explore the significance of the video essay as an emerging tool that has challenged the syntax, forms, and expectations of the conventional written essay, as well as the structure of both narrative and documentary film. We will explore the video essay's emergence in popular cultural expression on sites like YouTube and Vimeo, as well as its place in the classroom where it challenges conventional modes of content delivery and student expression.

Deadline: September 30, 2015 Please submit 300-word proposals online at NeMLA's website at:

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation Brief bio Email address Postal address Telephone number A/V requirements

More information on the convention here:

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 64170Update: Lacan and Literature 18-20 March 2016 NeMLA Hartford CT by 9/30/2015J. A. McQuail -- NeMLAjmcquail@tntech.edu1442716356african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: J. A. McQuail -- NeMLAcontact email:

Papers are invited for a panel on Lacan and Literature at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention in Hartford, CT. 3/18-20 2015. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce who Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style. Lacanian analysis of works by authors not specifically examined by Lacan are also welcome. Please send an abstract or completed papers to by 9/30/2015; put NeMLA Lacan in subject heading. Papers should be 15-20 minutes maximum.

Jacques Lacan refined and elaborated on the ideas of Freud; Freud liked to say he discovered the unconscious and Lacan discovered that the unconscious is structured like a language. Like Freud, Lacan found his own psychoanalytic thinking stimulated by reading literature. His seminar on "The Purloined Letter" by Poe is one lecture that comes to mind, but Lacan's later years were consumed by his exploration into the works of James Joyce. Papers are invited on any aspect of Lacan and Literature.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespostcolonialromantictheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64171Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion (Volume of Collected Essays) [UPDATE]The University of Alabama, Aristotle University of;tsummers@ua.edu1442729546classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiesrenaissancevictorianfull name / name of organization: The University of Alabama, Aristotle University of Thessalonikicontact email:;


Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion
From the Birth of Democracy through the Early 20th Century

Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, The University of Alabama (Editor)
Katerina Kitsi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Co-Editor)

From the earliest configurations of democracy in classical Athens, it became clear that women were not allowed to participate actively in its design and practices. Though extremely important in conveying citizenship to their offspring and providing the state with officials to run it and soldiers to protect it, they themselves had little else to add to its operation beyond involvement in religious rituals, weddings, and funerals. It's easy to imagine how frustrated women were and how pressingly they questioned their family men regarding the paradox of their situation, to be practically excluded and, consequently, socially devalued, while told time and again how important and, indeed, irreplaceable they were both for their family and the state. Soon, statements about the inferiority of women in terms of their physiology, their intellect, or their moral capacities started surfacing in various genres, which may well have been attempts to justify women's exclusion from the affairs of the city-state and beyond. This general scheme regarding the social and political status of women was maintained throughout the centuries after the dissolution of democracy under the subsequent ascendancy of empires, monarchies and oligarchies, not only in Greek city-states but also throughout Medieval and Renaissance Europe and even after democracy was revived in the early modern era and down to the early twentieth century.
Proposals, therefore, are invited for papers that will explore various aspects of the ideology of 'female inferiority', which, though not propounded systematically, permeated, nonetheless, late archaic and classical literature, while it was upheld throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Modern Era in an attempt to explain and justify women's exclusion from active social and political participation, most notably withholding from them the right of vote until the early twentieth century. Please send proposals of 300 words by email attachment to Profs. Katerina Kitsi ( and Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers ( by January 15, 2016.

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centurygender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiesrenaissancevictorian 64172The Pedagogical (Re)Turn (9/30/15)NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)justin.hayes@quinnipiac.edu1442765686interdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)contact email:

Twenty years ago, Gerald Graff mused in "The Pedagogical Turn" that the future of theory would be in its reapplication from literature to pedagogy. In the intervening years, theory may not have reorganized the literature classroom, but it has transformed critical thinking pedagogy. The work of Wittgenstein, Jakobson, Derrida, Lyotard, Foucault, and others who have informed literary studies has recently been drawn upon by Mark Weinstein, Michael Peters, Tim John Moore and others to shift instruction in critical thinking away from general (informal) logic, which assumes a transparency of language, to thinking as embedded in language and thereby governed by varying modes of reading and writing. This shift suggests a return to Graff's original musing of how theory might be converted into a praxis for reading, writing about, and thinking about literature. The co-chairs of this roundtable, who also serve on the editorial board of Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing, invite submissions that explore the possibility of a pedagogical return of theory to the literature classroom. The goal of the roundtable will be to use the presentations as a framework for discussing with the audience how theory might be developed into pedagogical projects that are both deployable and publishable.

Please submit a 250-word abstract by 9/30/15 directly to the NeMLA panel website:

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositiontheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64173The (Native) American University (9/30/15)NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)justin.hayes@quinnipiac.edu1442765890americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)contact email:

The colonial appropriation of indigenous place names has been an abiding concern of postcolonial studies. The severing of names from their semantic, grammatical, and linguistic ties within the native language and their re-contextualization within the language of the settler creates, in a variety of ways for both colonizer and colonized, a gap between the experience and meaning of a place and the name used to describe it, complicating the colonial boundary. Although the American university is a primary site for postcolonial study, it rarely if ever studies itself as a site of colonial appropriation, despite its widespread use of Native American place names for both large institutions (e.g., University of Connecticut) and small local schools (e.g., Housatonic Community College). How might the university reflexively interrogate its own appropriation of place? Might this investigation retrieve indigenous cosmologies that could revise and redefine the mission of the university? Or is such an investigation, carried out within academic discourse, always already an expansion of the colonial boundary? Is such an investigation inescapably ironic and thereby self-defeating? Or might the process of uncovering new layers of irony signify a postcolonial mode of inquiry? This panel welcomes a diversity of conventional and innovative approaches to this neglected area of postcolonial studies.

Please submit a 250-word abstract by 9/30/15 directly to the NeMLA panel website:

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinarypostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 64174"Law and Literature in Sub-Saharan Africa" ACLA 2016 (March 17-20, 2016)Nienke Boernb1105@nyu.edu1442766855interdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Nienke Boercontact email:

"Law and Literature in Sub-Saharan Africa"

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
March 17-20, Harvard University

Organizers: Nicholas Matlin, NYU; Nienke Boer, NYU

African writing—both fiction and literary non-fiction—has long engaged with questions of legitimacy, law, justice, and governance, as even a cursory look at texts by writers from the continent confirms. For writers as diverse as Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Calixthe Beyala, Ayi Kwei Armah, Antjie Krog, and others, literature can serve to challenge the dominant legal order, question legal norms, and highlight the discrepancies between legal truth and apparent reality. Oftentimes, it can be a venue for imagining alternative legal orders and diverse forms of inclusive governance. Building on the work of law and literature scholars like Julie Peters, Richard H. Weisberg, and Peter Goodrich, as well as theorists like Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben, this session aspires to expand the range of texts usually discussed in law and literature scholarship while at the same time developing new comparative approaches and conceptual vocabularies for African and postcolonial studies.

Our session builds on work by scholars like Mahmood Mamdani, Achille Mbembe, Mark Sanders, Adam Sitze, Joseph Slaughter, Luise White, and others, who have all in diverse ways examined the intersections between legal discourses and cultural production in colonial and postcolonial Africa. We invite papers engaging with all aspects of law and literature in an African context, including, but not limited to, questions of:

(Il)legitimacy and the rule of law
Prison experiences and bureaucracies
Censorship and/or blasphemy
Political activism as/and criminality
Segregationist law (including apartheid)
Legal pluralism
Legal reform and/or alternative/imagined legal orders
Corruption and satire
Reconciliation within a legal framework
Law and justice in detective fiction/dictator novels
Land ownership and reform
Human rights

Seminar Keywords: Africa, law and literature, postcolonial, Global South

Abstracts should be submitted through the ACLA website portal, which closes September 23rd.
Contact us at and with any questions!

cfp categories: interdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64175[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)csommers@gc.cuny.edu1442771215classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)contact email:

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended. Though ancient comedy evolved from Aristophanes' examples to Menander's New Comedy and finally to the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence, all of them borrow stylistically from contemporaneous works in order to create a world where traditional hierarchies are suspended and inverted. This panel will explore the tropes of ancient comedy and their influence on more modern literature, drama, satire, film, and theory. Possible approaches include:

* analyzing comedy's relationship with other ancient genres

* examining ancient comedy's influence on post-Classical works

* using modern critical and humor theory to analyze classical comedy

* exploring the comic and satirical treatment of Greco-Roman subject matter in post-Classical literature

The goal of this session will be to understand humor through its Classical antecedents, tracing the evolution of comedy from its ancient origins to the present day. By contemplating the emergence of ancient comedy and its enduring effect on subsequent literature, drama, film, and theory, this panel will synthesize its own theory of ancient comedy and determine why we are still laughing so many centuries later.

Submit 300 word abstracts to by September 30th.

cfp categories: classical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryfilm_and_televisiongeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 64176Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in EnglishInternational Graduate Conference: Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in Englishconferencegraduate@gmail.com1442775010african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: International Graduate Conference: Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in Englishcontact email:

The Centre for British Literary and Cultural Studies at Hacettepe University is pleased to announce its second graduate conference which this time will be held on an international ground, "Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English". We welcome academic proposals produced in English on British Literature/Culture, Commonwealth Literature/Culture, Irish Literature/Culture and American Literature/Culture from MA and PhD students enrolled in graduate programmes all over the world.

The intention of this conference is to provide graduate students a platform on which to discuss the varied portrayals of utopias and dystopias on both human and non-human scales. "Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English" proposes to investigate the politics, nature, roles and effects of utopian and dystopian literacy in the cultural, fictional, real and virtual worlds. We are particularly interested in receiving papers from a spectrum of research areas and a broad range of literary and non-literary genres, including cultural studies, which help illustrate these themes. In honour of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516), the title of the conference has been chosen as an umbrella term. Therefore, the conference is inclusive of all the "-topia" subgenres, regardless of the title's proposal to include solely "utopias". Papers favouring inter/cross/multi-disciplinary perspectives will be given preference so as to generate fruitful discussion among various disciplines.

Possible topics under 'Utopias' include, but are not limited to:

Utopias, Dystopias, Anti-Utopias and Eutopias
Utopias/Dystopias and Ethnic/Racial Politics and Immigration
Utopias/Dystopias and Gender Studies
Utopias/Dystopias and Postcolonial Studies
Utopias/Dystopias with a Political Perspective
Utopias/Dystopias and Environmental Studies
Utopias/Dystopias and Animal and Plant Studies
Utopias/Dystopias of the Space Age
Utopias/Dystopias and Multimedia
Fantastic Literature
Science Fiction
Climate Change Fiction
Games and Digital Artefacts with a Utopian/Dystopian Dimension

Abstract Submission: 300-word abstracts, together with contact information (full name, institutional affiliation, department, email address, brief bio) of participant(s) should be sent as Microsoft Word documents, attached to an email message addressed to by 10 January 2016.

The official language of the conference is English. Selected presentations will be organized into panels of 2 or 4 with regard to their themes. All the presentations are limited to 20 minutes which will be followed by a ten-minute discussion. The presenters are strongly advised to make an oral presentation and not a read-out of the complete paper. The conference will take place at conference halls at the Beytepe Campus of Hacettepe University on 15 March 2016.

Website of the Centre: (CFP is soon to be published on the page.)

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialrenaissancescience_and_culturetheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 64177Cinemas of Extraction: Life Itself (Deadline: September 23, 2015)ACLA (Harvard, March 2016)Ted.Geier@rice.edu1442782052film_and_televisiontheoryfull name / name of organization: ACLA (Harvard, March 2016)contact email:

NOTE: Must submit via the ACLA submission website by September 23.

What can film express that is not at some distance-- extracted-- from its object? What is the obect, and what is possession in this figure of expressive extraction?

This essentially idiotic question about the tasks of cinema, the violence of committed expression, and the basics of aesthetic distance and of representation, writ large, seems to haunt cinematic thought despite a multitude of critical approaches to film studies that really ought to have answered such questions by now. Particuarly in comparative literary studies settings that invite formal and theoretical inquiry into key themes and problems in diverse works of cultural expression, these fundamental questions remain and continue to produce new thinking on the matter while also testing the bounds of the cultural object in comparative studies. As such, the multitude of answers on another fairly basic yet persistently generative question-- the question of life, perhaps simpler yet the question of being-- "on film" promises its own multitude of articulations, ironies, and failures. Such a multitude of potential irrelevancies, this polyphonic thickness, drives this seminar on comparative film studies, forms of life, ecological or otherwise permeative thought, and technical inquiry.

One related interest for this seminar will be in the various forms of thought (whether coined under signs of biopolitics, posthumanism, ethics, law, more, less) film studies employ (or might employ) in addressing seemingly basic, urgent, even necessary concerns about life and its prospects, lives and their existences, not lives at all. However, no preference must be given to reflexive cinematics or to assertive theoretical frames of inquiry, and no precisely "scholastic" invocation of key thinkers-- Yoshimoto, Agamben, Mulvey, Silverman, Fanon, Spivak, Foucault, Butler, Heidegger, Arendt, whatever-- is more productive than a matter of fact articulation of the matter from specific film examples/details/analyses, but philosophical approaches are certainly encouraged.

This should proceed, then, through pathways and cinematic works including: porn; film production and its material/economic resources (animal parts in film, itself, energy use in the entertainment industry, digital media ecologies, etc.); psychoanalytic and cognitive flim studies; Hollywood system cinema and its reification of identities and narratives; world cinema and global critique/critiques of globality; film form (including sound); affect studies; poststructural film theory; recent turns to Ecocinema; documentary and activism; narrative film studies.

Finally, should the restriction of FILM studies announce itself too firmly in the call itself, feel free to drive the seminar shape further with proposals that mediate/reject/resist the gaps and presumptions of this proposal's language and terms.

cfp categories: film_and_televisiontheory 64178ACLA 2016: The Poetics of Reflexivity: Image, Text, and the Reflexive Gesture Phillip Griffith and Avra Spector, Graduate Center, CUNYPLGriffith@gmail.com1442790107graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetryfull name / name of organization: Phillip Griffith and Avra Spector, Graduate Center, CUNYcontact email:

This seminar uses the concept of reflexivity to explore interdisciplinary questions about the relationship of a self to the world by investigating various points along the reflexive route. The reflexive act, following a path similar to a boomerang's, moves away from a subject only to return as it traces a recoiling -- a turning, deflecting, or bending back. We ask: what is revealed when different points along this trajectory are represented in language or image? We are interested in reflexivity not only as a completed loop but in its disruptions, fragmentations, blockages, and failed journeys. How does marking the reflexive act at a particular point in its path dictate a set of terms for the relationship of a self to the world?

A concrete example of the reflexive path occurs in French grammar. The reflexive verb expresses an action always performed upon the subject of the verb, causing the sentence to look back at where it has been: Je me lave les mains. The reflexive path of the sentence starts at the subject ("je") and meets its turn at the end of the reflexive verb ("me lave").

This reflexive turn exists, too, in art. Reflexivity can be found in narrative structure, particular scenes, moments, or characters as well as in a text's relation to its social and historical context. The overarching narrative structure of Woolf's To The Lighthouse (1927) produces a temporal bending back after the middle section, "Time Passes," but so, too, is the novel composed of distinct moments that can be read reflexively. In Branagh's film version of Hamlet (1996), a play on mirror images during the "To be or not to be" speech suggests the body's reflexive relationship to itself in a loop simultaneously disrupted and completed by the mirror image. The oneiric photomontages by German-Argentine photographer Grete Stern, especially those in her Los sueños series (1948-51), suggest the psychological shock possible as the reflexive action transgresses interior, as well as exterior, borders.

In philosophy and theory, reflexivity operates in terms of Barthes' argument for the relationship among reader, pleasure, and text, compounding the number of participants in reflexivity; in Benveniste's notion that subjectivity forms in the fluid exchange between an I and a You, begging the question: does what returns in the reflexive loop find the subject it left?; reflexivity plays a key role in hermeneutics, de- and reterritorialization, phenomenology, ethics, and critiques of power.

We welcome papers from all periods and approaches. Other topics to explore include:

sound studies

Please send an abstract of 1500 characters (about 300 words) and a brief bio.

If interested, please be in touch with Phillip Griffith and Avra Spector at Proposals must be submitted through the ACLA website by midnight PST September 23.

cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetry