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[UPDATE] MLA 2017 Special Session: New Approaches to Existentialism and the Absurd (deadline 3/15/2016)

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 5:18pm
Julia Elsky / Loyola University Chicago

This is a call for a proposed panel, which will explore new approaches to the study of the existentialist and absurdist movements in the 20th century. We invite proposals for papers that rethink these movements in light of recent scholarship related to gender, race, ecology, transnationalism, and immigration. We welcome papers that rethink issues at the heart of these two movements: the category of the Other, the search for meaning in the world and its environment, freedom and oppression, the political and the private. We are also interested in how these movements have been in dialogue with each other.

Politics, Civic Life and Culture

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 4:24pm
Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)

​The section on Politics, Civic Life, and Culture for the 2016 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) conference is now accepting paper proposals from faculty and graduate students (jointly authored papers with advanced undergraduates are also welcome).This year, NEPCA's annual fall conference will be held on the campus of Keene State University in Keene, NH during the weekend of October 21-22, 2016. For more information, please visit the NEPCA website: https://nepca.wordpress.com/2016-conference/

Creative Writing and Military Experience-- Inaugural Issue

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2:27pm
Michael Kula, University of Washington, Tacoma

Collateral is a newly launching literary magazine affiliated with the Writing Studies Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. We are currently open for submissions for our inaugural issue, forthcoming Summer 2016. We seek to provide a creative forum to showcase the voices of those who exist in the spaces around military service and military personnel, i.e., spouses, children, parents, co workers, etc...

Please see our mission statement below and the link to our site with full submission guidelines.


About Us

Open Field: Gender, Sexuality, and the Black Athlete

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:50am
Portland State Univ./Univ. of Louisville

Sport operates as a social and cultural institution that allows for hegemonic ideals about masculinity to be preserved and reproduced. Moreover, these ideals have historically been decidedly white and heteronormative. However, sport is also a contested terrain where the battle for the maintenance and redistribution of power and privilege is constantly being waged, won, and lost. The black athlete, then, is always/already linked to the questions of race, gender, sexuality, sport, and power.

Call for Papers and Artistic Submissions

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2:23am
Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017)

Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists Working From Canada

Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

Contact email: akilahw@msn.com or emily.allenwilliams@uvi.edu

Editor: Dr. Emily Allen Williams

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017) will highlight the work of Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists working from Canada.
[Note: Essays, poetry, literary non-fiction, visual art, performance art videos, et. al. on other topical areas also will be considered.]

Deadline Extended to April 1 for Submission to Harriet Beecher Stowe Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:24pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Society

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society is organizing its 20th Anniversary conference on "Everyday Stowe" at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington from June 24-26, 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended until April 1, 2016. We are happy to announce that Dr. Laura Korobkin will be our keynote speaker.

Form and The Public Intellectual (MLA 2017 Guaranteed Session; 3/15/16; 1/17)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:05pm
David Bahr, BMCC-CUNY

Almost thirty years ago, Russell Jacoby defined public intellectuals as "writers and thinkers who address a general and educated audience." Yet from Rousseau to Jacoby, the public intellectual has been perceived to operate most effectively outside the power elite, including the university system.

MLA 2017 Unhomely Narratives: Migration and Displacement in Black Diaspora Literature

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 12:59pm
Debarati Biswas/English, The Graduate Center CUNY; Christopher Ian Foster/Department of English James Madison University

MLA 2017
Unhomely Narratives: Migration and Displacement in Black Diaspora Literature
Calls for Papers Submission
Panel Organizers: Debarati Biswas and Christopher Ian Foster
Submission 250-word abstracts/ 1-2 page CV
Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2016
Contact person information: Debarati Biswas (debarati.biswas@gmail.com) and Christopher Ian Foster (fosterci@jmu.edu)

Welcome to Night Vale (collection; 6/15/16)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:44am
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Call for Papers: Welcome to Night Vale (collection; 6/15/16)


Proposals related to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale are solicited for chapter contributions to an edited scholarly collection to be published by Palgrave.

The editor seeks to include a range of approaches focusing on both form and content. Topics may include but are not limited to:

• internal themes and allusions
• genre and influences
• performance, music, and effects
• politics and historical contextualization
• podcast production, distribution, and consumption
• reception and fandom
• paratexts, marketing, and merchandise

CFP: How Normal is White?: The Normalization of Whiteness in Young Adult Dystopian Lit

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:22am
Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda Green-Barteet (SAMLA)

In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in this literature. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is, as well.

Transformation for Empowerment: Moving beyond Buzzwords November 10 &11, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 5:06am
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Call for Papers

10th and 11th November 2016
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
We are delighted to announce the fifth International Research Conference on Humanities and social Sciences-2016 (IRCHSS-2016), to take place at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, on 10th and 11th November, 2016.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
• Professor David Amigoni, Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor in Victorian Literature, University of Keele, UK

Romantic Legacies

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:27pm
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

Romantic Legacies, 18-19 November 2016
Conference Website: http://rl2016.com/

Keynote Speakers:
Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London): "Romantic Walking and Railway Realism"
Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University): TBA