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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) -- 27th Annual Conference – Atlantic City, NJ

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

26th Annual Conference

November 3-5, 2016

Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Hotel


Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.


Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 30, 2016.


The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500-1700 (RSA 2017)

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 3:11pm
Victoria Brownlee
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 20, 2016

Abstracts are invited for a proposed series of sessions on the body and spiritual experience in Europe 1500-1700, intended for the next Renaissance Society of America meeting (30 March–1 April 2017, Chicago). Possible questions might include: In what ways does biblical reading shape understanding of the relationship between physical and spiritual matter?  Which body parts or material processes are implicated in spiritual experience?

PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:55am
Diana Shaffer/PAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern


This special session will explore the evolution of ekphrasis from its roots in the Homeric period to the present day. Papers on any aspect of ekphrasis, theoretical or applied, are welcome.


Submission Deadline: June 2, 2016


Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website



For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at



After Dickens: A Two-Day Conference 2-3 Dec 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:56am
University of York
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 18, 2016

After Dickens
Keynote Speakers: Professor Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster University) and Professor Juliet John (Royal Holloway)

With a performance of ‘Fagin’s Last Hour’ by James Hyland and post-show talk.

G. K. Chesterton’s seminal study of Charles Dickens, published in 1906, ends with ‘A Note on the Future of Dickens’. Chesterton closes this chapter with the enigmatic promise of meeting Dickens – and his characters – in “the tavern at the end of the world”. At a threshold moment for Dickens studies, Chesterton is not only looking back to find Dickens, he is also looking forward.

Call for Contributors: Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:56am
Kavita Mudan Finn
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

With five books and approximately eight million words published thus far in the Song of Ice and Fire series (1996-ongoing) and the sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones currently airing, we are seeing the beginnings of a school of criticism devoted to George R.R. Martin’s works and their peculiar brand of deconstructive and in many ways postmodern interpretations of the fantasy genre and medievalism. Often positioned as the grittier antithesis of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, Martin's narrative focuses on the darker side of chivalry and heroism, stripping away these higher ideals to reveal the greed, amorality, and lust for power underpinning them.


Preliminary Call for Participation: Extreme Appalachia!

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:57am
Appalachian Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Preliminary Call for Participation
2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference
EXTREME Appalachia!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

CFP Studies In Control Societies, AUG 1 for Fall 2016 publication

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:15am
Studies In Control Societies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 1, 2016


Studies In Control Societies is seeking submissions for the Fall 2016 issue.

We invite submissions that explore the technologies and transformations in state power, political economy, and subjectivity that control societies engender. Some suggested topics include:

The Piety and Politics of Women’s Food Practices in a Changing South Asia

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:20am
Usha Sanyal, Queens University of Charlotte
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 27, 2016

The Piety and Politics of Womens Food Practices in a Changing South Asia


This book will explore issues related to gender, religion, work and identity in South Asia through the lens of food practices. Food has powerful discursive and ritual value across South Asian cultures and of course occupies an important place in the everyday lives of women across the class spectrum. It therefore offers a unique window into issues of gender difference, religious power, cultural identity, and social change in all South Asian communities and religious traditions—Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, and others.

Shakespeare's Londons/London's Shakespeare

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:21am
Literary London Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

To tie in with the forthcoming Literary London Conference (6 - 8 July 2016) on the theme of 'London and the Globe', the Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on 'Shakespeare's Londons/London's Shakespeares'.
The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016 and articles (between 5,000 - 7,000 words long) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions:
·       How are ‘Londoners’ (Henry VIII, 1.2.155) constructed in Shakespeare’s plays?
·       What role did – or do – London audiences play in constructing Shakespeare?
·       In what ways can we rethink Shakespeare’s anatopism, ie. his staging of London as other cities?

Religion in American Literature

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:17am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 11/11-11/13, 2016
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history.  In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between secularity and literary development in the United States.  Some of the questions we will consider are: How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized faith and experienced transcendence?  How did it influence the way they responded to suffering? How did they express the tension of living within a secular age? What are the expressions of transcendence within secular culture? 

The proposal deadline is June 10, 2016.  Please submit your proposal by going to the PAMLA website:  pamla.org

The Power of Love: DEADLINE EXTENDED An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:14pm
Film and History
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 22, 2016

CFP: The Power of Love An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference:
Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television
October 26-October 30, 2016
The Milwaukee Hilton
Milwaukee, WI (USA)  

When romance is brought to life on film and television, it becomes a public discourse capable of either normalizing or challenging behaviors and activating social criticism. Debates over the shape and form of love on the silver screen have been at the center of film and television history, pointing to its significant cultural power. This area, then, will explore both “the power of love” in screen history and the implications of love in film and television.

Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Audiences in Contemporary Media

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:21am
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Projector is developing a special issue on texts and audience responses to/interventions in representations of gender, race, and sexuality in film, television, comics, graphic novels, video games, and streaming media on various platforms.


The issue will feature research that illuminates the cultural, aesthetic, and/or material aspects of contemporary media, which is created, interpreted, and recreated in an environment marked by interactivity and ongoing cultural/media developments that signal new developments in progressive politics as well as the continuing mobilization of bigotry, sexism, and xenophobia.


New Approaches to Early Modern Skepticism / RSA 2017

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:22am
Brent Dawson, Cassie Miura, Amanda Kellogg
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 20, 2016


    Over the past 30 years, scholars have written extensively on the influence of skepticism in the early modern period, frequently characterizing the philosophical school as a threat to the era’s epistemology, ethics, and religion. But could skepticism also work to generate meaning, create stability, or provide a sense of tranquility? This panel series seeks to build on and compliment earlier readings by examining how ancient philosophical models-- such as Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Pyrrhonism-- as well as the skeptical texts available to early modern readers might complicate our current understanding of skepticism as a fundamentally destabilizing or disruptive force.