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"Monster Studies and Pedagogy" Special Topics Session at RMMLA Conference [October 2016]

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:56pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Regional Conference

This special topics session slated for the 2016 RMMLA Convention will explore monsters in culture, literature, and media. Monster Studies is a growing sub-discipline within English and Cultural Studies. Some scholars have been incorporating monsters into their classrooms as a way to not only teach tenuous topics in a college classroom (e.g. sexism, racism, classism) but to engage students through a new, innovative topic.

This panel seeks proposals for presentations on Monster studies in general with a secondary focus on the use of monsters as pedagogical tools in the classroom. Proposals submitted for consideration will address either monsters at large or in some specific facet of the academic experience. Papers submitted can

Special Edition-Precarity Tales

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 6:13pm
Lehigh Valley Vanguard

Call for Papers
Precarity Tales

Seeking poetry and prose describing the precarious circumstances of the proletariat.
Lived precarity has received much attention over the last several years, especially regarding adjunct professors. We're looking for stories from:

Barely part-timers
And (of course) Adjunct faculty

Experimental prose and poetry will be considered, along with traditional editorial style.

No papers in academese, please. Must be enjoyable for laypeople.

Prose should be 500-2500 words
Poems can be up to 100 lines (up to 3 poems will be considered)
Please send the finished work, not a pitch.

Architecting Modernist Fiction---MLA Philadelphia 2017--Deadline March 1

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 4:43pm
Amy Foley/MLA Philadelphia

How are architectures experienced and represented in modernist fiction? This proposed special session welcomes all disciplines and approaches. Possible topics include architecture as it relates to narrative, environment, material culture, temporality, affect, politics, and periodization. Please submit 300-word abstract and brief bio to Amy Foley (amy_foley@uri.edu)by March 1, 2016.

BTN Black Theatre Future Forward ~ 28th Annual S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 3:57pm
The Black Theatre Network

28th annual S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition
2016 CALL FOR PAPERS (For Undergraduate & Graduate Students)

The Black Theatre Network is currently seeking papers from students at the Undergraduate and Graduate level that are concerned with an aspect of Black Theatre. Entrants do not need to be members of the Black Theatre Network to submit.

The Politics of Time in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature - ALA 2016 - May 26th-29th

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:34pm
Molly Ball

Recent years have seen a great deal of work on the temporality of the nation in nineteenth-century U.S. literatures. Dana Luciano, Lloyd Pratt, Thomas Allen, and others have considered how representations of time both produce and contest the boundaries of national belonging. This panel builds on such work, uniting questions about the political dimensions of temporality with questions about literary form. The panel will explore how plotting, narrative structure, and other explicitly literary ways of representing time organize, rework, and/or unsettle ideas about national time during the long nineteenth century.

Panel "East Coast/West Coast: Friends and Feuds" | ASA Nov. '16 | Abstract deadline 1/21/16

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 12:35pm
American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 17-20, 2016


The "East Coast/West Coast" rivalry, distinction, feud, or romance is a recurrent theme in American music and popular forms – most famously in hip hop, but also in rock, jazz, and other genres. This panel will enlarge on this theme and explore it in relation to multiple genres and modes in U.S. culture, politics, economics, and/or other forms of life.

All ideas and disciplines welcome. Please send the organizer a brief email saying who you are and what your interest in this topic is in advance of the deadline (i.e. right away).

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words by January 21, 2016.

Reframing Science Fiction: A One Day Conference on the Art of Science Fiction 21 March 2016 deadline 15 January 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 11:58am
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Reframing Science Fiction:

A One Day Conference on the Art of Science Fiction

21 March 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Keynote speakers: Dr Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent)

From William Blake and John Martin to Glenn Brown and The Otolith Group, artists have been producing works of art that are science fiction. And artists and their works have been incorporated into many works of sf.

Meanwhile, on countless book covers and in magazine illustrations, a visual language of science fiction has evolved: bug-eyed monsters; spaceships; robots and so on.

Call for Book Chapters. Mater Dolorosa: The Representation of the Blessed Mary in Literature and Art

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 11:48am

In today's complex world religious discourse is especially crucial, considering that secularism is expanding around the globe. We seek contributions on the representation of the Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art. Comparative approaches are always welcome. Religious and cultural literacy is important for domestic and international politics, the practice of peace, harmony, justice, and social prosperity. Thus, this edited volume will help diminish religious illiteracy. Universitas Press has agreed to publish this edited volume. Contributions are welcome from scholars in various disciplines in the humanities.

Spring School "Media, Private Sphere and Daily Life" | 11-15 April 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 11:31am
CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture

Joint event of the PhD Program in Communication Studies of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC, Research Line "Media, Technology, Contexts") and Department of Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University
LISBON, 11-15 APRIL 2016
Call for Applications

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: CFP: Social Networks as Intellectual Communities

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:57am
Lynn R. Johnson/ Dickinson College

Central Pennsylvania Consortium's Africana Studies Conference:
#Envisioning Black Digital Spaces

Keynote speaker: Alicia Garza, Social Activist & Co-Creator of the viral Twitter Hashtag And Movement, #BlackLivesMatter

April 8-9, 2016
Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

MLA 2017 Special Session: Modernism and Graphic Narrative (DEADLINE 3/10/16)

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:47am
Janine Utell / Modern Language Association

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia. The proposal for the special session is due on April 1, 2016. Acceptance at the call for paper stage is NOT a guarantee of the session being accepted and running at MLA 2017.

This proposed special session will explore the relationships and connections between modernism and graphic narrative. Panelists may consider:

+ narrative theory, modernism, and comics
+ the influence of modernism on comics and graphic narrative
+ modernist ways of reading graphic narrative
+ intertextuality and adaptation
+ perspective and consciousness
+ space and time


[UPDATE] CFP for Special Issue of Philip Roth Studies: "Other People's Roths"

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:39am
Philip Roth Studies

Philip Roth's work has always invited speculation about the relationship between the author's own life and that of his fictional protagonists. From Portnoy's Complaint, which Roth claimed was "a novel in the guise of a confession that was received ...