From arborescence to the rhizome, plants have long served as models for thinking in philosophy, biology, and the arts. In recent years, scholars including Michael Marder, Catriona Sandilands, and Jeffrey Nealon have brought renewed attention to the agency and dynamism of the vegetal, at the same time that the future of plant life has come to be at risk in the wake of climate change and the impending collapse of ecosystems. This panel invites papers that explore ways of thinking about and with plants in the shadow of the Anthropocene. How do writers and visual artists, past and present, help us renegotiate our relationship to the vegetal today?
CFP for NeMLA 2021 - A Virtual/hybrid conference:
Virtualizing Material Games (SCMS Virtual Conference Panel 2021)
Even before worldwide quarantines added impetus, material gaming had already become increasingly enacted in virtual spaces. Rather than virtual play replacing the material, as some speculated in the early days of videogames, material play has become increasingly entangled with virtuality. These increasingly complementary modes of play offer a rich space for exploring the multifaceted embodied and conceptual activity of play, the blending of material and virtual that in many ways defines games.
400 years ago, the Mayflower arrived on Patuxet land and established the settler colony of Plymouth. Just two years later, the Patuxet peoples were pronounced extinct. Despite or due to this settler violence, the Plymouth colony gave rise to the American tradition of “Thanksgiving” and the mythology of Europeans building a ‘City upon a Hill’ in America.
While it is considered dubious to anthropomorphize animals to learn about them, learning with animals asks scholars to consider both animal and human ways of being and knowing, as well as where those epistemologies might overlap or diverge. Attempting to learn with animals requires consideration of the value of anthropomorphization. Drawing on the burgeoning field of animal studies, we invite literary scholars to consider how literature imagines animals and their ways of being and knowing—whether alternate or familiar.
According to the United Nations, more than 70 million people have been displaced worldwide. The UN monitors statistics on internally displaced persons, refugees, and asylum-seekers, and within those groups there are nuanced experiences of displacement based on gender, race, sexual expression, class, religion, and ability. Experience of forced displacement—whether because of civil unrest, natural disaster, government-induced development, or climate change—is more and more a shared experience, and the narratives of these experiences can both bring together and challenge us. The recent global Coronavirus pandemic affects us all, and yet it exacerbates the inequities in medical care, services, and ability to adhere to stay-at-home mandates.
Whether we consider the high fantasy of Lewis and Tolkien or the contemporary rise in historical fiction set during the Middle Ages, it must be acknowledged that medievalists (and scholars more generally) have long been linked with creative writing. In an era of academia where the traditional university job is far from assured and where representations of the Middle Ages are co-opted by white nationalists, we must acknowledge the wider benefits and contributions of the humanities, while promoting a diverse picture of the Middle Ages. It is more important than ever that the scholastic community embrace its creative side.
Francophone Texts of the North and South: Geographical Imaginaries
Call for Papers - NeMLA 2021 - Online - March 11 - 14, 2021
Due October 11th
DATES EXTENDED to 1st OCT 2021 for submission of abstract
Reading into Murder: critical essays on the theme of murder in select cult texts.
Call for Papers for ‘ICMA Student Committee’ Session Proposal
International Medieval Congress (IMC 2021) 5-8 July 2021, University of Leeds
Seeing Climate through Medieval Art and Architecture
Call for Papers:
Jesuits in Science Fiction: The Clash of Reason and Revelation on Other Worlds
Edited by Richard Feist (Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada)
To be published by Vernon Press
The 64th annual American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held February 12th through 13th at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. This year’s conference is delayed until the spring because of COVID-19. The following is a list of suggested areas of scholarship you may consider when exploring our conference theme:
Call For Papers: An Interdisciplinary Virtual Symposium on Maritime, Marine and Aquatic Gothic Culture and Research to be held Friday 12 February 2021, 0930 – 1930 (AEST)
Deadline for abstracts: 5pm, Friday 2 October 2020
Returning to the Gothic Ocean is a one day interdisciplinary virtual symposium dedicated to
an exploration of the haunted waters stretching across Australia to the Pacific, Southern and
Indian Oceans as well as the Timor, Tasman, Arafura and Coral Seas. Australian Gothic
fictions are steeped in terrestrial lore of the land and landscape and the architectural forms
built upon it. It descends from the “weird melancholy” of the bush in colonial literature
The Arab notion of identity, defined by traditional gender roles, categorizes the binary subsets of the patriarchal understanding of performative “male” and “female” facades. Gender remains vaguely defined in the Arab world due to layers of taboo and stigma; untraditional gender roles and practices result in a halt of the fragile cyclical reality within the Arab realm. In recent years, the academic world began to decode expressions of gender within the Arab world; however, the gendered Arab identity has been fundamentally stereotyped. In this edited volume, we venture into various subsets of the 21st century Arab identity that pertain to deciphering the gendered Arab.
Living in the End Times: Utopian and Dystopian Representations of Pandemics in Fiction, Film and Culture
An Interdisciplinary International Conference (Virtual), Cappadocia University, Turkey
January 14 – 15, 2021
Venue: Cappadocia University, Mustafapaşa Campus, 50420 Ürgüp/Nevşehir/Turkey (Virtual-Microsoft Teams)
Keynote speaker: TBA