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"Rhetorical Theory" Panel (PAMLA 2021)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:20am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

PAMLA 2021

“Rhetorical Theory”
Las Vegas, 11/11-14, 2021

Chair: Dr. Ryan Leack, USC

“Rhetoric is a coproductive function of circulation in excess of human intention, which collapses rhetoric and persuasion into the rhetorical, a process of world making that extends relationality into future publics.” 

—Byron Hawk, Resounding the Rhetorical (2018)

This panel will explore recent movements in rhetorical theory writ large, either in connection with or apart from composition theory and practice. Special attention will be given to proposals that engage with the conference's theme. 

Final Reminder: First Book Institute Applications Due by 2/15

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:27am
Center for American Literary Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 15, 2021


The 2021 First Book Institute

June 6-12, 2021

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University via Zoom


Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Co-Editor of American Literature

Institutional Identity, Literary Studies, and the Secular/Religious Divide (MLA 2022)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:27am
Jack Dudley and Dave Wehner, Mount St. Mary's University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

This proposed special session roundtable invites reflections on the tensions and limits of teaching and studying literature at religious as well as secular universities and colleges. How do different institutional commitments and governing documents as well as campus cultures and constituencies implicitly and/or explicitly limit what can be taught and published at each kind of institution? What are these limits and how have scholars navigated, challenged, and/or adapted to them? What kind of institutional discursive spaces might be created between and beyond the secular/religious divide?

MLA, Washington, DC, 6–9 January 2022

Forthcoming Book Series: Narratives and Mental Health

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:22am
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2024

Series editors: Jarmila Mildorf, University of Paderborn, Germany, Elisabeth Punzi, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Christoph Singer, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Cornelia Wächter, University of Bochum, Germany


Narratives and Mental Health offers a forum for dialogue between the arts, humanities and other disciplines interested in mental health and well-being.

Narrative is a central tool for meaning-making. Yet, its relevance has long been side-lined in the mental health sector including psychiatry, clinical psychology, medicine and social work.