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Archives of the Planetary, Ecologies of the Global South (ACLA 2024, Montreal)

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:34pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference 
Palais des congrès, Montreal, March 14-17, 2024

Co-organizers: Christine Xiong (Stanford) and Fiana Kawane (University of British Columbia)

Édouard Glissant, in Poetics of Relation (1990), famously emphasizes that “Cultures develop in a single planetary space but to different ‘times.’ It would be impossible to determine either a real chronological order or an unquestionable hierarchical order for these times.”

Reimagining Premodern Disability: Excess, Surplus, Gain

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:48pm
NEMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

This panel puts forward premodern disability as enhancement, surplus, or even reward, drawing from the concept of “disability gain,” coined by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Fox, Krings, Vierke, 2019), to reformulate disability as gain, instead of loss, or as a resource. The concept is based on H-Dirksen Bauman and Joseph Murray’s concept of “Deaf gain,” which approaches Deafness as a benefit that expands social, cultural, intellectual, and creative fields (2014). While this concept has yet to be applied to premodern disability, reading disability in premodern texts through the lens of “disability gain” may allow the modern scholar to reframe and discuss the premodern body outside of ethnocentric systems.

NeMLA 2024 Panel - Bodies in Excess / Excess(ive) Bodies

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:30pm
Marina Malli, Binghamton University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Hortense Spillers describes the Black woman as “a locus of confounded identities”: “‘Peaches’ and ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Sapphire’ and ‘Earth Mother,’ ‘Aunty,’ ‘Granny,’ God's ‘Holy Fool,’ a ‘Miss Ebony First,’ or ‘Black Woman at the Podium.’”[1] Borrowing Nicole Fleetwood’s term “excess flesh”[2] which refers to the hypervisibility of Black female bodies, this panel seeks to engage with the representation of bodies that are seen as “excess” or “surplus.” Fleetwood explores artists and performers that reclaim or subvert the attributed “excessiveness” of the Black female body using this very corporeality to (re)gain ownership of Black female subjectivity and narrativization.

Unexpected Excesses: Nonviolence in Contemporary Transgressive Fiction

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:48pm
Rebecca Warshofsky / Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

To transgress is to exceed, violate, or infringe upon a law, rule, or convention. When transgression occurs, it often manifests as violence — crime, terrorism, bodily mutilation, etc. — because these are obvious signifiers that a significant legal, social, or moral boundary has been crossed. But the mechanism of transgression, which is always present in society and always necessary for its evolution, can also take subtler forms, manifesting as disgust or abjection (Julia Kristeva), sexuality or eroticism (Georges Bataille), laughter or carnival (Mikhail Bakhtin), etc.

CFP: More is More: Maximalism, Materiality, and the Medieval Aesthetics of Embellishment (ICMS 2024, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-10, 2024)

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:37pm
Grace Catherine Greiner (Cornell University) and Jennifer Rabedeau (Cornell University)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 15, 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS
More is More: Maximalism, Materiality, and the Medieval Aesthetics of Embellishment
International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 8-10, 2024, Kalamazoo, MI)

Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2023 (on the ICMS submission portal)

Book Burning/Book Banning - Roundtable for NeMLA 2024

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:30pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention will be held in Boston March 7-10 2024.

"The people in those books never lived!" It's an ironic observation from Captain Beatty, which he uses to justify the burning of books in Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel turned seventy years old in 2023, yet many of the thematic elements persist today. While books are not being burned (at least not yet), book banning has certainly surged over the past few years. Indeed, the heated political climate in the United States has called for many books to be pulled from K-12 curricula, books that are oftentimes by and about people of color and LGBTQ+ folks. 

Mentoring for Scholars of Color - Roundtable for NeMLA 2024

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:30pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention will be held in Boston March 7-10 2024.

We are soliciting papers for our roundtable, entitled "Mentoring Scholars of Color." The roundtable was very popular at last year's session, and we want to resume conversations about best practices for mentoring diverse scholars today. The goal is to create a safe space for scholars of color to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the area of mentorship among scholars of color.

Making Sense of (and With) Difficult Texts

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:33pm
ACLA
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

 

ACLA Annual Meeting: Montréal, March 14-17 2024

 

The act of literary reading implies a commitment to the text, which means making ourselves available and open to its potential and consequences. Indeed, many texts require us to devote careful attention to them and to adopt a ‘vulnerable reading’ stance even though they escape our horizon of meaning. What are difficult texts and how can they be felt as such?

updated! EVENT 2024: NAVSA and Victorians Institute (Atlanta Hub)

updated: 
Friday, January 19, 2024 - 2:03pm
Victorians Institute and NAVSA
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 1, 2024

Event 2024 is an experiment in sustainable global conferencing, including monthly Zoom events, face-to-face hub events in September, and the asynchronous discussion of uploaded papers on COVE Conferences.

Stanley Kubrick and Conspiracy culture: Call for Chapters

updated: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:48pm
James Fenwick (Sheffield Hallam University) Matthew Melia (Kingston University)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Stanley Kubrick and Conspiracy Culture: Call for book chapters