Malcolm X's Assassination and Autobiography Fifty Years Later

full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2015

What are the literary legacies of Malcolm X's life and death? In 1965, after Malcolm X's life came to an end, The Autobiography of Malcolm X cemented his status as icon. Malcolm's death galvanized a nascent Black Arts Movement, inspiring the generation of black nationalist artists that Amiri Baraka termed 'Malcolm's sons and daughters.' This panel invites papers that engage with the enduring resonance of Malcolm X's life and death for literary and black studies.

Please submit 200-300 word abstracts through NeMLA's new online system. See the online call for papers to submit abstracts: Search by panel title or my name (Julie Burrell) and click "Submit an Abstract" button below the panel description.

57652Call for Papers: Chapter on the Military for Edited Collection on the Cultural Influences of Role-Playing GamesAndrew Byers and Francesco Croccorpgbook2014@gmail.com1405618680americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Andrew Byers and Francesco Croccocontact email:

Since its initial publication in 1974, the iconic role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has spawned hundreds of other analog and digital RPGs, as well as an entirely new industry and subculture. In the last decade, scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum have explored the origins, characteristics, cultures, and player experiences of RPGs. Yet, little scholarly attention has been devoted to the meaningful ways RPGs have shaped and transformed society at large over the past forty years.

The majority of the chapters for the collection have already been selected, but we would like to include an additional chapter on the use of role-playing games (tabletop, live-action, etc.), or similar games or gaming-related activities used by the U.S. or another military organization for training, operational concept development, or any other purpose.

Please send proposed abstracts of 250-500 words, along with a brief (250 word) biography and C.V., in either *.rtf (rich text format) or *.doc (MS Word document format), to editors Andrew Byers and Francesco Crocco at by August 15, 2014. If accepted for the collection, completed essays of 7,000 to 10,000 words will be due by January 1, 2015.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 57653ICMS: Kalamazoo 2015: Disguise and Incognito: 1000-1500James Howard / Emory Universityjwhowa2@emory.edu1405623411gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedievalfull name / name of organization: James Howard / Emory Universitycontact email:

We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute paper sessions on disguise and incognito for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17 2015. Submit via e-mail to with ICMS in the subject header. For time to read and reply to every submission individually, please send it in no later than August 18, 2014.


This session aims to explore the use of disguise and incognito in texts from the high and late Middle Ages (c.1000-1500). It will approach disguise and incognito from a number of disciplinary intersections, including Arthurian studies, performance studies, gender studies, and studies of rhetoric. One touchstone for the session is Molly Martin's 2011 book Vision and Gender in Malory's Morte Darthur, which explores disguise as a visual maneuver that allows masculine performances to be judged: making Tristram invisible so that he may be examined. The performances of disguise connect material culture to forms of identity formation. For instance, Susan Crane's seminal work The Performance of Self (2002) draws concrete connections between court pageants and 15th century romances, work that continues to be expanded by Andrea Denny-Brown (Fashioning Change: The Trope of Clothing in High- and Late-Medieval England, 2012) and others. Disguise allows the transgression of particular subject roles, allowing critics and historians to examine the boundaries of class, religion, and gender.

This session is especially open to papers that approach disguise in new and innovative ways. For instance, most work on disguise focuses on romances, fabliaux, or city culture, and much remains to be done to explore what they establish about sexuality, roleplaying, and performance. There are also lots of instances of disguised or crossdressing saints like St. Pelagia and St. Eugenia. Papers can also analyze disguise through late medieval dramatic performances and allegories.

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarymedieval 57655Edited Volume on Western Film and Television Abstract Deadline 11/15/14 ICONOGPRAHY AND ARCHETYPES IN WESTERN FILM AND TELEVISION smatheson@ucn.ca1405627454americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: ICONOGPRAHY AND ARCHETYPES IN WESTERN FILM AND TELEVISION contact email:

Call for Papers


Eds. Sue Matheson and Andrew Patrick Nelson

We are currently soliciting abstracts of 100 words for essays to be included the first book to examine the richness and complexity of the film and television Western through its iconography and archetypes, foregrounding the significant contributions made to our understanding of America's narratives of land, nation and cultural identity by the recurrent symbols and artifacts of Hollywood's wild west.

To date, considerations of the visual conventions of the Western have focused almost exclusively on natural landscapes, like John Ford's famous use of Monument Valley, and the symbolic significance of the cowboy hero and the famous actors associated with these roles, including John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Where, though, are the studies of the contributions of filmmakers other than Ford to the evolving "look" of the genre? Of Anthony Mann's rocky sierras? Howard Hawks's depopulated towns? Sam Peckinpah's impoverished borderlands? And where are the examinations of the countless other symbols and standards intrinsic to the genre and its narratives? There's the stagecoach, the saloon, the barbershop and the general store, each with a proprietor, employees and customers. What about firearms? How about cigarettes and the act of smoking? The significance of the costume as shorthand for character attributes? Even something as simple as facial hair has served, and continues to serve, as a powerful indication of shifting notions of verisimilitude. Over a century of invention, reinvention and reinterpretation, the Western's icons and archetypes have celebrated, affirmed, and deconstructed the American character, transmitting a complicated cultural coding about heroism and morality, the nature of capitalism and westward expansionism, technological progress and family life, assimilation and settlement, and masculinity and femininity.

We are interested in proposals that examine any aspect of the Western's conventional mise-en-scène, including but not limited to those named above. Proposals may address the genre-at-large; particular periods, cycles or series; the work of individual filmmakers, actors or other personnel; or any combination thereof.

Completed essays of approximately 5000 words in length will be due in September of 2015. This book is under contract with McFarland Press.

We are asking for proposals by November 15, 2014. Please feel free to contact us with any queries!

Sue Matheson, PhD
University College of the North

Andrew Patrick Nelson, PhD
Montana State University

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 57656the quint: call for papers DEADLINE: 08/15/14the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the northjbutler@ucn.ca1405627921african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the northcontact email:

the quint's twenty fourth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books, music, and films. The deadline for this call is 15th August 2014—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.

quint guidelines

All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.

Hard copies of manuscripts should be sent to Dr. John Butler or Dr. Sue Matheson at the quint, University College of the North, P.O. Box 3000, The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, R9A 1M7. We are happy to receive your artwork in digital format, PDF preferred. Email copies of manuscripts, Word or RTF preferred, should be sent to either or

Essays should range between 15 and 25 pages of double-spaced text, including all images and source citations. Longer and shorter submissions also will be considered. Bibliographic citation should be the standard disciplinary format.
Copyright is retained by the individual authors of manuscripts and artists of works accepted for publication in the quint.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 57657Television, Historicity, Theory--SCMS Panel, Montreal 2015Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference March, 2015 Montrealgellertl@grinnell.edu1405632097african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturetheoryfull name / name of organization: Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference March, 2015 Montrealcontact email:

Recent publications, such as Amy Villarejo's _Ethereal Queer: Television, Historicity, Desire_ (Duke, 2014) and Jason Mittell's _Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling_ (MediaCommons Press, 2012-13), among others, herald a paradigm shift in television theory and historiography, one that deepens and expands the current critical language of TV studies. This panel seeks to pursue this shift in critical and theoretical approaches to television studies, inviting papers that situate television in broader questions of narrativity, historicity, critical theory, and continental philosophy. Papers that bring television studies into dialogue with any number of theoretical concerns are encouraged; a broad range of topics might include, but are not limited to:

· Historical materialism; new historical approaches to TV

· Narratological investigation; applications of narrative theory

· Philosophical engagements with TV studies, including questions of technics, temporality, spatiality, materiality, etc.

· New approaches to "representation" and its particular problematics (i.e., the critical exhaustion of realism paradigm and stereotype analysis)

· Reassessments of mass culture criticism (Stuart Hall, John Caughie, Fredric Jameson, Theodor Adorno, Raymond Williams, Herman Gray, Patricia Mellencamp, John Fiske, Jane Feuer, et al.)

For this panel, I am especially interested in papers that, following Villarejo, recognize television "as one of the—if not the most—gendered and sexualized [and, I would add, racialized] apparatuses of modern technoscience, …deserving of deeper analyses of its specific function as a technology of sexual [gendered, racialized] becoming … beyond the terms of recognition and identification most often used to describe relationships between spectators and particular programs" (Ethereal Queer 7; 2014). Therefore, critical and theoretical engagements with issues/histories of television and racial formations, sexual genealogies, and gendered constructions (e.g., discussions of queer time, gendered affect, queer of color critique) are particular welcome.

Please send an abstract (max 2500 char), author bio (max 500 char), and 3-5 bibliographical references to Terri Geller at by August 5, 2014. Inquiries and questions about your topic prior to sending your draft proposal are welcome. You will be notified of acceptance by August 10th.

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturetheory 57658Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic DisordersDepartment of English at the University of Chicagoaestheticdisorders.uchicago@gmail.com1405640507african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Department of English at the University of Chicagocontact email:

Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders
Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College
With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago

Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014

Consider the concussion, a sudden impact inducing a distortion of perception that might not be recognizable before it is diagnosed; or the commotion, a situation that appears as chaos before its content and contours get defined. What aesthetic forms emerge from an effort to work with and within such types of disorder?

For its autumn 2014 conference, the University of Chicago Department of English Language and Literature proposes to ponder what happens to composition, interpretation, and critique when their motivating impulse is less to organize and structure than to sense disorder. The project of this conference is to thus explore modes of aesthetic production located in the fissures or in periphery of projects of hegemonic or total social mapping (e.g. Marxism, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis, or, more recently, studies of surveillance, biopolitics, and grammatization). Questions include, but are not limited, to:
• What is the role of sensing in aesthetic production (e.g. literary, visual, auditory, etc.)?
• How does an aesthetic of disorder deal with the event implied by such phenomena as the concussion and the commotion?
• How to approach an aesthetic of disorder when it fails to be reparative?

We invite graduate students and writers to present scholarly and artistic works of fiction, non-fiction, prose, or poetry (or some hybrid) touching on various historical periods and stemming from literary criticism; poetry, poetics, and poiesis; media studies, art history; anthropology; cultural studies; critical theory; or other relevant fields of inquiry. Please submit 250-300-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations to by July 25th, 2014. Include a title as well as your full contact information and institutional affiliation.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 57659NeMLA 2015 - Shakespearean [Re]Visions: Adapting the Bard in 21st-Century Visual Culture - Deadline 9/30/14Mary Ellen Iatropoulosmaryiatrop@gmail.com1405641882film_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturerenaissancetheatrefull name / name of organization: Mary Ellen Iatropouloscontact email:

Shakespearean [Re]Visions: Adapting the Bard in 21st-Century Visual Culture

Call for proposals for NeMLA 2015 panel

In what ways do twenty-first century adaptations of Shakespeare's works refashion, reinvent, and comment upon the Bard's texts? How is Shakespeare transformed through adaptation into visual media? What new insights are revealed about Shakespeare's works through the art of adaptation in the digital age? This panel seeks proposals that examine interpretations, adaptations, and/or [re]visions of Shakespeare's works in the twenty first century.

Chair: Mary Ellen Iatropoulos (
Area: Culture & Media Studies
Cross: Interdisciplinary Humanities

*Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014*

*Please Note: This year, NeMLA has implemented a user-based system to accept and track abstract submissions. In order to submit an abstract using the button for a CFP entry, you must **sign up* *with NeMLA and **log in* *. Using this new system, you can manage your personal information and review and update your abstract following submission. Signing up is free, and you only have to do it once. *

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

NeMLA 2015 46th Annual Convention
Toronto; April 30-May 3, 2015

Host Institution: Ryerson University

Hotel: Fairmont Royal York

The Northeast Modern Language Association will meet in Toronto, Ontario, for its 46th annual convention. Every year, this event affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. This year's convention will include roundtable and caucus meetings, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.

Toronto is Canada's hub of international arts and culture, known for its diverse culinary scene and multicultural urban vitality. NeMLA convention delegates can explore galleries and museums, shop at historic markets, and discover vibrant international villages—all within a short commute of the convention hotel, the famous Fairmont Royal York, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

The call for session proposals is now closed. The Call for Papers will be available online and in NeMLA's newsletter in June. Abstract proposals for convention 2015 will be due September 30, 2014.

cfp categories: film_and_televisioninterdisciplinarypopular_culturerenaissancetheatre 57660Edited Collection - Convention and Contravention: Vexing Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Women's WritingMary Ellen Iatropoulosmaryiatrop@gmail.com1405642487americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetryfull name / name of organization: Mary Ellen Iatropouloscontact email:

Call for proposals for edited anthology

Convention and Contravention: Vexing Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing

Editor: Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
CFP Deadline: 9/12/14

When existing conditions actively work to suppress women's expression, how can the female subject assert herself? Performing female selfhood becomes a vexed notion in the context of nineteenth-century American women's writing, in which women faced "separate spheres" ideology, the cult of domesticity, and other complex and often-contradictory social circumstances necessitating private performance of idealized gender roles as a means towards securing financial survival in the public sphere. A paradox of feminine self-representation emerges; revealing themselves by concealing themselves, even as women work to approximate themselves to idealized, "natural" femininity, part of that performance entails obscuring the labor required to undertake it.

With idealized femininity being both conscious performance and survival strategy, how does the space between depiction of and satire/critique of gender roles manifest in women's writing from this time? What strategies do women writers employ to problematize idealized femininity and manipulate patriarchal expectations to achieve greater degrees of agency? How, through their literary works, do nineteenth-century American women writers engage the space between performing idealized gender roles and affirming or challenging those roles, to depict the female subject negotiating between real self and role self to navigate the world? This CFP seeks essays investigating the relationship between engaging, endorsing, and repudiating restrictive gender roles in nineteenth-century American women's literature. Topics for investigating the relationship between engaging, endorsing, and repudiating restrictive gender roles in nineteenth-century American women's literature may include: the cult of domesticity, the Poetess figure, antebellum aesthetics, literary sentimentality, variations on the "angel at the hearth" trope, etc. Essays focusing on works by specific writers are welcome, as are comparative essays investigating thematic connections throughout a selection of works.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Mary Ellen Iatropoulos at by noon on Friday, September 12th, 2014.

Accepted contributors will be informed by October 1st, 2014. First drafts will be due in December, and final drafts will be due in March 2015 with the goal of a Fall 2015 publication date.

Abstract Deadline: 9/12/14

Please include with your abstract: Name, Affiliation, Email address, and Postal address

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetry 57662POP EUROPE? Symposium on Tuesday 2 December 2014Wolverhampton Art Gallery name / name of organization: Wolverhampton Art Gallery contact email:

POP EUROPE? Symposium
Tuesday 2 December 2014
10.30am – 4.30pm
Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE &
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DU, UK
01902 552055

Was Pop Art a British and American phenomenon?

In conjunction with the exhibition POP EUROPE! this symposium reviews the idea of there being a Pop beyond Britain and America, addressing the issues concerning the geographical confinement of Pop Art. How did pop culture manifest itself artistically in Europe? Were there specific cultural parameters that enabled Pop to ferment? Exploring the relationship between Pop in Britain, America and Europe, the day aims to re-evaluate the limitations and boundaries. Speakers TBA.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers that explore the theme of Pop Art in Europe. Please send abstracts (no longer than 300 words) accompanied by a short biography to Connie Wan at by Friday 3 October 2014. Submission from postgraduate students and researchers working within art history and related disciplines are encouraged.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 57663Field Journal | submissions due October 15thField Journal | A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticismfieldjournal1@gmail.com1405686233journals_and_collections_of_essaystheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Field Journal | A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticismcontact email:

FIELD, a new on-line, peer-reviewed journal devoted to socially engaged art practice, is pleased to solicit critical essays for its inaugural issue.

Socially engaged practices have expanded dramatically over the past decade and represent one of the most important new tendencies in contemporary art. At the same time the mainstream art press has largely ignored this work, focusing primarily on a handful of highly visible artists who supplement their gallery-based practice with the
creation of various collaborative or participatory projects. FIELD was created in order to foster the development of new critical paradigms capable of addressing a broad range of contemporary collaborative and socially engaged art practices. Just as these new practices often cross boundaries between art, activism, urbanism, and critical pedagogy (among many other fields), the criticism and analysis of this work requires a new, trans-disciplinary approach that moves beyond the conventions of existing art theory and criticism. We invite contributions from artists, art historians, critics, curators, theorists,
and activists, as well as scholars working across the humanities and social sciences (sociology, ethnography, philosophy, urban studies, geography, political science, etc.).

We're especially interested in the following:

• Case studies and analyses of existing or recent projects, based on direct observation and the detailed description of actual working processes.

• Writing that develops new analytic criteria for the analysis of this work and new forms of notation suitable to performative and process based practice.

• Writing that offers new interpretations of canonical or widely cited socially engaged art projects from the past.

• Writing that employs new research methodologies and new forms of critique, and that draws on methodological and theoretical sources outside those typically found in contemporary art criticism.

• Writing that presents the voices and insights of non-artist practitioners and participants.

• Writing that draws original theoretical insight out of practice, or that uses practice to challenge the assumptions of existing art theory.

• Writing that critically examines projects situated on the border between art practice and adjacent fields and disciplines (activism, urbanism, design, education, ethnography, etc.)

We're also interested in interviews, dialogues and debates, and book or exhibition reviews, and welcome submissions or proposals that employ any of these formats, from collective as well as singular authors. We're open to varying word counts, but our primary focus will be on longer essays (4000-7000 words) and shorter essays, dialogues and reviews (1000-3000 words). We encourage authors to submit images or other visual materials that help to document or otherwise contextualize their writing, but we rely on authors to secure permissions if necessary. Please submit your unpublished essays and essay proposals or queries to

The journal plans to publish its first issue in the spring of 2015. Our first submission deadline is October 15, 2014.

cfp categories: journals_and_collections_of_essaystheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 57664[UPDATE] American Indian Quarterly--books reviewers American Indian Quarterly aiqsubmissions@okstate.edu1405700028cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: American Indian Quarterly contact email:

American Indian Quarterly (AIQ) is looking for established and new scholars of Native American studies who would like to write book reviews for AIQ. In order to be considered for selection as a reviewer, please contact our book review editor with a set of research goals/interests and short CV/Resume at
AIQ is a peer reviewed, refereed journal that specializes in a wide range of issues pertaining to Native American issues and literature, politics, environmental justice, multimedia, screen studies, and the like. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialrhetoric_and_compositiontwentieth_century_and_beyond 57665Indigenous Children's Literature (1/07/15)Roxanne Harde / Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literaturerharde@ualberta.ca1405712205childrens_literaturefull name / name of organization: Roxanne Harde / Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literaturecontact email:

Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature invites contributions for a special issue exploring Indigenous Children's Literature from around the world. Taking our cue from studies like Clare Bradford's germinal Unsettling Narratives, which examines First Nations' issues in texts by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors, this issue welcomes articles that focus on texts for children and young adults by Indigenous/Native/Aboriginal/First Nations authors. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

• nations within and across nations
• decolonization and survivance
• orality and storytelling
• history and context
• formation of identity
• borders and journeys
• place and the natural world
• spirituality and sacred folkways
• origin stories and the trickster figure
• tribal politics and sovereignty
• community and culture

Full papers should be submitted to the editor, Björn Sundmark (, and guest editor, Roxanne Harde (, by 1 July 2015. Please see Bookbird's website at for full submission details. Papers which are not accepted for this issue will be considered for later issues of Bookbird.

cfp categories: childrens_literature 57666gender peace education and developmentVIVEK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BIJNOR UTTARPRADESH INDIA 246701vivekconf2014@gmail.com1405715884gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: VIVEK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BIJNOR UTTARPRADESH INDIA 246701contact email:

pl send the paper for the conference which i going to beheld in bijnor uttar pradesh india on 29th -30th nov 2014
Gender, Peace, Education and Development
?Gender Equity in Education
?Gender Based Violence
?Gender and Peace Education
?Gender and Development
?Peace education sustainable development
?Women as activists and agents of promoting peace
?Gandhian concepts on Peace, Non violence & conflict resolution

cfp categories: gender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinary 57667Religion & the Environment in Contemp Lit (ALA Symp, TX, Feb 26-28); due Sept 15Society for Contemporary Literaturekweekes@psu.edu1405718554americantwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Society for Contemporary Literaturecontact email:

The Society for Contemporary Literature, a group dedicated to the study of literature of the last 25 years, invites 300-word abstracts for a proposed panel at the God & the American Writer Symposium of the American Literature Assoc. We encourage scholars to think broadly about the environment and its relationship to the divine in contemporary literature. Recent writing occupies various points on a spectrum of approaches to that relationship—examples include the acceptance of the degradation of the environment as a sign of the Second Coming in the apocalyptic tenor of popular "rapture fiction," the opposition of evangelical preaching to sociobiology and science in E.O. Wilson's _Anthill_ (2010), the mythic and prophetic elements of Cormac McCarthy's _The Road_ (2006), and the deployment of Biblical tropes to present a religious defense of biodiversity in Barbara Kingsolver's _Flight Behavior_ (2012).

Suggestions for exploration include:

• How have writers of the last decade figured the relationship between God and the environment?
• Has contemporary degradation of the environment been echoed in a denigration of spirituality in literature, or has the inverse occurred?
• How does genre affect the representation of religion and the environment in contemporary literature?
• How do writers mobilize religious imagery or metaphors to combat eco-skepticism?
• How does ethnic, regional or doctrinal allegiance inflect literary practice?
• In what ways is gender a significant factor in the treatment of the relationship between the divine and the environment in literary works?
• How does literature for young adults portray the relationship of nature to the divine?
• What is the relation between contemporary environmental writing and utopian or dystopian traditions?
• How do concepts of guilt and redemption inform environmentalist literature?

Please send 300-word abstracts and one-paragraph bio statements to Karen Weekes ( by Sept 15, 2014; submissions should be sent via email with the subject line "SCL Religion Env Symposium abstract." Note that scholars are limited to one 15-minute presentation at this conference and that no audio-visual equipment will be available. Notifications will be sent by Oct 15, 2014, to allow submission to the general CFP by its deadline.

Find out more about the conference at

cfp categories: americantwentieth_century_and_beyond 57668SCMS 2015: Streaming Video Platforms and the Television IndustryCory Barker / Indiana Universitybarkerc@indiana.edu1405721255americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Cory Barker / Indiana Universitycontact email:

Call for Proposals
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
March 25-29, 2015 in Montreal, Canada

Although streaming video platforms have been a growing presence in the television industry for nearly a decade, 2014 has been an especially notable year. Netflix scored significant awards attention for both House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and helped revive AMC's The Killing yet again; Amazon unveiled the second round of its uncommon Pilot Season process and purchased streaming rights to HBO programming for its expanding digital library; and Hulu hit an all-time high in subscribers and became the exclusive streaming home of South Park. More importantly, it's not just those "big three" platforms making waves. Yahoo's Screen saved NBC's Community from sure cancellation, stories about HBO GO crashing due to overwhelming demand have become part of the news cycle, and Crackle is now a multi-time Emmy nominee.

But how does the increasing prominence of these platforms—as producers, buyers, and distributors—impact the established groups within television industry? When should networks and studios view the platforms as partners and when are they more clearly competitors? Are these platforms truly changing business models or just parroting old approaches in new spaces? This panel seeks to highlight the future of streaming video platforms and their integration (or lack thereof) into industry practices. Paper topics may include but are not limited to:

• Analysis of the streaming video platforms' growing interest in original series production and its influence on broadcast or cable network output or the typical development process
• Investigations into platforms' various approaches to distribution such as Netflix's "all at once" release strategy or Hulu and Amazon's use of paywalls
• Considerations of platforms' revival of cancelled series or the purchase of significant library content
• Examinations of the various discourses surrounding the platforms, including trade press chatter, critical acclaim, fan responses, awards season promotion, and branding
• Studies of particular partnerships or feuds between the platforms and more veteran networks, studios, or production companies
• Case studies of lesser known or nascent streaming video platforms

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief bio to Cory Barker ( by August 11. Decisions will be made by August 18.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisionhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 57669INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC ASSOCIATION BIENNIAL CONFERENCE, 2015 GOTHIC MIGRATIONS July 28th to August 1st 2015 Vancouver, BC INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC ASSOCIATIONwhatley@sfu.ca1405723203african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC ASSOCIATIONcontact email:


"Gothic Migrations" will concern the origins, transits, and transformations of global gothic in its various modes and cultural manifestations.

Since its inception, Gothic has been associated with mobility. The gothic has always involved translation, adaptation, travel, diaspora, migration and their variations in the lost son or daughter, the absent father, the escaped slave or criminal, the disappeared family member, the alien, underground networks, cross border movements of cults, banditti, terrorist and other conspiratorial webs. These themes have engaged gothic works and their criticism for some time and their significance is growing in a new global economy of the gothic. As a result, the areas of gothic study have become increasingly wide ranging and now contest any singular root and any singular route of such migration. Under the theme of roots we consider the patterns of place and stability, cultural centres, home, mother or father country, belonging, neighbourhood, any ancient locus, developed systems of privilege and aristocracy, or stable gender, sexual norm, or class patterns. We also include under roots, their underlying negations in the unheimlich, the underprivileged, the criminal, the decentred, the escaped, the alien, the other, rejected sexualities, or the hybrid. Under the theme of migrations, we consider the diasporic energies of the gothic, the migratory traces of vampires, wanderers, ghosts, demons, revenants, zombies, soucouyants, other supernatural tourists, phantasmal terrorists and gothic escapees of all kinds. The conference will thus focus on the international circulation of literary, filmic, dramatic and digital Gothic, and the establishment of new and old Gothic traditions across the globe that are in search of, or have found, new homes.

Please include your contact information, institutional affiliation and a brief biography with your abstract submission at the following website:


Papers and panels could consider, but are by no means limited to the following headings:

How does the Gothic migrate?
How might we speak of a global Gothic when one considers the logistics of time and travel?
Generic routes/roots of the Gothic: novel to play, poetry to novel, novel to digitial game, novel to film, etc
Gothic Time and Time-travel
Trans-continental routes of the Gothic
Migratory routes of vampires, zombies, and Gothic wanderers more generally
The worldy unheimlich
Routes with no destination
Circuits of gothic exchange
Invasive Gothic
Reverse Colonisations
Supernatural Currencies
Home and Away
Gothic Cultural Machines
Global Gothic Crime
Tropical Gothic/Temperate Gothic
World Literary Gothic
Drugs, Machines, and Global Vampires
Gothic tourism
Lines of flight
Gothic Cultural Trauma
Networked Gothic and digital diasporas
Gothic maps and itineraries
Global Gothic, nationalism and cultural imperialism
Local to glocal Gothics
Gothic Wars

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalpoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 57671The Mad-Doctor and the Mind: The Rise of Mental Healthcare in the Eighteenth Century (ASECS 2015)Stephanie Harper / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studiesstephanie.harper.15@my.csun.edu1405830054childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: Stephanie Harper / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studiescontact email:

The 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies

Los Angeles, CA

March 19-21, 2015

From mad-doctors and restraint behavior modification to the controversial homeopathy of John Wesley, the eighteenth century
ushered in a gradual shift in considering mental illness as no longer a religious issue, but one that is intrinsically connected to
a disregard of societal roles and a lack of reason. This shift resulted in increased numbers of confined persons as well as the
much-needed reformation of institutional practices and policies. This panel seeks papers that explore any aspect of madness
and mental healthcare in the eighteenth-century. Although all papers are encouraged, some suggested topics include literary
responses to madness, the conflation of artistic temperaments and madness, stigmatization of mental illness in the eighteenth
century, teaching the history of psychiatry, and issues of gender and confinement.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Stephanie Harper at by September 15, 2014.

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypoetrypostcolonialscience_and_culture 57672Translocal China/Sinophone, or Chinese translocality (AAS/Chicago/Mar 26–29, 2015)(Abstract due by Aug 2, 2014)Association of Asian Studiesaubrey.tang@uci.edu1405851720cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Association of Asian Studiescontact email:

We'd like to solicit one more paper on any topics under the umbrella of translocal China or Chinese translocality for the 2015 Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference on March 26–29, 2015 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago, IL.

Translocality has been previously defined by Yingjin Zhang as a concept that "prefers place-based imagination and reveals dynamic processes of the local/global (or global)—processes that involve not just the traffic of capital and people but that of ideas, images, styles, and technologies across places in polylocality." Often compared with transnationality, on the topic of translocality, this panel currently has three papers about how cross-border education, migration and diaspora in different Chinese and Sinophone contexts transform the local culture in various dynamic ways, highlighting not only the force of transnationality as a cross-border type of mobilization of peoples and resources, but also translocality as as an intrinsic and a multi-directional type of transformation of a place's culture.

This panel is interdisciplinary and multi-methodological, composed of anthropology, historiography and media studies. The emphasis of this panel is on how the local is transformed through cultural undertakings rather than merely material exchanges, such as efforts of popular entertainment, education and trade networking, which explain not only circulating resources but also more concrete projects of changing social thoughts.

Please send a 250-word abstract to Aubrey Tang, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Irvine, at, with the name of your affiliated research institution and mailing address on or before August 2nd, 2014 (Saturday).

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisioninterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencespopular_culturepostcolonialtheory 57673John Burnside Symposium – 15th November 2014, University of PortsmouthUniversity of name / name of organization: University of Portsmouthcontact email:

Speakers include:

John Burnside
Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth)
Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)

Celebrated as both a poet and a novelist, John Burnside is one of Britain's leading contemporary writers. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Petrarca Preis, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the James Tait Memorial Prize. This one-day event will be the first symposium dedicated to his work, offering the chance for researchers to discuss and reflect upon Burnside's writing and its place within contemporary literature more widely. The day will conclude with John giving a public reading and participating in a Q&A.

Papers and panels are invited on all aspects of Burnside's work, including:

Being, language, space and place;
The environment and eco-critical perspectives and approaches;
Human/non-human relations, life forms and animals;
Burnside's use of, and relationship to, the other arts;
Loss, longing, love, sex and violence;
Contemporary Scottish and/or British writing;
Nonfiction writing, memoirs; father-son relations, childhood and adulthood;
The relationship between Burnside's poetry, fiction and/or nonfiction writing.

Send 300 word abstracts for 20min papers, along with a brief biographical note, to Ben Davies at the
email address below by 28th September 2014. Selected papers from the symposium will be put forward for consideration for a volume on the work of John Burnside as part of Bloomsbury Academic's Contemporary Critical Perspectives series.

Ben Davies, Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth.

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiespoetrytwentieth_century_and_beyond 57674CFP: Posthuman Praxis in Technical CommunicationDaniel Richards, Old Dominion University / Kristen R. Moore, Texas Tech Universityk.moore@ttu.edu1405858912ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_compositionfull name / name of organization: Daniel Richards, Old Dominion University / Kristen R. Moore, Texas Tech Universitycontact email:

Things matter. And so do objects. In the past few decades, scholars across disciplines have developed theoretical frameworks like posthumanism (Hayles, 1999; Haraway, 1991), object-oriented rhetoric/ontology (Boyle & Barnett, 2014; Bryant, 2011), new materialism (Coole & Frost, 2010; Bennett, 2010), and Actor-Network Theory (Callon, 1999; Latour, 2007) to articulate and acknowledge the agency and importance of materiality and nonhuman actants. But relatively little work, with some important exceptions like Spinuzzi (2003), Knievel (2006), Graham (2009), and Potts (2014), has explored the implications of these theories for technical communication practice, research, and teaching. In their TCQ special issue on posthumanism, Mara and Hawk (2009) claim that envisioning technical communication as a posthuman practice opens up more possibilities for rhetorical action. We agree. As such, this collection follows Mara and Hawk in their broad definition of posthumanism as "a general category for the theories and methodologies that situate acts and texts in the complex interplays" among humans and nonhumans and that highlight the role of materiality in these interplays (3). But how exactly does attention to nonhuman, material agents shape, reconfigure, improve, and/or challenge our practice of technical communication?

This collection calls for studies that focus on technical communication practice informed by posthuman theories, broadly conceived. Because practice can dissolve the boundaries of terminology, we are less concerned with "camps" or theoretical allegiances and turn instead to research that demonstrates the implications of these theories for practice. Posthuman rhetorics are valuable for the field of technical communication not only as new ways of thinking but better ways of doing. It is with this practitioner ethic that we seek studies, researches, and projects revealing how attention to posthuman theories and methodologies have actually improved technical communication practice and have indeed opened up more rhetorical possibilities for those researching, teaching, and practicing technical communication. In other words, this collection is a call for studies of posthuman praxis.

The editors welcome 500 word proposals that address, challenge, or respond to one or more of these questions:

  • How has the shift towards posthuman theories shaped, changed, improved, or confounded the practice of technical communication?
  • How do technical communicators practice differently given the recent attention to nonhuman actants and materiality?
  • What research methods or methodological approaches most effectively integrate or incorporate posthuman theories?
  • What kinds of studies specifically can illustrate the results of such methods and methodologies?
  • What sites of technical communication practice require or benefit from attention to material systems or nonhuman agents? How might these benefits be articulated?
  • How might current or common technical communication teaching practices be challenged by explicit attention to posthuman theories?
  • How might collaborations, texts, and deliverables be re-examined in light of what these theories have to offer students?
  • In short, we are looking for ways in which attention to posthuman theories practically help technical communicators grapple with emergent agency in practice-based settings. This collection seeks contributors with a wide range of theoretical, pedagogical, disciplinary, methodological, and epistemological approaches. As such, proposed projects could:

  • Offer original research, accounts, or studies of nonhuman actants in traditional sites of technical communication, like organizations, the public sphere, workplaces, or classrooms, or in interdisciplinary areas like health/medical communication, gaming and multimedia studies, environmental studies, or risk communication;
  • Revisit, re-write or re-analyze an existing research project or data set in light of its non-human actants or new theoretical frames;
  • Develop a theory of posthuman praxis that is grounded in practice or research.
  • The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014. Decisions about proposals will be made by November 1, 2014. Final chapters will be expected by June 30, 2015. Please attach submissions as a Word file and email to Kristen R. Moore ( Questions about the collection as a whole can be directed to either Daniel Richards ( or Kristen R. Moore (

    Daniel Richards, Old Dominion University
    Kristen R. Moore, Texas Tech University

    cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsrhetoric_and_composition 57675Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology [April 30-May 3, 2014]Northeast Modern Language Associationmvk26@outlook.com1405868267african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Associationcontact email:

    Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles. We're seeking abstracts that engage with the intersection of food and sustainability studies that address questions such as:

    • How are food and place at play in texts, e.g. American Dust Bowl narratives?
    • How are cosmopolitan or rural landscaped portrayed in "eco" or "gastronomic" memoirs?
    • How are food and ecology intertwined?
    • How is the kitchen represented as space in which sustainable practices are negotiated?
    • Is there a link between the popularization of ethnic foods through cookbook publishing and unsustainable farming and food distribution practices?
    • Does food blogging and other highly visual online recipe sources contribute to the dematerialization and objectification of food and the environment? And are these practices viewed as constitutive of modern identity?

    Topics may address but are not limited to:
    Food deserts and urban ecology
    Food, sustainability, and identity
    Poverty, nutrition, literacy, and sustainability
    Factory farming and the rural poor versus urban elitist foodways
    The popularization of ethnic foods through cookbook publishing practices as linked to unsustainable farming and food distribution practices
    The dematerialization of food through food blogging and other sources of highly visual online recipes such as pinterest, and therefore, food porn as a link to the objectification of the environment and the animal which could be seen as constitutive of modern identity through symbolic consumption
    The unreliable food narration of blogs that promotes unethical and unsustainable food practices
    Food in environmental literature, material referent or symbolic currency?
    Environmental memoir and food memoir, cosmopolitanism versus ruralism
    Urban farmer's market as foodie jungle
    How sustainable is the practice of cookbook publication?
    How are food and ecology intertwined?
    How are food and place at play in texts, like for example American dustbowl narratives, Indian (dots or feathers?) labor narratives, or sub-saharan slave narratives?
    Kitchen as space in which sustainable practices are negotiated
    The cultural materialism of country versus city

    Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and submitted by September 30, 2014. To submit an abstract, please visit Follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit abstracts directly to the session. The session link is
    Please include your name, affiliation, and email address.

    cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian