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Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Comparative Approaches to Adoption
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks proposals considering how Comparative Studies (Comparative Literature, Comparative Race, and Comparative Media Studies) provide insight on adoption. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jenny Heijun Wills (j.wills@uwinnipeg.ca)
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

American Association for Italian Studies

Teatro di Narrazione and Contemporary Italy
Explores the role of teatro di narrazione, from Fo and Gaber to authors/actors such as Paolini and Baliani, in rethinking Italian contemporary history. 200-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Daniela Bini (daniela.bini45@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

American Association of Australian Literary Studies

Australian Literature in Multimedia Space and the Public Sphere
Papers sought on how Australian literature functions in digital/media spaces and how it relates to various publics, national and international. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Eva Rueschmann (erueschmann@hampshire.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

American Association of Teachers of Italian

Food, Wine, and Mother Earth in Italian Literature & Cinema
This panel explores the manifold representations of food and food culture(s) in Italian Studies. 250-word abstract, with theoretical approach & bib by 1 March 2015; Ryan Calabretta-Sajder (rcalabretta@gmail.com) and Colleen Ryan (ryancm@indiana.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

Borders, Words, and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and migration across Eurasia, past and present. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jefferson Gatrall (gatrallj@mail.montclair.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Crimea and Punishment
Crimea inspired expansionist ambitions in the Russians and the Turks. What unites the literary and the political effects of this place, in their various languages and genres? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gabriella Safran (gsafran@stanford.edu) and Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Dialogues Across the Miño: Galician-Portuguese Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Relations
Drawing on historical and cultural connections, this panel will look comparatively at Galician and Portuguese linguistic, literary and cultural topics. 200-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Shannon M. Polchow (spolchow@uscupstate.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators

Quo Vadimus? Enhancing Language Study in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Promotes the revitalization of second-language study by focusing on changing demographics, misperceptions about language learning, and creativity in program articulation. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Colleen M. Ryan (ryancm@indiana.edu) and Robert Davis (rldavis@uoregon.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

American Conference for Irish Studies

Irish Revolutions
This session examines diverse and disruptive “revolutions”: political insurrections, cultural revolutions, literal revolutions (tape reels, wheelchairs), psychic revolutions (epiphanies), or any important to Irish culture and self-understanding. 300 word abstract by 20 March 2015; Paige Reynolds (preynold@holycross.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

American Folklore Society

Folklore and Visual Media
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and tropes into forms that disperse and recontextualize them. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Camilla Mortensen (camilla@efn.org)
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and tropes into forms that disperse and recontextualize them. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Camilla Mortensen (camilla@efn.org)
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and tropes into forms that disperse and recontextualize them. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Camilla Mortensen (camilla@efn.org)
Posted 20 February 2015

American Literature Section

Race and Nineteenth-Century Media
How has 19thC race shaped later media productions? Papers engaging 19thC contexts as well as recurrences of the C19 in contemporary culture welcome. abstracts by 9 March 2015; Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu) and Andrea Williams (williams.2941@osu.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

American Name Society

Names in the Workplace
Literary analysis of names in the workplace, addressing any genre and any aspect of naming (personal names, placenames, corporate names, name theory, etc.). 50-word abstract plus 250-word precis by 10 March 2015; Christine De Vinne (cdevinne@ndm.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015, last updated 13 February 2015

American Portuguese Studies Association

Reading Guimarães Rosa Comparatively
Comparative readings of Guimarães Rosa's Grande sertão veredas and Corpo de Baile with preference (though by no means exclusive) to connections within the Portuguese-speaking world. 200-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Luiz Fernando Valente (luiz_valente@brown.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

American Theatre and Drama Society

Performance and Its Publics
Topics include: performance and counter/publics, stagings of the public, performance and the public humanities. 250 word-abstract and 1-page CV by 9 March 2015; Laura Mielke (lmielke@ku.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Association des Amis d'André Gide

Gide et la guerre
This session welcomes papers in French or in English on the impact of war on Gide's life and writings. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 19 March 2015; Christine Latrouitte Armstrong (armstrong@denison.edu) and Jocelyn van Tuyl (vantuyl@ncf.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Association for Business Communication

Assessment in Business Communication and Writing
Sharing Strategies for Better Assessment of Business Communication: AACSB, AoL, Closing the Loop, Competency/Mastery, Skills, SLOs, Tests? Submit 500-word abstracts by March 15, 2015 to kpi by 15 March 2015; Kristin Pickering (kpickering@tntech.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Association for Documentary Editing

Not for Your Eyes: Editing Private Documents for Publication
We invite papers about editing letters, journals, and similar documents that were not intended to be published. 300-word abstracts with contact information by 25 March 2015; Carol DeBoer-Langworthy (cdbl@brown.edu) and David Vander Meulen (dlv8g@eservices.virginia.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015, last updated 27 February 2015

Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures

Honoring Gerald Vizenor II
We invite participants for a roundtable session celebrating the lifetime achievements of the esteemed Anishinaabe author and critic Gerald Vizenor. 200 word proposals; Jill Doerfler (doerflj@umn.edu by 1 March 2015; Jill Doerfler (doerflj@umn.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism

André Breton, 1966-2016
Papers on posthumous reception of Breton, whether "pope" of surrealism or experimental thinker. Fifty years after his death, what can be learned from Breton's organizing, editing, collecting, theorizing? abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jonathan P. Eburne (eburne@psu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Cabaret Voltaire at 100
Papers sought on the enduring legacy of the Cabaret Voltaire, in celebration of its 2016 centenary: poetry, performance, music, sound, noise, political theater, art spaces. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jonathan P. Eburne (jpe11@psu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Transgender Studies, Ecology, and the Environmental Humanities
This panel will place transgender studies and the environmental humanities into critical conversation, thus attending to the relationships among "trans(gender)," "ecology," and "environment." 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Clare Echterling (cechterling@ku.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication
Presentations that explore “New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication” are sought. Send 250 word proposals by 20 March 2015; William Klein (kleinw@umsl.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Byron Society of America

Byron and America
New scholarship related to Byron's American reception and his own views of America and American culture. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 23 March 2015; Noah Comet (comet@usna.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Cervantes Society of America

Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda
Fourth centenary of Cervantes' death and of his final novelistic project. We invite abstracts on any aspect of this novel. Maximum 200-word abstracts. by 9 March 2015; Steven Hutchinson (shutchin@wisc.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Children's Literature Association

The Afterlife of Popular Children’s Culture Icons
Seeking papers on the various media iterations of iconic children's characters after their signature creators have passed away. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Paul Cote (pcote@umd.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Global Jew in Jewish Children’s Literature
Papers sought that explore and theorize the global Jew in children's and YA texts. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Meira Levinson (meirasl@gmail.com)
Posted 24 February 2015

Keep Children’s Literature Weird
Papers sought that explore and theorize the weird, bizarre, or inexplicable moments in children's and YA texts. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Karen Coats (kscoat2@ilstu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

College English Association

Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature
Explores how race informs other traditional features of dystopic literature, such as class warfare/divisions, environmental injustices, and abuses of biological rights. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Francisco Delgado (francisco.delgado@stonybrook.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Community College Humanities Association

Books That Cook: Food Fiction and Memoir
Papers exploring literary, cultural, or pedagogical approaches to food (or lack of food) in fiction and memoir. 300 word proposals by 15 March 2015; Stacey Lee Donohue (sdonohue@cocc.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015, last updated 29 January 2015

D. H. Lawrence Society of North America

Lawrence and 'Native' Encounters
We invite papers on D. H. Lawrence’s writings on the American Southwest, Mexico, Australia, race, indigenous cultures, eco-critical readings of place, or related subjects. 250-word abstracts. by 1 March 2015; Joyce Wexler (Jwexler@luc.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

Lawrence, Editions and Critical Renewal
We invite papers on the Cambridge University Press editions (Lawrence’s poetry, First Women in Love, etc.), readerships, pedagogical uses of scholarly editions and related subjects. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Nancy L. Paxton (nancy.paxton@nau.edu) and John Young (youngj@marshall.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Dante Society of America

Digital Dante
This panel explores how digital technologies enrich the study of Dante's works and provide venues for collaboration and ways to engage a wide audience. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Beatrice Arduini (barduini@u.washington.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Dickens Society

Dickens and Disability
Rethinking the “grotesques”: melodrama and sentiment, illness and care relations, cognitive and sensory impairments, chronic and traumatic conditions; prostheses and amputations. 300 word-abstract and 1-page CV by 5 March 2015; Talia Schaffer (talia.schaffer@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

The Dickens Jukebox
Examining the use of music in Dickens's novels: song types and styles, musical characters, role of music in plot formation, theories of music. 300-word abstracts and 1-page CVs by 5 March 2015; Carolyn Williams (carolyn.williams@rutgers.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Doris Lessing Society

20th/21st-Century Women Writers as Public Intellectuals
Distinct perspectives, discourses of women writers as intellectuals for reading publics. Lessing, Beauvoir, Hansberry, Sontag, Morrison, Atwood, Prose, Z. Smith, others. 300-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Cornelius Collins (corneliuscollins@rocketmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Comparative Readings of Doris Lessing's Historical and Speculative Fiction
Comparisons of Lessing's historical-realist-autobiographical to her speculative novels or stories: works usually considered separately. 300-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Cornelius Collins (corneliuscollins@rocketmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siecle
Wharton’s engagements with decadence, aestheticism, naturalism, the femme fatale, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on. 250-word abstracts and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Emily Orlando (eorlando@fairfield.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

Emily Dickinson International Society

Lyrical Ecologies
Presentations engaging the circulation of Dickinson's writings through human communities, or of non-human entities through her work. Reflections on textual and material ecologies, the posthuman, etc. 300-words abstracts, short cvs by 1 March 2015; Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu) and Marta Werner (wernerm@dyc.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Melville/Dickinson as departure point for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in 19c poetry and the cultural field: dispersed authorial sovereignty, animality/the posthuman, etc. cv and 300-word proposal by 1 March 2015; Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu) and Peter Riley (P.Riley@exeter.ac.uk)
Posted 1 February 2015

Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society

Hemingway and the American West
This panel invites papers that contrast the writing and life of Ernest Hemingway with aspects of the American West. 250 word abstracts and brief CV by 10 March 2015; Sara A. Kosiba (skosiba@troy.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Eugene O'Neill Society

Eugene O'Neill in the 21st Century
How does O’Neill translate to contemporary audiences? Does his work still influence playwrights? What ways are O'Neill's themes relevant to our sensibilities today? 250 word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Jeff Kennedy (jtkennedy@asu.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Ezra Pound Society

Ezra Pound, Teaching and the Future(s) of the University
We invite papers on the relationships among Ezra Pound, teaching, and the future(s) of the university. 250-word abstract and a short bio. by 13 March 2015; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and David Ben-Merre (benmerdn@buffalostate.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Pound at the Harry Ransom Centre
New scholarship related to holdings on Pound and other modernists at the Harry Ransom Center, U. of Texas, Austin. 250-word abstract and bio. by 13 March 2015; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and Tim Redman (redman@utdallas.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Pound, H.D., and Bryher
Examinations of H.D. and Bryher's engagement/disengagement with Pound's aesthetics, literary works, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by 13 March 2015; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and Sara Dunton (Sara.Dunton@UNB.CA)
Posted 25 February 2015

Feministas Unidas

Género, corpografías y espacio público: intersecciones
Explorar lo que implica para las mujeres acceder al espacio público con su cuerpo como mujeres públicas o como mujeres que publican. 250-words: English, Spanish, Portuguese by 1 March 2015; Rebecca J. Ulland (rulland@nmu.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

G. E. Lessing Society

Laokoon at 250
G.E. Lessing Society Laokoon at 250 The 250th anniversary of Lessing’s Laokoon inspires to assess its continuing appeal. What lessons to draw? 250-word abstracts – bios by 1 March 2015; Beate Allert (allert@purdue.edu) and Birger Vanwesenbeeck (vanweseb@fredonia.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)

Returning to the Archives
Seeking papers on women who left their marks and testimonies in the archives, reconsidering the impact of those voices on audiences past and present. 250-word abstracts and CV by 13 March 2015; Emily C. Francomano (emily.francomano@georgetown.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages

Queers Read LGBT Literature
This panel explores the state of contemporary LGBT literature and the value of a LGBT literary canon. Calling for papers that ask: what is LGBT literature now? Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Shanté Paradigm Smalls (smallss@stjohns.edu) and Ramzi Fawaz (fawaz@wisc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

George Sand Association

Pedagogical Publics: Teaching George Sand
Multifaceted approaches to teaching Sand; the relevance of Sand’s works for today’s student; teaching Sand then and now; educating the general public about Sand. 1-page abstracts by 8 March 2015; Pratima Prasad (pratima.prasad@umb.edu) and Catherine Masson (cmasson@wellesley.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Reading Sand's Pasts/Sand's Futures
How did Sand read the past, present, and future? How was Sand read in past? In the present? How will she be read in the future? 1-page abstracts by 8 March 2015; Alexandra Wettlaufer (akw@austin.utexas.edu ) and Catherine Masson (cmasson@wellesley.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Goethe Society of North America

Cognitive Science in/and the Goethezeit
The intersection of cognitive science and cultural practices: how Germanliterary/philosophical texts circa 1800 depict cognition and how contemporary cognitive science illuminates those texts. 1-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Charlotte Lee (cll38@cam.ac.uk) and John Smith (jhsmith@uci.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate Goethe’s novelistic practice? How can his practice alter narrative theory? 1-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Karin Schutjer (kschutjer@ou.edu) and Erin McGlothlin (mcglothlin@wustl.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

Graduate Student Caucus

Grad experiences: past, present, future
We seek interventions for a roundtable on grad experiences concerning alt-ac careers, job market, unions, adjuncts positions... Check our website for more info. 250 words abstracts. by 19 March 2015; Alexandrine Mailhe (gradcaucuschronicle@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Subject(s) matter: genealogies of sympathy in texts
This panel explores representation and regulation of selfhood and alterity in texts of all literary traditions. Check our website for more info. 250 words abstracts by 19 March 2015; Alexandrine Mailhe (gradcaucuschronicle@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Harold Pinter Society

Pinter and Time Times Two
Pinter and Time. Abstracts (500-word). Please include name, email, by 13 March 2015; Ann C. Hall (halla@ohiodominican.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Henry James Society

James and Retrospection
Commemorating the anniversary of James’s death, papers about retrospection in James’s work, in narratives about James, and about the rhetorical foundations and consequences of retrospection in James studies. Papers by 15 March 2015; Karen Scherzinger (kscherzinger@uj.ac.za)
Posted 2 February 2015

James, mothers and the maternal
Absent and present mothers in James’s fiction, James’s mother (and other maternal figures in his family), James and theories about the maternal and the maternal body. Papers by 15 March 2015; Karen Scherzinger (kscherzinger@uj.ac.za)
Posted 2 February 2015

International Association of Galdós Scholars

Global Galdós
Transnational concerns as represented in Galdós’s work; exchange and circulation of knowledge about Galdós and his works across national borders. one page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Akiko Tsuchiya (tsuchiya@wustl.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Novel Crossings: Galdós, his Predecessors, Contemporaries, and Successors
Incursions and departures, hybrid genres, text(ure)s outside mimesis, editorial incursions, interlopers, exotics. One-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Lisa Nalbone (Lisa.Nalbone@ucf.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

International Boethius Society

Boethius and His Contemporaries
Boethius, Cassiodorus, and others reside at a critical juncture of cultural development as the Classical world waned and the foundations for Scholasticism were established. 300-word abstracts any approach. by 22 March 2015; Leslie Agnes Taylor (leslie.taylor801@gmail.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

International Brecht Society

Brecht - Surveillance - Visibility
Does the charged era of politicized surveillance technologies undermine Brecht’s goal of making visible an act and the structure that causes it (Verfremdung)? abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Marc David Silberman (mdsilber@wisc.edu) and James Harding (jharding@umd.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno before and during the exile years as well as the legacy of these tense relations. abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Marc David Silberman (mdsilber@wisc.edu) and Robert Kaufman (robkaufman@berkeley.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

International Courtly Literature Society

A Public Privacy: Lovers in Romance
Call for papers on public expectations from readers/listeners for private events in romance. 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Leslie Zarker Morgan (lmorgan@loyola.edu) and Jeffrey G. Stoyanoff (stoyanoffj@gmail.com)
Posted 7 February 2015

International Society for the Study of Narrative

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate Goethe’s novelistic practice? How can his practice alter narrative theory? 1-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Erin McGlothlin (mcglothlin@wustl.edu) and Karin Schutjer (kschutjer@ou.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

Narrative Medicine, the Body, and Justice
What genres make tales of violence, pain, suffering legible? What's risky about representing suffering? Can narrative ethics drive justice in the face of terror? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rita Charon (rac5@columbia.edu) and Patrick Dolan (patrick-dolan@uiowa.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

International Virginia Woolf Society

Textual Woolf
Digital tools, editions, variants, the proliferation of e-texts -- all offer a rich array of possibilities for addressing the relative neglect in Woolf studies of textual matters. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Mark Hussey (mhussey@pace.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Woolf and Disability
This collaborative panel with the Society for Disability Studies explores how disability features thematically and formally in Woolf’s work. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words. by 9 March 2015; Maren T. Linett (mlinett@purdue.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Woolf, Women, and Politics
Considering Woolf’s vexed relationship with feminism, how do we understand the model of political agency Woolf’s female characters portray? Can this inflect contemporary feminist theorizing? 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Erica Gene Delsandro (ericadelsandro@gmail.com)
Posted 21 January 2015

International Vladimir Nabokov Society

Nabokov's Journeys
Journeys as theme and trope: real and imaginary, fabulous and forbidden, moral and metaphysical, ecstatic and exilic, journeys into madness, revelation, transgression, time, Zonraki, and Zoolandia. 300 word abstracts by 17 March 2015; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

John Clare Society of North America

After John Clare
Scholarship on any aspect of Clare's influence on 19th, 20th, or 21st century poets and/or his poetry's continuing relevance to the field of lyric studies. brief abstract and bio by 15 March 2015; Erica McAlpine (erica.mcalpine@keble.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 21 January 2015

Joseph Conrad Society of America

Conrad and the Body
Navigating the body in Conrad, including beautiful, grotesque, erotic(ized) bodies; the body as a site where ideology is contested and reinforced. 250-500 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Alexia Hannis (alexia.hannis@humber.ca)
Posted 20 January 2015

Conrad's Animals
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals figure forth? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Stephen Ross (saross@uvic.ca)
Posted 20 January 2015

Keats-Shelley Association of America

"The Futures of Shelley's Triumph"
What shadows of futurity does Percy Shelley's unfinished final poem cast upon our present? New perspectives on "The Triumph of Life" within/beyond the Anthropocene. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Joel Faflak (jfaflak@uwo.ca)
Posted 17 January 2015

Langston Hughes Society

Adaptations of Langston Hughes' Work
Papers on adaptations of Langston Hughes's work. If abstract is accepted, must become member of LHS and MLA. 400 word abstract and biography. by 15 March 2015; Tara T. Green (ttgreen@uncg.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations

Robin Hood in Words and Music
Session devoted to how Robin Hood has been depicted in words and music from the middle ages to the present. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jeff Dailey (drjsdailey@aol.com)
Posted 20 January 2015

Margaret Atwood Society

"Bouncing on The Stone Mattress: Atwood's Short Fiction."
Papers on Atwood’s latest collection, *Stone Mattress* (2014) and/or its relation to her earlier short stories and prose poems. 250-word abstract. Eleonora Rao (erao@unisa.it) by 15 March 2015; Eleonora Rao (erao@unisa.it)
Posted 19 February 2015

Margaret Fuller Society

FULLER: EXPANSION, IMMIGRATION, AND THE MEXICAN WAR
Including contemporaries: John O’Sullivan, Jane Cazneau, Child, Thoreau, Whitman, Greeley. Narratives, arguments, images, symbols. Visions of America and its destiny. 1-2 page abstracts, CVs. by 20 March 2015; Jeffrey Allen Steele (jsteele@wisc.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Mark Twain Circle of America

Re-presenting Twain
Papers are invited examining interpretations of Twain's identity and legacy both in his own work (particularly his newly-published Autobiography) and more broadly in contemporary popular culture. 1 page abstract by 15 March 2015; Kerry Driscoll (kerryannedriscoll@gmail.com)
Posted 16 January 2015

Marxist Literary Group

Who’s Afraid of Totality?
Marxism has frequently been at odds with critical approaches understood as identitarian. This roundtable asks how we can think socioeconomic and other forms of domination together. Abstracts by 10 March 2015; Jen Hedler Phillis (jen.hedler.phillis@gmail.com) and Kevin Floyd (kfloyd@kent.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society

The New World in Performance
Session explores early modern engagements between Amerindian and Spanish/Portuguese cultures, particularly as they engendered performances in religious festivals, catechistic drama, and translated/adapted autos and comedias. 300-word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Christopher Swift (cswift@citytech.cuny.edu) and Carolyn Coulson (ccoulson2@su.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

THE PEDAGOGY OF GLOBAL MEDIEVAL PERFORMANCE
Session considers strategies for teaching medieval drama in a global context: how can pedagogy address performance differences on continental scales and across disciplinary divides? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Robert Barrett (rwb@illinois.edu) and Carolyn Coulson (ccoulson2@su.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Border Literatures in Contested Times/Places
How are American multiethnic border literatures, languages, cultures, border-crossings and subjectivity portrayed in contested historical times and geographical places in the Americas? Abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Multicultural Futurism: Decolonizing the Future
Analyze multicultural (Indigenous, Afro-, Chica@/Latin@, Asian American) futurism on resisting colonization in alternative history, science fiction, speculative fiction, slipstream, and fantasy. Brief abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu) and Kerry Fine (kerry.fine@ttu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Social Class in American Multiethnic Literature
How are class, global capitalism, poverty, their global, national, or local intersections with gender, ethnicity, race and immigration represented in multiethnic literature? Abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Melville Society

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Melville/Dickinson as point of departure for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in 19C poetry and the cultural field: dispersed authorial sovereignty, animality/the post human, etc. cv&300w proposal by 1 March 2015; Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Peter Riley (P.Riley@exeter.ac.uk)
Posted 22 January 2015

Melville’s Late Fiction, or Radical Inhabitation
How do Melville’s late fictions, Moby-Dick & after, recast natural histories of the Americas, remake the terrain of the gothic and redefine the supernatural? abstract, cv by 15 February 2015; Colin Dayan (colin.dayan@Vanderbilt.Edu)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Milton Society of America

John Milton: A General Session
Papers invited on all topics related to John Milton. Full 18-minute papers or 500-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Stephen M. Fallon (sfallon@nd.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 19 January 2015

Milton and Hawthorne
Connections sought include images of nation; Bible and classical mythology; gender and sexuality; race and racism; aesthetic theory; early and later careers. Collaboration with Hawthorne Society. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Ann Baynes Coiro (annbaynes.coiro@gmail.com) and David Greven (dgreven@mailbox.sc.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association

"Beyond Cultural Nationalisms: Texts in Transcultural Contexts"
Papers on texts from/relating to Austrian or Austro-Hungarian cultures addressing practical/theoretical concerns beyond nationalist and germanophone cultural histories: translation, adaptation, remakes, etc. 300 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Katie Arens (arens@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society

Hawthorne and Milton
Connections sought include images of nation; uses of bible and classical mythology; representations of gender and sexuality; race and racism; aesthetic theory; early and later careers. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; David Greven (dgreven@mailbox.sc.edu) and Ann Coiro (annbaynes.coiro@gmail.com)
Posted 16 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Posthumous Hawthorne
Topics include (dis)continuity with autobiographical and fictional works; the authorial integrity of Notebooks, Elixir of Life and American Claimant manuscripts; and the interventions of editors and heirs. 250 word abstracts. by 10 March 2015; Patricia Valenti (patricia.valenti@uncp.edu) and Ivonne Garcia (garciai@kenyon.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

National Council of Teachers of English

Troubling Threshold Concepts in Composition Studies
What are composition's threshold concepts? How might they be deployed in the context of GE revisions and other curricular concerns? This panel explores the current state of threshold concepts, transfer studies, and GE curricula. Submit 250 word abstracts by 23 March to JRhodes@csusb.edu. by 23 March 2015; Jacqueline Rhodes (jrhodes@csusb.edu)
Posted , last updated 16 March 2015

North American Heine Society

Heine and Critical Theory
We invite papers that investigate links between Heine and the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse, Kracauer, etc). Abstract of 250-300 words to Jonathan Skolnik (jskolnik@german.umass.edu). abstracts (300 words) by 15 March 2015; Jonathan S. Skolnik (jskolnik@german.umass.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

The Interval in Romanticism
The space between integers; the space-time of pause, interruption, irritation, irruption. The interval as rhythmic or dissonance; disruption leading to solution or dissolution. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Fay (elizabeth.fay@umb.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward
Papers taking Romantic ecocriticism forward. Suggestions: aesthetics, forms of knowledge, new developments in theory. NASSR-sponsored special session. 350-word proposals by 15 March 2015; Susan Oliver (soliver@essex.ac.uk)
Posted 2 February 2015

Romantic Sovereignty
Old vs. new models; sacred vs. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules and exceptions; rights and institutions. Collaborative session. 200-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Mark Canuel (mcanuel@uic.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Paul Claudel Society

Claudel et ses publics
The session topic is “Claudel et ses publics.” Send proposals (50-100 words) about the reception or public of any aspect of Claudel’s work. 50 to 100 word proposals by 6 March 2015; Glenn W. Fetzer (gwfetzer@nmsu.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

Pirandello Society of America

Mediated Legacies: New Theoretical Approaches to Pirandello
Papers using new and theoretical lenses to approach the work and thought of Pirandello: development across genres and media, in visual or other forms. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni (jana.okeefebazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu) and Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 28 February 2015

Pirandello in the Classroom and Beyond: Innovative Pedagogy
Interdisciplinary perspectives for a seminar-style panel examining teaching and communication of Pirandello's works to new public(s): theoretical/pedagogical innovations in adaptation, translation, and performance. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni (jana.okeefebazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu) and Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 28 February 2015

Poe Studies Association

Poe Biography and Biographical Approaches to Poe
This session will focus on the challenges of writing about Poe's life and of interpreting Poe's work through his life. 250-word abstracts and cv by 6 March 2015; Paul Lewis (paul.lewis@bc.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans and the Great War"
Representations of Negro soldiers; political debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim Crow; global contexts. 200-250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Barbara Clare Foley (bfoley@andromeda.rutgers.edu) and Thabiti Lewis (thabiti@vancouver.wsu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

“‘We Are All Ayotzinapa!’: The Literature of Class Struggle”
Representations of people fighting the capitalist crisis in the borderlands, class exploitation, state repression, sexism, racism, and deportations. abstracts 200-250 words by 15 March 2015; Marcial Gonzalez (marcial@berkeley.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Reception Study Society

From Reader-Response to Jacques Ranciere: The Evolution of Reception Theory
Papers on reception theory evolution (including feminist approaches, interpretive communities, histories of reading, movies, fans, hermeneutics, aesthetics, etc.) Visit receptionstudy.org. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Ildi Olasz (olasz@nwmissouri.edu) and Philip Goldstein (pgold@udel.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Robert Frost Society

Frost, the Public, and the Artistic Community of His Time
We invite papers that explore the relationship between Frost, the public, and the artistic community of his time. Abstract and A/V requirements by 23 March 2015; Virginia Smith (vsmith@usna.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Romanian Studies Association of America

Mothers Without Frontiers: Inscriptions of Affective Maps in Contemporary Romania and the World
Examines motherhood and labor migration in global cultures. How do migrant mothers traverse ideologies and reconfigure borders? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Oana Chivoiu (chivoiuo@purdue.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Post-Socialist Stereotypes in Hungarian and Romanian Literature and Culture
Stereotypes of nostalgia for the past, critical/unrealistic perceptions/expressions of the American dream, problematic relationship with neighboring nations, etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Eva Corredor (corredoreva@aol.com) and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard (uritescu@umich.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Samuel Beckett Society

Beckett and the Extensions of Modernism
This panel addresses Beckett's relevance for the ongoing rethinking of modernism - its temporal/geographical locations, contemporary persistence, and transformations, in literature and artistic spheres. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Michael D'Arcy (mdarcy@stfx.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Simone de Beauvoir Society

Simone de Beauvoir and "the second sex" in 2016
An examination of the influence of Beauvoir's analysis of gender relationships on current societies in the Western world and elsewhere. Abstracts by 16 March 2015; Yolanda Astarita Patterson (guyyopat@aol.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch

Digital Humanities and the Romance Epic: A New Perspective?
Call for papers on digital editions, projects, wikis, etc, contributing to innovative perspectives on research and teaching of romance epic. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Paula Leverage (leverage@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Society for Critical Exchange

Communities of Theory
In what sense do theorists form a community or communities at the present time? What defines such groups? How do they function? What makes one their member? abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jeffrey R. Di Leo (dileo@symploke.org)
Posted 27 January 2015

Theory Renaissance?
The comeback of theory in the 21st century? What are the specific forces behind theory’s return? Participants will consider Vincent Leitch’s 2014 book Literary Criticism in the 21st Century. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jeffrey R. Di Leo (dileo@symploke.org)
Posted 27 January 2015

Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature

Mediating Early Modernity
Papers on mediality (text, image, sound) in early modern Germanic literatures and cultures; media analysis and manipulation (Digital Humanities) of the field. Abstracts (150 words) by 15 March 2015; Jane Ogden Newman (jonewman@uci.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Gendering Medieval Biopolitics
This session will address responses to Kathleen Biddick's book Make and Let Die: Untimely Sovereignties (http://punctumbooks.com/titles/kathleen-biddick/make-and-let-die-untimely-sovereignties/) through the lens of gender theory. papers by 15 March 2015; Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Medieval Trans Feminisms
Medieval literature produced the histories, tropes, and tools for articulating current transgender identity. This session examines critical notions of transgender in a continuum across time, genders, and change. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu) and MW Bychowski (Mbychows@gwu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

Faulkner in the Digital Age (co-sponsored with the Faulkner Society)
Roundtable on new book history/ digital humanities projects on Faulkner; Use of digital resources to teach Faulkner's work. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Lise Jaillant (L.Jaillant@uea.ac.uk) and Deborah Clarke (Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Secret Archives: Privacy, Control and Access
“Archive stories” about the difficulties to access certain collections, and what these stories tell us about power and control. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Lise Jaillant (L.Jaillant@uea.ac.uk)
Posted 1 February 2015

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

“Early Modern Women and Transnational Exchanges”
Early modern women’s transnational encounters: textual, physical, and material exchanges across borders within Europe or between the old world and new. 200-word abstract – 300-word cv by 15 March 2015; Patricia Phillippy (p.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk)
Posted 19 February 2015

“Religious Matters: Women, Worship and Artefacts”
Roundtable exploring interplays of material artefacts and early modern women’s religious practice in England and Continental Europe. 150-wd abstracts, full panel of 5 or single papers by 15 March 2015; Patricia Phillippy (p.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk)
Posted 19 February 2015

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Rethinking the Public Reception of Midwestern Literature/Journals/Film
Who is the public for Midwestern literature/journals/film? Were we ever and are we still "flyover country"? 250-word abstracts and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Marilyn Judith Atlas (atlas@ohio.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Society for the Study of Southern Literature

Weird South
We invite papers that examine, interrogate, and/or theorize the "weird south." What, if anything, makes the region weird? How do we discuss the “weird” without re-inscribing southern exceptionalism? 300-word Abstracts by 20 March 2015; Gina Caison (gcaison@gsu.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

South Asian Literary Association

Literary Censorship in South Asia: Vernacular Postcolonial Perspectives
State curtailment;silencing by non-state actors;intimidation by appeal to religious/ moral values;"Manufacturing consent". Examples and theoretical issues from languages other than English. 300 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Nalini Iyer (subraman@hawaii.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Postcolonial Studies Generation
How has a curriculum in postcolonial studies influenced a generation of artistic production? Consider specific artists, artist-critic relationship,institutionalization of postcolonial studies. 300 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Liam O'Loughlin (moloughlinliam@gmail.com)
Posted 3 February 2015

Queer Studies in Digital South Asia
How do queer studies and South Asian studies intersect in digital humanities? Papers exploring gender, sexuality, intimate relationships in the digital public sphere. 300 word abstract by 1 March 2015; Rahul Gairola (rgairola@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

T. S. Eliot Society

Eliot, Media, and Material Culture
Proposals welcome on any aspect of Eliot's engagement with the media and/or material culture and its history. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 17 March 2015; Michael Coyle (tseliotsociety@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Wallace Stevens Society

Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost
We invite abstracts on Stevens' and Frost's work. Possibilities include theories of sound, use of architectural imagery, their mutual disregard, and relations to Emerson. Abstract (250 words) by 1 March 2015; Lisa N. Goldfarb (lg3@nyu.edu) and Natalie Gerber (Natalie.Gerber@fredonia.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Western Literature Association

The Profane West
Deeply delving into multiple aspects of the "profane," this roundtable seeks to challenge the rote and accepted ways of thinking about/defining/celebrating the North American West. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kerry Fine (kerry.fine@ttu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

The Transnational West
This panel will explore the tropes of the West as they are redeployed/repurposed/re-appropriated in texts, broadly defined, with a transnational context. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kerry Fine (kerry.fine@ttu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

William Carlos Williams Society

Borders and Crossings: Time and Space in William Carlos Williams
Negotiations of borders in terms of poetics or place; problematizing Williams's handling of tradition, Europe, the New World, history. Abstracts. cv. by 8 March 2015; Elin Käck (elin.kack@liu.se)
Posted 1 February 2015

William Faulkner Society

Faulkner and Postcolonialism
Current critical approaches and practices in postcolonial studies applied to Faulkner. Diverse theoretical and geographical frameworks and comparative studies are welcome. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Posthuman Possibilities in Faulkner
Faulkner’s relation to the multifaceted critical concept of posthumanism. How does Faulkner facilitate or complicate the posthuman as a response to anthropocentrism? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

William Morris Society

Teaching William Morris
We seek papers that approach teaching Morris to reach a new generation of scholars and students, especially involving interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, public history, and digital humanities. abstracts and c.v. by 15 March 2015; Linda Kay Hughes (l.hughes@tcu.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Women in French

Writing the Self in the age of the selfie in French and Francophone Literatures
Joint session. Addressing women writers narrating their own identity in non-fiction, film, graphic novels or other forms. Abstract. by 15 March 2015; Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@gru.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Women in German

Exploring Gender and Sexuality in German Language Media
This joint WIG-AATG panel invites papers that explore discourses about gender and sexuality as portrayed in German-language media. 250-word abstracts and short biographical note by 13 March 2015; Carol Anne Costabile-Heming (carolanne.costabile-heming@unt.edu) and Didem Uca (uca@sas.upenn.ed)
Posted 26 February 2015

Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages

Trigger Warnings
Roundtable discussion on trigger warnings and other approaches to teaching difficult subject matter in English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and other classrooms. Submit 250-word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2015; Monica Miller (monica.miller@lmc.gatech.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

Romantic Religion
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may include British, American and European texts and sermons, faith and practice, dissent, mysticism, and natural theology. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; James C. McKusick (mckusickj@umkc.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

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