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Calls for Papers - All Types

Please note that, in anticipation of the new forum structure (due to be implemented for the 2016 convention), calls submitted by divisions and discussion groups appear under forums. The American Literature Section is included in the list of allied organizations. To view an updated list of MLA forums, please visit the Executive Council blog.

Allied Organizations

American Portuguese Studies Association

Reading Guimarães Rosa Comparatively
Comparative readings of Guimarães Rosa's Grande sertão veredas and Corpo de Baile with preference ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Association for Business Communication

Assessment in Business Communication and Writing
Sharing Strategies for Better Assessment of Business Communication: AACSB, AoL, Closing the Loop, ... See more
Posted 21 January 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. ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Cabaret Voltaire at 100
Papers sought on the enduring legacy of the Cabaret Voltaire, in celebration of its 2016 centenary: ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Byron Society of America

Byron and America
New scholarship related to Byron's American reception and his own views of America and American ... See more
Posted 16 January 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 ... See more
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, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

Lawrence, Editions and Critical Renewal
We invite papers on the Cambridge University Press editions (Lawrence’s poetry, First Women in ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

Dickens Society

Dickens and Disability
Rethinking the “grotesques”: melodrama and sentiment, illness and care relations, cognitive and ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siecle
Wharton’s engagements with decadence, aestheticism, naturalism, the femme fatale, degeneration, ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 30 January 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 ... See more
Posted 29 January 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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Goethe Society of North America

Cognitive Science in/and the Goethezeit
The intersection of cognitive science and cultural practices: how Germanliterary/philosophical ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate ... See more
Posted 18 January 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 ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

International Association of Galdós Scholars

Global Galdós
Transnational concerns as represented in Galdós’s work; exchange and circulation of knowledge about ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Novel Crossings: Galdós, his Predecessors, Contemporaries, and Successors
Incursions and departures, hybrid genres, text(ure)s outside mimesis, editorial incursions, ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015

International Brecht Society

Brecht - Surveillance - Visibility
Does the charged era of politicized surveillance technologies undermine Brecht’s goal of making ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno before and during the ... See more
Posted 21 January 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 ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

Narrative Medicine, the Body, and Justice
What genres make tales of violence, pain, suffering legible? What's risky about representing ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 21 January 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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Conrad's Animals
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 17 January 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 ... See more
Posted 20 January 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 ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Melville Society

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Melville/Dickinson as point of departure for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
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; ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society

Hawthorne and Milton
Connections sought include images of nation; uses of bible and classical mythology; representations ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Posthumous Hawthorne
Topics include (dis)continuity with autobiographical and fictional works; the authorial integrity ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

North American Heine Society

Heine and Critical Theory
We invite papers that investigate links between Heine and the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Benjamin, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 25 January 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 ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015, last updated 25 January 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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Theory Renaissance?
The comeback of theory in the 21st century? What are the specific forces behind theory’s return? ... See more
Posted 27 January 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 ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Secret Archives: Privacy, Control and Access
“Archive stories” about the difficulties to access certain collections, and what these stories tell ... See more
Posted 1 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 ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

William Faulkner Society

Faulkner and Postcolonialism
Current critical approaches and practices in postcolonial studies applied to Faulkner. Diverse ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Posthuman Possibilities in Faulkner
Faulkner’s relation to the multifaceted critical concept of posthumanism. How does Faulkner ... See more
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, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

Romantic Religion
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

Forums

CLCS Arthurian

Teaching the Arthurian Story World
Value and challenges of teaching proliferating story world of Arthuriana, past and present, and its ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern

Reexamining New World Encounters: where do we go from here?
A panel introducing new theoretical perspectives, untapped archives, and cross-disciplinary ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

GS Drama and Performance

Act 1: Repression and the Choreographies of Freedom
What are theater's limits? After Charlie Hebdo, participants historicize how theater speaks truth ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Act II: Site-Specific Art and the Performance of Everyday Protest
When repressed, theater-makers protest, blurring political lines between art and life. Participants ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale

Myth, Fairy Tales, and Their Adaptations
Cultural value, narrative challenges, and theoretical implications of late 20th- and early ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

GS Travel Writing

Theorizing Travel Literature: Issues of Genre, Form, and Representation
This panel will consider how travel narratives test generic conventions, experiment with form, or ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

HEP Community Colleges

What Qualities Matter in Teaching the Humanities Online?
How do good teaching practices translate into the online learning environment? Seeking ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American

In Theory: American Literature since 1966
Theory (poststructuralism, critical race, postcolonial, queer, etc.) and theorists in American ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

LLC Early American

Reexamining New World Encounters: where do we go from here?
A panel introducing new theoretical perspectives, untapped archives, and cross-disciplinary ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

LLC English Romantic

Romantic Sovereignty
old v. new models; sacred v. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 27 January 2015

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

Theory and Victorian Studies
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Victorian Intertextualities
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 16th-Century French

Affect in Sixteenth-century France
How is affect intersubjective, defined/undefined, related to emotion? Close or distant readings ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

It's 1500: Are we modern yet?
Stakes of periodization, dialectic and dis/continuities between Medieval and Renaissance (or ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 17th-Century French

Dilemma
Cas de conscience, decision-making, choosing between two (bad) alternatives; Cornelian or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Secrecy
Key concept in love and politics, often at the intersection of both, in all genres. Secrecy is ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

LLC 19th-Century French

Ecologies of the Nineteenth Century
We invite abstracts related to various aspects of ecology: un/natural habitats, physical and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Portraits
We invite abstracts on textual and visual portraits and frames, family portraits and portrait ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

LLC Medieval French

Food for Thought
Alexis’s scraps, William’s salt barrels, Perceval’s meat pies, eaten hearts: where does food take ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

New Questions for the Codex
Contributions invited to address single author or cyclical manuscripts, compilations, miscellanies, ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

LLC Galician

Galician Studies: Current Research and New Directions
We invite papers showcasing the newest Galician Studies scholarship and/or exploring fresh ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German

Natural Science and Literature in the German Long 18th Century
Papers examine literary devices informing the natural sciences (e.g. anatomy, brain science, ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Posthumanism in the Era of Humanism: Concepts of the Human in the German Long 18th Century
Papers explore intersections between humans and animals, technology, environments, other instances ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German

Readers, Viewers, Listeners, Users
What ever happened to readers? Historical and theoretical reflections on problems of audience ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian

Italian Amnesia
This session will look at Italy's 1980s and the programmatic censorship of recent past. ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Transmedia Intersections
Session explores the ways in which the convergence of literature, film, theater, visual arts, and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian

La famiglia: Representations of the Family in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Exploring familial relationships and family figures; in discord or harmony, idealized or realistic. ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Mysticism and Religious Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Representations of religion in literature and other forms of discourse: saints, mystics, clerics, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

New Approaches to Material Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
Critical analyses of literary works in manuscripts, printed books, monuments, and other artifacts. ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

LLC Mexican

Materiality and Mexican Culture
Material goods and built environments reflect and produce social meaning. Panel on relationship: ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

Solitary Mexicans: Gaps in Contemporary Literary Historiography
Critical approaches to Mexican writers who published their first book between 1968 and the ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 26 January 2015

LLC Romanian

Being Romanian, Being European: Romanian Spirituality in Film/Literature/Arts
Secular/religious forms of spirituality in Romanian/Moldovan film and literature: traditional/new ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

LLC Scottish

Beyond the Kilt: The Scottish Fetish
How have Scotland and Scottishness been fetishized? Short position papers could consider, e.g., ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

The British Pharmacopoeia
Papers on Scottish physicians/rhetoricians--Enlightenment redefinitions of British bodies/bodies ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Poetry and Prose

Rituals of Exclusion
New research on the topic of exclusion from a social, political, ethical, and literary perspective. ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian

Death/Dying 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish Iberian Culture
Death, mourning, social rituals; death as metaphor; cultural imaginary, social realities and ritual ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 24 January 2015

Mobility and Migrations 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish Worlds
Mobility, border crossings, transculturation, migration, commerce, forced labor, militarization, ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 24 January 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian

The end of the Regime of 1978
Exploration of new cultural forms, practices and narratives emerging in the context of Spain's ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Political Fictions
Analysis of inscriptions of and engagements with the political in contemporary Iberian fiction; use ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Technologies of Body and Mind under the Franco Dictatorship
Exploration of the relationship between Francoist sovereignty and its disciplinary discourses, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

LSL General Linguistics

Linguistic ideology, language policy and prestige
The General Linguistics Discussion Group invites 250-word abstracts on issues of language policy, ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

LSL Language Change

Language Change, Shifting Borders, and Identity Construction
Papers exploring how language change relates to identity construction and crossing borderlands ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Rethinking the “L” in MLA
What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

LSL Linguistics and Literature

Lexical and Syntactic Experimentation in Postmodernist Literature
Papers that approach lexical and syntactic experimentation in Postmodernist Literature from a ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Syntax and Poetry
How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers providing a ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

TC Age Studies

"The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging"
What difference does age make in what/how we teach and how students perceive us? 300-word proposal ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

TC Disability Studies

Disability and Interdependence
What are alternatives to the binary of independence/dependence in disability discourse? How might ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

Disability, Contingency, Neoliberalism
How have disability arts and activism participated in shaping contemporary disability experience ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

QUEER CRIPS ACROSS TIME
Queer, disabled (disciplinary) crossings in theory, practice; queer-crip (pre)histories of ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015

TC Philosophy and Literature

Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, and Adorno before and during ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

TC Sexuality Studies

Queer Proximities
Explorations of the sensorium; texture, sensation, affect, touch; spacing and relationscape; ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Vaqueer@s
Queer, borderlands; vaquero/a/cowboy/girl culture, gender, race, sexualities; Texas, US-Mexican ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

TM The Teaching of Literature

Literature and the Public Sphere: Connecting Classroom and Community
This session will explore relationships between the literature classroom and the public sphere, in ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

MLA Committees

Committee on Community Colleges

Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at CCs
How collaborative/interdisciplinary learning and teaching at community colleges can be improved, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

“Threshold Concepts” in FYC at Community College
Seeking contributions that articulate essential concepts acquired in first-year composition and how ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

Contingent Faculty Members in Service
Committee and governance roles as professional development and institutional belonging—or labor ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 26 January 2015

Evaluating Contingent Faculty Members: Processes, Purposes, Consequences
Peer and administrator observations and assessments. What counts as evidence of teaching and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession

Disability and the Global South
Papers examining political/aesthetic representations of disability in the Global South. How do ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 19 January 2015

Committee on Scholarly Editions

Editing at the Crossroads
Developing and using digital and print editions in which there is contact between two or more ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada

Checkpoints
Presentations on policing in terms of embodiment, territories, borders, languages, race, sexuality. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Critical Intersectionalities of Race and Sexuality
Aesthetics, Cooptations, Dangers, Limits, Occlusions, Opportunities, Possibilities. 300-word ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Deconstructing Civility
Presentations on how civility and collegiality are used to regulate/surveil/suppress oppositional ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession

Humanities beyond Humanities
We welcome proposals on teaching languages and general humanities courses at STEM institutions, ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Special Sessions

19th-Century Science Fiction
Papers sought on nineteenth-century science fiction; proto-science fiction; reconsiderations of ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

"2G" Vietnam War Writers - Revisionist Histories and New Perspectives
Conference papers invited for a panel on second-generation Vietnam War writers and revisionist ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

70 Years After Nada: Revisiting Carmen Laforet's Narrative
New perspectives on Laforet's Nada or an examination of lesser-known works. 250 word abstracts and ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Abu Ghraib and After
Reading torture-photographs alongside "The Torture Report." Recirculation/reactivation/invocation ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Accenting Punctuation
Punctuation: its use in certain genres, as it is used by specific literary figures, or topics ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Affect Studies and British Romanticism
Papers on how affect studies has redefined our understanding of the emotions in British Romantic ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Affect Studies and English Renaissance
How can "affect studies" redefine Shakespeare and early modern literature? Affect in queer theory, ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

African (American) Diaspora Literature
How are American-based-African writers (like Adichie, Mengestu, Cole) changing conceptions of black ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Age and American Literature
Moving beyond childhood studies, this panel considers age more broadly as an analytic for reading ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015

Andean Modernismos
This session invites papers that reconceptualize, reimagine, or theorize Modernismos in Andean ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Authority in the Digital Age
How do authors use new media to negotiate identity, textual practice and audience formation? ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

Bernard Shaw and New Media, 1879-2015
Shaw's engagements with emergent media; works and persona in print, film, radio, television, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Blended Learning of Scale
Blended learning case studies: designing courses within institutional constraints; scaling courses ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Caribbean Ghosts
This panel explores the presence of ghosts, zombies and other supernatural creatures in Caribbean ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Caribbean Literature: Woman Trouble
Are female characters troubling presences in Caribbean literature? Is there a disjunction between ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Censored Publics
Theoretical and historical examinations of literary or visual censorship and the constitution of ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Cervantes on the Early Modern English Stage
Papers dealing with Cervantean influence on English drama. How did English playwrights translate, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Character in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Rethinking the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character in ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

The Chronicles of Narnia at 60
Children's literature scholars response to the Chronicles as a whole on its 60th anniversary. Must ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Clarice Lispector Cronista: A Re-assessment
This Session seeks re-examinations of Lispector’s journalism and its contribution to the long ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Colonial Mobilities/Photographic Stillness
Panel will revisit/rethink the relationship between colonial projects and photography (19th-21st ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Comparative Approaches to Adoption
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks proposals considering how Comparative Studies ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Convergences between Disability Studies and Ethnic Studies
Does disability shift in the presence of race or vice versa? How might anti-ableism and anti-racism ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Creative Reading/Personal Criticism
This panel will analyze and evaluate recent scholarship that merges personal stories and ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Deconstructing "literature"
How print culture and the modern notion of literature determine our approaches to pre and ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

Developments in Comics Pedagogy
This roundtable focuses on innovative practices to teach the production, research, and appreciation ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

Digital Milton
Papers invited on any topic employing digital tools to read, teach, present or study Milton. Full ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Disability, Vision, Evidence
Specular, visual, and epistemological dimensions of disability and impairment. Topics include ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

Discrimination and marginalization in France
Panel explores various depictions (in films, literature, songs) of discrimination and ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Early Environmental Justice
Please submit abstracts of papers on environmental literary texts in English published before 1900 ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Early Silent Cinema and Literary Modernism
The influence of pre-Soviet montage cinema on Modernism: case-studies; methodological approaches; ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Ecological Sympathies in Early Modern Literature
This special session considers early modern sympathy as a scientific or occult phenomenon and an ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Elmore Leonard
Any aspect, feature, or theme of Elmore Leonard's work, print or screen; preferably, but not ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

English Metrical Cultures
How have English meters shaped and been shaped by larger cultural formations? How do meters form ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Erotica, Excess, Fin de Siglo
New proposals for the political/social importance of gender, sexuality, and the erotic in the ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France
Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France; ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

From Fatwas to Sufism: Representations of Islam in Maghrebi Francophone Literature
Panel explores contemporary representations of Islam in novels by authors of French expression ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

From the Lowell Mills to Lean In
From the labor leader to the COO, what do American narratives about working women reveal about ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

Gower's Coeval Systems: Pasts and Presents
Engaging systems/systemic concerns in Gower's poetry through situating them within his/our own ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

Historicizing Surveillance
Surveillance, although technologically ubiquitous today, has yet to be well historicized. This ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Imagining the Celebrity Chef
Prefigurations of the modern celebrity chef, in literary, popular, and visual culture, through the ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

The International in Literature and Law
Explores representations of the “international” across English literature and law, from 17th ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

John Dewey and American Poetry
Papers on John Dewey and American poetry, especially Stevens, Moore, WCW, Bishop, and Roethke. ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

Later Mothering & Lit
How does later-life motherhood (standard issue, via biotech, adoption, step-parenting, ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

LGBT*QI Faculty and Staff Diversity
Roundtable will discuss LGBT*QI faculty and staff diversity. We will tackle various aspects of ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

LGBT*QI Graduate Student Diversity
Roundtable will discuss LGBT*QI graduate student diversity. We will tackle various aspects of ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

The Limits of Secular Criticism
How do recent debates on religion and the secular (Asad, Eagleton, Taylor) pertain to literary ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Medievalist Poetry Reading
Original poems repurposing the medieval (in setting, imagery, history, figure, etc.) as ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the contemporary reception and/or influence of Unamuno's ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Milton and His Postmodern Heirs: Paradise Lost in Fiction and Film
How do authors/directors use Miltonic ideas to navigate issues of science, gender, and religion in ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 31 January 2015

Naming the 18th Century
What's at stake in naming this period "long" (1660-1830), "short" (1715-1789), early modern, ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Narrative Threads
Textile objects (needlework, embroidery) may also be textual objects. Approaches might include ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

New Approaches to Cinematic and Mediatic Identification
Papers should recuperate the beleaguered concept of cinematic identification through any of a ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

New Representations of the Contemporary University
If academic novels are obsolete, where (and in what form) are emerging representations of the ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

Performing Romanticism(s)
Papers addressing how literary scholars can use performance--the stage, lectern, classroom, and ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

The Poetics and Politics of Turkish Literature: New Directions
This panel seeks innovative approaches to contemporary Turkish literary and cultural production. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Poetry and Dissent in American Public Life
This session seeks to theorize, document, and enact poetry as a practice of dissent in American ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Politics of Friendship in American Literature
Papers might engage with critical race studies, queer studies, children’s and YA literature, and/ ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

Postcolonial Animality
Analyses of the role animals and animal ontologies perform in postcolonial cultural texts. 250 word ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Postmodern Economics
Interdisciplinary papers exploring fresh economic theoretical approaches to texts after 1945. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Power and Spectacle in the Spanish Golden Age
Dynamics of power and spectacle in 17th-century Spain and Spanish America. Text, performance, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Prehistories of the Digital Humanities
Forerunners, fantasies, false starts on the way to DH. Network theory in literature and criticism, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Proper Nouns in Translation
Papers that descriptively analyze translations of proper nouns through cognitive, pragmatic, and ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Public Acts of Witnessing
Papers exploring the relationships between public acts of witnessing, such as Truth and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

The Publics of Charles Bukowski and Henry Chinaski
This panel will consider the audience for Bukowski's oeuvre and public self in conversation with ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

Quantity in English Verse
Discussions of quantity have been distracted by Renaissance experiments. However, recent ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Rediscovering Old Texts and their New Publics
Papers exploring reasons for and implications of “old” literary texts republished, published for ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Representing Neurological Difference
Papers addressing how representations of the phenomenological and sensory experience of ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 23 January 2015

The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of “the public” – past, present, and ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

Science and Technology in Hispanic Literature and Film
Representations of science and technology in Spanish and Latin American cultural productions from ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Secularization Since Darwin in the Novel
How and to what effect does the novel since the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

Service Learning: A Public Face for Literary Studies
How does service learning create an important public role for literary studies in the classroom, ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected conceptions and/or representations of ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

Teaching Animal Studies
Approaches to teaching animal studies from any field or time period. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Teaching Metacognition in the Composition Classroom
This session will examine the benefits, challenges, and ways of teaching metacognition in ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Teaching Writing and Composition to Online Undergraduate Students
This session explores technologies, challenges, and satisfactions of teaching undergraduate ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

To Whom Does Kafka Speak?
Kafka's reading public, reception in media and translation. His mode of writing. Did he have a ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives
We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern
Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern. Theories of word and image, any period or ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Victorian Sensation and "Locomotive" Women
Recover female counterpart of the "locomotive man" (Nead) in Sensation fiction (1860s); ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

The Visual Display of Literary Information
Exploring history and practice of visualization and literary history. Innovation and limits of ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

Writing Anxiety and Uncomfortable Readers
Papers may examine the nervous states that inspire or impede writing or the depiction of anxiety ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

The Written War after the Peace
After Appomattox, how did Civil War rhetoric come to resist or enable the resurgent national ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Young, Gifted, and Black
Seeking submissions that engage representations of Black youth related to genius, giftedness, and ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

The Zen of Willie Nelson and Austin Music
Austin Music Scene 70s-present. SXSW. Austin City Limits. Sixth Street & beyond. Papers on ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

Zombies and Trauma
Zombies are often popular responses to trauma. This session will consider zombie texts in any ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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