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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 (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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forums

CLCS Arthurian

Teaching the Arthurian Story World
Value and challenges of teaching proliferating story world of Arthuriana, past and present, and its intersection with philosophical, theoretical, pedagogical discourses. 300-500 word abstract and c.v. by 2 March 2015; Ann Marie Rasmussen (amrasmus@uwaterloo.ca)
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 methodologies in the study of cross-cultural encounter in the early Americas. by 13 March 2015; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
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 to power despite efforts to censor and constrain it. 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jody Enders (jenders@frit.ucsb.edu) and Nadia Ellis (nellis@berkeley.edu)
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 theorize reclaiming public spaces for free artistic expression. 500-word Abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jody Enders (jenders@frit.ucsb.edu) and Nadia Ellis (nellis@berkeley.edu)
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 21st-century myth and fairy-tale adaptations. 300 words abstract and CV. Must be MLA members. by 8 March 2015; Cristina Bacchilega (cbacchi@hawaii.edu)
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 push the limits of representation. 250-word abstract and c.v. by 15 March 2015; Katarina Gephardt (kgephard@kennesaw.edu)
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 presentations on models ensuring high-quality online teaching. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael A. Burke (mburke@stlcc.edu)
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 literature. Theorists as characters; literature as “theory"; theory's influence. 300 word abstracts by March 1. by 1 March 2015; Mark Goble (mgoble@berkeley.edu)
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 methodologies in the study of cross-cultural encounter in the early Americas. by 13 March 2015; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

LLC English Romantic

Romantic Sovereignty
old v. new models; sacred v. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules and exceptions; rights and institutions. 200-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Mark Canuel (mcanuel@uic.edu)
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? Proposals invited for full-length conference papers or five-minute position papers. 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Victorian Intertextualities
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did the Victorians categorize, theorize, and value such uses, and how do we? 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu)
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 welcome. 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

It's 1500: Are we modern yet?
Stakes of periodization, dialectic and dis/continuities between Medieval and Renaissance (or pre-/early modern) literature, problems in naming. Abstracts for 10-minute roundtable presentations. by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu) and Matilda Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, etc. (Please note that this session is not guaranteed.). 200-word abstracts to Leah Chang lchang@gwu.edu by by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the role of ethnicity, travel, gender, etc.? 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 17th-Century French

Dilemma
Cas de conscience, decision-making, choosing between two (bad) alternatives; Cornelian or other; artistic, philosophical, political, or methodological; hesitation, impasse, and predicament in 17th-century literature and culture. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Hélène Bilis (hbilis@wellesley.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Secrecy
Key concept in love and politics, often at the intersection of both, in all genres. Secrecy is embodied, it requires self-mastery of emotions, and can reveal affects when betrayed. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jean-Vincent Blanchard (jblanch1@swarthmore.edu)
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 textual spaces, environmental interactions, etc. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Patrick Bray (bray.49@osu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Portraits
We invite abstracts on textual and visual portraits and frames, family portraits and portrait galleries, self-portraits and self-fashioning, ekphrasis, etc. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael Garval (garval@ncsu.edu)
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 us in medieval French literature? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

New Questions for the Codex
Contributions invited to address single author or cyclical manuscripts, compilations, miscellanies, digitalization, etc. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
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 theoretical and methodological directions. Any period, any approach, any geographical area. 1-page abstract by 2 March 2015; Kirsty Hooper (k.hooper@warwick.ac.uk)
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, physiology) or scientific language entering literature and philosophy. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Edgar Landgraf (elandgr@bgsu.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
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 challenging human boundaries. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Edgar Landgraf (elandgr@bgsu.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
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 (reception, spectatorship, interactivity, and related categories) in German literature, film, and new media. 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Eric Ames (eames@uw.edu)
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. Multidisciplinary papers welcome. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Francesca Cadel (fcadel@ucalgary.ca)
Posted 21 January 2015

Transmedia Intersections
Session explores the ways in which the convergence of literature, film, theater, visual arts, and new media negotiates plural cultural experiences. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Nicoletta Marini-Maio (marinin@dickinson.edu)
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. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
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, monks, nuns, theologians. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
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. title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
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: material culture, authenticity and progress. Representations and/or artifacts from pre-Hispanic times to present. Abstracts by 6 March 2015; Beth Ellen Jörgensen (bjorgensen@ur.rochester.edu)
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 mid-1980s. Why group them into a generational category? Why not? Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Ignacio Corona (corona.7@osu.edu)
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 spiritual values in contemporary film/literature/arts, moral/ethical systems of representation, etc. 200 word proposal by 20 March 2015; Lenuta Giukin (lenuta.giukin@oswego.edu)
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., authors, artefacts, aesthetics, politics, geography, sports, symbols -- anything but kilts! Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

The British Pharmacopoeia
Papers on Scottish physicians/rhetoricians--Enlightenment redefinitions of British bodies/bodies politic. Collaborative session between Late 18th-Century English Literature and Scottish Literature forums. 250-word abstracts. by 5 March 2015; Rivka Swenson (rswenson@vcu.edu) and Juliet Shields (js37@u.washington.edu)
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. 1-page abstract and brief bio by 1 March 2015; Enrique García Santo-Tomás (enriqueg@umich.edu)
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 practices around death; death in art, politics, commerce, fashion. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Gies (dtg@virginia.edu)
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, global capital, people and goods; Spain, Spanish Atlantic, North African imperial spaces. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Haidt (r.haidt@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 24 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, linguistic ideology, and power relations through language. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Carolina Gonzalez (cgonzalez3@fsu.edu)
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 (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious, etc.). 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Rethinking the “L” in MLA
What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu)
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 linguistic perspective. 300-word abstract to donhardy@unr.edu by 6 March 2015; Donald E. Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Syntax and Poetry
How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers providing a stylistic exploration of the syntax of poetry. 300-word abstract to donhardy@unr.edu by 6 March 2015; Donald E. Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
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 and brief c.v. by 03/01/15 to Mi by 1 March 2015; Devoney Looser (mmasse@lsu.edu) and Kimberly Nance (mmasse@lsu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

TC Disability Studies

Disability and Interdependence
What are alternatives to the binary of independence/dependence in disability discourse? How might rhetorics of care illuminate and intervene in disability's perception/representation? 250 word abstract and 1 page CV by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Bearden (ebearden@wisc.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

Disability, Contingency, Neoliberalism
How have disability arts and activism participated in shaping contemporary disability experience given shifting legal and market circumstances? Transnational/Global South perspectives welcome. 250 word abstracts and brief cv by 1 March 2015; Susan Antebi (susan.antebi@utoronto.ca)
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

TC Philosophy and Literature

Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, and Adorno before and during the exile years and the legacy of these tense relations. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Comay (comay@chass.utoronto.ca) and Robert Kaufman (robkaufman@berkeley.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

TC Sexuality Studies

Queer Proximities
Explorations of the sensorium; texture, sensation, affect, touch; spacing and relationscape; distance and distancing, nearness, seclusion; relationalities, withdrawal, fusion; transpecies, human; bonds and bonding, intimacy, attachment/detachment. 250-word abstracts, CVs by 23 February 2015; Scott Herring (tsherrin@indiana.edu) and Carla Freccero (freccero@ucsc.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Vaqueer@s
Queer, borderlands; vaquero/a/cowboy/girl culture, gender, race, sexualities; Texas, US-Mexican intimacies and frictions; queer rurality, animals (especially cattle, horses), work; literature, media, performance. 250 word abstracts, CVs by 23 February 2015; Carla A. Freccero (freccero@ucsc.edu) and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera (r-rivera-servera@northwestern.edu)
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 theory and practice. 250 word abstract. by 1 March 2015; Mary Balkun (mary.balkun@shu.edu)
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, including innovations in collaborative/interdisciplinary teaching that motivate CC students. 250-word Abstracts (Word or PDF) by 15 March 2015; Annemarie E. Hamlin (ahamlin@cocc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

“Threshold Concepts” in FYC at Community College
Seeking contributions that articulate essential concepts acquired in first-year composition and how those concepts are shaped by the CC context. 250-word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Howard Tinberg (howard.tinberg@bristolcc.edu)
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 exploitation? What counts as service? How much is too much? How might organizing be service? by 13 March 2015; Andrew Yale (yale@uchicago.edu) and David Laurence (dlaurence@mla.org)
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 professional effectiveness? How do identities influence evaluations? by 13 March 2015; Cynthia Current (current@email.unc.edu) and David Laurence (dlaurence@mla.org)
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 these representations challenge or extend disability theories from the Global North? 250 word abstract. by 10 March 2015; Julie Avril Minich (minichja@utexas.edu)
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 languages (e.g. Spanish and an indigenous language). Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Heather Bamford (hbamford@gwu.edu)
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. 300-word abstract and CV by 1 March 2015; Koritha Mitchell (mitchell.717@osu.edu) and Meena Alexander (malexander@gc.cuny.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Critical Intersectionalities of Race and Sexuality
Aesthetics, Cooptations, Dangers, Limits, Occlusions, Opportunities, Possibilities. 300-word abstract and CV by 1 March 2015; Marcellus Blount (mb33@columbia.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Deconstructing Civility
Presentations on how civility and collegiality are used to regulate/surveil/suppress oppositional expression around race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, war, institutions, class. 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu)
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, military academies, and smaller programs, alt-ac and post-ac, etc. Submit 250-word proposal and a short bio. by 1 March 2015; Svetlana Tyutina (svetatyutina@yahoo.com) and Geffrey Davis (gxdavis@uark.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Special Sessions

19th-Century Science Fiction
Papers sought on nineteenth-century science fiction; proto-science fiction; reconsiderations of texts as aligned with the emergence of the genre; historical/cultural influences and impacts. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Jessica Kuskey (jkuskey@ucsc.edu)
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 histories. Send 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; inquiries welcome; Isadora Wagner (iwagner@go.olemiss.edu)
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 brief biography. by 10 March 2015; Debra J. Ochoa (dochoa@trinity.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Abu Ghraib and After
Reading torture-photographs alongside "The Torture Report." Recirculation/reactivation/invocation of the AG/Guantanamo photographs in other visual forms: film, tv, graffiti. Thinking of soldiers as producers of a new visual-culture. 300w/abstract by 15 March 2015; Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Accenting Punctuation
Punctuation: its use in certain genres, as it is used by specific literary figures, or topics related to linguistics. Abstracts of about one page. by 1 March 2015; Albert E. Krahn (krahn@punctuation.org)
Posted 21 January 2015

Affect Studies and British Romanticism
Papers on how affect studies has redefined our understanding of the emotions in British Romantic literature. 300-word abstract and brief bio (one paragraph) by 1 March 2015; Seth Reno (sreno@aum.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Affect Studies and English Renaissance
How can "affect studies" redefine Shakespeare and early modern literature? Affect in queer theory, cognitive science, history of the body, and non-human Renaissance. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2015; Sabina Amanbayeva (sabina@udel.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

African (American) Diaspora Literature
How are American-based-African writers (like Adichie, Mengestu, Cole) changing conceptions of black literature? Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 wor by 27 February 2015; Stephanie Li (stephli@indiana.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Andean Modernismos
This session invites papers that reconceptualize, reimagine, or theorize Modernismos in Andean countries. Papers on all genres and neglected aspects of Andean Modernismos are welcome. 300-word abstract, One-page C.V. by 12 March 2015; Juan Ramos (jramos@holycross.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Authority in the Digital Age
How do authors use new media to negotiate identity, textual practice and audience formation? 200-250 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Claire Mouflard (mouflarc@union.edu)
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, digital formats (including NT Live 'Man&Superman'); digital humanities approaches to Shaw. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Buckley (jennifer-buckley@uiowa.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Blended Learning of Scale
Blended learning case studies: designing courses within institutional constraints; scaling courses (large/small) without sacrificing rigor; R1, R2, SLAC, CC experiences welcome. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 2 March 2015; Roopika Risam (rrisam@salemstate.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Caribbean Ghosts
This panel explores the presence of ghosts, zombies and other supernatural creatures in Caribbean literature. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Véronique Maisier (profmaisier@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Caribbean Literature: Woman Trouble
Are female characters troubling presences in Caribbean literature? Is there a disjunction between male and female authorial visions of women and/or femininity? 250-300 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Suzy Cater (sec417@nyu.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Censored Publics
Theoretical and historical examinations of literary or visual censorship and the constitution of the public: readership/spectatorship, memory, space, etc. 300-word abstracts. by 6 March 2015; Thomas Chen (tchen6@ucla.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Character in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Rethinking the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character in the nineteenth century. Possible connections: affect theory; cognitive science; digital analysis; political theory. 250-word abstract; short bio by 13 March 2015; Anna E. Clark (aclark@iona.edu)
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 consider at least three of the novels. 300 word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Keith Dorwick (kdorwick@louisiana.edu)
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 tradition of chronicle-writing in Latin America. 300-word abstract; One page C.V. by 15 March 2015; Mariela Méndez (mendezmariela@hotmail.com)
Posted 18 January 2015

Colonial Mobilities/Photographic Stillness
Panel will revisit/rethink the relationship between colonial projects and photography (19th-21st century). How do the mobilities of empire interact with the still form of photography? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

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

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 be related? 1-pg. abstract and cv by 10 March 2015; Cynthia Wu (cw229@buffalo.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Creative Reading/Personal Criticism
This panel will analyze and evaluate recent scholarship that merges personal stories and perspectives with analysis of texts (e.g. Lethem, Baker, Mead, Batuman, and Dyer.). 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael Leigh Sinowitz (msinowitz@depauw.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Deconstructing "literature"
How print culture and the modern notion of literature determine our approaches to pre and postmodern cultural objects? 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 10 March 2015 by 10 March 2015; Juan Escourido (juanesco@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Developments in Comics Pedagogy
This roundtable focuses on innovative practices to teach the production, research, and appreciation of comics. Please submit abstracts that summarize your approaches to teaching comics. Abstract (200-350 words) by 1 March 2015; Derek McGrath (derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com) and Keith McCleary (kmccleary@ucsd.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Digital Milton
Papers invited on any topic employing digital tools to read, teach, present or study Milton. Full 8-page papers or 500-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; David B. Ainsworth (dainsworth@ua.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Disability, Vision, Evidence
Specular, visual, and epistemological dimensions of disability and impairment. Topics include performance, masquerade, passing, illness, diagnosis, freakery, voyeurism. 250-300 word abstracts and short bio. by 12 March 2015; Jane Van Slembrouck (vanslembrouc@fordham.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Discrimination and marginalization in France
Panel explores various depictions (in films, literature, songs) of discrimination and marginalization experienced by Muslims and/or Arabs in France. 300 word-abstracts and brief CV to Hanan Elsayed by 8 March 2015; Hanan Elsayed (elsayed@oxy.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Early Environmental Justice
Please submit abstracts of papers on environmental literary texts in English published before 1900 that move beyond the wilderness paradigm to engage questions of environmental justice. 300-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Lance Newman (lnewman@westminstercollege.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Early Silent Cinema and Literary Modernism
The influence of pre-Soviet montage cinema on Modernism: case-studies; methodological approaches; non-European Modernism; the notion of inter-media influence; relation of film and literary criticism. 300-words abstract by 9 March 2015; Mario Slugan (marioslugan@yahoo.com)
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 imaginative or cognitive activity. Abstracts of 300 words or less. by 15 March 2015; Roya Biggie (royabiggie@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Elmore Leonard
Any aspect, feature, or theme of Elmore Leonard's work, print or screen; preferably, but not necessarily, with a view to the future of Leonard studies. Abstracts up to 300 words. by 15 March 2015; Charles Julian Rzepka (crzepka@bu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

English Metrical Cultures
How have English meters shaped and been shaped by larger cultural formations? How do meters form cultures, and how do cultures form meters? All historical specialties welcome. 250-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Eric Weiskott (eric.weiskott@bc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Erotica, Excess, Fin de Siglo
New proposals for the political/social importance of gender, sexuality, and the erotic in the Luso-Hispanic world, late 19th and early 20th centuries. Title, 300-word abstract, 1-page CV by 10 March 2015; Sarah Moody (stmoody@ua.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in outlaw/outsider texts (especially post-medieval). 200-word abstracts; short bios by 15 March 2015; Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu)
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; medical, theological, philosophical representations of body and mind; counter-discourses of Cartesianism. 300- words abstract by 15 March 2015; Valentina Denzel (vdenzel@msu.edu)
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 writing from the Maghreb. 500 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
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 women's paths to power? 250-word abstracts and CVs by 10 March 2015; Meghan Wadle (mtinning@smu.edu)
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 temporal, geographical, and cultural moments, creating dialogue w/later Middle Ages. 300-word abstracts w/brief bios. by 15 March 2015; Jeffery Stoyanoff (stoyanoffj@gmail.com) and Shyama Rajendran (shyama.rajendran@gmail.com)
Posted 29 January 2015

Historicizing Surveillance
Surveillance, although technologically ubiquitous today, has yet to be well historicized. This session encourages considerations of surveillance in/through any text from any period or any place. 150 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Sylvia Tomasch (stomasch@hunter.cuny.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

Imagining the Celebrity Chef
Prefigurations of the modern celebrity chef, in literary, popular, and visual culture, through the mid twentieth century. 250 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Michael D. Garval (garval@ncsu.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

The International in Literature and Law
Explores representations of the “international” across English literature and law, from 17th century onward; possibilities include universal jurisdiction; genres; human rights; legal pluralism; (post)colonialism. 300-word abstracts by 7 March 2015; Joel Rodgers (joel.rodgers@utoronto.ca) and Michael Donnelly (mich.donnelly@utoronto.ca)
Posted 23 January 2015

John Dewey and American Poetry
Papers on John Dewey and American poetry, especially Stevens, Moore, WCW, Bishop, and Roethke. Possibility of edited collection. 300-word abstracts/CV by March 15 to James Hoff (jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu). by 15 March 2015; James D. Hoff (jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Later Mothering & Lit
How does later-life motherhood (standard issue, via biotech, adoption, step-parenting, relative-fostering, &c) affect women’s stories: the writing of them, the stories told, or both? Age Studies. 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Gregory (egregory@uh.edu)
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 diversity discussions, including: quantifying, recruitment, support and community. Send 250 word abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) and Melanie Adley (madley@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

LGBT*QI Graduate Student Diversity
Roundtable will discuss LGBT*QI graduate student diversity. We will tackle various aspects of diversity discussions, including: quantifying, recruitment, support and community. 250 word abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) and Corey Twitchell (twitchellcl@cofc.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

The Limits of Secular Criticism
How do recent debates on religion and the secular (Asad, Eagleton, Taylor) pertain to literary study? Papers might engage Edward Said’s arguments for secular criticism. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Rachel Arteaga (rarteaga@uw.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Medievalist Poetry Reading
Original poems repurposing the medieval (in setting, imagery, history, figure, etc.) as contemporary. Please send several poems (7-10 pp.) by 1 March 2015; Jane Chance (jchance@rice.edu)
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 works, particularly his fiction. 250-word abstract and CV by 10 March 2015; Luis Alvarez-Castro (lacastro@ufl.edu)
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 contemporary pop culture? 300-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Ryan Hackenbracht (ryan.hackenbracht@ttu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Naming the 18th Century
What's at stake in naming this period "long" (1660-1830), "short" (1715-1789), early modern, Enlightenment (etc.)? What's its role in the new MLA? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Dustin D. Stewart (dustin.d.stewart@gmail.com) and Joshua Swidzinski (js3683@columbia.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Narrative Threads
Textile objects (needlework, embroidery) may also be textual objects. Approaches might include textiles and texts as artifacts of industrialization, imperialism, and/or globalization. Abstracts by 10 March 2015; Lauren Miskin (lmiskin@smu.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

New Approaches to Cinematic and Mediatic Identification
Papers should recuperate the beleaguered concept of cinematic identification through any of a diversity of approaches, including race studies, psychoanalysis and queer studies. 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Elizabeth Reich (ereich1@concoll.edu) and Scott Richmond (scr@wayne.edu)
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 university? What ideological work do they perform? Abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ian Butcher (butcheri@duq.edu)
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 other non-traditional scholarly practices--to reconsider issues pertaining to Romantic-era drama, poetry, and prose. 250-word abstracts and brief bio by 10 March 2015; Omar F. Miranda (ofm203@nyu.edu) and Randall Sessler (ras559@nyu.edu)
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. Theoretical, hermeneutic, and comparative approaches are welcome. 250-word abstract and CV. by 1 March 2015; Sevinç Türkkan (sturkkan@brockport.edu)
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 public life. All periods welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nate Mickelson (nate.mickelson@guttman.cuny.edu)
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/ or issues of public authorship and collaboration. 250-word abstracts; short bios by 8 March 2015; Kristen Proehl (kproehl@brockport.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

Postmodern Economics
Interdisciplinary papers exploring fresh economic theoretical approaches to texts after 1945. Topics might include exchange, property norms, intellectual property, regulation, globalization, theories of value, etc. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Seth McKelvey (rmckelvey@smu.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, etc. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Leah Chang (lchang@gwu.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Prehistories of the Digital Humanities
Forerunners, fantasies, false starts on the way to DH. Network theory in literature and criticism, graph theory, library science revolutions (“KWIC”), mapping, visualization, stats. Abstracts—ledes, kickers, quotes by 15 March 2015; J. D. Connor (jd.connor@yale.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Public Acts of Witnessing
Papers exploring the relationships between public acts of witnessing, such as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and the literary and other texts they inspire or engage. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura J. Beard (lbeard@ualberta.ca)
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 Chinaski's fictional (counter)publics. 250-word abstracts and short bios by 9 March 2015; David Pratt (dcpratt@wm.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Quantity in English Verse
Discussions of quantity have been distracted by Renaissance experiments. However, recent discoveries make quantity an essential, specifiable prosodic element in English from the beginnings to the present. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Thomas Cable (tcable@utexas.edu) and Natalie Gerber (natalie.gerber@fredonia.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Rediscovering Old Texts and their New Publics
Papers exploring reasons for and implications of “old” literary texts republished, published for the first time, translated, or adapted to demands of new contexts. abstracts by 15 March 2015; E. Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@gru.edu) and Blaire Zeiders (bzeiders@gru.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Representing Neurological Difference
Papers addressing how representations of the phenomenological and sensory experience of neurological difference allow for new ways of understanding human cognition and social relations. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ajitpaul Mangat (ajitpaul@buffalo.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 23 January 2015

The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of “the public” – past, present, and future – as imagined or provoked by Romantic literature. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matthew Borushko (mborushko@stonehill.edu)
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 the end of 19th century to the present. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Oscar A. Perez (oscaraperez@hotmail.com)
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 (1859) depict or participate in secularization? 300-word abstract and CV by 10 March 2015; Ryan Siemers (ryan.siemers@utah.edu)
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, research and community activism? 250-500 word abstracts of papers by 1 March 2015; Roberta Rosenberg (rrosenb@cnu.edu) and Laurie Grobman (leg8@psu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected conceptions and/or representations of the self. Topics might include religious doubt, communal vs. isolated selves, self-awareness, self-distrust, etc. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Chelsea McKelvey (clrice@smu.edu)
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 March 2015; Thomas Doran (thomasdoran@umail.ucsb.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Teaching Metacognition in the Composition Classroom
This session will examine the benefits, challenges, and ways of teaching metacognition in composition classrooms. 250 Word abstracts and CV by 10 March 2015; Wiley C. Davi (wdavi@bentley.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Teaching Writing and Composition to Online Undergraduate Students
This session explores technologies, challenges, and satisfactions of teaching undergraduate composition, writing, and rhetoric online. Short papers or abstracts of 2-3 pages by 15 March 2015; Judith Anne McCarthy (jmccarthy@devry.edu)
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 reading public in mind? 500-word abstracts by March 15,2015 by 15 March 2015; Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr (mlcaputomayr@hotmail.com) and Dagmar Lorenz (dcglorenz@gmail.com)
Posted 18 January 2015

Victorian Sensation and "Locomotive" Women
Recover female counterpart of the "locomotive man" (Nead) in Sensation fiction (1860s); relationship between crime and female urbanism; mobile-women; street-walking; female-wandering; nocturnal-perambulations; shopping excursions; international travel. 300w/abstract by 15 March 2015; Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

The Visual Display of Literary Information
Exploring history and practice of visualization and literary history. Innovation and limits of abstract models, digital/pre-digital maps, visual analysis. Abstracts (250 words), sample visuals or data by 1 March 2015; David Joseph Wrisley (dw04@aub.edu.lb)
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 and depression in literature. 300-word abstract and CV by 7 March 2015; Rebecca Soares (Rebecca.Soares@asu.edu)
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 project of Native American removal in the West? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gerard Anthony McGowan (cg4905@usma.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Young, Gifted, and Black
Seeking submissions that engage representations of Black youth related to genius, giftedness, and creative/intellectual risk-taking. 300-word abstracts and CV by 2 March 2015; Jennifer Griffiths (jgriff02@nyit.edu)
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 individual artists, bands, trends welcome. 250-500 word abstracts. by 27 February 2015; Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Zombies and Trauma
Zombies are often popular responses to trauma. This session will consider zombie texts in any medium in terms of trauma, cultural and/or individual. 150 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Sylvia Tomasch (stomasch@hunter.cuny.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

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