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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.

Visual and Literary Archives
Forum: MS Visual Culture
What roles do visual archives (e.g., photography) play in writing? How does literature use archives ... See more
Posted , last updated 17 March 2015

Germanic Philology
Forum: LSL Germanic Philology and Linguistics
Discussion Group for Germanic Philology solicits papers addressing any aspect of Germanic ... See more
Posted , last updated 16 March 2015

Troubling Threshold Concepts in Composition Studies
Allied Organization: National Council of Teachers of English
What are composition's threshold concepts? How might they be deployed in the context of GE ... See more
Posted , last updated 16 March 2015

Graduate Student Research Writing Pedagogies
Special Session
Seeking innovative approaches and best practices for integrating formal and informal writing ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 15 March 2015

Collecting and Gender
Special Session
How do gender and private art collecting intersect in representations of collecting and collectors ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 12 March 2015

Language Theory and Description
Forum: TM Language Theory
Presentations exploring interdigitations of language theory and linguistic description. Paper ... See more
Posted , last updated 12 March 2015

New Work in Language Theory
Forum: TM Language Theory
Papers focusing on aspects of linguistics that contribute to trends in language theory. Paper ... See more
Posted , last updated 12 March 2015

17th-Century Britain/and/or/in Europe
Special Session
A panel reframing geographical and literary contours: literary, political, or philosophical ... See more
Posted 4 March 2015, last updated 11 March 2015

Feminist Voices in Diasporic Afro-Futurism
Forum: GS Speculative Fiction
Seeking papers concerning gender and the role of Africa as a real or symbolic presence in diasporic ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 10 March 2015

Martin's Song of Ice & Fire/Game of Thrones
Special Session
Papers on any aspect of Martin's Game of Thrones(TV)/ Ice&Fire (novels) or both are solicited. ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015, last updated 10 March 2015

Media and the Unconscious
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring the unconscious dimensions and/or effects of media (new and historical). ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015, last updated 7 March 2015

"The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging"
Forum: TC Age Studies
What difference does age make in what/how we teach and how students perceive us? 300-word proposal ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging
Forum: HEP Teaching as a Profession
What difference does age make in what we teach, how we teach, and how our students perceive us? ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Women and Performance in the Comedia
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama
How did women contribute to performance in the Comedia, and how did performance and the Comedia ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Comedic Desires
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama
What do correspondences between desire and comedy contribute to the texture of the Comedia and its ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Primal Scenes
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama
How does knowing and/or understanding primal scenes contribute to the writing and reading in- and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Global, Local and Micro-territorial Re-reroutings
Forum: LLC 19th-Century Latin American
How do multi-directional transfers involving class, ethnicity, gender or language impact sub-state ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Young, Gifted, and Black
Special Session
Seeking submissions that engage representations of Black youth related to genius, giftedness, and ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 5 March 2015

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
Special Session
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works portray the effects of kinship networks ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015, last updated 4 March 2015

Cultures of Credit in Early Modern English Literature
Special Session
Papers invited on credit, credence, and credibility in the literature of early modern England; ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015, last updated 4 March 2015

Politics of Literature in Modern and Contemporary Italy
Special Session
New approaches to the political dimension of fiction/poetry; theories of fiction, close/distant ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 3 March 2015

Power and Spectacle in the Spanish Golden Age
Special Session
Dynamics of power and spectacle in 17th-century Spain and Spanish America. Text, performance, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015, last updated 3 March 2015

Psychoanalysis in/and Russia
Special Session
History of psychoanalysis in Russia; role of Russian subjects in the development of psychoanalytic ... See more
Posted , last updated 2 March 2015

Literacies in Writing Studies
Forum: RCWS Literacy Studies
We invite proposals that explore practices and processes of literacies situated in a wide range of ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

1916 Rising: Reverberations
Forum: LLC Irish
Literary and cultural representations of 1916, its prehistories and commemorations. Messianic, ... See more
Posted 2 March 2015

Diplomacy and Letters
Special Session
Diplomacy and the role of literary ambassadors, including any extra-textual activities, propaganda, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

1968 in Global Cinema
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
This panel explores the relationship among sixties' cinemas - French and British New Wave, Cinema ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

Shakespeare Addiction
Special Session
Addictive/compulsive sensibilities within the works, market strategies of compulsive fandom, and ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Postcolonial Literature and the Question of Indigeneity
Forum: TC Postcolonial Studies
The question of indigeneity, indigenous culture, community, identity, rights, activism, and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Ecocritical Postcolonial Studies
Forum: TC Postcolonial Studies
A decade after Rob Nixon's "Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" how does the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Special Session
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Special Session
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Innovative Digital-Humanities Approaches in Teaching and Research of Languages and Literatures
Special Session
We seek theory- and practice-based presentations on application of digital technologies in ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Rhetoric of Rape
Forum: LSL Language and Society
How does language shape what is accepted as sexual violence? Issues of "legitimate rape," consent, ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Community, Cosmology, and Ecology in The Double Hook
Special Session
Drawing on recent work in Western, First Nations, and environmental studies, this session offers ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Extreme Weather: American Disaster Narratives
Special Session
The narrative structure of 'natural' disaster: how do American literature, film and other media ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Expulsion and Exile: Asian African Literature
Special Session
Conference papers that interrogate themes of memory and migration invited for a panel on Asian ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Medieval Poetics of Anxiety
Special Session
How did medieval poets and poetic institutions address existential anxieties? 250-word abstracts by ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Water - Aesthetics and Politics
Special Session
Water is vital to all life forms and is often metaphorically evoked. This CfP welcomes papers on ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

From Reader-Response to Jacques Ranciere: The Evolution of Reception Theory
Allied Organization: Reception Study Society
Papers on reception theory evolution (including feminist approaches, interpretive communities, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Historical Literature in Asian Modernities
Special Session
Papers exploring the significance of historical literature (fiction, drama) in Asian modernities; ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Media and the Cultures of Sports
Special Session
We welcome analyses of how media technologies determine sports and sporting publics in literature, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Novel Approaches to History
Special Session
Publics' pasts: How does the contemporary historical novel revise and/or reinscribe the past for ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Responsibility and the Naturalist Novel
Special Session
This panel examines realist and naturalist novels in relation to Joshua Greene's recent discussions ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Towards an Aesthetics of Failure
Special Session
Tom McCarthy wrote: “the essence of poetry” is “of trying, and failing." What are the implications ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
Special Session
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
Special Session
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Rethinking the Indian Question: Representation, Politics, Activism
Special Session
This session addresses the “Indian Question” in literature and film in the context of social ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Multicultural Futurism: Decolonizing the Future
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
Analyze multicultural (Indigenous, Afro-, Chica@/Latin@, Asian American) futurism on resisting ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Mining, Minerals, and Empire
Special Session
Literature about mining/mineral extraction, as microcosms of the issues of the larger empire and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Paul Celan Today
Special Session
As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of his death, this panel explores the legacy of the poet ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI
Special Session
Debate continues over the Somme Offensive and its legacy even after 100 years. Papers should ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Sonorous Envelope: Sound in Modernism
Special Session
How does reading for sound reshape critical accounts of modernism's relation to urban modernity, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Beyond Individual Authorship
Special Session
This panel explores intellectual collaborations and constellations in the Germanic, French, and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Whither Histories of Literary Theory?
Special Session
In our digital, information-age of proliferating canons and contemporary theories, must ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-casting Humanism in Islamic Literature and Thought: Perils and Promises
Special Session
The aim of this session is to look at major critical theories recasting Humanism in Islam. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Collector, the Anthologizer and Historical Agency
Special Session
Papers sought on theorizing collecting as a thought process; collecting in relation to anthology, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Sounds of the South
Forum: LLC Southern United States
In listening to the South, what do we hear? Papers on auditory depictions in music, literature, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Anachronistic Method, or Historicity without Historicism
Special Session
What might literary history look like beyond historicism’s rigid notions of time? How can scholars ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Making Student-Subjects: Knowledge-Narratives, Capital, The University
Special Session
Theoretical investigations of University impact on student identity formation. Have Humanities ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Post-Humanism and the Virus
Special Session
We invite papers exploring the dual agency of the viral as simultaneously generative and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Chesnutt's Choices
Special Session
How did Charles W. Chesnutt’s aim to reach a white audience shape his narrative choices: topics, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Sisterhood and Social Justice in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Special Session
Sisterhood includes the possibility of rivalry or connection across difference. 300-word proposal ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Informatics of Selfhood
Forum: TC Marxism, Literature, and Society
Governing by identity; techniques of tracking, profiling, and population management; risk calculus, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Global Cold War
Forum: TC Marxism, Literature, and Society
nonwestern histories of the cold war; aesthetics/politics of cold war cultural production; genre ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching of American Sign Language
Special Session
American Sign Language is growing in interest. This presentation examines trends in instruction, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature and Taxation
Special Session
Seeking papers from any historical period that examine literary representations of taxation, the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Contractual Publics: Between Precedents and Future Risk
Special Session
We will examine literary texts as political events that can rewrite the past, reevaluate the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Miltonic Apocrypha
Special Session
Miltonic Apocrypha invites papers concerning disputed attributions like De Doctrina ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 28 February 2015

Disrupted, Destroyed, and Impossible Histories
Special Session
Literary/poetic writing as legitimate (or illegitimate) historiography, pre-1800. Challenges to ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Enthusiasm and Capitalism
Special Session
How is the rise of capitalism related to religious enthusiasm and religious experience more broadly ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disability Poetics in the Public Sphere
Special Session
Participants will discuss how disability poetics (defined here as poetry by disabled/otherly-abled ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Fictional Entities and Participatory Culture
Special Session
How does engagement with fictional entities lead to social and public participation? Cognitive ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Consciousness in Poetry by Women
Special Session
Women poets of 20th and 21st centuries engaging public discourses on ecology and the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Writing Crafts in Fiction and Non-Fiction and Their Pedagogical Applications
Special Session
Call for studies on writing crafts in fiction and non-fiction and/or their applications to writing ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

New Reflections on Piracy
Special Session
Papers invited on piracy in contemporary culture, including representations of pirates or ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Queers Read LGBT Literature
Allied Organization: GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages
This panel explores the state of contemporary LGBT literature and the value of a LGBT literary ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Modern Comics as Political Theater
Special Session
Materialist, object-relations, or related readings of the social imaginary of modern comics, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Technologies of Perversion
Special Session
Papers that consider how technological developments from the 19th-century forward have shaped the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Archival Practices
Special Session
Roundtable bridging “the archive” as concept and the labor of archivists: arrangement and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Beckett and the Extensions of Modernism
Allied Organization: Samuel Beckett Society
This panel addresses Beckett's relevance for the ongoing rethinking of modernism - its ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuba/Gabriel García Márquez/Austin
Special Session
Proposals interrogating GGM’s creative relation to the Cuban Revolution in journalism, film, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Contemporary Art Activism
Forum: LLC Russian and Eurasian
Explores Russia's recent explosion of politically engaged art; the intersection between art and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuban Post-Exile Identities
Special Session
Proposals on how cultural and literary characterizations of Cuban diasporic subjects have evolved ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Listening to Early Modern Voices
Special Session
Theoretical approaches to voice in the early modern period, especially colonial encounters: ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans and the Great War"
Allied Organization: Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages
Representations of Negro soldiers; political debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Pox Americana: Epidemic Illness Past, Present, Future
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring literature of American epidemic (historical, contemporary, or anticipated) ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature, Jihad, and the Marketplace
Special Session
Literary studies, liberal arts education, STEM pressure, career in corporate world, global ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

"Sin Embargo"
Forum: LLC Cuban and Cuban Diasporic
Proposals reflecting on changes and challenges in financing, circulation, consumption, and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature as Healing
Special Session
Can literature contribute to social and cultural healing? How might literary works foster health ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Comparative Literature in the Age of Digital Humanities
Special Session
Panel invites papers exploring challenges and opportunities that DH creates for the practice of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

American Poetry and Eastern European Traditions
Forum: LLC Russian and Eurasian
What of Eastern Europe remains in Anglo-American poetry by poets born in the former Soviet Bloc? ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Ecocritical Postcolonial Studies
Special Session
A decade after Rob Nixon's "Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" how does the intersection look? ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Religion, Spirituality, and Contemporary Literature
Special Session
We seek papers that address how new accounts of contemporary spiritual culture, including accounts ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Who’s Afraid of Totality?
Allied Organization: Marxist Literary Group
Marxism has frequently been at odds with critical approaches understood as identitarian. This ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Contingencies: Hierarchies and Inequalities in French/francophone literature
Special Session
Oppressions of class, race, and/or gender in modern (18th-21st century) French/Francophone ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Digital Vernaculars
Special Session
Papers exploring literary uses, appropriations, and representations of language drawn from digital ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Unfolding narrative processes through Literature and Cinema
Special Session
This session reflects on how literature and cinema reshape the instances of the narrator from ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Pirandello in the Classroom and Beyond: Innovative Pedagogy
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Interdisciplinary perspectives for a seminar-style panel examining teaching and communication of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Mediated Legacies: New Theoretical Approaches to Pirandello
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Papers using new and theoretical lenses to approach the work and thought of Pirandello: development ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Beat Studies Now
Special Session
BEAT STUDIES NOW. New research on Beat literature/culture/history. Off beat Beats; Beat icons; Beat ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Transnationalizing the Public Sphere
Special Session
This special session asks how contemporary literature refigures public sphere theory for an age of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Publics, Print, and Place
Special Session
Exploring the role of physical places in the production and use of print. What “publics” are ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-Approaching the Survey Course
Special Session
Papers invited for a roundtable session on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Playful Modernism
Special Session
Playful Modernism: Inviting abstracts for papers on the ludic aspects of modernism, including toys, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Raiding the Archive of Latin American Literature
Special Session
This panel will examine re-readings of the archival tradition in Latin American narrative, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Rhetorics of Disability Disclosure in Life Writing
Forum: RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric
Performance of and/or im/perceptibility of disability and identity; identifications; contexts of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Recovering Postcolonial Publics
Special Session
Do certain cultural productions inherently produce postcolonial publics/counterpublics? How can we ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Anarchism and Literature in Latin America
Special Session
Papers on the impact anarchism had on the literary realm. See full CFP at: See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Gendering Medieval Biopolitics
Allied Organization: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
This session will address responses to Kathleen Biddick's book Make and Let Die: Untimely ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Digital Humanities & The Archive
Special Session
This panel interrogates the production/critique of digital archives. Keywords: digital-objects, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Political Aesthetics in the Novel
Special Session
Seeking proposals on the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and reading practices in the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching Alice Munro's "Wild Swans"
Special Session
Proposals for 15 min. papers / discussion of strategies adapted, experience of, and suggestions for ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Aesthetics and Politics of Color
Special Session
Special session invites papers on the aesthetics and politics of color in film, literature and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Periodizations and Their Publics Since 1945
Special Session
Modern, postmodern, postcolonial, post-45, contemporary - how has literature been periodized since ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

‘Means’ of Theory
Special Session
What are the critical/theoretical implications of reading literary texts as--in Cavell’s ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Borders, Words, and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

20th-21st-Century Hemispheric American Literary Studies
Special Session
Gathering 8-10 emerging and established scholars for 5-minute Ignite talks; share your 20th-21st-c ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Crimea and Punishment
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
Crimea inspired expansionist ambitions in the Russians and the Turks. What unites the literary and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Inventing Literary Language(s) in Eurasia
Forum: LLC Russian and Eurasian
Explores literary languages and traditions generated within the Russian/(post-)Soviet empire; their ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Language of Assessment, Judgment, and Evaluation
Forum: LSL Global English
What politics are involved in wording assignments, comments on student work, or program ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Irish Revolutions
Allied Organization: American Conference for Irish Studies
This session examines diverse and disruptive “revolutions”: political insurrections, cultural ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Slavic Forgeries and Mystifications
Forum: LLC Slavic and East European
Is forgery an essential part of literature? Where would we be without mystifications? This panel ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Law, Literature, and Crisis in South Africa
Special Session
Seeking papers on the productive relationship between literature and law in South Africa. Please ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

"Relics of the bum”: Shitty books and the corporeality of the (early) modern text
Special Session
Books as waste and anxieties around word's materiality, in both early modern and contemporary ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disembodied Masculinities
Special Session
Is masculinity challenged by moving discussions of masculinity outside of the male body? Do we ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Latin American Film and Nation in the 21st Century
Special Session
This panel explores the relationships among nation-state, local and global markets, and cinema in ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Miguel de Cervantes: Past, Present, and Future
Special Session
In celebrating 400 years of Cervantes, this panel seeks papers that reflect upon past scholarship ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Cinema and Public Spheres in Franco's Spain
Special Session
The relationship between cinema and (hegemonic and alternative) public spheres in Franco's Spain; ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Characters of Adultery
Special Session
The realist novel is unimaginable without unfaithful wives, suicides, marriage-breakers. What ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

The Objects of Performance, 1660-1830
Special Session
This panel will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Developing Collaborative Humanities Research Projects
Special Session
Panel on how humanities scholars can establish partnerships, develop collaborative research ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Bootstrapping Broads: A Roundtable on Women Writing Class
Special Session
We invite presentations engaging literary and social projects around women’s labor in postbellum ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Walking in Public
Special Session
Theoretical engagement with concepts of wandering, not tradition-specific; walking bodies, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Rhetorics of De/Humanization
Special Session
How has literature created, modified, or denied human subjecthood? What are rhetorics of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Eliot, Media, and Material Culture
Allied Organization: T. S. Eliot Society
Proposals welcome on any aspect of Eliot's engagement with the media and/or material culture and ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Ageism and Activism: EngAging the Public
Forum: TC Age Studies
As the liberal arts are increasingly challenged to demonstrate "real-world" relevance, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Party Politics
Special Session
This session explores the literary and historical significance of social gatherings and the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Intersections: African Literature and Electronic Liteature
Special Session
Navigates the intersections between African literature and electronic literature, examining the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Jean-Luc Nancy and the Concept of Community
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore Jean-Luc Nancy’s concept of “community,” and its relevance to cyber- ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Reading Over Time
Special Session
On reencountering texts: What differences come with age and experience? How might political ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Public Blackness: Celebrity, Diaspora, and Modernity
Special Session
How has black celebrity—examined across national, historical, and generic borders—been a defining ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Race in/after Conceptual Writing
Special Session
Treatments and elisions of racial politics, aesthetics, and experiences in conceptual writing. Does ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

La Perse dans la littérature universelle
Special Session
Cette cession se propose de mettre en relief l'image de la Perse dans la littérature du monde ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Contingent Faculty Mentoring for Democracy
Forum: HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues
Session on challenges and opportunities in mentoring for, of, and by contingent faculty for ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Critical Environments in Latin America: New Trends and Emerging Perspectives
Special Session
This session explores new theoretical and methodological approaches to ecocriticism in Latin ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Class Inequality and the African Diaspora
Special Session
This session examines issues of class (inequality, division, exploitation, etc.) in African ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

"Aggressive Fictions": Metatextual Critiques of the Reader
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring fiction that critiques and/or challenges the reader and his/her ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Nabokov and Sexualities
Special Session
“Sex as an institution, sex as a general notion, sex as a problem, sex as a platitude—... Let us ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Nabokov's Journeys
Allied Organization: International Vladimir Nabokov Society
Journeys as theme and trope: real and imaginary, fabulous and forbidden, moral and metaphysical, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

La Poétique et la Littérarité saisies à travers les textes des XXème et XXIème siècles françaises
Special Session
la Littérarité et la Poétique considérées par les génies créateurs des XXème et XXIème siècles. ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Death, Violence and Religious Fiction
Special Session
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Digital Humanities in/and the City
Special Session
How might DH programs and/or projects at urban colleges or universities reflect big-city cultures, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Contemporary Rhetoric(s) in First-year Composition
Special Session
This session will focus on applications of contemporary rhetoric(s) or contemporary applications of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Celtic Studies and its Publics: Teaching, Outreach, Prospects
Forum: CLCS Celtic
We invite papers on teaching Celtic topics; Celtic Studies reaching new audiences inside and ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Performing Spain's Historical Memory
Special Session
This panel explores how historical memory has been represented in Spanish dramaturgy in relation to ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Roberto Bolaño: Beyond Exhaustion
Special Session
Is there anything beyond the exhaustion of the modern in Bolaño's work? Does other than horror and ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Emergent Temporalities
Special Session
Papers on 19th-century literary works that register new modalities of time in light of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Adaptation in World Cinema
Special Session
Soliciting papers on literary texts transposed into another medium and another cultural setting, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Pedagogy Matters in Black American Literature
Forum: LLC African American
This session focuses on a broad spectrum of issues related to teaching with "Who teaches what and ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Inventing America: Public Memory and Private Pain
Special Session
Examines the dialogic tension between public memory and private pain in the framing of the New ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Memory and Identity in Contemporary Spanish Feminine Narrative
Special Session
Exploring issues of memory, gender, and identity construction in the narrative of Contemporary ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Transatlantic Virgil
Special Session
Papers on the uses of Virgilian poetry in the New World, from the early modern period to the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

What's Next? EEBO in the Public Domain
Forum: LLC 16th-Century English
What work is possible now that the EEBO-TCP texts are freely accessible? Seeking gripping ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 27 February 2015

"Jews and Ethnic Studies"
Forum: LLC Jewish American
Relationships between Jews, Jewishness, ethnic studies, multiculturalism; where do Jews, Jewish ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Distributed Cognition and Early Modern Texts
Special Session
Connects contemporary theories of distributed cognition to early modern theories/literary texts ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

"The Place of Israel in Contemporary Jewish American Literary Writing"
Forum: LLC Jewish American
Refuge? Home? Dreamscape fantasy? Wild West? Center of political alliance and conflict? Papers on ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Rethinking the Humanities MA Degree
Special Session
How might humanities MAs be re-imagined as sites for curricular innovation to address the needs of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

"Lost Objects in Jewish American Literature"
Forum: LLC Jewish American
Maps, photographs, letters, mezuzot, candelabras, and other artifacts remain sites of memory, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

New Directions in Black Canadian Literature
Forum: LLC Canadian
This panel invites papers that open new lines of analysis of Black Canadian literature and sites ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Re-reading Sonia Sanchez
Forum: LLC African American
In light of the new documentary, "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez," this session seeks new readings of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Special Session
This panel explores themes of ecophobia (i.e., fear and dread of nature), extinction, ecological ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Editing the Digital Record
Forum: TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing
We invite contributions to a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities for textual editing ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Legal and Literary Persons
Special Session
Papers on legal and literary fictions of personhood, personality, impersonation, personification; ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature without redemption?
Special Session
The Christian tradition’s perspective on writing as redemptive has led to the rejection of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

America the Various: Russians Contemplate the United States
Special Session
This session examines Russian imaginations of America as reflected in literature, film, or new ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Not for Your Eyes: Editing Private Documents for Publication
Allied Organization: Association for Documentary Editing
We invite papers about editing letters, journals, and similar documents that were not intended to ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015, last updated 27 February 2015

Multimodality: The leading edge of teaching and learning
Forum: HEP Teaching as a Profession
How does multimodality shape your teaching and your research about teaching? How does multimodality ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature and the Phenomenology of Injustice
Special Session
Seeking papers that analyze how personal or collective experiences of injustice are depicted in or ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

“‘We Are All Ayotzinapa!’: The Literature of Class Struggle”
Allied Organization: Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages
Representations of people fighting the capitalist crisis in the borderlands, class exploitation, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Transnational, multilingual publics in the Renaissance
Special Session
In a period before the solidification of national and linguistic borders, how might translation, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Socialist Childhoods
Forum: LLC Slavic and East European
Growing up under socialism was both a personal and political experience. Recent memoirs convey the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Watersheds and Futures: Navigating a 21st Century Danube
Forum: LLC Slavic and East European
Danubian Studies as a productive response to the EU’s contemporary transnational project, the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Performance and Emerging Genres in the Mediterranean
Special Session
How do performance forms in the Mediterranean region question relationships between high and low ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Historicizing and Spatializing Biopolitics
Forum: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society
This panel aims to more precisely historicize and spaitalize concepts of biopolitics, biopower, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Ezra Pound, Teaching and the Future(s) of the University
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
We invite papers on the relationships among Ezra Pound, teaching, and the future(s) of the ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

“Hauntology Revisited.”
Special Session
How can we still use, appropriate or critique Derrida's concept of “hauntology” from "Spectres of ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Public Pedagogy in the Corporate University
Special Session
We seek located responses to these questions: should our teaching support or hinder the careerist ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Exploring Gender and Sexuality in German Language Media
Allied Organization: Women in German
This joint WIG-AATG panel invites papers that explore discourses about gender and sexuality as ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Injury & Response: Literary Rivalry in the 18th Century
Special Session
Seeking papers that address the influence of literary rivalries on genre, print culture, and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

The Empathetic Turn: Affect Management in the Globalized Book Market
Special Session
We welcome papers that address affective responses to literature, mechanisms of selection, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Eugene O'Neill in the 21st Century
Allied Organization: Eugene O'Neill Society
How does O’Neill translate to contemporary audiences? Does his work still influence playwrights? ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Women, Medicine, and the Body
Special Session
This session invites papers exploring 19th century medicine's approach to women and the body in ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Dis/Abilities and Knowledge - Francophone and French
MLA Committee: Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
This panel explores intersections between concepts of disability and/or "handicap" and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Tenuous Genres
Special Session
Secondary, minor, or weak genres proliferated as literary production adapted to mass markets. What ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Twentieth-Century Obscenity Debates and Citizenship
Special Session
Papers are sought for a panel examining the relationship between 20th-century obscenity debates and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Weird South
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Southern Literature
We invite papers that examine, interrogate, and/or theorize the "weird south." What, if anything, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Trauma in Recent Cinema
Special Session
This session explores new approaches to studying the representation of collective or individual ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Echo/Ethno and Techno-Poetics in Luso-Brazilian Literature
Special Session
By considering sonic aspects of literary narratives with origins in performance or ethnography, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Counternarratives, History, Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Fiction
Special Session
Seeking papers to discuss counternarratives, limits and possibilities, to histories of national ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Francophone Environmental Fiction
Forum: LLC Francophone
Ecocritical/environmental humanities approaches to cultural production. Resources, landscapes, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Australian Literature in Multimedia Space and the Public Sphere
Allied Organization: American Association of Australian Literary Studies
Papers sought on how Australian literature functions in digital/media spaces and how it relates to ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

The Relation Between Teaching and Research
Forum: HEP Teaching as a Profession
How should we think about the relation between research and teaching in higher education? Does ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Earth
Forum: LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Literature/art/culture and geology, geography, sea-levels, climate, crystals, fossils, landforms ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Borders, Words and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Special Session
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

The Future of the History of the English Language: Pedagogical Practices
Special Session
This roundtable will discuss how traditional approaches to teaching "HEL" can integrate multi-media ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

We Love Julio So Much
Special Session
Special session at the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin will examine new approaches to the work of ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Global War on Terror Studies: The Map and the Territory
Special Session
Session will focus on studies in fiction, non-fiction, television, and film. Submit abstracts no ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Pre-Modern, Queer Hermeneutics
Special Session
This panel will explore how pre-modern thinkers regarded textuality in queer terms. Topics may ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Second Language Acquisition in the Intensive, Domestic Immersion Context
Special Session
Research papers that examine and provide data on adult L2 learners in intensive, domestic immersion ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Trigger Warnings
Allied Organization: Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages
Roundtable discussion on trigger warnings and other approaches to teaching difficult subject matter ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Scales of time and Shakespeare
Forum: LLC Shakespeare
How does time affect our experiences of Shakespeare? In addition to deep, lived, and calendar time, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Gender in/and Translation in 20th/21st-century French and Francophone Literature
Special Session
Papers exploring theoretical, generic, and practical questions related to gender in/and translation ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Shakespeare’s 20th/21st Century Reading Publics
Special Session
How do we define modern and contemporary reading publics for Shakespeare (or adaptations)? What do ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Medieval Fictionality
Special Session
What were the modes of medieval fiction? Counterfactuality, what-ifs, fable, figure, mimesis, myth, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

18th Century Transpacific: Between Asia and Latin America
Forum: CLCS 18th-Century
Papers on the cross-cultural impact of trade routes between Asian and Iberian empires during the ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Objects of Global Media
Special Session
How might we see the stakes of global media culture differently if we rethink them around ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Teacher Education for the 21st Century
Forum: LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning
L2 teacher education prepares students for various educational contexts. We invite proposals that ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Innovative Approaches to L2 Writing as Interpersonal Communication
Forum: LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning
Interpersonal communication often focuses on speaking. We invite proposals describing ways to ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Grad experiences: past, present, future
Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus
We seek interventions for a roundtable on grad experiences concerning alt-ac careers, job market, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Subject(s) matter: genealogies of sympathy in texts
Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus
This panel explores representation and regulation of selfhood and alterity in texts of all literary ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

18th Century Transpacific: Between Asia and Latin America
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
Cross-cultural impact of trade routes between Asian and Iberian empires during the long 18th ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Pound, H.D., and Bryher
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
Examinations of H.D. and Bryher's engagement/disengagement with Pound's aesthetics, literary works, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Pound at the Harry Ransom Centre
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
New scholarship related to holdings on Pound and other modernists at the Harry Ransom Center, U. of ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Untranslatable Modernism
Special Session
Comparative, transnational, hemispheric, global, and/or post-colonial readings of modernist texts ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

More-Than-Human Publics in Long Nineteenth-Century English Literature
Special Session
We invite papers on animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Rethinking Latin American costumbrismo
Special Session
This panel explores the emergence of artistic and literary costumbrismo in 19th century Latin ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Fashion and Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century
Special Session
How does the fashionable—styles in dress, hair, book design, poetic discourse, etc.—intersect with ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Bessie Head Thirty Years On: Southern African Women Writing Resistance
Special Session
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Head's death. We seek papers celebrating Head and other southern ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Catalan Documentary, Art, and Thought Now
Forum: LLC Catalan Studies
Analysis of the present political experience in Catalonia in documentary, art, interventions; ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Migratory Practices in Catalan Literature
Forum: LLC Catalan Studies
Exploration of modern and contemporary migration, displacement, nomadism, in Catalan literature; ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Seriality and Sound
Forum: TC Popular Culture
Any analysis of the 2014 NPR podcast "Serial" including narratology, the semiotics of sound, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Postcolonial Contemporary Fantasy
Special Session
Paper sought on recent fantasy set in the modern Americas; discuss appropriation, hydridization, or ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Scandalous Modernism Reconsidered
Special Session
We invite papers that examine the history of modernist art scandals vis-à-vis forms of violent ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature
Special Session
This session will explore how a reader's experience is shaped and enacted through the media devices ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature
Forum: MS Visual Culture
How does electronic literature mediate the physical engagement of the reader with media materials, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Queer Monsters of the British Fin de Siècle
Special Session
This panel will interrogate the queer contributions of monster protagonists to fiction of the ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Unsettling the Child Soldier Narrative
Special Session
Seeking new perspectives on the child soldier narrative: non-African narratives, child soldier ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Rationalism and Empiricism in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Special Session
Panel on the representation in early modern Hispanic culture of rationalism and empiricism, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Teaching Trauma
Special Session
This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature to undergraduates and ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Political Concepts in Translation
Forum: CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century
Translation theory provides ways of activating political concepts and theories of the event ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Storytelling, Affect Studies, and Medieval British Literature
Special Session
Papers on how the affective turn and narratology have enlightened our experience of medieval ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Indigenous Knowledges and Literary Production
Special Session
How should indigenous knowledge be framed when critiquing indigenous texts? This call invites ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

This Bridge Called My Back
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
In honor of This Bridge’s 35th anniversary, we invite engagements with its historical impact, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Eighteenth-Century Science and Literary Discourse
Forum: CLCS 18th-Century
Relations between eighteenth-century literature and science with interest in fields or ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Water Ways of the Colonial Americas
Special Session
Analyses of human and non-human relationships to and with water in the Colonial Americas (Latin, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Caviar or Marmalade? Reassessing Noël Coward
Special Session
Noël Coward and celebrity; class; gaiety; gender; Las Vegas; the lush life; music; style; ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Lawrence, Editions, and Critical Renewal
Special Session
Possible topics include CUP editions (Lawrence’s poetry, first Women in Love, etc.), readerships, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Documentary Filmmaking in First Year Composition
Forum: RCWS Writing Pedagogies
FYC Documentary production teaches rhetorical inquiry as it curates critical narratives regarding ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Magic and Media
Forum: MS Visual Culture
How does illusion imagine the impossible with old or new media, deception prevent understandings of ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Animals, Plants, and the Environment in 17th-Century England
Forum: LLC 17th-Century English
A roundtable on current scholarship and future directions on each topic or the relationship between ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

THE PEDAGOGY OF GLOBAL MEDIEVAL PERFORMANCE
Allied Organization: Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Session considers strategies for teaching medieval drama in a global context: how can pedagogy ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Canonicity and Literary History in Africa
Forum: LLC African to 1990
Which works have become icons, which disappeared into obscurity? What social or aesthetic forces ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Time(s) in/and the 19th Century
Forum: LLC 19th-Century Latin American
The standardizing of time and the rise of its counter-times as forms of critique in relation to ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Parables in American Literature
Special Session
Considers how writers have revived the traditional parable for an American context. How do American ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Student Learning and Literature in Second Language Contexts
Special Session
What do collegiate second/foreign language learners learn as they engage with literary texts? How ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Weird DH
Forum: TC Digital Humanities
What would an avant-garde digital humanities look like? What might weird DH reveal that mainstream ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement
Forum: LLC Puerto Rican
The aesthetics and ethics of displaced Caribbean sexual minorities. We seek papers on space and ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Quo vadis Hungary?
Forum: LLC Hungarian
Response to 2016 Presidential Theme: Literature and its Publics: Past, Present and Future. Literary ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Modern Vikings: Portrayals, Mis- and Reconceptions, and New Discoveries
Forum: LLC Old Norse
We're soliciting 20-minute papers addressing modern depictions, misconceptions, and reconceptions ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Global Jew in Jewish Children’s Literature
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Papers sought that explore and theorize the global Jew in children's and YA texts. 350 word ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Keep Children’s Literature Weird
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Papers sought that explore and theorize the weird, bizarre, or inexplicable moments in children's ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

The Afterlife of Popular Children’s Culture Icons
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Seeking papers on the various media iterations of iconic children's characters after their ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Postcolonial Literatures and the Question of Indigeneity
Forum: LLC Arabic
The question of indigeneity, indigenous culture, community, identity, rights, activism, and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

Middle English Studies: British, Or?
Forum: LLC Middle English
What is Medieval British Literature? Where and/or when is the Medieval? Is Middle English ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

The American Turn of the Century
Special Session
Exploring realism, naturalism, pragmatism, and impressionism (or their intersections) in American ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Becoming Human: Medieval
Forum: LLC Middle English
Roundtable conversation in collaboration with the Chaucer Forum about the status of the human in ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Democracy's Emotions
Special Session
Butler and Spivak have brought into focus the "feelings" of the state. What is an "emotional" ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

New Disciplinary Histories
Special Session
We seek examples of disciplinary history that revivify old methodologies or engage new ones, or ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Chaucer and His Publics
Forum: LLC Chaucer
Revisiting the idea of 14th-century public poetry: coterie readership, London, the state, the ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Contemporary Postcolonial Poets and Publics
Special Session
How do poets mediate the discourses which give coherency to a postcolonial public? An abstract of ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

AUDIOTEXTUAL CRITICISM: SOUND, METHOD, ARGUMENT
Special Session
Presentations of a sound clip from a literary recording, a method of critical engagement with ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Early Modern Transnational Futures
Special Session
We seek papers for a roundtable that investigates future directions for early modern transnational ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Sound, Activism, and Protest
Forum: MS Sound
Sound, silence, activism, and protest. Online and off, what does activism and protest sound like? ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

The New World in Performance
Allied Organization: Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Session explores early modern engagements between Amerindian and Spanish/Portuguese cultures, ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Gabriel García Márquez's Legacies
Special Session
The work of Garcia Marquez has had unparalleled reach and influence. After his passing, we invite ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Poetry and Performance
Forum: LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English
Traditions and practices of public, vocalized readings and recitations in the 17th- and 18th- ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence
Special Session
Seeking new approaches to the locations, temporalities, and ecologies of decadence and its ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Translating Cultures: the Francophone Caribbean
Special Session
Multifaceted approaches to teaching, researching and translating the Francophone Caribbean; ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Cosmopolitan Chaucer
Forum: LLC Chaucer
Chaucer’s works or affiliated texts as they participate in large-scale geographical frameworks or ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature
Allied Organization: College English Association
Explores how race informs other traditional features of dystopic literature, such as class ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans in World War I"
Special Session
Representations of Negro soldiers; debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim Crow; ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE AFTER THE DIGITAL TURN
Forum: LLC Middle English
How the digital humanities have altered the study of Middle English. Submit half-page proposals or ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

40 Years of The Woman Warrior
Forum: LLC Asian American
On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the continuing influence of The Woman Warrior on 21st ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

Asian Americans Writing the South
Forum: LLC Asian American
This panel considers Asian American writers (Monique Truong, Lan Cao and others) as they write the ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Forum: GS Poetry and Poetics
How does poetry’s impact depend on its material substrates--e.g., stone, paper, cloth? What happens ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement
Forum: LLC Latina and Latino
The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displaced Caribbean Sexual Minorities. Seeking papers on space and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

(Re)presenting Jihad: Literary Interpretations
Special Session
Papers on misinterpretations of jihad in English or Arabic, reading Koranic interpretations or ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

"Austin Authors" of Commonwealth/Postcolonial Literatures
Special Session
Commonwealth / Postcolonial Authors associated with U. T. Austin. Papers on "Austin Authors," G.V. ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Race and Nineteenth-Century Media
Allied Organization: American Literature Section
How has 19thC race shaped later media productions? Papers engaging 19thC contexts as well as ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Boethius and His Contemporaries
Allied Organization: International Boethius Society
Boethius, Cassiodorus, and others reside at a critical juncture of cultural development as the ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Beyond the Frankfurt School: Rethinking 19thC Mass Culture
Forum: LLC 19th-Century American
Histories of the emergence of mass culture seem to have outrun the theories used to understand the ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Race and Nineteenth-Century Media
Forum: LLC 19th-Century American
How has 19hC race shaped later media productions? Papers engaging 19thC contexts as well as ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Cutting Up the Century
Special Session
The politics of collage in twentieth century literature and film. Subversive potentials of montage, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Rethinking the Public Reception of Midwestern Literature/Journals/Film
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
Who is the public for Midwestern literature/journals/film? Were we ever and are we still "flyover ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Anxious Publics of Literature for Young People
Forum: GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Seeking papers that interrogate anxious public discourse about the popularity of youth-oriented ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Verse Novel for Young Readers
Forum: GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Any aspect of inquiry welcome: how do these narratives engage with poetic language, social justice, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Contemporary Literature and the Marriage Plot
Special Session
How did contemporary literature change our common understanding of the marriage-plot argument and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Disaster Studies and Literature
Special Session
How does narrative fiction shape our understanding of disaster and the related issues of research, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Life During Wartime in Seventeenth-Century England
Special Session
Papers on the everyday experience of the war in early modern England; approaches using affect ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Literary Blogging in the Hispanic and Lusophone World
Special Session
This session explores dissolution of boundaries between literature, journalism, and visual culture, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

This Bridge Called My Back
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
In honor of This Bridge’s 35th anniversary, we invite engagements with its historical impact, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Special Session
In response to recent publications by Joseph Allen Boone, HOMOEROTICS OF ORIENTALISM (2014), and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Limonda en Tejas
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
Papers exploring the influence of José E. Limón at UT Austin and on the borders of Texas, Greater ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Archival Americas
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
Assessing UT Benson archives’ influence on Chicana/o literary studies (e.g. Anzaldúa, Paredes, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Chicana Falsa
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
Papers inspired by and investigating Michelle Serros's work. After Generation Mex, where are ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonialism and Neoliberalism
Special Session
How have authors/theorists of the postcolonial articulated and responded to the rise of ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Satire and Comedy
Special Session
How have satirists and comedians responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Special Session On Ruth Ozeki
Special Session
Papers assessing Ruth Ozeki’s film-making, essays, and/or fiction. We are particularly interested ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Cynicism
Special Session
How have authors and theorists responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Epistolary Poetics Post 1945
Special Session
How does the unstable line between letter and poem in postwar US poetics reshape our sense of ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Queer Studies in Digital South Asia (Collaborative session with SALA)
Forum: LLC South Asian and South Asian Diasporic
Intersection of queer studies and South Asian Studies in digital humanities; gender, sexuality, and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Fashioning the Fictive
Special Session
What insights into literary craft are gained by studying drafts and revisions of poems, novels, and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

Writing on/against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style, 1850-1950
Special Session
Literature addressing fashion, style, fads, or dress reform. Why and how is fashion derided or ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Teaching Literature in Public: MOOCs and Literature
Special Session
Papers are invited that address the teaching of literature to public audiences on MOOCs. 250 word ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Digital Dante
Allied Organization: Dante Society of America
This panel explores how digital technologies enrich the study of Dante's works and provide venues ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Afterlives of Racism
Forum: LLC 19th-Century American
What new theories, methods and archives help us to think about racism in the 19thC, and how might ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Writing about Labor
Forum: GS Nonfiction Prose
Session on non-fiction prose about labor, labor conditions, and the future of labor. Any historical ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Very Short Forms
Forum: GS Nonfiction Prose
The aphorism, maxim, sketch, vignette, feuilleton, pensée, prose poem, fragment et al.; their ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Lola Ridge
Special Session
We invite papers that examine Lola Ridge's poetry and editorial practices in the context of her ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Experimental Fiction and Nonanthropocentric Narrative Strategies
Special Session
Considering nonanthropocentric narrative strategies in contemporary experimental fiction, including ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Musics of Texas
Special Session
This panel focuses on the sounds, lyrics, themes, events, people, places, and memories of the ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Comparative Approaches to Adoption
Allied Organization: Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks proposals considering how Comparative Studies ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

Psychoanalysis and "Race"
Forum: TC Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature
Considers psychoanalytic perspectives on “race”/racism, and the cultural/political implications of ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

French Literature and the Archive
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French
Uses, representations, poetics of the archive in 20th- and 21st-century French literature. 250-300 ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Visibility and the Stakes of Representation in Contemporary French Culture
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French
Analysis of political and social significance of visual and textual representations in contemporary ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Canalizing Waddington: Evo-Devo in Literature and Science
Forum: TC Science and Technology Studies
A rethinking of Conrad Waddington's role in epigenetics and beyond is long overdue. Proposals ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

The Danelaw
Forum: LLC Old English
By which criteria do we distinguish linguistically and culturally between successive layers of ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Tools of the Trade (Round Table)
Forum: LLC Old English
What skill sets does an Anglo-Saxonist need? Are these skills unusual in an English department? How ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Immaterial Culture
Forum: LLC Old English
How did Anglo-Saxons portray things that cannot be sensed? Were immaterial things considered real ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Fearful Publics: Living Under Threat
Forum: LLC Old English
How did the portrayal of external threat construct an audience? Why do images of threat attract ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Cultural Collisions in Europe
Forum: CLCS European Regions
Representations in literature and other media from any period. 200 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

What is Europe? Who is European?
Forum: CLCS European Regions
Explorations in literature and other media of what 'Europe' means and how its boundaries and ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim
Special Session
This panel explores the scope/affect of Islamophobia, its history, contemporary discourses through ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Modernity and the Arab
Special Session
papers invited on the particular (historical) figuration of the Arab in the western orientalist ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Grasping at Screens
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
How has development of moving images across diverse media/screens multiplied possible modes of ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

After Transnational American Studies
Special Session
What comes after the transnational turn in American studies? Papers may consider transnationality, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 22 February 2015

Early Modern Books in Place
Special Session
How does a book’s physical location shape its symbolic function and/or material form? Papers ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Grasping at Screens
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German
How has development of moving images across diverse media/screens multiplied possible modes of ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Reimagining Orphans
Special Session
This panel seeks papers on the portrayal of orphans and their role in society, past and present, in ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

The Public Spiritual
Special Session
This session will consider the emergence of spiritual doctrine in mainstream socio-cultural ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

The Cultural and Rhetorical Work of Stand-Up Comedy
Special Session
Axiomatic pandering or affective social commentary? Panel will explore the cultural and rhetorical ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Post-Apartheid South African Literature and Globalization
Special Session
What is the relationship of South African literature to the nation's neoliberal dispensation, in ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Literature, Law, and Public Life
Special Session
How do imaginative texts participate in and/or respond to legal debates? How does legal discourse ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Memoria reescrita por caribeñas contemporáneas
Special Session
En obras de escritoras caribeñas se re-escribe la memoria local frente al mito nacional, la ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Medieval in the Modern World
Special Session
How do 20th-/21st-century adaptations of medieval English texts negotiate original content to ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

Richard Rodriguez: Past, Present, Future
Special Session
Works of Richard Rodriguez: re-readings, reappraisals; analyses of public intellectualism, affect, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

India in the American Imaginary
Special Session
Papers exploring the circulation of India (goods, people, ideas) that found expression in print ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

Gender in Adaptation
Special Session
Explores gender in adaptation across media, novel-to-film and beyond; how does the adaptation ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

Adaptations of Langston Hughes' Work
Allied Organization: Langston Hughes Society
Papers on adaptations of Langston Hughes's work. If abstract is accepted, must become member of LHS ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

20th-century Farming Fiction
Special Session
Few consider farmland's place in the literary imagination. What is 20th-century agrarian ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

African American Literature and Abuse
Special Session
Panel on any form of abuse towards Black bodies in African American literature and/or film. ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Time, Youth, and Age in Renaissance Literature
Forum: CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern
How does literature grow old? Or young? Or both? Papers welcomed on earliness and lateness, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Word Books and Material Culture
Forum: TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography
ABCs, dictionaries, spellers, synonymies, thesauruses: what is the life of a word book? What ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
Allied Organization: American Folklore Society
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
Allied Organization: American Folklore Society
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
Allied Organization: American Folklore Society
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Frost, the Public, and the Artistic Community of His Time
Allied Organization: Robert Frost Society
We invite papers that explore the relationship between Frost, the public, and the artistic ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Literature, Place, and the Material World
Special Session
New practices towards understanding the intersection of the material world and place; how do things ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Can Cervantes's Persiles y Sigismunda be taught to undergraduates?
Special Session
Approaching its 400th anniversary, a roundtable discussion on strategies for teaching this to ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Translation as Method in East Asia
Forum: LLC Korean
Papers engaging translation to approach literary and socio-cultural phenomena in East Asia for a ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Maritime Humanities 1500-1700: Cultural Meanings of Mediterranean and/or Atlantic
Forum: CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern
A panel on new theoretical perspectives, new materials, in the study of cultural meanings of the ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

The Middlebrow and its Discontents
Special Session
What is middlebrow literature? Can its political effects be discussed independently of commercial ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Let Slip the Canines of War: Animals and Military Conflict
Special Session
Papers engage with the intersection of animals and war or war culture, any time period or ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

Newness in the Return to the Past: Korea
Forum: LLC Korean
Papers exploring literature, film, or art’s rethinking, rewriting, or recycling of Korea’s recent ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

The Geopoetics of Tourism
Special Session
Examines how diverse media (literature, brochures, film, journalism) intervene in the production of ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Bitching Writing: The New/Old Politics of Gender in Rhetoric and Composition
Forum: RCWS Writing Pedagogies
Discussion of the continuing legacies and possibilities of feminism(s) in rhetoric and composition. ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Global Migration Across the Mediterranean
Forum: CLCS Mediterranean
In places of exchange and migration, residue remains. We seek papers examining human rejects or ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Transatlantic Romantic Quotation and Romanticism
Special Session
This panel will discuss the employment of (un)quoted material and/or quotation marks by British and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

Privileged Publics/Disenfranchised Publics: Are the Humanities for the Working-Class?
Special Session
Seeking multiple perspectives for roundtable session on working-class access to the humanities in a ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Medieval Trans Feminisms
Allied Organization: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Medieval literature produced the histories, tropes, and tools for articulating current transgender ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Troubadour Publics and Public Troubadours
Forum: LLC Occitan
Who had/has access to the Troubadours? What troubadour works rethink public life? What happens to ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

The Place of Translation
Forum: TC Translation Studies
How is translation represented by, in and across various institutional sites (e.g. language/ ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Critical Grounds: The South and Sustainability
Forum: LLC Southern United States
The U.S. South and the global imperative of sustainability in literature, film, or other media. ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

South by Southwest/Southwest by South
Forum: LLC Southern United States
The Southern Literature Discussion Group invites papers considering “South” and “Southwest” in ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Post-Socialist Stereotypes in Hungarian and Romanian Literature and Culture
Allied Organization: Romanian Studies Association of America
Stereotypes of nostalgia for the past, critical/unrealistic perceptions/expressions of the American ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Memory and Migration
Forum: CLCS Hemispheric American
Borders have clearly been attached to memory and nation formation, but what happens to memory ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

Digital Praxis
Forum: CLCS Hemispheric American
Digital technologies, or digital praxis, extend engagement with embodiment, materiality, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

Mothers Without Frontiers: Inscriptions of Affective Maps in Contemporary Romania and the World
Allied Organization: Romanian Studies Association of America
Examines motherhood and labor migration in global cultures. How do migrant mothers traverse ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Latina/o Studies and the “Transnational Turn”
Forum: LLC Latina and Latino
Theorizing the relationships between transnational and local in Latina/o literature and culture. ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

"Bouncing on The Stone Mattress: Atwood's Short Fiction."
Allied Organization: Margaret Atwood Society
Papers on Atwood’s latest collection, *Stone Mattress* (2014) and/or its relation to her earlier ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Forms & Feelings of Latina/o Literature
Forum: LLC Latina and Latino
Latina/o literature has long evaded genre classification, mingling fiction, poetry, history, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Filth of all hues…
Special Session
Excrement, offal, disease, decay, garbage, rubbish, waste, dirt, muck, murkiness, lewdness, ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

William Empson: Achievement and Influence
Special Session
What is Empson's lasting significance? What is his influence upon modern critics? Where would our ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Violent Feelings
Special Session
Can affects be violent? Papers on representations of violence, affect theories of violence, and the ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Gide et la guerre
Allied Organization: Association des Amis d'André Gide
This session welcomes papers in French or in English on the impact of war on Gide's life and ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

“Early Modern Women and Transnational Exchanges”
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Early modern women’s transnational encounters: textual, physical, and material exchanges across ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

“Religious Matters: Women, Worship and Artefacts”
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Roundtable exploring interplays of material artefacts and early modern women’s religious practice ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Global Visions of Hebrew Culture
Forum: LLC Hebrew
Hebrew culture and the world; tensions between Zionism and cosmopolitanism, diaspora and homeland, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Rereading Commonplaces
Special Session
Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplace as poetry, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

After the Holocaust: Second- and Third-Generation Literature
Special Session
Seeking papers with a focus on history, family, identity and intergenerational transmission of ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature
Special Session
Efforts to construct historiographies of HIV/AIDS simultaneously mutate our own perceptions. ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Genre Play in Middle English Romance
Special Session
Consider interpretative agency of readers of Middle English romances, texts that assume romance ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
Forum: LLC Puerto Rican
Representation, technology, labor, construction of self and community. Mediatic heteroglossia: ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Religious Enchantment in Contemporary Fiction
Special Session
How can religious enchantment in the contemporary world be an alternative to religious ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Iranian Women’s Life Narratives
Special Session
Abstracts invited for a panel on Iranian and Iranian diaspora women’s life narratives. How have ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Haitian Literature and the Question of Ethics
Special Session
How does recent Haitian literature evoke ethical questions related to art, the environment, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Fictions of Forgery
Special Session
Modern and contemporary fictions about frauds, hoaxes, fakes, and forgeries in the visual arts, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Testimonio and its Publics: Then and Now
Special Session
How has Latin American testimonio evolved over the past decades? What are our current critical ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Critical Informatics and the Digital Humanities
Special Session
Papers that articulate anti-realist DH methods and projects critical of hegemonic cultures of ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Comics and Memory
Forum: CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century
Intersections of politics/culture/ethnicity and comics: identity and visual representation, border ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Writing for Reception
Special Session
How do medieval authors, scribes, and translators navigate anxieties about reception? Soliciting ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Eastern European Literature in English
Special Session
How do contemporary Eastern European authors writing in English revisit and revise their past, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Literature in Large Classes
Special Session
How can we promote the kinds of discussions that enrich literary study when teaching over 75 ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Remarkable Readers
Special Session
Unearthed a remarkable story from the archive of reading history? This roundtable aims to share ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Austin Plays Itself
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
Papers examining or critiquing the emergence of Austin, Texas, as a cinematic scene and the ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Yiddish Literature’s Diverse “Publics”
Forum: LLC Yiddish
Translation of Yiddish texts and its effects on Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, on representation ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

The Translator as Character
Special Session
What is the role, place, politics, and positioning of the translator or interpreter as a character ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Adab X Belles Lettres
Special Session
This panel explores the intersections of ethics, politeness, education, and sociability with ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Bibliography in the Digital Age: Tools, Technologies, Theories
Forum: TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing
We seek papers exploring how digital technologies are influencing the practice of bibliography ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Comparative Readings of Doris Lessing's Historical and Speculative Fiction
Allied Organization: Doris Lessing Society
Comparisons of Lessing's historical-realist-autobiographical to her speculative novels or stories: ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Illness, Genius, Imagination in East Asian Literature
Special Session
Papers discussing writers' uses or representations of illness as a creative or imaginative force in ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Performance and Its Publics
Allied Organization: American Theatre and Drama Society
Topics include: performance and counter/publics, stagings of the public, performance and the public ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Ineffectual Lyric
Special Session
Auden claimed “poetry makes nothing happen.” How does lyric aim for political effects, and fail? ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Women and Recent Francophone/Anglophone African Cinemas
Forum: LLC Francophone
Representation, genre, filmmaking, and resources relating to women and film in Africa. 300-word ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Francophone Media/na/tions
Forum: LLC Francophone
Film, TV, BD, web, social media and nations: challenges, transgressions, affirmations or ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Evolution, Ethics, and Tragedy
Special Session
Relationships among evolution of the brain, human experience of self, and crises of self in ethics ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Graphic Visions: Comic Books, War, and Memory
Special Session
This panel seeks papers theorizing graphic narratives concerned with war & memory. Submit ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

The Study of Translingual Cultural Practices Today
Forum: LLC Literatures of the United States in Languages Other Than English
Interdisciplinary approaches to translingualism in multicultural/multiethnic literary texts, visual ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Revolutionary Echoes
Forum: LLC 18th-Century French
This panel will consider how the ideas of the French Revolution were disseminated, translated, or ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Troubled Time
Forum: LLC 18th-Century French
This round table panel invites research on eighteenth-century French works that question accepted ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Special Session
Given Huffer and Ferguson’s recent work, this panel reexamines the fraught relation between ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Hebrew Literature and its Readers
Special Session
Literature in the Hebrew/Israeli public sphere, past present and future. The reader/public as a ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

The Future of Publishing in Composition
Forum: RCWS History and Theory of Composition
We seek papers that examine how scholars and publishers in composition studies are addressing the ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Against Innovation
Special Session
Examining the embrace of "innovation," as marketing rhetoric, managerial push, or otherwise ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

The Re/covery of Traumatic Memories in Magical Realist Literature
Special Session
Papers addressing the representation of historical traumata through magical realist writing in ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Understanding and Redefining XXI Century Women's Voice in Puerto Rican Poetry
Special Session
Redefining voices in PR XXI poetry.Teaching, hybrids,gender,neo epics. Abstracts of no more than ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Literature and the Species Concept
Forum: TC Science and Technology Studies
What role does the concept of species play in literary texts? How can it account for literary ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Troll Cultures
Special Session
This panel examines the prehistories and functions of trolling--comments aimed to provoke outrage. ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Patricia Highsmith via Žižek and Texas
Special Session
Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith's works call for reconsideration in light of Žižek's ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
Special Session
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Cinema and Cultural Memory
Special Session
Documentary and fiction films play an increasingly important role in cultural memory, whether of ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Indexicality, Pragmatics, Non-Referentiality: Linguistic Anthropology in/as Literary Criticism
Special Session
We invite papers engaging methods/concepts from linguistic anthropology for literary criticism: ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

The Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante
Special Session
Papers exploring central questions and concerns engaged in Ferrante's bildungsroman. Potential ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Alice Munro Revisited
Special Session
Inviting papers using interdisciplinary frameworks for engaging Munro's aesthetics in relation to ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Public Austens: or, Austen in Austin
Special Session
Seeking papers on Jane Austen as public figure and celebrity in historical context. 250-word ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Hispanophone Literatures and Postcolonial Theory
Forum: CLCS Global Hispanophone
Global Hispanophone designates cultural production of former Spanish colonies beyond Latin ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Middle English Economics
Special Session
The influence of medieval economic thought on texts in Middle English, or applications of modern ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

New Directions in Mediterranean Studies
Special Session
New Directions in Mediterranean Studies: Innovative talks on theories, methodologies, and case ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Post-Socialist Stereotypes in Hungarian and Romanian Literature and Culture
Forum: LLC Hungarian
Stereotypes of nostalgia for the past, critical/unrealistic perceptions/expectations of the ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Simone de Beauvoir and "the second sex" in 2016
Allied Organization: Simone de Beauvoir Society
An examination of the influence of Beauvoir's analysis of gender relationships on current societies ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Affective Geographies in Modern Arabic Literature
Special Session
Examining the intersections between spaces/landscapes and affect in response to historical, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Digital Publics
Forum: LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English
Proposed papers may discuss crowdsourcing, the public face of digital work, media and publics, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 15 February 2015

20th/21st-Century Women Writers as Public Intellectuals
Allied Organization: Doris Lessing Society
Distinct perspectives, discourses of women writers as intellectuals for reading publics. Lessing, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Performance, Poetics, and the Public Sphere
Special Session
Participants situate performance, poetry, and community in examining the ways publics reaffirm, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Teaching Plagiarism
Special Session
Plagiarism is a serious issue in education. This session will consider how to raise awareness of ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

The American Artist: Convergence as Process
Special Session
This panel explores the rise of Surrealism in America and Eastern philosophies in California ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

How did “I” get here?
Special Session
5 minutes talks engaging the intimate aspects of literary projects followed by a discussion about ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture
Special Session
Papers on Jewish/Islamic relations, interested in all historical periods. Could include literature, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Literature and the Landscape of American Suburbs
Special Session
How does literature help interpret the causes and consequence of growing racial, sexual, economic, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Modes of the Italian Sublime
Special Session
This panel proposes to explore modes and manifestations of the sublime in Italian literature. All ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner
Special Session
Papers about Styron's novel--prelude to an edited collection commemorating the 50th anniversary. ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Black Women's Poetry and the Color Line
Special Session
Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Auerbach’s Publics
Forum: LLC German to 1700
How does Auerbach help to conceptualize a public in the manuscript, print, and digital age? ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Corporate Relations
Forum: LLC German to 1700
Individual /corporate bodies; fraternities, learned societies, and the body politic in literature ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting the Publics of the Cultural Front
Special Session
What can be learned from revisiting 1930s writers and artists who broadened and sustained a radical ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Embodiment & Environmental Justice
Special Session
This panel explores connections between the body, its representation, and the pursuit of ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Temporalities of Early American Literature and Literary History
Special Session
Will explore representation of temporality in American literature, 1492-1865. Special attention to ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Mediating Early Modernity
Allied Organization: Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature
Papers on mediality (text, image, sound) in early modern Germanic literatures and cultures; media ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Orientalism, Postcolonialism and the Global Charles Dickens
Special Session
This panel would like to explore Charles Dickens' relationship with Orientalism specifically, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Translation and Transcultural Audiences
Special Session
Examines the role of translation in developing new audiences for literary texts, especially texts ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 14 February 2015

A Radical New Vision: Popular Visual Culture and African-American Self-Fashioning
Special Session
How did African-Americans—from 1865 to 1918—revise existing visual archives and repertoires to ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Latina/o Comics (co-sponsor: Comparative Studies in Twentieth Century Literature)
Forum: GS Comics and Graphic Narratives
Intersections of politics/culture/ethnicity and comics: identity and visual representation, border ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

The Center and Beyond: The Expansion of the Global English Department
Special Session
Seeking additional roundtable participants with careers teaching English literature, language, or ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Applied Linguistics
Special Session
Linguistic deterritorialization tend to engender mutation and evolution. Attempts at ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Black Carceral Imagination
Special Session
This session examines African American literature's carceral aesthetics. We explore black writing ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Immoderate Renaissance
Special Session
How did early modern England and Europe not embrace but defy the Aristotelian mean? Seeking papers ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Charlie-Hebdo and its Publics
Special Session
Submissions on the significance of Charlie-Hebdo in the French satirical tradition, reactions of ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Satire and the Editorial Cartoon
Forum: GS Comics and Graphic Narratives
This panel examines satire in cross-cultural early editorial cartoons, periodicals and cartoonists, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Poetry and Tone
Special Session
Is tone an independent feature of poetry, capable of working against the speaker’s ostensible or ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Mess With Texas
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
Papers considering changes to the Western as a transmedial genre in the Post-American century, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Tasting the Divine in Hispanic Mysticism
Special Session
Seeking papers that explore the aesthetic-theological functions of sensorial imagery in early ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication
Allied Organization: Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Presentations that explore “New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication” are ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

10 Years Gone: Octavia E. Butler's Public Legacy
Special Session
We invite papers discussing Butler's impact on her reading public: book clubs, literary societies, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Lusophone Africa, 40 Years of Independence: New Voices, New Readers
Forum: LLC Global Portuguese
We invite papers reflecting upon Lusophone African cultural production on the occasion of the ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Going Viral: Early Modern Theater and Contagious Diseases
Special Session
Seeking papers rethinking the influence of contagious diseases on early modern theatrical practices ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The World and the Book
Special Session
World literature from a book history perspective: popular production and reception of “classics” ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Queer/Short Story
Special Session
What's queer about the short story? Readings of stories; theoretical takes on sexuality and short ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Shakespeare Documents
Special Session
What insights can we gain from any of the 79 known manuscripts that witness the playwright’s life? ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Radio Thinks Itself
Special Session
How have radio plays, documentaries, and features explored the characteristics and ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

FULLER: EXPANSION, IMMIGRATION, AND THE MEXICAN WAR
Allied Organization: Margaret Fuller Society
Including contemporaries: John O’Sullivan, Jane Cazneau, Child, Thoreau, Whitman, Greeley. ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Names in the Workplace
Allied Organization: American Name Society
Literary analysis of names in the workplace, addressing any genre and any aspect of naming ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015, last updated 13 February 2015

History and Form in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
Special Session
This panel will explore the ways in which 19th-century literary narratives (and poems) imagine, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Reading Keywords
Special Session
Papers that explore the ways in which we understand the concept of keywords, and how their presence ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Archival Publics: tracing humans/human traces
Special Session
Papers exploring how human relationships—writ broadly—affect the collection, preservation, and ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Second-Generation Cognitive Narratology
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore how 4E – embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended – and distributed ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Katherine Anne Porter -- Texan, Southerner, Cosmopolitan
Special Session
New assessments of Porter's legacy, as the MLA meets in her home state for the first time since ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Citizenship and Social Death
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
Explorations in literature and film of “social death” (Orlando Paterson, Jared Sexton) in relation ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

The Seventies in Contemporary Historical Fiction
Special Session
This panel explores the multitude of recent fictions set in or grappling with the political and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Missed Connections: Satire and Its Publics
Special Session
Satire, political art, subversive humor within any medium and its intersections with audience in ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Palestine in the Internationalist Imagination
Forum: LLC West Asian
Submissions on representations of Palestine in literary or visual cultural contexts of ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015, last updated 12 February 2015

Austin in Austin: Satire, Irony and Speech Acts in Nineteenth-Century Comparative Contexts
Forum: CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century
We welcome papers addressing irony and satire as instruments and targets of political power in ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Romantic Readers, Nineteenth-Century Publics
Forum: CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century
Comparative papers considering the overlap or discontinuity between acts of reading and literary ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Legacies of the Sexual Revolution
Special Session
Presentations on women (feminism, marriage, sexuality, motherhood) during Sexual Revolution. Panel ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Race and Sexuality in Southern Expressive Cultures
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
In the wake of Lawrence v. Texas, historical and contemporary reckonings that traverse ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Archival Legibility and Invisibility
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
Decolonizing inquiries into ruptures and gaps in enforced bodies of archival knowledge, past and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Major Sephardic Novelists: The Risks They Take
Forum: LLC Sephardic
Seeking proposals on the work of a Sephardic novelist and the risks he or she has taken to further ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Cuba Enters the Millennium
Special Session
We invite abstracts examining the challenges confronted by Cuban society in the new millennium as ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Digital Humanities/Public Humanities
Special Session
How are scholars engaged in public humanities projects? What are the challenges, opportunities, and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

The American Hobo
Special Session
This session explores twentieth century iterations of the hobo via subject formation, cultural ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

The Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell
Special Session
Any aspect of English author Angela Thirkell's humorous Barsetshire novels (built on those of ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Musicality in Arguedas
Special Session
Papers on political, natural, or spiritual aspects/effects of musicality (Quechua, Spanish or ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Transformations and Adaptations. Expanding Approaches to the Critical Analysis of diasporic female narratives
Special Session
We seek papers that expand approaches to the critical analysis of female narratives. We invite 1 ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Literature and Media Change
Special Session
Literature as a window on media change past and present. How have literary texts critiqued or ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

The Walking Dead: Unquiet Spirits in Early America
Forum: LLC Early American
Spirits, specters, zombies, apparitions, ancestors, disembodied voices: across “New World” ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Before the Declaration: Happiness in Early America
Forum: LLC Early American
How did early Americans of various ethnic, religious, or socio-political backgrounds imagine and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Linguistics and Translation in Early America
Forum: LLC Early American
Cross-cultural communication, literacies, knowledge, and indigenous adaptations. What shapes ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015, last updated 12 February 2015

Neoliberal Policies, Lingua Franca, and Multilingualism
Forum: LSL Language and Society
Do neoliberal policies favor linguae francae to facilitate flow of resources across borders? Or do ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Early Modern Teaching in the Digital Age
Special Session
Roundtable discussion of innovative strategies for teaching early modern literature. Proposals ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Teaching English at Historically Black and Indigenous Colleges and Universities
Special Session
English language education of students whose native tongue has historically faced marginalization ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Darrieussecq: Twenty Years Later
Special Session
New perspectives on Marie Darrieussecq's oeuvre; public reception of her works; retrospective ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Teatro di Narrazione and Contemporary Italy
Allied Organization: American Association for Italian Studies
Explores the role of teatro di narrazione, from Fo and Gaber to authors/actors such as Paolini and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Colonial Shame
Special Session
Shame considered in the context of neo- or post-colonialism from the perspective of queer theory, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Cli-Fi: Climate Change and Narrative Fiction
Forum: GS Prose Fiction
Session will address the rise of Climate Fiction as a new narrative genre: its thematic parameters, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Checkpoint Aesthetics and the Global Novel
Forum: GS Prose Fiction
Checkpoint Aesthetics and the Global Novel. abstract maximum of 300 words by 15 March 2015; ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Romanticism, Poverty, and Impoverishment
Forum: LLC English Romantic
Romantic literature and: beggars, pauperism, bare life; suffering and subsistence; economics, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Special Session
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected early modern conceptions and/or ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
Special Session
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the reception and/or influence of Unamuno's works, ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Public Opinion, Literary Successes and Failures
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
This panel investigates public opinion’s sway on the creation, production and reception of Italian ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

The Politics of Public Celebrations
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
The panel wants to explore the uses to which festive culture and public commemorative events lent ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Exoticisms and their Italian publics
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
Italy and Italians often constituted the exotic object of the "enlightened" gaze: but who and what ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Emotions in Ink
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
This panel explores features, roles and effects of publications on emotions and/or their public ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Narratives of Contingency
Special Session
Considers stories, tales, discourses about the adjunct or non-tenure track faculty in ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Archiving Dis/Integration: Artists in Berlin
Special Session
Artists (Dean, Thiel) who have used visual language to chronicle the “undoing” of East Germany and ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Out of the Past: An Examination of Jewish Characters in Contemporary Romanian Cinema
Forum: LLC Romanian
This panel examines the representation of Jews in contemporary Romanian cinema. 250-word proposal ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Quo Vadimus? Enhancing Language Study in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Allied Organization: American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators
Promotes the revitalization of second-language study by focusing on changing demographics, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Politics of Solidarities and Cross-Racial Alliances
Forum: CLCS Global Arab and Arab American
Representations of cross-racial relations in US, transnational contexts: indigenous solidarities; ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Global Arab Texts and their Publics
Forum: CLCS Global Arab and Arab American
Displaced writers. Deterritorialized texts. How do recent Arab émigré/exiled/refugee writers and ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Lukacs Gyorgy and Modernism
Forum: LLC Hungarian
Lukacs has dealt with the question of modernism in most of his theoretical and philosophical work ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Politics of Solidarities and Cross-Racial Alliances
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American
Representations of cross-racial relations in US, transnational contexts: indigenous solidarities; ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Pedagogical Publics: Teaching George Sand
Allied Organization: George Sand Association
Multifaceted approaches to teaching Sand; the relevance of Sand’s works for today’s student; ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Reading Sand's Pasts/Sand's Futures
Allied Organization: George Sand Association
How did Sand read the past, present, and future? How was Sand read in past? In the present? How ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Literature and Theology: A Global Re-Assessment
Special Session
Especially welcome are studies that take into account the theoretical and theological engagements ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Stanley Cavell and Close Reading
Special Session
Any aspect of Cavell's close readings of literature (Beckett, Shaw, Thoreau, James, Coleridge, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda
Allied Organization: Cervantes Society of America
Fourth centenary of Cervantes' death and of his final novelistic project. We invite abstracts on ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Madness and Disability in Italian Studies
Special Session
Explores the possible intersections between madness and disability from both inside/outside the ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Food, Wine, and Mother Earth in Italian Literature & Cinema
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Italian
This panel explores the manifold representations of food and food culture(s) in Italian Studies. ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

The Transnational West
Allied Organization: Western Literature Association
This panel will explore the tropes of the West as they are redeployed/repurposed/re-appropriated in ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Developing a Game Pedagogy
Special Session
This panel explores the benefits and challenges of using games in a literature class. Submit ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

The Profane West
Allied Organization: Western Literature Association
Deeply delving into multiple aspects of the "profane," this roundtable seeks to challenge the rote ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Writing the Self in the age of the selfie in French and Francophone Literatures
Allied Organization: Women in French
Joint session. Addressing women writers narrating their own identity in non-fiction, film, graphic ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Writing Nursing: Translating Practice into Literature
Forum: TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Five-minute “flash paper” roundtable: Trauma, triage, testimony; gender and nursing practice in ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

The Re-Greening of W. H. Hudson
Special Session
"Green Mansions" (1904) rendered the naturalist/novelist W. H. Hudson a household name. Too soon ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Neo-liberalism and the African Novel
Forum: LLC African since 1990
Critical reflections on representations of social justice in the era of global capital. Abstracts ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Publics, Platforms, and Mobilities in Africa
Forum: LLC African since 1990
Papers on the changing configurations of platforms and publics for African literature. 250 word ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Women and Recent Francophone/Anglophone African Cinemas
Forum: LLC African since 1990
Representation, genre, filmmaking, and resources relating to women and film in Africa. 300-word ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

The Cognitive Science of Identity
Forum: TC Cognitive and Affect Studies
As humans we read and create identities through literature. How can we approach identity usefully ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

The Aging Brain in Literature
Forum: TC Cognitive and Affect Studies
How does understanding the brain's function as it ages contribute to literary analysis? Can we ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

New Animals: Critical Theory After Posthumanism
Special Session
If we accept posthumanist critiques of the traditional human-animal opposition, how can we think ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Henri Lefebvre and the Critique of Everyday Life
Forum: TM Literary Criticism
The multifaceted work of Henri Lefebvre: including everyday life, the state, the right to the city, ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Comparing literary historiography
Special Session
Papers that theorize a construction of polylingual literary history in local, national, and global ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Gothic Performances and the Literary Audience
Special Session
We invite papers on the narration of otherness through performances of gender, race, and class ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Biopolitics and Posthumanism in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Special Session
Seeking papers that engage biopolitical and posthumanist theory in the study of contemporary and ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Conjuring Multi-Ethnic Futures
Special Session
Utopia? How should nations want their human societies to look in 150 years? Color, gender, heritage ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Spatial Criticism and Theory
Forum: TM Literary Criticism
How have conceptions of space, place, and mapping affected recent work in literary and cultural ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Writing the World Fair, 1851-1900
Special Session
Papers on literary accounts of world expositions (from the London Great Exhibition of 1851 to the ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Contemporary Catholic Literature
Special Session
Literature of the last fifty years by Catholic writers; pro-Catholic and anti-Catholic literature ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production
Special Session
How do religion, resistance and gender intersect in Anglophone Caribbean cultural production? Send ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Aging Across Borders
Forum: TC Anthropology and Literature
Interdisciplinary studies of aging that draw on humanistic gerontology and literary studies, ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future
Special Session
What is the relationship between human rights and temporality? How does temporality affect human ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Digital Resources in Linguistics Roundtable
Forum: LSL Romance Linguistics
General Linguistics and Comparative Romance Linguistics invite 250-word abstracts on the topic of ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015, last updated 9 February 2015

Latin American Narrative: A Post-Colonial Dilemma
Special Session
21st Century Latin-American narrative exposes the contradiction of the post-colonial times. Send ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Female-voice Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian
Special Session
Investigations of the lyric female voice, whether the authors are men, women, coauthors, anonymous ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Fiction and the Media Ecology, 1900-2015
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone
We invite abstracts on fiction as one medium among many, and its relation to the shifting media ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Pedagogical Approaches to Sacred Texts and Literature
Forum: TC Religion and Literature
Strategies and issues related to teaching sacred texts/selections as literature or literature as ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Religion and Early Literature
Forum: TC Religion and Literature
Seeking papers distinguishing literary approaches to religious literature from religious studies' ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Heavens Above: Envisioning Religion in Science Fiction
Forum: TC Religion and Literature
Alien religions, post-secular numinous experience, evolutionary developments, neo-religious ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

JEWS AND ETHNIC STUDIES
Forum: CLCS Global Jewish
Relationships between Jews, Jewishness, Ethnic Studies, multiculturalism; where do Jews, Jewish ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 9 February 2015

Jews and Popular Culture
Forum: CLCS Global Jewish
Jews as producers, consumers, critics of American popular culture. From The Jazz Singer to ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 9 February 2015

Historicizing Psychoanalysis and Psychologizing New Historicism
Special Session
This session encourages a discussion of these paradigms' limits and liabilities as well as their ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Human Rights and Security
Special Session
How are discourses of human rights and security related to one another? How do literary and other ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Peripheral Aesthetics and World-Literature
Special Session
What aesthetic strategies articulate the unevenness of the capitalist world-system -- socialist and ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Hybridities
Forum: LLC Luso-Brazilian
Panel examines examples of cultural, literary, ethnic and other types of hybridity taken from ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Medieval Iberian Creators and Their Publics
Forum: LLC Medieval Iberian
Seeking papers on the relationship between publics, audiences, and the creators or makers of ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Theorizing the Global Hispanophone
Forum: CLCS Global Hispanophone
What might the Global Hispanophone entail for “Hispanic Studies”? What might a persuasive ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 8 February 2015

Creating Multidimensional Rhetorical Space in a Postmodern World
Special Session
Invites papers on literature that creates civic, psychological and/or sacred space in a secular, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Other than Human
Forum: CLCS Global Anglophone
"The human" in relation to nonhuman nature and multispecies perspectives; surplus people and ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Can the Popular Be Global?
Forum: CLCS Global Anglophone
How do popular forms (genre fiction/film, comics, music) circulating in the Global South inflect ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Heiner Müller's Legacies
Special Session
Heiner Müller first visited the USA in 1975, in residence at UT-Austin; papers sought on his ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Memory and Migration
Forum: TC Memory Studies
Borders have clearly been attached to memory and nation formation, but what happens to memory ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Spanish exiles during World War II
Special Session
Exploring the experiences of Spanish exiles between 1939 and 1945 and the cultural reconstruction ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Texas in the Native Literary Imagination
Forum: LLC Indigenous Literatures of the United States and Canada
We invite submissions that analyze how Texas functions as a productive, and sometimes unexpected, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Multilingual Discourse and Interactions in Online Communication Spaces
Forum: LSL Applied Linguistics
Research papers that examine and provide data on multilingual discourse and interactions in ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Second-Language Literary Reading and Applied Linguistics
Forum: LSL Applied Linguistics
Research papers that examine and provide data on the processes of second language literary reading ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry
Special Session
We invite papers exploring all aspects of Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. 250 word abstract and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 8 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Forum: LLC African to 1990
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Special Session
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Up-Grading Graduate Student Teaching Positions
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
How can graduate students make the most of the teaching opportunities they frequently get (such as ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

A Public Privacy: Lovers in Romance
Allied Organization: International Courtly Literature Society
Call for papers on public expectations from readers/listeners for private events in romance. 250 ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Representing Neurological Difference
Special Session
Papers addressing how representations of "neurological difference" provide new ways of ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Readers Over His Shoulder
Special Session
Original scholarship on complex and contradictory thinking about reading public(s) exemplified in ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Digital Resources in Linguistics Roundtable
Forum: LSL General Linguistics
General Linguistics and Comparative Romance Linguistics invite 250-word abstracts on the topic of ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

"Beyond Cultural Nationalisms: Texts in Transcultural Contexts"
Allied Organization: Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association
Papers on texts from/relating to Austrian or Austro-Hungarian cultures addressing ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

The Lore and Lure of the Academic Job Market
Special Session
Roundtable discussion about the effects of advice given and common knowledge about getting an ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Rethinking Classical Stories in Middle English Writing
Special Session
New approaches to late medieval English classicism in the vernacular, especially intersections with ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Gender in Young Adult Dystopias
Forum: TC Women’s and Gender Studies
Seeking papers on gender in dystopian fiction, poetry or film. Particular interest in the recent ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Gender in Young Adult Dystopias
Forum: GS Speculative Fiction
Seeking papers on gender in dystopian fiction, poetry, or film. Particular interest in the recent ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Derrida's Universities
Special Session
Derrida’s reflections on, and initiatives regarding, the University. The University and the ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

The Spatial Turn
Forum: CLCS Medieval
How and why do medieval and modern notions of space differ? Papers on aspects of medieval space and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Medieval Non/Human Contagion
Forum: CLCS Medieval
How does the distinction human-nonhuman emerge from medieval representations of illnesses and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Queer Networks: Queer Life on Network Television
Special Session
Special session addresses queer life in contemporary, popular television shows--positive and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Modernist Ephemera
Special Session
Fresh approaches to Modernist objects, focusing on the material of everyday life. Topics might ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Transgender Studies, Ecology, and the Environmental Humanities
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
This panel will place transgender studies and the environmental humanities into critical ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Early Modern English Catholicism in Literature
Special Session
Topics may include English Catholic writers, anti-Catholic or pro-Catholic poetry or literary ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Kashmir Unfinished: Aesthetics, Politics, and Solidarity
Special Session
Analyses of Kashmiri conflict: interpretations in literature (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

The myth of post-canonicity: 16th and 17th century women writers
Special Session
Given the success of the recovery project, what are the next steps? Obstacles? Opportunities? ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

19th-c German Literature and its Readers
Forum: LLC 19th- and Early-20th-Century German
Panels on readers of German lit. (1800-1914): first/imagined/digital age readers; readers in ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Italy’s Heart of Darkness: Eastern Africa in the Modern Italian Literary Imagination
Special Session
Investigates representations of Italian East Africa, particularly under colonial rule, and the ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Sublime Bodies, c. 1730-1830
Special Session
How did C18 and C19 authors use the discourse of the sublime to understand physicality, embodiment, ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Implicated Subjects in Postcolonial Literature
Special Session
How do postcolonial texts complicate discussions of trauma writing by representing implicated ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Paradoxes of the Enlightenment and the Liberal Revolutions: Sugar and Coffee over Freedom?
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
Radical Enlightenment’s ideas on African races, and those that argued for slavery. One-page CV and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015, last updated 5 February 2015

Heterodoxy and Early Modern Literature
Special Session
Interpretations that explore theology and poetic form; heterodoxy in drama; heterodoxy and the ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

The Speculative Turn in Modern Arabic Fiction
Special Session
Speculative fiction in Arabic is rapidly evolving. What is its history? Where is it heading? And ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Spain in / and / on Jerusalem
Special Session
Papers exploring the political, economic, diplomatic, social, or literary dimensions of ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Warrior and Lover: The New Face of Romance After 9/11
Special Session
Papers that explore the romance novel after 9/11 and the impact of this event in the genre. Send ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Border Literatures in Contested Times/Places
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
How are American multiethnic border literatures, languages, cultures, border-crossings and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Social Class in American Multiethnic Literature
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
How are class, global capitalism, poverty, their global, national, or local intersections with ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Negotiating Ethnic Politics: Teaching Ethnic Literature in an Italian American Context
Forum: LLC Italian American
Round-table discussion focused on challenging conventional definitions of ethnic literature and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Conservatives and Conservatism
Forum: LLC Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American
Conservatives and Conservatism: What is the relationship between "conservative" ideology ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Digital Media and the Reified Canon
Special Session
This session explores the ways in which DH and digital media projects reinforce or solidify ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Knausgård and Contemporary Autofiction
Special Session
This session provides generic and comparative contexts for understanding Karl Ove Knausgård’s ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Knausgaard and Nordic Literature
Forum: CLCS Nordic
This session considers how Karl Ove Knausgård and other Nordic authors explore theoretical and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Reading as Inhabiting Fictional Worlds
Special Session
Examinations of ways contemporary readers of all ages engage with fictions through books and also ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

The Dirty Coast
Special Session
From Texas to Florida, the Dirty Coast shifts, contains, nurtures, kills. Abstracts on the ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Beyond Darwish: The Struggle Continues
Forum: LLC Arabic
Palestinian literature beyond Mahmoud Darwish, lyrics and verses of liberation, political, gender, ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Graphic Interventions: Visual Cultures of the Arab World
Forum: LLC Arabic
Explorations of visual culture and graphic media (comics, graphic novels, video games) in Arab ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Critical Grounds: The South and Sustainability
Forum: TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities
The U.S. South and the global imperative of sustainability in literature, film, and other media. ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Arabic Publics: Who Reads Arabic Literature
Forum: LLC Arabic
Reading publics of Arabic literature, its translation, worldwide circulation, reception, teaching, ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

The British Pharmacopoeia
Forum: LLC Late-18th-Century English
Papers on Scottish physicians/rhetoricians--Enlightenment redefinitions of British bodies/bodies ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Uselessness
Forum: LLC Late-18th-Century English
Must Enlightenment be synonymous with instrumentality? Topics might include the decorative, the ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

The Intermedial Eighteenth Century
Forum: LLC Late-18th-Century English
Topics might include remediation or interactions between page/stage; image/text/sound; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Benjamin Britten, Dramatist
Forum: MS Opera and Musical Performance
Britten’s operas as musical dramas, his collaborations with literary and other artists, adaptations ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

(Re)-Living Language Change
Special Session
This interdisciplinary session will present and discuss case studies on critically-endangered and ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Futures of Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Forum: TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Proposals for papers charting the future of literary studies of health/care. Potential topics ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Keywords in Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Forum: TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Investigating, employing, and historically locating our terminologies. Propose keywords for concise ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

The Counterpublics of Underground Comix
Special Session
This roundtable asks: How do underground comics of the 70s-80s participate in social movements and ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Literature and the Constitution
Forum: TC Law and the Humanities
Literature considered in relation to any aspect of the Constitution (of any nation or people), or ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Netherlandic Literature and Its Publics
Forum: LLC Dutch
We invite papers showcasing recent Dutch Studies scholarship, especially (but not exclusively) if ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Dialogues Across the Miño: Galician-Portuguese Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Relations
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Drawing on historical and cultural connections, this panel will look comparatively at Galician and ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Teaching Memory Studies
Special Session
Integrating studies of memory and literature: e.g. memory as metaphor, personal or collective ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Postcolonial Studies Generation
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
How has a curriculum in postcolonial studies influenced a generation of artistic production? ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Literary Censorship in South Asia: Vernacular Postcolonial Perspectives
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
State curtailment;silencing by non-state actors;intimidation by appeal to religious/ moral ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Literary and Scientific Networks
Special Session
How learned societies, coteries, school systems, or other networks (in any period) create ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Queer Studies in Digital South Asia
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
How do queer studies and South Asian studies intersect in digital humanities? Papers exploring ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Economics of Empire in the Early Modern Iberian World
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
Examines economic exchanges – of money, goods, and services, but also of religious, intellectual, ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Colonial Texts and Communities of Readers
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
This panel examines the material history of the production of texts and their public reception ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Moving Islands and Global Futurity
Special Session
Papers on representations of growing, moving, or disappearing islands in literature or other media, ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Futures Studies
Special Session
Papers exploring the relationship between narratives (literary and non-literary) and the futures ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Romantic Sovereignty
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Old vs. new models; sacred vs. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
Special Session
We seek papers on socialist aesthetics in the work of Morris, his contemporaries, and successors. ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

New Currents in Medieval Iberian Studies
Forum: LLC Medieval Iberian
New work, issues or approaches in medieval Hispanic or Iberian studies. abstract by 15 March 2015; ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Making the Middle Ages: Medievalism and the Modern World
Special Session
Papers to address the construction and manifestation of the Iberian middle ages in contemporary ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

(Up)Staging the Law
Forum: TC Law and the Humanities
How do dramatic works reflect the law, legal systems & legal proceedings and/or compensate for ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Returning to the Archives
Allied Organization: GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)
Seeking papers on women who left their marks and testimonies in the archives, reconsidering the ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Theory Now
Forum: TM Literary and Cultural Theory
Where is theory in relation to posthumanism or the post-humanities, new materialisms, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Honoring Gerald Vizenor II
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures
We invite participants for a roundtable session celebrating the lifetime achievements of the ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Circulating Notions of Tuberculosis
Special Session
Papers examining the representation of patients' experiences with tuberculosis. How do these ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

De la página a la pantalla: New Platforms and New Publics in Latin American Writing
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American
impact of new media, interactive writing, future of the book, challenges/solutions in ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Roundtable: East Asian Forums at MLA
Forum: LLC East Asian
Thinking the future of the new East Asian/Chinese/Korean/Japanese forums. How to collaborate, make ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

A Public Face for East Asian Poetry?
Forum: LLC East Asian
Investigating contemporary poetry's impact on readerships large and small. Papers could address new ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Women, Agency, and the Literary Arts in premodern/modern East Asia
Forum: LLC East Asian
Women, Agency, and the Literary Arts in premodern/modern East Asia. 250-300 words abstracts by 1 ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Papers taking Romantic ecocriticism forward. Suggestions: aesthetics, forms of knowledge, new ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Scripture as Literature: Reading East Asian Religion
Forum: LLC East Asian
Readings of East Asian religious texts, premodern/modern (poetry, fiction, film, etc.). Interested ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

The Dickens Jukebox
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
Examining the use of music in Dickens's novels: song types and styles, musical characters, role of ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Selected Topics Romance Linguistics
Forum: LSL Romance Linguistics
We invite the submission of abstracts exploring any area of Romance Linguistics ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Claudel et ses publics
Allied Organization: Paul Claudel Society
The session topic is “Claudel et ses publics.” Send proposals (50-100 words) about the reception or ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

Autobiography and Emotional Publics
Special Session
How does autobiography arouse, shape, or validate public manifestations of emotions? How do these ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Metamorphosing Memoirs
Forum: GS Life Writing
What happens to memoirs when adapted/translated into other forms (i. e. blogs to books, books to ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

Life Writing and Its Publics
Forum: GS Life Writing
How does life writing participate in public debates and create new publics? How do readers ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

James, mothers and the maternal
Allied Organization: Henry James Society
Absent and present mothers in James’s fiction, James’s mother (and other maternal figures in his ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

James and Retrospection
Allied Organization: Henry James Society
Commemorating the anniversary of James’s death, papers about retrospection in James’s work, in ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Recalling, Reliving Slavery in the African Diaspora
Special Session
How do memory, the body, performativity, and imagination collide in the reconstruction of slavery? ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Borderlands and the Global South
Forum: CLCS Global South
How does Global South scholarship negotiate geographical and conceptual borders? How do borderlands ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Keywords for the Global South
Forum: CLCS Global South
What are keywords that define and reflect the linguistic, historical, racial and regional diversity ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Russia and the Middle East (Pre-modern)
Special Session
Cultural interaction in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Borders and Crossings: Time and Space in William Carlos Williams
Allied Organization: William Carlos Williams Society
Negotiations of borders in terms of poetics or place; problematizing Williams's handling of ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Allied Organization: Emily Dickinson International Society
Melville/Dickinson as departure point for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in 19c ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Call for Abstracts: D'Aubigné's "Tragiques" at 400 (MLA, Austin, TX 2016)
Special Session
400th anniversary of the "Tragiques." Review of scholarship and showcase of new approaches. Short ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Lyrical Ecologies
Allied Organization: Emily Dickinson International Society
Presentations engaging the circulation of Dickinson's writings through human communities, or of ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Publics, Platforms, and Mobilities in Africa
Special Session
Papers on the changing configurations of platforms and publics for African literature, studies of ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Teaching William Morris
Allied Organization: William Morris Society
We seek papers that approach teaching Morris to reach a new generation of scholars and students, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Faulkner in the Digital Age (co-sponsored with the Faulkner Society)
Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
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
Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
“Archive stories” about the difficulties to access certain collections, and what these stories tell ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

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

Milton and His Postmodern Heirs: Paradise Lost in Fiction and Film
Special Session
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

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

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

Political Fictions
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
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
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
Exploration of the relationship between Francoist sovereignty and its disciplinary discourses, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

The end of the Regime of 1978
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
Exploration of new cultural forms, practices and narratives emerging in the context of Spain's ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

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

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

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

Género, corpografías y espacio público: intersecciones
Allied Organization: Feministas Unidas
Explorar lo que implica para las mujeres acceder al espacio público con su cuerpo como mujeres ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015

Heine and Critical Theory
Allied Organization: North American Heine Society
We invite papers that investigate links between Heine and the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Benjamin, ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015

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

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

Disability and Interdependence
Forum: TC Disability Studies
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
Forum: TC Disability Studies
How have disability arts and activism participated in shaping contemporary disability experience ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

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

Hemingway and the American West
Allied Organization: Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society
This panel invites papers that contrast the writing and life of Ernest Hemingway with aspects of ... See more
Posted 29 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books That Cook: Food Fiction and Memoir
Allied Organization: Community College Humanities Association
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

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

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

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

Secrecy
Forum: LLC 17th-Century French
Key concept in love and politics, often at the intersection of both, in all genres. Secrecy is ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Dilemma
Forum: LLC 17th-Century French
Cas de conscience, decision-making, choosing between two (bad) alternatives; Cornelian or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

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

Digital Humanities and the Romance Epic: A New Perspective?
Allied Organization: Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
Call for papers on digital editions, projects, wikis, etc, contributing to innovative perspectives ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Reading Guimarães Rosa Comparatively
Allied Organization: American Portuguese Studies Association
Comparative readings of Guimarães Rosa's Grande sertão veredas and Corpo de Baile with preference ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theory Renaissance?
Allied Organization: Society for Critical Exchange
The comeback of theory in the 21st century? What are the specific forces behind theory’s return? ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Communities of Theory
Allied Organization: Society for Critical Exchange
In what sense do theorists form a community or communities at the present time? What defines such ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

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

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

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

Posthuman Possibilities in Faulkner
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
Faulkner’s relation to the multifaceted critical concept of posthumanism. How does Faulkner ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

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

Romantic Sovereignty
Forum: LLC English Romantic
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

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

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

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

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

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

Cabaret Voltaire at 100
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism
Papers sought on the enduring legacy of the Cabaret Voltaire, in celebration of its 2016 centenary: ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

André Breton, 1966-2016
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism
Papers on posthumous reception of Breton, whether "pope" of surrealism or experimental thinker. ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

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

Laokoon at 250
Allied Organization: G. E. Lessing Society
G.E. Lessing Society Laokoon at 250 The 250th anniversary of Lessing’s Laokoon inspires to assess ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

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

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

In Theory: American Literature since 1966
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American
Theory (poststructuralism, critical race, postcolonial, queer, etc.) and theorists in American ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Solitary Mexicans: Gaps in Contemporary Literary Historiography
Forum: LLC Mexican
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

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

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

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

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

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

Humanities beyond Humanities
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
We welcome proposals on teaching languages and general humanities courses at STEM institutions, ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

The Interval in Romanticism
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
The space between integers; the space-time of pause, interruption, irritation, irruption. The ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Milton and Hawthorne
Allied Organization: Milton Society of America
Connections sought include images of nation; Bible and classical mythology; gender and sexuality; ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Poe Biography and Biographical Approaches to Poe
Allied Organization: Poe Studies Association
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

Posthumanism in the Era of Humanism: Concepts of the Human in the German Long 18th Century
Forum: LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German
Papers explore intersections between humans and animals, technology, environments, other instances ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Natural Science and Literature in the German Long 18th Century
Forum: LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German
Papers examine literary devices informing the natural sciences (e.g. anatomy, brain science, ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

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

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

New Representations of the Contemporary University
Special Session
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

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

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

Lawrence, Editions and Critical Renewal
Allied Organization: D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
We invite papers on the Cambridge University Press editions (Lawrence’s poetry, First Women in ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rituals of Exclusion
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Poetry and Prose
New research on the topic of exclusion from a social, political, ethical, and literary perspective. ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

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

Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost
Allied Organization: Wallace Stevens Society
We invite abstracts on Stevens' and Frost's work. Possibilities include theories of sound, use of ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Allied Organization: Melville Society
Melville/Dickinson as point of departure for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in ... See more
Posted 22 January 2015

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

Portraits
Forum: LLC 19th-Century French
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

Ecologies of the Nineteenth Century
Forum: LLC 19th-Century French
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

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

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

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

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

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

Melville’s Late Fiction, or Radical Inhabitation
Allied Organization: Melville Society
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editing at the Crossroads
MLA Committee: Committee on Scholarly Editions
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

It's 1500: Are we modern yet?
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
Stakes of periodization, dialectic and dis/continuities between Medieval and Renaissance (or ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

Woolf, Women, and Politics
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
Considering Woolf’s vexed relationship with feminism, how do we understand the model of political ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

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

Pinter and Time Times Two
Allied Organization: Harold Pinter Society
Pinter and Time. Abstracts (500-word). Please include name, email, by 13 March 2015; Ann C. Hall ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at CCs
MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
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
MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
Seeking contributions that articulate essential concepts acquired in first-year composition and how ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

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

After John Clare
Allied Organization: John Clare Society of North America
Scholarship on any aspect of Clare's influence on 19th, 20th, or 21st century poets and/or his ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Evaluating Contingent Faculty Members: Processes, Purposes, Consequences
MLA Committee: Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession
Peer and administrator observations and assessments. What counts as evidence of teaching and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

Italian Amnesia
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
This session will look at Italy's 1980s and the programmatic censorship of recent past. ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Transmedia Intersections
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
Session explores the ways in which the convergence of literature, film, theater, visual arts, and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Robin Hood in Words and Music
Allied Organization: Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations
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

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

Victorian Intertextualities
Forum: LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Theory and Victorian Studies
Forum: LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

Pre-modern Queenship
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

Conrad's Animals
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Conrad and the Body
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
Navigating the body in Conrad, including beautiful, grotesque, erotic(ized) bodies; the body as a ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

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

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Affect in Sixteenth-century France
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
How is affect intersubjective, defined/undefined, related to emotion? Close or distant readings ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

Textual Woolf
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
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
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
This collaborative panel with the Society for Disability Studies explores how disability features ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

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

La famiglia: Representations of the Family in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Forum: LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian
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
Forum: LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian
Representations of religion in literature and other forms of discourse: saints, mystics, clerics, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Readers, Viewers, Listeners, Users
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German
What ever happened to readers? Historical and theoretical reflections on problems of audience ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Lawrence and 'Native' Encounters
Allied Organization: D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
We invite papers on D. H. Lawrence’s writings on the American Southwest, Mexico, Australia, race, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

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

Romantic Religion
Allied Organization: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

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

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

John Milton: A General Session
Allied Organization: Milton Society of America
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

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

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
Allied Organization: Goethe Society of North America
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

"The Futures of Shelley's Triumph"
Allied Organization: Keats-Shelley Association of America
What shadows of futurity does Percy Shelley's unfinished final poem cast upon our present? New ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

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

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

Narrative Medicine, the Body, and Justice
Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative
What genres make tales of violence, pain, suffering legible? What's risky about representing ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Re-presenting Twain
Allied Organization: Mark Twain Circle of America
Papers are invited examining interpretations of Twain's identity and legacy both in his own work ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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

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

Byron and America
Allied Organization: Byron Society of America
New scholarship related to Byron's American reception and his own views of America and American ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Critical Intersectionalities of Race and Sexuality
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Aesthetics, Cooptations, Dangers, Limits, Occlusions, Opportunities, Possibilities. 300-word ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Checkpoints
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Presentations on policing in terms of embodiment, territories, borders, languages, race, sexuality. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Deconstructing Civility
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Presentations on how civility and collegiality are used to regulate/surveil/suppress oppositional ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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