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Hacking the Renaissance
Division: Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare
How do digital technologies change early modern scholarship? Possible topics: data mining, digital ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 30 March 2014

Recent Work in Narrative and Discourse
Division: Language Theory
We solicit papers exploring recent aspects of narrative and discourse as these relate to language ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 18 March 2014

Studies in Cognitive Linguistics
Division: Language Theory
We solicit papers exploring recent aspects of cognitive linguistics as it relates to language ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 18 March 2014

Open Topic
Allied Organization: Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
Proposals for 15-20 minute presentations on any topic relating to the medieval romance epic. ... See more
Posted , last updated 17 March 2014

Defining Digital Liberal Arts
Special Session
Papers exploring the ways in which "DLA" is distinguished from "DH" as a ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 17 March 2014

Architecture of Poetry: the Semantics of Structure in Early Modern Literature
Special Session
Empirical analyses of organizing principles and their semiology in Medieval and Renaissance epic ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 16 March 2014

Benefactress, Mistress, Muse: Poetic Authority in Dante's Commedia
Special Session
Explores the ethical, intellectual and poetic authorities of Beatrice, Lucia, and Maria, catalyzing ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 16 March 2014

Atheists and Agnostics in Medieval/Early Modern Iberian Literature
Special Session
The depiction of atheists and agnostics in medieval/early modern Iberian literature, whether ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014, last updated 15 March 2014

Aging and (Un)sustainability
Discussion Group: Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Cultural Production
Papers on texts or practices related to the themes of aging, continuity, deaths real or imaginary, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Labyrinthine Modernisms in Pirandellian Times
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Papers considering modernist uses of labyrinths and puzzling structures/forms, focusing on ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Pirandello and Politics
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Papers engaging Pirandello’s work from a political lens (not limited to Fascism), including ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

(Re)casting: The Pirandellian Lens
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Comparative/interdisciplinary papers on the resonance of Pirandellian themes, tropes, and images in ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Francoist Memory
Special Session
How did francoists construct themselves and their enemy? Seeking papers that address this question ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

French Poetry and Media in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Division: Twentieth-Century French Literature
Transformations and redefinitions of poetry through its encounters with media (cinema, radio...), ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Rewriting La Grande Guerre
Division: Twentieth-Century French Literature
How might French literary/cinematic/visual representations of WWI or its after-effects be rethought ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Into the Digital Future: Amazon, Apple, and Google Make Book History
Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
How do e-books change the relationship between authors, publishers, distributors, retailers, ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Milton and the Material Book
Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
Proposals concerning readership, law, censorship, editions, Areopagitica's 370th anniversary. ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Reading Memory: Approaches to Teaching the Memoir
Allied Organization: Community College Humanities Association
Memoirs have become canonical staples, yet contested sites for discussing the boundaries of ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Contemporary Andean Literature, Film, and Theory
Special Session
Papers on recent aesthetic/theoretical texts from the Andes that engage with current political ... See more
Posted 13 October 2013, last updated 11 March 2014

Troubling Interpretation: Settler-Colonial Theory Applied to Settler Writings
Special Session
This panel seeks papers that apply settler-colonial theory to the writings of (unacknowledged) ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 11 March 2014

Adjunct and Non-Tenure Faculty: Success and Desire
Special Session
Discuss how non-tenure faculty face difficulties with tenure and their teaching styles. Abstracts ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 10 March 2014

Early Modern Food Memories, Memoirs, and Memorials
Special Session
How are food-inflected memories inscribed in literary works, cookbooks, banquets, menus, household ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 10 March 2014

Transatlantic Milton
Special Session
New World representations by or American reception of Milton; émigré or exilic experience; errand ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014, last updated 7 March 2014

Made Spaces and Liminality in Postmodernity
Special Session
This session examines the transformative nature and function/dysfunction of narrative spaces and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 6 March 2014

Master-Servant Relations, Queer Theory, and Early Modern English Literature
Special Session
Consideration of non-canonical texts is strongly encouraged. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 6 March 2014

Beyond Monolingualism?
Special Session
An exploration of the contingent foundations of the monolingual paradigm in literature, the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 5 March 2014

Autobiographing the Great War
Special Session
A century on from the First World War, memories linger on. How is the Great War ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 5 March 2014

Disability and the Arthurian World
Discussion Group: Arthurian Literature
This panel will explore diverse approaches to disability and modes of embodiment, including ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 4 March 2014

Literature and Science Meets Digital Humanities
Division: Literature and Science
Innovative uses of DH tools, methods, visualizations in investigations of the interrelations of the ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014, last updated 3 March 2014

Students in/and the Digital Humanities
Special Session
Proposing 7-minute roundtable presentations exploring current issues in student labour, training, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014, last updated 28 February 2014

Ghosts of the Jungle: O'Neill's Use of Memory
Allied Organization: Eugene O'Neill Society
This panel will explore the use of memory in O'Neill's plays. 250 word abstracts by 1 April 2014; ... See more
Posted 26 February 2014

Rheterotica: Poetics of Euphemism and Obscenity
Special Session
Does writing about sex spur literary innovation? We invite proposals for papers on euphemism, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

The Matter of What Words: Studies in Germanic Linguistics
Discussion Group: Germanic Philology
Papers addressing any aspect of Germanic Linguistics and Philology. 250 word abstract by 14 March ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

Comparative Media Studies in Latin America
Special Session
The interplay between older and newer media in any historical period. Media change in relation to ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

'Palestine' as Site for (Post)Colonial Epistemology
Special Session
Potential for generating new knowledge; redefining discourse parameters (subaltern, ancient ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 25 February 2014

Sancho Panza and Laughing
Special Session
Manifestations and meanings of laughter associated with Miguel de Cervantes's character Sancho ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014, last updated 25 February 2014

Sexualities, Legislation, and Memory
Discussion Group: Law as Literature
How are global victories and legal challenges to LGBT rights shaping autobiography, film, ... See more
Posted , last updated 25 February 2014

Networked Humanities: Infrastructures and Methodologies
Special Session
Where does research happen? Address collaborative, computational, and pedagogical questions ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 24 February 2014

Children's Literature and the First World War
Division: Children's Literature
As the centenary commences, we reexamine children's literature describing both the home front and ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 24 February 2014

Here and After: Periodization and American Literary Studies
Division: Nineteenth-Century American Literature
How does periodization influence our understanding of literature that seems passé or belated--or ... See more
Posted , last updated 24 February 2014

Trieste: Literary Crossroads
Division: European Literary Relations
Representations of the transnational, transcultural city and its various literary and lingual ... See more
Posted , last updated 24 February 2014

Song and/in/as/versus Poetry in Medieval and Early Modern Literatures
Division: Poetry
Papers may explore song per se or in relation to other poetry in medieval and early modern periods. ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

¡Bienvenidos! Soy suprofesor de ... ¿inglés?
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Presentations that examine approaches to teaching first year Spanish to native English-speaking ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Here and After: Periodization and American Literary Studies
Division: American Literature to 1800
How does periodization influence our understanding of literature that seems passé or belated--or ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Materiality and Meaning in Contemporary Literary Studies
Special Session
Explores entanglement of materiality (broadly conceived, including posthermeneutics, new ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Tillie Olsen & the Location of Hope
Special Session
We invite papers exploring the principle of hope--"the not yet in the now"--in the ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

Canada's Urban Poetics
Special Session
What role do urban poetics in Canada play in the critique of neoliberalism? Which relation do they ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

Narrating Disaster in an Era of Global Climate Change
Special Session
What are the events, geographies, temporalities, and genres of Global Climate Change? How does GCC ... See more
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Christianity, Social Critique, & American Literature
Special Session
We invite papers exploring the uses of Christianity by American writers for critiques of social ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

Queer Capital in 1920s American Fiction
Special Session
The intersection of money, capital, and human value in fictional representations of queerness; ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

Zora Neale Hurston Reception
Allied Organization: Reception Study Society
This panel focuses on the reception of Hurston's anthropological writings and short fiction, but ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

Adaptation as Reception
Allied Organization: Reception Study Society
How is adaptation proof of reception and how might it shift our understanding of reception? Please ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Transnational German-Language Writers’ Reconfigurations of National Memory
Special Session
How do transnational German-language writers conceptualize national memory? How do their critical ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

“Women on the Wrong Side of History?"
Special Session
Women on “the wrong side of history,” their literary contributions, material traces, and political ... See more
Posted 22 February 2014

Text-nology Idea Jam: The Future of the Book
Special Session
Innovative session explores transition from manuscript to print to digital. How could/should new ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

George Eliot's Sites of Memory
Special Session
Papers should explore Eliot's representation, negotiation, location of memory in fiction or ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Phyllis McGinley as Poet, Thinker, Writer
Special Session
Papers sought on Phyllis McGinley’s (1905-1978) poetics, politics, feminism, Catholicism, urbanism. ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Quixotic Perceptions: Representations of Don Quixote through the Arts, Politics and Religion
Special Session
This session explores representations of Don Quixote through art, film, social-political issues, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Textual Versions and Autobiographical Memory
Special Session
Exploring how successive versions of autobiographical texts, including drafts and serial ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Human Rights and Anti-Imperialism
Special Session
Historical and theoretical dimensions of how literary theory and representations respond to the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

(How) Does Literature Create Empathy?
Special Session
Panel invites papers that explore how cognitive scientists and literary critics might work together ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Trauma and Narrative in Chinese Literature/Film
Special Session
This panel explores how narration functions as a self-healing power for recovery from trauma as ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Where Queer Studies Meets Critical Asian Studies
Special Session
The geopolitics of queerness; global queer modernism; queer capitals in Asia; queer regionalism; ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Armenian Genocide in Literature and Memory
Special Session
2015 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Proposals are solicited for ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Post-memory, Transnational Memories and Human Rights
Special Session
What kinds of futurity are envisioned in the multi-directional linkages/entanglements of current ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Crossing Borders in Asian North American Literature
Special Session
Intersections between Asian American and Asian Canadian literature: cross-border influence and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Print and American Sign Language
Special Session
Addressing ramifications of a written form of ASL for reading and learning. Also looks at an ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Confession in the Novel
Special Session
How does the (ostensibly secular) English novel appropriate confession to produce interiority and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching European Languages
Special Session
Innovative approaches to teaching European languages comparatively: general theoretical questions ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Time, Exile and Memory in Mario Benedetti
Special Session
Papers on the themes of exile, memory and the passage of time in Mario Benedetti’s poems, short ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Conflicts of Memory in Juan Mayorga's Theater
Special Session
This session explores Juan Mayorga's construction of memory as dialectical, dialogical conflict in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Queering the Early Modern Masque
Special Session
Queer readings of early modern masques, including (but not limited to) treatments of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Interdisciplinarity of Technical Communication
Allied Organization: Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Presentations that explore “The Interdisciplinarity of Technical Communication” and the sites of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Active States of Perception in Contemporary Lyrical Novels
Special Session
Objective: expand, and contrast the emerging field of study concerning perception and cognition in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Journeys Beyond the Professoriate
Special Session
What does it mean to be a humanist beyond the professoriate and how can humanities doctorates ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Gide: A man of (many) influence(s)
Allied Organization: Association des Amis d'André Gide
This session will look at influences on Gide and/or Gide's influence on others. Papers in French or ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Outsiders Inside North Africa: LGBT Rights
Special Session
This workshop offers to analyze how North African Literature and Cinema portray LGBT rights; focus ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering/Forgetting: Irish National Memory
Special Session
Proposals considering the construction of Irish national memory through the act of remembering ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Deforestation and Vancouver's Origin Stories
Special Session
Session on colonial origins of Vancouver, with focus on cultural memory of deforestation, mills, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Beyond the Bildungsroman: The Pedagogy of Poetics in German Literature
Special Session
Papers exploring the correlation between literature’s fascination with education around 1800 and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Law, Modernism and Copyright
Discussion Group: Law as Literature
Papers on intersections and intertextuality between modernism(s) and copyright law, including ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Authenticity and Memory in Early Modern England
Special Session
How did early moderns establish or challenge the authenticity of history and memory, especially in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Teaching Empathy?
Special Session
How can teaching literary texts by writers occupying different subject positions from their readers ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Subjects
Division: Comparative Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
The modern subject is, fundamentally, an 18th-century invention. From Locke on, literature and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

New Theories of African Literature
Special Session
We invite papers that propose new theoretical lenses for the study of African literature. ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Strategies for Preserving and Expanding Tenure
Special Session
This panel seeks to bring tenure-line faculty and chairs together to share strategies for ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Black Canadian Literature and the Reframing of National Identity
Special Session
This panel interrogates the reframing of Canadian national identity by contemporary black Canadian ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Placing Ireland
Discussion Group: Anglo-Irish Literature
This panel concerns the various means by which the site of Irish culture is or has been "placed", ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Economics of Renaissance Personhood
Special Session
Can economic literary criticism shift the way we think about Renaissance personhood? Topics might ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Memory and Cognition on the Medieval Page
Special Session
This session explores the intersection of linguistics, philology, and literature with regard to ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Intertextual Memory
Special Session
Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Trans-American Representations of Slavery
Division: Latin American Literature from Independence to 1900
We invite submissions for papers that explore the crossings and intersections of representations of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering Childhood
Special Session
Adult author, critic, and purchaser; child reader: what is the role of nostalgia in reading and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Gender and Jewish Memory
Special Session
Invites papers on the gender politics of Jewish memory and how they informed Jewish identity during ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Bitumen Rhetoric
Special Session
How is rhetoric used to promote or oppose the extraction and transportation of Alberta's bituminous ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Afterimages of slavery
Division: Latin American Literature from Independence to 1900
We invite submissions of papers about twentieth- and twentieth-first century representations of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Spatial Turn in Law and Literature
Discussion Group: Law as Literature
Papers on spatial turn in law & literature; borders, sites of (il)legality, jurisdictional ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Consuming Memory: The Cultural Industry of Remembrance
Special Session
This panel explores the role of memory and its commercial implications for branding places, objects ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Experimental Latin/o American Texts since the 1960s
Division: Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature
all forms of "experimental" projects, finished or unfinished, in Spanish, English, Portuguese, or a ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Light
Division: Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century English Literature
Illumination, both material and metaphorical; photographic technologies; sun, moon, and stars; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

The Poet-Scholar Problem
Special Session
What is the state, genre, education, and opportunity of the poet/writer-scholar and her work today? ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay
Division: Black American Literature and Culture
Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Media, Materialism, and Intertextualities
Special Session
What is the influence of material and medium on intertextual theories and praxis? Sample themes: ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Immigrant Acts
Division: Asian American Literature
Fifty years after the 1965 Immigration Act, this panel considers this turning point, examining how ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Grassroots culture during the Spanish economic crisis
Special Session
Exploring horizontal, democratic, and inclusive sociocultural processes emerging amidst the crisis ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Asian Americans and the Vietnam War
Division: Asian American Literature
2015 marks 40 years since the “fall of Saigon.” Papers exploring literary perspectives on Asian ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Pedagogical Landscapes: Materiality and the University
Special Session
How do material forms produce, effect, or challenge educational practices? How does space function ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Latino/a-merican Canada
Division: Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature
Considering the conference’s location in Vancouver, we invite papers that examine writings by the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Memory and Asian North American Graphic Narratives
Division: Asian American Literature
Papers on graphic novels by and about Asian North Americans: YA novels and histories to superheroes ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Geography, Environments, Narratives
Special Session
Papers on the intersections between literature and geography or environment, 1850s to WWII: how ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Marking Time in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry
Special Session
how Caribbean poetry is circuited through other times, places, and literary traditions and offers ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Jewish Atlantic
Discussion Group: Jewish American Literature
Papers offering a view of the Jewish Atlantic diaspora and the circulation of books, ideas, and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Poetic Interruption
Special Session
How does language, as a poetic event, form an occasion for interruptive practices, acts, or events ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Jewish American Postmemory
Discussion Group: Jewish American Literature
Considers “postmemory”: Hirsch’s articulation of what remains after memory, and the process of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Late Barthes as New Barthes?
Special Session
Reconsidering Barthes’ relation to theory, metalanguage, visual arts, personal affects and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Country Music, the Working Class, and Resistance
Special Session
In what ways has country music (and/or literature and film inspired by country music) imagined ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Editions as Sites of Memory
Allied Organization: Association for Documentary Editing
Honoring MLA's theme, we propose "Editions as Sites of Memory." In what ways, or to what extent, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Rethinking Graduate Language Requirements
Special Session
What language skills do graduate students need to do scholarly research in non-literature fields? ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Size and Scale in Literature and Culture II
Special Session
Papers on bigness, smallness, proportion, the sublime, other issues related to size and scale in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Alternative Didacticism
Special Session
What are the possibilities of didactic literature? Seeking papers about the form, epistemology, and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

James Baldwin and Women
Special Session
What were James Baldwin's relationships to and representations of women? How did women figure in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Queer Pedagogy and Social Class
Special Session
How do queer pedagogies reflect socio-economic class considerations? Do we teach queer studies ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

New Approaches to the Borderlands
Special Session
New approaches to the culture of the U.S. - Mexico border regions (broadly defined) from the 16th ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Why Dystopia YA Literature? Why now?
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
This panel will query the popularity of dystopic literature happening in Young Adult literature. ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Susan Sontag, 10 years later
Special Session
10 years after her death, how is Susan Sontag's work relevant to today's scholarship? how do we ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

L'Afrique un détour de l'écriture
Special Session
In her autobiography, Maryse Condé comes back to her beginnings as a writer: how did the mythical ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Spenser In Antebellum America
Special Session
This panel explores Spenser’s specific influence on early American literature. 250 word abstracts ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Work of Leonardo Padura from a Transatlantic Perspective
Special Session
Approaching the novels of Padura from a transatlantic perspective in order to delineate the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Poetry and economics
Division: Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Treatments in verse of economic practices; financial issues in the publication and distribution of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Writing Dance, Dancing Writing: Performance and the Embodiment of Literature
Special Session
We will question boundaries between body/text, text/performance, Dancing/writing. Reassess the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Heroes
Discussion Group: Lusophone Literatures and Cultures outside Portugal and Brazil
Reflections on literary, cinematic and media representations of heroes. How has the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering Silence: Medieval and Early Modern Negotiations
Special Session
If inscription serves as a site of memory, how might scholars of language remember silence? ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Towards a Different Conception of Manhood
Special Session
Papers that analyze the role of male characters in Contemporary Hispanic literature and propose a ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Touch in Early Modern Literature
Special Session
This session examines the sensation of touch in early modern British literature. abstracts 300-word ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Teaching with the OED: A Roundtable
Discussion Group: Lexicography
Teaching students to use the Oxford English Dictionary; descriptions of successful assignments; ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Dido's Carthage: Translating A Site of Memory
Special Session
Papers sought about Dido's Carthage as "lieu de mémoire" as translated and re-imagined in later ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Place and Memory in Dutch Language, Literature and Culture
Discussion Group: Netherlandic Language and Literature
Papers on any topic in Dutch language. literature, or culture; those that address the session title ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Writing Rock
Special Session
A panel on writing (critical and creative) about rock music. Interested in the history, cultural ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Lydia Millet: A Roundtable
Special Session
A consideration of Lydia Millet, important and under-considered US writer. Assessments of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Situating Calgary: Contemporary Calgary Place and Poetics
Special Session
Consider the so-called Calgary Renaissance and its impacts on contemporary literary and poetic ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

What We Talk about When We Teach about Prosody
Special Session
Practical strategy for teaching meter at a time when foot-substitution prosody has been called into ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

India and Jewish Experience in the Literary Imagination
Special Session
Exploring literary representations of Jewish experience in/engagement with India, across fiction, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Performing the Aging Memory
Discussion Group: Age Studies
The Age Studies Discussion Group will propose a special session that addresses the intersection of ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

State, Philosophy
Special Session
Papers addressing any aspect of the State as/in/against philosophy. Possible topics include: State ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

What Does It Mean to Publish? New Forms of Scholarly Communication
MLA Committee: Advisory Committee on the _MLA International Bibliography_
How do emerging forms of scholarly communication, "middle state" publishing, and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Cyborgs and/or Zombies: Race, Gender and Disability
Special Session
Theorizing cyborgs and zombies in relation to race, gender and disability. Can we make connections ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Intertextuality and Intermediality
Allied Organization: Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association
Examination of forms and functions of intertextuality and intermediality in Austrian texts, i.e. in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Law and Justice in Contemporary Spanish Cinema
Special Session
This session explores how films represent law and justice and their relationship, and the kind of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Maria-Mercè Marçal
Special Session
Poetry and Prose of Maria-Mercè Marçal. Queerness, feminism, the lesbian body, translation, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Drinking Places as Sites of Memory
Special Session
This panel will investigate the complex and contradictory functions of drinking places in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

British Women and WWII
Special Session
autobiography and/or fiction: This session considers the impact of home-front war on women's roles ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Form(s) of Writing: Rhetorics, Genres, Media, Disciplines
Allied Organization: Council of Writing Program Administrators
Papers on how formal, material, situational constraints shape what scholars, teachers, students, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The 21st Century Theory Primer
Special Session
Papers exploring the design and rationale of undergraduate theory texts that focus on 21st century ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Resisting Empire Through Humor
Special Session
Seeking papers on humorous, literary resistances to empire and post-colonial lineages. 300-word ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Coming of Age in the 21st Century
Special Session
Papers theorizing the impact of globalization on contemporary postcolonial bildungsromane. 300 word ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Publically-engaged Humanities: between Critique and Aspiration
Special Session
exploring publically-engaged Humanities projects (e.g. in prisons, low-income communities) in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Cities and temporality
Special Session
Inviting papers that explore the way urban sites (or their representations) refigure or disrupt ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Romance Literatures and Photography
Discussion Group: Romance Literary Relations
This panel looks into how romance literatures use photography as an aesthetic or narrative device, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Teaching Religious Texts with/as Literature
Division: Literature and Religion
Strategies and issues related to teaching religious texts/selections as literature or in ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Fifty Heirs of Grey
Special Session
How has the success of Fifty Shades of Grey influenced the reading and writing of romance novels, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy in the 21st Century
Special Session
Why has the paranormal become so prevalent in romance? How are romance conventions, expectations, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Ross Macdonald at 100
Special Session
Analytical descriptions of Macdonald's novels should put the art of this "major American novelist" ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Diplomacy and Literature 200 years after the Congress of Vienna
Special Session
Representations of diplomacy; diplomatic representations; authors, nations, states: topics ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

"After the Eruption": Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War
Allied Organization: Melville Society
Papers on how Melville’s representation of the Civil War helped to shape cultural memory of the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Bibliography for the twenty-first century
Discussion Group: Bibliography and Textual Studies
Seeking discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics. More ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Transformations of Modern Narratives in the 21st Century
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring transformations of modern narratives, myth, in 21st century French ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Actual Ecomedia: Environmental Form Without Environmentalism
Special Session
Cinema, poetry, other ecomedia invoke ecological thought through form/technique, not always ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Canuxploitation
Division: Film
How do exploitation, cult, and horror films made in Canada challenge scholars to rethink Canadian ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Comics and Memory
Discussion Group: Comics and Graphic Narratives
We invite all approaches to this topic, from graphic memoirs as personal archives to long-running ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Immigration and Comics
Discussion Group: Comics and Graphic Narratives
This panel examines how comics from around the world were shaped by the immigrant story, and how ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Literary History and Ideas of Mind
Special Session
What is the place of "mind" in literary history? How might intellectual histories of cognition ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Scandalous Women of Nineteenth-Century French Literature
Allied Organization: Women in French
What makes a female author, female characters or a literary work “scandalous”? What are the causes, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Out of the Moment: Modalities of Non-Presence
Division: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century German Literature
What does it mean to continually miss the moment, taking refuge in the future or past? We invite ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Tudor Past and Early Modern Books
Special Session
This panel examines the complex and innovative relationships between Tudor representations of the ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Real Time and the Contemporary
Division: Film
Collaborative Session, 20th c. German and Film. Is “real time” estranged time? When chronological ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Being There: Embodiment and Sense of Place
Special Session
Theoretically, historically, and/or philosophically informed perspectives on landscape, embodiment, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Histories of Intermediality
Division: Film
Histories of Intermediality. “Transmedia storytelling” is only one of intermediality’s more recent ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Anthropocene and Deep­-Time in Literary Studies
Division: Literature and Science
Call for papers on importance of deep-time, geology, evolution for recent American literature in ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

India in the Caribbean
Special Session
Seeking papers examining depictions of Indian women in the indenture period of the Caribbean; ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Cuba's Caribbean
Special Session
Cuban writers evoke the Caribbean as subjective revelations, historical interpretations, and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Literature in Weird Media
Discussion Group: Media and Literature
This panel explores theoretical implications and analytical challenges of literary works in 'weird' ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Ecology, Equity and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Film
Special Session
Ecocritical and feminist perspectives on the politics of memory in texts about global ecologies of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Victorian Travelers and Cultural Memory
Special Session
How do travel writings rely on, create, reinvent, or consolidate collective memories of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Psychoanalysis & Law
Division: Psychological Approaches to Literature
Sovereignty, subjection, hospitality, enjoyment, biopolitics, cruelty. Political psychoanalysis: ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Catalan Literature in Translation and European Integration
Discussion Group: Catalan Language and Literature
Translations from Catalan into other (mostly into East European) languages and the model of Catalan ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Monstrous water and water monsters in the medieval and early modern imagination
Special Session
Exploring medieval and early modern literary/visual culture in respect to water and monstrosity. ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies
American Literature Section: American Literature Section
Hall’s legacies; literary origins; theories of race and class; questions of modernity and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Creating Communities of Practice
Division: the Teaching of Language
What strategies can help students create and become members of “communities of practice” and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Redefining the Role of Interpretive Communication in the Language Classroom
Division: the Teaching of Language
This session explores new directions in understanding and interpreting written and spoken texts for ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Visual Cultures and Young People’s Texts in Canada
Discussion Group: Canadian Literature in English
Exploring visual culture produced by, for, and about young people in Canada, including comics, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Early Modern Materialisms
Division: Comparative Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Literature
A panel providing comparative perspectives on the transformation of Classical traditions in the ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

A New Kind of Work: Articulating and Evaluating Excellence in Digital Scholarship
MLA Committee: Committee on Information Technology
With diverse scholarly practices defined as “digital” come evaluation challenges within existing ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Re-Imagining Freedom
Special Session
This panel invites papers exploring the limits and possibilities African American writers present ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Late Modernism in Manhattan
Special Session
Papers reconsidering Manhattan as a site for facilitating late modernism in American literature ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Trauma and postmemory
Special Session
Critical reflections on trauma and postmemory in 21st century Spanish cinema. Abstracts approx. 200 ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Visual Cultures and Young People's Texts in Canada
Division: Children's Literature
Exploring visual culture produced by, for, and about young people in Canada, including comics, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Female-Authored Life Writing and Scandal
Allied Organization: Women in French
This panel will examine the scandals that texts of life-writing engender and the effect of scandals ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Women in Films of the Francophone World
Allied Organization: Women in French
How do women's experiences, both behind and in front of the lens, affect plot, character ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Era
Special Session
Seeking paper proposals on any aspect of Laura (Riding) Jackson's long lifetime of writing. ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

New Approaches to Don Quijote II
Allied Organization: Cervantes Society of America
Open session on innovative approaches to Don Quijote Part II. One page abstracts to Steven ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Plantations and the Slave Trade in Contemporary Latin American and Latino Narrative
Special Session
How are the places of memory of the Slave Trade negotiated and represented in narrative? Please ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Natrature
Special Session
Literary critics are increasingly drawn to theorizations of the natural world. What are critics, as ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Negotiating Memory: Contemporary Romanian Culture in Translation
Allied Organization: Romanian Studies Association of America
This panel invites papers on Romanian works of art in translation as sites of international ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Digital Rhetorics in Flux
Division: the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition
This panel seeks papers that explore institutional constraints on the development of digital ... See more
Posted , last updated 21 February 2014

The New Romanian Avant-Garde: Trans-Disciplinary Explorations
Special Session
The panel invites papers on post-modern avant-garde experimentation by Romanian artists and writers ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Post-Colonial Shadows and Post-Socialist Skies
Allied Organization: Romanian Studies Association of America
Was communism a different type of colonialism? Consider a dialogue between the legacies of both at ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Subaltern Studies Redux
Division: Postcolonial Studies in Literature and Culture
Discussion of Vivek Chibber's challenge to the Subaltern Studies Collective's insistence on ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Sexualities, Legislation, and Memory
Division: Postcolonial Studies in Literature and Culture
How are global victories and legal challenges to LGBT rights shaping autobiography, film, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

The Long Durée in Afro-Modernist Cultures
Special Session
We solicit papers deploying afro-modernist concerns with history in a diasporic perspective to ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Palestine/South Africa: Sites of Memory, Acts of Amnesia
Division: Postcolonial Studies in Literature and Culture
Comparative engagements with literary, cultural and political histories of Palestine and South ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Community Engagement, Critical Literacy, and Literary Studies
Special Session
This roundtable explores the practical and theoretical potentials of community engagement as part ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Performances of Memory and Forgetting
Allied Organization: American Theatre and Drama Society
The ATDS invites papers considering performance, ritual, theatre, and drama, engaging questions of ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

The Science of Memory
Division: Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Papers on all aspects of the cognitive science of memory and literature—episodic memory, working ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Charity, Poverty, and Female Subjectivity in Spanish American Texts
Special Session
Rhetoric of charity and poverty in the construction of women’s condition and subjectivity late 19th ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Sites of Memory
Division: Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
medial memory, then and now (i.e., bibliographic and digital), and the specters of dynamism and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Bilingual Authors and Literary Self-Translation
Discussion Group: Translation
Papers on self-translation, the challenges bilingual authors face when translating their own work, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Figures in the Margin
Special Session
This panel is interested to focus on those European and non-European groups who voluntarily or ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Sites of Beat Memory
Special Session
Presentations on uses of the literary and cultural past by writers of the Beat Generation as an ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Sites of Memory in Israel/Palestine
Special Session
Panel will bring together work theorizing the relation between space and cultural/national ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Romanticism and Translation
Division: the English Romantic Period
How do British Romantic writers engage with the ethical, aesthetic, and epistemological challenges ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Experiments, Cross-disciplinary Research, and Scientific Engagements
Division: Cognitive Approaches to Literature
A panel devoted to experiment and collaboration between literary scholars and cognitive scientists. ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Websites of Memory
Special Session
This panel invites papers that address the mediation of memories (individual and/or collective) in ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Revitalizing the Humanities in the 21st Century
Special Session
How can we revitalize the humanities in the rapidly changing 21st century climate through ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Negotiating Sites of Memory
Discussion Group: Catalan Language and Literature
How are Catalan sites of memory negotiated in different formats: literature, history, film, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Reading Beyond the Human
Division: Nineteenth-Century American Literature
What possibilities does the nonhuman turn offer nineteenth-century Americanist scholarship? What ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Shakespeare and Shota Rustaveli
Special Session
Papers on 1) Eastern influences in Shakespeare's plays and 2) common elements in Shakespeare’s ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Gatekeepers: Two-Year Colleges' Preparatory Practice
Special Session
Two-year colleges meeting larger-school requirements, especially first-year: young-to-adult student ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Crossing Borders
MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
Seeking papers that address literal borders (national, physical) and less obvious cultural/social ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

The End of Remediation?
MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
Papers can address issues related to the future of Developmental studies, including/not limited to ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Remembering (in) Hitchcock
Special Session
How does memory function as form and/or as narrative in Hitchcock's films (addressing trauma, cure, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Literature and Digital Games
Division: Literature and Other Arts
How do the formal strategies of videogames relate to or reconfigure literature? Proposals welcome ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Settler Colonialism, Contested Memories, and Historical Claim
Division: Sociological Approaches to Literature
Exploring the narrative and political life of Palestine/indigenous nations/sovereignty. When does ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies
Division: Sociological Approaches to Literature
Hall’s legacies; literary origins; theories of race and class; questions of modernity and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Feminists Co-Opting Media
Special Session
This panel examines the ways media can further feminism rather than co-opt it, such as Pussy Riot, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

The Ballad Beyond Bibliography:
Special Session
Ballad are a robust medium for the dissemination of social knowledge and attitudes; what is the ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Plurality and Multiplicity in Hebrew Literature and Culture
Discussion Group: Hebrew Literature
The intersection of plural languages, identities, political positions and literary styles in the ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Jewish Sites of Memory
Discussion Group: Hebrew Literature
Joint session of Hebrew Yiddish discussion groups; Monuments and memorials, ruins, remnants and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Spaces of Disorientation in Luso-Hispanic Literature
Special Session
Literary analyses of texts that reflect upon the notion of spatial disorientation—“jungle,” city, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Queer Gatherings
Special Session
This session examines the relationships of gathering, space and queer experience. We will discuss ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Speculative Approaches to Feelings in Romanticism
Special Session
How did Romantic figures explore feelings/affects using mathematics, biology, theology, or other ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Local Literatures Transnationally: Australian and New Zealand Literatures in Global Connection
Allied Organization: American Association of Australian Literary Studies
Papers on the teaching, production and/or reception of Australian and NZ writing in world literary ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Child(hood) as Site of Memory
Special Session
Child(hood) as Site of Memory in the Contemporary Cultural Production of Spain. May consider ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

In Search of Forgotten Women
Allied Organization: GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)
Roundtable discussion of the cultural production of women who have not received full critical ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Romantic Ephemerality
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Transience, impermanence, ruin, decline, calamity, loss, extinction, evanescence, disaster, the ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Heroism in Early Modern Italy
Special Session
This panel considers heroic ideals from Humanism to the Counter-Reformation and their influence on ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

The Messiah Figure in Twentieth-Century Culture
Special Session
This session invites papers that engage with representations of messianic expectation in ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Celtic Carry-Ons: Packing Power and Prestige
Discussion Group: Celtic Languages and Literatures
20 minute papers sought addressing the longevity and transportability of Celtic cultures. How did ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Methodological approaches to children's literature and media cultures
Special Session
A thematic focus on methodology and the challenges of conducting ethnographic literary research on ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Walter Benjamin’s 'Origin of the German Mourning Play' and Early Modern Studies Today
Special Session
Explores the significance of Benjamin’s Trauerspiel study for contemporary scholarship on the early ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Global Frost
Allied Organization: Robert Frost Society
Inviting papers on any aspect of Robert Frost, including biography, works, and prosody; ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Selected Topics in Romance Linguistics
Discussion Group: Comparative Romance Linguistics
We welcome papers exploring any area of Romance Linguistics (theoretical or applied). Abstracts in ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

What and How Does Kinship Do?
Division: Anthropological Approaches to Literature
Cross-cultural, post-nuclear and/or queer analyses that elucidate kinship’s performative dimensions ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Black America and Spain in the 20th-century
Special Session
Cultural contacts between African-American and Spanish intellectuals; impact of historical events ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

New Approaches to Crime and Punishment
Allied Organization: International Dostoevsky Society
New approaches to Dostoevsky's novel welcome. How well do existing socio-political, religious, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture
Allied Organization: American Conference for Irish Studies
This panel explores how the themes, forms, and practices of high modernism manifest in Irish ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Literary Linguistics
Special Session
We invite short papers exploring the interface of literature, language and cognition, including ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Unfinished South Asian Pasts
Special Session
Literary/cinematic analyses of unfinished South Asian and South Asian diasporic pasts, reframing of ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Sisterhood and Social Justice in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Beyond conventional familial rhetoric lies the possibility for either rivalry or connection across ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Bibliography for the twenty-first century
Discussion Group: Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures
We invite discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Sound Recording & American Literature
Special Session
How do representations of sound recording(s) in American literature affect textual negotiations of ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

“Pound's Presence in H.D. and Bryher's Writing”
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
Consider how both H.D. and Bryher's lives and work continue to engage with Pound's aesthetic, ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Early Modern Reference Works
Special Session
Papers discussing encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, account-books, commonplace books, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Memory, Palimpsests, and American Indian Literature
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures
Seeking papers that explore the role of palimpsests in American Indian literature on environmental ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Teaching Language Change across the Curriculum
Division: Language Change
We seek papers exploring ways to address and integrate the topic of language change when teaching ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Literary Magazines/Supplements as Sites of Memory
Special Session
Rereading, reappropiating, revisiting, recovering literary magazines and supplements within new ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Renaissance and Baroque Poetics
Division: Comparative Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Literature
Papers on early modern literary theory and/or applied criticism from the Aristotelian or other ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Teaching Trauma
Special Session
This panel explores the challenges of teaching traumatic literature to undergraduates. How does one ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Making Dada History
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism
How do Dada “members” and scholars write about events of uncertain historical status? Papers ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Home is where the Archive is
Special Session
Walter Scott’s house, Abbotsford, established the private home as national archive. Papers on ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

The Novel at the End of the World
Division: Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century
Papers on the nineteenth-century novel and the anthropocene; the form of ends and the ends of ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis
Division: Shakespeare
How can we read Shakespeare with/through/against psychoanalytic theory? Topics might include ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

The Sum of its Parts?
Special Session
How did the Enlightenment understand wholeness and the relationship between part and whole? How ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Affect and Performing Arts
Special Session
Affect/emotion, embodiment and dance, music, theater, or any other performing arts. Relationship ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

The French scene: how to record theater?
Special Session
Exploring the interactions between film and theater, specifically the ways in which French theater ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Misrepresenting/misremembering the past in A la recherche du temps perdu
Special Session
The role of the misrepresented past or faulty recollection (individual or collective) in Proust's ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

The English Civil Wars and/in the Restoration
Division: Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Papers addressing the relationship between textual production from 1660-1689 and texts and events ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Scotland: The Divine and the Sublime
Special Session
How have writers used Scotland's often turbulent religious history to create or challenge ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Masculinities Beyond the Center
Special Session
How have Scottish and Irish masculinities--or masculinities from other geographic, political, or ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Critical Regionalisms
Special Session
How do contemporary writers treat American cities as sites of memory in order to contest ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Playing Rough: Violence in Contemporary Hispanic Theatre
Special Session
This session examines the use of violence in contemporary hispanic theatre and its impact on ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Negotiating Black Migration Narratives
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of migration for Black subjectivities ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Romantic Antipathies
Division: the English Romantic Period
What modes of relationship trouble the rhetorics or logics of sympathy? Asociality, conflict, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

The Future of the History of the English Language: Pedagogical Practices
Special Session
This roundtable on teaching "HEL" will attend to how traditional approaches can integrate ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Virgil's Georgics, a Model for Egalitarian Labour and Environmental Sustainability
Special Session
This session explores the resurgence of interest in Virgil's *Georgics* as a model for ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

When Are We Professional Teachers and Why Does It Matter?
Division: Teaching as a Profession
When do we become professionalized? Demand for early professionalization in research has received ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Archiving Redemption
Special Session
Are there archives of redemption embedded in modernist works of literature? Is the promise of ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Degeneration in Russia
Discussion Group: Slavic Literatures and Cultures
This panel will consider the impact and legacies of the notions of degeneration and degeneracy that ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Rethinking Theater History in Eastern Europe
Discussion Group: Slavic Literatures and Cultures
We seek papers offering innovative methods and revisions of the theater history of socialism in ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Loose Ends
Special Session
This session explores the shifting nature of textual “lieux de mémoire” as literary “loose ends”: ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Latino/a-merican Canada
Division: Chicana and Chicano Literature
Considering the conference’s location in Vancouver, we invite papers that examine writings by the ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Politics of Digital Migration
Special Session
Presentations exploring implications of open access to digital, archival content for lower-division ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Nineteenth Century Representations of Slavery
Division: Latin American Literature from Independence to 1900
We invite abstracts that present innovative views on literary and visual representations of slavery ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Trope and Figure in the Long Eighteenth Century
Allied Organization: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Practices of figuration and the use of specific figures (paradox, prolepsis, catachresis, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014, last updated 19 February 2014

Austin C. Clarke's Literary Canada: Images of Toronto in Literature
Special Session
Explorations of Austin C. Clarke's literary depictions of multi-cultural Canada, with particular ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Post-Secular Literary Histories
Division: Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Seeking papers that engage the following question: How do our histories of literature, genre, and ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Remembering Williams, Williams Remembering
Allied Organization: William Carlos Williams Society
Six ten-minute papers sought for roundtable on Williams and memory. Possible topics: poem as ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

‘Nietzsche Contra Wagner’ in Latin America
Special Session
What is the legacy of Nietzsche’s philosophy and/or Wagner’s music in Latin American literature, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

From Siberia to the Planet Mars
Discussion Group: Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature
Papers should analyze science fiction narratives produced in Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, in ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Central and Peripheral Futurisms
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
A polemical stance being a central element of futurist aesthetics and politics, we call for an ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Religion and U.S. Empire
Special Session
How has religion shaped the literary culture of U.S. imperialism? Papers might consider specific ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

The Cold War and Experimental Fiction
Division: Slavic and East European Literatures
In what ways did the Cold War generate experimental narratives? Impact of the Cold War discourse on ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Central and Eastern Europe in Other Traditions
Division: Slavic and East European Literatures
How have texts from Eastern and Central Europe been absorbed into, reshaped, or resisted by other ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Poetics of Erasure
Special Session
Can erasure enable artistic and cultural production? The poetics—and politics—of extinction, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Senses of Sade
Division: Eighteenth-Century French Literature
At the close of the 300 anniversary of Sade's death, what are the new thoughts and directions on ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Nabokov and History
Allied Organization: International Vladimir Nabokov Society
Nabokov’s life and work as framed by historical moments (migrations, assassinations, Cold War, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Global Comics and Nationalism
Special Session
Papers on nationalism and historical memory in comic books and graphic fiction from around the ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Marginal Sites of Memory
Special Session
The effects of foot- and endnotes, 1700 to present, on reading, teaching, and remembering, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Troubled Youth
Special Session
Outcasts, orphans, delinquents, defectives. The depraved, the deprived. How they tell their stories ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 18 February 2014

Galdós and the Discourses of Science
Allied Organization: International Association of Galdós Scholars
Interdisciplinary approaches reexamining the discourses of science that are relevant to the ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 18 February 2014

Austen's *Mansfield Park* at 200: New Approaches
Special Session
New critical responses to Austen's *Mansfield Park*, including its historical reach, narrative ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Electronic Round Table on Nabokov, Digital Scholarship, and Augmented Reality
Special Session
Innovative context-aware tools and archives, global collaborative partnerships, cultural memory, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Rethinking Theater History in Eastern Europe
Discussion Group: Hungarian Literature
We seek papers offering innovative methods and revisions of the theater history of socialism in ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Designing an Archive for Cloud and Crowd
Special Session
How can networks (human and/or digital) combat institutional amnesia? What digital spaces can we ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Twenty-First Century Turns in Arabic Literature and Culture (Cosponsored with Prose Fiction)
Division: Arabic Literature and Culture
Papers that examine experimental works and novels, new genres and trajectories, and stylistic ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

19th-century Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Challenges and Benefits
Special Session
Panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of research on 19th-century interdisciplinary arts, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Concept of Culture
Discussion Group: Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature
How has sci-fi/fantasy explored (humanist and anthropological) concepts of "culture" and form? How ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014, last updated 18 February 2014

“The Surrealist Enlightenment”
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism
New approaches to studying the avant-garde response to Enlightenment thought, from baroque wonder ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

The Global English Department
Special Session
Papers reflecting on teaching and research experiences in English departments outside of North ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Wars, Memories and Cities in Twentieth Century Asian Literature
Special Session
Explore the relationships among wars, cities, and memories in 20th century Asian Literature by ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

THINGS IN WOOLF
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
Where have conversations about "thing theory" gone since Bill Brown's essay on Woolf (2003)? Does ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Quantifying Romanticism
Special Session
How do methodologies of quantitative analysis enable new understandings of periodization, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Negotiating Memory
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
How do Woolf and/or her characters negotiate memory? What role does Woolf give memory as it ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Negotiating Memory
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
How do Woolf and/or her characters negotiate memory? What role does Woolf give memory as it ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

No Strings Attached: The MacArthur Fellows Program and Contemporary American Literature
Special Session
How have the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grants" influenced contemporary American literature? ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

New Approaches to Science and Technology in Victorian Studies
Special Session
Victorian literature/culture and: STS (science, technology, society); philosophy of science / ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Authenticity in Distributed Networks
Special Session
What is "authenticity" in a network of human and non-human agents? How do we receive their stories? ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Melville and Comparative Racialization
Allied Organization: Melville Society
Papers exploring Melville's implicit and explicit comparisons between different racial groups. What ... See more
Posted 5 December 2013, last updated 17 February 2014

Re-Imagining Fin de Siècle Latin America
Special Session
Re-imaginations of fin de siècle Latin American narratives, historical re-appropriations, acts of ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Diaries and Diary Fiction
Special Session
How do “actual” and fictional diaries challenge conventional notions of authorship, audience, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Strategies for Advocacy, Lobbying, and Activism in the Humanities: A Roundtable
Special Session
Seeking papers on strategies for advocacy in the Humanities from US, Canada, and International ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

The Recovery of Historical Traumata through Magical Realist Writing
Special Session
Papers addressing the representation of historical traumata through magical realist writing in ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Courtly Memory
Allied Organization: International Courtly Literature Society
Topics might include but are not confined to: memories of courts; performance of court memories; ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Tactile Memory in Victorian Literature and Culture
Special Session
Touch evokes, situates, and creates memory. Papers examining tactile (haptic) memory in Victorian ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Traumatic Memory and Its Literary Representation
Special Session
Proposals investigating the complexities of traumatic memory and possibilities for recovering ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Charisma: Relics of a Watered-down Word
Special Session
History of the word 'charisma', the changes in its meaning, and reshaping of its religious, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Sites of Memory in Children’s Literature
Division: Children's Literature
The role of memory/remembrance in children’s/YA literature (historical, literary, nostalgic, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Professional Tensions in Present-Day English
Discussion Group: Present-Day English Language
We invite papers on professional tensions in present-day English between standard/non-standard ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Sustainability and Population
Special Session
How do sustainability and population intersect in literature? Papers may consider how demography, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Animal Studies in the Age of Evolution
Special Session
American literary engagements with animality and the human-animal relationship in light of late ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

New Work on Dickinson: Flash Talks
Allied Organization: Emily Dickinson International Society
We invite abstracts from anyone breaking new ground in Dickinson studies for 4-5-minute ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Sounding Dickinson
Allied Organization: Emily Dickinson International Society
We seek papers on Dickinson’s engagements with contemporary soundscapes; her meditations on sound; ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Image, Fashion and Identity
Division: Seventeenth-, Eighteenth-, and Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature
Contributions reflecting on the importance and role in literature and in the visual arts of ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Mapping Knowledge: Italian Models, Tropes and Outcomes
Division: Seventeenth-, Eighteenth-, and Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature
Papers exploring Italy's contribution to new forms of knowledge gathering and sharing in the Long ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Collective Identity: Academies, Salons and Other Networks
Division: Seventeenth-, Eighteenth-, and Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature
How did formal and informal networks (academies, salons, coffeehouses, printers, theatres etc.) ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Academic Prose and its Discontents
Division: Nonfiction Prose Studies, Excluding Biography and Autobiography
What is academic prose today? Contributions solicited on the value and nature of academic writing ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay
Division: Nonfiction Prose Studies, Excluding Biography and Autobiography
Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Africa, Memory, Circulation
Special Session
Sites, theories, and representations of memory in African literatures and film. How have ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Narratives of the French Banlieues, 2005-2015
Special Session
Investigations of cultural narratives (literary, cinematic, artistic, musical) that negotiate ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Human Trafficking and Postcolonial Discourse
Special Session
This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Sites of Memory, Sites of Battle: Representations of War in 19th-century France
Special Session
A (re)consideration of literary and other representations of war during the century preceding the ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Before the Great War: Representations of the Crimean War in European Literature
Special Session
Representations of the Crimean War in English/French/Russian/ Turkish (or other) literatures. ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Novelist-Scholars in the Twentieth Century
Special Session
Session exploring writers who are both novelists and scholars; more generally, how the spheres of ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Queer Polygamy
Special Session
How/why/when is/was polygamy queer? Why is it linked to homosexuality in cultural representation ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Memory Economies
Special Session
We invite papers that consider the relationship between cultural memory and various economies - ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Catalan Literature in Translation and European Integration
Discussion Group: Romanian Studies
This collaborative panel investigates translations from Catalan literature into East European ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Transnational Representations of Gender in Recent East European Literature and Film
Discussion Group: Romanian Studies
Changes in gender representations in postcommunist East European literature and film in a ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Spanish Language in California
Special Session
This session seeks papers that explore the dialect of Spanish used in California and its ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Travels in Africa
Special Session
This proposed special session considers new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Narrating Madness and Autism
Special Session
How do narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, and autism (any medium, genre, period) change our ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Global Modernism and Poverty
Special Session
How does poverty influence or transform the development of global modernism? How might global ... See more
Posted 16 February 2014

Memory/Translation: Asian Diasporic Literature
Special Session
Relationship between memory and translation in Asian diasporic literatures, especially multilingual ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 16 February 2014

Kathy Acker in the Classroom
Special Session
On problems and pleasures of teaching Acker. Sample topics: pornography, plagiarism/appropriation, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

La mujer y los espacios de la memoria
Allied Organization: Feministas Unidas
Maneras en que los espacios de memoria de la mujer cruzan varias fronteras y sus efectos sobre la ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

Brecht, Music, and Opera
Discussion Group: Opera as a Literary and Dramatic Form
Brecht’s influence on modern opera, epic opera in the broader context of modernist opera, his ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

From Siberia to the Planet Mars
Division: Slavic and East European Literatures
Papers should analyze science fiction narratives produced in Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, in ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

20th-century World Wars Memorialized as Past and Future
Special Session
focusing on experimental form in literature and the visual arts in Great Britain between 1910 and ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

The Politics of Literature: Now and Then
Special Session
Where is the politics of literature to be located today? Possible topics: after New Historicism, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

Shakespearean Popular Cultures: Then and Now
Division: Shakespeare
Shakespeare in/and popular culture from the late 16th-century to the present day. Abstracts of no ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Memory in the Latin American Novel of the Dictatorship
Special Session
What is the importance of memory in the Latin American Novel of the Dictatorship? 250 word abstract ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Opera in the 21st Century
Discussion Group: Opera as a Literary and Dramatic Form
Operas written since 2000, 21st-century productions of older repertoire, interface of digital and ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Teaching American Gun Cultures
Special Session
Innovative approaches to teaching the representation of American gun cultures based on, but not ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Why Chaucer Now?
Division: Chaucer
Round-table on role of Chaucer in Middle English studies that may address recent shifts in ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

Theory in the Common, Theory in the Commune (as in Paris Commune)
Special Session
Papers on the posthumanities of the common and the commune in Marx, Badiou, Zizek, Harvey, Hardt, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Inheriting (in) the Frankfurt School
Division: Philosophical Approaches to Literature
Problems of intellectual and cultural inheritance, transmission, survival, reception. Inheriting ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

African Sci-fi and Horror
Division: African Literatures
This panel will examine trends in sci-fi and or horror narratives by Africans. 250-word abstract ... See more
Posted 15 February 2014

Attention Spans
Division: Prose Fiction
Meditations on the span of popular or critical attention to works; or, contours of attention span ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Shapes of the Nonhuman
Division: Prose Fiction
From ferocious monsters to computer viruses, the nonhuman has played a crucial role in literary ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

The Legacy of Karen Burger
Special Session
Topics include Vertigo’s literary bent and genre focus, the "British invasion," influences on ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Decolonizing Latin American Cinema
Special Session
This panel explores Hispanic and Indigenous cinematic narratives and conventions that propose ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Shifting Nationalities, Siglo XIX
Division: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature
When are “regional” writers national and “national” writers regional? How is writers’ work ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 14 February 2014

The expert and the ordinary in language
Division: Language and Society
How does expert language interact and intersect with ordinary language (in any sphere of ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Precarious Theory
Special Session
Papers on what it means to “reinvigorate the intellectual project of critique” (Butler, Precarious ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Decoding Digital Age Business Communication: SNSblogswikis@textingtweets#emailswebinars?
Allied Organization: Association for Business Communication
How do we know when business communication students and workers write and read more effectively? ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014, last updated 14 February 2014

Names in Works of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Allied Organization: American Name Society
This session focuses on names and naming in works of fantasy and/or science fiction from any genre ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014, last updated 14 February 2014

Chicano Narrative at 25
Division: Chicana and Chicano Literature
Papers that examine how Ramón Saldívar’s classic work has shaped the field and/or how critics have ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Recovering the 70s
Division: Chicana and Chicano Literature
What connections can be drawn among art forms of the 1970s Chicana/o Renaissance and the moment ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Queering Chican@ Utopias: Remembering José Esteban Muñoz
Division: Chicana and Chicano Literature
Innovative presentations in Chican@ Studies that exemplify or call for Muñoz’s queer, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Family as a Site of Memory
Special Session
Inviting papers that explore representations of family in German literature after 1945/1989 as ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Matter, Method, and Symbolic Capital in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Allied Organization: American Association for Italian Studies
Convulsive shifts in primary sources and how we study them. Primary corpora become visible, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

The Ontology of Objects
Special Session
Papers on the being of objects in such writers as Byrant (Democracy of Objects), Harman (Guerilla ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Memory, Palimpsests, and American Indian Literature
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
Panel considering the role of palimpsests in American Indian literature on environmental ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Canada and U.S. West Coast as Sites of Memory
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
Intersections, parallels, and tensions for the South Asian Diaspora. 200 word abstract and cv by 15 ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

The Turn to Love as a Radical Event in the Humanities
Special Session
Papers on Negri, Badiou, Marx and Communism-to-Come. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jennifer M. Cotter ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Byron Now
Allied Organization: Byron Society of America
How do we remember, or forget, Byron? How do we situate him within the canon and the period, and if ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

The Libidinal Economy of Data
Division: Popular Culture
Taking its cue from (though not limited to considerations of) Spike Jonze’s Her, this panel ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Modernizing Spanish Church and Crown
Division: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature
How did faith and reason cross in Enlightenment Spain to redefine the Church’s place in Bourbon ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Transcendentalism and Temporality
Allied Organization: Thoreau Society
Seeking papers that address temporality, (dis)continuity, and/or “transits” in the works of Thoreau ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

History and Memory in Galdós
Allied Organization: International Association of Galdós Scholars
How does Galdós employ sites of memory to communicate remembrance, nostalgia, monumentality in his ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Translating Old English Poetry
Discussion Group: Translation
Poets’ Poetry: In memory of Seamus Heaney. Aspects of poets’ translations of OE poetry, into any ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

What's New about New Materialism?
Special Session
New materialists in the environmental humanities claim to have superseded prior materialisms. True? ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Translating Old English Poetry
Division: Old English Language and Literature
Poets’ Poetry: In memory of Seamus Heaney. Aspects of poets’ translations of Old English poetry, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

The English Civil Wars and / in the Restoration
Division: Seventeenth-Century English Literature
Papers addressing the relationship between textual production 1660-1689 and texts and events ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Theorizing the Contemporary
Division: English Literature Other Than British and American
The present, belated, new, and now: what is contemporaneity? When, where, and how long is it? What ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Chaucer and Micro-History
Division: Chaucer
What is the value of a micro-historical approach to Chaucer’s poetry? Papers might address ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Other Than Modernism
Division: English Literature Other Than British and American
Alternative, global, peripheral—what work do other-than Euro-modernisms do? How does modernist ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Bloomsbury, Politics, and the Essay
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
Investigations of how politics and the essay genre mutually inform one another. Considerations of ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Literary Twitter
Special Session
Roundtable examining the role of Twitter in literary culture and the profession: literary writing ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Bloomsbury, Politics, and the Essay
Division: Language and Society
Investigations of how politics and the essay genre mutually inform one another. Considerations of ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

On the Threshold of Modernity
Division: Comparative Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Literature
The anachronism of the old, the superiority of the new, the ideology of modernity and its ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Western Modernity, Harlem, and the Paradox of Memory
Special Session
Examines Western Modernity and its discontents filtered through Harlem as a symbolic space in the ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Post-Apocalypse, Post-American
Division: Twentieth-Century American Literature
Zombies, vampires, ecological collapse, genetic manipulation, engineered bodies. Papers linking ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Interrogations of the Contemporary: Practices, Histories, Theories
Division: Twentieth-Century German Literature
When was literature, in its own present time, not contemporary? Reappraisals of formal, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

T. S. Eliot and the Fin de Siècle
Allied Organization: T. S. Eliot Society
Eliot’s relation to the 1890s (literary, cultural, or political; long 19th c., late Victorianism, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Translating Cervantes's Don Quixote
MLA Committee: Publications Committee
What are the challenges of translating history’s second-most-published-and-translated book from ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

The Literature of America's Colonies
Special Session
We invite papers exploring the literature of America's present (and former) colonies. 300 word ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

“Francophone cinemas”: Global or Indigenous?
Division: Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Have “Francophone” films been globalized? What role do indigenous languages play, and what are the ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

“Dany Laferrière, Academician”
Division: Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Laferrière is the first writer elected to the Académie française from either Haïti or Québec. How ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

The Biographical Novel
Special Session
Papers theorizing history or nature of biographical novels, which create fictional characters and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Anthropocene and Deep-Time in Literary Studies
Division: Twentieth-Century American Literature
Call for papers on importance of deep-time, geology, evolution for recent American literature in ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Conrad’s Victory 100 Years Later
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
Exploration or reassessment of any aspect of Victory at its centenary—including history, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Following the Mother: Gender Issues in Contemporary Narratives of Slavery
Division: Women's Studies in Language and Literature
How do women's and/or gender issues nuance contemporary representations of the history and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 12 February 2014

Middle English Science
Division: Middle English Language and Literature, Excluding Chaucer
We seek papers that address the forms, production, consumption, and articulation of science in ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Real Old English?
Division: Old English Language and Literature
Position papers on 'real' study of OE in 2015 might address: depth of scholarship, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Performativity
Division: Old English Language and Literature
Aspects of performance and the spectatorial in manuscripts, including roles of audience, textual ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Aesthetics/Artisanal Poetry
Division: Old English Language and Literature
Shaping poetic beauty. Papers might consider elements of the sensual, rhetorical, visual, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

H.G. Adler's Shoah Trilogy
Special Session
Seeking papers on H.G. Adler's novels, PANORAMA, THE JOURNEY, and THE WALL, including the role of ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Claudel et la guerre: 1914-1918
Allied Organization: Paul Claudel Society
Proposals should address the work of Claudel during / about that period / topic. Abstracts between ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Messianism in Latin America
Special Session
Messianism and its manifestations in Latin America from the Conquest until today. Relationships ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Writing in Context: Content Based First Year Composition
Discussion Group: the Two-Year College
First year composition is usually a standalone course; however, some colleges link composition to ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

"Screens"
Special Session
Interdisciplinary session on “screens” — from smartphones to drones. Sample topics: intermodality, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Region and its (Dis)Contents
Discussion Group: Southern Literature
Participants sought for roundtable discussion assessing the meaning, value and/or limitations of ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Algerian Dissident Writers of French Expression
Special Session
This panel examines Algerian writers of French expression living in the country during and after ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

History and Transhistory in the Modern Novel
Special Session
Explorations of relations between historical and transhistorical forces that entangle and impinge ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

Indigenous Languages of Record
Special Session
Indigenous languages of record (alphabetic, hieroglyphic, syllabic, signed/gestured, mnemonic, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Commemorating Slave Rebellion
Special Session
We seek investigations of textual, folkloric, visual, and site-specific commemorations of slave ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Gender and Medieval Affect
Allied Organization: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
How did people « feel » in the Middle-Ages? Papers examining the crossroads of national and/or ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

Teaching Renaissance Italian Literature Today
Special Session
Papers on innovative ideas for teaching Renaissance Italian literature in today's undergraduate ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Multiethnic Maximalisms
Special Session
This panel investigates the multiethnic dimension of 20th and 21st century maximalist works of art, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Kafka and Cultural Memories
Special Session
His modernist texts in comparison with contemporaries. Kafka as figure of cultural memory linking ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

"Bodies That Matter": Corporeality and Materiality in the Age of Goethe
Allied Organization: Women in German
Papers should address notions of materiality, gender, sexuality, and the body in German literature ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Feminism and Neoliberalism
Allied Organization: Women in German
This panel explores the tension that neoliberalism creates between opening up sexual and gender ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Teaching with Poetry and Music
Allied Organization: Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations
The session proposes that working with poetry and music provides students unique opportunities to ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Medieval Romance
Division: Comparative Studies in Medieval Literature
Comparative work on romance as a genre and on romance texts across a variety of literary ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

How Should Comparatists 'Read' Literature?
Division: Comparative Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Do comparatists read differently? If so, how do their reading practices build on or critique ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Tea, c. 1770 to 1840
Special Session
How are tea, the tea-table, tea-time represented in writing and visual material? Papers invited on ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

New Trends in Puerto Rican Literature
Discussion Group: Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
This panel will examine the trends and artistic and political sensibilities that have defined ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Ability, Disability, and Early Modern Englishness
Division: Disability Studies
How did dis/ability representations define Renaissance Englishness? Possible topics: citizenship, ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities
Special Session
How does SF work as literary mode, negotiating identities beyond traditional gender/species ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Extremist Latinos/as
Special Session
Panelists are invited to explore how Latino/a culture points away from the political and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Native Literary Vancouver
Division: American Indian Literatures
This panel seeks papers on Vancouver as a space, hub, and/or crossroads of Native American and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

MARGARET FULLER’S CIRCLES
Allied Organization: Margaret Fuller Society
Friends--real and imagined. Literary, social, and cultural dialogues. Sources, intertexts, and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Partition Revisited: Memory, Trauma, Narrative in South Asia
Special Session
Literary and cinematic narratives of South Asian Partition from different linguistic, ethnic, ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

William Morris and the North
Discussion Group: Old Norse Language and Literature
The William Morris Society and the Old Norse Discussion Group seek papers on William Morris and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Diasporic Others: Italian Canadian Literature in Context
Discussion Group: Italian American Literature
Considerations of literary works by Italian Canadians, other ethnic Canadians, others from the ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Early Modern Matter
Division: Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare
Raw materials, physical and literary: substance, substrates, elements, essentials. What precedes ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 10 February 2014

Ability, Disability, and Early Modern Englishness
Division: Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare
How did dis/ability representations define Englishness in the Renaissance? Possible topics: ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

The Literature Ph. D. in the Composition Classroom
Special Session
Many who teach Composition have research interests in Literature. How do these different ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Literary Rape Culture
Special Session
Sex and violence have been intertwined throughout literary history. Seeking papers that take on ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Narrativizing the Humanities Within and Beyond the Academy
Special Session
A roundtable exploring how Humanities professionals talk about their work. Student/alt-ac/non-ac ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Melancholic Identification: Gender and Race
Special Session
Seeking papers reflecting the notion of “loss” to establish gender or race identity in literature. ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Old Norse Myth, Folklore, and Religion
Discussion Group: Old Norse Language and Literature
Papers may address any aspect of Old Norse myth, folklore, or religion from a literary, cultural, ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Rethinking Critique
Division: Literary Criticism
Has critique run out of steam? Or not? What are the theoretical, political, or methodological ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

The Future of University Presses in Canada
Special Session
What are the current trends in and future prospects of the tenuous business of Canadian university ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Diasporic Experience and Literary Representation
Special Session
This session explores literary representations about diasporic experience, which may include ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Mexican Narratives Across Borders and Ethnicities
Discussion Group: Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies
Narratives on the U.S.-Mexico Border: questions of ethnicity and its intersections with nationality ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Cervantes, dramaturgo
Allied Organization: Cervantes Society of America
Papers with original and innovative approaches to Cervantes’s dramaturgy as we celebrate 400 years ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Gesture
Division: Language and Society
How does gesture compensate, complement, amplify language? What light does gesture throw on ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Iconophilia, Iconophobia: Images in German Manuscript and Book Culture
Division: German Literature to 1700
Papers addressing the status of images and the discourses that surround, question, and defend their ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Literary Questions, Digital Evidence: A Roundtable
Special Session
How scholars (any field) have used digital archives of literary texts, periodicals, visual/material ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

The Pre-Modern German Literary Canon as a Place of Memory
Division: German Literature to 1700
The construction of the pre-modern canon in its relation to cultures of memory. Send a 300-500 word ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Scottish Literature: Into the Great Unknowns
Discussion Group: Scottish Literature
This main session will explore "off the beaten track" aspects of Scottish literature. We invite ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Scaling Romanticism: Local to Global, Abstract to Concrete
Division: the English Romantic Period
What are the scales of Anglo-Scottish/ British Romanticism? Between local/ global, molar/ ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

(Neo)Stoicism in Hungarian Literature and Politics
Discussion Group: Hungarian Literature
We welcome papers on the influence of classical Stoicism and Neostoicism (Lipsius) in Hungary 16th ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Remembering the Baroque (in Spain & Germany)
Allied Organization: Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature
Cultural intersections, aesthetic forms, war, religion, artistic configurations, Baroque drama ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Farmworkers in Literature and Life Writing
Special Session
This session explores experiences of farmworkers in life writing, such as testimonials and diaries, ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

“Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and Cultural Memory”
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
Consider how Pound and Lowell's poems function as sites of cultural memory or how the poets have ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Labyrinthine Modernisms in Pirandellian Times
Allied Organization: Modernist Studies Association
Papers considering modernist uses of labyrinths and puzzling structures/forms, focusing on ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Contemporary Yiddish: Literature, Theatre, and Film
Discussion Group: Yiddish Literature
Reports of the death of Yiddish have been greatly exaggerated. This panel explores Yiddish-language ... See more
Posted 9 February 2014

Scaling Romanticism: Local to Global, Abstract to Concrete
Discussion Group: Scottish Literature
What are the scales of Anglo-Scottish/ British Romanticism? Between local/ global, molar/ ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 9 February 2014

Geoffrey Hartman's Work
Special Session
A round table on the many aspects of Geoffrey Hartman's career. Submissions should focus on one ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Remembering the Baroque (in Spain & Germany)
Special Session
Cultural intersections, aesthetic forms, war, religion, artistic configurations, Baroque drama ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

NEGOTIATIONS (in the early modern German-speaking world)
Allied Organization: Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature
Textual, commercial, diplomatic, pictorial negotiations; trade, travel, translation; negotiating ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Postclassical Goethe and the Pleasure of the Senses
Allied Organization: Goethe Society of North America
We seek papers that explore the primacy of the senses in Goethe’s late poetry, novels, and ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Violence on the Borders
Division: Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature
Intersections of memory, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography— Indigenous Indignities, The (New) ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Listening to Memory
Division: Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature
How does sound record and perform racial and ethnic identity? How does it traverse borders of time, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Mexican Narratives Across Borders and Ethnicities
Division: Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature
Narratives on the U.S.-Mexico Border: questions of ethnicity and its intersections with nationality ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 8 February 2014

Whose Border? Whose Memory? Ethnic Studies and Palestine/Israel
Division: Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature
On the intellectual, political, and professional stakes of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014, last updated 8 February 2014

Memories of the Mediterranean in Cristóbal de Virués
Special Session
How is the Mediterranean Sea evoked, employed and remembered in works by this veteran of the Battle ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Critical University Studies
Division: Teaching as a Profession
Exploring aspects of the new critical university studies, as well as ideas for teaching about the ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

And Forgetting? And Future?
Special Session
Negotiating sites of memory focuses on various forms of remembering, seldom interrogating roles ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

The Making of Korean Literature
Special Session
Korean Literature as a conceptual category:vernacular composition; cultural translation; its place ... See more
Posted 8 February 2014

Unsociable Feelings
Division: Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Papers on the literary roles played by affective states (e.g. indifference, envy, anger, spleen, ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Afterlives of Allegory
Division: Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Johnson defined allegory as "not real; not literal; mystical." How should we interpret its ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Literary Science
Division: Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Given the 18th-Century use of "science" as a term for knowledge and ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

South Asian Women's Bodies and Sexual Violence
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
Papers exploring systematic sexual violence to South Asian women's bodies in the context of class, ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Geography and Memory in Children’s and YA Literature
Division: Children's Literature
Investigating the “Negotiating Sites of Memory” theme, this panel considers how writing for young ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Writing for Algorithms
Special Session
Writing, as it's practiced by bloggers and spammers, no longer addresses exclusively humans, but ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Disability Schemas pre-1800
Division: Disability Studies
This panel explores intersectional productions of disability in an era before statistical norms. ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 7 February 2014

Literary, Non-Literary, Anti-Literary
Special Session
We seek papers that interrogate these categories in an attempt to develop new theories of the novel ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Lecturae Boccaccii
Allied Organization: American Boccaccio Association
An ongoing ABA tradition, the lecturae are intelligent readings of a single Decameronian novella. ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Spenser and Eco Critical Practices
Allied Organization: International Spenser Society
How might we think ecologically with Spenser's works? Possible topics: home; habitat; ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

The Narration of Injury in Alice Munro's Fiction
Special Session
How does Munro's evolving means of narrating painful autobiographical material offer insight into ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Realism in African Literature and Film
Division: African Literatures
papers examining realism as a mode in African fiction or film. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

South Asians in Africa
Division: African Literatures
the literary, historical, and cinematic representation of the experience of the South Asian ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014, last updated 7 February 2014

Conceptual Art in Spain (1960s to 1980s)
Special Session
Papers may focus on action art, experimental film, poetry or video, art and language, environment, ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Readers, Narratives and Suspense
Special Session
Proposals on literary suspense; particularly, interventions in narrative theory, genre history, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

The Graphic South
Discussion Group: Southern Literature
A panel on visualizing the U.S. South through graphic forms of representation. Papers on texts in ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Remembering To Write The Future
Special Session
The mythology of writing's potential to aid both memory and forgetfulness; how can/do contemporary ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Textual Assemblage: Readers, Re-Mixing, and the Re-Construction of Books
Discussion Group: Bibliography and Textual Studies
We invite papers on all aspects of readers’ re-construction and assemblage of texts and images, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Contingent Academic Labor and Unionization
MLA Committee: Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession
Organizing strategies for non-tenure-stream academics. Metro organizing, coalition building, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

The Limits of Cosmopolitanism
Special Session
Amidst the resurgence of critical interest in cosmopolitanism, how do we go about unearthing, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

New Media 1450-1700
Special Session
Explorations of discourses and practices surrounding emerging media forms and technologies ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Comparative treatments of Hawthorne and Poe
Allied Organization: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
Cultural motifs, genre adaptations, career moments. What can we see more clearly by contrasting ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Comparative Studies of the Long (or Short) 20th Centuries
Division: Comparative Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
The gain for comparatism in demarcating a "long 20th-century"; or of using 1945 as a transitional ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

African Literature/Comparative Literature
Special Session
Most accounts of comparative literature emerge out of European traditions and critical concerns. ... See more
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

The Experimental Seventeenth Century
Division: Seventeenth-Century English Literature
Papers addressing the idea of experiment. Relevant topics might cover: literature, science, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

Feminist First Nation De-Colonizing Literature
Division: Women's Studies in Language and Literature
Panel invites papers on feminism and First Nation literature, including Jeannette Armstrong, Kateri ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Women Appropriate Othello
Division: Women's Studies in Language and Literature
Essays on any genre, e.g.,Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, Djanet Sears' Harlem Duet, Paula Vogel's Desdemona ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Beijing Platform for Action Turns Twenty
Division: Women's Studies in Language and Literature
How have Beijing Women's Conference, 1995, or other UN Decade Conferences for women influenced ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Allegory: New Ideas, New Theories
Special Session
Unusual approaches to canonical allegories; unconventional applications; provocative theories or ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

The Spanish Civil War and Latin America: commitment, solidarity and politics
Special Session
The war triggered new alliances in the Hispanic world. How did they affect notions of history and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

The Future of the Seventeenth Century: A Roundtable
Division: Seventeenth-Century English Literature
Short papers (10-12 minutes) on the future of seventeenth-century studies: new directions and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Memory as Resistance in Midwest Urban Spaces
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
Contested and/or negotiated sites of memory exist in Midwestern literature. What is resisted, how, ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Zionism and the Novel
Special Session
How have novels addressed Zionism, whether the movement, its causes or its actualization? How does ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Open Call for Papers
Division: Sixteenth-Century French Literature
Please send proposal for 15-20min presentation on any topic in French sixteenth-century literature ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Ecocritical Approaches to the French Renaissance
Division: Sixteenth-Century French Literature
New ways of placing ecocriticism into dialogue with French Renaissance literature and culture. ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Memory of Arthur on the Continent
Special Session
Adaptation and appropriation of Arthurian materials in France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Dutch, ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

La Mueva Jenerasion: Contemporary Sephardic Production
Discussion Group: Sephardic Studies
Seeking proposals that explore the use of Judeo-Spanish in literary or cinematic expression ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

The Meaning of the "Posts" for the Latin American Narrative
Special Session
Contemporary Latin American narrative: The meaning of post-feminism, post-modernism and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Artifactual Interpretation
Special Session
On methods of interpreting artifacts in the digital humanities, media archaeology, and related ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Theorizing Class and the Academy (Roundtable)
Special Session
Theoretically informed approaches to social class in contemporary American academe. Topics could ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"
Discussion Group: Folklore and Literature
Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Queer Canada
Division: Gay Studies in Language and Literature
Queer(ing) Canadian literature, culture, theory, and politics; First Nations sexualities; LGBT ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Muslim Women’s Memoirs and Everyday Life
Special Session
We intend to explore the conceptualization of everyday life in Muslim women’s memoir; the public ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

After Loss, After Despair: Environmental Literature, Memorialization, and Futurity
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
Seeking papers on environmental loss, despair, memorialization, deep time, & futurity in ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Palabras en la Plaza: Writing and Public Space in Latin America
Division: Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature
new theories of public sphere in Latin America, literature occupying public space (graffiti, poetry ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Contemporary Fiction and the Wild, Wild Future
Special Session
Conceptions of the future since the Cold War. For more info, see: See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Troubadour Poetry : Lieux de mémoire
Discussion Group: Provençal Language and Literature
How do troubadour poets negotiate memory? How does troubadour poetry function as a site of memory ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Religion after War
Division: Literature and Religion
From the Crusades to Afghanistan, from the Bhagavad-Gita to Wiesel's Night--papers welcomed on how ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014, last updated 4 February 2014

Marking Time in 17th-C France
Special Session
Perceptions, organizations, structures and uses of time. Reflections on nostalgia, temporal ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

A Barnesian Century
Special Session
We invite proposals reflecting on Djuna Barnes’s mark on literary and popular culture, from 1915’s ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

History through Literary Eyes
Division: Eighteenth-Century French Literature
We will discuss how literary scholars can approach historical documents, in the context of each ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 4 February 2014

Laughter
Division: Seventeenth-Century French Literature
The expression, literary and physical, of le rire; its variations and gradations; its gestures and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

400 Years of Nonlinear History: Guaman Poma in the Twenty-First Century
Special Session
Reconsidering Guaman Poma's illustrated chronicle in light of its 400th anniversary. Colonial ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Quixotic Memory: the Spanish Civil War
Special Session
How have film and literary narratives idealized and romanticized the Spanish Civil War? Are they ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Queer Archives
Division: Gay Studies in Language and Literature
Remembering, forgetting; loss, abandonment, preservation, invention; foundations, authorities; ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

George Sand’s lieux de mémoire
Allied Organization: George Sand Association
This panel examines the experienced memory of people, places and discourses in Sand’s work as well ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

George Sand and Childhood
Allied Organization: George Sand Association
Papers that theorize descriptions of childhood in Sand's work. Possible topics: childhood and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Memory
Discussion Group: Scandinavian Languages and Literatures
To commemorate the anniversary of WWI, the Second Schleswig War, and the Napoleonic wars, this ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Visual Cultural Studies in/on 20th century Latin America
Special Session
Critical approaches to visual culture in Latin America. Topics include but are not limited to ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Brecht, Music, and Opera
Allied Organization: International Brecht Society
Brecht’s influence on modern opera, epic opera in the broader context of modernist opera, his ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 3 February 2014

Universal and Particular in Lessing
Allied Organization: G. E. Lessing Society
In fables, plays, theological and dramaturgical treatises, Lessing interrogates the complicated ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Doris Lessing and Canada
Allied Organization: Doris Lessing Society
Inviting papers exploring Doris Lessing's Canadian connections. Comparative studies with Canadian ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Doris Lessing: Negotiating Sites of Memory
Allied Organization: Doris Lessing Society
We are in the process of memorializing Lessing and her own work offers multiple insights into ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Boccaccio and Humanism
Division: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Boccaccio’s contribution to Humanism in his Latin and vernacular works, early biographies of ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

The imagery of interior spaces
Special Session
Papers on how the imagery of interior spaces functions as a literary code or subtext that addresses ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears…
Division: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
The contexts, uses and representations of non-human animals in Italian literary and theatrical ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
Division: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Astronomical and meteorological phenomena as charged field, or hermeneutic strategy in Italian ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Seashores, Islands and Mountains
Division: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Literary landscapes, real and imagined in Italian literary and theatrical works of the Middle Ages ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Transnational Adoption in Film
Allied Organization: Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
Adoption in film. Focus: national/transnational policies, politics, and ideologies. Production, ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Sound
Division: Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century English Literature
Noise, acoustics, soundscapes; telephones, phonographs, and radios; vibrations and sound waves; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Imperialism in/and the South
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Southern Literature
How/where does an American and/or U.S. (neo)imperialist logic map onto or intersect with southern ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Small-Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Southern Literature
What do televisual texts of/about the South (broadly-defined) reveal regarding (mis)conceptions of ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Arab-Latin American Literary Encounters
Special Session
Arab-Latin American literary relations, including Arab diaspora, networks of mutual influence, ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Cervantes, dramaturgo
Division: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama
Papers with original and innovative approaches to Cervantes’s dramaturgy as we celebrate 400 years ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Universal and Particular in Lessing
Division: Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century German Literature
In fables, plays, theological and dramaturgical treatises, Lessing interrogates the complicated ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Early Native Literatures and Aesthetics
Special Session
Pre-1900 indigenous/Native literatures and aesthetics, broadly conceived; investigations of the ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Colonial Soundings: Music and Memory
Division: American Literature to 1800
Sacred song, drumming, war cries, work songs, psalmody, ballads, performance: how did soundscapes ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Spatial Poetics
Allied Organization: Keats-Shelley Association of America
Romanticism and conceptions of space; imagining the geographic, the planetary, the cosmological; ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Anne Carson's Poetics and Rhetorics
Special Session
Papers are solicited on all aspects of Anne Carson's poetics and rhetorics, including classicism, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Anne Carson's Poetics and Rhetorics
Special Session
Papers are solicited on all aspects of Anne Carson's poetics and rhetorics, including classicism, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Reframing Outcomes of Violent Emotions
Special Session
This panel analyzes violent emotions and reactions in classical and early modern texts and their ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Transatlantic and Transcultural Dialogues on Identity, Culture, and Migration
Special Session
The impact of migration on national identity results from processes of transculturation. This panel ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Indigenous Atlantic
Division: American Literature to 1800
Ancestral homelands and Amerindian migrations, localities and cosmologies, native language and ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Framing Memory in Late Medieval English Narrative
Special Session
How do medieval English framing narratives/techniques present cultural memory? Political, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

Newspapers as a Poetic Medium, c.1880-1920
Special Session
Many single-authored volumes of poetry contain poems first published in daily newspapers. How does ... See more
Posted 2 February 2014

The Weird
Special Session
This session will consider "The Weird" as an aesthetic, as a literary movement either past or ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014

Race/gender in early modern Spanish literature
Special Session
Examine and theorize race and gender issues in the representation of Africans and women. 1-page CV, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014

Connecting Spanish and Portuguese Empires
Division: Colonial Latin American Literatures
How to study the Spanish and Portuguese empires together? Circulation of people and ideas, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014

Connecting Spanish and Portuguese Empires
Allied Organization: American Portuguese Studies Association
How to study the Spanish and Portuguese empires together? Circulation of people and ideas, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014

Agential Landscape in East Asian Literature
Division: East Asian Languages and Literatures after 1900
Seeking papers that explore the ambiguity in human and nonhuman “interdependence” and address ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014

That’s Not Drama?!
Division: Drama
Off the grid. Off the radar. Off the hook. Dramatic forms, practices, and traditions that persist ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Lo provinciano: Rethinking the Provincial in Spanish Culture
Division: Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
How are the province/the provincial conceptualized? We aim to examine their articulation and ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Border Lies: Indigeneity, Memory, and the 49th Parallel
Division: American Indian Literatures
We invite readings of literary, filmic, and artistic texts that reimagine the US-Canadian border ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Theorizing Iberian Studies
Division: Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature
Comparative papers reflecting upon Iberian studies from the perspective of the peninsula’s ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 31 January 2014

Doing Things with Things
Division: Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
Critical reflections on the uses made of material culture in 20th- and 21st-century Spanish ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Feminism and the Political
Division: Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
A reflection on the relevance of feminism as political thought and social consciousness in the ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Sound in Contemporary Fiction
Special Session
Papers invited that examine sound as an essential component of the style of contemporary works of ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Second Parts/Second Acts
Division: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Poetry and Prose
Continuations, Sequels, Reinventions, Lineages, Originality and Copies, Apocrypha. One-Page ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Santa Teresa at 500
Division: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Poetry and Prose
Contexts, Interpretations, Reception. One-Page Abstract and 2-Page CV by 15 March 2014; Luis F. ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Brecht, Protest, Youth
Allied Organization: International Brecht Society
Brecht responded to contemporary events by exposing historical causes of conflict and crisis. Can ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

"Negotiating Sites of Memory in Langston Hughes's Writings”
Allied Organization: Langston Hughes Society
Abstracts examining the above theme in Hughes’s texts. Presenters must join the Modern Language ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Universality, Exemplarity, Particularity
Division: Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century German Literature
Natural history and aesthetics dwelt on possible relationships between individual and general ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Privacy Today
Special Session
How, if at all, has the expansion of surveillance affected the way that privacy is understood ... See more
Posted 30 January 2014

Orientalism in the Orient
Special Session
Panel explores Said’s Orientalism, and postcolonial studies in general, from a non-US/European ... See more
Posted 30 January 2014

Virtual Women: Webcomics
Special Session
How has the web provided an alternative space for women in comics? Potential topics include ... See more
Posted 30 January 2014

Visualising Canonical Literature: A Transhistorical Approach
Special Session
Portraits, iconic scenes, generic images, technological endowments, among other possibilities: how ... See more
Posted 19 November 2013, last updated 30 January 2014

Pilgrimage
Division: Seventeenth-Century French Literature
Exploring the act of undertaking journeys of moral or spiritual significance, travel to places of ... See more
Posted 30 January 2014

Theorizing Iberian Studies
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
We seek comparative papers reflecting upon Iberian studies from the perspective of the peninsula’s ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 30 January 2014

Literature that Sparks Social Change
Special Session
Scholarship often focuses on how fiction reflects social change, but what literary works have ... See more
Posted 30 January 2014

Pedagogy and digital editions
MLA Committee: Committee on Scholarly Editions
Teaching and using digital textual scholarship in the classroom. Abstracts (full papers will be ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 30 January 2014

Boycotts, Unions, Strikes
Special Session
How do turn-of-the-century media stage collective action? Papers might consider multiple forms, ... See more
Posted 30 January 2014

Design in Early Modern Anthologies and Miscellanies
Allied Organization: Renaissance English Text Society
Significance of arrangement, design, order in print or manuscript by compilers, printers, ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 30 January 2014

Whose Memorial Sites?
Special Session
Negotiations involved in the who, what, when, where or how of remembering that takes place at ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

Hawthorne and Poe
Allied Organization: Poe Studies Association
Comparative treatments of Hawthorne and Poe—focus open. This is a joint panel organized by the Poe ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

Rethinking Gender in Post-Unification Italy
Division: Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
Feminism, postfeminism, gender studies, queer theory, masculinity studies and representations of ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon?
Special Session
What does the academe of canonical academic novels look like? How might new/underrepresented ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

Atlantic Empiricisms
Division: American Literature to 1800
Metropolitan or provincial empiricisms in Atlantic aesthetics, natural histories, politics, ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

Talking Gypsies
Special Session
Papers exploring representations of Gypsies in literature. Special interest (but not limit) in ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

New Currents in Medieval Iberian Studies
Division: Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
New work, issues or approaches in medieval Hispanic or Iberian studies. Abstract, CV by 15 March ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Imagining the Emerging Middle Class
Division: Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature
Literary/cultural texts that reflect upon the development and problems of Brazil’s and Portugal's ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Sites of Memory/Sites of Amnesia
Division: Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature
Literary or visual texts that address the dialectics of remembering and forgetting; contested or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Ambivalent Reading
Special Session
Ambivalence as method, goal, politics, symptom. Institutional, political, social, poetic, textual ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Teaching Composing After the Neuro Turn
Division: the Teaching of Writing
How contemporary neuroscience might influence composition studies; papers on theories, teaching ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

"Difficult" Women and the Teaching of Writing
Division: the Teaching of Writing
The gendering of "difficulty" in composition's past and present; specific cases of women scholars, ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

The Political Atwood
Allied Organization: Margaret Atwood Society
Inviting papers discussing the political dimensions of Atwood's work, regardless of genre or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Philosophy and Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Special Session
In attending to philosophical concerns, past and present, what can we learn about ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Performing Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Act
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Presentations invited--including Indigenous artistic or literary responses--exploring TRC's work ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Resignifying Memory in Contemporary Minority Discourses
Special Session
Relationship between postmemory, sites of memory, and rememory in contemporary minority discourses. ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

Conrad and Ecocriticism
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
Theorizing earth, environment, human, and nonhuman in the ‘ghastly Nowhere’ and beyond of Conradian ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

What is Judgment?
Division: Comparative Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
"Judgment" emerged in distinction from idealist and skeptical theories of taste, knowledge, and ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

Staging Memory and Experiences of Diaspora
Special Session
The Politics and Aesthetics of Memory in Contemporary Drama and Theater of the English-Speaking ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

18th-Century and Modern Causalities
Division: Comparative Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
How are action and experience represented before and after the "rise" of "realism" and Hegelian ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

Applied Linguistics at/in the MLA: Retrospective/Prospective Views
Division: Applied Linguistics
Papers on historic role of Applied Linguistics within the MLA structure and how AL research will ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

The Brain as Site of Memory: Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Language Learning
Division: Applied Linguistics
Papers examining memory systems or neurocognitive mechanisms involved in language acquisition. ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

Language Use in Multilingual Contexts
Division: Applied Linguistics
Papers in any area of applied linguistics that analyze and/or problematize cultural, educational, ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

Ocean Science, Literature, and Film
Division: Literature and Science
Science studies investigations of blue humanities, blue ecologies, marine conservation, marine ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

Sites of Anti-Memory
Special Session
Sites that resist the comforting temporal assertions of conventional memorials. Papers are invited ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

NAFTA, Neoliberalism, and 21st-Century Mexican Narratives. A Roundtable
Discussion Group: Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies
Position papers on how Mexico is imagined and narrated after two decades of NAFTA's implementation. ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014

Mapping Medieval Spaces
Division: French Medieval Language and Literature
We invite papers that explore geographies literal and figurative, including landscapes and ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014

Metaphorically Speaking
Division: French Medieval Language and Literature
We invite papers on the uses and abuses of metaphor and figurative speech in medieval French ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014

Remembering Medieval Iberia
Special Session
Papers to explore the uses and nature of Medieval Iberian historical fictions, and/or contemporary ... See more
Posted 25 January 2014

Objects of Memory in Medieval Iberia
Division: Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Mental and material forms of recollection in medieval Iberia, from relics to other artistic or ... See more
Posted 25 January 2014

No Last Words: Contesting Official History in Contemporary East Asian Literature and Film
Special Session
This session will examine contestation in contemporary East Asian literature and film over censored ... See more
Posted 25 January 2014

The Works of Rigoberto González
Special Session
A panel on the works of Rigoberto González: topical analyses, theory, genres (poetry, memoir, ... See more
Posted 24 January 2014

Sexe, Genre et Société dans la littérature et le cinéma francophones : Représentations troublées
Allied Organization: Conseil International d'Études Francophones
Identités, constructions genrées, transgressions, etc. dans les littératures et cinémas ... See more
Posted 24 January 2014

South Asians in Africa
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
The literary, historical, and cinematic representation of the experience of the South Asian ... See more
Posted 24 January 2014

Hawthorne and Class
Allied Organization: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
Papers sought that focus on issues of class and its intersections with related concerns (money, ... See more
Posted 24 January 2014

Elena Poniatowska: Five Decades of Critical Inquiry
Discussion Group: Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies
Poniatowska’s corpus has inspired innovations in theory and criticism, including approaches to ... See more
Posted 24 January 2014

Communism and Translation: West Asian Contexts
Discussion Group: West Asian Languages and Literatures
Panel on translation of communist concepts and practices across West Asia(s); possible topics: ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014

Vampires, Zombies, and other Monsters
Special Session
Why does the supernatural still fascinate us today? This panel explores historical representations ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014

Writing the Future: Children's Literature in East Asia
Division: East Asian Languages and Literatures after 1900
Literature for (or by) children, particularly with reference to transitions to modernity in 19th ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014

Writing the Future: Children's Literature in East Asia
Division: East Asian Languages and Literatures to 1900
Literature for (or by) children, particularly with reference to transitions to modernity in 19th ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014

Disability Epistemology
MLA Committee: Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
Papers exploring disability, or specifically crip, ways of knowing. What do such knowledges look ... See more
Posted 23 January 2014

Seamus Heaney and the World
Division: Twentieth-Century English Literature
We invite abstracts for papers on Heaney from global, transnational, and comparative perspectives, ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

“Close Reading, Slow Reading, and Teaching Literature”
Division: the Teaching of Literature
This session will explore the renewed interest in close reading and the current slow reading ... See more
Posted 18 January 2014, last updated 22 January 2014

Memorializing Italy
Division: Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
Session explores the diverse ways in which modern and contemporary Italian media, genres, or forms ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Italian Business
Division: Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
This session will look at Italian entrepreneurs, money and culture in Post-War Italy. ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Page, Stage and Screen
Division: Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
Session focuses on Theatre, Film and Literature in modern and contemporary Italy. Approaches ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Life in Occupied Palestine
Division: Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing
A round-table about life narratives’ importance in documenting the impact on Palestinians of ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Disability, Race, and Slavery in 19th-Century American Literature
Special Session
Disabled slaves figure repeatedly in American literature. What do their representations tell us ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

"Family Feuds? When Family Members Write Memoir"
Division: Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing
What do we learn about memory, secrets, histories, and/or the politics of representation when ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Supernatural Narrative and East Asian Modernity
Division: East Asian Languages and Literatures to 1900
Relationships between modern constructions of the supernatural (e.g., film and fiction) and ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Disability & Critical Embodiment
Division: Disability Studies
Disability Studies approaches to 'critical embodiment' articulate an alternative ethics about why ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Narrating "Arab Americans"
Special Session
Reflections on the term and its intersections with history, memory, geography, religion, race, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

The Enlightenment in the Colonies
Division: Colonial Latin American Literatures
New approaches to the Enlightenment in the colonies beyond empiricism. 16th and 17th century ... See more
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 21 January 2014

Indigenous Texts and the Colonial Experience
Division: Colonial Latin American Literatures
Challenges we confront when working with indigenous texts because of cultural difference and ... See more
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 21 January 2014

Geocritical explorations within the text
Special Session
Presentations and discussion of conflicts/crises from qualitative (geocritical) and/or quantitative ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

Diffusing Memories: Writing the Past in the Present
Division: East Asian Languages and Literatures to 1900
Seeking papers which explore the transmission of memory and memoir writing across media, ... See more
Posted 18 January 2014, last updated 21 January 2014

The Library as Method
Division: Methods of Literary Research
Research libraries are changing: what are the implications for methods, objects, institutions, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

Jewish Geographies/Jewish Space(s)
Discussion Group: Jewish Cultural Studies
Geographies of Jewishness. Relationships between identity and space. How do Jews produce space, how ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

Co-territorialism and Historical Memory
Discussion Group: Jewish Cultural Studies
Jews and other histories: analysis of multiply-occupied spaces and temporalities; same places, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2014

Position of South Asian American writers in Asian American literary studies
Special Session
To what degree the works of South Asian American writers fit/challenge the premises of Asian ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

Milton and the Politics of Periodization
Special Session
Renaissance? Early Modern? long 18th-century? Restoration? Interregnum? Civil wars? beyond ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

Untiming the Medieval (Guaranteed Panel)
Division: Arabic Literature and Culture
Significance of the medieval period to modern times; the problematic construction of medieval in ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 20 January 2014

Adaptation and Appropriation in Palestinian Literature and Culture (Guaranteed Panel)
Division: Arabic Literature and Culture
Appropriation of conventional genres; transformation of traditional or pre-modern motifs; forging ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 20 January 2014

Memory, Trauma and Violence in Arabic Literature and Culture
Division: Arabic Literature and Culture
How have acts of trauma and violence been remembered, invoked and commemorated (e.g. in Algeria, ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 20 January 2014

Queer Ethics
Special Session
In her recent work Lynne Huffer challenges Queer Theory’s founding assumptions and calls for an ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

Travel, Translation and Circulation in Latin America
Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus
This working group examines the translation and circulation of cultural forms, capital, and bodies, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

Pursuing Two Passions: On Being a Grad Student and Something Else
Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus
We seek 7-minute interventions for a roundtable on pursuing another passion concurrently with ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

John Milton: A General Session
Allied Organization: Milton Society of America
Papers on all topics. Please send abstracts or complete papers. 8-page o by 15 March 2014; Feisal ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

Milton and the Material Book
Allied Organization: Milton Society of America
Proposals concerning readership, law, censorship, editions, Areopagitica's 370th anniversary. ... See more
Posted 20 January 2014

Poe in the 21st Century
Allied Organization: Poe Studies Association
Trends in Poe criticism, adaptations of Poe works, and/or works in which Poe appears as a ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014

Illustrated (?) with a Photograph
Special Session
This session aims to explore a range of literary texts that incorporate photographic images. It ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014

Playing with Shakespeare
Special Session
The role and meaning of sports in his plays, and modern adaptations of the canon as sport events. ... See more
Posted 13 January 2014, last updated 17 January 2014

Contemporary Chinese Poetry and the Other Arts
Special Session
This session will concern contemporary Chinese poetry as it relates to other arts, including but ... See more
Posted 17 January 2014

The Dialogue of the ‘Other’ in Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
Special Session
This session will talk about the development of consciousness. Jamaica Kincaid disarticulates ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory
Discussion Group: Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures
How do libraries and archives function as sites for preserving and constructing public memory? For ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

Queer Theory and the Modernist Author
Special Session
Explore modernist authors in queer theory: How are they characterized as queer icons? Does their ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

Romantic Life Writing
Allied Organization: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
Romantic prose and verse biography, autobiography, and other modes of life writing (journals, ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

Wharton and Sex
Allied Organization: Edith Wharton Society
How does Wharton engage with sex? Presentations might consider the following: sexuality repressed ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

Translation and Cultural Interchange in the Mediterranean
Special Session
Theoretical, hermeneutic, and historical approaches to the literary and cultural interchange in the ... See more
Posted 16 January 2014

American Mental Health
Division: Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century American Literature
Possible topics for this session include neurasthenia, narcissism, anxiety, mania, dementia, ... See more
Posted 15 January 2014

New Approaches to Vernacular Languages in the US
Discussion Group: General Linguistics
This panel seeks new approaches to the contemporary or historical presence of vernacular languages ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Victorian Ecologies
Division: the Victorian Period
Environments, ecosystems, and the anthropocene. Literary ecologies, climates, environmental ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Victorian Animals
Division: the Victorian Period
Human and nonhuman animals; reflections on the in-, non-, post-human. Papers welcome on the state ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

RAP Around the Globe: Poetics, Citizenship, and Urban Cultures
Special Session
Rap has produced a renovation of poetry. We will “read” rap in its relationship to consumerism, ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Pacific Northwest Literary Regionalism
Special Session
Pacific Northwest literatures (works from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, Alaska) as ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Around the World in Eighty Clicks: Travel and New Technologies
Discussion Group: Travel Literature
How have new technologies – the internet, planes, trains and automobiles influenced the experience ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Female Masculinities: Revisiting the Mujer Varonil in the Comedia
Division: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama
New approaches to the motif of the mujer varonil in early modern Spanish theater. 400-word ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Reading the Spanish Comedia Queerly
Division: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama
Papers exploring representations of same-sex desire, as well as other queer affections, ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Conrad and Joyce: Comparative Angles
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
Comparative approaches to Conrad and Joyce. 250-500-word abstracts for 15-minute papers by 1 March ... See more
Posted 13 January 2014, last updated 14 January 2014

Home in the Word: Characters' Language Choices
Division: Linguistic Approaches to Literature
Session explores choices narrators make to reflect the linguistic/cultural affiliations of ... See more
Posted 12 January 2014, last updated 14 January 2014

Metaphor
Division: Linguistic Approaches to Literature
Session addresses topic of conceptual and/or linguistic approaches to metaphor and/or metaphor ... See more
Posted 12 January 2014, last updated 14 January 2014

The Canadian Hemingway
Allied Organization: Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society
This panel seeks proposals that explore Ernest Hemingway’s biographical connections (journalism, ... See more
Posted 13 January 2014

The Legacy of Colombian author Alvaro Mutis (1923-2013)
Special Session
Papers that offer a retrospective assessment of the poetry and/or prose of recently deceased ... See more
Posted 13 January 2014

Spanish Golden Age Playwrights in 17th-century England
Special Session
The adaptation, (mal)appropriation, reception and/or translation of Spanish Golden Age plays. ... See more
Posted 13 January 2014

Narratological Dickens
Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative
What can current narrative theories or narratological concepts teach us about Dickens? Is Dickens a ... See more
Posted 12 January 2014

Narratological Dickens
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
What can current narrative theories or narratological concepts teach us about Dickens? Is Dickens a ... See more
Posted 11 January 2014

Multiethnic Films: From Page to Screen
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
What are American multiethnic films? What are their cinematic narratives, artistry, ... See more
Posted 11 January 2014

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 stratifications, capitalism, intersections with gender, ethnicity, race and ... See more
Posted 11 January 2014

Literatures of the North American West
Allied Organization: Western Literature Association
Possible topics include, border crossings broadly interpreted, first nations/Native American ... See more
Posted 9 January 2014

D.A. Powell
Special Session
Seeking papers on the poetry of D.A. Powell. Send abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Tana Jean Welch ... See more
Posted 8 January 2014

Suspicion
Division: Nineteenth-Century French Literature
Suspicion as a driving force of narrative and interpretation. Topics may include crime and ... See more
Posted 8 January 2014

Toward the Great War
Division: Nineteenth-Century French Literature
World War I casts its shadow backwards to color our view of the early Third Republic. Suggested ... See more
Posted 8 January 2014

Poetic Thresholds
Special Session
The figure of the “threshold” in early modern poetry: literal, metaphorical, spatial, or ... See more
Posted 7 January 2014

Pinter, Time, and Temporality
Allied Organization: Harold Pinter Society
3-4 15 minute papers on Pinter's use of time, temporality, timeliness, etc., welcome. 500-word ... See more
Posted 7 January 2014

Infant Mortality: Loss, Mourning, Meaning
Special Session
How have American authors treated infant mortality? Seeking papers that explore social, political, ... See more
Posted 7 January 2014

Faulkner and Education
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
The role of education, particularly from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the ... See more
Posted 6 January 2014

Faulkner and Education
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
The role of education, particularly from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the ... See more
Posted 6 January 2014

Faulkner and Foodways
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
The relevance of foodways broadly defined including, but not limited to, the production, packaging, ... See more
Posted 6 January 2014

Text Tools in the (Digital) Humanities
Special Session
Plain text as a practical medium for (digital) humanists. Brief presentations of applications, ... See more
Posted 6 January 2014

Theoretical/Pedagogical Approaches to Multiethnic/Multilingual Mass Media and Social Media
Discussion Group: Literature of the United States in Languages Other Than English
Approaches to Multiethnic/Multilingual Mass Media and Social Media. Time period and genre open; ... See more
Posted 5 January 2014

Poetic animals
Special Session
Critique, explication, or discussion of Derrida's claim that "thinking concerning the animal, if ... See more
Posted 5 January 2014

Canonizing Narratives of Trauma
Special Session
Proposals that focus on representations of trauma and displacement, their impact on the canon, ... See more
Posted 2 January 2014

The Parent Scholar
MLA Committee: Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
Roundtable on how disability (one’s own or one’s child) informs role of parent-scholar. Proposals ... See more
Posted 2 January 2014

Affect and Masculinity
Special Session
How does recent work on affect/emotion help rethink the relation between masculinity and affect? ... See more
Posted 30 December 2013

"Serious" Autobiography, Comic Dimensions
Allied Organization: American Humor Studies Association
Collaborative session with Mark Twain Circle: Proposals on autobiographical texts in which humor ... See more
Posted 27 December 2013, last updated 28 December 2013

Spectral Logic in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
Special Session
Haunted narratives, ghostly figures, disruption of time and space, specter as organizing element, ... See more
Posted 22 December 2013

Comic Dimensions and Varieties of Risk
Allied Organization: American Humor Studies Association
Papers on thematic complexity and varieties of risk in American texts in which humor, wit and comic ... See more
Posted 20 December 2013

The Limits of Narrative
Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative
What can't narrative do or represent? When/where/how/why does narrative distort more than clarify, ... See more
Posted 19 December 2013

Teaching Indigenous Australian and New Zealand Literatures
Special Session
Maori and Aboriginal Australian literatures as taught worldwide; theoretical/pedagogical ... See more
Posted 19 December 2013

Tenure and Its Future
Special Session
This session explores the current state of tenure and its possible future, as well as the process ... See more
Posted 6 November 2013, last updated 18 December 2013

Utopia and Alternative Social and Political Space in Literature and Theory
Special Session
What is Utopia? A perfected version of this or some other world or an alternative social/political ... See more
Posted 17 December 2013

Ficino, Neoplatonism and the Globalization of Amerindian Cultures
Special Session
Papers on Latin American colonial writers engaging Neoplatonism to globalize Amerindian cultures as ... See more
Posted 16 December 2013

The First Year of College and Non-Tenure Track Faculty Members: Paradoxes, Problems, and Possibilities
MLA Committee: Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession
Contributions of non-tenure-track faculty members teaching first-year students; issues raised by ... See more
Posted 13 December 2013

Translating the Third Code
Special Session
This session discusses the extent to which translators entrusted with the critical task of ... See more
Posted 11 December 2013

"Serious" Autobiography and Comic Dimensions
Allied Organization: Mark Twain Circle of America
Autobiography is usually serious, with exceptions. Send proposals that study ambitious ... See more
Posted 10 December 2013

Vulnerable Twain
Allied Organization: Mark Twain Circle of America
Examinations of vulnerability in Mark Twain: characters, themes, biography, autobiography, other. ... See more
Posted 10 December 2013

Aspects of Punctuation
Special Session
Topics having a literary or linguistic approach to punctuation. Abstracts of about 300 words. by 1 ... See more
Posted 5 December 2013

Literatures of Singapore and Malaysia: New Directions
Special Session
Singaporean and/or Malaysian literature in dialogue with contemporary critical concerns such as ... See more
Posted 25 November 2013

I Know What You Didn’t Do Last Summer
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
Roundtable will discuss tactics for using summers to make academic and professional progress: ... See more
Posted 19 November 2013

Open Access... Closing Doors?
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
Please consider participating in a roundtable discussion on various aspects of Open Access: OA ... See more
Posted 12 November 2013

Coastal Canada
Discussion Group: Canadian Literature in English
Papers on Canada’s coasts as/through: bioregions, shipping terminals, ports of entry/departure, ... See more
Posted 6 November 2013

In Praise of Flatness
Special Session
Reappraisals of flat vs. round characters; flatness and realism; flat affects; flatness and the ... See more
Posted 6 November 2013

Meeting the Needs of the Global Economy: Mastering Spanish and Portuguese North of Rio Bravo
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Innovative approaches to teaching Spanish and Portuguese in Canada and the USA. Abstracts to ... See more
Posted 31 October 2013, last updated 1 November 2013

Donne's First and Second Anniversaries
Allied Organization: John Donne Society
New work on Donne's Anniversaries (either or both), any approach welcome. Substantial abstracts by ... See more
Posted 29 October 2013

The Rainbow and War
Allied Organization: D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Rainbow, the DHLSNA ... See more
Posted 20 October 2013

New World Evangelism
Special Session
Papers on Early Modern evangelism that relate and analyze European-AmerIndian encounters in the ... See more
Posted 19 October 2013

Dickens: Surface, Depth, Close, Distant
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
Dickens’s novels all "surface” lacking depth? Critics urge "surface" (Best & Marcus) or "distant" ... See more
Posted 16 October 2013

Ekphrasis that Narrativizes
Special Session
The re-representation of (typically) a visual representation that, by adding prior and/or ... See more
Posted 7 October 2013

Ethnicity and the Environment
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
What insights do studies of race/ethnicity bring to considerations of the environment? ... See more
Posted 10 September 2013

Empirical Data and Ethnic Literatures
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
How is the study of ethnic literatures enhanced/hindered by empirical data? How does the conversion ... See more
Posted 9 September 2013

Not an Exit but a Shift: Changing Children’s Literature
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Seeking papers that explore significant turn-of-the-twenty-first century transformations within the ... See more
Posted 4 September 2013

Visual Dickens
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
Visual imagery in Dickens: dream, hallucination, portraits, caricature, blindness, the grotesque. ... See more
Posted 29 August 2013

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