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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 reconstruction of social networks, historicizing and theorizing digital approaches to early modern studies. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Graham Hammill (ghammill@buffalo.edu)
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 theory. Abstract of 300 words by 25 March 2014; Lee B. Abraham (lba2133@columbia.edu)
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 theory. Abstract of 300 words by 25 March 2014; Lee B. Abraham (lba2133@columbia.edu)
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. Selection of 3-4 related papers for thematically focused panel. Title, abstract, 1-page CV by 28 March 2014; Paula Leverage (leverage@purdue.edu)
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 descriptor and/or field, or testing the utility of the distinction. 300-word abstract and 100-word bio by 24 March 2014; Jacob Heil (jheil@wooster.edu)
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 and romance. 300 word abstract and short CV by 30 March 2014; Catherine Adoyo (adoyo@post.harvard.edu)
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 agents of Dante's "altro viaggio." 300 word abstract and short CV by 30 March 2014; Catherine Adoyo (adoyo@post.harvard.edu)
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 secular or sacred, and especially its effect on religious contact. 350-word abstracts by 29 March 2014; Christina McCoy (christina.mccoy@utexas.edu)
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, and/or (un)sustainability in any period of Cuban cultural history. 250-word abstracts by 25 March 2014; Roberto-Ignacio Diaz (rdiaz@usc.edu)
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 Pirandello and/or his global contemporaries, examining their functions, outcomes, and/or methodology. Comparative/interdisciplinary approaches encouraged. 250-word abstracts by 21 March 2014; Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk) and Leonard Diepeveen (Leonard.Diepeveen@Dal.Ca)
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 questions of history and political struggle/identity and his relationship to the burgeoning culture industry. 250-word abstract by 21 March 2014; Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk) and Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni (Jana.OKeefeBazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu)
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 the visual arts, film, and/or on stage in a European or global context. 250-word abstracts by 21 March 2014; Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk) and Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni (Jana.OKeefeBazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu)
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 through diverse theoretical approaches including memory, propaganda and the other. 300-word abstracts by 21 March 2014; Rachel Linville (rlinvill@brockport.edu)
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...), from Apollinaire’s Esprit nouveau to e-poetry. 250-word abstracts by 22 March 2014; Éric Trudel (trudel@bard.edu)
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 in light of new developments in literary/media/modernist/cultural studies? 250-word abstract/vita by 22 March 2014; Scott Durham (spd594@northwestern.edu)
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, readers? Legal, reception, economic, content, production considerations. abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Greg Barnhisel (barnhiselg@duq.edu)
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. Co-sponsors: Milton Society of America and Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. abstracts and cvs by 15 March 2014; Greg Barnhisel (barnhiselg@duq.edu) and Sharon Achinstein (sharon.achinstein@seh.ox.ac.uk)
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 fictional and non-fictional self-representation. Presentations invited on teaching strategies. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Stacey Lee Donohue (sdonohue@cocc.edu)
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 realities of the region. Suggested topics: community, democracy, representation. abstracts 250 words by 18 March 2014; Anne Freeland (af2496@columbia.edu)
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) settler colonials themselves to challenge interpretations of their work. 400-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Pamela J. Grieman (grieman@usc.edu)
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 no more than 250 words describing your e by 17 March 2014; Joseph Ferrerosa (josephpferrerosa@yahoo.com)
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 accounts, and dietetic treatises, among other texts? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Timothy J. Tomasik (timothy.tomasik@valpo.edu)
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 into wilderness; Israel-England-New England paradigm; trials of conscience; Transcendentalism; American civil war; trans-nationalism. 250-word abstract; CV by 10 March 2014; Elizabeth Sauer (esauer@brocku.ca) and Joanna Picciotto (jpicciotto@berkeley.edu)
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 liminality, and how these provide exegesis to postmodern consciousness. Abstracts 250-300 words by 15 March 2014; Anastasia Nicephore (alou4781@uni.sydney.edu.au)
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 by 18 March 2014; William Reginald Rampone (regrampone@yahoo.com)
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 re-emergence of multilingualism, and their relationship with translation. All genres/periods welcome. 200 word abstracts and brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Avishek Ganguly (aganguly@risd.edu)
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 remembered/forgotten in auto/biographies or memoirs? 300-word abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Chenwen Hong (chenwen.hong@uconn.edu)
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 deformity or monstrosity, within Arthurian texts. 300-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Alex Mueller (alex.mueller@umb.edu)
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 sciences and literature across genres/periods. 250 word abstracts, 100 word bios by 15 March 2014; Pamela Gossin (psgossin@utdallas.edu)
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, funding, collaboration, project management, and publication in the Digital Humanities. 300-word abstract and biography by 19 March 2014; Lindsey Seatter (lindseymseatter@gmail.com)
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; Jefferey Kennedy (jtkennedy@asu.edu)
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, graphic description, cringe-comedy, sex humor, censorship, etc. Abstracts (max. 250 words) by 14 March 2014; Daniel Aureliano Newman (daniel.newman@mail.utoronto.ca) and Claire Battershill (c.d.battershill@reading.ac.uk)
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 2014; Stephen Mark Carey (smcarey@morris.umn.edu)
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 narrative forms, materiality, cultural history, or related topics. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jeronimo Arellano (jarellan@brandeis.edu)
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 history, theories revisited); variants of colonial, resistant, other practices; creative/re-interpretive departures from normal rhetoric. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Basem L. Ra'ad (basem48@yahoo.com)
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 Panza. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; John Beusterien (john.beusterien@ttu.edu)
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, relationships with nations of origin, political engagement? 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; John Hawley (jhawley@scu.edu)
Posted , last updated 25 February 2014

Networked Humanities: Infrastructures and Methodologies
Special Session
Where does research happen? Address collaborative, computational, and pedagogical questions regarding digital humanities research. 250 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2014; Aaron Mauro (mauro@uvic.ca)
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 the war front, written then and now. 350 word abstract by 26 February 2014; Jacquilyn Weeks (weeksj@iupui.edu) and Lissa Paul (lpaul@brocku.ca)
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 before its time? 250 word abstracts – brief CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@mail.utexas.edu) and Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu)
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 contexts. 250 word abstract in .doc or .pdf format by 15 March 2014; Sandra Bermann (sandralb@princeton.edu)
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. 250-300 word abstracts, vita. by 1 March 2014; Heather Dubrow (hdubrow@fordham.edu)
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 college students who possess low level academic English language proficiency. 300-word abstract by 12 March 2014; Doris Gilliam (dmg06c@my.fsu.edu)
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 before its time? 250 word abstracts – brief CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@mail.utexas.edu) and Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu)
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 materialism, mediality, affect, presence...) and meaning (representation, signification, hermeneutics, interpretation...) in literary/philosophical texts/discourse. Abstracts, 200-400 words. by 17 March 2014; Jacob Haubenreich (jhaubenr@holycross.edu)
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 writings of Tillie Olsen. 300 word abstract and cv. by 15 March 2014; Anthony Dawahare (adawahare@csun.edu)
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 bear to other locales, temporalities, and communities of culture? 300 words abstract by 10 March 2014; Alessandra Capperdoni (acapperd@sfu.ca)
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 rework disaster narratives? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Christopher Walker (caw2105@gmail.com)
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 inequality in the United States. 300 word abstract and cv. by 15 March 2014; Anthony Dawahare (adawahare@csun.edu)
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; alternative economies; gambling and stealing; procreation and queer reproduction. Abstracts of 250 words by 14 March 2014; Joseph A. Dimuro (jdimuro@humnet.ucla.edu)
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 further ideas are welcome. Please visit receptionstudy.org for a detailed CFP. Submit 250-word proposals. by 15 March 2014; Genevieve West (MWest2@mail.twu.edu) and Ildi Olasz (olasz@nwmissouri.edu)
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 visit receptionstudy.org for a detailed CFP. Submit 250-word proposals. by 15 March 2014; Yung-Hsing Wu (yhwu@mac.com) and Ildi Olasz (olasz@nwmissouri.edu)
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 negotiations with the past shape their imagination of national identity? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Yasemin Mohammad (yaseminmoh@gmail.com)
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 work; broad range of approaches, eras, formats welcome. Abstract appx. 300-500words. by 15 March 2014; Emily Kugler (emkugler@colby.edu) and Nicole Wright (Nicole.Wright@colorado.edu)
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 technologies (not) change textual form? 250-word abstracts for facilitator questions by 15 March 2014; Tamara O'Callaghan (ocallaghant@nku.edu) and Andrea Harbin (Andrea.Harbin@cortland.edu)
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 non-fiction. Travel and memory; gender and memory; friends, family; characters, places, objects. 300-word proposal by 14 March 2014; Angela Runciman (aruncim1@binghamton.edu)
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. Submit 300-word abstract and brief cv by 21 March 2014; Gregory Marks (gmarks@hostos.cuny.edu)
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, and religion. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV. by 3 March 2014; Karen Perez (kperez33@ucmerced.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Textual Versions and Autobiographical Memory
Special Session
Exploring how successive versions of autobiographical texts, including drafts and serial autobiographies, reveal and build the shifting sites of autobiographical memory. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Olga Aksakalova (oaksakalova@fortlewis.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Human Rights and Anti-Imperialism
Special Session
Historical and theoretical dimensions of how literary theory and representations respond to the role of human rights in anti-colonial movements and neo-imperial projects. 300-word abstracts plus short bio. by 15 March 2014; Alexandra S. Moore (awschult@uncg.edu)
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 to investigate the potential empathic powers of literary texts. 300 word abstract; CV by 15 March 2014; Sheila C. Bauer-Gatsos (sbauergatsos@dom.edu) and Ellen McManus (emcmanus@dom.edu)
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 represented in Chinese literature/film. Abstracts of 200-300 words by 15 March 2014; Leihua Weng (wengla@plu.edu)
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; Queer Asia as method; queering "world literature." 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Alvin K Wong (alvinwong@humnet.ucla.edu)
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 papers confronting the genocide in literature. 500-word abstract by 15 March 2014; James Hiester Najarian (najariaj@bc.edu)
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 global memorial culture at physical and virtual sites? Proposals by 3/15 to elke-heckner@uiowa.edu. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Elke Heckner (elke-heckner@uiowa.edu)
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 exchange, transnational/global frameworks, theory and criticism in Asian North American studies. 1-page abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Timothy Yu (tpyu@wisc.edu)
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 alphabetic-like system for insights on development of sign-based writing systems. (abstract/300) by 15 March 2014; Jody Cripps (jcripps@towson.edu) and Samuel Supalla (ssupalla@u.arizona.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Confession in the Novel
Special Session
How does the (ostensibly secular) English novel appropriate confession to produce interiority and direct the reader's desire? 250-word abstract and brief CV by March 15: ryan.siemers@utah.edu. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Ryan Siemers (ryan.siemers@utah.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching European Languages
Special Session
Innovative approaches to teaching European languages comparatively: general theoretical questions about the nature of language, connections between history, culture, and linguistics. ca. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Alexander E. Pichugin (pichugin@rutgers.edu)
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 stories, plays and novels are welcome. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Maria Cecilia Ruiz (mruiz@sandiego.edu)
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 his theater. Please submit a 250-word abstract by 17 March 2014; Marilén Loyola (marilen.loyola@gmail.com)
Posted 21 February 2014

Queering the Early Modern Masque
Special Session
Queer readings of early modern masques, including (but not limited to) treatments of homo-eroticism; cross-dressing across racial/cultural/gender lines; favoritism; formal, aesthetic or performative considerations. 300-word abstracts by 16 March 2014; Ellorashree Maitra (elmaitra@gmail.com)
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 memory we have negotiated in our profession are sought. 250 word proposals by 24 March 2014; William Klein (kleinw@umsl.edu)
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 hybrid narrative forms. Abstracts up to 250 words. by 15 March 2014; Virginia Ramos (ramosv@stanford.edu)
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 become public intellectuals in organizations? Applied approaches/personal narratives welcomed. Roundtable. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Julia McAnallen (mcanall8@msu.edu) and Alvin Henry (alvin.henry@mastersny.org)
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 in English. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 17 March 2014; Christine Latrouitte Armstrong (armstrong@denison.edu)
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 on Gender, Sexuality, Religion, and Society. CV, 300-word abstract by 03/15/14 by 15 March 2014; Mireille Le Breton (mireille.lebreton@gmail.com)
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering/Forgetting: Irish National Memory
Special Session
Proposals considering the construction of Irish national memory through the act of remembering and/or forgetting. Particularly interested in papers exploring commodification and reification in this process. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Heather Brown (hbrown24@kent.edu)
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, labor, and eco-theory. How do urban texts distinguish nature/culture, ecology/economy? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Derek Woods (djw3@rice.edu)
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 the emergence of pedagogy as an academic discipline. 300-word abstracts by 11 March 2014; Lydia Butt (lbutt@carleton.edu)
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 considerations of related transformations, evasions and dissemination. Abstracts of 250 words or less by 16 March 2014; Imani Perry (iperry@princeton.edu)
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 literary or other creative works? 400-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Todd Wayne Butler (butlert@wsu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Teaching Empathy?
Special Session
How can teaching literary texts by writers occupying different subject positions from their readers (in terms of race, sex/gender, class, etc.) develop empathy in students? 1-2 page abstract, brief CV by 14 March 2014; Marilyn Edelstein (medelstein@scu.edu)
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 political theory of the period introduce subjects whose capabilities they first elaborate. Specific discussions desired. 1-2 pg. abstract by 15 March 2014; Claudia Brodsky (cblacour@aol.com)
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. Approaches could include economic, political, transnational/comparative, and ecological, among others. 300-word abstracts by 21 March 2014; Matthew Eatough (matthew.eatough@baruch.cuny.edu)
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 preserving and expanding tenure lines in departments. Abstracts, 1 - 2 pages by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Ruth (ruthj@pdx.edu) and Amy Greenstadt (greens@pdx.edu)
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 authors. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Caroline A. Brown (caroline.brown@umontreal.ca)
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", whether in theoretical, geographical, imaginative, or any other terms. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Gregory J. Dobbins (gjdobbins@ucdavis.edu)
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 include: professionalism; consumer culture; debt; specialization; co-operation. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Emily Vasiliauskas (evasilia@princeton.edu) and Ross Lerner (rblerner@princeton.edu)
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 medieval textual manifestations of memory/cognition. Please submit abstracts of max. 300 words. by 15 March 2014; Adam Oberlin (oberl024@umn.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Intertextual Memory
Special Session
Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory within fictional works from any period. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Adele Kudish (akudish@bmcc.cuny.edu) and Charlotte Latham (clatham@gc.cuny.edu)
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 slavery across the Americas. 1-Page Abstract by 12 March 2014; Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (lugortiz@uchicago.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering Childhood
Special Session
Adult author, critic, and purchaser; child reader: what is the role of nostalgia in reading and writing (about) children’s literature? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Maude Hines (mhines@pdx.edu)
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 the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Range of genres/forms welcome. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Amanda Sharick (amanda.sharick@email.ucr.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Bitumen Rhetoric
Special Session
How is rhetoric used to promote or oppose the extraction and transportation of Alberta's bituminous sands? 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Jon Gordon (jfg2@ualberta.ca)
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 slavery and other forms of bonded labor through literature, film and other media. 1-page abstract by 12 March 2014; Nouzeilles Gabriela (gnouzeil@Princeton.edu)
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 imaginaries & critical geographies. Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less. by 16 March 2014; Imani Perry (iperry@princeton.edu)
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 and events. 250 words abstract – 1 page CV by 15 March 2014; Sandra Ponzanesi (s.ponzanesi@uu.nl)
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 combination of any of the above. 250 word abstract, abbreviated CV by 10 March 2014; José Antonio Quiroga (jquirog@emory.edu)
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; chiaroscuro and shadow; X-rays, optics, and actinic rays; reflections and luminosity. One-page abstract and cv by 3 March 2014; Kate Flint (kflint@usc.edu)
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? How is this agent/work situated historically, politically, and geographically? 300w abstract, short bio by 15 March 2014; Kelin Loe (kloe@english.umass.edu)
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 welcome, especially in African American essay tradition. 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Dana A. Williams (d_williams@howard.edu) and Brian Norman (bjnorman@loyola.edu)
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: convergence, materialism, new/old media, intermediality, liminality, the rhizome, networks, appropriation, adaptation. Abstracts by 25 March 2014; Lai-Tze Fan (lychee@yorku.ca) and Yuri Forbes-Petrovich (yforbesp@uwo.ca)
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 multiple migrations have remapped the US literary landscape. 500-word abstract, 1-pg CV by 15 March 2014; Allan Isaac (aisaac@amerstudies.rutgers.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Grassroots culture during the Spanish economic crisis
Special Session
Exploring horizontal, democratic, and inclusive sociocultural processes emerging amidst the crisis of legitimacy in present-day Spain. 400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Luis Moreno-Caballud (mluis@sas.upenn.edu) and Magdalena Romero-Córdoba (mromero_cordoba@gc.cuny.edu)
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 Americans and the war by American authors. 500-words abstracts, 1-pg CV by 15 March 2014; Crystal Parikh (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu)
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 pedagogically? All historical/contemporary forms welcome. Please send 250-500 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Richard Simpson (rfs1@andrew.cmu.edu)
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 Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Latin American diaspora in Canada. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Ignacio Sanchez-Prado (isanchez@artsci.wustl.edu) and Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
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 and manga. 500-word abstracts and 1-pg CV by 15 March 2014; Cathy Schlund-Vials (cathy.schlund-vials@uconn.edu )
Posted 21 February 2014

Geography, Environments, Narratives
Special Session
Papers on the intersections between literature and geography or environment, 1850s to WWII: how does geographical knowledge circulate, discipline, reassure, or disrupt? 500 word abstracts and C.V. by 15 March 2014; Rebecca A. Walsh (rawalsh@ncsu.edu) and Anne Baker (abaker@ncsu.edu)
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 new models of collective memory and temporality. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sarah Senk (senk@hartford.edu)
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 people across this oceanic space. 250 word abstracts and full contact information by 15 March 2014; Aimee Lynn Pozorski (pozorskia@ccsu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Poetic Interruption
Special Session
How does language, as a poetic event, form an occasion for interruptive practices, acts, or events of form? Please submit 300 word abstract and a short bio by by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey Sacks (jeffrey.sacks@ucr.edu)
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 intergenerational participation in the identification of shared trauma. 250 word abstracts and full contact information by 15 March 2014; Aimee Lynn Pozorski (pozorskia@ccsu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Late Barthes as New Barthes?
Special Session
Reconsidering Barthes’ relation to theory, metalanguage, visual arts, personal affects and sexuality through his post-1975 writings and lecture notes. 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Yue Zhuo (yue.zhuo@yale.edu)
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 working-class resistance to dominant institutions and ideologies? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Nicholas Gorrell (ngorrell@olemiss.edu)
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, can new constructions fulfill that function? 300-word abstract, contact info by 15 March 2014; Carol DeBoer-Langworthy (cdbl@brown.edu)
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? How can these skills best be taught and assessed? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; James McCormick (jmccorm@uchicago.edu)
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 literature, culture, and the arts. 300-word abstract, 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; David Wittenberg (david-wittenberg@uiowa.edu) and Michael Tavel Clarke (michael.t.clarke@ucalgary.ca)
Posted 21 February 2014

Alternative Didacticism
Special Session
What are the possibilities of didactic literature? Seeking papers about the form, epistemology, and definition of didactic writing. Please send abstract of 250 words and CV by 15 March 2014; David Weimer (dweimer@fas.harvard.edu)
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 his political, artistic, and erotic life? Abstract (250 word) and CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Brim (matt.brim@csi.cuny.edu)
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 differently across various institutional classes (liberal arts/community college/research 1/regional)? Abstract (250 wd) and CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Brim (matt.brim@csi.cuny.edu)
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 through the 19th centuries. Abstracts (200 words) by 15 March 2014; Damian Bacich (damian.bacich@sjsu.edu)
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. 350 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; June Cummins (jcummins@mail.sdsu.edu])
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 read her? Do we read her? 300 words abstracts by 15 March 2014; Beatrice Mousli Bennett (bbennett@usc.edu)
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 and the real Africa shaped her writing? 300 words abstract by 15 March 2014; Beatrice Mousli Bennett (bbennett@usc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Spenser In Antebellum America
Special Session
This panel explores Spenser’s specific influence on early American literature. 250 word abstracts for 15-minute papers. by 15 March 2014; David Lee Miller (dmill1951@gmail.com)
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 transatlantic dialogues that his narrative conveys. Abstracts 300 words by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Duprey (jeduprey@rutgers.edu)
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 poetry; the "place" of poetry in the national economy. Abstracts by 14 March 2014; J. Paul Hunter (jph7f@virginia.edu)
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 limits of language, literature, aesthetics and embodiment. Abstract 250 words by 15 March 2014; Amanda Lee (alee26@wustl.edu) and Amanda Lee (alee26@wustl.edu)
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 conceptualization of the hero changed over time? What role do heroes play in the national imaginary? 150-word abstracts. by 1 April 2014; Nicola Cooney (ncooney@princeton.edu)
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? Theoretical, historiographical, and other approaches welcome. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Deneen Senasi (senasi_dm@mercer.edu) and Mary Raschko (raschko_ml@mercer.edu)
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 (re)definition of masculinity. 250 word abstract, CV by 14 March 2014; Miquel Bota (mbota@stanford.edu)
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 limit by 15 March 2014; Roya Biggie (royabiggie@gmail.com)
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; negotiating OED Online; broader reflections on dictionaries in the classroom. 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Lisa Berglund (berglul@buffalostate.edu)
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 works of literature/film. Send 300 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2014; Phillip John Usher (pusher@barnard.edu) and Penelope Meyers (pfm250@nyu.edu)
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 especially welcome. 300-word abstracts; subject line: MLA. by 15 March 2014; Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor (jvtaylor@wisc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Writing Rock
Special Session
A panel on writing (critical and creative) about rock music. Interested in the history, cultural significance, and aesthetics of rock and writing about it. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Samuel Cohen (cohenss@missouri.edu) and Sean Grattan (seanagrattan@gmail.com)
Posted 21 February 2014

Lydia Millet: A Roundtable
Special Session
A consideration of Lydia Millet, important and under-considered US writer. Assessments of individual works and of her relation to literary history, politics, and environmentalism welcome. 250-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Samuel Cohen (cohenss@missouri.edu)
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 discourses. 300 word abstract outlining a 20 min. research pre by 14 March 2014; Colin Martin (colinmart@gmail.com)
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 question. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu)
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, memoir, poetry, and film. 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Judith Plotz (jplotz@gwu.edu)
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 age, performance, and memory. Consideration of any genre is welcome. 300-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Valerie Barnes Lipscomb (lipscomb@sar.usf.edu)
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 and biopolitics, philosophy’s rouge States, philosophy's dismantling of State ontology. Any period or language. One page abstract. by 15 March 2014; Tony C. Brown (tcbrown@umn.edu)
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 "grey literature" challenge tenure/promotion decisions and documenting/preserving scholarship? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Laura R. Braunstein (lrb@dartmouth.edu)
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 between Haraway and Giroux? Abstracts or papers and CV. by 15 March 2014; Ramona Fernandez (ramona@msu.edu)
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 literary and filmic texts and in the visual arts. abstract (250-300 words) and short CV by 15 March 2014; Helga Schreckenberger (hschreck@uvm.edu)
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 alternative images they provide. 250 words abstract. by 15 March 2014; Monica Lopez Lerma (monica.lopez@helsinki.fi)
Posted 21 February 2014

Maria-Mercè Marçal
Special Session
Poetry and Prose of Maria-Mercè Marçal. Queerness, feminism, the lesbian body, translation, intertextuality, Catalan language, poetics, Barcelona, archetypes, maternity, the sick body. 250-word abstract, brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Melissa McCarron (mjmccarron@uchicago.edu)
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 literature and media. All regions and periods. 250-word proposals by 12 March 2014; David Pratt (dcpratt@wm.edu)
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 and relationships with their homes; and on the meanings of home. 250 word abstract by 25 March 2014; Stephanie Butler (stephaniebutler.d@gmail.com)
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, and administrators write. We encourage diverse methodologies/approaches to writing research/administration. 250-word proposals. by 14 March 2014; Peter Gray (pgray@qcc.cuny.edu)
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 developments in the field. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; E. Kim Stone (elizabeth.stone@cortland.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Resisting Empire Through Humor
Special Session
Seeking papers on humorous, literary resistances to empire and post-colonial lineages. 300-word abstract and CV by 11 March 2014; Katherine Bishop (katherine-bishop@uiowa.edu) and Adele Holoch (aholoch@champlain.edu)
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 abstract by 15 March 2014; E. Kim Stone (elizabeth.stone@cortland.edu)
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 relation to theoretical inquiries into politics and ethics, or to norms within disciplines. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Anke Pinkert (pinkert@illinois.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Cities and temporality
Special Session
Inviting papers that explore the way urban sites (or their representations) refigure or disrupt memory and temporality; any historical period. c.v. and 250-word paper abstract by 14 March 2014; Tamar Katz (tamar_katz@brown.edu)
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, and/or how photographic theory affects our reading or interpretation of literature. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Guillermina De Ferrari (gdeferrari@wisc.edu)
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 conjunction with other literary texts. All religions and periods. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Susannah Monta (Susannah.B.Monta.1@nd.edu)
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, as well as the marketing of erotica? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria Teresa Ramos-Garcia (maria.ramos@sdstate.edu)
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, and readership altered in this subgenre? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria Teresa Ramos-Garcia (maria.ramos@sdstate.edu)
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" to a test. Narratological approaches appreciated. 250 words abstracts by 15 March 2014 by 15 March 2014; Friedhelm P. Bertulies (bertulies@daegu.ac.kr)
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 occasioned by (not restricted to) these negotiations' anniversary. 250-word abstract and short cv by 17 March 2014; Samuel E. Baker (sebaker@mail.utexas.edu)
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 conflict. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Coleman Hutchison (coleman.hutchison@mail.utexas.edu)
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 information: http://mlalibraries.commons.mla.org/2014/02/20/cfp-bibliography/. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dawn Childress (dawn@psu.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
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 Literature. 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Melissa Barchi Panek (38panek@cardinalmail.cua.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Actual Ecomedia: Environmental Form Without Environmentalism
Special Session
Cinema, poetry, other ecomedia invoke ecological thought through form/technique, not always articulating prescriptive narrative environmentalism. Interdisciplinary examination of the consequences and prospects. CV, 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Ted Geier (tegeier@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Canuxploitation
Division: Film
How do exploitation, cult, and horror films made in Canada challenge scholars to rethink Canadian film history as a national cinema tradition? 250 word abstracts and bio. by 15 March 2014; Caetlin Benson-Allott (cb529@georgetown.edu)
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 serials as repositories of cultural memory. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Christopher Pizzino (cpizzino@uga.edu)
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 they inscribe the immigrant identity and experience. Send 200 to 300-word abstracts. by 8 March 2014; Nhora Lucia Serrano (nhoraluciaserrano@gmail.com)
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 illuminate questions of period, genre, and textuality? 300-word abstract & bio by 15 March 2014; Joshua Gang (joshua.gang@utoronto.ca)
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, motivations, functions, ramifications of “scandal”? 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Patrick Bray (bray.49@osu.edu) and Mary Anne Garnett (magarnett@ualr.edu)
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 critical/ literary investigations of non-presence. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Anna C. Guillemin (aguillem@uic.edu)
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 past and early modern printing. 250-word abstract by 14 March 2014 by 14 March 2014; Kevin Petersen (kevin_petersen@uml.edu)
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 and narrative time coincide, what disruptions/opportunities occur? Theoretical approaches encouraged. 250 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Siobhan Craig (craig026@umn.edu) and Richard Langston (relangst@email.unc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Being There: Embodiment and Sense of Place
Special Session
Theoretically, historically, and/or philosophically informed perspectives on landscape, embodiment, and memory in Medieval and Renaissance cultures. Interdisciplinary and transnational work especially welcome. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Irit Ruth Kleiman (kleiman@bu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Histories of Intermediality
Division: Film
Histories of Intermediality. “Transmedia storytelling” is only one of intermediality’s more recent iterations: seeking papers on the historical or media-archaeological examination of intermediality. 300 word abstract and bio. by 15 March 2014; Nicholas Sammond (nic.sammond@utoronto.ca) and Siobhan Craig (craig026@umn.edu)
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 the context of Anthropocene: theories, analyses, and data projects welcome. . 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Ursula K. Heise (uheise@humnet.ucla.edu) and Heather Houser (houserh@mail.utexas.edu)
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; negotiated racial and gendered roles; overlaps between present and past. 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Alison Klein (alisonjlklein@gmail.com) and Mayuri Deka (mayurideka.deka@cob.edu.bs)
Posted 21 February 2014

Cuba's Caribbean
Special Session
Cuban writers evoke the Caribbean as subjective revelations, historical interpretations, and creativity. Cuban-based design may invoke assumption of political subtext. This panel explores “Caribbean” as space, identity, historical-cultural agenda. Abstracts 250 by 15 March 2014; Dawn Duke (dduke1@utk.edu) and Rudyard Alcocer (ralcocer@utk.edu)
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' non-print forms. 500-word abstract and two-page vita in one PDF. by 15 March 2014; Jason Camlot (jason.camlot@concordia.ca)
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 consumption, devastation, and displacement. 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Kavita Daiya (kdaiya@gwu.edu) and Henry Schwarz (schwarzh@georgetown.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Victorian Travelers and Cultural Memory
Special Session
How do travel writings rely on, create, reinvent, or consolidate collective memories of places/cultures/events in an age of colonial expansion? 300-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Andrea Kaston Tange (akastont@emich.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Psychoanalysis & Law
Division: Psychological Approaches to Literature
Sovereignty, subjection, hospitality, enjoyment, biopolitics, cruelty. Political psychoanalysis: the act; the other; the law; the letter. Paul, Kant, Zizek, Deleuze, Agamben, Derrida, Sade, Kafka, Joyce. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Anna Kornbluh (kornbluh@uic.edu)
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 cultural promotion in configuring a European meta-identity. 250-word abstracts; bio by 15 March 2014; Anton Pujol (apujol@uncc.edu) and Marina-Sabina Draga Alexandru (sabina.draga@americanstudies.ro)
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. 300 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2014; Tina Boyer (boyertm@wfu.edu)
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 postcoloniality; relations to Marxism; analyses of ideology, media, and popular culture. 1-page abstracts & CVs by 15 March 2014; Andrea N. Williams (williams.2941@osu.edu)
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 communicate in L2s on campus, study abroad, and in virtual environments? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Redmann ( jennifer.redmann@fandm.edu) and Heather Willis Allen (hwallen@wisc.edu)
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 21st century learners. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Heather Willis Allen (hwallen@wisc.edu)
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, animation, picture books, photography, and digital forms. Abstracts (350 words) by 15 March 2014; Catherine Tosenberger (ctosen@gmail.com) and Jennifer Blair (jennifer.blair@uottawa.ca)
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 materialist conception of the universe during the Early Modern period. 1-2 page abstracts for 20-min. papers by 15 March 2014; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu)
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 disciplines and rubrics. How do we respond? Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Victoria E. Szabo (ves4@duke.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Re-Imagining Freedom
Special Session
This panel invites papers exploring the limits and possibilities African American writers present in imagining a freedom not dependent on the release from bondage. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Diana Louis (dlouis@emory.edu) and Michael McGee (mmcgee@berkeley.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Late Modernism in Manhattan
Special Session
Papers reconsidering Manhattan as a site for facilitating late modernism in American literature (writers/groups of writers, publishers, readings, happenings, cafes, bookshops, galleries, theatres). 300-word abstract and 50-word bio by 15 March 2014; Sarah Barnsley (s.barnsley@gold.ac.uk)
Posted 21 February 2014

Trauma and postmemory
Special Session
Critical reflections on trauma and postmemory in 21st century Spanish cinema. Abstracts approx. 200 words by 14 March 2014; Carmen García Armero (cgarcia@lvc.edu)
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, animation, picture books, photography, and digital forms. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Blair (Jennifer.blair@uottawa.ca) and Catherine Tosenberger (ctosen@gmail.com)
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 on French and Francophone writers and their publishers. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Natalie Edwards (natalie.edwards@adelaide.edu.au) and Mary Anne Garnett (magarnett@ualr.edu)
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 development, screen time or a film's critical reception? 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Bendi Schrambach (bbschrambach@whitworth.edu) and milena santoro (santorom@georgetown.edu)
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. 250-word abstract and 50-word bio by 15 March 2014; Andrea Actis (andrea_actis@brown.edu)
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 Hutchinson by 15 March 2014; Steven Hutchinson (shutchin@wisc.edu)
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 send a 200 word-abstract by 15 March 2014; Sarah Quesada (quesada@stanford.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Natrature
Special Session
Literary critics are increasingly drawn to theorizations of the natural world. What are critics, as such, finding out about it? How is nature functioning today as a literary topic? 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; J Dougal Fleming (jfleming@sfu.ca)
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 cultural exchange and a re-negotiation of cultural memory. 250-word abstracts by 20 March 2014; Anca Holden (aholden@mtholyoke.edu) and Domnica Radulescu (radulescuvm@gmail.com)
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 rhetorics, such as funding, IT support, legacy technologies, space, access, and attitudes toward born-digital scholarship. Please send 250-500 word proposals by 15 March 2014; Jan Fernheimer (jfernheimer@uky.edu)
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 in dialogue with world cultures, past or present. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Domnica Radulescu (radulescuvm@gmail.com) and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard (uritescu@umich.edu)
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 personal, institutional, communal levels. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Letitia Guran (letitia_guran@yahoo.com)
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 historical difference within global capital's trajectories; additional focus on debate's impact on postcolonial studies. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Bishupriya Ghosh (bghosh@english.ucsb.edu)
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, relationships with nations of origin, political engagement? 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; John Hawley (jhawley@scu.edu)
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 evaluate the long durée as an analytical tool. Please submit a 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Sara Marzioli (sum188@psu.edu) and Cedric Tolliver (ctolliver@uh.edu)
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 Africa. Special interest in resurrecting forgotten connections; elaborating possible/parallel futures. 300-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Nouri Gana (gana@humnet.ucla.edu)
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 of literary pedagogy. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Andrew Lyndon Knighton (aknight@calstatela.edu)
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 memory in various ways. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 1-page cur by 8 March 2014; Peter Reed (preed@olemiss.edu)
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 memory, semantic memory, collective memory, and problems with memory. 300 word abstract CV by 15 March 2014; Blakey Vermeule (vermeule@stanford.edu)
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 Century and early 20th Century. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Adriana Pacheco (apacheco@utexas.edu)
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 stasis in media devoted to sustaining cultural memory. 250-500 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Laura C. Mandell (mandell@tamu.edu) and Wolfram Schmidgen (wschmidg@artsci.wustl.edu)
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, or the effects of translation on bilingual authors. One-page CV and 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Giada Biasetti (gbiasetti@gru.edu) and Sergio Waisman (waisman@gwu.edu)
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 involuntarily stayed back in South Asia after decolonization in 1947. 250-300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Suchismita Banerjee (banerjeesuchi@gmail.com) and Sukanya Gupta (sgupta1@usi.edu)
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 integral part of innovative creation. 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Hassan Melehy (hmelehy@unc.edu)
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 identities, treating literature and other discursive forms such as urban topography, landscape, museums, ruins. Abstract by 14 March 2014; Barbara Mann (bamann@jtsa.edu)
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 of translation? How can translation theory help us re-read Romanticism? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Margaret E. Russett (russett@usc.edu)
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. How do science experiments illuminate literary or aesthetic experience? 300 word abstract CV by 15 March 2014; Blakey Vermeule (vermeule@stanford.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Websites of Memory
Special Session
This panel invites papers that address the mediation of memories (individual and/or collective) in cybermedia environments. 250-word abstract/CV by 21 March 2014; Alexander McKee (abmckee@udel.edu)
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 innovative scholarship, intellectual imagination, and cross-pollination? Please send 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Michelle B. Slater (michelle.slater@mayapplecenter.org)
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, culture, architecture, art, etc. and across the times? 250 page abstracts by 14 March 2014; María-Luisa Guardiola (mguardi1@swarthmore.edu)
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 new interdisciplinary methods and archives does the non-human turn make available for literary study? 500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Dana Luciano (dl234@georgetown.edu)
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 plays and Rustaveli’s The Lord of the Panther Skin. Abstract of under 200 words. by 16 March 2014; G. Koolemans Beynen (kesaphela@aol.com) and Elguja Khintibidze (khintibidze@yahoo.com)
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 preparation; faculty capacity, isolation, regard, and liaison; transfer practice; institutional pressures; determining success. 200-word abstract or 13-minute paper by 15 March 2014; David Heinimann (dheinimann@nwcc.bc.ca)
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 borders. Special emphasis on Canada/US borders and margins (linguistic, literary, cultural, and imagined). One-page abstracts by 21 March 2014; Susannah Mary Chewning (chewning@ucc.edu)
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 accelerated learning, performance-based funding, the Common Core, and the completion agenda. One-page abstracts. by 21 March 2014; Susannah Mary Chewning (chewning@ucc.edu)
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, desire, film ontology welcome but not limited to). 300 word abstract/cv by 15 March 2014; William T. McBride (wmcbrid@ilstu.edu)
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 on issues of spatial storytelling, algorithmic designs, and digital textuality. Send 200-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Patrick Jagoda (pjagoda@uchicago.edu)
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 history begin and end? What subjectivity authors these accounts? 1 pg. abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Gina Dent (ginadent@ucsc.edu)
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 postcoloniality; relations to Marxism; analyses of ideology, media, popular culture. 1 pg. abstracts and CVs. by 15 March 2014; Gina Dent (ginadent@ucsc.edu)
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, Women Under Siege, Goldieblox, and UN Women. 250-word proposals by 15 March 2014; Monica Miller (mmil132@lsu.edu)
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 meaningful life of ballads within cultures? 1 page abstract – bio by 15 March 2014; Alan Rauch (arauch@uncc.edu)
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 study of contemporary Israel and its cultural and literary past. abstract by 12 March 2014; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
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 forgotten sites of a past under negotiation, in Israel, Europe and the United States. abstract by 12 March 2014; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
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, labyrinth, gendered spaces—at various levels of the narrative. 150-word abstracts and brief bios. by 15 March 2014; Camilo Jaramillo (camilojaramilloc@gmail.com)
Posted 20 February 2014

Queer Gatherings
Special Session
This session examines the relationships of gathering, space and queer experience. We will discuss the phenomena of celebrations, conferences, dances, migrations and parties, among others. 1 page abstracts and CV by 16 March 2014; Edward Chamberlain (ec10@uw.edu)
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 speculative sciences? How do these approaches differ from empiricist or transcendentalist frameworks? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Aaron Ottinger (ajo3@uw.edu) and Thomas Manganaro (tsm14@duke.edu)
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 space. 200 word abstracts and CVs by 7 March 2014; Nicole Moore (n.moore@adfa.edu.au) and Sarah Shieff (sshieff@waikato.ac.nz)
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 comparative submissions (Spain-Latin America) & may give preference to cinema. 250 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Erin K. Hogan (ekhogan@umbc.edu)
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 attention, yet whose lives and/or works broke boundaries. 200-word abstracts; 2-page CV by 10 March 2014; Emily C. Francomano (ecf5@georgetown.edu) and Nieves Baranda (nbaranda@flog.uned.es)
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 un-useable, etc. How does the threat of disappearance or absence or irrelevance impact Romantic poetics? 250-word abstracts and one-page cv by 14 March 2014; Jonathan Sachs (jonathan.sachs@concordia.ca)
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 Early Modern conceptions of subjectivity. Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2014; Bryan Brazeau (bryan.brazeau@nyu.edu)
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 twentieth-century literature, film, other media and theory. Abstracts from 250 to 300 words. by 15 March 2014; Concetta Principe (cprincip@yorku.ca)
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 Celtic artifacts move and influence existing power structures? Abstracts by 14 March 2014; Lahney Preston-Matto (prestonmatto@adelphi.edu)
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 digital or transmedia texts with child/YA readers. 350-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Cheryl Cowdy (ccrawfor@yorku.ca)
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 modern period. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Martin Moraw (moraw@brandeis.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Global Frost
Allied Organization: Robert Frost Society
Inviting papers on any aspect of Robert Frost, including biography, works, and prosody; international reputation (particularly along the Pacific Rim); and representation in popular culture. 200-word abstract, one-page C.V. by 15 March 2014; Lisa A. Seale (lseale@rose.edu)
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 .pdf format, 300-500 words. by 31 March 2014; Andre Zampaulo (zampaulo@gmail.com)
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 in historical or contemporary contexts. 500-word Abstracts by 10 March 2014; Prof. Mary Jean Corbett (corbetmj@miamioh.edu)
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 (i.e., Spanish Civil War, Civil Rights) on respective communities. Abstracts 200 words by 14 March 2014; Rosalia Victoria Cornejo-Parriego (rosalia.cornejo-parriego@uottawa.ca)
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, biographical, and psychoanalytic readings serve this text? Abstracts, maximum one page by 15 March 2014; Susan McReynolds (susan.mcreynolds@gmail.com)
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 literature and culture produced after 1939. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Paige Reynolds (preynold@holycross.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Literary Linguistics
Special Session
We invite short papers exploring the interface of literature, language and cognition, including aspects of attention, dialogism and genre. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sibylle Baumbach (baumbach@uni-mainz.de) and Anja Müller-Wood (wood@uni-mainz.de)
Posted 20 February 2014

Unfinished South Asian Pasts
Special Session
Literary/cinematic analyses of unfinished South Asian and South Asian diasporic pasts, reframing of crises/disasters/tragedies, local and global, contested memories, transnational, transgenerational, remembrance practices, survivors, ethics. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Chandrima Chakraborty (chandri@mcmaster.ca)
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 difference. 300- to 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Mary Jeanette Moran (mjmoran@ilstu.edu) and Deirdre McMahon (dhm33@drexel.edu)
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 related to bibliography in a digital age. For more information, visit http://mlalibraries.commons.mla.org/2014/02/20/cfp-bibliography/ ‎. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dawn Childress (dawn@psu.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
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 history/memory? And/or, how does recording American literature to audio change reception? 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Sean Keck (sean_keck@brown.edu)
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, personal, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and Sara Dunton (sdunton@nbnet.nb.ca)
Posted 16 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Early Modern Reference Works
Special Session
Papers discussing encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, account-books, commonplace books, 1550-1750. Approaches: book use and notetaking, social and historical investigations, the organization of knowledge. 300 word abstract, 100 word bio. by 14 March 2014; Jennifer Lo (jennifer.lo@kcl.ac.uk) and Hannah Crumme (hannah.crumme@kcl.ac.uk)
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 degradation, colonial erasure, and resistance. 250 word Proposals and brief CV. by 15 March 2014; Jan Johnson (janjohn@uidaho.edu) and Clare Echterling (cechterling@ku.edu)
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 literature, composition, rhetoric, linguistics, or language courses. 300 word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Margaret A. Noodin (noodin@uwm.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Literary Magazines/Supplements as Sites of Memory
Special Session
Rereading, reappropiating, revisiting, recovering literary magazines and supplements within new contexts (critical, aesthetic, political, personal) in Latin America. CV, Abstracts (250 words). by 14 March 2014; Monica Simal (msimal@providence.edu) and Edgar Mejia (emejia@providence.edu)
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 traditions, from the Renaissance or Baroque periods. Abstracts to Ignacio Navarrete by 15 March 2014; Susanne Lindgren Wofford (susanne.wofford@nyu.edu) and Ignacio Navarrete (ignacio@berkeley.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Teaching Trauma
Special Session
This panel explores the challenges of teaching traumatic literature to undergraduates. How does one teach in a manner that combats—rather than exacerbates—depicted catastrophes? 500-word abstracts to Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w. by 15 March 2014; Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w.freedman@gmail.com)
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 welcome on conflicting accounts of Dada: nihilistic language game, esoteric art or (anti-)art movement? abstracts by 15 March 2014; Nicola Behrmann (behrmann@rutgers.edu)
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 authorial homes as places of memory and sites for transnational homecoming. 1p proposals. by 10 March 2014; Caroline McCracken-Flesher (cmf@uwyo.edu)
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 forms; apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. One-page abstract by 15 March 2014; Barbara Spackman (spackman@berkeley.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis
Division: Shakespeare
How can we read Shakespeare with/through/against psychoanalytic theory? Topics might include affect, subjectivity, language, dreams, gender, rhetoric and the passions, transference, desire. cv and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Elizabeth D. Harvey (elizabeth.harvey@utoronto.ca)
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 have these ideas been inflected in later periods? 250-word abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Benjamin Baker (benbaker@sas.upenn.edu) and Hanna Roman (hroman1@jhu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Affect and Performing Arts
Special Session
Affect/emotion, embodiment and dance, music, theater, or any other performing arts. Relationship between audience/community and performer in concert performance, site-specific, and/or participatory work. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Alissa Bourbonnais (abourbon@u.washington.edu)
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 is filmed. Abstracts of 250 words in French or in English. by 15 March 2014; Sandrine Simeon (simeon@susqu.edu)
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 novel. 300-word abstracts in French or English by 15 March 2014; Hollie Markland Harder (harder@brandeis.edu)
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 from 1642-1660. Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu) and Sean Moore (Sean.Moore@unh.edu). 250 word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Sean D. Moore (sean@unh.edu) and Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu)
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 constructions of nation, gender, or the divine? 1-page abstract and brief CV by 13 March 2014; Maureen M. Martin (martinm31@wpunj.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Masculinities Beyond the Center
Special Session
How have Scottish and Irish masculinities--or masculinities from other geographic, political, or cultural peripheries--impacted hegemonic British masculinity? 1800 to present. 1-page abstract and brief CV by March 12. by 15 March 2014; Maureen M. Martin (martinm31@wpunj.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Critical Regionalisms
Special Session
How do contemporary writers treat American cities as sites of memory in order to contest understandings of political concepts, cultural categories, and social constructions? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Eric Doise (eric.doise@smsu.edu) and Christina Van Houten (christina.vanhouten@lmc.gatech.edu)
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 cultural identity. Please send abstracts of 250 words max by 15 March 2014; Tara Downs (tara.downs@mail.utoronto.ca)
Posted 19 February 2014

Negotiating Black Migration Narratives
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of migration for Black subjectivities and Black texts. Please submit an abstract of 250 words. by 15 March 2014; Sonya Donaldson (sadonalds@gmail.com) and Zetoile Imma (zimma@nd.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Romantic Antipathies
Division: the English Romantic Period
What modes of relationship trouble the rhetorics or logics of sympathy? Asociality, conflict, dissent, hatred, rivalry, uneasy connections, etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Mark Canuel (mcanuel@uic.edu)
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 multi-media resources and include 21st-century Englishes. 100-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary Hayes (hayes@olemiss.edu)
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 sustainability and egalitarian labour practices. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Shirley McDonald (shirley.mcdonald@ubc.ca)
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 considerable attention; what about professionalization in teaching? 250-word proposals by 10 March 2014; Kimberly Nance (kanance@ilstu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Archiving Redemption
Special Session
Are there archives of redemption embedded in modernist works of literature? Is the promise of redemption alive anywhere in modernist literature? Please submit a brief CV and 300-500 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Christopher Langlois (clanglo2@uwo.ca)
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 arose in Russian culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu)
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 Eastern Europe. 250-word abstract, brief cv by 14 March 2014; Zoltán Márkus (zomarkus@vassar.edu) and Kevin Platt (kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Loose Ends
Special Session
This session explores the shifting nature of textual “lieux de mémoire” as literary “loose ends”: ekphrasis; narrative structure; life writing, etc. Abstract submission, 250 words in length. by 15 March 2014; Alexandra Slave (slave@uoregon.edu) and Jenny Odintz (jodintz@uoregon.edu)
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 Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Latin American diaspora in Canada. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu) and Ignacio Sánchez Prado (isanchez@artsci.wustl.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Politics of Digital Migration
Special Session
Presentations exploring implications of open access to digital, archival content for lower-division composition, literature and language courses. Impact on general education, curriculum, information literacy, etc. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Falk Cammin (camminfalk@foothill.edu)
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 and bonded labor during the long nineteenth century throughout Latin America. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Richard Rosa (rr49@duke.edu)
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, apostrophe, prosopoeia, tautology, chiasmus, etc.), 1688-1832. Abstract of 250 words by 15 March 2014; Anahid Nersessian (an2498@columbia.edu) and Abigail Zitin (az236@rci.rutgers.edu)
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 emphasis on West Indian immigrants in Toronto. one page abstract by 15 March 2014; Pearlie Peters (petersp@rider.edu)
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 the aesthetic change when secularization is no longer a shaping force? Abstracts by 14 March 2014; Wolfram Michael Schmidgen (wschmidg@artsci.wustl.edu)
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 archive; Williams's reception; monuments in Paterson; Williams in age. 300 word abstract. cv by 16 March 2014; Margaret Konkol (margaret.konkol@lmc.gatech.edu)
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, film and culture? 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Ulrich Bach (ub10@txstate.edu) and Paula Park (paulacpark@utexas.edu)
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 any medium: literature, television, film, etc. 200-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Eric Aronoff (aronoffe@msu.edu) and Rebecca Stanton (rstanton@barnard.edu)
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 in-depth discussion of discord among its adherents across national borders. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Julia Vaingurt (vaingurt@uic.edu)
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 religious cultures or post/secularism and their intersections with race, gender, and class. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; AnaMaria Seglie (ats3@rice.edu)
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 unofficial literature? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Julia Vaingurt (vaingurt@uic.edu)
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 national literatures? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Banjamin Paloff (paloff@umich.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Poetics of Erasure
Special Session
Can erasure enable artistic and cultural production? The poetics—and politics—of extinction, invisibility, ephemerality, forgetting, or obscurity across genres (e.g., literature, non-fiction, film, or visual art). 500-word abstract; CV by 15 March 2014; Amy Wong (amyrwong@ucla.edu) and Michael Nicholson (nicholsonm@ucla.edu)
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 Sade's materialism, his sense of sensationism; geographies of Sade. one-page abstract by 5 March 2014; Pierre N. Saint-Amand (pierre_saint-amand@brown.edu)
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, affairs and near-affairs) as well as by self-construction and denial of history's importance. 300 Word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu)
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 world. 250 word abstract. by 12 March 2014; Christopher Conway (conway@uta.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Marginal Sites of Memory
Special Session
The effects of foot- and endnotes, 1700 to present, on reading, teaching, and remembering, including but not limited to reading aloud and classroom pedagogy. Abstracts by 14 March 2014; Michael Edson (medson2@alaska.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Troubled Youth
Special Session
Outcasts, orphans, delinquents, defectives. The depraved, the deprived. How they tell their stories and what stories are told about them. Abstracts by 10 March 2014; Tim Cassedy (tcassedy@smu.edu)
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 production and/or reception of Galdós's works. One page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Toni Dorca (dorca@macalester.edu)
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 innovations, distinctive protagonist, and 21st century teaching strategies. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Marcia McClintock Folsom (mfolsom@wheelock.edu)
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, distributed cognition. 300 words abstracts and a listing of relevant URLs by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu)
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 Eastern Europe. 250-word abstracts and brief CVs by 14 March 2014; Zoltán Márkus (zomarkus@vassar.edu) and Kevin Platt (kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu)
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 build today to preserve a history for tomorrow? 350-word proposals by 14 March 2014; Benjamin Miller (benmiller314@gmail.com) and Amanda Licastro (amanda.licastro@gmail.com)
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 shifts are welcome. 300-400 word abstracts by 5 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (s.kudsieh@utoronto.ca)
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, especially in terms of methodology, funding, and institutional contexts. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Daniel Brown (danielbrown@usf.edu) and Karen Yuen (kyuen@gc.cuny.edu)
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 does sci-fi/fantasy "world-making" engage/challenge anthropological ideas of culture/representation? Abstracts, brief cv by 15 March 2014; Eric Aronoff (aronoffe@msu.edu)
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 to modern science, in theory, politics, and psychology. 1-page proposals by 15 March 2014. 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jonathan P. Eburne (eburne@psu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

The Global English Department
Special Session
Papers reflecting on teaching and research experiences in English departments outside of North America, particularly in multi-lingual environments. 300 word abstract plus cv by 10 March 2014; Laura Squires (asquires@nes.ru)
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 women. 250-word abstracts and short CV. Claire Chen (yum by 15 March 2014; Yu-Min Claire Chen (yumchen@umail.iu.edu)
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 object-oriented ontology help us to understand proliferating things in Woolf? 300-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Jane Garrity (Jane.Garrity@Colorado.Edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Quantifying Romanticism
Special Session
How do methodologies of quantitative analysis enable new understandings of periodization, canonicity, genre, authorship, and romanticism itself? Abstracts (500 words) and brief c.v. by 14 March 2014; Michelle Nancy Levy (michelle_levy@sfu.ca)
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 connects to civilization? textuality? psychology? politics? photography? Georgia Johnston, Saint Louis University. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Georgia Johnston (johnstgk@slu.edu)
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 connects to civilization? textuality? psychology? politics? photography? Georgia Johnston, Saint Louis University. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Georgia Johnston (johnstgk@slu.edu)
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? 250-word abstract and CV, 15 March. 250-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2014; Marcy J. Dinius (mdinius@depaul.edu)
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 / technology; history of science/technology; technoculture; etc. 500-word proposal a 1-page CV by 14 March 2014; Jessica Kuskey (jkuskey@ucsc.edu)
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? http://kathiiberens.com/2014/02/18/cfp-mla15/. 300-word abstracts and short bio by 15 March. by 15 March 2014; Kathi Inman Berens (kathiberens@gmail.com)
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 grounds cross-racial analogies, distinctions, hybridizations, and comparisons in his writings? Abstract and brief CV to hsuanLhsu@gmail.com. by 10 March 2014; Hsuan Hsu (hsuanlhsu@gmail.com)
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 juxtaposition and subversion of language. 250 word abstract and short CV. by 15 March 2014; Julio Enriquez-Ornelas (jenri001@ucr.edu)
Posted 17 February 2014

Diaries and Diary Fiction
Special Session
How do “actual” and fictional diaries challenge conventional notions of authorship, audience, reception, plot? Diverse literary traditions, time periods, genres welcome. 250 word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2014; Desiree Henderson (dhenderson@uta.edu)
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 perspectives. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Giovanna Montenegro (gmontenegro@ucdavis.edu)
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 different literatures and time periods. Send 300-word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2014; Eugene Arva (magicreal@aol.com)
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; legal courts and memory. Participants must be members of the ICLS-NAB. Abstracts of 250 words. by 10 March 2014; Leslie Zarker Morgan (lmorgan@loyola.edu) and Albrecht Classen (aclassen@email.arizona.edu)
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 literature, culture, society welcome. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Ann Gagne (ann.gagne@senecacollege.ca)
Posted 17 February 2014

Traumatic Memory and Its Literary Representation
Special Session
Proposals investigating the complexities of traumatic memory and possibilities for recovering memory in fiction or poetry. Send 300 word abstract and a CV by 15 March 2014; Laurie Vickroy (vick@fsmail.bradley.edu)
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, cultural, economic, and political functions. Please submit a 500-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Madiha Hannachi (madiha.hannachi@gmail.com)
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, patriotic, personal, repressed, traumatic) or how literary memory shapes the children’s/YA canon. 500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Karin Westman (westmank@ksu.edu)
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 English in schools, interdepartmental/intradepartmental, assessment/learning, literature/linguistics, and/or town/gown. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Jennifer M. Santos (jennifer.m.santos@gmail.com) and Lynn Houston (lynn.houston@sunyorange.edu)
Posted 17 February 2014

Sustainability and Population
Special Session
How do sustainability and population intersect in literature? Papers may consider how demography, race, biopolitics, economics, or agriculture help illuminate and evaluate sustainability and vice versa. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Abby Goode (alg9@rice.edu)
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 19th- and early 20th-century Darwinism. CV, 250-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Agnes Malinowska (amalinowska@uchicago.edu) and Rachael Nichols (rnichol1@skidmore.edu)
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 presentations. Time limits strictly enforced to accommodate 8 brief talks. 330-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu)
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; the sonic properties of her writings. Voices, noise, song, hearing, listening, rhyme, rhythm, etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu)
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 constructing a personal image through behavior, style and fashion. CV, 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Irene Zanini-Cordi (izaninicordi@fsu.edu)
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 Eighteenth Century. CV, 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Francesca Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu)
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.) create a sense of collective identity? CV and 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Rachel Walsh (Rachel.Walsh@du.edu)
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 in an era of "public humanities." Preliminary inquiries welcome. 500 Word Abstracts by 17 March 2014; Amardeep Singh (amsp@lehigh.edu)
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 welcome, especially in African American essay tradition. 300-word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Brian J. Norman (bjnorman@loyola.edu)
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 Africanists responded to memory studies? 300-word abstracts, 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi (tunjitunji@yahoo.com)
Posted 17 February 2014

Narratives of the French Banlieues, 2005-2015
Special Session
Investigations of cultural narratives (literary, cinematic, artistic, musical) that negotiate banlieue and banlieusard identity in the decade following the 2005 riots. 300-word abstract and a CV by 14 March 2014; Zachary R. Hagins (zhagins@psu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2014

Human Trafficking and Postcolonial Discourse
Special Session
This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in postcolonial/transnational literature or film. Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Laura Barberan Reinares (m_laura.barberan@bcc.cuny.edu) and John Maerhofer (jjmaer@aol.com)
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 Great War. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Sima N. Godfrey (sima.godfrey@ubc.ca)
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. Please submit 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Sima N. Godfrey (sima.godfrey@ubc.ca)
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 creative writing and literary scholarship co-exist, inform one another, etc. Brief abstract by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Ogden (bogden80@gmail.com)
Posted 16 February 2014

Queer Polygamy
Special Session
How/why/when is/was polygamy queer? Why is it linked to homosexuality in cultural representation and in legal/political discourse? Papers on postmodern and premodern topics sought. Abstracts – CV by 14 March 2014; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 16 February 2014

Memory Economies
Special Session
We invite papers that consider the relationship between cultural memory and various economies - affective, political, capitalist, environmental, etc. 350-word abstracts and a short bio by 15 March 2014; Terri Tomsky (tomsky@ualberta.ca) and Karyn Ball (karyn.ball@ualberta.ca)
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 languages and the model of Catalan cultural promotion within EU. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (sabina.draga@americanstudies.ro) and Anton Pujol (apujol@uncc.edu)
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 transnational perspective, considering the European integration. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (sabina.draga@americanstudies.ro) and Corina L. Petrescu (petrescu@olemiss.edu)
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 interactions with other languages. Abstracts, 500 words excl. references by 15 March 2014; Covadonga Lamar Prieto (covadonga.lamar-prieto@ucr.edu)
Posted 16 February 2014

Travels in Africa
Special Session
This proposed special session considers new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in Africa. 250 word abstract and bio by 10 March 2014; Amber Foster (anfoster@tamu.edu)
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 understanding of the ethics or phenomenology of reading/viewing? 350-word abstract/CV; Jonathan Gagas, Temple by 15 March 2014; Jonathan Gagas (jongagas@temple.edu)
Posted 16 February 2014

Global Modernism and Poverty
Special Session
How does poverty influence or transform the development of global modernism? How might global modernism help to theorize poverty and its representation? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Alys Moody (amoody@waikato.ac.nz)
Posted 16 February 2014

Memory/Translation: Asian Diasporic Literature
Special Session
Relationship between memory and translation in Asian diasporic literatures, especially multilingual and transnational approaches. 250-word abstracts and short CV. by 15 March 2014; Christopher Lee (chris.lee@ubc.ca) and Jessica Li (jli@yorku.ca)
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, visual literature, narrative, childhood, autobiography. 500 word abstract & 150-200 word bio by 15 March 2014; Kevin Ferguson (kevinlferguson9@gmail.com)
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 producción literaria y cultural. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Rebecca J. Ulland (rulland@nmu.edu)
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 collaborators, and "Brechtian" operas or music theatre by other composers. 5oo-word abstracts (maximum) by 15 March 2014; Elena Pnevmonidou (epnev@uvic.ca) and Matthew Wilson Smith (mwsmith1@stanford.edu)
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 any medium: literature, television, film, etc. 200-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Rebecca Stanton (rstanton@barnard.edu) and Eric Aronoff (aronoffe@mail.msu.edu)
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 1940. Abstracts: 250 words max. by 14 March 2014; Richard J. Dellamora (rdellamora@verizon.net)
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, the digital political; new formalism/materialism. 300-word proposals by 10 March 2014; Stephanie DeGooyer (sdegooye@willamette.edu)
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 longer than 750 words. by 15 March 2014; Garrett A. Sullivan (gas11@psu.edu)
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 and CV. by 14 March 2014; Lori Angela Lammert (llammert@yahoo.com)
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 human in performance, audience experience and reception, literary adaptations. Abstracts of 500 words by 15 March 2014; Joy Calico (joy.calico@vanderbilt.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Teaching American Gun Cultures
Special Session
Innovative approaches to teaching the representation of American gun cultures based on, but not limited to, geography, socio-economic status, race, and gender and sexuality. Abstracts of 300 words by 15 March 2014; Rasmus Simonsen (rasmus.simonsen@gmail.com)
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 paradigms, publications, curricula, and/or institutions. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Emma E. Lipton (liptone@missouri.edu)
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, Negri. Abstracts. by 10 March 2014; Stephen C. Tumino (STumino@qcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Inheriting (in) the Frankfurt School
Division: Philosophical Approaches to Literature
Problems of intellectual and cultural inheritance, transmission, survival, reception. Inheriting without knowing how; unreadable legacies. Adorno, Benjamin, others. Please submit abstracts (200 words) by 17 March 2014; Gerhard Richter (Gerhard_Richter@brown.edu)
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 plus 1-page cv by 15 March 2014; Moradewun Adejunmobi (madejunmobi@ucdavis.edu)
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 possible for prose fiction in various media. 500 word proposals by 15 March 2014; Hester Blum (hester.blum@psu.edu)
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 works. This panel invites explorations in all periods and genres. 1-page abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Wai Chee Dimock (wai.chee.dimock@yale.edu)
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 American comics, and what her exit from DC signifies. Abstract, 250 - 300 words. by 15 March 2014; Orion Ussner Kidder (orionuk@gmail.com)
Posted 14 February 2014

Decolonizing Latin American Cinema
Special Session
This panel explores Hispanic and Indigenous cinematic narratives and conventions that propose decolonized representations of Latin American indigenous communities and individuals. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2014; Marie-Eve Monette (marie-eve.monette@mail.mcgill.ca)
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 appropriated culturally? How do writers map their own identities to region, nation, continent? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Daniel Frost (dfrost@holycross.edu)
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 discourse)? How would we define these categories today? 300 word abstract by 10 March 2014; Ken Hirschkop (khirschk@uwaterloo.ca)
Posted 14 February 2014

Precarious Theory
Special Session
Papers on what it means to “reinvigorate the intellectual project of critique” (Butler, Precarious Life) in the age of austerity, precariousness and capitalism in crisis. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Robert A. Wilkie (rwilkie@uwlax.edu)
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? Quantitatively? Qualitatively? Digitally? Bio, 500-word proposal due to KPickering@tntech.ed by 10 March 2014; Katherine V. Wills (kwills@iupuc.edu)
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 and in any language. 250 word abstract by 7 March 2014; Carol Lombard (linguist1022@gmail.com)
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 extended or departed from its major claims. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
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 they were produced? Why remember this renaissance? 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
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, world-building work. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
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 crucial site for the negotiation of memories. abstracts of 150 - 250 words by 28 February 2014; Regine Criser (rcriser@unca.edu)
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, invisible; approaches, methods. 200 word abstract by 14 March 2014; F. Regina Psaki (rpsaki@UOREGON.EDU)
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 Metaphysics), and Marx (Economic Manuscripts). Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kimberly DeFazio (kdefazio@uwlax.edu)
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 degradation, colonial erasure, and resistance. 250 word proposals and a brief CV by 15 March 2014; Clare Echterling (cechterling@ku.edu) and Jan Johnson (janjohn@uidaho.edu)
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 March 2014; Moumin Quazi (quazi@tarleton.edu)
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 (cotterj@william.jewell.edu)
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 we neglect him, why? Abstracts and c.v. by 15 March 2014; Michelle Levy (mnl@sfu.ca)
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 explores mutations of libidinal desire within our digital ecology/economy. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey T. Nealon (jxn8@psu.edu)
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 social reforms, including beneficence, education, modernization and cultural production? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Ana Hontanilla (amhontan@uncg.edu)
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 and his immediate contemporaries. 250-word abstract and brief cv by 15 March 2014; Rochelle Johnson (rjohnson@collegeofidaho.edu)
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 works? How does he construct memory for future generations? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Daniel Frost (dfrost@holycross.edu) and Mary Coffey (mcoffey@pomona.edu)
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 language, or back translations into English. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu) and Sergio Waisman (waisman@gwu.edu)
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? What features of old materialisms have been consigned to the dustbin? Why? 300-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Lance Newman (lnewman@westminstercollege.edu)
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, into any language, or back translations into English. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu) and Sergio Waisman (waisman@gwu.edu)
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 1642-1660. Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu) and Sean Moore (Sean.Moore@unh.edu). 250 word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu)
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 vantage do literary and cultural studies offer for theorizing the contemporary? abstract-cv by 12 March 2014; Toral Gajarawala (tg38@nyu.edu)
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 biography, ordinary or extraordinary events, the local, the marginal, the occasional. 1-page max. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jessica Rosenfeld (jrosenfe@artsci.wustl.edu)
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 studies' expansion relate to trends like World Literature? What other than modernism motivates Anglophone literary studies today? abstract-cv by 12 March 2014; Joseph R. Slaughter (jrs272@columbia.edu)
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 Bloomsbury writers, comparisons of contemporary political writing with Bloomsbury's texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Andrea Adolph (aea13@psu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014

Literary Twitter
Special Session
Roundtable examining the role of Twitter in literary culture and the profession: literary writing on Twitter, use in the literature classroom, live-tweeting at conferences, etc. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kristina Booker (kbooker@smu.edu)
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 Bloomsbury writers, comparisons of contemporary political writing with Bloomsbury's texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Andrea Adolph (aea13@psu.edu)
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 detractors in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century literature. abstracts by 16 March 2014; Eric MacPhail (macphai@indiana.edu)
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 cultural syntax of America. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Dolan Hubbard (dolan.hubbard@morgan.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

Post-Apocalypse, Post-American
Division: Twentieth-Century American Literature
Zombies, vampires, ecological collapse, genetic manipulation, engineered bodies. Papers linking such staples of recent speculative literary fiction to America’s rapidly changing demographics and declining international influence. 300-word abstracts to pmoya@stanford.edu by 15 March 2014; Paula M. L. Moya (pmoya@stanford.edu)
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, historiographical and theoretical potentials of the contemporary beyond dominant usage. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Richard Langston (relangst@unc.edu)
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, decadence, aestheticism, anarchism, etc). 300 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Vincent Sherry (vsherry@wustl.edu)
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 Spanish into other languages? How do translators transmit Cervantes’s masterwork into radically different cultural and linguistic frameworks? by 14 March 2014; Rebecca Haidt (r.haidt@gmail.com)
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 abstract and cv. by 15 March 2014; Karma Waltonen (kjwaltonen@ucdavis.edu)
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 implications for the “Francophone Film” discipline in general? 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
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 does such recognition influence readings of his work? 300 word abstract. by 14 March 2014; Milena Santoro (santorom@georgetown.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

The Biographical Novel
Special Session
Papers theorizing history or nature of biographical novels, which create fictional characters and scenes in order to illuminate the biography of prominent figures. 250 word abstracts by 15 March by 15 March 2014; Michael Lackey (lacke010@morris.umn.edu)
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 the context of Anthropocene: theories, analyses, and data projects welcome. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Heather Houser (houserh@mail.utexas.edu) and Ursula Heise (uheise@humnet.ucla.edu)
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, publication, narrative, gender, adaptations, or comparative legacies. 250-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Debra Romanick Baldwin (dbaldwin@udallas.edu)
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 institution of slavery? 300 word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com) and Madelyn Detloff (detlofmm@miamioh.edu)
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 Middle English texts. 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers by 15 March 2014; Erin Labbie (labbie@bgsu.edu) and Shannon Gayk (sgayk@indiana.edu)
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, interdisciplinarity, hierarchies (poetry/prose; Latin/English), research/ubiquitous knowledge, electronic resources. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Performativity
Division: Old English Language and Literature
Aspects of performance and the spectatorial in manuscripts, including roles of audience, textual commentary, marginalia, the page, format, codex organization, book historians. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu)
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, formulaic, aural, intellectual, affective or ethical beauty in early English poetry. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu)
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 memory, history, psychology, biography, and exile within them. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Peter Filkins (pfilkins@simons-rock.edu)
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 50 and 100 words. by 14 March 2014; Glenn W. Fetzer (gwfetzer@nmsu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Messianism in Latin America
Special Session
Messianism and its manifestations in Latin America from the Conquest until today. Relationships with politics, religion, ethnicity, colonialism, art and history. 250-word abstract and bio. by 14 March 2014; Juan P. Lupi (jplupi@spanport.ucsb.edu) and Antonio Córdoba (antonio.cordoba@manhattan.edu)
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 content-courses. Brief presentations on successes and challenges. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Stacey Lee Donohue (sdonohue@cocc.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

"Screens"
Special Session
Interdisciplinary session on “screens” — from smartphones to drones. Sample topics: intermodality, paratextuality, surveillance, open-access, future of “screens.”. 250 word abstract, 100 word bio by 15 March 2014; Ellen McCracken (emccr@spanport.ucsb.edu) and José Sanjinés (sanjines@coastal.edu)
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 region as a framework for U.S. literary and cultural studies. 300-word position statement and brief CV by 9 March 2014; Katherine Renee Henninger (kth@lsu.edu)
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 "Les années noires" (Algeria’s civil war, approximately 1988-2003). 300 word abstract. by 14 March 2014; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
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 on texts: memory, biography, trauma, event, rupture. Contemporary historical novel. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kurt Cavender (kcavende@brandeis.edu)
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, etc.) in the face of settler-colonialism, the wired atmosphere, climate change, and resource extraction. 300-word abstracts and 2-page CVs. by 15 March 2014; Penelope M. Kelsey (penelope.kelsey@colorado.edu) and Stephanie Fitzgerald (sfitzger@ku.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Commemorating Slave Rebellion
Special Session
We seek investigations of textual, folkloric, visual, and site-specific commemorations of slave rebellions, insurrections, or other acts of defiance against the transatlantic slave trade. Please submit 300-word-abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Sarah Juliet Lauro (slauro@clemson.edu)
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 comparative medieval literatures and emotions/affect are welcome. abstracts, limit of 300 words by 15 March 2014; Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier (charles-louis.morand-metivier@uvm.edu)
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 classroom. Particularly welcome are specific pedagogical strategies addressing challenges for teaching this material. 250-word abstract by 5 March 2014; Filomena Calabrese (filomena.calabrese@cnu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Multiethnic Maximalisms
Special Session
This panel investigates the multiethnic dimension of 20th and 21st century maximalist works of art, cinema and literature. Encyclopedic novel; multiculturalism; cosmopolitanism. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and CV. by 17 March 2014; Brendan Beirne (brendan.beirne@gmail.com)
Posted 11 February 2014

Kafka and Cultural Memories
Special Session
His modernist texts in comparison with contemporaries. Kafka as figure of cultural memory linking worlds before Shoah, early modernism and traditions with post-1945 memory. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr (mlcaputomayr@hotmail.com) and Dagmar Lorenz (dcglorenz@gmail.com)
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 and culture around 1800. 300 word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Julie Koser (jkoser@umd.edu)
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 freedom and maintaining hetero-normative roles, focusing on German-language texts. 250-300 word abstracts; short bio by 1 March 2014; Imke Brust (ibrust@haverford.edu) and Mareike Herrmann (mherrmann@wooster.edu)
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 develop reading practices they can apply in interpreting other complex texts. 300-word proposals. by 14 March 2014; Jeff Dailey (drjsdailey@aol.com) and Nate Mickelson (nate.mickelson@guttman.cuny.edu)
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 traditions. 250-word abstracts for 20 minute papers by 15 March 2014; Steven Kruger (skruger@gc.cuny.edu)
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 current theories of reading? Abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Sangeeta Ray (rays@umd.edu)
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 e.g. transatlantic cultural reactions, chinoiserie, Indian tea and Empire, tea-gardens. 300-word abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Susanne Schmid (suschmid@aol.com)
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 Puerto Rican literature in the last decade. 500-word abstracts by 17 March 2014; Margarita Pintado (pintadom@obu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Ability, Disability, and Early Modern Englishness
Division: Disability Studies
How did dis/ability representations define Renaissance Englishness? Possible topics: citizenship, trade, imperialism, physical and cognitive "capability" and English identity. 300 word abstract and CV; ahobgood@willamette.edu by 15 March 2014; Allison Hobgood (ahobgood@willamette.edu) and Graham Hammill (ghammill@buffalo.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities
Special Session
How does SF work as literary mode, negotiating identities beyond traditional gender/species boundaries, human and non-human forms of existence? 300-word abstract and CVs. CVs, 300-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Stefan Hoeppner (shoppner@ucalgary.ca) and Gerrit Roessler (gerrit.k.roessler@gmail.com)
Posted 10 February 2014

Extremist Latinos/as
Special Session
Panelists are invited to explore how Latino/a culture points away from the political and multicultural center toward drastic, fanatical, and radical extremes. 250 word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Eric Vazquez (evazquez@andrew.cmu.edu)
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 Indigenous literary production from time immemorial to the present. abstracts by 15 March 2014; James H. Cox (jhcox@austin.utexas.edu)
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 textual echoes. Avatars, doubles, and alter egos. Relational structures–both literary and social. 250-500 word abstract and short vita. by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey Allen Steele (jsteele@wisc.edu)
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, regional and national perspectives. 500 word abstract and 1 page CV by 15 March 2014; Rahul Gairola (rgairola@umbc.edu) and Amritjit Singh (singha@ohio.edu)
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 associates in relation to Old Norse topics. Submit cv and abstract. by 15 March 2014; Eric Bryan (bryane@mst.edu) and Florence Boos (florence-boos@uiowa.edu)
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 Italian diaspora in the U.S., the Americas, the world. ~300 word abstracts by 18 March 2014; Jim Cocola (jcocola@wpi.edu)
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 things, forms, structures? How does literature treat the as-yet-unformed? Can materialism account for matter? One-page abstracts by 15 March 2014; Katherine Eggert (katherine.eggert@colorado.edu)
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: citizenship, trade, imperialism, physical and cognitive "capability" and English identity. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Graham Hammill (ghammill@buffalo.edu) and Allison Hobgood ( ahobgood@willamette.edu)
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 experiences shape each other? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Loring Pfeiffer (lapfeiffer@scu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Literary Rape Culture
Special Session
Sex and violence have been intertwined throughout literary history. Seeking papers that take on questions of rape culture in canonical and non-canonical literary texts. 300-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Sonya L. Brockman (slbrockm@uncc.edu)
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 viewpoints strongly encouraged. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Manoah Finston (maf481@nyu.edu) and Rachel Arteaga (rarteaga@uw.edu)
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. 250-word abstract by 4 March 2014; Raquel Castellanos-Orlanzzini (raquel.castellanos@utoronto.ca)
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, or linguistic perspective. Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words. by 21 March 2014; Eric Bryan (bryane@mst.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Rethinking Critique
Division: Literary Criticism
Has critique run out of steam? Or not? What are the theoretical, political, or methodological assumptions underlying critique in literary studies, and do these assumptions remain valid? 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Rita Felski (rf6d@virginia.edu)
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 publishing? Abstract of 200-250 words plus 50 word bio. by 15 March 2014; Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr (rbrad058@uottawa.ca)
Posted 10 February 2014

Diasporic Experience and Literary Representation
Special Session
This session explores literary representations about diasporic experience, which may include fiction, (auto)biography, or memoir. Abstract 250 words. by 10 March 2014; Da Zheng (dzheng@suffolk.edu)
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 in an age of neoliberalism. Abstracts and short CV’s for roundtable. by 15 March 2014; Oswaldo Estrada (oestrada@email.unc.edu) and Anna Nogar (anogar@unm.edu)
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 of Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses nuevos, nunca representados. one-page abstracts by 15 March 2014; Steven Hutchinson (shutchin@wisc.edu) and José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

Gesture
Division: Language and Society
How does gesture compensate, complement, amplify language? What light does gesture throw on dominant models of communication? 200 word abstracts by March 1st. by 1 March 2014; Suresh Canagarajah (asc16@psu.edu)
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 use. Send a 300-500 word abstract and c.v. by 1 March 2014; Niklaus E. Largier (nlargier@berkeley.edu)
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 culture to better answer questions of literary interpretation, composition, reception, etc. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Adena Spingarn (spingarn@stanford.edu)
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 abstract and c.v. by 1 March 2014; Niklaus E. Largier (nlargier@berkeley.edu)
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 proposals that investigate the unknown, unusual, lost or new. 350-word asbstracts. by 15 March 2014; Susan Oliver (soliver@essex.ac.uk)
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/ molecular, and abstract/ concrete, can we detect and describe Scalar Romanticism? abstracts by 14 March 2014; Miranda Jane Burgess (mirandab@mail.ubc.ca) and Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu)
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 through 21st century. 250-word abstracts and brief CVs by 14 March 2014; Zoltán Márkus (zomarkus@vassar.edu)
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 (comedia/Trauerspiel), intellectual exchanges, critical reception(s) of the Baroque. Please send 1-page abstract; 2-page CV by 12 March 2014; Elio C. Brancaforte (ebranca@tulane.edu) and Luis Aviles (laviles@uci.edu)
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, focusing on their working conditions and exploitation by landowners. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Shirley McDonald (shirley.mcdonald@ubc.ca)
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 been remembered in literary histories. 250-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and Melissa Bradshaw (mbradshaw@luc.edu)
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 Pirandello and/or his global contemporaries, examining their functions, outcomes, and/or methodology. Comparative/interdisciplinary approaches encouraged. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Leonard Diepeveen (leonard.diepeveen@dal.ca) and Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk)
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 culture in various media since 1980. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jerold C. Frakes (jcfrakes@buffalo.edu)
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/ molecular, and abstract/ concrete, can we detect and describe Scalar Romanticism? abstracts by 15 March 2014; Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu) and Miranda Burgess (mirandab@mail.ubc.ca)
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 selected passage from Hartman's writings. Brief papers (4 pages maximum) by 15 March 2014; Frances Ferguson (ferguso1@uchicago.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014

Remembering the Baroque (in Spain & Germany)
Special Session
Cultural intersections, aesthetic forms, war, religion, artistic configurations, Baroque drama (comedia/Trauerspiel), intellectual exchanges, critical reception(s) of the Baroque. 1-page abstract and 2-page CV by 12 March 2014; Luis F. Avilés (laviles@uci.edu) and Elio C. Brancaforte (ebranca@tulane.edu)
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 life at court. Please send 1-page abstract; 2-page CV by 12 March 2014; Elio C. Brancaforte (ebranca@tulane.edu)
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 scientific writing. abstracts by 1 March 2014; Joel Lande (lande@princeton.edu)
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) Jim Crow, Cuidad Juárez, Highway of Tears, Japanese Internment, etc. 300-word abstract and one-page CV by 15 March 2014; Penelope Kelsey (penelope.kelsey@colorado.edu) and Amritjit Singh (singha@ohio.edu)
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, space, memory, and media forms? 300-word abstract and 1-page by 15 March 2014; Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu) and Stephen Knadler (knadlers@spelman.edu)
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 in an age of neoliberalism. Abstracts and short CVs for roundtable discussion. by 15 March 2014; Anna M. Nogar (anogar@unm.edu) and Oswaldo Estrada (oestrada@email.unc.edu)
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 Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. 300-word abstract and short c.v. by 15 March 2014; Cheryl A. Higashida (cheryl.higashida@colorado.edu) and Stephen Knadler (knadlers@spelman.edu)
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 of Lepanto? One-page abstract, brief CV by 15 March 2014; Jason McCloskey (jam080@bucknell.edu)
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 university. 250-500 word abstract and brief CV or discursive b by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey J. Williams (jwill@andrew.cmu.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014

And Forgetting? And Future?
Special Session
Negotiating sites of memory focuses on various forms of remembering, seldom interrogating roles that forgetting plays in creating past. e-mail for more info. one page abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Petar Ramadanovic (petarr@unh.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014

The Making of Korean Literature
Special Session
Korean Literature as a conceptual category:vernacular composition; cultural translation; its place in the globalized production. 250 words abstract and a brief CV by March 15, 201 by 15 March 2014; Meera Lee (mlee46@syr.edu)
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, etc.) overshadowed when 18th-Century studies focuses exclusively on sympathetic exchange. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sandra Macpherson (macpherson.4@osu.edu)
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 persistence in liberalizing 18th-Century literatures committed to formal realism and semiotic transparency? Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jayne Lewis (jelewis@uci.edu)
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 "literature" as writings that bear knowledge, can this historical understanding renew our practice of literary science? Abstracts by 15 March 2014; William Warner (warner@english.ucsb.edu)
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, caste, religion, media, and other socio-historical determinants. 300 word proposal by 15 March 2014; Alpana Sharma (alpana.sharma@wright.edu)
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 people represents real and imagined places. 500-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Kate Slater (slaterks@plu.edu) and Gwen Athene Tarbox (gwen.tarbox@wmich.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014

Writing for Algorithms
Special Session
Writing, as it's practiced by bloggers and spammers, no longer addresses exclusively humans, but also the algorithms of search engines and email programs. What’s the effect on readers? Abstract(250words) by 15 March 2014; Martin Wagner (martin.wagner@yale.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014

Disability Schemas pre-1800
Division: Disability Studies
This panel explores intersectional productions of disability in an era before statistical norms. Possible topics: pre-modern embodiment, stigmatization prehistories, representations dependent upon disability discourses. 300 word abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Elizabeth Bearden (ebearden@wisc.edu)
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 that account for its global range and forms. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kara Lee Donnelly (kdonnel3@nd.edu)
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. This panel seeks enlightening interpretations of one of Boccaccio's tales. 300 words abstract & brief CV by 1 March 2014; Elsa Filosa (elsa.filosa@vanderbilt.edu)
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; creatureliness; scale; being; liveliness; activism; cosmos; environ; pastoral; organic form. 500 word abstract plus cv by 10 March 2014; Colleen Rosenfeld (colleen.rosenfeld@pomona.edu) and Tiffany Jo Werth (twerth@sfu.ca)
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 the negotiation of intimate injury or trauma? Abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Christine Maksimowicz (cmaksimo@english.umass.edu)
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 2014; Neil ten Kortenaar (neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca)
Posted 7 February 2014

South Asians in Africa
Division: African Literatures
the literary, historical, and cinematic representation of the experience of the South Asian diaspora in Africa. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Madhurima Chakraborty (mchakraborty@colum.edu) and Joya Uraizee (uraizeej@slu.edu)
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, politics or ethics, poetics, center and periphery. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2014; Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla (juliangu@usc.edu)
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, reading, aesthetics, 18th-, 19th-c. fiction, 'prehistories' of suspense, novel theory. 250-500 word abstract and 1-pg CV by 23 February 2014; Tasha Eccles (eccles@stanford.edu) and Connie Zhu (xyzhu@stanford.edu)
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 any medium and historical period are welcome. 300-word abstracts and brief vitas by 15 March 2014; Ted Atkinson (tatkinson@english.msstate.edu)
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 history and fiction writing figure the future? 250 word abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Vincent Adiutori (vadiut2@uic.edu)
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, either in physical or digital form. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sigrid Anderson Cordell (scordell@umich.edu)
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, bargaining units shared with tenure stream faculty or graduate students or separate from them. Abstracts (250 words) by 7 March 2014; Heidi Tiedemann Darroch (heididarroch@gmail.com)
Posted 6 February 2014

The Limits of Cosmopolitanism
Special Session
Amidst the resurgence of critical interest in cosmopolitanism, how do we go about unearthing, theorizing, and problematizing the (cosmo)politics of 19th & 20th century literature? 300-500 word abstracts by 18 March 2014; Aleksandar Stevic (as2409@cam.ac.uk)
Posted 6 February 2014

New Media 1450-1700
Special Session
Explorations of discourses and practices surrounding emerging media forms and technologies 1450-1700. Comparative studies of contemporary and Renaissance/early modern "new media" cultures. Abstracts of apx. 300 words by 15 March 2014; Katie Chenoweth (kac3@princeton.edu)
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 their lives, careers, or work? Please submit a 250-word abstract and resume. by 14 March 2014; Sam Coale (samcoale@cox.net) and Paul Lewis (paul.lewis@bc.edu)
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 marker. One page Abstracts and CVs please. by 15 March 2014; Thomas Beebee (tob@psu.edu) and Ramon Saldivar (saldivar@stanford.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014

African Literature/Comparative Literature
Special Session
Most accounts of comparative literature emerge out of European traditions and critical concerns. What does it mean to think comparative literature from an Africanist perspective? 250 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Chandani Patel (patelc@uchicago.edu) and Brady Smith (bradysmith@uchicago.edu)
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, politics, society, empiricism, method, success, failure, animals, humans, alchemy, chemistry, botany, other. 1-2 page abstract by 15 March 2014; Kristen Poole (kpoole@udel.edu)
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 Damm, Maria Campbell, Beatrice Culleton Mosionier and Lee Manacle. abstracts of about 250 words by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com)
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 (A Play About a Handkerchief) and Anne-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona. abstracts of about 250 words by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com) and Pamela A. Brown (pambrown12@gmail.com)
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 millennial women's literature, women's studies, women's lives? abstracts of about 250 words by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com)
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 readings encouraged. 500 word abstracts March 10 by 10 March 2014; Brenda Machosky (machosky@hawaii.edu)
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 politics? Abstracts (250 words) by 10 March 2014; Azahara Palomeque (apalomeq@princeton.edu)
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 paradigms; hopes and prospects; reactions and pressures. 1-2 page abstracts by 15 March 2014; Douglas Trevor (dtrevor@umich.edu)
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, why, and by whom? Title, short vita, and one page abstract by 16 March 2014; Marilyn Judith Atlas (atlas@ohio.edu) and Marilyn Judith Atlas (atlas@ohio.edu)
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 the genre facilitate, clarify or obscure the politics? 300 word abstract by 10 March 2014; Russell A. Berman (berman@stanford.edu)
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 and culture. Selection of 3-4 related papers for thematically focused panel. Title, abstract, 1-page CV by 17 March 2014; Marcus Keller (mkeller@illinois.edu)
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. Please send proposal for a 10min round-table contribution. Title, abstract, and 1-page CV by 17 March 2014; Marcus Keller (mkeller@illinois.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Memory of Arthur on the Continent
Special Session
Adaptation and appropriation of Arthurian materials in France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Dutch, German, Yiddish. Co-sponsors: German Literature to 1700; Arthurian Literature Discussion Group. 300-500 word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Ann Marie Rasmussen (annmarie.rasmussen@duke.edu)
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 post-1992. How and why is the language used today? 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Bryan Kirschen (bmkirschen@gmail.com)
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 post-colonialism for the Latin American "Third World Countries". abstract 400 words. by 10 March 2014; Gina Ponce de Leon (gina.poncedeleon@fresno.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Artifactual Interpretation
Special Session
On methods of interpreting artifacts in the digital humanities, media archaeology, and related fields. How do we move beyond the textual paradigm? 300 word abstract, 100 word bio by 15 March 2014; Grant Wythoff (gw2290@columbia.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Theorizing Class and the Academy (Roundtable)
Special Session
Theoretically informed approaches to social class in contemporary American academe. Topics could include prestige, mobility, hierarchies, discipline. abstract & c.v. by 15 March 2014; Lynn Arner (larner@brocku.ca) and Sharon O'Dair (sodair@ua.edu)
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. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (sharon.jones@wright.edu)
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 archives; sex work; gay politicians; histories of HIV/AIDS; queer diaspora; federal and provincial sex. 250-word abstract, 1-page CV. by 15 March 2014; Heather Love (loveh@english.upenn.edu)
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 and private; tropes of domesticity and flaneur. 250-word abstract and bio. by 20 March 2014; Mosarrap Khan (mhkhan@nyu.edu) and Melanie Heydari (melanie.heydari@gmail.com)
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 environmental literature. Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Clare Echterling (cechterling@ku.edu)
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 on billboards, etc.). Abstracts and brief bios by 15 March 2014; Marcy Ellen Schwartz (mschwartz@spanport.rutgers.edu)
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: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/55212. 250-word abstracts and a CV by 1 March 2014; Aaron DeRosa (amderosa@csupomona.edu)
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 in the Middle Ages, and beyond? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Michelle K. Bolduc (mbolduc@uwm.edu)
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 wartime experiences have led to literary expressions of religious doubt, affirmation, and exploration. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Liam Corley (wccorley@csupomona.edu)
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 ruptures, royal timing. Commemorating the 300th anniversary of Louis XIV’s death. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Claire B. Goldstein (cbgoldstein@ucdavis.edu)
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 Repulsive Women and Nightwood to Midnight in Paris. Abstracts 250-300 words by 15 March 2014; Samantha Carrick (scarrick@usc.edu)
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 speaker's particular research project. One-page abstracts. by 5 March 2014; Jennifer S. Tsien (tsien@virginia.edu)
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 sounds, its character types and genres—not limited to theatre. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Hélène Bilis (hbilis@wellesley.edu)
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 ethnoracial genealogies, Andean animacies, digital humanities. CV, 250-word abstract by 7 March 2014; Raquel Albarrán (albarrn@uw.edu)
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 our chivalrous tales? Are we modern Don Quixotes? 250 word abstracts. by 14 March 2014; Alexander Waid (alexander.waid@uscga.edu)
Posted 4 February 2014

Queer Archives
Division: Gay Studies in Language and Literature
Remembering, forgetting; loss, abandonment, preservation, invention; foundations, authorities; remainders, survivals, salvages; epistemic arrangements, derangements, reorderings; material and immaterial archives; future archives; archive fever; presence, place, trace. 250-word abstracts, 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Christopher Looby (clooby@humnet.ucla.edu) and Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu)
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 as Sand’s work as lieu de mémoire. 300-word abstracts to rcorkle@bmcc.cuny.edu by 15 March 2014; Rachel Corkle (rcorkle@bmcc.cuny.edu) and Pratima Prasad (pratima.prasad@umb.edu)
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 poetic creation; play/games; constructions of innocence; childhood agency. 300-word abstracts by March 15 to marcoline@uhcl.e by 15 March 2014; Anne Marcoline (marcoline@uhcl.edu) and Catherine Masson (cmasson@wellesley.edu)
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 panel examines how historical or fictional conflicts are inscribed in Scandinavian cultural memory. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Anne-Marie Andreasson-Hogg (aandreasson@northpark.edu)
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 media, institutionality, memory, connections to literary studies. 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Jorge Coronado (jcoronado@northwestern.edu)
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 collaborators, and "Brechtian" operas or music theatre by other composers. 500-word abstracts (maximum) by 15 March 2014; Elena Pnevmonidou (epnev@uvic.ca) and Matthew Wilson Smith (mwsmith1@stanford.edu)
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 status of, and relationship between, particulars and universals. Papers on all aspects welcome. 200-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Seth Berk (sberk25@u.washington.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
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 authors and papers on CBC lectures series, "Prisons We Choose," welcome. Abstracts (250-350 words) and bios by 14 March 2014; Alice Rachel Ridout (dorislessingsociety@gmail.com)
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 memory. Bios and abstracts (250 words) for roundtable by 14 March 2014; Alice Rachel Ridout (dorislessingsociety@gmail.com)
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 Boccaccio, the reception of his works in the fifteenth century. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
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 subjectivity, public-private dynamics, privacy, interpersonality, socio-existential alienation, psychological fragmentation. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dominique Bauer (Bauer_D2005@yahoo.com)
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 works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
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 literary and theatrical works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
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 and Renaissance. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
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, representation, and other analytical perspectives. Comparative approaches. European, Latin American, Asian, and African. North America. abstracts 300 words by 3 March 2014; Marina Fedosik (mf107@nyu.edu)
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; tones, pitch, and cadences; musical and metrical beats; whispers and shouts. One-page abstract and cv by 3 March 2014; Cassandra Laity (claity@drew.edu)
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 spaces? Papers might examine literary and/or cultural texts from any historical period. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Gina Caison (gcaison@gsu.edu) and Stephanie Rountree (srountree3@gsu.edu)
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 southern spectacle, exceptionalism, history, memory, identity, and/or abjection? Multimedia projects are particularly welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Gina Caison (gcaison@gsu.edu) and Stephanie Rountree (srountree3@gsu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

Arab-Latin American Literary Encounters
Special Session
Arab-Latin American literary relations, including Arab diaspora, networks of mutual influence, translation, adaptation, representation in literature and popular culture. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Tahia Abdel Nasser (tgnasser@aucegypt.edu) and Waïl S. Hassan (whassan@illinois.edu)
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 of Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses nuevos, nunca representados. one-page abstract by 15 March 2014; José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu) and Steven Hutchinson (shutchin@wisc.edu)
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 status of, and relationship between, particulars and universals. Papers on all aspects welcome. 200-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu) and Seth Berk (sberk25@UW.EDU)
Posted 3 February 2014

Early Native Literatures and Aesthetics
Special Session
Pre-1900 indigenous/Native literatures and aesthetics, broadly conceived; investigations of the relationship between art and politics in early Native literatures. 250 word abstract and a brief CV by 15 March 2014; Angela Calcaterra (acalcaterra@uwf.edu)
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 function as sites of encounter, resistance, memory in early America? c.v.; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Donegan (kdonegan@berkeley.edu)
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; mapping abstract time or rhetorics of temporality unbound. 250-word proposals and short bio by 15 March 2014; Elizabeth Fay (elizabeth.fay@umb.edu)
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, postmodernism, and other literary influences. abstracts, 300 words, or papers, 15 pages by 24 March 2014; Diana Shaffer (diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com)
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, postmodernism, and other literary influences. abstracts, 300 words, or papers, 15 pages by 24 March 2014; Diana Shaffer (diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com)
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 role as positive social and literary catalysts. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Daniela D'Eugenio (ddeugenio@gc.cuny.edu)
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 seeks papers that focus on this impact. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sonja Stephenson Watson (swatson1@uta.edu) and Lori Celaya (lori.celaya1@gmail.com)
Posted 2 February 2014

Indigenous Atlantic
Division: American Literature to 1800
Ancestral homelands and Amerindian migrations, localities and cosmologies, native language and land. How did indigenous geographies coexist alongside Euro-Atlantic imperialism, history, religion, or aesthetics? c.v., 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Sarah Rivett (srivett@princeton.edu )
Posted 2 February 2014

Framing Memory in Late Medieval English Narrative
Special Session
How do medieval English framing narratives/techniques present cultural memory? Political, theological, post-colonial, economic, queer, gendered, formal analyses welcome. 300-word Abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Jeffery Stoyanoff (stoyanoffj@duq.edu)
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 that first place of publication matter? 500 word abstracts by 9 March 2014; John Lee (j.lee@bristol.ac.uk)
Posted 2 February 2014

The Weird
Special Session
This session will consider "The Weird" as an aesthetic, as a literary movement either past or present, and as a theoretical mode of inquiry. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Alison Sperling (alison.sperling@gmail.com)
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, 200-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Eduardo Ruiz (eduardo.ruiz@tamucc.edu)
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, analogous forms, shared traditions. 1-page CV 200-word Abstract by 10 March 2014; Anna H. More (anna1more1@gmail.com)
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, analogous forms, shared traditions. 1-page CV, 200-word abstract to Anna More (anna1mo by 10 March 2014; Anna More (anna1more1@gmail.com)
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 agential non-human forces while resisting anthropo-centric impulses. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Xinmin Liu (xinmin.liu@wsu.edu )
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 while eluding, defying, or disavowing scholarly endorsement. All regions/periods encouraged. 250-word abstract by 1 March 2014; Brian Eugenio Herrera (bherrera@princeton.edu)
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 mobilization in contemporary cultural and social discourses. Abstracts approx 200 words by 14 March 2014; Mario Santana (msantana@uchicago.edu)
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 from an indigenous perspective. Abstracts (1 page) and brief bio by 7 March 2014; Nancy J. Peterson (njp@purdue.edu)
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 component literary-cultural traditions (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Basque, etc.). Jointly with AATSP. 150-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Robert Newcomb (rpnewcomb@ucdavis.edu)
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 literature, film, photography, or art. Abstracts approx 200 words by 14 March 2014; Jo Labanyi (jo.labanyi@nyu.edu)
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 contemporary Spanish cultural and literary world. Abstracts approx 200 words by 14 March 2014; Cristina Moreiras Menor (moreiras@umich.edu)
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 fiction and/or sound's relationship to the work's subject matter. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Corinne Laura Scheiner (cscheiner@coloradocollege.edu)
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 Abstract and 2-Page CV by 15 March 2014; Luis F. Avilés (laviles@uci.edu)
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. Avilés (laviles@uci.edu)
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 we learn today from his theories and representations of protest and criticism? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kristopher Imbrigotta (kimbrigotta@pugetsound.edu) and Theodore Rippey (theodor@bgsu.edu)
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 Association and Langston Hughes Society. 250 word abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (sharon.jones@wright.edu)
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 cases. Welcome topics: genre or genera, naturalist methodologies, subjective or objective universality, human nature, etc. 200-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Privacy Today
Special Session
How, if at all, has the expansion of surveillance affected the way that privacy is understood today? What has the role of literature been in this change? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Aaron Santesso (aaron.santesso@lmc.gatech.edu) and David Rosen (david.rosen@trincoll.edu)
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 perspective. Text/Film/theory from any timeperiod welcome. Vernacularism, authenticity, nontraditional scholarship,esp. welcome. short cv and ~300word abstract by 11 March 2014; Michael Lundell (mjlundell@yahoo.com)
Posted 30 January 2014

Virtual Women: Webcomics
Special Session
How has the web provided an alternative space for women in comics? Potential topics include explorations of gender, identity, agency, and representations of cartoonists or characters. 250 word Abstract/CV by 8 March 2014; Leah Misemer (lsinsheimer@wisc.edu)
Posted 30 January 2014

Visualising Canonical Literature: A Transhistorical Approach
Special Session
Portraits, iconic scenes, generic images, technological endowments, among other possibilities: how does the illustration history of a work evolve over the centuries? Abstracts for 20-minute papers by 1 March 2014; Lauren Beck (lbeck@mta.ca)
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 special meaning, quests assumed for votive purposes, and/or metaphorical journeys into one’s own beliefs. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Allison Stedman (astedman@uncc.edu)
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 component literary-cultural traditions (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Basque, etc.). 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Robert Newcomb (rpnewcomb@ucdavis.edu) and Domnita Dumitrescu (ddumitr@calstatela.edu)
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 concretely led to social movements or specific social reforms, and how? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Ursula McTaggart (ursula_mctaggart@wilmington.edu) and Laura Struve (laura_struve@wilmington.edu)
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 required later) by 15 March 2014; Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco (jrvelasco@columbia.edu)
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, including poetry, novels, posters, newsreel, propaganda, exposés. Arranged by Late 19th/Early-20th-Century American Literature Division. abstracts and c.v. by 15 March 2014; Russ Castronovo (rcastronovo@wisc.edu)
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, publishers, readers. Theoretical treatments of gathering, collecting, aggregating, reproducing, remembering welcome. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Victoria Burke (vburke@uottawa.ca) and Paul Marquis (pmarquis@stfx.ca)
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 memorial sites (and/or their textual representations). What is left out? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Michelle Hulme-Lippert (mhulmel@emory.edu)
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 Studies Association and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society. 250-word abstract and resume by 14 March 2014; Paul Lewis (paul.lewis@bc.edu) and Samuel Coale (samcoale@cox.net)
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 Italy. Multi-disciplinary approaches welcome. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Dana Renga (renga.1@osu.edu)
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 perspectives on academe be understood through other academic novels? 300 word abstract and CV by 1 March 2014; Ian Butcher (butcheri@duq.edu)
Posted 29 January 2014

Atlantic Empiricisms
Division: American Literature to 1800
Metropolitan or provincial empiricisms in Atlantic aesthetics, natural histories, politics, economics, ecologies. What’s specific to Atlantic empiricisms? How does matter shape bodies, objects, and other structures? c.v., 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Monique Allewaert (allewaert@wisc.edu)
Posted 29 January 2014

Talking Gypsies
Special Session
Papers exploring representations of Gypsies in literature. Special interest (but not limit) in speaking Gypsy characters. Abstracts (300 words), March 10, 2014. Stoyan Tchaprazov (svtchap@iastate.edu). Abstracts (300 words at least). by 10 March 2014; Stoyan Tchaprazov (svtchap@iastate.edu)
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 2014; Nadia R. Altschul (altschul@jhu.edu)
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 emerging middle class, focusing on social justice/movements, urban space, among others. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Leila Lehnen (llehnen@unm.edu)
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 negotiated sites of memory. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Luiz Fernando Valente (luiz_valente@brown.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014

Ambivalent Reading
Special Session
Ambivalence as method, goal, politics, symptom. Institutional, political, social, poetic, textual ambivalence. Ambivalence in Feminist, Postcolonial, Queer, Ethnic Studies. What have been/are/could be its uses, pleasures, pains? 350 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Samantha Pinto (snp7@georgetown.edu)
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 practices, and research, including retrospectives on Emig, Berthoff, Flower, Britton, Langer, Rogers, e.g. 1-page proposals by 1 March 2014; John L. Schilb (jschilb@indiana.edu)
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, teachers, and students, or often-taught women authors. 1-page proposals by 1 March 2014; Catherine Prendergast (cprender@illinois.edu)
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 publication date. Abstracts, 200-400 words by 14 March 2014; Denise DuVernay (duvernay@sxu.edu)
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 nineteenth-century American literature, politics, history, and aesthetics? 300-word abstract by 1 March 2014; Dominic Mastroianni (dbm@clemson.edu)
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 and goals. 100-word abstracts and short CVs to cheryl.suzack@ by 1 March 2014; Cheryl Suzack (cheryl.suzack@utoronto.ca)
Posted 28 January 2014

Resignifying Memory in Contemporary Minority Discourses
Special Session
Relationship between postmemory, sites of memory, and rememory in contemporary minority discourses. 250 word abstracts by March 14, 2014; Victoria Che by 14 March 2014; Victoria Chevalier (vchevalier@mec.cuny.edu) and Vincent Hausmann (vincent.hausmann@furman.edu)
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 land and seascapes. Abstracts (250-500 words) for 15-minute papers by 10 March 2014; Lissa Schneider-Rebozo (elizabeth.schneider-rebozo@uwrf.edu)
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 morality; social and subjective, its bases remained difficult to define. Specific accounts desired. 1 pg. abstract by 5 March 2014; Claudia Brodsky (cblacour@aol.com)
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 Diaspora. abstracts of 200 words by 15 March 2014; Kerstin Schmidt (Kerstin.Schmidt@ku.de)
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 historiography? Papers may but need not compare periods. 1 pg. abstracts by 10 March 2014; Claudia Brodsky (cblacour@aol.com)
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 continue to influence modern languages and literatures. 150-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Lawrence Williams (lawrence.williams@unt.edu)
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. Please send 150-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Lawrence Williams (lawrence.williams@unt.edu)
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, political, and/or social dimensions of language use in multilingual contexts. 150-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Lawrence Williams (lawrence.williams@unt.edu)
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 animal studies, aquatic new materialisms, anthropocene seas, indigenous science. 250 word abstracts and 100 word bios by 3 March 2014; Stacy Alaimo (alaimo@uta.edu)
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 exploring sites of absence, forgetting, or foretelling in the literature of any period. 200 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Naomi Howell (n.e.howell@ex.ac.uk) and Philip Schwyzer (p.a.schwyzer@ex.ac.uk)
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. Send abstract and bio by March 15. by 15 March 2014; Juan Carlos Ramírez-Pimienta (jcramire@rohan.sdsu.edu)
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 soundscapes, spaces in the mind or the manuscript. Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words. by 15 March 2014; Catherine Jones (cmjones@uga.edu)
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 literature and culture. Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words. by 15 March 2014; Catherine Jones (cmjones@uga.edu)
Posted 26 January 2014

Remembering Medieval Iberia
Special Session
Papers to explore the uses and nature of Medieval Iberian historical fictions, and/or contemporary uses of Medieval Iberian fictions. Abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Cristina Guardiola (cmgm@udel.edu)
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 textual means "por dexar en memoria tanta remembranza." Abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Benjamin M. Liu (benjamin.liu@ucr.edu)
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 historical events. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Thomas Chen (tchen6@ucla.edu)
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, essays, YA, criticism), Chicana/o lit influences, impact(s). 250-word abstracts and 1-page CV by 9 March 2014; Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu)
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 francophones. Abstract 150-200 words in French by 20 February 2014; Jimia Boutouba (jboutouba@scu.edu)
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 diaspora in Africa. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Madhurima Chakraborty (mchakraborty@colum.edu) and Joya Uraizee (uraizeej@slu.edu)
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, race, nation, empire, gender, sexuality, desire, ethnicity), in Hawthorne's work. by 15 March 2014; David Greven (dgreven@mailbox.sc.edu)
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 testimonio and ethical imperative in literature. Roundtable tracing critical discourse on her work. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Beth Jörgensen (beth.jorgensen@rochester.edu)
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: Soviet Orientalisms, Muslim communisms, language politics of the Comintern. 300-word abstract by 3 March 2014; Nergis Ertürk (nerturk@psu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2014

Vampires, Zombies, and other Monsters
Special Session
Why does the supernatural still fascinate us today? This panel explores historical representations of monstrosity that offer insight into this question. 300-word-abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Anne Linton (aelinton@sfsu.edu)
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 and 20th centuries. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Melek Ortabasi (mso1@sfu.ca) and Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu.edu)
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 and 20th centuries. 250 word abstracts to Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu by 10 March 2014; Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu.edu) and Melek Ortabasi (mso1@sfu.ca)
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 like, and how might they impact our understanding of embodiment? 250 word abstract by 3 March 2014; Rebecca Sanchez (rsanchez28@fordham.edu)
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, limited to 250 words sent to both organizers. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Jahan Ramazani (ramazani@virginia.edu) and Kevin Dettmar (Kevin.Dettmar@pomona.edu)
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 movement, including historical contexts, pros/cons, and classroom applications. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Mary McAleer Balkun (mary.balkun@shu.edu)
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 negotiate sites of memory. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Allison Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
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. Multidisciplinary papers welcome. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Francesca Cadel (fcadel@ucalgary.ca)
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 involving Performance Studies, Celebrity Culture, and Intermediality particularly welcome. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; John P. Welle (jwelle@nd.edu)
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 occupation, and the power of life narratives to resist occupation. 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Cynthia Franklin (cfrankli@hawaii.edu)
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 about disability, race, slavery in the long 19th-century? 250 word abstracts/CV by 10 March 2014; George Gordon-Smith (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Heather Chacon (heather.chacon@uky.edu)
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 members of the same family write memoirs? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Georgia Kathryn Johnston (johnstgk@slu.edu)
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 "traditional" narratives (folk and elite). 250-word abstracts to Paul Rouzer (prouzer@umn.edu) by March 10. by 10 March 2014; Paul Rouzer (prouzer@umn.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Disability & Critical Embodiment
Division: Disability Studies
Disability Studies approaches to 'critical embodiment' articulate an alternative ethics about why disabled lives matter and how pwds re-invent narrow normative practices and beliefs. 250 word proposals, cv by 15 March 2014; Susan Antebi (susan.antebi@utoronto.ca) and David Mitchell (dtmitchel@gwu.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Narrating "Arab Americans"
Special Session
Reflections on the term and its intersections with history, memory, geography, religion, race, gender, and sexuality in narratives by and about Arab Americans. 250-300 word abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Pauline Homsi Vinson (phvinson@gmail.com) and Dalia Gomaa (dmgomaa@uwm.edu)
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 compilations of information and new systems of knowledge organization. CV, 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Ivonne del Valle (idelvalle@berkeley.edu)
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 colonization. Issues of cultural translation and indigenous perspectives. one-page CV and 200-word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Cristian Roa (roa@uic.edu)
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 (geostatistical) GIS analyses or pedagogy of the spaces produced *inside* the literary object. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Moacir P. de Sá Pereira (moacir@uchicago.edu)
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, aesthetics, and ideologies in East Asian Literatures. abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2014; Monika Dix (mdix@svsu.edu)
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, theories, practices? How do libraries themselves constitute critical and historical methods for literary studies? 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Andrew M. Stauffer (ams4k@virginia.edu)
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 do spaces produce Jews? Where are Jews and how? Abstracts to Ben Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu) by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu)
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, different identities, different memories. Possible topics include Palestine, Cities, Homelands, etc. Abstracts to Ben Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu) by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Schreier (bjs44@psu.edu)
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 American literary tradition? 350-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Binod Paudyal (binod.paudyal@utah.edu)
Posted 20 January 2014

Milton and the Politics of Periodization
Special Session
Renaissance? Early Modern? long 18th-century? Restoration? Interregnum? Civil wars? beyond categorization? how does periodization shape our understanding of Milton's work or vice versa. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Ann Baynes Coiro (annbaynes.coiro@gmail.com) and Rachel Trubowitz (Rachel.Trubowitz@unh.edu)
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 Arabic literature and culture in pre-modern, Nahda, and modern times. 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
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 new forms and cultural politics. 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
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, Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere)? 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
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 “ethic of eros.” This panel will explore the impact of Huffer's provocations. 250-word-abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Meridith Kruse (meridithkruse@gmail.com)
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, which continually prove central to Latin American culture. 250-word abstract by 7 March 2014; Kristal Bivona (kristalbivona@ucla.edu)
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 graduate study. 250-word abstract by 7 March 2014; Kristal Bivona (kristalbivona@ucla.edu)
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 Mohamed (fgm@illinois.edu)
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. Co-sponored by Milton Society of America and Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. Abstracts, CVs by 15 March 2014; Sharon Achinstein (sharon.achinstein@seh.ox.ac.uk) and Greg Barnhiselg (barnhiselg@duq.edu)
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 character. 250-word abstract and cv by 21 February 2014; Paul Lewis (paul.lewis@bc.edu)
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 will be a PechaKucha style presentation. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2014; Joanna Madloch (madlochj@mail.montclair.edu)
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. Submit a 500-word abstract and CV. by 22 March 2014; Jorge Abril-Sanchez (jorgeabrilsanchez@hotmail.com)
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 not limited to painting, music and theatre. Abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2014; Paul Manfredi (manfredi@plu.edu)
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 Fanon’s masculine power, revealing womanhood capable of creating history. Papers by 10 March 2014; Angela Castro (castr140@umn.edu)
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 more details go to: http://bit.ly/LluiKV. 1 page abstracts by 24 February 2014; David Oberhelman (d.oberhelman@okstate.edu)
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 legendary status cause slippage between fiction/ biography, art/ life? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Shawna Lipton (selipton@uwm.edu)
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, letters, biographical criticism) with special attention to authors’ lives as contested, negotiated sites of memory. Abstracts by 14 March 2014; James C. McKusick (james.mckusick@umontana.edu)
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 or suffused; sex queer, illicit, adulterous, illegitimate, or incestuous; and/or sexology. 250-word abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Emily Orlando (eorlando@fairfield.edu)
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 Mediterranean. Any period, geography or language(s) welcome. 250-word abstract and CV by 1 March 2014; Sevinc Turkkan (sturkkan@brockport.edu)
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, puerperal mania, addiction, delirium, brain fever, insanity, lycanthropy, depression, railway spine, erotomania, onanism. 1-page proposals by 1 March 2014; Dale Bauer (dbauer@illinois.edu) and Dana Seitler (d.seitler@utoronto.ca)
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 that are spoken and/or written in the US. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Terrence Potter (tmp28@georgetown.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Victorian Ecologies
Division: the Victorian Period
Environments, ecosystems, and the anthropocene. Literary ecologies, climates, environmental improvements and depredations, and related topics, understood as both theme and method. One-page abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2014; William A. Cohen (wcohen@umd.edu)
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 of the field and on new methods and modes of inquiry. One-page abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2014; William A. Cohen (wcohen@umd.edu)
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, language, and socio-political practices. Abstracts (~200 words). by 14 March 2014; Bruno Carvalho (bcarvalh@princeton.edu) and Germán Labrador Méndez (labrador@princeton.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Pacific Northwest Literary Regionalism
Special Session
Pacific Northwest literatures (works from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, Alaska) as part of American literary history or recovery of neglected writers. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Laura Laffrado (laura.laffrado@wwu.edu)
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 of travel? 250 word abstract and c.v. by 15 March 2014; Gaurav G. Desai (gaurav@tulane.edu)
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 abstracts by 15 March 2014; José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu)
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, sensibilities, interpretations, and realities in early modern Spanish theater. 400-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu)
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 2014; Christopher GoGwilt (gogwilt@fordham.edu) and Sebastian Knowles (knowles.1@osu.edu)
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 characters: the language choices associated with a character in literature/film. Emailed title/brief abstract by 5 March 2014; Monika Fludernik (sekretariat.fludernik@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de) and Don Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
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 theory as applied to any genre or modality: e.g., text, film, or digital. emailed title/brief abstract by 5 March 2014; Monika Fludernik (sekretariat.fludernik@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de) and Don Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
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, friendships, residence in, etc.) or literary influence in Canada. 250-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sara A. Kosiba (skosiba@troy.edu)
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 Colombian author Alvaro Mutis. 300 word abstracts, 1-page CV by 7 March 2014; Charlotte Rogers (croger13@gmu.edu)
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. Submit a 500-word long abstract and a brief CV. by 22 March 2014; Jorge Abril-Sanchez (jorgeabrilsanchez@hotmail.com)
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 narrative theorist? What can reading Dickens teach us about narrative theory? 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Susan Lanser (lanser@brandeis.edu) and Robyn Warhol (warhol.1@osu.edu)
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 narrative theorist? What can reading Dickens teach us about narrative theory? 250-word proposals by 15 March 2014; Robyn Warhol (warhol.1@osu.edu) and Susan Lanser (lanser@brandeis.edu)
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, historical/cultural contexts? Comparisons between film adaptations and ethnic literary texts welcome. Abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2014; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu)
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 immigration in global, national and regional contexts represented in multiethnic literature? Abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu)
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 writing, depictions of the cowgirl/cowboy, the storyteller, and settings/ecocritical interpretations of western writing. 300 word abstract by 5 March 2014; Elisabeth Bayley (WLAMLA2015@gmail.com)
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 (tana.welch@med.fsu.edu)
Posted 8 January 2014

Suspicion
Division: Nineteenth-Century French Literature
Suspicion as a driving force of narrative and interpretation. Topics may include crime and detection, gossip and rumor, public and private lives, literary cabals, shady characters. One page abstracts by 24 February 2014; Cheryl Kreuger (clk6m@eservices.virginia.edu)
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 topics: armed conflict, memory and memorials, revanchisme, foreboding. One page abstracts by 24 February 2014; Susan McCready (smccread@southalabama.edu)
Posted 8 January 2014

Poetic Thresholds
Special Session
The figure of the “threshold” in early modern poetry: literal, metaphorical, spatial, or conceptual. Papers could explore liminality, transitivity, boundaries, verges, inceptions, hesitations, transformations, displacements, etc. 300 word abstract, bio by 1 March 2014; Steven J. Syrek (steven.syrek@rutgers.edu)
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 abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Ann C. Hall (halla@ohiodominican.edu)
Posted 7 January 2014

Infant Mortality: Loss, Mourning, Meaning
Special Session
How have American authors treated infant mortality? Seeking papers that explore social, political, ethical, or religious questions. 250-word abstracts and CV by 1 March 2014; Gregory Jackson (gjackso@rci.rutgers.edu) and John Thomas (jdt0981@gmail.com)
Posted 7 January 2014

Faulkner and Education
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
The role of education, particularly from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the educational system of the rural South, teacher-training, educational developments, and teachable moments in Faulkner. 250-300 word abstracts by 12 March 2014; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 6 January 2014

Faulkner and Education
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
The role of education, particularly from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the educational system of the rural South, teacher-training, educational developments, and teachable moments in Faulkner. 250-300 word abstracts by 12 March 2014; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
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, and consumption of food, as well as domesticity, economics, gender, and race. 250-300 word abstracts by 12 March 2014; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
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, workflows, and creative computing in research, publication, blogging, and teaching. Description and bio by 1 March 2014; Steven J. Syrek (steven.syrek@gmail.com)
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; transnational texts welcome. Abstract (max. 500 words) and brief CV. by 10 March 2014; Montse Feu (montsefeu@gmail.com)
Posted 5 January 2014

Poetic animals
Special Session
Critique, explication, or discussion of Derrida's claim that "thinking concerning the animal, if there is any, derives from poetry [revient à la poésie].”. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 14 March 2014; Matthew Rowlinson (mrowlins@uwo.ca) and Carla Freccero (freccero@ucsc.edu)
Posted 5 January 2014

Canonizing Narratives of Trauma
Special Session
Proposals that focus on representations of trauma and displacement, their impact on the canon, consumption of human rights, and complicity. 300-word abstract and a CV by 14 March 2014; Eda Dedebas Dundar (eda.dedebas@gmail.com)
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 should move beyond autobiography to theorize underexplored aspects of this relationship. 250 word abstracts by 3 March 2014; Rachel Adams (rea15@columbia.edu)
Posted 2 January 2014

Affect and Masculinity
Special Session
How does recent work on affect/emotion help rethink the relation between masculinity and affect? What does it do to masculinity studies? To understandings of cultural production? Abstracts/CV. by 12 March 2014; Todd W. Reeser, Univ. of Pittsburgh (reeser@pitt.edu)
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 plays a role. 1-2 pp. proposals. by 10 March 2014; John Bird (birdj@winthrop.edu)
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, alternate realities. 250-word abstacts by 3 March 2014; Sonja Stojanovic (sonja_stojanovic@brown.edu)
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 perspectives conjoin with other moods and intentions. 250-word abstracts by 5 March 2014; Bruce F. Michelson (brucem@illinois.edu)
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, conceal more than reveal, hinder more than help? What are narrative's drawbacks? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Porter Abbott (pabbott@english.ucsb.edu) and Sue Lanser (lanser@brandeis.edu)
Posted 19 December 2013

Teaching Indigenous Australian and New Zealand Literatures
Special Session
Maori and Aboriginal Australian literatures as taught worldwide; theoretical/pedagogical discussions welcome. Contributions on Grace, Ihimaera, Wright, Scott or any other relevant writer welcome. 1-page abstracts by 3 March 2014; Nicholas Birns (nicholas.birns@gmail.com) and Nicole Moore (n.moore@adfa.edu.au)
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 and criteria for determining tenure. Abstract (250-500 words) and a C.V. by 1 March 2014; Daniel Grassian (grassian@fdu.edu)
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 space? 250 words abstract by 30 January 2014; Yubraj Aryal (yaryal@purdue.edu)
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 coeval to non-Christian Egyptian, Greek and Hellenistic rationalities. Abstracts 250 words by 1 March 2014; Sara Castro-Klarén (skc@jh.edu) and Viviana Díaz Balsera (vdiaz-balsera@miami.edu)
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 their role delivering first-year programs. 250-word abstracts by 3 March 2014; Elena Lanza (e-lanza@northwestern.edu)
Posted 13 December 2013

Translating the Third Code
Special Session
This session discusses the extent to which translators entrusted with the critical task of translating hybrid literatures need translation models that are consonant with text typologies. 200-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Peter Wuteh Vakunta (vakuntap@uindy.edu)
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 autobiographical texts in which humor, wit, and laughter play a major role. 1-2 pp. proposals by 10 March 2014; John Bird (birdj@winthrop.edu)
Posted 10 December 2013

Vulnerable Twain
Allied Organization: Mark Twain Circle of America
Examinations of vulnerability in Mark Twain: characters, themes, biography, autobiography, other. 1-2 pp. proposals for 20-minute papers by 10 March 2014; John Bird (birdj@winthrop.edu)
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 March 2014; Albert E. Krahn (krahn@punctuation.org)
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 world literature, cosmopolitanism, neoliberalism, (multi)racialism, urbanism, sexuality, spatiality, class, or inequality. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Philip Holden (ellhpj@nus.edu.sg)
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: researching, teaching, and/or gaining alt-ac experience. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV. by 21 February 2014; Stacey Amo (samo1@tigers.lsu.edu)
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 impact and impact factor, embargo, validity, and others. 250-word abstract and a 1-page CV by 21 February 2014; Svetlana Tyutina (svetatyutina@yahoo.com)
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, stewardship, Pacific Rim/Transatlantic/Trans-Arctic relations, seaside-inland connections, First Nations perspectives, exploration, climate change, coastal labor, coastal cities. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Blair (jennifer.blair@uottawa.ca)
Posted 6 November 2013

In Praise of Flatness
Special Session
Reappraisals of flat vs. round characters; flatness and realism; flat affects; flatness and the novel. PechaKucha-style panel. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Megan Ward (mward1@pointpark.edu) and Rachel Greenwald Smith (rgsmith@slu.edu)
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 Domnita Dumitrescu by 1 March 2014; Domnita Dumitrescu (ddumitr@calstatela.edu)
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 1 March 2014; Judith H. Anderson (anders@indiana.edu)
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 invites proposals on new readings inflected by war and related topics. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Nancy L. Paxton (Nancy.Paxton@nau.edu)
Posted 20 October 2013

New World Evangelism
Special Session
Papers on Early Modern evangelism that relate and analyze European-AmerIndian encounters in the Americas. Suggested topics: theology, autobiography, genre, women's studies, travel literature, colonialism. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Jennifer Morrissey (jmorrissey@northpark.edu)
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" (Moretti) readings. Examine Dickens using surface, depth, close, distant readings. 500 word abstracts by 15 February 2014; Priti Joshi (dickensmla2015@gmail.com)
Posted 16 October 2013

Ekphrasis that Narrativizes
Special Session
The re-representation of (typically) a visual representation that, by adding prior and/or subsequent events, creates a story. Theoretical approaches or analysis of examples. Abstracts by 1 March 2014; Emma Kafalenos (emkafale@wustl.edu)
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? Considerations might include land and sovereignty, settler colonial studies, food studies, environmental justice, eco-activism. abstracts, CVs by 3 March 2014; Anita Mannur (mannura@miamioh.edu) and Marcellus Blount (mb33@columbia.edu)
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 of humanist discourse into empirical form exacerbate neoliberal logic? abstracts, CV by 3 March 2014; Keith Feldman (kpfeldman@berkeley.edu)
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 field of children's literature across mediums, aesthetics, definitions, and/or ideologies. Abstracts by 1 March 2014; Abbie Ventura (abbie-ventura@utc.edu) and Ramona Caponegro (rcaponeg@emich.edu)
Posted 4 September 2013

Visual Dickens
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
Visual imagery in Dickens: dream, hallucination, portraits, caricature, blindness, the grotesque. Illustration, illustrators: Browne, Cruikshank, Cattermole, Fildes, Barnard, others. Dickens in popular media: photography, film, cards, advertising. Abstracts (250-300 words) by 10 March 2014; John Jordan (picasso@ucsc.edu)
Posted 29 August 2013

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