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

Visual and Literary Archives
Forum: MS Visual Culture
What roles do visual archives (e.g., photography) play in writing? How does literature use archives to elaborate the past differently and affect the present? 250 Word Abstract to Ariella Azoulay (ariella_azoulay@brown.edu). by 27 March 2015; Ariella Azoulay (ariella_azoulay@brown.edu)
Posted , last updated 17 March 2015

Germanic Philology
Forum: LSL Germanic Philology and Linguistics
Discussion Group for Germanic Philology solicits papers addressing any aspect of Germanic Linguistics and philology. 250 word abstracts by 25 March 2015 to Tina Boyer. Submissions: .pdf, .doc, email formats. by 25 March 2015; Tina Boyer (boyertm@wfu.edu)
Posted , last updated 16 March 2015

Troubling Threshold Concepts in Composition Studies
Allied Organization: National Council of Teachers of English
What are composition's threshold concepts? How might they be deployed in the context of GE revisions and other curricular concerns? This panel explores the current state of threshold concepts, transfer studies, and GE curricula. Submit 250 word abstracts by 23 March to JRhodes@csusb.edu. by 23 March 2015; Jacqueline Rhodes (jrhodes@csusb.edu)
Posted , last updated 16 March 2015

Graduate Student Research Writing Pedagogies
Special Session
Seeking innovative approaches and best practices for integrating formal and informal writing instruction into the graduate curriculum in MLA fields. 250 word abstracts by 22 March 2015; Gretchen Busl (gbusl@twu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 15 March 2015

Collecting and Gender
Special Session
How do gender and private art collecting intersect in representations of collecting and collectors in late 19th-century French literature? 300-word abstracts, approx. by 23 March 2015; Kirsten B. Ellicson (kirstenbrittellicson@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 12 March 2015

Language Theory and Description
Forum: TM Language Theory
Presentations exploring interdigitations of language theory and linguistic description. Paper proposals of 250-300 words by 23 March 2015; Thomas F. Shannon (tshannon@berkeley.edu). 250-300 Words paper proposals by ; Thomas Shannon (tshannon@berkeley.edu)
Posted , last updated 12 March 2015

New Work in Language Theory
Forum: TM Language Theory
Papers focusing on aspects of linguistics that contribute to trends in language theory. Paper proposals of 250-300 words by 23 March 2015; Thomas F. Shannon (tshannon@berkeley.edu). by 23 March 2015; Thomas Shannon (tshannon@berkeley.edu)
Posted , last updated 12 March 2015

17th-Century Britain/and/or/in Europe
Special Session
A panel reframing geographical and literary contours: literary, political, or philosophical concerns; networks; thinking beyond 'Crisis'; questioning current institutional barriers. 300 word abstract by 21 March 2015; Sharon Achinstein (sachins1@jhu.edu) and Anston Bosman (abosman@amherst.edu)
Posted 4 March 2015, last updated 11 March 2015

Feminist Voices in Diasporic Afro-Futurism
Forum: GS Speculative Fiction
Seeking papers concerning gender and the role of Africa as a real or symbolic presence in diasporic SF, especially works by women. 250-word abstracts with bio. by 17 March 2015; Ian MacDonald (macdonaldi@wittenberg.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 10 March 2015

Martin's Song of Ice & Fire/Game of Thrones
Special Session
Papers on any aspect of Martin's Game of Thrones(TV)/ Ice&Fire (novels) or both are solicited. Preference is given to comparative studies. 250-300 w abstract by 18 March 2015; Janice Bogstad (bogstajm@uwec.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015, last updated 10 March 2015

Media and the Unconscious
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring the unconscious dimensions and/or effects of media (new and historical). 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Matthew Schilleman (schilleman@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015, last updated 7 March 2015

"The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging"
Forum: TC Age Studies
What difference does age make in what/how we teach and how students perceive us? 300-word proposal and brief c.v. by 15 March 2015; Michelle Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging
Forum: HEP Teaching as a Profession
What difference does age make in what we teach, how we teach, and how our students perceive us? 300-word proposal and brief c.v. by 15 March 2015; Michelle Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Women and Performance in the Comedia
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama
How did women contribute to performance in the Comedia, and how did performance and the Comedia contribute to women? With GEMELA, NON GUARANTEED. 250-word abstracts by 14 March 2015; Maria M. Carrion (mcarrio@emory.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Comedic Desires
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama
What do correspondences between desire and comedy contribute to the texture of the Comedia and its relation to gender and sexualities? 250-word abstracts by 14 March 2015; Maria M. Carrion (mcarrio@emory.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Primal Scenes
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama
How does knowing and/or understanding primal scenes contribute to the writing and reading in- and of the Comedia, and viceversa? 250-word abstracts by 14 March 2015; Maria M. Carrion (mcarrio@emory.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Global, Local and Micro-territorial Re-reroutings
Forum: LLC 19th-Century Latin American
How do multi-directional transfers involving class, ethnicity, gender or language impact sub-state localities in their territorial specificity and in their transnational networking with other micro-areas? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; José M. Rodríguez García (jr152@duke.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

Young, Gifted, and Black
Special Session
Seeking submissions that engage representations of Black youth related to genius, giftedness, and creative/intellectual risk-taking. 300-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Griffiths (jgriff02@nyit.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 5 March 2015

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
Special Session
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works portray the effects of kinship networks (family, marriage, siblings, parents) on individual characters/identities? 300-word abstract plus bio by 15 March 2015; Talia Vestri Croan (tmvcroan@bu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015, last updated 4 March 2015

Cultures of Credit in Early Modern English Literature
Special Session
Papers invited on credit, credence, and credibility in the literature of early modern England; economic, philosophical, religious, scientific, or legal approaches welcome. 300-word abstracts by 16 March 2015; Molly Murray (mpm7@columbia.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015, last updated 4 March 2015

Politics of Literature in Modern and Contemporary Italy
Special Session
New approaches to the political dimension of fiction/poetry; theories of fiction, close/distant reading; theoretical re-examinations of the literary experience. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 20 March 2015; Manuela Marchesini (mmarchesini@tamu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 3 March 2015

Power and Spectacle in the Spanish Golden Age
Special Session
Dynamics of power and spectacle in 17th-century Spain and Spanish America. Text, performance, representation, theater, fiesta, public entertainment. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 25 March 2015; Marina Coma (comadima@mail.uc.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015, last updated 3 March 2015

Psychoanalysis in/and Russia
Special Session
History of psychoanalysis in Russia; role of Russian subjects in the development of psychoanalytic theory; Russian texts, films, and other cultural products through psychoanalytic lens. 250-word abstracts by March 20 by ; Emma Lieber (emma.lieber@rutgers.edu)
Posted , last updated 2 March 2015

Literacies in Writing Studies
Forum: RCWS Literacy Studies
We invite proposals that explore practices and processes of literacies situated in a wide range of political, social, economic, linguistic, educational, and cultural contexts. Submit a 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Suzanne Blum Malley (sbmalley@colum.edu) and James King (jking9@usf.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

1916 Rising: Reverberations
Forum: LLC Irish
Literary and cultural representations of 1916, its prehistories and commemorations. Messianic, heroic, theatrical, ironic and epic modes of representation. Abstracts to loconnor@uci.edu by March 15, 2015 by 15 March 2015; Laura O'Connor (loconnor@uci.edu)
Posted 2 March 2015

Diplomacy and Letters
Special Session
Diplomacy and the role of literary ambassadors, including any extra-textual activities, propaganda, and covert actions for/ against the State. Any period. 250-word abstracts and short bios; by 20 March 2015; Karen Benavente (karen.benavente@glasgow.ac.uk)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

1968 in Global Cinema
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
This panel explores the relationship among sixties' cinemas - French and British New Wave, Cinema Novo, Third Cinema – and its lasting impacts. Abstracts - 250 words by 15 March 2015; Christina Gerhardt (crgerhardt@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

Shakespeare Addiction
Special Session
Addictive/compulsive sensibilities within the works, market strategies of compulsive fandom, and disavowed "bardolatry" replaced by stronger fascinations. 250 word abstracts and short bios by 17 March 2015; Donald Hedrick (hedrick@ksu.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Postcolonial Literature and the Question of Indigeneity
Forum: TC Postcolonial Studies
The question of indigeneity, indigenous culture, community, identity, rights, activism, and sovereignty in postcolonial literatures in Arabic and other languages. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Vilashini Cooppan (vcooppan@ucsc.edu) and Stephen Sheehi (spsheehi@wm.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Ecocritical Postcolonial Studies
Forum: TC Postcolonial Studies
A decade after Rob Nixon's "Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" how does the intersection look? Field formations, methodologies, and archives; speculations on possibilities and complications; innovative models. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Vilashini Cooppan (vcooppan@ucsc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Special Session
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women's writers. Paper submission by 14 March 2015; Karen Julissa Barahona (kbarahon@bw.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Special Session
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women's writers. Paper submission by 14 March 2015; Karen Julissa Barahona (kbarahon@bw.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Innovative Digital-Humanities Approaches in Teaching and Research of Languages and Literatures
Special Session
We seek theory- and practice-based presentations on application of digital technologies in language/literature fields. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome. 300-500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Alexander E. Pichugin (pichugin@rutgers.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Rhetoric of Rape
Forum: LSL Language and Society
How does language shape what is accepted as sexual violence? Issues of "legitimate rape," consent, gender, trans, and other collisions of rhetoric and experience. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Andrea Adolph (aea13@psu.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Community, Cosmology, and Ecology in The Double Hook
Special Session
Drawing on recent work in Western, First Nations, and environmental studies, this session offers new readings of The Double Hook. Abstracts of 250 words. by 15 March 2015; Brady Harrison (brady.harrison@mso.umt.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Extreme Weather: American Disaster Narratives
Special Session
The narrative structure of 'natural' disaster: how do American literature, film and other media recount catastrophic weather? 300-word abstract and a brief bio by 21 March 2015; Alexandra Rahr (alexandra.rahr@utoronto.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Expulsion and Exile: Asian African Literature
Special Session
Conference papers that interrogate themes of memory and migration invited for a panel on Asian African literature and film. 250-300 word abstracts. Inquiries welcome. by 1 April 2015; Rashna Singh (rsingh@coloradocollege.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Medieval Poetics of Anxiety
Special Session
How did medieval poets and poetic institutions address existential anxieties? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Dan Redding-Brielmaier (daniel.brielmaier@utoronto.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Water - Aesthetics and Politics
Special Session
Water is vital to all life forms and is often metaphorically evoked. This CfP welcomes papers on water that span literature and environment. abstracts - 250 words by 15 March 2015; Christina Gerhardt (crgerhardt@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

From Reader-Response to Jacques Ranciere: The Evolution of Reception Theory
Allied Organization: Reception Study Society
Papers on reception theory evolution (including feminist approaches, interpretive communities, histories of reading, movies, fans, hermeneutics, aesthetics, etc.) Visit receptionstudy.org. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Ildi Olasz (olasz@nwmissouri.edu) and Philip Goldstein (pgold@udel.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Historical Literature in Asian Modernities
Special Session
Papers exploring the significance of historical literature (fiction, drama) in Asian modernities; specialists of East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East welcomed. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Satoru Hashimoto (shashimoto@uchicago.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Media and the Cultures of Sports
Special Session
We welcome analyses of how media technologies determine sports and sporting publics in literature, television, social media, performance studies, visual art, photography, and/or history. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Marcel Brousseau (marcel_brousseau@umail.ucsb.edu) and Katherine Kelp-Stebbins (kkelpstebbins@palomar.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Novel Approaches to History
Special Session
Publics' pasts: How does the contemporary historical novel revise and/or reinscribe the past for public consumption. Whose past, and for whom? 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Linda S. Garber (lgarber@scu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Responsibility and the Naturalist Novel
Special Session
This panel examines realist and naturalist novels in relation to Joshua Greene's recent discussions of moral responsibility. abstracts (500 words) by 15 March 2015; Jason Potts (jpotts@stfx.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Towards an Aesthetics of Failure
Special Session
Tom McCarthy wrote: “the essence of poetry” is “of trying, and failing." What are the implications for literature that aims for failure? Abstract of 250 words; C.V. by 13 March 2015; Alexandra Smith (asmi1958@uni.sydney.edu.au) and Sam Reese (samuel.reese@sydney.edu.au)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
Special Session
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside identification and counter-identification with dominant self-fashioning. 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Yin Wang (yinwang@mail.ncku.edu.tw)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
Special Session
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside identification and counter-identification with dominant self-fashioning. 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015. by 15 March 2015; Yin Wang (yinwang@mail.ncku.edu.tw)
Posted 28 February 2015

Rethinking the Indian Question: Representation, Politics, Activism
Special Session
This session addresses the “Indian Question” in literature and film in the context of social movements against current forms of economical precariousness. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Claudia Arteaga (carteaga@rci.rutgers.edu) and Cristobal Cardemil-Krause (ccardemil-krause@wcupa.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Multicultural Futurism: Decolonizing the Future
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
Analyze multicultural (Indigenous, Afro-, Chica@/Latin@, Asian American) futurism on resisting colonization in alternative history, science fiction, speculative fiction, slipstream, and fantasy. Brief abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu) and Kerry Fine (kerry.fine@ttu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Mining, Minerals, and Empire
Special Session
Literature about mining/mineral extraction, as microcosms of the issues of the larger empire and the relationship between the land, colonizers, and the colonized. Abstracts of 250 words by 14 March 2015; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (rwh@und.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Paul Celan Today
Special Session
As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of his death, this panel explores the legacy of the poet and translator Paul Celan. 300 word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2015; Thomas C. Connolly (thomas.c.connolly@yale.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI
Special Session
Debate continues over the Somme Offensive and its legacy even after 100 years. Papers should examine literary engagements with the campaign. 400-word abstract/bio by 15 March 2015; Nicholas Milne-Walasek (nmiln013@uottawa.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Sonorous Envelope: Sound in Modernism
Special Session
How does reading for sound reshape critical accounts of modernism's relation to urban modernity, mass culture, and emergent discourses and practices of media and immediacy? 250-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Aleksandr Prigozhin (ampri@uchicago.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Beyond Individual Authorship
Special Session
This panel explores intellectual collaborations and constellations in the Germanic, French, and English speaking context that result in literary or philosophical works, theories, or thought systems. 250-word abstract by 20 March 2015; Erika Kontulainen (ekon@sas.upenn.edu) and Florian Breitkopf (florianb@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Whither Histories of Literary Theory?
Special Session
In our digital, information-age of proliferating canons and contemporary theories, must undergraduates learn the tradition? Do classical, medieval, enlightenment and romantic theories still matter? 300 word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Nira M. Gupta-Casale (ncasale@kean.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-casting Humanism in Islamic Literature and Thought: Perils and Promises
Special Session
The aim of this session is to look at major critical theories recasting Humanism in Islam. Abstract- One page by 15 March 2015; Youssef Yacoubi (yyacoubi05@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Collector, the Anthologizer and Historical Agency
Special Session
Papers sought on theorizing collecting as a thought process; collecting in relation to anthology, textual criticism or historical agency. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 25 March 2015; Guangchen Chen (gchen01@fas.harvard.edu) and Emily Hayman (emily.hayman@yale.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Sounds of the South
Forum: LLC Southern United States
In listening to the South, what do we hear? Papers on auditory depictions in music, literature, film, other media. 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Jolene Hubbs (jhubbs@ua.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Anachronistic Method, or Historicity without Historicism
Special Session
What might literary history look like beyond historicism’s rigid notions of time? How can scholars theorize productive moments of cross-temporal contact? 250 word abstracts with bio by 15 March 2015; Nese Devenot (ndevenot@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Making Student-Subjects: Knowledge-Narratives, Capital, The University
Special Session
Theoretical investigations of University impact on student identity formation. Have Humanities become over-determined by Market forces -- forsaking critique to produce relevant knowledge-workers? 500 word abstracts by 22 March 2015; Dean Casale (dcasale@kean.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Post-Humanism and the Virus
Special Session
We invite papers exploring the dual agency of the viral as simultaneously generative and threatening. How do viruses and humans interact in the ‘Post-human’? 250-word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (jaw55@psu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Chesnutt's Choices
Special Session
How did Charles W. Chesnutt’s aim to reach a white audience shape his narrative choices: topics, point of view, literary sources, even choice of humor. One hundred page abstracts by 15 March 2015; MARIA ORBAN (maria_orban@hotmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Sisterhood and Social Justice in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Special Session
Sisterhood includes the possibility of rivalry or connection across difference. 300-word proposal on social justice and biological/symbolic sisterhood and one-page c.v.. by 15 March 2015; Deirdre McMahon (dhm33@drexel.edu) and Mary Jeanette Moran (mjmoran@ilstu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Informatics of Selfhood
Forum: TC Marxism, Literature, and Society
Governing by identity; techniques of tracking, profiling, and population management; risk calculus, preemption, and security practices; cultural history of informational subjects; Quantified Self movement. Abstracts and CVs. by 20 March 2015; Rita Raley (raley@english.ucsb.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Global Cold War
Forum: TC Marxism, Literature, and Society
nonwestern histories of the cold war; aesthetics/politics of cold war cultural production; genre film, fiction, art; cultural histories of cold war era. Abstracts and CVs. by 15 March 2015; Zahid Chaudhary (zrc@princeton.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching of American Sign Language
Special Session
American Sign Language is growing in interest. This presentation examines trends in instruction, curriculum, assessment, and in literary theory and ends with a discussion on social considerations. by 15 March 2015; Norma Tourangeau (norma.tourangeau@rochester.edu) and Deirdre Schlehofer (dxsnss@rit.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature and Taxation
Special Session
Seeking papers from any historical period that examine literary representations of taxation, the influence of tax policies on authors or cultural imaginations, and/or general theoretical approaches. 300 word abstract by 20 March 2015; Robin Stewart (stewartr@uci.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Contractual Publics: Between Precedents and Future Risk
Special Session
We will examine literary texts as political events that can rewrite the past, reevaluate the present, and posit new futures. 300-word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2015; Suzanne Taylor (taylorsuzanne@uchicago.edu) and Darrel Chia (dkchia@uchicago.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Miltonic Apocrypha
Special Session
Miltonic Apocrypha invites papers concerning disputed attributions like De Doctrina Christiana or any hitherto unacknowledged works arguably attributable to Milton. 300-word abstract and CV by 17 March 2015; Hugh F. Wilson (wilsonh@gram.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 28 February 2015

Disrupted, Destroyed, and Impossible Histories
Special Session
Literary/poetic writing as legitimate (or illegitimate) historiography, pre-1800. Challenges to disciplinarity. Ruptured histories. Alternative histories. Ambiguous histories. Histories that aren't history. Subversions. Containments. Delusions. Fantasies. Outrages. Abstract/bio. by 15 March 2015; Steven J. Syrek (steven.syrek@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Enthusiasm and Capitalism
Special Session
How is the rise of capitalism related to religious enthusiasm and religious experience more broadly construed? This panel welcomes papers in the 16th-20th centuries. abstract by 15 March 2015; William Miller (wmille32@jhu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disability Poetics in the Public Sphere
Special Session
Participants will discuss how disability poetics (defined here as poetry by disabled/otherly-abled writers such as Larry Eigner) influence the public sphere. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2015; Donora Hillard-Hare (donora.ann@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Fictional Entities and Participatory Culture
Special Session
How does engagement with fictional entities lead to social and public participation? Cognitive and/or evolutionary approaches particularly encouraged. Please submit 250-word abstract and C.V. by 18 March 2015; Rhona Trauvitch (rhona.trauvitch@fiu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Consciousness in Poetry by Women
Special Session
Women poets of 20th and 21st centuries engaging public discourses on ecology and the interconnectedness of all things past, present, and future. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; T. Mera Moore Lafferty (meramoore@berkeley.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Writing Crafts in Fiction and Non-Fiction and Their Pedagogical Applications
Special Session
Call for studies on writing crafts in fiction and non-fiction and/or their applications to writing courses. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Xinqiang Li (bestestu@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

New Reflections on Piracy
Special Session
Papers invited on piracy in contemporary culture, including representations of pirates or appropriative practices in recent literature and film or reflections on plagiarism/illegal distribution. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Alana Reid (alareid@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Queers Read LGBT Literature
Allied Organization: GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages
This panel explores the state of contemporary LGBT literature and the value of a LGBT literary canon. Calling for papers that ask: what is LGBT literature now? Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Shanté Paradigm Smalls (smallss@stjohns.edu) and Ramzi Fawaz (fawaz@wisc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Modern Comics as Political Theater
Special Session
Materialist, object-relations, or related readings of the social imaginary of modern comics, especially newspaper serials like Thimble Theatre that are not explicitly political. Papers or abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Eyal Amiran (amiran@uci.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Technologies of Perversion
Special Session
Papers that consider how technological developments from the 19th-century forward have shaped the evolving dynamic between normative and "perverse" sexualities. 250-500 word abstract and 1-page CV by 14 March 2015; Johannes Burgers (jburgers@qcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Archival Practices
Special Session
Roundtable bridging “the archive” as concept and the labor of archivists: arrangement and description; exclusions; institutional power; grassroots efforts; literary collections; non-paper materials; access. 300 word abstract and short bio by 15 March 2015; Anne Donlon (adonlon@emory.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Beckett and the Extensions of Modernism
Allied Organization: Samuel Beckett Society
This panel addresses Beckett's relevance for the ongoing rethinking of modernism - its temporal/geographical locations, contemporary persistence, and transformations, in literature and artistic spheres. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Michael D'Arcy (mdarcy@stfx.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuba/Gabriel García Márquez/Austin
Special Session
Proposals interrogating GGM’s creative relation to the Cuban Revolution in journalism, film, literature, diplomacy in light of UT's acquisition of GGM's papers. One to two page abstracts @500 words. by 22 March 2015; César Augusto Salgado (cslgd@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Contemporary Art Activism
Forum: LLC Russian and Eurasian
Explores Russia's recent explosion of politically engaged art; the intersection between art and activism. How (much) can art serve as political protest, social action? Comparative approaches welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julia Vaingurt (vaingurt@uic.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuban Post-Exile Identities
Special Session
Proposals on how cultural and literary characterizations of Cuban diasporic subjects have evolved since 1994 in light of normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations. One to two page abstracts (@500 words) by 22 March 2015; César Augusto Salgado (cslgd@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Listening to Early Modern Voices
Special Session
Theoretical approaches to voice in the early modern period, especially colonial encounters: transcription practices, song and poetry, orality, embodied voices. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Caroline Egan (eganc@stanford.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans and the Great War"
Allied Organization: Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages
Representations of Negro soldiers; political debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim Crow; global contexts. 200-250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Barbara Clare Foley (bfoley@andromeda.rutgers.edu) and Thabiti Lewis (thabiti@vancouver.wsu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Pox Americana: Epidemic Illness Past, Present, Future
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring literature of American epidemic (historical, contemporary, or anticipated) and the construction of community, national, and international identities. C.V. and 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rachel Conrad (rachel.b.conrad@rice.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature, Jihad, and the Marketplace
Special Session
Literary studies, liberal arts education, STEM pressure, career in corporate world, global competition, first-generation college students, teaching institutions, youth and jihadi extremism Pramod Mishra mishrapr@lewisu.edu. 500-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Pramod K. Mishra (mishrapr@lewisu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

"Sin Embargo"
Forum: LLC Cuban and Cuban Diasporic
Proposals reflecting on changes and challenges in financing, circulation, consumption, and interpretation of Cuban and Cuban Diasporic cultural production post 12-17 normalization. One to two page abstracts @500 words. by 15 March 2015; César Augusto Salgado (cslgd@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature as Healing
Special Session
Can literature contribute to social and cultural healing? How might literary works foster health and well-being? Indigenous topics/perspectives encouraged. 300-word abstracts by 15 March by 15 March 2015; Brenda Machosky (machosky@hawaii.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Comparative Literature in the Age of Digital Humanities
Special Session
Panel invites papers exploring challenges and opportunities that DH creates for the practice of comparative literature. 250-300 word abstract and a brief biography by 15 March 2015; Fatma Tarlaci (ftarlaci@utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

American Poetry and Eastern European Traditions
Forum: LLC Russian and Eurasian
What of Eastern Europe remains in Anglo-American poetry by poets born in the former Soviet Bloc? Submissions welcome from poetry scholars, Slavists. CV and 200-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Benjamin Paloff (paloff@umich.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Ecocritical Postcolonial Studies
Special Session
A decade after Rob Nixon's "Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" how does the intersection look? Field formations, methodologies, and archives; speculations on possibilities and complications; innovative models. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Vilashini Cooppan (vcooppan@ucsc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Religion, Spirituality, and Contemporary Literature
Special Session
We seek papers that address how new accounts of contemporary spiritual culture, including accounts of (post-)secularism and the evangelical revival, recast post-1945 literary history. Submit 200-400-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Jason Bartulis (lit.and.spirituality.mla2016@gmail.com) and Spencer Morrison (lit.and.spirituality.mla2016@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Who’s Afraid of Totality?
Allied Organization: Marxist Literary Group
Marxism has frequently been at odds with critical approaches understood as identitarian. This roundtable asks how we can think socioeconomic and other forms of domination together. Abstracts by 10 March 2015; Jen Hedler Phillis (jen.hedler.phillis@gmail.com) and Kevin Floyd (kfloyd@kent.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Contingencies: Hierarchies and Inequalities in French/francophone literature
Special Session
Oppressions of class, race, and/or gender in modern (18th-21st century) French/Francophone literature. Please send abstract of 300 words and a brief bio. by 15 March 2015; Lisa Karakaya (lkarakaya@gradcenter.cuny.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Digital Vernaculars
Special Session
Papers exploring literary uses, appropriations, and representations of language drawn from digital culture, comments sections, and social media or theorizing digital language's relationship to literature. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Eric Rettberg (eric.rettberg@lmc.gatech.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Unfolding narrative processes through Literature and Cinema
Special Session
This session reflects on how literature and cinema reshape the instances of the narrator from reality and subjectivity effects produced on the viewer. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Giseli Tordin (gtordin@umass.edu) and Andréa Bombonati (andrea.bombonati@uol.com.br)
Posted 28 February 2015

Pirandello in the Classroom and Beyond: Innovative Pedagogy
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Interdisciplinary perspectives for a seminar-style panel examining teaching and communication of Pirandello's works to new public(s): theoretical/pedagogical innovations in adaptation, translation, and performance. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni (jana.okeefebazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu) and Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 28 February 2015

Mediated Legacies: New Theoretical Approaches to Pirandello
Allied Organization: Pirandello Society of America
Papers using new and theoretical lenses to approach the work and thought of Pirandello: development across genres and media, in visual or other forms. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni (jana.okeefebazzoni@baruch.cuny.edu) and Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 28 February 2015

Beat Studies Now
Special Session
BEAT STUDIES NOW. New research on Beat literature/culture/history. Off beat Beats; Beat icons; Beat worlds. 500 word abstract; bio paragraph by March 15. 500 word abstract and bio paragraph by 15 March 2015; Ronna Catherine Johnson (ronna.johnson@tufts.edu) and Deborah Geis (dgeis@depauw.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Transnationalizing the Public Sphere
Special Session
This special session asks how contemporary literature refigures public sphere theory for an age of globalization. The organizer asks that presenters send 250 word a by 15 March 2015; Nathan Jung (najung@uwalumni.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Publics, Print, and Place
Special Session
Exploring the role of physical places in the production and use of print. What “publics” are revealed? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Blevin Shelnutt (mbs405@nyu.edu) and Steven Carl Smith (ssmith32@providence.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-Approaching the Survey Course
Special Session
Papers invited for a roundtable session on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. 250-page abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Gwynn A. Dujardin (dujardin@queensu.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Playful Modernism
Special Session
Playful Modernism: Inviting abstracts for papers on the ludic aspects of modernism, including toys, games, the aleatory, uselessness, frivolity, wastefulness, the illogical and the irrational. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Michael Opest (opest@wisc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Raiding the Archive of Latin American Literature
Special Session
This panel will examine re-readings of the archival tradition in Latin American narrative, considering counter archives, feminist archives, queer archives, etc. 250-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2015; Carlos Riobó (criobo@gc.cuny.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Rhetorics of Disability Disclosure in Life Writing
Forum: RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric
Performance of and/or im/perceptibility of disability and identity; identifications; contexts of disclosure; rhetorical agency; narrative; rhetoricity. Submit 250 word abstracts and CVs. by 8 March 2015; Casie Cobos (casiecobos@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Recovering Postcolonial Publics
Special Session
Do certain cultural productions inherently produce postcolonial publics/counterpublics? How can we recover these notional and empirical communities in today’s neoliberal world ? Please submit abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2015; Sohinee Roy (sroy@noctrl.edu) and Dibyadyuti Roy (dibyadyutir@gmail.com )
Posted 28 February 2015

Anarchism and Literature in Latin America
Special Session
Papers on the impact anarchism had on the literary realm. See full CFP at: http://is.gd/yEuvVp. Send a 350 words abstract and a short bio note. by 15 March 2015; Marcos Wasem (mwasemca@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Gendering Medieval Biopolitics
Allied Organization: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
This session will address responses to Kathleen Biddick's book Make and Let Die: Untimely Sovereignties (http://punctumbooks.com/titles/kathleen-biddick/make-and-let-die-untimely-sovereignties/) through the lens of gender theory. papers by 15 March 2015; Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Digital Humanities & The Archive
Special Session
This panel interrogates the production/critique of digital archives. Keywords: digital-objects, metadata, Omeka. Makers/theorists welcome. Submit 250 word abstracts to mapplegate@molloy.edu by 15 March 2015; Matt Applegate (mapplegate@molloy.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Political Aesthetics in the Novel
Special Session
Seeking proposals on the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and reading practices in the novel from any period. CV and 250-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Stephanie L. Hawkins (shawkins@unt.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching Alice Munro's "Wild Swans"
Special Session
Proposals for 15 min. papers / discussion of strategies adapted, experience of, and suggestions for teaching this controversial short story. 200 word abstract / proposal by 15 March 2015; Sam Whitsitt (samuel.whitsitt@unibo.it)
Posted 28 February 2015

Aesthetics and Politics of Color
Special Session
Special session invites papers on the aesthetics and politics of color in film, literature and visual arts. Submit short bio, title of paper, abstract (150 wo by 20 March 2015; Sabine Doran (sud28@psu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Periodizations and Their Publics Since 1945
Special Session
Modern, postmodern, postcolonial, post-45, contemporary - how has literature been periodized since 1945 in critical and public spheres? How do texts engage/interrogate these periodizations? Roundtable contributions by 15 March 2015; Kathryn Fleishman (kfleishman@berkeley.edu) and Kevin Brazil (kevin.brazil@stcatz.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 28 February 2015

‘Means’ of Theory
Special Session
What are the critical/theoretical implications of reading literary texts as--in Cavell’s phrase--‘means’ rather than mere ‘objects’ of interpretation? 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Soelve Curdts (curdts@phil.hhu.de)
Posted 28 February 2015

Borders, Words, and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and migration across Eurasia, past and present. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jefferson Gatrall (gatrallj@mail.montclair.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

20th-21st-Century Hemispheric American Literary Studies
Special Session
Gathering 8-10 emerging and established scholars for 5-minute Ignite talks; share your 20th-21st-c hemispheric project (methods, archives, ideas, issues). 200-word abstract and CV by 20 March 2015; Kimberly O'Neill (kloneill@quinnipiac.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Crimea and Punishment
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
Crimea inspired expansionist ambitions in the Russians and the Turks. What unites the literary and the political effects of this place, in their various languages and genres? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gabriella Safran (gsafran@stanford.edu) and Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Inventing Literary Language(s) in Eurasia
Forum: LLC Russian and Eurasian
Explores literary languages and traditions generated within the Russian/(post-)Soviet empire; their strategies of self-invention, their interactions with neighboring traditions and/or the state. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Stanton (rjs19@columbia.edu) and Gabriella Safran (gsafran@stanford.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Language of Assessment, Judgment, and Evaluation
Forum: LSL Global English
What politics are involved in wording assignments, comments on student work, or program assessments? How does the language of judgment impact our fields? abstracts by 16 March 2015; Lynn Houston (lynn.houston@sunyorange.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Irish Revolutions
Allied Organization: American Conference for Irish Studies
This session examines diverse and disruptive “revolutions”: political insurrections, cultural revolutions, literal revolutions (tape reels, wheelchairs), psychic revolutions (epiphanies), or any important to Irish culture and self-understanding. 300 word abstract by 20 March 2015; Paige Reynolds (preynold@holycross.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Slavic Forgeries and Mystifications
Forum: LLC Slavic and East European
Is forgery an essential part of literature? Where would we be without mystifications? This panel offers interpretations and reflections on mystifications and forgeries in Slavic literatures. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Cooper (dlcoop@illinois.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Law, Literature, and Crisis in South Africa
Special Session
Seeking papers on the productive relationship between literature and law in South Africa. Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less. by 15 March 2015; Nicholas Matlin (nick.matlin@nyu.edu) and Nienke Boer (nb1105@nyu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

"Relics of the bum”: Shitty books and the corporeality of the (early) modern text
Special Session
Books as waste and anxieties around word's materiality, in both early modern and contemporary e-text eras. 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Justin Kolb (justin.kolb@aucegypt.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disembodied Masculinities
Special Session
Is masculinity challenged by moving discussions of masculinity outside of the male body? Do we subvert or only reestablish the power of patriarchy? Abstracts, 250 words or less, to jbwirth@uw.edu. by 15 March 2015; James Wirth (jbwirth@uw.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Latin American Film and Nation in the 21st Century
Special Session
This panel explores the relationships among nation-state, local and global markets, and cinema in 21st Century Latin America. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Arno Argueta (arno@utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Miguel de Cervantes: Past, Present, and Future
Special Session
In celebrating 400 years of Cervantes, this panel seeks papers that reflect upon past scholarship and highlight innovative approaches to Cervantes’s texts. 200-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Shannon Polchow (spolchow@uscupstate.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Cinema and Public Spheres in Franco's Spain
Special Session
The relationship between cinema and (hegemonic and alternative) public spheres in Franco's Spain; cinema audiences, resistance, formal and informal socialization; gendered (counter)publics/ communities. 200-250-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Diana Jorza (djorza@nd.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Characters of Adultery
Special Session
The realist novel is unimaginable without unfaithful wives, suicides, marriage-breakers. What happens to these adulterous characters in mid-century women’s novels and philosophy? 200-word abstracts, 1-page cv. by 15 March 2015; Brigitta Olubas (b.olubas@unsw.edu.au) and Lisabeth During (lduring@pratt.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

The Objects of Performance, 1660-1830
Special Session
This panel will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long eighteenth century. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words. by 15 March 2015; Ashley Bender (abender@twu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Developing Collaborative Humanities Research Projects
Special Session
Panel on how humanities scholars can establish partnerships, develop collaborative research projects capable of attracting external funding. Examples wanted. See http://bit.ly/collab-research for full CFP. 250 word abstract by 16 March 2015; Brian Rosenblum (brianlee@ku.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Bootstrapping Broads: A Roundtable on Women Writing Class
Special Session
We invite presentations engaging literary and social projects around women’s labor in postbellum America. 250-word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Jane Carr (carr@newamerica.org) and Laura Fisher (Laura.fisher@ryerson.ca)
Posted 27 February 2015

Walking in Public
Special Session
Theoretical engagement with concepts of wandering, not tradition-specific; walking bodies, disembodied walkers (in games, literature, music, online), homelessness, nomads. 300 word abstracts by March 15, 2015; Melissa Kagen (mkagen@stanford.edu). by 15 March 2015; Melissa Kagen (mkagen@stanford.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Rhetorics of De/Humanization
Special Session
How has literature created, modified, or denied human subjecthood? What are rhetorics of dehumanization? How is humanness mediated through language or visual culture? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mary-Catherine Harrison (mc.harrison@udmercy.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Eliot, Media, and Material Culture
Allied Organization: T. S. Eliot Society
Proposals welcome on any aspect of Eliot's engagement with the media and/or material culture and its history. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 17 March 2015; Michael Coyle (tseliotsociety@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Ageism and Activism: EngAging the Public
Forum: TC Age Studies
As the liberal arts are increasingly challenged to demonstrate "real-world" relevance, how do authors, artists--and literary scholars--engage their publics to combat ageism? 300-word abstract, brief CV by 15 March 2015; Valerie Lipscomb (lipscomb@sar.usf.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Party Politics
Special Session
This session explores the literary and historical significance of social gatherings and the cultural narratives they produce and reproduce. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Andrew Forrester (aforrester@smu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Intersections: African Literature and Electronic Liteature
Special Session
Navigates the intersections between African literature and electronic literature, examining the influence that both fields have over each other. Abstract of approximately 150-250 words by 15 March 2015; Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang (kwabena.oa@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Jean-Luc Nancy and the Concept of Community
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore Jean-Luc Nancy’s concept of “community,” and its relevance to cyber- and/or literary communities. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Helga Lenart-Cheng (hl4@stmarys-ca.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Reading Over Time
Special Session
On reencountering texts: What differences come with age and experience? How might political developments, changing fashions, biography, or “late/early reading style” contribute? 300-word proposal and brief c.v. by 15 March 2015; Peter Rabinowitz (prabinow@hamilton.edu) and Cynthia Port (cport@coastal.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Public Blackness: Celebrity, Diaspora, and Modernity
Special Session
How has black celebrity—examined across national, historical, and generic borders—been a defining presence in the literatures and cultures of modernity? Paper Abstracts (350 words) by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wilks (jmwilks@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Race in/after Conceptual Writing
Special Session
Treatments and elisions of racial politics, aesthetics, and experiences in conceptual writing. Does writing “against expression” renovate approaches to race or entrench racial privilege in experimental poetry? Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Seth Perlow (perlow@okstate.edu) and Dorothy Wang (dwang@williams.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

La Perse dans la littérature universelle
Special Session
Cette cession se propose de mettre en relief l'image de la Perse dans la littérature du monde entier. Résumés en français accompagné d'un C.V. by 15 March 2015; Mojgan Mahdavi Zadeh (mojgan_mahdavi@yahoo.fr)
Posted 27 February 2015

Contingent Faculty Mentoring for Democracy
Forum: HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues
Session on challenges and opportunities in mentoring for, of, and by contingent faculty for professional development and for activism. 250-Word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Maria Maisto (maria.maisto@newfacultymajority.info) and Lee Bessette (lee.bessette@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Critical Environments in Latin America: New Trends and Emerging Perspectives
Special Session
This session explores new theoretical and methodological approaches to ecocriticism in Latin American’s literary and cultural representations of nature/the environment. Abstracts by 31 March 2015; Gisela Heffes (gisela.heffes@rice.edu) and Jennifer French (Jennifer.L.French@williams.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Class Inequality and the African Diaspora
Special Session
This session examines issues of class (inequality, division, exploitation, etc.) in African American and/or Caribbean literature. 200-300 word abstract and CV (abbreviated) by 20 March 2015; Robin Brooks (robinbrooks@usf.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

"Aggressive Fictions": Metatextual Critiques of the Reader
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring fiction that critiques and/or challenges the reader and his/her interpretations and/or rationalizations of the text. Please submit 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Kirin Wachter-Grene (kkwg@uw.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Nabokov and Sexualities
Special Session
“Sex as an institution, sex as a general notion, sex as a problem, sex as a platitude—... Let us skip sex.” Or present on it. 300 word abstracts. by 18 March 2015; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Nabokov's Journeys
Allied Organization: International Vladimir Nabokov Society
Journeys as theme and trope: real and imaginary, fabulous and forbidden, moral and metaphysical, ecstatic and exilic, journeys into madness, revelation, transgression, time, Zonraki, and Zoolandia. 300 word abstracts by 17 March 2015; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

La Poétique et la Littérarité saisies à travers les textes des XXème et XXIème siècles françaises
Special Session
la Littérarité et la Poétique considérées par les génies créateurs des XXème et XXIème siècles. Résumés by 15 March 2015; Mojgan Mahdavi Zadeh (mojgan_mahdavi@yahoo.fr)
Posted 27 February 2015

Death, Violence and Religious Fiction
Special Session
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century. Submit 250-word abstracts and a c.v. or brief bio. by 15 March 2015; James Van Wyck (jvanwyck@fordham.edu) and William Fenton (fenton@fordham.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Digital Humanities in/and the City
Special Session
How might DH programs and/or projects at urban colleges or universities reflect big-city cultures, concerns, and/or communities? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Olin Bjork (bjorko@uhd.edu) and Matthew Russell (russelmr@uwm.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Contemporary Rhetoric(s) in First-year Composition
Special Session
This session will focus on applications of contemporary rhetoric(s) or contemporary applications of traditional rhetoric(s) in first-year writing courses. Abstract, one page double-spaced. by 15 March 2015; James C. Raymond (jraymond@bama.ua.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Celtic Studies and its Publics: Teaching, Outreach, Prospects
Forum: CLCS Celtic
We invite papers on teaching Celtic topics; Celtic Studies reaching new audiences inside and outside the academy; future challenges/opportunities. Brief abstract and bio by 21 March 2015; Matthieu Boyd (mwboyd@fdu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Performing Spain's Historical Memory
Special Session
This panel explores how historical memory has been represented in Spanish dramaturgy in relation to historical events that have shaped the making of the country. Abstracts (150 words) by 15 March 2015; Esther Fernández (efernandez@slc.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Roberto Bolaño: Beyond Exhaustion
Special Session
Is there anything beyond the exhaustion of the modern in Bolaño's work? Does other than horror and ennui remain amidst the crumbling ruins of modernity? abstract by 17 March 2015; Kate Jenckes (kjenckes@umich.edu) and Patrick Dove (pdove@indiana.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Emergent Temporalities
Special Session
Papers on 19th-century literary works that register new modalities of time in light of technoindustrial change (i.e. the railroad, telegraph, clock-regulated labor, photography, and cinema). 300-word abstracts and abbreviated CV by 15 March 2015; Emily K. Bald (ebald@uw.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Adaptation in World Cinema
Special Session
Soliciting papers on literary texts transposed into another medium and another cultural setting, e.g. Kurosawa's Shakespeare (Ran, Throne of Blood) or Coppola's Conrad (Apocalypse Now). 250-words abstract by 15 March 2015; Jeroen Gerrits (jgerrits@binghamton.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Pedagogy Matters in Black American Literature
Forum: LLC African American
This session focuses on a broad spectrum of issues related to teaching with "Who teaches what and how?" as the guiding question. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Thabiti Lewis (thabiti@vancouver.wsu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Inventing America: Public Memory and Private Pain
Special Session
Examines the dialogic tension between public memory and private pain in the framing of the New Republic. Abstracts 300 words by 15 March 2015; Dolan Hubbard (dolan.hubbard@morgan.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Memory and Identity in Contemporary Spanish Feminine Narrative
Special Session
Exploring issues of memory, gender, and identity construction in the narrative of Contemporary Spanish Women Writers. Please submit 250-300 word abstract and brief bio by 13 March 2015; Estefania Tocado Orviz (et287@georgetown.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Transatlantic Virgil
Special Session
Papers on the uses of Virgilian poetry in the New World, from the early modern period to the nineteenth century. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Joseph M. Ortiz (jmortiz7@utep.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

What's Next? EEBO in the Public Domain
Forum: LLC 16th-Century English
What work is possible now that the EEBO-TCP texts are freely accessible? Seeking gripping presentations of scholarship/projects in process. Send 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Ellen MacKay (emackay@indiana.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 27 February 2015

"Jews and Ethnic Studies"
Forum: LLC Jewish American
Relationships between Jews, Jewishness, ethnic studies, multiculturalism; where do Jews, Jewish studies, stand vis-à-vis ethnic literature formations? Literatures, theories, histories of contestation, tension, interaction. 250 abstracts and CV by 15 March 2015; Sandor Goodhart (goodhart@purdue.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Distributed Cognition and Early Modern Texts
Special Session
Connects contemporary theories of distributed cognition to early modern theories/literary texts integrating the brain with sense, passion, body, and/or the environment. Abstracts: 500 words by 15 March 2015; Daniel Lochman (dl02@txstate.edu) and Hannah Wojciehowski (gemelli@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

"The Place of Israel in Contemporary Jewish American Literary Writing"
Forum: LLC Jewish American
Refuge? Home? Dreamscape fantasy? Wild West? Center of political alliance and conflict? Papers on all literary genres. 250 word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2015; Sandor Goodhart (goodhart@purdue.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Rethinking the Humanities MA Degree
Special Session
How might humanities MAs be re-imagined as sites for curricular innovation to address the needs of smart and ambitious students wary of the doctoral track? One-page abstract by 15 March 2015; David L. Porter (dporter@umich.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

"Lost Objects in Jewish American Literature"
Forum: LLC Jewish American
Maps, photographs, letters, mezuzot, candelabras, and other artifacts remain sites of memory, imaginative entries into the Jewish American literary past. 250 word abstracts and CV. by 15 March 2015; Sandor Goodhart (goodhart@purdue.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

New Directions in Black Canadian Literature
Forum: LLC Canadian
This panel invites papers that open new lines of analysis of Black Canadian literature and sites for redefining Blackness in Canada. 250-word abstract and brief CV by 21 March 2015; Jade R. Ferguson (jfergu05@uoguelph.ca)
Posted 27 February 2015

Re-reading Sonia Sanchez
Forum: LLC African American
In light of the new documentary, "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez," this session seeks new readings of Sanchez’s life work as poet, dramatist, cultural worker, teacher, and activist. Abstracts 250 words by 15 March 2015; Dana A. Williams (d_williams@howard.edu) and Miriam Thaggert (miriam-thaggert@uiowa.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Special Session
This panel explores themes of ecophobia (i.e., fear and dread of nature), extinction, ecological crisis, unsettling (un)natural anomalies, and environmental injustice. Abstract of 300 words, short bio by 20 March 2015; Dawn Keetley (dek7@lehigh.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Editing the Digital Record
Forum: TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing
We invite contributions to a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities for textual editing created by the born-digital and the migration of texts to digital formats. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Sigrid Anderson Cordell (scordell@umich.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Legal and Literary Persons
Special Session
Papers on legal and literary fictions of personhood, personality, impersonation, personification; possibilities include post-humanism, postcolonial, environmental studies, human rights, animal studies. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Peter Leman (peterdleman@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature without redemption?
Special Session
The Christian tradition’s perspective on writing as redemptive has led to the rejection of literature considered unproductive or destructive. Submit abstracts discussing nonredemptive approaches to literature. 300 word abstract by 13 March 2015; Clara Dupuis-Morency (claradmorency@gmail.com) and Sara Danièle Bélanger-Michaud (sdbm22@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

America the Various: Russians Contemplate the United States
Special Session
This session examines Russian imaginations of America as reflected in literature, film, or new media. 250-word abstract and statement of affiliation. by 15 March 2015; Maya Vinokour (vinokour@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Not for Your Eyes: Editing Private Documents for Publication
Allied Organization: Association for Documentary Editing
We invite papers about editing letters, journals, and similar documents that were not intended to be published. 300-word abstracts with contact information by 25 March 2015; Carol DeBoer-Langworthy (cdbl@brown.edu) and David Vander Meulen (dlv8g@eservices.virginia.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015, last updated 27 February 2015

Multimodality: The leading edge of teaching and learning
Forum: HEP Teaching as a Profession
How does multimodality shape your teaching and your research about teaching? How does multimodality affect your students’ learning? 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Burnett ( rebecca.burnett@lmc.gatech.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature and the Phenomenology of Injustice
Special Session
Seeking papers that analyze how personal or collective experiences of injustice are depicted in or theorized by literature. 300 word abstract and C.V. by 18 March 2015; Trinyan Mariano (tmariano@fsu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

“‘We Are All Ayotzinapa!’: The Literature of Class Struggle”
Allied Organization: Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages
Representations of people fighting the capitalist crisis in the borderlands, class exploitation, state repression, sexism, racism, and deportations. abstracts 200-250 words by 15 March 2015; Marcial Gonzalez (marcial@berkeley.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Transnational, multilingual publics in the Renaissance
Special Session
In a period before the solidification of national and linguistic borders, how might translation, performance, iconography, etc. draw diverse communities together into a reading public? Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Kevin Chovanec (chovanec@email.unc.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Socialist Childhoods
Forum: LLC Slavic and East European
Growing up under socialism was both a personal and political experience. Recent memoirs convey the humanity and absurdity of a socialist childhood. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Watersheds and Futures: Navigating a 21st Century Danube
Forum: LLC Slavic and East European
Danubian Studies as a productive response to the EU’s contemporary transnational project, the region’s cultural and political pasts, and Danubia’s possible futures. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Stone (jon.stone@fandm.edu) and Matthew Miller (mdmiller1@colgate.edu.)
Posted 27 February 2015

Performance and Emerging Genres in the Mediterranean
Special Session
How do performance forms in the Mediterranean region question relationships between high and low cultures, oral and literary genres, history and memory? 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Neil Doshi (doshi@pitt.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Historicizing and Spatializing Biopolitics
Forum: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society
This panel aims to more precisely historicize and spaitalize concepts of biopolitics, biopower, thanatopolitics, necropolitics, and biopolitical production. Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words. by 16 March 2015; Christopher Breu (cdbreu@ilstu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Ezra Pound, Teaching and the Future(s) of the University
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
We invite papers on the relationships among Ezra Pound, teaching, and the future(s) of the university. 250-word abstract and a short bio. by 13 March 2015; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and David Ben-Merre (benmerdn@buffalostate.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

“Hauntology Revisited.”
Special Session
How can we still use, appropriate or critique Derrida's concept of “hauntology” from "Spectres of Marx" (1998)? Should we return to this formulation or should it R.I.P.? 15-minute presentations by 20 March 2015; Katharine M. Gillespie (gillesk1@miamioh.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Public Pedagogy in the Corporate University
Special Session
We seek located responses to these questions: should our teaching support or hinder the careerist demands of a defunded university? And how? Abstract, >350 words by 25 March 2015; Thomas Spitzer-Hanks (penumbra7@hotmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Exploring Gender and Sexuality in German Language Media
Allied Organization: Women in German
This joint WIG-AATG panel invites papers that explore discourses about gender and sexuality as portrayed in German-language media. 250-word abstracts and short biographical note by 13 March 2015; Carol Anne Costabile-Heming (carolanne.costabile-heming@unt.edu) and Didem Uca (uca@sas.upenn.ed)
Posted 26 February 2015

Injury & Response: Literary Rivalry in the 18th Century
Special Session
Seeking papers that address the influence of literary rivalries on genre, print culture, and criticism during the long eighteenth century. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Diamond (dmd@uchicago.edu) and Tristan Schweiger (tschweiger@uchicago.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

The Empathetic Turn: Affect Management in the Globalized Book Market
Special Session
We welcome papers that address affective responses to literature, mechanisms of selection, inclusion/exclusion, and strategies relating to marketing and publication. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Johanna Hartmann (johanna.hartmann@phil.uni-augsburg.de) and Zuzanna Ladyga, Stefanie Mueller (z.ladyga@uw.edu.pl, muelles1@uci.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Eugene O'Neill in the 21st Century
Allied Organization: Eugene O'Neill Society
How does O’Neill translate to contemporary audiences? Does his work still influence playwrights? What ways are O'Neill's themes relevant to our sensibilities today? 250 word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Jeff Kennedy (jtkennedy@asu.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Women, Medicine, and the Body
Special Session
This session invites papers exploring 19th century medicine's approach to women and the body in Europe and Latin America. Please submit a 200-word abstract before April 1st by 31 March 2015; J. Selene Zander (selene.zander@lmu.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Dis/Abilities and Knowledge - Francophone and French
MLA Committee: Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
This panel explores intersections between concepts of disability and/or "handicap" and knowledge of the body/its abilities - including across disciplines and world regions. 250-word abstract by 20 March 2015; Christian Flaugh (cflaugh@buffalo.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Tenuous Genres
Special Session
Secondary, minor, or weak genres proliferated as literary production adapted to mass markets. What traction did/do "lesser" genres have in their contemporary publics, or today's critical moment? 300-word abstract, bio by 15 March 2015; Christian Reed (crreed@ucla.edu) and Daniel Couch (dcouch@ucla.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Twentieth-Century Obscenity Debates and Citizenship
Special Session
Papers are sought for a panel examining the relationship between 20th-century obscenity debates and broad notions of citizenship. Email 300 word abstracts to Patrick Lawrence by 15 March 2015; Patrick Lawrence (patrick.lawrence@uconn.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Weird South
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Southern Literature
We invite papers that examine, interrogate, and/or theorize the "weird south." What, if anything, makes the region weird? How do we discuss the “weird” without re-inscribing southern exceptionalism? 300-word Abstracts by 20 March 2015; Gina Caison (gcaison@gsu.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Trauma in Recent Cinema
Special Session
This session explores new approaches to studying the representation of collective or individual trauma in fiction film produced since 2000. All national traditions are welcomed. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gail E. Finney (gefinney@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Echo/Ethno and Techno-Poetics in Luso-Brazilian Literature
Special Session
By considering sonic aspects of literary narratives with origins in performance or ethnography, this session engages literature through technological and social practices of listening. Abstracts, 350. by 15 March 2015; Rebecca A. Lippman (becca.lippman@gmail.com) and Marilia Librandi-Rocha (marilialibrandi@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Counternarratives, History, Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Fiction
Special Session
Seeking papers to discuss counternarratives, limits and possibilities, to histories of national belonging in contemporary U.S. ethnic fiction. 250-word abstract; 1-page c.v. by 15 March 2015; S. Moon Cassinelli (cassine1@illinois.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Francophone Environmental Fiction
Forum: LLC Francophone
Ecocritical/environmental humanities approaches to cultural production. Resources, landscapes, animals, “vibrant matter” in relation to the human/social in postcolonial contexts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Richard Watts (rhwatts@uw.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Australian Literature in Multimedia Space and the Public Sphere
Allied Organization: American Association of Australian Literary Studies
Papers sought on how Australian literature functions in digital/media spaces and how it relates to various publics, national and international. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Eva Rueschmann (erueschmann@hampshire.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

The Relation Between Teaching and Research
Forum: HEP Teaching as a Profession
How should we think about the relation between research and teaching in higher education? Does research improve teaching? How does teaching inform research? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Robert Samuels (bobsamuels_us@yahoo.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Earth
Forum: LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Literature/art/culture and geology, geography, sea-levels, climate, crystals, fossils, landforms (islands, volcanoes, reefs). Theoretical approaches welcome: material feminist, LGBTQ, phenomenological, Anthropocene, geo-ecological, psychological, linguistic, global. 250-word proposals by 28 March 2015; Cassandra Laity (claity@utk.edu )
Posted 26 February 2015

Borders, Words and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Special Session
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and migration across Eurasia, past and present. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jefferson J. A. Gatrall (gatrallj@mail.montclair.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

The Future of the History of the English Language: Pedagogical Practices
Special Session
This roundtable will discuss how traditional approaches to teaching "HEL" can integrate multi-media resources and include 21st-century Englishes. 100-word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Mary Hayes (hayes@olemiss.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

We Love Julio So Much
Special Session
Special session at the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin will examine new approaches to the work of Julio Cortázar. e-mail 300-word abstracts with CV by March 10 by 10 March 2015; Joseph V. Tyler (proftyler1@mac.com)
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Global War on Terror Studies: The Map and the Territory
Special Session
Session will focus on studies in fiction, non-fiction, television, and film. Submit abstracts no longer than 300 words by 16 March 2015; Matthew Armstrong (matty8a@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Pre-Modern, Queer Hermeneutics
Special Session
This panel will explore how pre-modern thinkers regarded textuality in queer terms. Topics may include: hermaphroditic literary theories, writing as autoeroticism, reading as circumcision, etc. brief abstract by 15 March 2015; A.W. Strouse (astrouse@gradcenter.cuny.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Second Language Acquisition in the Intensive, Domestic Immersion Context
Special Session
Research papers that examine and provide data on adult L2 learners in intensive, domestic immersion contexts from an Applied Linguistics perspective. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Christina Isabelli (cisabell@iwu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Trigger Warnings
Allied Organization: Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages
Roundtable discussion on trigger warnings and other approaches to teaching difficult subject matter in English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and other classrooms. Submit 250-word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2015; Monica Miller (monica.miller@lmc.gatech.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Scales of time and Shakespeare
Forum: LLC Shakespeare
How does time affect our experiences of Shakespeare? In addition to deep, lived, and calendar time, approaches could include performance, reading, memory, and anniversaries. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Sarah Werner (swerner@folger.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Gender in/and Translation in 20th/21st-century French and Francophone Literature
Special Session
Papers exploring theoretical, generic, and practical questions related to gender in/and translation in 20th/21st-century French/Francophone literature. Abstracts (max. 250 words) by March 15. by 15 March 2015; Simo Kalervo Määttä (simo.maatta@helsinki.fi) and Nadia Louar (louarn@uwosh.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Shakespeare’s 20th/21st Century Reading Publics
Special Session
How do we define modern and contemporary reading publics for Shakespeare (or adaptations)? What do we gain from better understanding these publics? 200 word abstracts, brief CVs by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Rivlin (rivlin@clemson.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Medieval Fictionality
Special Session
What were the modes of medieval fiction? Counterfactuality, what-ifs, fable, figure, mimesis, myth, mnemonic, experiment, example, allegory, imagination, dream, ideal, phantasm, and . . . ? Please send 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Julie Orlemanski (julieorlemanski@uchicago.edu) and Rebecca Davis (radavis@uci.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

18th Century Transpacific: Between Asia and Latin America
Forum: CLCS 18th-Century
Papers on the cross-cultural impact of trade routes between Asian and Iberian empires during the long 18th century. cmyang@english.upenn.edu. Abstracts 300 words; 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Chi-ming Yang (cmyang@english.upenn.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Objects of Global Media
Special Session
How might we see the stakes of global media culture differently if we rethink them around symptomatic objects? PechaKucha talks; full CFP at http://paulbenzon.com/mla16objects/. 250-word abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2015; Paul Benzon (pbenzon@temple.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Teacher Education for the 21st Century
Forum: LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning
L2 teacher education prepares students for various educational contexts. We invite proposals that present adaptive curricula for teacher and graduate student preparation. Abstract, 250-word limit by 30 March 2015; Lunden MacDonald (mannl@msudenver.edu) and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (j.tharp@utah.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Innovative Approaches to L2 Writing as Interpersonal Communication
Forum: LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning
Interpersonal communication often focuses on speaking. We invite proposals describing ways to promote written interpersonal communication, particularly with technology. Abstracts, 200-word limit. by 30 March 2015; Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (j.tharp@utah.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Grad experiences: past, present, future
Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus
We seek interventions for a roundtable on grad experiences concerning alt-ac careers, job market, unions, adjuncts positions... Check our website for more info. 250 words abstracts. by 19 March 2015; Alexandrine Mailhe (gradcaucuschronicle@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Subject(s) matter: genealogies of sympathy in texts
Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus
This panel explores representation and regulation of selfhood and alterity in texts of all literary traditions. Check our website for more info. 250 words abstracts by 19 March 2015; Alexandrine Mailhe (gradcaucuschronicle@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

18th Century Transpacific: Between Asia and Latin America
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
Cross-cultural impact of trade routes between Asian and Iberian empires during the long 18th century. NON-GUARANTEED JOINT SESSION. 300-word abstract; 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Chi-ming Yang (cmyang@english.upenn.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Pound, H.D., and Bryher
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
Examinations of H.D. and Bryher's engagement/disengagement with Pound's aesthetics, literary works, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by 13 March 2015; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and Sara Dunton (Sara.Dunton@UNB.CA)
Posted 25 February 2015

Pound at the Harry Ransom Centre
Allied Organization: Ezra Pound Society
New scholarship related to holdings on Pound and other modernists at the Harry Ransom Center, U. of Texas, Austin. 250-word abstract and bio. by 13 March 2015; Demetres Tryphonopoulos (demetres@unb.ca) and Tim Redman (redman@utdallas.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Untranslatable Modernism
Special Session
Comparative, transnational, hemispheric, global, and/or post-colonial readings of modernist texts (literary or otherwise) that seek to account for translation and untranslatability as force and/or failure. Theoretical work welcome. 300-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Tze-Yin Teo (tteo@emory.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

More-Than-Human Publics in Long Nineteenth-Century English Literature
Special Session
We invite papers on animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life words, narratives and poetics of living in common(s). 250-word abstracts and 1-paragraph bios by 13 March 2015; Shun Kiang (s.kiang@northeastern.edu) and Kaitlin Mondello (kaitlin.mondello@gmail.com)
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Rethinking Latin American costumbrismo
Special Session
This panel explores the emergence of artistic and literary costumbrismo in 19th century Latin America. Papers on the relationship between costumbrismo and modernity/technology/cosmopolitanism/visual or material culture/science/travel. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura Gandolfi (gandolfi@uchicago.edu) and Daylet Domínguez (domingu@berkeley.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Fashion and Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century
Special Session
How does the fashionable—styles in dress, hair, book design, poetic discourse, etc.—intersect with forms of authorial self-representation—genius, bard, rake, etc.—in the long 18thc? Abstract by 15 March 2015; Gerald Egan (gerald.egan@csulb.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Bessie Head Thirty Years On: Southern African Women Writing Resistance
Special Session
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Head's death. We seek papers celebrating Head and other southern African women writers. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Gary Rees (GRees@bemidjistate.edu) and Jessica Durgan (JDurgan@bemidjistate.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Catalan Documentary, Art, and Thought Now
Forum: LLC Catalan Studies
Analysis of the present political experience in Catalonia in documentary, art, interventions; questions of social protest, constituent movement, activism, political expression, resistance, deconstruction. Abstracts (200 words) by 15 March 2015; Teresa Vilarós (vilaros@tamu.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Migratory Practices in Catalan Literature
Forum: LLC Catalan Studies
Exploration of modern and contemporary migration, displacement, nomadism, in Catalan literature; issues of language, territory, social difference, symbolic production, historical temporality. Abstracts (200 words) by 15 March 2015; Teresa Vilarós (vilaros@tamu.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Seriality and Sound
Forum: TC Popular Culture
Any analysis of the 2014 NPR podcast "Serial" including narratology, the semiotics of sound, serialization, postmodern indeterminacy, audience response, digital culture, or other approach. 300-word abstract, brief bio by 15 March 2015; Ellen McCracken (emccr@spanport.ucsb.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Postcolonial Contemporary Fantasy
Special Session
Paper sought on recent fantasy set in the modern Americas; discuss appropriation, hydridization, or Creolization of old and new world culture and lore. 150-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Rikk Mulligan (rikk.mulligan@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Scandalous Modernism Reconsidered
Special Session
We invite papers that examine the history of modernist art scandals vis-à-vis forms of violent backlash against contemporary art and literature around the globe. 300-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Josef Horacek (jhoracek@lsu.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature
Special Session
This session will explore how a reader's experience is shaped and enacted through the media devices used in e-lit works. More info http://bit.ly/readermediationselit. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Elika Ortega (elikaortega@ku.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature
Forum: MS Visual Culture
How does electronic literature mediate the physical engagement of the reader with media materials, devices, and interfaces? Full CFP: http://bit.ly/readermediationselit. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Élika Ortega (elikaortega@ku.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Queer Monsters of the British Fin de Siècle
Special Session
This panel will interrogate the queer contributions of monster protagonists to fiction of the British fin de siècle. 300-word abstract to emacalu1@binghamton.edu by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Macaluso (emacalu1@binghamton.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Unsettling the Child Soldier Narrative
Special Session
Seeking new perspectives on the child soldier narrative: non-African narratives, child soldier narrative as neo-slave narrative, rereading canonical texts as child soldier narratives, etc. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kaelyn Kaoma (kaelyn.kaoma@utoronto.ca)
Posted 25 February 2015

Rationalism and Empiricism in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Special Session
Panel on the representation in early modern Hispanic culture of rationalism and empiricism, including anticipations, responses and critiques. 250-word abstract and brief cv by 15 March 2015; Eli Cohen (eli.cohen@oberlin.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Teaching Trauma
Special Session
This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV. by 13 March 2015; Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w.freedman@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Political Concepts in Translation
Forum: CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century
Translation theory provides ways of activating political concepts and theories of the event (uprising, riot, protest). Panel examines political concepts vis-à-vis evental sites. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Emily Apter (ea31@nyu.edu) and Sangeeta Ray (rays@umd.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Storytelling, Affect Studies, and Medieval British Literature
Special Session
Papers on how the affective turn and narratology have enlightened our experience of medieval British literature. 250 word abstract; one paragraph bio. by 15 March 2015; Glenda Pritchett (glenda.pritchett@quinnipiac.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Indigenous Knowledges and Literary Production
Special Session
How should indigenous knowledge be framed when critiquing indigenous texts? This call invites reflections on the debate on using colonizing categories in this process. 250-words abstract by 15 March 2015; Arturo Arias (arturo_arias@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

This Bridge Called My Back
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
In honor of This Bridge’s 35th anniversary, we invite engagements with its historical impact, attendant contexts, and continuing salience. Brief CV & 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura Halperin (lhalperi@email.unc.edu) and Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Eighteenth-Century Science and Literary Discourse
Forum: CLCS 18th-Century
Relations between eighteenth-century literature and science with interest in fields or methodologies including new materialism, eco-criticism and eco-critique, climate theory, agential realism, feminism and queer studies. Abstract. by 15 March 2015; Helen Thompson (hthompson@northwestern.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Water Ways of the Colonial Americas
Special Session
Analyses of human and non-human relationships to and with water in the Colonial Americas (Latin, anglophone, and otherwise). Abstracts of no more than 200 words by 15 March 2015; Kelly S. McDonough (kelly.s.mcdonough@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Caviar or Marmalade? Reassessing Noël Coward
Special Session
Noël Coward and celebrity; class; gaiety; gender; Las Vegas; the lush life; music; style; substance. 300-word abstracts and brief CVs by 15 March 2015; Samuel Lyndon Gladden (gladden@uhcl.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Lawrence, Editions, and Critical Renewal
Special Session
Possible topics include CUP editions (Lawrence’s poetry, first Women in Love, etc.), readerships, and pedagogical uses of scholarly editions. 250-word abstracts by 4 March 2015; John Young (youngj@marshall.edu) and Nancy Paxton (Nancy.Paxton@nau.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Documentary Filmmaking in First Year Composition
Forum: RCWS Writing Pedagogies
FYC Documentary production teaches rhetorical inquiry as it curates critical narratives regarding real people in real situations. Share pedagogies, clips, and documentaries. 250-word abstracts to bonnie.kyburz@gmail.com. by 15 March 2015; bonnie kyburz (bonnie.kyburz@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Magic and Media
Forum: MS Visual Culture
How does illusion imagine the impossible with old or new media, deception prevent understandings of their technical workings, or representations of media as “magic” render critique impossible? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Marcy J. Dinius (mdinius@depaul.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Animals, Plants, and the Environment in 17th-Century England
Forum: LLC 17th-Century English
A roundtable on current scholarship and future directions on each topic or the relationship between the topics. 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2015; Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

THE PEDAGOGY OF GLOBAL MEDIEVAL PERFORMANCE
Allied Organization: Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Session considers strategies for teaching medieval drama in a global context: how can pedagogy address performance differences on continental scales and across disciplinary divides? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Robert Barrett (rwb@illinois.edu) and Carolyn Coulson (ccoulson2@su.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Canonicity and Literary History in Africa
Forum: LLC African to 1990
Which works have become icons, which disappeared into obscurity? What social or aesthetic forces contribute to canon-making? abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Susan Andrade (sza@pitt.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Time(s) in/and the 19th Century
Forum: LLC 19th-Century Latin American
The standardizing of time and the rise of its counter-times as forms of critique in relation to capital, nation-building, industrial modernization, and race/gender/sexuality. 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Natalia Brizuela (brizuela@berkeley.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Parables in American Literature
Special Session
Considers how writers have revived the traditional parable for an American context. How do American parables channel the past, challenge the present, or envision the future? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Kyle Wiggins (kwiggins@bu.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Student Learning and Literature in Second Language Contexts
Special Session
What do collegiate second/foreign language learners learn as they engage with literary texts? How can we measure this learning across curricular levels? 300-word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Cori Crane (ccrane@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Weird DH
Forum: TC Digital Humanities
What would an avant-garde digital humanities look like? What might weird DH reveal that mainstream DH leaves out? Is DH weird enough already? Can we weird it more? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mark Sample (samplereality@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement
Forum: LLC Puerto Rican
The aesthetics and ethics of displaced Caribbean sexual minorities. We seek papers on space and body politics of exiles, diasporas, migrations of Caribbean LBTQIA. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Maia Gil'Adi ( mgiladi@gwu.edu) and Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Quo vadis Hungary?
Forum: LLC Hungarian
Response to 2016 Presidential Theme: Literature and its Publics: Past, Present and Future. Literary and cultural responses to Hungary's social and political struggles and transformations. 300-word abstract online, cv by 15 March 2015; Eva Livia Corredor (elc49@columbia.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Modern Vikings: Portrayals, Mis- and Reconceptions, and New Discoveries
Forum: LLC Old Norse
We're soliciting 20-minute papers addressing modern depictions, misconceptions, and reconceptions of Vikings in art, literature, film, television, scholarship, etc. 250 word maximum abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Kevin Wanner (kevin.wanner@wmich.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Global Jew in Jewish Children’s Literature
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Papers sought that explore and theorize the global Jew in children's and YA texts. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Meira Levinson (meirasl@gmail.com)
Posted 24 February 2015

Keep Children’s Literature Weird
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Papers sought that explore and theorize the weird, bizarre, or inexplicable moments in children's and YA texts. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Karen Coats (kscoat2@ilstu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

The Afterlife of Popular Children’s Culture Icons
Allied Organization: Children's Literature Association
Seeking papers on the various media iterations of iconic children's characters after their signature creators have passed away. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Paul Cote (pcote@umd.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Postcolonial Literatures and the Question of Indigeneity
Forum: LLC Arabic
The question of indigeneity, indigenous culture, community, identity, rights, activism, and sovereignty in postcolonial literatures in Arabic and other languages. Abstracts 250 words by 13 March 2015; Stephen Sheehi (spsheehi@wm.edu) and Vilashini Cooppan (vcooppan@ucsc.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

Middle English Studies: British, Or?
Forum: LLC Middle English
What is Medieval British Literature? Where and/or when is the Medieval? Is Middle English Literature British, Or? titles and 250 word abstracts to Erin Labbie by 15 March 2015; Erin Labbie (labbie@bgsu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

The American Turn of the Century
Special Session
Exploring realism, naturalism, pragmatism, and impressionism (or their intersections) in American literature between 1890 and 1910. Submit 300 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2015; Anthony Manganaro (amang@uw.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Becoming Human: Medieval
Forum: LLC Middle English
Roundtable conversation in collaboration with the Chaucer Forum about the status of the human in the posthuman turn in medieval literary studies. Send 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Shannon Gayk (sgayk@indiana.edu) and Jessica Rosenfeld (jrosenfe@wustl.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Democracy's Emotions
Special Session
Butler and Spivak have brought into focus the "feelings" of the state. What is an "emotional" democracy? Proposals are invited focusing on literature, cinema and other media. 150 word abstract by 5 March 2015; Nandini Bhattacharya (nbhattac@tamu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

New Disciplinary Histories
Special Session
We seek examples of disciplinary history that revivify old methodologies or engage new ones, or contributions reflecting on the practice of disciplinary history itself. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rachel Buurma (rbuurma1@swarthmore.edu) and Laura Heffernan (l.heffernan@unf.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Chaucer and His Publics
Forum: LLC Chaucer
Revisiting the idea of 14th-century public poetry: coterie readership, London, the state, the nation; and/or contemporary publics: high school, book clubs, etc. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mark Miller (jmmiller@uchicago.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Contemporary Postcolonial Poets and Publics
Special Session
How do poets mediate the discourses which give coherency to a postcolonial public? An abstract of no more than 250 words by 15 March 2015; Kate Brennan (k.brisley.brennan@gmail.com)
Posted 24 February 2015

AUDIOTEXTUAL CRITICISM: SOUND, METHOD, ARGUMENT
Special Session
Presentations of a sound clip from a literary recording, a method of critical engagement with audiotexts, and an argument arising from the method proposed. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Jason Camlot (jason.camlot@concordia.ca)
Posted 24 February 2015

Early Modern Transnational Futures
Special Session
We seek papers for a roundtable that investigates future directions for early modern transnational studies about the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. 300 word abstracts and CVs . by 15 March 2015; Ambereen Dadabhoy (ambereen_dadabhoy@hmc.edu) and Nedda Mehdizadeh (nmehdiz@ucla.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Sound, Activism, and Protest
Forum: MS Sound
Sound, silence, activism, and protest. Online and off, what does activism and protest sound like? And what does the study of activism and protest sound like? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mark Sample (samplereality@gmail.com)
Posted 24 February 2015

The New World in Performance
Allied Organization: Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Session explores early modern engagements between Amerindian and Spanish/Portuguese cultures, particularly as they engendered performances in religious festivals, catechistic drama, and translated/adapted autos and comedias. 300-word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Christopher Swift (cswift@citytech.cuny.edu) and Carolyn Coulson (ccoulson2@su.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Gabriel García Márquez's Legacies
Special Session
The work of Garcia Marquez has had unparalleled reach and influence. After his passing, we invite reflections on the meanings and continuous impact of his contributions. 250-words abstract by 10 March 2015; Maria Rueda (mrueda@smith.edu) and Gabriela Polit (gabriela@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Poetry and Performance
Forum: LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English
Traditions and practices of public, vocalized readings and recitations in the 17th- and 18th- century. Distinctions between private, solitary, silent habits and oral social occasions. 200-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; J. Paul Hunter (jph7f@virginia.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence
Special Session
Seeking new approaches to the locations, temporalities, and ecologies of decadence and its expression in transnational, colonial, postcolonial, and non-European texts. 300-word abstract and C.V. by 15 March 2015; Robert Stilling (rstilling@fsu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Translating Cultures: the Francophone Caribbean
Special Session
Multifaceted approaches to teaching, researching and translating the Francophone Caribbean; approaches to educating the general public about the Francophone Caribbean. 250 word abstracts including title by 15 March 2015; Louise Hardwick (l.a.hardwick@bham.ac.uk)
Posted 24 February 2015

Cosmopolitan Chaucer
Forum: LLC Chaucer
Chaucer’s works or affiliated texts as they participate in large-scale geographical frameworks or text networks. Discussion of methodological and/or historiographical concerns welcome. abstracts (250 words) by 13 March 2015; Catherine Sanok (sanok@umich.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature
Allied Organization: College English Association
Explores how race informs other traditional features of dystopic literature, such as class warfare/divisions, environmental injustices, and abuses of biological rights. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Francisco Delgado (francisco.delgado@stonybrook.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans in World War I"
Special Session
Representations of Negro soldiers; debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim Crow; global context. 200-250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Barbara Clare Foley (bfoley@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE AFTER THE DIGITAL TURN
Forum: LLC Middle English
How the digital humanities have altered the study of Middle English. Submit half-page proposals or abstracts by 15 March 2015; Geraldine Heng (heng@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

40 Years of The Woman Warrior
Forum: LLC Asian American
On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the continuing influence of The Woman Warrior on 21st century Asian American literature and culture. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julia Lee (juliahl1@uci.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

Asian Americans Writing the South
Forum: LLC Asian American
This panel considers Asian American writers (Monique Truong, Lan Cao and others) as they write the history, geography, and politics of the US South. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Crystal Parikh (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Forum: GS Poetry and Poetics
How does poetry’s impact depend on its material substrates--e.g., stone, paper, cloth? What happens when these are cut, torn, manipulated? Abstracts 250 words or less by 15 March 2015; Brian Reed (bmreed@uw.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement
Forum: LLC Latina and Latino
The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displaced Caribbean Sexual Minorities. Seeking papers on space and body politics of exiles, diasporas, and/or migrations of Caribbean LBTQIA. Co-sponsored. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Maia Gil'Adi (mgiladi@email.gwu.edu) and Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

(Re)presenting Jihad: Literary Interpretations
Special Session
Papers on misinterpretations of jihad in English or Arabic, reading Koranic interpretations or misinterpretations, connections/appeals to "Homegrown Terrorism," in contemporary literatures in English or otherwise. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Feroza Framji Jussawalla (imohf@aol.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

"Austin Authors" of Commonwealth/Postcolonial Literatures
Special Session
Commonwealth / Postcolonial Authors associated with U. T. Austin. Papers on "Austin Authors," G.V. Desani, Raja Rao, Zulfikar Ghosh, Chinua Achebe etc. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Feroza Framji Jussawalla (imohf@aol.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

Race and Nineteenth-Century Media
Allied Organization: American Literature Section
How has 19thC race shaped later media productions? Papers engaging 19thC contexts as well as recurrences of the C19 in contemporary culture welcome. abstracts by 9 March 2015; Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu) and Andrea Williams (williams.2941@osu.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Boethius and His Contemporaries
Allied Organization: International Boethius Society
Boethius, Cassiodorus, and others reside at a critical juncture of cultural development as the Classical world waned and the foundations for Scholasticism were established. 300-word abstracts any approach. by 22 March 2015; Leslie Agnes Taylor (leslie.taylor801@gmail.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

Beyond the Frankfurt School: Rethinking 19thC Mass Culture
Forum: LLC 19th-Century American
Histories of the emergence of mass culture seem to have outrun the theories used to understand the phenomenon. Papers should propose new approaches. Abstracts by 9 March 2015; Meredith L. McGill (mlmcgill@rci.rutgers.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Race and Nineteenth-Century Media
Forum: LLC 19th-Century American
How has 19hC race shaped later media productions? Papers engaging 19thC contexts as well as recurrences of the C19 in contemporary culture welcome. Abstracts by 9 March 2015; Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Cutting Up the Century
Special Session
The politics of collage in twentieth century literature and film. Subversive potentials of montage, remixes, appropriations, cutups and rearrangements of all kinds. 100-250 word abstract, bio and cv by 15 March 2015; Joan Carol Hawkins (jchawkin@indiana.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Rethinking the Public Reception of Midwestern Literature/Journals/Film
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
Who is the public for Midwestern literature/journals/film? Were we ever and are we still "flyover country"? 250-word abstracts and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Marilyn Judith Atlas (atlas@ohio.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Anxious Publics of Literature for Young People
Forum: GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Seeking papers that interrogate anxious public discourse about the popularity of youth-oriented fiction amongst adult readers. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Derritt Mason (derritt@ualberta.ca)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Verse Novel for Young Readers
Forum: GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Any aspect of inquiry welcome: how do these narratives engage with poetic language, social justice, the changing literary marketplace? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michelle Ann Abate (abate.30@osu.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Contemporary Literature and the Marriage Plot
Special Session
How did contemporary literature change our common understanding of the marriage-plot argument and reinvent its "happily ever after" ending? 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Ariane Audet (audet.ariane@courrier.uqam.ca )
Posted 23 February 2015

Disaster Studies and Literature
Special Session
How does narrative fiction shape our understanding of disaster and the related issues of research, relief, and public health? Abstracts (300 words) and short bios by 15 March 2015; Gavin Jones (grjones@stanford.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Life During Wartime in Seventeenth-Century England
Special Session
Papers on the everyday experience of the war in early modern England; approaches using affect studies, space theory, or historical phenomenology encouraged. 300-word abstract and cv by 15 March 2015; Christopher D'Addario (cdaddari@gettysburg.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Literary Blogging in the Hispanic and Lusophone World
Special Session
This session explores dissolution of boundaries between literature, journalism, and visual culture, the blogger-reader relationship, and the interface between discourse and ideology. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jovana Zujevic (jz87@georgetown.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

This Bridge Called My Back
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
In honor of This Bridge’s 35th anniversary, we invite engagements with its historical impact, attendant contexts, and continuing salience. Brief CV and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Laura Halperin (lhalperi@email.unc.edu) and Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Special Session
In response to recent publications by Joseph Allen Boone, HOMOEROTICS OF ORIENTALISM (2014), and Ali Bedhad, PHOTOGRAPHY'S ORIENTALISM (2013). Submit title and abstract (max. 150 words). by 16 March 2015; Richard J. Dellamora (rdellamora@verizon.net)
Posted 23 February 2015

Limonda en Tejas
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
Papers exploring the influence of José E. Limón at UT Austin and on the borders of Texas, Greater Mexico, literary studies, and anthropology. Brief CV and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Ralph Rodriguez (ralph_rodriguez@brown.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Archival Americas
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
Assessing UT Benson archives’ influence on Chicana/o literary studies (e.g. Anzaldúa, Paredes, etc.) and/or use of archives to chart emerging avenues of inquiry. Brief CV and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Ralph Rodriguez (ralph_rodriguez@brown.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Chicana Falsa
Forum: LLC Chicana and Chicano
Papers inspired by and investigating Michelle Serros's work. After Generation Mex, where are identitarian politics, young Chicana feminisms, poetry and performance? Brief CV and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Ralph Rodriguez (ralph_rodriguez@brown.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonialism and Neoliberalism
Special Session
How have authors/theorists of the postcolonial articulated and responded to the rise of neoliberalism as today’s dominant political logic and form of capitalism? 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Alexander Adkins (alexander.adkins@rice.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Satire and Comedy
Special Session
How have satirists and comedians responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism following official decolonization in the postcolonial world? Political correctness; morality vs. moralism; scatology. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Alexander Adkins (alexander.adkins@rice.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Special Session On Ruth Ozeki
Special Session
Papers assessing Ruth Ozeki’s film-making, essays, and/or fiction. We are particularly interested in readings of A Tale for the Time Being. Abstracts by 15 March. by 15 March 2015; Peter J. Schmidt (pschmid1@swarthmore.edu) and Sangina Patnaik (spatnai1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Cynicism
Special Session
How have authors and theorists responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism following official decolonization and/or the rise of neoliberalism in the postcolonial world? 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Alexander Adkins (alexander.adkins@rice.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Epistolary Poetics Post 1945
Special Session
How does the unstable line between letter and poem in postwar US poetics reshape our sense of poetry's publics at midcentury and beyond? 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Aaron Goldsman (aaron.goldsman@emory.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Queer Studies in Digital South Asia (Collaborative session with SALA)
Forum: LLC South Asian and South Asian Diasporic
Intersection of queer studies and South Asian Studies in digital humanities; gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships in digital public sphere. 300-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Rahul Gairola (Rahul.Gairola@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Fashioning the Fictive
Special Session
What insights into literary craft are gained by studying drafts and revisions of poems, novels, and short stories? Preference for 20th century American authors. 300-500 word proposals, short bio. by 15 March 2015; Roger Gilbert (rsg2@cornell.edu) and Jonathan Bloom (wam328kmdo@yahoo.co.uk)
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

Writing on/against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style, 1850-1950
Special Session
Literature addressing fashion, style, fads, or dress reform. Why and how is fashion derided or celebrated? 300-Word Abstracts and CV by 14 March 2015; Loretta Clayton (loretta.clayton@gmail.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

Teaching Literature in Public: MOOCs and Literature
Special Session
Papers are invited that address the teaching of literature to public audiences on MOOCs. 250 word abstract for a twenty minute talk by 15 March 2015; James E. Dobson (james.e.dobson@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Digital Dante
Allied Organization: Dante Society of America
This panel explores how digital technologies enrich the study of Dante's works and provide venues for collaboration and ways to engage a wide audience. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Beatrice Arduini (barduini@u.washington.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Afterlives of Racism
Forum: LLC 19th-Century American
What new theories, methods and archives help us to think about racism in the 19thC, and how might this work bear upon the present? 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Dana Luciano (dana.luciano@georgetown.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Writing about Labor
Forum: GS Nonfiction Prose
Session on non-fiction prose about labor, labor conditions, and the future of labor. Any historical period or geographical location welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Howard Horwitz (h.horwitz@utah.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Very Short Forms
Forum: GS Nonfiction Prose
The aphorism, maxim, sketch, vignette, feuilleton, pensée, prose poem, fragment et al.; their afterlives or survivals in the networked screen-text media of Web 2.0. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Brian Lennon (blennon@psu.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Lola Ridge
Special Session
We invite papers that examine Lola Ridge's poetry and editorial practices in the context of her socialist aesthetic and feminism and/or in the context of modernism. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Marcela Sulak (mmsulak@hotmail.com) and Terese Svoboda (terese.svoboda@stonybrook.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Experimental Fiction and Nonanthropocentric Narrative Strategies
Special Session
Considering nonanthropocentric narrative strategies in contemporary experimental fiction, including digital narratives. Please send abstracts of between 250 and 300 words by 15 March 2015; Courtney Traub (courtney.traub@ell.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Musics of Texas
Special Session
This panel focuses on the sounds, lyrics, themes, events, people, places, and memories of the musics of Texas. 250-word abstract and CV by 13 March 2015; Shawn Higgins (shawn.higgins@uconn.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Comparative Approaches to Adoption
Allied Organization: Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks proposals considering how Comparative Studies (Comparative Literature, Comparative Race, and Comparative Media Studies) provide insight on adoption. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jenny Heijun Wills (j.wills@uwinnipeg.ca)
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

Psychoanalysis and "Race"
Forum: TC Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature
Considers psychoanalytic perspectives on “race”/racism, and the cultural/political implications of a dialogue between psychoanalysis and critical race theory. Theories by Fanon, Spillers, Gherovici, among others. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui (jauregui@rci.rutgers.edu) and Lydia Kerr (lydiakerr@gmail.com)
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

French Literature and the Archive
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French
Uses, representations, poetics of the archive in 20th- and 21st-century French literature. 250-300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Alison James (asj@uchicago.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Visibility and the Stakes of Representation in Contemporary French Culture
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French
Analysis of political and social significance of visual and textual representations in contemporary France. 250-350 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Cybelle McFadden (cybelle_mcfadden@uncg.edu )
Posted 22 February 2015

Canalizing Waddington: Evo-Devo in Literature and Science
Forum: TC Science and Literature
A rethinking of Conrad Waddington's role in epigenetics and beyond is long overdue. Proposals addressing any angle are welcome. 250-word abstracts by 8 March 2015; Steven J. Meyer (sjmeyer@wustl.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

The Danelaw
Forum: LLC Old English
By which criteria do we distinguish linguistically and culturally between successive layers of colonization in the Anglo-Saxon Danelaw? At what point do distinct layers yield a synthesis? Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Stephen J. Harris (sharris@english.umass.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Tools of the Trade (Round Table)
Forum: LLC Old English
What skill sets does an Anglo-Saxonist need? Are these skills unusual in an English department? How does reading Old English benefit students? Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Stephen J. Harris (sharris@english.umass.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Immaterial Culture
Forum: LLC Old English
How did Anglo-Saxons portray things that cannot be sensed? Were immaterial things considered real or nominal? What happened when they were translated across languages, cultures, and media? Abstract (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Stephen J. Harris (sharris@english.umass.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Fearful Publics: Living Under Threat
Forum: LLC Old English
How did the portrayal of external threat construct an audience? Why do images of threat attract readers? What anxieties did they allay or incite? Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Stephen J. Harris (sharris@english.umass.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Cultural Collisions in Europe
Forum: CLCS European Regions
Representations in literature and other media from any period. 200 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Bella P. Brodzki (bbrodzki@slc.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

What is Europe? Who is European?
Forum: CLCS European Regions
Explorations in literature and other media of what 'Europe' means and how its boundaries and identities have been constituted and challenged. abstracts of 200 words by 10 March 2015; Bella P. Brodzki (bbrodzki@slc.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim
Special Session
This panel explores the scope/affect of Islamophobia, its history, contemporary discourses through the means of biopower, textual discourse and public culture. 300 word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Amrita Ghosh (Amrita.ghosh@shu.edu) and Afrin Zeenat (azeenat@uark.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Modernity and the Arab
Special Session
papers invited on the particular (historical) figuration of the Arab in the western orientalist imaginary, especially in reference to present-day understandings. abstracts (up to one page) by 9 March 2015; David E. Simpson (desimpson@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Grasping at Screens
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
How has development of moving images across diverse media/screens multiplied possible modes of embodied engagement with the image? A “retouched” sensorium? Theoretical approaches and/or German contexts encouraged. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Siobhan S. Craig (craig026@umn.edu) and Eric Ames (eames@uw.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

After Transnational American Studies
Special Session
What comes after the transnational turn in American studies? Papers may consider transnationality, Americanity, globality, planetarity, empire, the transnational, the oceanic and/or the anthropocene. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Abby Goode (abby.l.goode@gmail.com)
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 22 February 2015

Early Modern Books in Place
Special Session
How does a book’s physical location shape its symbolic function and/or material form? Papers welcome on books in all types of spaces. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Meghan Andrews (m.c.andrews@utexas.edu) and Jonathan Lamb (jonathanplamb@ku.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Grasping at Screens
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German
How has development of moving images across diverse media/screens multiplied possible modes of embodied engagement with the image? A “retouched” sensorium? Theoretical approaches and/or German contexts encouraged. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Eric Ames (eames@uw.edu) and Siobhan Craig (craig026@umn.edu )
Posted 22 February 2015

Reimagining Orphans
Special Session
This panel seeks papers on the portrayal of orphans and their role in society, past and present, in literature, films, and other texts. 300 word abstracts and a brief CV by 20 March 2015; Afrin Zeenat (azeenat@uark.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

The Public Spiritual
Special Session
This session will consider the emergence of spiritual doctrine in mainstream socio-cultural discourse and its implications for public attitude and policy. One page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Asha Sen (sena@uwec.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

The Cultural and Rhetorical Work of Stand-Up Comedy
Special Session
Axiomatic pandering or affective social commentary? Panel will explore the cultural and rhetorical work of stand-up comedy. Abstracts of no more than 250 words by 13 March 2015; Steven Kapica (kapica.s@husky.neu.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Post-Apartheid South African Literature and Globalization
Special Session
What is the relationship of South African literature to the nation's neoliberal dispensation, in terms of critique, compromise, or engagement? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Eric Strand (Eric.Strand@uct.ac.za)
Posted 22 February 2015

Literature, Law, and Public Life
Special Session
How do imaginative texts participate in and/or respond to legal debates? How does legal discourse draw upon and/or shape imaginative writing? 300-word abstract and brief CV by 13 March 2015; Melissa J. Ganz (melissa.ganz@marquette.edu) and Christine Holbo (cholbo@asu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Memoria reescrita por caribeñas contemporáneas
Special Session
En obras de escritoras caribeñas se re-escribe la memoria local frente al mito nacional, la creencia popular y al imparable olvido. Abstracts in Spanish. 350 words. by 13 March 2015; Ester Gimbernat Gonzalez (ester.gonzalez@unco.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Medieval in the Modern World
Special Session
How do 20th-/21st-century adaptations of medieval English texts negotiate original content to appeal to modern audiences? 300-word abstract with CV by 15 March 2015; Amber Dunai (adunai@tamu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Richard Rodriguez: Past, Present, Future
Special Session
Works of Richard Rodriguez: re-readings, reappraisals; analyses of public intellectualism, affect, sexuality, genre, cultural politics. Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu) and Bill Johnson-Gonzalez (BJOHNS58@depaul.edu). 250 word abstracts, CV by 15 March 2015; Bill Johnson Gonzalez (bjohns58@depaul.edu) and Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

India in the American Imaginary
Special Session
Papers exploring the circulation of India (goods, people, ideas) that found expression in print cultures, institutions, various discourses in the US 1750s-1890s. 300 word abstracts, brief bio by 18 March 2015; Rajender Kaur (kaurr@wpunj.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Gender in Adaptation
Special Session
Explores gender in adaptation across media, novel-to-film and beyond; how does the adaptation process enact and reflect changing concepts of gender, identity, and performativity? 250-word abstract, 50-word bio by 15 March 2015; Heidi Hart (heidi.hart@duke.edu) and Claire Scott (claire.scott@duke.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Adaptations of Langston Hughes' Work
Allied Organization: Langston Hughes Society
Papers on adaptations of Langston Hughes's work. If abstract is accepted, must become member of LHS and MLA. 400 word abstract and biography. by 15 March 2015; Tara T. Green (ttgreen@uncg.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

20th-century Farming Fiction
Special Session
Few consider farmland's place in the literary imagination. What is 20th-century agrarian literature? How do farms function in 20th-century fiction? Please submit an abstract less than 300 words by 15 March 2015; Hannah Biggs (hannah.biggs@rice.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

African American Literature and Abuse
Special Session
Panel on any form of abuse towards Black bodies in African American literature and/or film. Abstract of 350 words and brief cv of 3 pages by 15 March 2015; Tara T. Green (ttgreen@uncg.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Time, Youth, and Age in Renaissance Literature
Forum: CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern
How does literature grow old? Or young? Or both? Papers welcomed on earliness and lateness, senescence and juvenescence, the (un)timely, anachronic, and heterochronic. One-page abstracts by 20 March 2015; Anston Bosman (abosman@amherst.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Word Books and Material Culture
Forum: TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography
ABCs, dictionaries, spellers, synonymies, thesauruses: what is the life of a word book? What stories do word books tell? Please submit 250 word abstracts by the deadline. by 15 March 2015; Meredith Martin (mm4@princeton.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
Allied Organization: American Folklore Society
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and tropes into forms that disperse and recontextualize them. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Camilla Mortensen (camilla@efn.org)
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
Allied Organization: American Folklore Society
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and tropes into forms that disperse and recontextualize them. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Camilla Mortensen (camilla@efn.org)
Posted 20 February 2015

Folklore and Visual Media
Allied Organization: American Folklore Society
From film and television to comics and gaming, visual media transport folkloristic narratives and tropes into forms that disperse and recontextualize them. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Camilla Mortensen (camilla@efn.org)
Posted 20 February 2015

Frost, the Public, and the Artistic Community of His Time
Allied Organization: Robert Frost Society
We invite papers that explore the relationship between Frost, the public, and the artistic community of his time. Abstract and A/V requirements by 23 March 2015; Virginia Smith (vsmith@usna.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Literature, Place, and the Material World
Special Session
New practices towards understanding the intersection of the material world and place; how do things locate, disorient, ground, etc., locally and globally. CV, 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jesse Bordwin (jeb2sm@virginia.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Can Cervantes's Persiles y Sigismunda be taught to undergraduates?
Special Session
Approaching its 400th anniversary, a roundtable discussion on strategies for teaching this to undergraduates. Brief account of experience and proposed remarks. by 20 March 2015; Ignacio E. Navarrete (ignacio@berkeley.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Translation as Method in East Asia
Forum: LLC Korean
Papers engaging translation to approach literary and socio-cultural phenomena in East Asia for a collaborative inter-East Asia panel. 300-word abstract and 2 page CV by 15 March 2015; Heekyoung Cho (hchohcho@uw.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Maritime Humanities 1500-1700: Cultural Meanings of Mediterranean and/or Atlantic
Forum: CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern
A panel on new theoretical perspectives, new materials, in the study of cultural meanings of the Mediterranean Basin and/or the Atlantic. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Patricia E. Grieve (peg1@columbia.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

The Middlebrow and its Discontents
Special Session
What is middlebrow literature? Can its political effects be discussed independently of commercial logics or residual notions of cultural capital? 200 word abstract and CV. by 16 March 2015; Andrew Lachlan McCann (andrew.mccann@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Let Slip the Canines of War: Animals and Military Conflict
Special Session
Papers engage with the intersection of animals and war or war culture, any time period or theoretical approach. abstracts of 300 words by 13 March 2015; Cynthia Bateman (batemaca@email.sc.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

Newness in the Return to the Past: Korea
Forum: LLC Korean
Papers exploring literature, film, or art’s rethinking, rewriting, or recycling of Korea’s recent past. 300-word abstract and 2 Page CV by 15 March 2015; Jina Kim (jkim@smith.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

The Geopoetics of Tourism
Special Session
Examines how diverse media (literature, brochures, film, journalism) intervene in the production of touristic spaces. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Amanda Smith (asmith@jhu.edu) and Christopher Kozey (ckozey1@jhu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Bitching Writing: The New/Old Politics of Gender in Rhetoric and Composition
Forum: RCWS Writing Pedagogies
Discussion of the continuing legacies and possibilities of feminism(s) in rhetoric and composition. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jacqueline R. Rhodes (jrhodes@csusb.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Global Migration Across the Mediterranean
Forum: CLCS Mediterranean
In places of exchange and migration, residue remains. We seek papers examining human rejects or discarded waste. Please submit 150-200 word abstracts by March 15, by 15 March 2015; Josiah Blackmore (jblackmore@fas.harvard.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Transatlantic Romantic Quotation and Romanticism
Special Session
This panel will discuss the employment of (un)quoted material and/or quotation marks by British and American authors during the Romantic Century, 1760-1860. Please submit 350-500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Christopher Stampone (cstampone@smu.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

Privileged Publics/Disenfranchised Publics: Are the Humanities for the Working-Class?
Special Session
Seeking multiple perspectives for roundtable session on working-class access to the humanities in a time of economic precarity. 250-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Andrea Kaston Tange (akastont@emich.edu) and Martin B. Shichtman (mshichtma1@emich.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Medieval Trans Feminisms
Allied Organization: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Medieval literature produced the histories, tropes, and tools for articulating current transgender identity. This session examines critical notions of transgender in a continuum across time, genders, and change. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu) and MW Bychowski (Mbychows@gwu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Troubadour Publics and Public Troubadours
Forum: LLC Occitan
Who had/has access to the Troubadours? What troubadour works rethink public life? What happens to Occitan works when they travel? abstracts: 250 words by 15 March 2015; Sarah-Grace Heller (heller.64@osu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

The Place of Translation
Forum: TC Translation Studies
How is translation represented by, in and across various institutional sites (e.g. language/ literature departments, pedagogy, rank and tenure committees)? Why? With what consequences? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Giada Biasetti (gbiasetti@gru.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Critical Grounds: The South and Sustainability
Forum: LLC Southern United States
The U.S. South and the global imperative of sustainability in literature, film, or other media. 300-word abstract and a brief bio to (TAtkinson@en by 15 March 2015; Ted Atkinson (TAtkinson@english.msstate.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

South by Southwest/Southwest by South
Forum: LLC Southern United States
The Southern Literature Discussion Group invites papers considering “South” and “Southwest” in relation. All periods, media, theoretical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and CV by March 15: rebecca@tula by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Mark (rebecca@tulane.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, public, etc. – with ideological meaning? Title, 300-word abstract, short bio. by 20 March 2015; Allison A. Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Post-Socialist Stereotypes in Hungarian and Romanian Literature and Culture
Allied Organization: Romanian Studies Association of America
Stereotypes of nostalgia for the past, critical/unrealistic perceptions/expressions of the American dream, problematic relationship with neighboring nations, etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Eva Corredor (corredoreva@aol.com) and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard (uritescu@umich.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Memory and Migration
Forum: CLCS Hemispheric American
Borders have clearly been attached to memory and nation formation, but what happens to memory across unmarked borders? What constitutes the memory of migration? 300-word abstract; 2-page CV by 15 March 2015; Ana Paulina Lee (alee20@tulane.edu) and John Garrison (jgarriso@carrollu.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

Digital Praxis
Forum: CLCS Hemispheric American
Digital technologies, or digital praxis, extend engagement with embodiment, materiality, literature, archives and performance, what possibilities emerge when we engage with technologies as material and embodied? 300-word abstracts, 2-page CV by 15 March 2015; Ana Paulina Lee (alee20@tulane.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

Mothers Without Frontiers: Inscriptions of Affective Maps in Contemporary Romania and the World
Allied Organization: Romanian Studies Association of America
Examines motherhood and labor migration in global cultures. How do migrant mothers traverse ideologies and reconfigure borders? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Oana Chivoiu (chivoiuo@purdue.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Latina/o Studies and the “Transnational Turn”
Forum: LLC Latina and Latino
Theorizing the relationships between transnational and local in Latina/o literature and culture. Institutional politics of transnational approaches to Latina/o Studies. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and John Alba Cutler (john-cutler@northwestern.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

"Bouncing on The Stone Mattress: Atwood's Short Fiction."
Allied Organization: Margaret Atwood Society
Papers on Atwood’s latest collection, *Stone Mattress* (2014) and/or its relation to her earlier short stories and prose poems. 250-word abstract. Eleonora Rao (erao@unisa.it) by 15 March 2015; Eleonora Rao (erao@unisa.it)
Posted 19 February 2015

Forms & Feelings of Latina/o Literature
Forum: LLC Latina and Latino
Latina/o literature has long evaded genre classification, mingling fiction, poetry, history, memoir, ethnography, and visual representation. What is captured? Soul? Spirit? Community? 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and Raúl Coronado (raulc@berkeley.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Filth of all hues…
Special Session
Excrement, offal, disease, decay, garbage, rubbish, waste, dirt, muck, murkiness, lewdness, fornication, pornography: this panel seeks theoretically-grounded (but still playful) approaches to filth in literature. 300-500 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Chris Goldsmith (hgoldsmith@smu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

William Empson: Achievement and Influence
Special Session
What is Empson's lasting significance? What is his influence upon modern critics? Where would our criticism gain from a renewed familiarity with his work? 250-300 word abstract by 12 March 2015; Seamus Perry (seamus.perry@ell.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 19 February 2015

Violent Feelings
Special Session
Can affects be violent? Papers on representations of violence, affect theories of violence, and the violence of affective exchange in any time period. Submit 250-word abstracts and a brief bio by 15 March 2015; Anna Ioanes (asi7h@virginia.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Gide et la guerre
Allied Organization: Association des Amis d'André Gide
This session welcomes papers in French or in English on the impact of war on Gide's life and writings. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 19 March 2015; Christine Latrouitte Armstrong (armstrong@denison.edu) and Jocelyn van Tuyl (vantuyl@ncf.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

“Early Modern Women and Transnational Exchanges”
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Early modern women’s transnational encounters: textual, physical, and material exchanges across borders within Europe or between the old world and new. 200-word abstract – 300-word cv by 15 March 2015; Patricia Phillippy (p.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk)
Posted 19 February 2015

“Religious Matters: Women, Worship and Artefacts”
Allied Organization: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Roundtable exploring interplays of material artefacts and early modern women’s religious practice in England and Continental Europe. 150-wd abstracts, full panel of 5 or single papers by 15 March 2015; Patricia Phillippy (p.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk)
Posted 19 February 2015

Global Visions of Hebrew Culture
Forum: LLC Hebrew
Hebrew culture and the world; tensions between Zionism and cosmopolitanism, diaspora and homeland, monolingualism and translation, and the creative solutions that ensue. 250 word abstract to nrokem@uchicago.edu by 16 March 2015; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Rereading Commonplaces
Special Session
Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplace as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (cheng@uoregon.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

After the Holocaust: Second- and Third-Generation Literature
Special Session
Seeking papers with a focus on history, family, identity and intergenerational transmission of trauma. 300-word abstracts and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Susan Jacobowitz (sjacobowitz@qcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature
Special Session
Efforts to construct historiographies of HIV/AIDS simultaneously mutate our own perceptions. Seeking papers that discuss how archiving HIV/AIDS shapes our relationships to the disease. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Kenneth Pinion (ktpinion@ncsu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Genre Play in Middle English Romance
Special Session
Consider interpretative agency of readers of Middle English romances, texts that assume romance knowledge while tweaking the genre. Topics: manuscript context, genre, game theory. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie Nelson Couch (julie.couch@ttu.edu) and Kimberly Bell (ENG_KKB@SHSU.EDU)
Posted 18 February 2015

Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
Forum: LLC Puerto Rican
Representation, technology, labor, construction of self and community. Mediatic heteroglossia: print, film, animation, graphic novels, digital, artisanal texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Religious Enchantment in Contemporary Fiction
Special Session
How can religious enchantment in the contemporary world be an alternative to religious fundamentalism and secular re-enchantment? Papers should examine this topic in recent fiction. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Roger McNamara (roger.mcnamara@ttu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Iranian Women’s Life Narratives
Special Session
Abstracts invited for a panel on Iranian and Iranian diaspora women’s life narratives. How have their concerns changed through time? Abstracts 250-300 words, CV by 10 March 2015; Safaneh Mohahegh Neyshabouri (safaneh@ualberta.ca)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Haitian Literature and the Question of Ethics
Special Session
How does recent Haitian literature evoke ethical questions related to art, the environment, humanitarianism, and politics? 250-300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; John Walsh (jwalshtrois@gmail.com)
Posted 18 February 2015

Fictions of Forgery
Special Session
Modern and contemporary fictions about frauds, hoaxes, fakes, and forgeries in the visual arts, music and literature. 250-word abstracts and one-page CVs. by 15 March 2015; Mark W. Osteen (mosteen@loyola.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Testimonio and its Publics: Then and Now
Special Session
How has Latin American testimonio evolved over the past decades? What are our current critical models of testimonio's relations to its intended audience(s)? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Stephanie Pridgeon (spridge@emory.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Critical Informatics and the Digital Humanities
Special Session
Papers that articulate anti-realist DH methods and projects critical of hegemonic cultures of information. Full CFP at http://atp1.us/mla16. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Andrew Pilsch (apilsch@asu.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Comics and Memory
Forum: CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century
Intersections of politics/culture/ethnicity and comics: identity and visual representation, border crossing and intermediality, Latinidad and struggles with status. Submit 250-word abstracts by March 15; Christopher Pizzino (cpizzino@uga.edu). 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Chris Pizzino (cpizzino@uga.edu) and Ramon Saldivar (saldivar@stanford.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Writing for Reception
Special Session
How do medieval authors, scribes, and translators navigate anxieties about reception? Soliciting papers on strategies of control from the literary to the codicological in England's vernacular texts. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Amanda Wetmore (aj.wetmore@utoronto.ca) and Madeleine Elson (madeleine.elson@mail.utoronto.ca)
Posted 18 February 2015

Eastern European Literature in English
Special Session
How do contemporary Eastern European authors writing in English revisit and revise their past, and/or capture their present with Western audiences in mind? 250-word abstracts and bios. by 15 March 2015; Margarita Marinova (margarita.marinova@cnu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Literature in Large Classes
Special Session
How can we promote the kinds of discussions that enrich literary study when teaching over 75 students? Games, apps, and other innovative approaches welcome. 300-word abstracts and C.V. by 20 March 2015; Krista A. Murchison (kmurchis@uottawa.ca)
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Remarkable Readers
Special Session
Unearthed a remarkable story from the archive of reading history? This roundtable aims to share (and analyze) the practices of readers who do not fit traditional “readerly” categories. Brief proposals by 23 March 2015; Nicholas Hengen Fox (nick.hengenfox@pcc.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Austin Plays Itself
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
Papers examining or critiquing the emergence of Austin, Texas, as a cinematic scene and the relationship between its filmmaking and filmgoing cultures. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nic Sammond (nic.sammond@utoronto.ca)
Posted 17 February 2015

Yiddish Literature’s Diverse “Publics”
Forum: LLC Yiddish
Translation of Yiddish texts and its effects on Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, on representation of the Jewish past, and construction of new Jewish identities. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Merle Lyn Bachman (mbachman@spalding.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

The Translator as Character
Special Session
What is the role, place, politics, and positioning of the translator or interpreter as a character in a work of literature? Please submit a 250-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Emily Hayman (emily.hayman@yale.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Adab X Belles Lettres
Special Session
This panel explores the intersections of ethics, politeness, education, and sociability with textual production (1200-1800 CE) in Arabic, Ottoman, and European literatures. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Haddad (jhaddad@berkeley.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Bibliography in the Digital Age: Tools, Technologies, Theories
Forum: TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing
We seek papers exploring how digital technologies are influencing the practice of bibliography and/or how bibliography’s theories apply to digital objects. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Lindsey Eckert (leckert@gsu.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Comparative Readings of Doris Lessing's Historical and Speculative Fiction
Allied Organization: Doris Lessing Society
Comparisons of Lessing's historical-realist-autobiographical to her speculative novels or stories: works usually considered separately. 300-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Cornelius Collins (corneliuscollins@rocketmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Illness, Genius, Imagination in East Asian Literature
Special Session
Papers discussing writers' uses or representations of illness as a creative or imaginative force in East Asian literature. 250 word abstracts and brief bios. by 15 March 2015; Meera Lee (mlee46@syr.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Performance and Its Publics
Allied Organization: American Theatre and Drama Society
Topics include: performance and counter/publics, stagings of the public, performance and the public humanities. 250 word-abstract and 1-page CV by 9 March 2015; Laura Mielke (lmielke@ku.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Ineffectual Lyric
Special Session
Auden claimed “poetry makes nothing happen.” How does lyric aim for political effects, and fail? How does lyric cope with its ineffectuality? Is the ineffectual the apolitical? 250-word abstract; c.v. by 10 March 2015; Daniel Wright (daniel.wright@utoronto.ca)
Posted 10 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Women and Recent Francophone/Anglophone African Cinemas
Forum: LLC Francophone
Representation, genre, filmmaking, and resources relating to women and film in Africa. 300-word abstracts, 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Valerie Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu) and Joya Uraizee (uraizeej@slu.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Francophone Media/na/tions
Forum: LLC Francophone
Film, TV, BD, web, social media and nations: challenges, transgressions, affirmations or contestations of the nation and/or media's role in its construction. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Renée Larrier (rlarrier@rci.rutgers.edu) and Milena Santoro (santorom@georgetown.edu.)
Posted 17 February 2015

Evolution, Ethics, and Tragedy
Special Session
Relationships among evolution of the brain, human experience of self, and crises of self in ethics and depictions of tragedy. 300-word abstract plus brief CV related to topic. by 15 March 2015; David Palmer (dpalmer@maritime.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Graphic Visions: Comic Books, War, and Memory
Special Session
This panel seeks papers theorizing graphic narratives concerned with war & memory. Submit abstract/bio to Jorge Santos (jsantos@holycross) by 3/15/15. 250 word abstract and bio. by 15 March 2015; Jorge Santos (jsantos@holycross.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

The Study of Translingual Cultural Practices Today
Forum: LLC Literatures of the United States in Languages Other Than English
Interdisciplinary approaches to translingualism in multicultural/multiethnic literary texts, visual arts &digital arts in the U.S (Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American, immigration, exile). 250 word abstract by 23 March 2015; Ricardo Vivancos Pérez (rvivanco@gmu.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Revolutionary Echoes
Forum: LLC 18th-Century French
This panel will consider how the ideas of the French Revolution were disseminated, translated, or adapted in other parts of the world. Proposals invited for 15-minute papers. 150-word abstracts by 11 March 2015; Jennifer Tsien (jst8e@eservices.virginia.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Troubled Time
Forum: LLC 18th-Century French
This round table panel invites research on eighteenth-century French works that question accepted forms of temporality and explore alternative ones. 8-minute presentations followed by round table discussion. 150-word abstracts by 11 March 2015; Andrew Clark (anclark@fordham.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Special Session
Given Huffer and Ferguson’s recent work, this panel reexamines the fraught relation between Foucault and Queer_of_Color_Critique to see what heterogeneous "strange affinities" might exist today. Abstract by 15 March 2015; Meridith Kruse (krusem@newschool.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Hebrew Literature and its Readers
Special Session
Literature in the Hebrew/Israeli public sphere, past present and future. The reader/public as a literary figure. Global receptions of Hebrew literature. 250 word abstract to nrokem@uchicago.edu by 16 March 2015; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

The Future of Publishing in Composition
Forum: RCWS History and Theory of Composition
We seek papers that examine how scholars and publishers in composition studies are addressing the new opportunities and challenges of a shifting publication environment. 200-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Jim Brown (jim.brown@rutgers.edu) and Shevaun Watson (watsonse@uwec.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Against Innovation
Special Session
Examining the embrace of "innovation," as marketing rhetoric, managerial push, or otherwise ideological, and the aims of the innovation agenda. Abstract by 15 March 2015; Jeffrey J. Williams (jwill@andrew.cmu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

The Re/covery of Traumatic Memories in Magical Realist Literature
Special Session
Papers addressing the representation of historical traumata through magical realist writing in different literatures and time periods. Send 300-500 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2015; Eugene Arva (magicreal@aol.com)
Posted 16 February 2015

Understanding and Redefining XXI Century Women's Voice in Puerto Rican Poetry
Special Session
Redefining voices in PR XXI poetry.Teaching, hybrids,gender,neo epics. Abstracts of no more than one page no later than M by 15 March 2015; Zoe Jimenez-Corretjer (zoe.jimenez@upr.edu) and Michele Dávila-Goncalves (mdavilagoncalv@salemstate.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Literature and the Species Concept
Forum: TC Science and Literature
What role does the concept of species play in literary texts? How can it account for literary genres and evolutions? 500-word abstracts by 3-8-2015; Ursula Heise (uhei by 8 March 2015; Ursula K. Heise (uheise@outlook.com)
Posted 16 February 2015

Troll Cultures
Special Session
This panel examines the prehistories and functions of trolling--comments aimed to provoke outrage. Topics include polemic in liberalism; irony in digital culture; Gamergate; satires of Muhammad. Abstracts of 250-500 words by 13 March 2015; Eric Song (esong1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Patricia Highsmith via Žižek and Texas
Special Session
Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith's works call for reconsideration in light of Žižek's philosophical readings and cinematic interpretations. Submit 300 word abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Bruce Krajewski (bkrajewski@uta.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
Special Session
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, public, etc. – with ideological meaning? Title, 300-word abstract, short bio. by 20 March 2015; Allison A. Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Cinema and Cultural Memory
Special Session
Documentary and fiction films play an increasingly important role in cultural memory, whether of nations or groups. Papers are invited on films that counter dominant narratives. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Inez Kathleen Hedges (i.hedges@neu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Indexicality, Pragmatics, Non-Referentiality: Linguistic Anthropology in/as Literary Criticism
Special Session
We invite papers engaging methods/concepts from linguistic anthropology for literary criticism: indexicality, register, entextualization, language-in-use, interactional text, etc. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Tom McEnaney (mcenaney@cornell.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

The Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante
Special Session
Papers exploring central questions and concerns engaged in Ferrante's bildungsroman. Potential topics include female friendship, mother/daughter relations, class, language, and affect. 300-500 word abstract and CV by 6 March 2015; Christine Maksimowicz (cmaksimo@english.umass.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Alice Munro Revisited
Special Session
Inviting papers using interdisciplinary frameworks for engaging Munro's aesthetics in relation to her explorations of social class, shame, and/or mother-daughter relationships. 300-400 word abstract and CV by 8 March 2015; Christine Maksimowicz (cmaksimo@english.umass.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Public Austens: or, Austen in Austin
Special Session
Seeking papers on Jane Austen as public figure and celebrity in historical context. 250-word abstracts and brief CV by 13 March 2015; Devoney Looser (devoney.looser@asu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Hispanophone Literatures and Postcolonial Theory
Forum: CLCS Global Hispanophone
Global Hispanophone designates cultural production of former Spanish colonies beyond Latin America/Caribbean. How useful is postcolonial theory in addressing this production today? Please submit a 2-page abstract by 15 March 2015; Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo (campoycu@oakland.edu) and Raúl Marrero-Fente (rmarrero@umn.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

Middle English Economics
Special Session
The influence of medieval economic thought on texts in Middle English, or applications of modern theories of money and exchange to Middle English works. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Robert W. Epstein (repstein@fairfield.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

New Directions in Mediterranean Studies
Special Session
New Directions in Mediterranean Studies: Innovative talks on theories, methodologies, and case studies at the intersection of the modern and the Mediterranean. 350 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2015; Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (etamalet@tulane.edu) and Yasser Elhariry (yasser.elhariry@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

Post-Socialist Stereotypes in Hungarian and Romanian Literature and Culture
Forum: LLC Hungarian
Stereotypes of nostalgia for the past, critical/unrealistic perceptions/expectations of the American dream, problematic relationship with neighboring nations, etc. Minimum 300-word abstract online by 15 March 2015; Eva Livia Corredor (elc49@columbia.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

Simone de Beauvoir and "the second sex" in 2016
Allied Organization: Simone de Beauvoir Society
An examination of the influence of Beauvoir's analysis of gender relationships on current societies in the Western world and elsewhere. Abstracts by 16 March 2015; Yolanda Astarita Patterson (guyyopat@aol.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Affective Geographies in Modern Arabic Literature
Special Session
Examining the intersections between spaces/landscapes and affect in response to historical, political, cultural moments in the Arab world. Themes: nostalgia, displacement, affective detachment/attachment, liminality. 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Anna Cruz (accruz@berkeley.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

Digital Publics
Forum: LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English
Proposed papers may discuss crowdsourcing, the public face of digital work, media and publics, digital communities, scholars' presence online, the effect of global publics on research. Please send 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura C. Mandell (mandell@tamu.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 15 February 2015

20th/21st-Century Women Writers as Public Intellectuals
Allied Organization: Doris Lessing Society
Distinct perspectives, discourses of women writers as intellectuals for reading publics. Lessing, Beauvoir, Hansberry, Sontag, Morrison, Atwood, Prose, Z. Smith, others. 300-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Cornelius Collins (corneliuscollins@rocketmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Performance, Poetics, and the Public Sphere
Special Session
Participants situate performance, poetry, and community in examining the ways publics reaffirm, realign, and reorganize themselves out from the obfuscations of contemporary living. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; John Hyland (jhyland@haverford.edu) and José Alvergue (jose.felipe.alvergue@gmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Teaching Plagiarism
Special Session
Plagiarism is a serious issue in education. This session will consider how to raise awareness of plagiarism and creatively address the problem in the universities. 250 word abstracts by 30 April 2015; John Thompson (john-thompson@bhz.qsi.org)
Posted 15 February 2015

The American Artist: Convergence as Process
Special Session
This panel explores the rise of Surrealism in America and Eastern philosophies in California (mid-20th century), highlighting the process of creating impersonal art. Abstracts, 250-500 words by 15 March 2015; Nathalie Fouyer (nathalie.fouyer@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

How did “I” get here?
Special Session
5 minutes talks engaging the intimate aspects of literary projects followed by a discussion about the general absence of the “I” in critical discourses. 200 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Raphael Sigal (rs3215@nyu.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture
Special Session
Papers on Jewish/Islamic relations, interested in all historical periods. Could include literature, rhetoric, or other media. 300 word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2015; Lindsay Dearinger (lindsay.dearinger@gmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Literature and the Landscape of American Suburbs
Special Session
How does literature help interpret the causes and consequence of growing racial, sexual, economic, or other diversity in American suburbs? 250-word abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Randy Ontiveros (rjo@umd.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Modes of the Italian Sublime
Special Session
This panel proposes to explore modes and manifestations of the sublime in Italian literature. All periods and theoretical approaches are welcome. abstracts of 200-250 words by 15 March 2015; Carlo Annelli (annelli@wisc.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner
Special Session
Papers about Styron's novel--prelude to an edited collection commemorating the 50th anniversary. See https://umn.academia.edu/MichaelLackey for a more detailed cfp. 500-word abstracts and cv by 10 March 2015; Michael Donald Lackey (lacke010@umn.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Black Women's Poetry and the Color Line
Special Session
Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African American women’s poetry from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. 250-word abstract and short bio by 10 March 2015; Heidi Morse (hemorse@umich.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Auerbach’s Publics
Forum: LLC German to 1700
How does Auerbach help to conceptualize a public in the manuscript, print, and digital age? 150-word abstract, 150-word CV, and projection req by 15 March 2015; Mara R. Wade (mwade@illinois.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Corporate Relations
Forum: LLC German to 1700
Individual /corporate bodies; fraternities, learned societies, and the body politic in literature and its publics. 150-word abstract, 150-word CV, projection require by 15 March 2015; Mara R. Wade (mwade@illinois.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting the Publics of the Cultural Front
Special Session
What can be learned from revisiting 1930s writers and artists who broadened and sustained a radical international Left public audience? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rosemary Hennessy (rh4@rice.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Embodiment & Environmental Justice
Special Session
This panel explores connections between the body, its representation, and the pursuit of environmental justice. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Delice I. Williams (diwill@udel.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Temporalities of Early American Literature and Literary History
Special Session
Will explore representation of temporality in American literature, 1492-1865. Special attention to differential constructions of temporality during period. 250 word abstract and short CV by 6 March 2015; Jason Payton (jmpayton@shsu.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Mediating Early Modernity
Allied Organization: Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature
Papers on mediality (text, image, sound) in early modern Germanic literatures and cultures; media analysis and manipulation (Digital Humanities) of the field. Abstracts (150 words) by 15 March 2015; Jane Ogden Newman (jonewman@uci.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Orientalism, Postcolonialism and the Global Charles Dickens
Special Session
This panel would like to explore Charles Dickens' relationship with Orientalism specifically, postcolonialism/transnationalism generally. Panel still flexible in direction. Abstracts no word # requirements. CV. by 15 March 2015; Michael Lundell (mjlundell@yahoo.com)
Posted 14 February 2015

Translation and Transcultural Audiences
Special Session
Examines the role of translation in developing new audiences for literary texts, especially texts with multiple translations in different languages and for multiple time periods. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Erin Riddle (eriddle@elmira.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 14 February 2015

A Radical New Vision: Popular Visual Culture and African-American Self-Fashioning
Special Session
How did African-Americans—from 1865 to 1918—revise existing visual archives and repertoires to fashion a sense of self? 300 word abstract and C.V. by 9 March 2015; Kya Mangrum (knm53@cornell.edu) and Stacie McCormick (s.mccormick@tcu.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Latina/o Comics (co-sponsor: Comparative Studies in Twentieth Century Literature)
Forum: GS Comics and Graphic Narratives
Intersections of politics/culture/ethnicity and comics: identity and visual representation, border crossing and intermediality, Latinidad and status struggles. Christopher Pizzino (cpizzino@uga.edu). 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Christopher Pizzino (cpizzino@uga.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

The Center and Beyond: The Expansion of the Global English Department
Special Session
Seeking additional roundtable participants with careers teaching English literature, language, or composition outside the Anglosphere. 300 word bio plus full cv. by 10 March 2015; Laura Squires (asquires@nes.ru)
Posted 14 February 2015

Applied Linguistics
Special Session
Linguistic deterritorialization tend to engender mutation and evolution. Attempts at conceptualizing linguistic differentiation are subject to radical changes toward polyglossia and hybridity. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Peter Wuteh Vakunta (vakuntap@uindy.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

The Black Carceral Imagination
Special Session
This session examines African American literature's carceral aesthetics. We explore black writing which considers the carceral an important resource for literary and aesthetic innovation. Abstracts. 500 word maximum. by 27 February 2015; Jason Saunders (js5hb@virginia.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

The Immoderate Renaissance
Special Session
How did early modern England and Europe not embrace but defy the Aristotelian mean? Seeking papers on the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of extremity, outrageousness, radicality, incivility. Brief abstract by 15 March 2015; David Hershinow (djh4@princeton.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Charlie-Hebdo and its Publics
Special Session
Submissions on the significance of Charlie-Hebdo in the French satirical tradition, reactions of other cartoonists and critics, and cross-cultural comparisons of editorial cartooning. 300 word abstract – CV by 9 March 2015; Martha B. Kuhlman (mkuhlman@bryant.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Satire and the Editorial Cartoon
Forum: GS Comics and Graphic Narratives
This panel examines satire in cross-cultural early editorial cartoons, periodicals and cartoonists, from 18th century to early 20th century. Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 10 by 10 March 2015; Nhora Lucia Serrano (nhoraluciaserrano@gmail.com)
Posted 13 February 2015

Poetry and Tone
Special Session
Is tone an independent feature of poetry, capable of working against the speaker’s ostensible or poet’s stated intent? Are tone and voice always analogous or synonymous concepts? 300-word abstract by 12 March 2015; Magdalena Kay (magdakay@uvic.ca)
Posted 13 February 2015

Mess With Texas
Forum: MS Screen Arts and Culture
Papers considering changes to the Western as a transmedial genre in the Post-American century, including those from Europe and East Asia. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Siobhan S. Craig (craig026@umn.edu) and Caetlin Benson-Abbott (cb529@georgetown.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Tasting the Divine in Hispanic Mysticism
Special Session
Seeking papers that explore the aesthetic-theological functions of sensorial imagery in early modern Spanish and colonial Latinamerican mystical writings. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 10 March 2015; Gloria Maité Hernandez (ghernandez@wcupa.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication
Allied Organization: Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Presentations that explore “New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication” are sought. Send 250 word proposals by 20 March 2015; William Klein (kleinw@umsl.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

10 Years Gone: Octavia E. Butler's Public Legacy
Special Session
We invite papers discussing Butler's impact on her reading public: book clubs, literary societies, social justice movements, etc. 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Tarshia Stanley (tstanley@spelman.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Lusophone Africa, 40 Years of Independence: New Voices, New Readers
Forum: LLC Global Portuguese
We invite papers reflecting upon Lusophone African cultural production on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of independence. Title, 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rebecca J. Atencio (ratencio@tulane.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Going Viral: Early Modern Theater and Contagious Diseases
Special Session
Seeking papers rethinking the influence of contagious diseases on early modern theatrical practices through productive approaches, from the literal to the metaphorical. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; J.F. Bernard (j.bernard@marianopolis.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

The World and the Book
Special Session
World literature from a book history perspective: popular production and reception of “classics” (e.g., Odyssey, Ramayana) in local/global contexts, in the past/present. 250-word abstract / 100-word bio by 15 March 2015; David Buchanan (djbuchan@ualberta.ca)
Posted 13 February 2015

Queer/Short Story
Special Session
What's queer about the short story? Readings of stories; theoretical takes on sexuality and short form; historical approaches to the form in relation to queer sexuality. 250-word abstract, short CV. by 15 March 2015; Christopher Looby (clooby@humnet.ucla.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

The Shakespeare Documents
Special Session
What insights can we gain from any of the 79 known manuscripts that witness the playwright’s life? 200-word abstract and biography by 15 March 2015; Hannah Crumme (hannah.crumme@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk)
Posted 13 February 2015

Radio Thinks Itself
Special Session
How have radio plays, documentaries, and features explored the characteristics and effects--intimacy, audition, sightlessness, domesticity, voice--that distinguish radio in the media ecology? Abstracts (300 words) and biography (~50 words) by 12 March 2015; Ian Whittington (iwhittin@olemiss.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

FULLER: EXPANSION, IMMIGRATION, AND THE MEXICAN WAR
Allied Organization: Margaret Fuller Society
Including contemporaries: John O’Sullivan, Jane Cazneau, Child, Thoreau, Whitman, Greeley. Narratives, arguments, images, symbols. Visions of America and its destiny. 1-2 page abstracts, CVs. by 20 March 2015; Jeffrey Allen Steele (jsteele@wisc.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Names in the Workplace
Allied Organization: American Name Society
Literary analysis of names in the workplace, addressing any genre and any aspect of naming (personal names, placenames, corporate names, name theory, etc.). 50-word abstract plus 250-word precis by 10 March 2015; Christine De Vinne (cdevinne@ndm.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015, last updated 13 February 2015

History and Form in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
Special Session
This panel will explore the ways in which 19th-century literary narratives (and poems) imagine, construct, and/or redirect history. 300-word abstract and CV by 6 March 2015; Ian Finseth (finseth@unt.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Reading Keywords
Special Session
Papers that explore the ways in which we understand the concept of keywords, and how their presence in literary texts affects our reading strategies. 300-word abstract by 5 March 2015; Michael Demson (mtd007@shsu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Archival Publics: tracing humans/human traces
Special Session
Papers exploring how human relationships—writ broadly—affect the collection, preservation, and discovery of SpC and archival materials, physical and digital; how collections shape understandings of specific publics. 300-word-abstract_and_short-cv by 13 March 2015; Meaghan Brown (mbrown@folger.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Second-Generation Cognitive Narratology
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore how 4E – embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended – and distributed cognition can illuminate the study of narrative. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Daniel Irving (danieljirving1@gmail.com)
Posted 13 February 2015

Katherine Anne Porter -- Texan, Southerner, Cosmopolitan
Special Session
New assessments of Porter's legacy, as the MLA meets in her home state for the first time since 1980. 100-word abstracts by 11 March 2015; Thomas Carl Austenfeld (thomas.austenfeld@unifr.ch)
Posted 13 February 2015

Citizenship and Social Death
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
Explorations in literature and film of “social death” (Orlando Paterson, Jared Sexton) in relation to issues of citizenship and quality of life for all ethnic groups. Abstract, CV by 8 March 2015; Stephen Knadler (knadlers@spelman.edu) and Amritjit Singh (singha@ohio.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

The Seventies in Contemporary Historical Fiction
Special Session
This panel explores the multitude of recent fictions set in or grappling with the political and cultural legacy of the Seventies. Please submit 500 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Kurt Cavender (kcavende@brandeis.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Missed Connections: Satire and Its Publics
Special Session
Satire, political art, subversive humor within any medium and its intersections with audience in any time period. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Janessa Toro (jltz85@mail.missouri.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Palestine in the Internationalist Imagination
Forum: LLC West Asian
Submissions on representations of Palestine in literary or visual cultural contexts of internationalist anti-imperialist and anti-(neo)colonial movements, circa 1960s-1980s, focus on West Asia preferred. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Kamran Rastegar (kamran.rastegar@tufts.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015, last updated 12 February 2015

Austin in Austin: Satire, Irony and Speech Acts in Nineteenth-Century Comparative Contexts
Forum: CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century
We welcome papers addressing irony and satire as instruments and targets of political power in comparative contexts. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jan Mieszkowski (mieszkow@reed.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Romantic Readers, Nineteenth-Century Publics
Forum: CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century
Comparative papers considering the overlap or discontinuity between acts of reading and literary collectives; privacy, anonymity and the public sphere; publication and alternatives to print culture. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Anne-Lise François (afrancoi@berkeley.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Legacies of the Sexual Revolution
Special Session
Presentations on women (feminism, marriage, sexuality, motherhood) during Sexual Revolution. Panel will examine the era’s legacy in our understanding of gender, both then and now. Abstract, cv by 15 March 2015; Eir-Anne Edgar (eiranne.edgar@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

Race and Sexuality in Southern Expressive Cultures
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
In the wake of Lawrence v. Texas, historical and contemporary reckonings that traverse public/private intimacies, rural/urban divides, hetero/homoeroticisms, black/white binaries. 250 word abstracts, CVs by 8 March 2015; Martin Joseph Ponce (ponce.8@osu.edu) and Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Archival Legibility and Invisibility
Forum: TC Race and Ethnicity Studies
Decolonizing inquiries into ruptures and gaps in enforced bodies of archival knowledge, past and present; readings counter to hegemonic information structures, inscriptions, and institutions. Abstract and CV by 8 March 2015; Anna Maria Nogar (anogar@unm.edu) and Penelope Kelsey (penelope.kelsey@colorado.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Major Sephardic Novelists: The Risks They Take
Forum: LLC Sephardic
Seeking proposals on the work of a Sephardic novelist and the risks he or she has taken to further creative or sociopolitical goals. 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jane Mushabac (jmushabac@citytech.cuny.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Cuba Enters the Millennium
Special Session
We invite abstracts examining the challenges confronted by Cuban society in the new millennium as reflected in cultural production. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Liset Cruz García (info@liset.org)
Posted 12 February 2015

Digital Humanities/Public Humanities
Special Session
How are scholars engaged in public humanities projects? What are the challenges, opportunities, and best practices for such work? Case-study projects, field surveys, and critical approaches welcome. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Victoria E. Szabo (ves4@duke.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

The American Hobo
Special Session
This session explores twentieth century iterations of the hobo via subject formation, cultural politics and a pervasive influence on literary production. Abstracts of 250 words and short bios by 20 March 2015; Jennifer Forsberg (jennifer.hagen.forsberg@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

The Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell
Special Session
Any aspect of English author Angela Thirkell's humorous Barsetshire novels (built on those of Anthony Trollope) idealizing the rural, educated classes. Abstracts up to 300 words. by 20 March 2015; Penelope J. Fritzer (fritzer@fau.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Musicality in Arguedas
Special Session
Papers on political, natural, or spiritual aspects/effects of musicality (Quechua, Spanish or other) in the work of Jose Maria Arguedas. Also considered: rhythm, dance, corporeality, gestures, etc. 250-word abstract by 13 March 2015; Samuel Jaffee (sjaffee@uw.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Transformations and Adaptations. Expanding Approaches to the Critical Analysis of diasporic female narratives
Special Session
We seek papers that expand approaches to the critical analysis of female narratives. We invite 1 page abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Sonja Stephenson Watson (swatson1@uta.edu) and Lori Celaya (lcelaya@uidaho.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Literature and Media Change
Special Session
Literature as a window on media change past and present. How have literary texts critiqued or proposed alternatives to dominant or emerging media practices? 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kelley Kreitz (kkreitz@pace.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

The Walking Dead: Unquiet Spirits in Early America
Forum: LLC Early American
Spirits, specters, zombies, apparitions, ancestors, disembodied voices: across “New World” cultures, how did ghosted forms bespeak coloniality? CV; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kathleen Donegan (kdonegan@berkeley.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Before the Declaration: Happiness in Early America
Forum: LLC Early American
How did early Americans of various ethnic, religious, or socio-political backgrounds imagine and experience personal and collective happiness? CV; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Patrick Erben (perben@westga.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Linguistics and Translation in Early America
Forum: LLC Early American
Cross-cultural communication, literacies, knowledge, and indigenous adaptations. What shapes language and translation in the Americas from 1492 – 1836? c.v. 300-word abstracts; srivett@princeton.edu by 15 March 2015; Sarah Rivett (srivett@princeton.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015, last updated 12 February 2015

Neoliberal Policies, Lingua Franca, and Multilingualism
Forum: LSL Language and Society
Do neoliberal policies favor linguae francae to facilitate flow of resources across borders? Or do they promote multilingualism? Please email abstracts of 250 words in length. by 15 March 2015; A. Suresh Canagarajah (asc16@psu.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Early Modern Teaching in the Digital Age
Special Session
Roundtable discussion of innovative strategies for teaching early modern literature. Proposals discussing digital humanities projects especially encouraged. 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2015; Sonya L. Brockman (slbrockm@uncc.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Teaching English at Historically Black and Indigenous Colleges and Universities
Special Session
English language education of students whose native tongue has historically faced marginalization and suppression in colonial and postcolonial contexts. 250 Word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Brian Stone (brianjstone81@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

Darrieussecq: Twenty Years Later
Special Session
New perspectives on Marie Darrieussecq's oeuvre; public reception of her works; retrospective examinations of her early novels. 250-word abstract and short bio by 15 March 2015; Sonja Stojanovic (sonja_stojanovic@brown.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Teatro di Narrazione and Contemporary Italy
Allied Organization: American Association for Italian Studies
Explores the role of teatro di narrazione, from Fo and Gaber to authors/actors such as Paolini and Baliani, in rethinking Italian contemporary history. 200-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Daniela Bini (daniela.bini45@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

Colonial Shame
Special Session
Shame considered in the context of neo- or post-colonialism from the perspective of queer theory, LGBT Studies, Latino Studies, post-colonialism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies or affect studies. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Benigno Trigo (benigno.trigo@vanderbilt.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Cli-Fi: Climate Change and Narrative Fiction
Forum: GS Prose Fiction
Session will address the rise of Climate Fiction as a new narrative genre: its thematic parameters, formal challenges, and socio-political promise. abstract maximum of 300 words by 30 March 2015; Mark McGurl (mcgurl@stanford.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Checkpoint Aesthetics and the Global Novel
Forum: GS Prose Fiction
Checkpoint Aesthetics and the Global Novel. abstract maximum of 300 words by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wicke (jaw2b@virginia.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Romanticism, Poverty, and Impoverishment
Forum: LLC English Romantic
Romantic literature and: beggars, pauperism, bare life; suffering and subsistence; economics, scarcity, charity; equality/inequality, freedom/unfreedom; distance and amelioration; the poor in spirit. 500-word proposals by 15 March 2015; Margaret E. Russett (russett@usc.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Special Session
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected early modern conceptions and/or representations of the self. Topics might include religious doubt, communal vs. isolated selves, self-awareness, self-distrust, etc. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Chelsea McKelvey (clrice@smu.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
Special Session
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the reception and/or influence of Unamuno's works, particularly his fiction, in contemporary Spanish culture. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Luis Alvarez-Castro (lacastro@ufl.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Public Opinion, Literary Successes and Failures
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
This panel investigates public opinion’s sway on the creation, production and reception of Italian literature in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. brief CV, 250-word abstract by 25 March 2015; Francesca Luigia Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu) and Rachel Walsh ( rachel.walsh@du.edu )
Posted 11 February 2015

The Politics of Public Celebrations
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
The panel wants to explore the uses to which festive culture and public commemorative events lent itself in 17th, 18th and 19th-century Italy. brief CV, 250-word abstract by 25 March 2015; Francesca Luigia Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Exoticisms and their Italian publics
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
Italy and Italians often constituted the exotic object of the "enlightened" gaze: but who and what did Italian publics experienced as exotic (1600s-1800s)? brief CV, 250-word abstract by 25 March 2015; Francesca Luigia Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu) and Adrienne Ward (aw7h@virginia. edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Emotions in Ink
Forum: LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian
This panel explores features, roles and effects of publications on emotions and/or their public display in the Italian culture from the 1600s to the 1800s. brief CV, 250-word abstract by 25 March 2015; Francesca Luigia Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu) and Irene Zanini-Cordi ( izaninicordi@fsu.edu )
Posted 11 February 2015

Narratives of Contingency
Special Session
Considers stories, tales, discourses about the adjunct or non-tenure track faculty in modern/contemporary literature and documents of academe relevant to contingency studies. Abstract of 250 words by 15 March 2015; Kristina Quynn (quynn@colostate.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Archiving Dis/Integration: Artists in Berlin
Special Session
Artists (Dean, Thiel) who have used visual language to chronicle the “undoing” of East Germany and patching of the East/West Berlin split after Unification. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jenifer K. Ward (jward@centenary.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Out of the Past: An Examination of Jewish Characters in Contemporary Romanian Cinema
Forum: LLC Romanian
This panel examines the representation of Jews in contemporary Romanian cinema. 250-word proposal and bio by 16 March 2015; Monica Filimon (mefilimon@yahoo.com)
Posted 11 February 2015

Quo Vadimus? Enhancing Language Study in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Allied Organization: American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators
Promotes the revitalization of second-language study by focusing on changing demographics, misperceptions about language learning, and creativity in program articulation. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Colleen M. Ryan (ryancm@indiana.edu) and Robert Davis (rldavis@uoregon.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Politics of Solidarities and Cross-Racial Alliances
Forum: CLCS Global Arab and Arab American
Representations of cross-racial relations in US, transnational contexts: indigenous solidarities; Arab Americans and other racialized US minorities in relational frameworks. 250-word abstracts, bios by 13 March 2015; Carol N. Fadda-Conrey (cfaddaco@syr.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Global Arab Texts and their Publics
Forum: CLCS Global Arab and Arab American
Displaced writers. Deterritorialized texts. How do recent Arab émigré/exiled/refugee writers and their publics redefine the global? Role of gender, religion, language, literary economies. 250-word abstracts, bios by 15 March 2015; Carol N. Fadda-Conrey (cfaddaco@syr.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Lukacs Gyorgy and Modernism
Forum: LLC Hungarian
Lukacs has dealt with the question of modernism in most of his theoretical and philosophical work that allows for broad spectrum of analyses. Please submit 300-word abstract online by 15 March 2015; Eva Livia Corredor (elc49@columbia.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Politics of Solidarities and Cross-Racial Alliances
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American
Representations of cross-racial relations in US, transnational contexts: indigenous solidarities; Arab Americans and other racialized US minorities in relational frameworks. 250-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Carol Fadda-Conrey Fadda-Conrey (cfaddaco@syr.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Pedagogical Publics: Teaching George Sand
Allied Organization: George Sand Association
Multifaceted approaches to teaching Sand; the relevance of Sand’s works for today’s student; teaching Sand then and now; educating the general public about Sand. 1-page abstracts by 8 March 2015; Pratima Prasad (pratima.prasad@umb.edu) and Catherine Masson (cmasson@wellesley.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Reading Sand's Pasts/Sand's Futures
Allied Organization: George Sand Association
How did Sand read the past, present, and future? How was Sand read in past? In the present? How will she be read in the future? 1-page abstracts by 8 March 2015; Alexandra Wettlaufer (akw@austin.utexas.edu ) and Catherine Masson (cmasson@wellesley.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Literature and Theology: A Global Re-Assessment
Special Session
Especially welcome are studies that take into account the theoretical and theological engagements of university systems outside the United States. Abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2015; Sharon Kim (skim@judsonu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Stanley Cavell and Close Reading
Special Session
Any aspect of Cavell's close readings of literature (Beckett, Shaw, Thoreau, James, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shakespeare) or literary readings of philosophy (Wittgenstein, Emerson, Nietzsche). Abstract of 250 words by 16 March 2015; Amir Khan (akhan134@uottawa.ca)
Posted 11 February 2015

Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda
Allied Organization: Cervantes Society of America
Fourth centenary of Cervantes' death and of his final novelistic project. We invite abstracts on any aspect of this novel. Maximum 200-word abstracts. by 9 March 2015; Steven Hutchinson (shutchin@wisc.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Madness and Disability in Italian Studies
Special Session
Explores the possible intersections between madness and disability from both inside/outside the literary/artistic domain and the mental health establishment. 250 word abstract, theoretical approach, & bibliog by 1 March 2015; Ryan Calabretta-Sajder (rcalabretta@gmail.com) and Colleen Ryan (ryancm@indiana.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Food, Wine, and Mother Earth in Italian Literature & Cinema
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Italian
This panel explores the manifold representations of food and food culture(s) in Italian Studies. 250-word abstract, with theoretical approach & bib by 1 March 2015; Ryan Calabretta-Sajder (rcalabretta@gmail.com) and Colleen Ryan (ryancm@indiana.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

The Transnational West
Allied Organization: Western Literature Association
This panel will explore the tropes of the West as they are redeployed/repurposed/re-appropriated in texts, broadly defined, with a transnational context. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kerry Fine (kerry.fine@ttu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Developing a Game Pedagogy
Special Session
This panel explores the benefits and challenges of using games in a literature class. Submit 300-word abstracts and a c.v. by March 5, 2 by 5 March 2015; Kathleen Hanggi (kathleen.hanggi@doane.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

The Profane West
Allied Organization: Western Literature Association
Deeply delving into multiple aspects of the "profane," this roundtable seeks to challenge the rote and accepted ways of thinking about/defining/celebrating the North American West. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kerry Fine (kerry.fine@ttu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Writing the Self in the age of the selfie in French and Francophone Literatures
Allied Organization: Women in French
Joint session. Addressing women writers narrating their own identity in non-fiction, film, graphic novels or other forms. Abstract. by 15 March 2015; Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@gru.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Writing Nursing: Translating Practice into Literature
Forum: TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Five-minute “flash paper” roundtable: Trauma, triage, testimony; gender and nursing practice in wartime hospitals; related themes welcome. Brief vita, 300-word proposal by 15 March 2015; Thomas Lawrence Long (thomas.l.long@uconn.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

The Re-Greening of W. H. Hudson
Special Session
"Green Mansions" (1904) rendered the naturalist/novelist W. H. Hudson a household name. Too soon forgotten, he is forerunner of environmentalism. March 15. Full Abstracts (300– words) by 15 March 2015; Alan Rauch (arauch@uncc.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Neo-liberalism and the African Novel
Forum: LLC African since 1990
Critical reflections on representations of social justice in the era of global capital. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Phyllis Taoua (taoua@email.arizona.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Publics, Platforms, and Mobilities in Africa
Forum: LLC African since 1990
Papers on the changing configurations of platforms and publics for African literature. 250 word abstracts & one-page CVs with MLA PANEL i by 15 March 2015; Moradewun Adejunmobi (madejunmobi@ucdavis.edu )
Posted 10 February 2015

Women and Recent Francophone/Anglophone African Cinemas
Forum: LLC African since 1990
Representation, genre, filmmaking, and resources relating to women and film in Africa. 300-word abstracts and one-page CVs by 15 March 2015; Joya F. Uraizee (uraizeej@slu.edu) and Valerie Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

The Cognitive Science of Identity
Forum: TC Cognitive and Affect Studies
As humans we read and create identities through literature. How can we approach identity usefully and innovatively from the perspective of cognitive science? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Paula E. Leverage (leverage@purdue.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

The Aging Brain in Literature
Forum: TC Cognitive and Affect Studies
How does understanding the brain's function as it ages contribute to literary analysis? Can we trace aging across a writer’s work? Are changes pathological? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Paula E. Leverage (leverage@purdue.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

New Animals: Critical Theory After Posthumanism
Special Session
If we accept posthumanist critiques of the traditional human-animal opposition, how can we think about our relationships to other creatures? Please submit a 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Marta Figlerowicz (marta.figlerowicz@yale.edu) and Moira Weigel (moira.weigel@yale.edu )
Posted 10 February 2015

Henri Lefebvre and the Critique of Everyday Life
Forum: TM Literary Criticism
The multifaceted work of Henri Lefebvre: including everyday life, the state, the right to the city, Lefebvre versus Althusser. 250 word abstract and vita by 15 March 2015; Kristin Ross (kr1@nyu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Comparing literary historiography
Special Session
Papers that theorize a construction of polylingual literary history in local, national, and global contexts are invited to imagine a manifesto for a transnational/transregional comparative historiographical undertaking. Abstract 250-words by 2 March 2015; Thomas Beebee (tob@psu.edu ) and Bhavya Tiwari (bhavyatiwari@utexas.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Gothic Performances and the Literary Audience
Special Session
We invite papers on the narration of otherness through performances of gender, race, and class within the Gothic tradition. Send 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Ren Denton (gdenton@ega.edu) and Ana Gal (aggal@memphis.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Biopolitics and Posthumanism in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Special Session
Seeking papers that engage biopolitical and posthumanist theory in the study of contemporary and modern poetry and poetics. 300-word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2015; Rick Snyder (rbsnyder@usc.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Conjuring Multi-Ethnic Futures
Special Session
Utopia? How should nations want their human societies to look in 150 years? Color, gender, heritage differences, sure. Religious too? Visual arts welcome. Abstract of about 250 words. by 20 March 2015; Jesse A. Rhines (donjesse48@gmail.com)
Posted 9 February 2015

Spatial Criticism and Theory
Forum: TM Literary Criticism
How have conceptions of space, place, and mapping affected recent work in literary and cultural studies? E.g., geocriticism, literary geography, the spatial humanities. 250 word abstract and vita by 15 March 2015; Robert Tally (robert.tally@txstate.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Writing the World Fair, 1851-1900
Special Session
Papers on literary accounts of world expositions (from the London Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900). 300-word abstracts and short bio by 16 March 2015; Etienne Charriere (etiechar@umich.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Contemporary Catholic Literature
Special Session
Literature of the last fifty years by Catholic writers; pro-Catholic and anti-Catholic literature since the 1960s; contemporary depictions of Catholics. Abstract and CV by 13 March 2015; Stephen Mirarchi (smirarchi@benedictine.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production
Special Session
How do religion, resistance and gender intersect in Anglophone Caribbean cultural production? Send 250 word abstracts to Bonnie Wasserman (bwass by 15 March 2015; Bonnie S. Wasserman (bonwass@yahoo.com)
Posted 9 February 2015

Aging Across Borders
Forum: TC Anthropology and Literature
Interdisciplinary studies of aging that draw on humanistic gerontology and literary studies, including consideration of interactions across species, generations, forms, texts, media, and/or genres. One-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mary Jean Corbett (corbetmj@miamioh.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future
Special Session
What is the relationship between human rights and temporality? How does temporality affect human rights discourses, narratives, and claims practically and/or theoretically? 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Belinda Walzer (b.walzer@neu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Digital Resources in Linguistics Roundtable
Forum: LSL Romance Linguistics
General Linguistics and Comparative Romance Linguistics invite 250-word abstracts on the topic of digital resources in linguistics, with a special focus on Romance languages. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Carolina Gonzalez (cgonzalez3@fsu.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015, last updated 9 February 2015

Latin American Narrative: A Post-Colonial Dilemma
Special Session
21st Century Latin-American narrative exposes the contradiction of the post-colonial times. Send abstract 300 words in English. Session in Spa by 12 March 2015; Gina Ponce de Leon (gina.poncedeleon@fresno.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Female-voice Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian
Special Session
Investigations of the lyric female voice, whether the authors are men, women, coauthors, anonymous or pseudonymous, historicizing the feminine in lyric genre. 300-word abstract and c.v. by 15 March 2015; Emily M. Harrington (emily.m.harrington@colorado.edu) and Marcy North (mln14@psu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Fiction and the Media Ecology, 1900-2015
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone
We invite abstracts on fiction as one medium among many, and its relation to the shifting media ecology. Address to Debra Rae Cohen (drc@sc.edu). 250-word abstracts by 8 March 2015; Debra Rae Cohen (drc@sc.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Pedagogical Approaches to Sacred Texts and Literature
Forum: TC Religion and Literature
Strategies and issues related to teaching sacred texts/selections as literature or literature as religious practice. All religions and periods. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Lisa Gordis (lgordis@barnard.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Religion and Early Literature
Forum: TC Religion and Literature
Seeking papers distinguishing literary approaches to religious literature from religious studies' ones, any language (Old English, Scandinavian, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, etc.), sixth to seventeenth centuries. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Adrienne Williams Boyarin (aboyarin@uvic.ca)
Posted 9 February 2015

Heavens Above: Envisioning Religion in Science Fiction
Forum: TC Religion and Literature
Alien religions, post-secular numinous experience, evolutionary developments, neo-religious epiphanies--SciFi rarely leaves religion behind. Papers on intersections of SciFi and religion welcome. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Liam Corley (wccorley@cpp.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

JEWS AND ETHNIC STUDIES
Forum: CLCS Global Jewish
Relationships between Jews, Jewishness, Ethnic Studies, multiculturalism; where do Jews, Jewish Studies stand vis-à-vis ethnic literature formations? Literatures, theories, and histories of contestation, tension, interaction. Abstracts by 14 March 2015; Jonathan Freedman (zoid@umich.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 9 February 2015

Jews and Popular Culture
Forum: CLCS Global Jewish
Jews as producers, consumers, critics of American popular culture. From The Jazz Singer to Transparent, Irving Berlin to Matisayahu, Superman to Barbie, Adorno to Pauline Kael. Abstracts by 14 March 2015; Jonathan Freedman (zoid@umich.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 9 February 2015

Historicizing Psychoanalysis and Psychologizing New Historicism
Special Session
This session encourages a discussion of these paradigms' limits and liabilities as well as their advantages and assets to any interpretation. Submit a 250-500 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2015; William Reginald Rampone, Jr. (wrampone@scsu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Human Rights and Security
Special Session
How are discourses of human rights and security related to one another? How do literary and other cultural texts make visible and respond to these relationships? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Alexandra S. Moore (awschult@uncg.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Peripheral Aesthetics and World-Literature
Special Session
What aesthetic strategies articulate the unevenness of the capitalist world-system -- socialist and magical realisms, regional modernisms etc? Soliciting materialist approaches to peripheral aesthetics/politics and world literature. abstracts by 10 March 2015; Auritro Majumder (amajumder@uh.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Hybridities
Forum: LLC Luso-Brazilian
Panel examines examples of cultural, literary, ethnic and other types of hybridity taken from Lusophone literary texts, films, music, visual production, and other forms of cultural expression. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Leila Maria Lehnen (llehnen@unm.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Medieval Iberian Creators and Their Publics
Forum: LLC Medieval Iberian
Seeking papers on the relationship between publics, audiences, and the creators or makers of medieval texts, such as scribes, artists, and musicians. Abstracts of 250 words. by 15 March 2015; Jean Dangler (jdangler@tulane.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Theorizing the Global Hispanophone
Forum: CLCS Global Hispanophone
What might the Global Hispanophone entail for “Hispanic Studies”? What might a persuasive theorization of the Global Hispanophone encompass? Decisions by March 30, 2015. 2-page abstract by 10 March 2015; Joyce Tolliver (joycet@illinois.edu) and Benita Sampedro (Benita.sampedro@hofstra.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 8 February 2015

Creating Multidimensional Rhetorical Space in a Postmodern World
Special Session
Invites papers on literature that creates civic, psychological and/or sacred space in a secular, postmodern world. abstracts, 500 words, march 15 by 15 March 2015; Diana Shaffer (diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com)
Posted 8 February 2015

Other than Human
Forum: CLCS Global Anglophone
"The human" in relation to nonhuman nature and multispecies perspectives; surplus people and dehumanization; or other versions of the posthuman; from perspectives other than British/American. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wenzel (jw2497@columbia.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Can the Popular Be Global?
Forum: CLCS Global Anglophone
How do popular forms (genre fiction/film, comics, music) circulating in the Global South inflect the local, vernacular, transnational, South-South, or diasporic? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Tsitsi Jaji (jaji@english.upenn.edu) and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (marmilla@olemiss.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Heiner Müller's Legacies
Special Session
Heiner Müller first visited the USA in 1975, in residence at UT-Austin; papers sought on his experiences in America and their influence on his work. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2015; Marc David Silberman (mdsilber@wisc.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Memory and Migration
Forum: TC Memory Studies
Borders have clearly been attached to memory and nation formation, but what happens to memory across unmarked borders? What constitutes the memory of migration? 300-word abstract and 2-page CV. by 15 March 2015; John Garrison (jgarriso@carrollu.edu) and Ana Paulina Lee (alee20@tulane.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Spanish exiles during World War II
Special Session
Exploring the experiences of Spanish exiles between 1939 and 1945 and the cultural reconstruction of their memory. 250-word abstracts and brief biography by 10 March 2015; Irene Domingo (idomingo22@wustl.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Texas in the Native Literary Imagination
Forum: LLC Indigenous Literatures of the United States and Canada
We invite submissions that analyze how Texas functions as a productive, and sometimes unexpected, site in works by Native authors. Abstracts (1 page) and brief bio by 10 March 2015; Nancy J. Peterson (njp@purdue.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Multilingual Discourse and Interactions in Online Communication Spaces
Forum: LSL Applied Linguistics
Research papers that examine and provide data on multilingual discourse and interactions in computer-mediated communication from an Applied Linguistics perspective. 250-word abstract by 9 March 2015; Elizabeth Bernhardt (ebernhar@stanford.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Second-Language Literary Reading and Applied Linguistics
Forum: LSL Applied Linguistics
Research papers that examine and provide data on the processes of second language literary reading and comprehension from an Applied Linguistics perspective. 250-word abstract by 9 March 2015; Elizabeth Bernhardt (ebernhar@stanford.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry
Special Session
We invite papers exploring all aspects of Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. 250 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2015; Rowena Kennedy-Epstein (r.kennedy-epstein@bristol.ac.uk) and Elisabeth Daeumer (edaumer@emich.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 8 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Forum: LLC African to 1990
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from the Global South. Collaboration African/Latin American Literatures. Abstract (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Neil ten Kortenaar (neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca) and Hector Hoyos (hhoyos@stanford.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Special Session
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from the Global South. Collaboration African/Latin American Literatures. Abstract (250 Words) for papers of 15 minutes by 15 March 2015; Neil ten Kortenaar (neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca) and Hector Hoyos (hhoyos@stanford.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Up-Grading Graduate Student Teaching Positions
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
How can graduate students make the most of the teaching opportunities they frequently get (such as lower-level courses, grader, discussion leader)? 250-word abstract plus CV by 15 March 2015; Alexandra Valint (alexandra.valint@usm.edu) and Sarah Kremen-Hicks (sarahkh@uw.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

A Public Privacy: Lovers in Romance
Allied Organization: International Courtly Literature Society
Call for papers on public expectations from readers/listeners for private events in romance. 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Leslie Zarker Morgan (lmorgan@loyola.edu) and Jeffrey G. Stoyanoff (stoyanoffj@gmail.com)
Posted 7 February 2015

Representing Neurological Difference
Special Session
Papers addressing how representations of "neurological difference" provide new ways of understanding aesthetic formal tactics, disability, embodiment, and/or human cognition, subjectivity, and sociality. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ajitpaul Mangat (ajitpaul@buffalo.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from the Global South. For collaborative session proposal with Forum on African Literature. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Hector Hoyos (hhoyos@stanford.edu) and Neil ten Kortenaar (neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca)
Posted 7 February 2015

Readers Over His Shoulder
Special Session
Original scholarship on complex and contradictory thinking about reading public(s) exemplified in the work of Robert Graves. 250-word abstracts. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael Joseph (mjoseph@rci.rutgers.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

Digital Resources in Linguistics Roundtable
Forum: LSL General Linguistics
General Linguistics and Comparative Romance Linguistics invite 250-word abstracts on the topic of digital resources in linguistics, with a special focus on Romance languages. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Carolina Gonzalez (cgonzalez3@fsu.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

"Beyond Cultural Nationalisms: Texts in Transcultural Contexts"
Allied Organization: Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association
Papers on texts from/relating to Austrian or Austro-Hungarian cultures addressing practical/theoretical concerns beyond nationalist and germanophone cultural histories: translation, adaptation, remakes, etc. 300 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Katie Arens (arens@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

The Lore and Lure of the Academic Job Market
Special Session
Roundtable discussion about the effects of advice given and common knowledge about getting an academic job. 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2015; Carrie Johnston (johnsci@quincy.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

Rethinking Classical Stories in Middle English Writing
Special Session
New approaches to late medieval English classicism in the vernacular, especially intersections with race, gender, sexuality, ethics, etc. 200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2015; April Graham (april.graham@rutgers.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Gender in Young Adult Dystopias
Forum: TC Women’s and Gender Studies
Seeking papers on gender in dystopian fiction, poetry or film. Particular interest in the recent spate of female heroines in YA dystopian fiction. 250-word abstracts with bio. by 7 March 2015; Madelyn Detloff (detlofmm@miamioh.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Gender in Young Adult Dystopias
Forum: GS Speculative Fiction
Seeking papers on gender in dystopian fiction, poetry, or film. Particular interest in the recent spate of female heroines in YA dystopian fiction. 250-word abstracts with bio. by 7 March 2015; Ian MacDonald (macdonaldi@wittenberg.edu) and Madelyn Detloff (detlofmm@miamioh.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Derrida's Universities
Special Session
Derrida’s reflections on, and initiatives regarding, the University. The University and the Enlightenment; universalism; and/of the future. Conditioned and unconditioned thought; the “internationalization” of philosophy; borders; neo-liberalism. 1-p. abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Jacques Lezra (jacques.lezra@nyu.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

The Spatial Turn
Forum: CLCS Medieval
How and why do medieval and modern notions of space differ? Papers on aspects of medieval space and mapping, including use of GIS or technology. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Lynn Ramey (lynn.ramey@vanderbilt.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Medieval Non/Human Contagion
Forum: CLCS Medieval
How does the distinction human-nonhuman emerge from medieval representations of illnesses and death? Papers on cross-species contamination, risks and benefits of animal life. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Eleanora Stoppino (stoppino@illinois.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Queer Networks: Queer Life on Network Television
Special Session
Special session addresses queer life in contemporary, popular television shows--positive and negative. Please submit an abstract of roughly 250 words wit by 6 March 2015; Jeremy Chow (jchow00@umail.ucsb.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Modernist Ephemera
Special Session
Fresh approaches to Modernist objects, focusing on the material of everyday life. Topics might include litter, junk, keepsakes, household items, and found objects. CV and 250 word abstract by 13 March 2015; Katharine Boswell (kboswell@smu.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Transgender Studies, Ecology, and the Environmental Humanities
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
This panel will place transgender studies and the environmental humanities into critical conversation, thus attending to the relationships among "trans(gender)," "ecology," and "environment." 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Clare Echterling (cechterling@ku.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Early Modern English Catholicism in Literature
Special Session
Topics may include English Catholic writers, anti-Catholic or pro-Catholic poetry or literary prose, or representations of English Catholics or Catholicism in literary texts. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Geremy Carnes (gcarnes@lindenwood.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Kashmir Unfinished: Aesthetics, Politics, and Solidarity
Special Session
Analyses of Kashmiri conflict: interpretations in literature (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and film; comparative geo-politics and history; international solidarity and resistance. 300 word abstracts and short bio. by 15 March 2015; John Maerhofer (jmaerhofer@gmail.com)
Posted 6 February 2015

The myth of post-canonicity: 16th and 17th century women writers
Special Session
Given the success of the recovery project, what are the next steps? Obstacles? Opportunities? Possible topics: pedagogy, DH, editions, critical methodologies. Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Lara A. Dodds (ldodds@english.msstate.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

19th-c German Literature and its Readers
Forum: LLC 19th- and Early-20th-Century German
Panels on readers of German lit. (1800-1914): first/imagined/digital age readers; readers in translation; high/low; class/gender; minority/nation. Reception case studies/papers that explore theory of reading public. Abstracts<250 by 10 March 2015; Jonathan S. Skolnik (jskolnik@german.umass.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015

Italy’s Heart of Darkness: Eastern Africa in the Modern Italian Literary Imagination
Special Session
Investigates representations of Italian East Africa, particularly under colonial rule, and the cultural work they might perform. abstract (200-250 words) by 15 March 2015; Stephanie Malia Hom (smh@ou.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015

Sublime Bodies, c. 1730-1830
Special Session
How did C18 and C19 authors use the discourse of the sublime to understand physicality, embodiment, or materiality? Send abstract (250-300 words) and abbreviated c.v. by 15 March 2015; Michele Speitz (michele.speitz@furman.edu) and Terry F. Robinson (terry.robinson@utoronto.ca)
Posted 5 February 2015

Implicated Subjects in Postcolonial Literature
Special Session
How do postcolonial texts complicate discussions of trauma writing by representing implicated subjects, located in between the positions of victims and perpetrators? 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Minna Niemi (minnie@utu.fi)
Posted 5 February 2015

Paradoxes of the Enlightenment and the Liberal Revolutions: Sugar and Coffee over Freedom?
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
Radical Enlightenment’s ideas on African races, and those that argued for slavery. One-page CV and 200-word abstract. NON-GUARANTEED by 1 March 2015; Ivonne del Valle (idelvalle@berkeley.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015, last updated 5 February 2015

Heterodoxy and Early Modern Literature
Special Session
Interpretations that explore theology and poetic form; heterodoxy in drama; heterodoxy and the limits of interpretation; theology and reader response. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2015; Deni Kasa (deni.kasa@utoronto.ca)
Posted 4 February 2015

The Speculative Turn in Modern Arabic Fiction
Special Session
Speculative fiction in Arabic is rapidly evolving. What is its history? Where is it heading? And whose driving it? 300 word abstract & bio by 2 March 2015; Nathaniel Greenberg (ngreenbe@nmu.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Spain in / and / on Jerusalem
Special Session
Papers exploring the political, economic, diplomatic, social, or literary dimensions of representing Jerusalem in Iberia (from 711 to the present). 250-word abstracts by March 10 by 10 March 2015; Chad Leahy (chad.leahy@du.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Warrior and Lover: The New Face of Romance After 9/11
Special Session
Papers that explore the romance novel after 9/11 and the impact of this event in the genre. Send abstract by 15 February 2015; Maria Teresa Ramos-Garcia (maria.ramos@sdstate.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Border Literatures in Contested Times/Places
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
How are American multiethnic border literatures, languages, cultures, border-crossings and subjectivity portrayed in contested historical times and geographical places in the Americas? Abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Social Class in American Multiethnic Literature
Allied Organization: MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
How are class, global capitalism, poverty, their global, national, or local intersections with gender, ethnicity, race and immigration represented in multiethnic literature? Abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Lingyan Yang (lingyan@iup.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Negotiating Ethnic Politics: Teaching Ethnic Literature in an Italian American Context
Forum: LLC Italian American
Round-table discussion focused on challenging conventional definitions of ethnic literature and diversity through an Italian/American literary perspective. 300-word abstract and bio-blurb by 15 March 2015; Carla Simonini (carla_simonini@ysu.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Conservatives and Conservatism
Forum: LLC Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American
Conservatives and Conservatism: What is the relationship between "conservative" ideology and literary production? Arranged by Division on Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American Literature. Abstracts by March 15 to rcastronovo@wisc.edu. abstracts by 15 February 2015; Russ Castronovo (rcastronovo@wisc.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Digital Media and the Reified Canon
Special Session
This session explores the ways in which DH and digital media projects reinforce or solidify assumptions about the canon, to both positive and negative ends. Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Sheila Liming (sheila.liming@und.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Knausgård and Contemporary Autofiction
Special Session
This session provides generic and comparative contexts for understanding Karl Ove Knausgård’s acclaimed six-volume autobiographical novel Min kamp (My Struggle) within the expanding field of autofiction. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie K. Allen (jkallen@wisc.edu) and Dean Krouk (krouk@stolaf.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Knausgaard and Nordic Literature
Forum: CLCS Nordic
This session considers how Karl Ove Knausgård and other Nordic authors explore theoretical and aesthetic questions regarding gender, cultural memory, and boundaries between fiction and reality. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie K. Allen (jkallen@wisc.edu) and Kjerstin Moody (kmoody@gustavus.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Reading as Inhabiting Fictional Worlds
Special Session
Examinations of ways contemporary readers of all ages engage with fictions through books and also across other media. 300 word abstract and bio by 8 March 2015; Cristina V. Bruns (cristybruns@cox.net)
Posted 4 February 2015

The Dirty Coast
Special Session
From Texas to Florida, the Dirty Coast shifts, contains, nurtures, kills. Abstracts on the ecologies, economies, or peoples making this coast dirty and beautiful, alluring and disgusting. All media. by 10 March 2015; Sharon O'Dair (sodair@ua.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Beyond Darwish: The Struggle Continues
Forum: LLC Arabic
Palestinian literature beyond Mahmoud Darwish, lyrics and verses of liberation, political, gender, and class struggle against Zionism, authoritarianism, and patriarchy. 250 Word Abstracts by March 13 by 13 March 2015; Stephen Sheehi (spsheehi@wm.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Graphic Interventions: Visual Cultures of the Arab World
Forum: LLC Arabic
Explorations of visual culture and graphic media (comics, graphic novels, video games) in Arab popular culture. 300 word abstracts by March 13, 2015. by 13 March 2015; Stephen Sheehi (spsheehi@wm.edu) and Hoda Elshakry (hshakry@gmail.com)
Posted 4 February 2015

Critical Grounds: The South and Sustainability
Forum: TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities
The U.S. South and the global imperative of sustainability in literature, film, and other media. 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Ted Atkinson by 15 March 2015; Ted Atkinson (TAtkinson@english.msstate.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Arabic Publics: Who Reads Arabic Literature
Forum: LLC Arabic
Reading publics of Arabic literature, its translation, worldwide circulation, reception, teaching, and adaptation into other media and cultural forms. 250 word abstracts by March 13 by 13 March 2015; Stephen Sheehi (spsheehi@wm.edu) and Wail Hassan (whassan@illinois.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

The British Pharmacopoeia
Forum: LLC Late-18th-Century English
Papers on Scottish physicians/rhetoricians--Enlightenment redefinitions of British bodies/bodies politic. Collaborative session between Late 18th-Century English Literature and Scottish Literature forums. 250-word abstracts by 5 March 2015; Juliet Shields (js37@u.washington.edu) and Rivka Swenson (rswenson@vcu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Uselessness
Forum: LLC Late-18th-Century English
Must Enlightenment be synonymous with instrumentality? Topics might include the decorative, the insignificant, the 'purely' aesthetic, the irrelevant, the non-propositional, the anti-georgic, boredom. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jayne Elizabeth Lewis (jelewis@uci.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

The Intermedial Eighteenth Century
Forum: LLC Late-18th-Century English
Topics might include remediation or interactions between page/stage; image/text/sound; orality/literacy; manuscript/print. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Sachs (jonathan.sachs@concordia.ca)
Posted 3 February 2015

Benjamin Britten, Dramatist
Forum: MS Opera and Musical Performance
Britten’s operas as musical dramas, his collaborations with literary and other artists, adaptations of preexisting literary works, performance history and productions in opera houses and other media. 500-word abstract by 9 March 2015; Ralph Hexter (hexter@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

(Re)-Living Language Change
Special Session
This interdisciplinary session will present and discuss case studies on critically-endangered and extinct languages and dialects in any medium that are supported by external artifices. 150 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Hans Christian Boas (hcb@mail.utexas.edu) and Steven Berbeco (berbeco@post.harvard.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Futures of Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Forum: TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Proposals for papers charting the future of literary studies of health/care. Potential topics include post/trans/anti-humanist embodiment, robotics, genetics, xenotransplantation, technoscience, speculative fiction. 300-word abstracts/short bio. by 15 March 2015; Andrea Charise (acharise@utsc.utoronto.ca)
Posted 3 February 2015

Keywords in Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Forum: TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Investigating, employing, and historically locating our terminologies. Propose keywords for concise presentation in a flash-type panel. 300-word abstract plus one-page CV by 13 March 2015; Catherine Belling (c-belling@northwestern.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

The Counterpublics of Underground Comix
Special Session
This roundtable asks: How do underground comics of the 70s-80s participate in social movements and form communities in and beyond San Francisco? 250 word abstracts and bios by 15 March 2015; Margaret Galvan (mgalvan@gradcenter.cuny.edu) and Leah Misemer (lsinsheimer@wisc.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Literature and the Constitution
Forum: TC Law and the Humanities
Literature considered in relation to any aspect of the Constitution (of any nation or people), or Constitutions considered through literary and literary-theoretical terms/means. 300 word abstract and CV by 9 March 2015; Peter Mallios (mallios@umd.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Netherlandic Literature and Its Publics
Forum: LLC Dutch
We invite papers showcasing recent Dutch Studies scholarship, especially (but not exclusively) if they address the Presidential Theme “Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future”. 250-word-abstracts by 15 March 2015; Ulrich Tiedau (u.tiedau@ucl.ac.uk)
Posted 3 February 2015

Dialogues Across the Miño: Galician-Portuguese Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Relations
Allied Organization: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Drawing on historical and cultural connections, this panel will look comparatively at Galician and Portuguese linguistic, literary and cultural topics. 200-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Shannon M. Polchow (spolchow@uscupstate.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Teaching Memory Studies
Special Session
Integrating studies of memory and literature: e.g. memory as metaphor, personal or collective practice, neuroscience, narrative hindsight, cinematic flashback. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Martha Rust (martha.rust@nyu.edu) and Suzanne England (suzanne.england@nyu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Postcolonial Studies Generation
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
How has a curriculum in postcolonial studies influenced a generation of artistic production? Consider specific artists, artist-critic relationship,institutionalization of postcolonial studies. 300 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Liam O'Loughlin (moloughlinliam@gmail.com)
Posted 3 February 2015

Literary Censorship in South Asia: Vernacular Postcolonial Perspectives
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
State curtailment;silencing by non-state actors;intimidation by appeal to religious/ moral values;"Manufacturing consent". Examples and theoretical issues from languages other than English. 300 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Nalini Iyer (subraman@hawaii.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Literary and Scientific Networks
Special Session
How learned societies, coteries, school systems, or other networks (in any period) create interdisciplinary links; methods for researching/modeling a networked approach to literary history/disciplinary history. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; John Savarese (john.savarese@uwaterloo.ca)
Posted 3 February 2015

Queer Studies in Digital South Asia
Allied Organization: South Asian Literary Association
How do queer studies and South Asian studies intersect in digital humanities? Papers exploring gender, sexuality, intimate relationships in the digital public sphere. 300 word abstract by 1 March 2015; Rahul Gairola (rgairola@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Economics of Empire in the Early Modern Iberian World
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
Examines economic exchanges – of money, goods, and services, but also of religious, intellectual, political, and social capital. One-page CV and 200-word abstract by 1 March 2015; Nicolás Wey-Gómez (nwey@caltech.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Colonial Texts and Communities of Readers
Forum: LLC Colonial Latin American
This panel examines the material history of the production of texts and their public reception throughout Colonial Latin America. One-page CV and 200-word abstract by 1 March 2015; Mónica Díaz (monica.diaz@uky.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Moving Islands and Global Futurity
Special Session
Papers on representations of growing, moving, or disappearing islands in literature or other media, especially as hope or warning for global futurity. 250-word abstract and brief bio. by 1 March 2015; Yu-ting Huang (ythuang@ucla.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Futures Studies
Special Session
Papers exploring the relationship between narratives (literary and non-literary) and the futures they depict. Topics might include speculative narratives, forecasting, risk assesment, and utopianism. Abstracts (250 words) and short bios by 15 March 2015; Ashley Winstead (awinstead@mail.smu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Romantic Sovereignty
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Old vs. new models; sacred vs. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules and exceptions; rights and institutions. Collaborative session. 200-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Mark Canuel (mcanuel@uic.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
Special Session
We seek papers on socialist aesthetics in the work of Morris, his contemporaries, and successors. Please send abstracts and c.v. to l.hughes@tcu.edu and mnilges@stfx.ca. by 15 March 2015; Linda Kay Hughes (l.hughes@tcu.edu) and Matthias Nilges (mnilges@stfx.ca)
Posted 2 February 2015

New Currents in Medieval Iberian Studies
Forum: LLC Medieval Iberian
New work, issues or approaches in medieval Hispanic or Iberian studies. abstract by 15 March 2015; Michelle M. Hamilton (hamilton@umn.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Making the Middle Ages: Medievalism and the Modern World
Special Session
Papers to address the construction and manifestation of the Iberian middle ages in contemporary society, literature, and culture. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Cristina Guardiola (cmgm@udel.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

(Up)Staging the Law
Forum: TC Law and the Humanities
How do dramatic works reflect the law, legal systems & legal proceedings and/or compensate for their inadequacies? New or traditional genres/ legal paradigms, jurisdictions. 300-word abstracts and c.v. by 9 March 2015; Alex Feldman (feldmanb2@macewan.ca) and Jody Enders (jenders@frit.ucsb.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Returning to the Archives
Allied Organization: GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)
Seeking papers on women who left their marks and testimonies in the archives, reconsidering the impact of those voices on audiences past and present. 250-word abstracts and CV by 13 March 2015; Emily C. Francomano (emily.francomano@georgetown.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Theory Now
Forum: TM Literary and Cultural Theory
Where is theory in relation to posthumanism or the post-humanities, new materialisms, object-oriented ontology, the neural turn and other recent developments? 500 word abstracts by 8 March 2015; Lauren J. Lacey (llacey@edgewood.edu) and Tilottama Rajan (trajan@sympatico.ca)
Posted 2 February 2015

Honoring Gerald Vizenor II
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures
We invite participants for a roundtable session celebrating the lifetime achievements of the esteemed Anishinaabe author and critic Gerald Vizenor. 200 word proposals; Jill Doerfler (doerflj@umn.edu by 1 March 2015; Jill Doerfler (doerflj@umn.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Circulating Notions of Tuberculosis
Special Session
Papers examining the representation of patients' experiences with tuberculosis. How do these narratives, metaphors, or images intersect with or actively shape prevailing public health initiatives? 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Amy Rubens (arubens@fmarion.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

De la página a la pantalla: New Platforms and New Publics in Latin American Writing
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American
impact of new media, interactive writing, future of the book, challenges/solutions in dissemination/access. abstracts and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Marcy Ellen Schwartz (mschwartz@spanport.rutgers.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Roundtable: East Asian Forums at MLA
Forum: LLC East Asian
Thinking the future of the new East Asian/Chinese/Korean/Japanese forums. How to collaborate, make MLA appealing to East Asianists, etc. Abstract 200-300 words by 1 March 2015; Michael Emmerich (emmerich@humnet.ucla.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

A Public Face for East Asian Poetry?
Forum: LLC East Asian
Investigating contemporary poetry's impact on readerships large and small. Papers could address new readerships, registers, or platforms for poetry. Title, 300 word abstract, and biography by 6 March 2015; Christopher Lupke (lupke@wsu.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Women, Agency, and the Literary Arts in premodern/modern East Asia
Forum: LLC East Asian
Women, Agency, and the Literary Arts in premodern/modern East Asia. 250-300 words abstracts by 1 March 2015; Monika Dix (mdix@svsu.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Papers taking Romantic ecocriticism forward. Suggestions: aesthetics, forms of knowledge, new developments in theory. NASSR-sponsored special session. 350-word proposals by 15 March 2015; Susan Oliver (soliver@essex.ac.uk)
Posted 2 February 2015

Scripture as Literature: Reading East Asian Religion
Forum: LLC East Asian
Readings of East Asian religious texts, premodern/modern (poetry, fiction, film, etc.). Interested in interpretations that cross disciplinary boundaries and national boundaries. 300 word abstract by 1 March 2015; Paul Rouzer (prouzer@umn.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

The Dickens Jukebox
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
Examining the use of music in Dickens's novels: song types and styles, musical characters, role of music in plot formation, theories of music. 300-word abstracts and 1-page CVs by 5 March 2015; Carolyn Williams (carolyn.williams@rutgers.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Selected Topics Romance Linguistics
Forum: LSL Romance Linguistics
We invite the submission of abstracts exploring any area of Romance Linguistics (theoretical/applied) within any framework. Preference is given to papers addressing multiple languages. Abstracts. PDF-format. 300-500 words. by 20 March 2015; Francisco Martinez-Ibarra (fmartinezibarra@towson.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Claudel et ses publics
Allied Organization: Paul Claudel Society
The session topic is “Claudel et ses publics.” Send proposals (50-100 words) about the reception or public of any aspect of Claudel’s work. 50 to 100 word proposals by 6 March 2015; Glenn W. Fetzer (gwfetzer@nmsu.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

Autobiography and Emotional Publics
Special Session
How does autobiography arouse, shape, or validate public manifestations of emotions? How do these life writing texts participate in the circulation of particular emotions? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Rocío G. Davis (rgdavis@unav.es)
Posted 2 February 2015

Metamorphosing Memoirs
Forum: GS Life Writing
What happens to memoirs when adapted/translated into other forms (i. e. blogs to books, books to film) or created in alternative forms (i.e. monuments, installations)? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Emily Hipchen (ehipchen@westga.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

Life Writing and Its Publics
Forum: GS Life Writing
How does life writing participate in public debates and create new publics? How do readers participate in print and online auto/biographical performances? 250-word abstract by 1 March 2015; Julie Rak (julie.rak@ualberta.ca)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 2 February 2015

James, mothers and the maternal
Allied Organization: Henry James Society
Absent and present mothers in James’s fiction, James’s mother (and other maternal figures in his family), James and theories about the maternal and the maternal body. Papers by 15 March 2015; Karen Scherzinger (kscherzinger@uj.ac.za)
Posted 2 February 2015

James and Retrospection
Allied Organization: Henry James Society
Commemorating the anniversary of James’s death, papers about retrospection in James’s work, in narratives about James, and about the rhetorical foundations and consequences of retrospection in James studies. Papers by 15 March 2015; Karen Scherzinger (kscherzinger@uj.ac.za)
Posted 2 February 2015

Recalling, Reliving Slavery in the African Diaspora
Special Session
How do memory, the body, performativity, and imagination collide in the reconstruction of slavery? Abstracts of 700 words plus list of bibliography by 10 March 2015; Fernando Rocha (frocha@middlebury.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Borderlands and the Global South
Forum: CLCS Global South
How does Global South scholarship negotiate geographical and conceptual borders? How do borderlands complement theoretical models of the Global South? 250 word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nirmala Menon (MLAGlobalSouth@gmail.com)
Posted 1 February 2015

Keywords for the Global South
Forum: CLCS Global South
What are keywords that define and reflect the linguistic, historical, racial and regional diversity of the Global South while offering transnational frames of reference? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nirmala Menon (MLAGlobalSouth@gmail.com)
Posted 1 February 2015

Russia and the Middle East (Pre-modern)
Special Session
Cultural interaction in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; and knowledge exchange (incl. book translations). Papers on Arabic sources are welcome. 250-word proposals by 9 March 2015; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
Posted 1 February 2015

Borders and Crossings: Time and Space in William Carlos Williams
Allied Organization: William Carlos Williams Society
Negotiations of borders in terms of poetics or place; problematizing Williams's handling of tradition, Europe, the New World, history. Abstracts. cv. by 8 March 2015; Elin Käck (elin.kack@liu.se)
Posted 1 February 2015

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Allied Organization: Emily Dickinson International Society
Melville/Dickinson as departure point for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in 19c poetry and the cultural field: dispersed authorial sovereignty, animality/the posthuman, etc. cv and 300-word proposal by 1 March 2015; Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu) and Peter Riley (P.Riley@exeter.ac.uk)
Posted 1 February 2015

Call for Abstracts: D'Aubigné's "Tragiques" at 400 (MLA, Austin, TX 2016)
Special Session
400th anniversary of the "Tragiques." Review of scholarship and showcase of new approaches. Short CV and 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Phillip Usher (phillipjohnusher@nyu.edu) and Marc Bizer (mbizer@utexas.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Lyrical Ecologies
Allied Organization: Emily Dickinson International Society
Presentations engaging the circulation of Dickinson's writings through human communities, or of non-human entities through her work. Reflections on textual and material ecologies, the posthuman, etc. 300-words abstracts, short cvs by 1 March 2015; Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu) and Marta Werner (wernerm@dyc.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Publics, Platforms, and Mobilities in Africa
Special Session
Papers on the changing configurations of platforms and publics for African literature, studies of interactions between new platforms and publics. 250 word abstracts and one-page CV by 15 March 2015; Moradewun Adejunmobi (madejunmobi@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Teaching William Morris
Allied Organization: William Morris Society
We seek papers that approach teaching Morris to reach a new generation of scholars and students, especially involving interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, public history, and digital humanities. abstracts and c.v. by 15 March 2015; Linda Kay Hughes (l.hughes@tcu.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Faulkner in the Digital Age (co-sponsored with the Faulkner Society)
Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
Roundtable on new book history/ digital humanities projects on Faulkner; Use of digital resources to teach Faulkner's work. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Lise Jaillant (L.Jaillant@uea.ac.uk) and Deborah Clarke (Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Secret Archives: Privacy, Control and Access
Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
“Archive stories” about the difficulties to access certain collections, and what these stories tell us about power and control. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Lise Jaillant (L.Jaillant@uea.ac.uk)
Posted 1 February 2015

Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern
Special Session
Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern. Theories of word and image, any period or location. All approaches are welcome and encouraged. abstracts 500 words by 15 March 2015; Diana Shaffer (diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com)
Posted 31 January 2015

Milton and His Postmodern Heirs: Paradise Lost in Fiction and Film
Special Session
How do authors/directors use Miltonic ideas to navigate issues of science, gender, and religion in contemporary pop culture? 300-word abstracts by 12 March 2015; Ryan Hackenbracht (ryan.hackenbracht@ttu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 31 January 2015

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives
Special Session
We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual disabilities in transatlantic British and American writing. 250 word abstracts by 6 March 2015; George Gordon-Smith (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Brian Wall (b.r.wall@sms.ed.ac.uk)
Posted 31 January 2015

Proper Nouns in Translation
Special Session
Papers that descriptively analyze translations of proper nouns through cognitive, pragmatic, and socio-cultural point of view. abstract (max. 300 words) and bio by 15 March 2015; Eriko Sato (eriko.sato@stonybrook.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Political Fictions
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
Analysis of inscriptions of and engagements with the political in contemporary Iberian fiction; use of fictional strategies in the articulation of political discourses. Abstracts to msantana@uchicago.edu by March 15. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mario Santana (msantana@uchicago.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Technologies of Body and Mind under the Franco Dictatorship
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
Exploration of the relationship between Francoist sovereignty and its disciplinary discourses, technological instrumentalism, biopolitics, regulation of life. Abstracts: moreiras@umich.edu by March 15. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Cristina Moreiras (moreiras@umich.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

The end of the Regime of 1978
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
Exploration of new cultural forms, practices and narratives emerging in the context of Spain's current crisis (economic, territorial, institutional, representational). Abstracts: March 15, ldelgado@illinois.edu. Abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Luisa Elena Delgado (ldelgado@illinois.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Postcolonial Animality
Special Session
Analyses of the role animals and animal ontologies perform in postcolonial cultural texts. 250 word abstracts with bio by 15 March 2015; Amit Baishya (arbaishya1@ou.edu) and Suvadip Sinha (ssinha@umn.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

QUEER CRIPS ACROSS TIME
Forum: TC Disability Studies
Queer, disabled (disciplinary) crossings in theory, practice; queer-crip (pre)histories of embodiment, desire, language; queer-criptemporality, history, sociality; pasts, presents, futures. 250 word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Allison Hobgood (ahobgood@willamette.edu) and Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

Age and American Literature
Special Session
Moving beyond childhood studies, this panel considers age more broadly as an analytic for reading American literature. How do literary works reify or resist age norms? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Sari Edelstein (sari.edelstein@umb.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

Género, corpografías y espacio público: intersecciones
Allied Organization: Feministas Unidas
Explorar lo que implica para las mujeres acceder al espacio público con su cuerpo como mujeres públicas o como mujeres que publican. 250-words: English, Spanish, Portuguese by 1 March 2015; Rebecca J. Ulland (rulland@nmu.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

Heine and Critical Theory
Allied Organization: North American Heine Society
We invite papers that investigate links between Heine and the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse, Kracauer, etc). Abstract of 250-300 words to Jonathan Skolnik (jskolnik@german.umass.edu). abstracts (300 words) by 15 March 2015; Jonathan S. Skolnik (jskolnik@german.umass.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siecle
Allied Organization: Edith Wharton Society
Wharton’s engagements with decadence, aestheticism, naturalism, the femme fatale, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on. 250-word abstracts and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Emily Orlando (eorlando@fairfield.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

Novel Crossings: Galdós, his Predecessors, Contemporaries, and Successors
Allied Organization: International Association of Galdós Scholars
Incursions and departures, hybrid genres, text(ure)s outside mimesis, editorial incursions, interlopers, exotics. One-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Lisa Nalbone (Lisa.Nalbone@ucf.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

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

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

Authority in the Digital Age
Special Session
How do authors use new media to negotiate identity, textual practice and audience formation? 200-250 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Claire Mouflard (mouflarc@union.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Hemingway and the American West
Allied Organization: Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society
This panel invites papers that contrast the writing and life of Ernest Hemingway with aspects of the American West. 250 word abstracts and brief CV by 10 March 2015; Sara A. Kosiba (skosiba@troy.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

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

Gower's Coeval Systems: Pasts and Presents
Special Session
Engaging systems/systemic concerns in Gower's poetry through situating them within his/our own temporal, geographical, and cultural moments, creating dialogue w/later Middle Ages. 300-word abstracts w/brief bios. by 15 March 2015; Jeffery Stoyanoff (stoyanoffj@gmail.com) and Shyama Rajendran (shyama.rajendran@gmail.com)
Posted 29 January 2015

The Romantic Public
Special Session
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of “the public” – past, present, and future – as imagined or provoked by Romantic literature. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matthew Borushko (mborushko@stonehill.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Performing Romanticism(s)
Special Session
Papers addressing how literary scholars can use performance--the stage, lectern, classroom, and other non-traditional scholarly practices--to reconsider issues pertaining to Romantic-era drama, poetry, and prose. 250-word abstracts and brief bio by 10 March 2015; Omar F. Miranda (ofm203@nyu.edu) and Randall Sessler (ras559@nyu.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Character in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Special Session
Rethinking the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character in the nineteenth century. Possible connections: affect theory; cognitive science; digital analysis; political theory. 250-word abstract; short bio by 13 March 2015; Anna E. Clark (aclark@iona.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

The British Pharmacopoeia
Forum: LLC Scottish
Papers on Scottish physicians/rhetoricians--Enlightenment redefinitions of British bodies/bodies politic. Collaborative session between Late 18th-Century English Literature and Scottish Literature forums. 250-word abstracts. by 5 March 2015; Rivka Swenson (rswenson@vcu.edu) and Juliet Shields (js37@u.washington.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Materiality and Mexican Culture
Forum: LLC Mexican
Material goods and built environments reflect and produce social meaning. Panel on relationship: material culture, authenticity and progress. Representations and/or artifacts from pre-Hispanic times to present. Abstracts by 6 March 2015; Beth Ellen Jörgensen (bjorgensen@ur.rochester.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

From the Lowell Mills to Lean In
Special Session
From the labor leader to the COO, what do American narratives about working women reveal about women's paths to power? 250-word abstracts and CVs by 10 March 2015; Meghan Wadle (mtinning@smu.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Books That Cook: Food Fiction and Memoir
Allied Organization: Community College Humanities Association
Papers exploring literary, cultural, or pedagogical approaches to food (or lack of food) in fiction and memoir. 300 word proposals by 15 March 2015; Stacey Lee Donohue (sdonohue@cocc.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015, last updated 29 January 2015

Galician Studies: Current Research and New Directions
Forum: LLC Galician
We invite papers showcasing the newest Galician Studies scholarship and/or exploring fresh theoretical and methodological directions. Any period, any approach, any geographical area. 1-page abstract by 2 March 2015; Kirsty Hooper (k.hooper@warwick.ac.uk)
Posted 29 January 2015

New Approaches to Cinematic and Mediatic Identification
Special Session
Papers should recuperate the beleaguered concept of cinematic identification through any of a diversity of approaches, including race studies, psychoanalysis and queer studies. 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Elizabeth Reich (ereich1@concoll.edu) and Scott Richmond (scr@wayne.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

70 Years After Nada: Revisiting Carmen Laforet's Narrative
Special Session
New perspectives on Laforet's Nada or an examination of lesser-known works. 250 word abstracts and brief biography. by 10 March 2015; Debra J. Ochoa (dochoa@trinity.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Secrecy
Forum: LLC 17th-Century French
Key concept in love and politics, often at the intersection of both, in all genres. Secrecy is embodied, it requires self-mastery of emotions, and can reveal affects when betrayed. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jean-Vincent Blanchard (jblanch1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

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

Linguistic ideology, language policy and prestige
Forum: LSL General Linguistics
The General Linguistics Discussion Group invites 250-word abstracts on issues of language policy, linguistic ideology, and power relations through language. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Carolina Gonzalez (cgonzalez3@fsu.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Digital Humanities and the Romance Epic: A New Perspective?
Allied Organization: Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
Call for papers on digital editions, projects, wikis, etc, contributing to innovative perspectives on research and teaching of romance epic. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Paula Leverage (leverage@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Reading Guimarães Rosa Comparatively
Allied Organization: American Portuguese Studies Association
Comparative readings of Guimarães Rosa's Grande sertão veredas and Corpo de Baile with preference (though by no means exclusive) to connections within the Portuguese-speaking world. 200-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Luiz Fernando Valente (luiz_valente@brown.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Early Silent Cinema and Literary Modernism
Special Session
The influence of pre-Soviet montage cinema on Modernism: case-studies; methodological approaches; non-European Modernism; the notion of inter-media influence; relation of film and literary criticism. 300-words abstract by 9 March 2015; Mario Slugan (marioslugan@yahoo.com)
Posted 28 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Being Romanian, Being European: Romanian Spirituality in Film/Literature/Arts
Forum: LLC Romanian
Secular/religious forms of spirituality in Romanian/Moldovan film and literature: traditional/new spiritual values in contemporary film/literature/arts, moral/ethical systems of representation, etc. 200 word proposal by 20 March 2015; Lenuta Giukin (lenuta.giukin@oswego.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Theory Renaissance?
Allied Organization: Society for Critical Exchange
The comeback of theory in the 21st century? What are the specific forces behind theory’s return? Participants will consider Vincent Leitch’s 2014 book Literary Criticism in the 21st Century. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jeffrey R. Di Leo (dileo@symploke.org)
Posted 27 January 2015

Communities of Theory
Allied Organization: Society for Critical Exchange
In what sense do theorists form a community or communities at the present time? What defines such groups? How do they function? What makes one their member? abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jeffrey R. Di Leo (dileo@symploke.org)
Posted 27 January 2015

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

19th-Century Science Fiction
Special Session
Papers sought on nineteenth-century science fiction; proto-science fiction; reconsiderations of texts as aligned with the emergence of the genre; historical/cultural influences and impacts. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Jessica Kuskey (jkuskey@ucsc.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Faulkner and Postcolonialism
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
Current critical approaches and practices in postcolonial studies applied to Faulkner. Diverse theoretical and geographical frameworks and comparative studies are welcome. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Posthuman Possibilities in Faulkner
Allied Organization: William Faulkner Society
Faulkner’s relation to the multifaceted critical concept of posthumanism. How does Faulkner facilitate or complicate the posthuman as a response to anthropocentrism? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Deborah L. Clarke (deborah.clarke@asu.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

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

Romantic Sovereignty
Forum: LLC English Romantic
old v. new models; sacred v. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules and exceptions; rights and institutions. 200-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Mark Canuel (mcanuel@uic.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 27 January 2015

Myth, Fairy Tales, and Their Adaptations
Forum: GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale
Cultural value, narrative challenges, and theoretical implications of late 20th- and early 21st-century myth and fairy-tale adaptations. 300 words abstract and CV. Must be MLA members. by 8 March 2015; Cristina Bacchilega (cbacchi@hawaii.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Act II: Site-Specific Art and the Performance of Everyday Protest
Forum: GS Drama and Performance
When repressed, theater-makers protest, blurring political lines between art and life. Participants theorize reclaiming public spaces for free artistic expression. 500-word Abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jody Enders (jenders@frit.ucsb.edu) and Nadia Ellis (nellis@berkeley.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Act 1: Repression and the Choreographies of Freedom
Forum: GS Drama and Performance
What are theater's limits? After Charlie Hebdo, participants historicize how theater speaks truth to power despite efforts to censor and constrain it. 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jody Enders (jenders@frit.ucsb.edu) and Nadia Ellis (nellis@berkeley.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Theorizing Travel Literature: Issues of Genre, Form, and Representation
Forum: GS Travel Writing
This panel will consider how travel narratives test generic conventions, experiment with form, or push the limits of representation. 250-word abstract and c.v. by 15 March 2015; Katarina Gephardt (kgephard@kennesaw.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Teaching Animal Studies
Special Session
Approaches to teaching animal studies from any field or time period. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Thomas Doran (thomasdoran@umail.ucsb.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Cabaret Voltaire at 100
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism
Papers sought on the enduring legacy of the Cabaret Voltaire, in celebration of its 2016 centenary: poetry, performance, music, sound, noise, political theater, art spaces. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jonathan P. Eburne (jpe11@psu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

André Breton, 1966-2016
Allied Organization: Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism
Papers on posthumous reception of Breton, whether "pope" of surrealism or experimental thinker. Fifty years after his death, what can be learned from Breton's organizing, editing, collecting, theorizing? abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jonathan P. Eburne (eburne@psu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

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

Laokoon at 250
Allied Organization: G. E. Lessing Society
G.E. Lessing Society Laokoon at 250 The 250th anniversary of Lessing’s Laokoon inspires to assess its continuing appeal. What lessons to draw? 250-word abstracts – bios by 1 March 2015; Beate Allert (allert@purdue.edu) and Birger Vanwesenbeeck (vanweseb@fredonia.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

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

Vaqueer@s
Forum: TC Sexuality Studies
Queer, borderlands; vaquero/a/cowboy/girl culture, gender, race, sexualities; Texas, US-Mexican intimacies and frictions; queer rurality, animals (especially cattle, horses), work; literature, media, performance. 250 word abstracts, CVs by 23 February 2015; Carla A. Freccero (freccero@ucsc.edu) and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera (r-rivera-servera@northwestern.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

In Theory: American Literature since 1966
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American
Theory (poststructuralism, critical race, postcolonial, queer, etc.) and theorists in American literature. Theorists as characters; literature as “theory"; theory's influence. 300 word abstracts by March 1. by 1 March 2015; Mark Goble (mgoble@berkeley.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

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

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

Reexamining New World Encounters: where do we go from here?
Forum: LLC Early American
A panel introducing new theoretical perspectives, untapped archives, and cross-disciplinary methodologies in the study of cross-cultural encounter in the early Americas. by 13 March 2015; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Teaching the Arthurian Story World
Forum: CLCS Arthurian
Value and challenges of teaching proliferating story world of Arthuriana, past and present, and its intersection with philosophical, theoretical, pedagogical discourses. 300-500 word abstract and c.v. by 2 March 2015; Ann Marie Rasmussen (amrasmus@uwaterloo.ca)
Posted 26 January 2015

Solitary Mexicans: Gaps in Contemporary Literary Historiography
Forum: LLC Mexican
Critical approaches to Mexican writers who published their first book between 1968 and the mid-1980s. Why group them into a generational category? Why not? Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Ignacio Corona (corona.7@osu.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 26 January 2015

Medievalist Poetry Reading
Special Session
Original poems repurposing the medieval (in setting, imagery, history, figure, etc.) as contemporary. Please send several poems (7-10 pp.) by 1 March 2015; Jane Chance (jchance@rice.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Contingent Faculty Members in Service
MLA Committee: Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession
Committee and governance roles as professional development and institutional belonging—or labor exploitation? What counts as service? How much is too much? How might organizing be service? by 13 March 2015; Andrew Yale (yale@uchicago.edu) and David Laurence (dlaurence@mla.org)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 26 January 2015

New Questions for the Codex
Forum: LLC Medieval French
Contributions invited to address single author or cyclical manuscripts, compilations, miscellanies, digitalization, etc. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Food for Thought
Forum: LLC Medieval French
Alexis’s scraps, William’s salt barrels, Perceval’s meat pies, eaten hearts: where does food take us in medieval French literature? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Reexamining New World Encounters: where do we go from here?
Forum: CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern
A panel introducing new theoretical perspectives, untapped archives, and cross-disciplinary methodologies in the study of cross-cultural encounter in the early Americas. by 13 March 2015; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Humanities beyond Humanities
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
We welcome proposals on teaching languages and general humanities courses at STEM institutions, military academies, and smaller programs, alt-ac and post-ac, etc. Submit 250-word proposal and a short bio. by 1 March 2015; Svetlana Tyutina (svetatyutina@yahoo.com) and Geffrey Davis (gxdavis@uark.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

The Interval in Romanticism
Allied Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
The space between integers; the space-time of pause, interruption, irritation, irruption. The interval as rhythmic or dissonance; disruption leading to solution or dissolution. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Fay (elizabeth.fay@umb.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Milton and Hawthorne
Allied Organization: Milton Society of America
Connections sought include images of nation; Bible and classical mythology; gender and sexuality; race and racism; aesthetic theory; early and later careers. Collaboration with Hawthorne Society. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Ann Baynes Coiro (annbaynes.coiro@gmail.com) and David Greven (dgreven@mailbox.sc.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Language Change, Shifting Borders, and Identity Construction
Forum: LSL Language Change
Papers exploring how language change relates to identity construction and crossing borderlands (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious, etc.). 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Rethinking the “L” in MLA
Forum: LSL Language Change
What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

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

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

Poe Biography and Biographical Approaches to Poe
Allied Organization: Poe Studies Association
This session will focus on the challenges of writing about Poe's life and of interpreting Poe's work through his life. 250-word abstracts and cv by 6 March 2015; Paul Lewis (paul.lewis@bc.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

Posthumanism in the Era of Humanism: Concepts of the Human in the German Long 18th Century
Forum: LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German
Papers explore intersections between humans and animals, technology, environments, other instances challenging human boundaries. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Edgar Landgraf (elandgr@bgsu.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Natural Science and Literature in the German Long 18th Century
Forum: LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German
Papers examine literary devices informing the natural sciences (e.g. anatomy, brain science, physiology) or scientific language entering literature and philosophy. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Edgar Landgraf (elandgr@bgsu.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Global Galdós
Allied Organization: International Association of Galdós Scholars
Transnational concerns as represented in Galdós’s work; exchange and circulation of knowledge about Galdós and his works across national borders. one page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Akiko Tsuchiya (tsuchiya@wustl.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Literature and the Public Sphere: Connecting Classroom and Community
Forum: TM The Teaching of Literature
This session will explore relationships between the literature classroom and the public sphere, in theory and practice. 250 word abstract. by 1 March 2015; Mary Balkun (mary.balkun@shu.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

New Representations of the Contemporary University
Special Session
If academic novels are obsolete, where (and in what form) are emerging representations of the university? What ideological work do they perform? Abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ian Butcher (butcheri@duq.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

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

Secularization Since Darwin in the Novel
Special Session
How and to what effect does the novel since the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) depict or participate in secularization? 300-word abstract and CV by 10 March 2015; Ryan Siemers (ryan.siemers@utah.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Lawrence, Editions and Critical Renewal
Allied Organization: D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
We invite papers on the Cambridge University Press editions (Lawrence’s poetry, First Women in Love, etc.), readerships, pedagogical uses of scholarly editions and related subjects. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Nancy L. Paxton (nancy.paxton@nau.edu) and John Young (youngj@marshall.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Mobility and Migrations 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish Worlds
Forum: LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian
Mobility, border crossings, transculturation, migration, commerce, forced labor, militarization, global capital, people and goods; Spain, Spanish Atlantic, North African imperial spaces. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Haidt (r.haidt@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 24 January 2015

Death/Dying 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish Iberian Culture
Forum: LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian
Death, mourning, social rituals; death as metaphor; cultural imaginary, social realities and ritual practices around death; death in art, politics, commerce, fashion. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Gies (dtg@virginia.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 24 January 2015

The Publics of Charles Bukowski and Henry Chinaski
Special Session
This panel will consider the audience for Bukowski's oeuvre and public self in conversation with Chinaski's fictional (counter)publics. 250-word abstracts and short bios by 9 March 2015; David Pratt (dcpratt@wm.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Later Mothering & Lit
Special Session
How does later-life motherhood (standard issue, via biotech, adoption, step-parenting, relative-fostering, &c) affect women’s stories: the writing of them, the stories told, or both? Age Studies. 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Gregory (egregory@uh.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

The Visual Display of Literary Information
Special Session
Exploring history and practice of visualization and literary history. Innovation and limits of abstract models, digital/pre-digital maps, visual analysis. Abstracts (250 words), sample visuals or data by 1 March 2015; David Joseph Wrisley (dw04@aub.edu.lb)
Posted 24 January 2015

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

Rituals of Exclusion
Forum: LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Poetry and Prose
New research on the topic of exclusion from a social, political, ethical, and literary perspective. 1-page abstract and brief bio by 1 March 2015; Enrique García Santo-Tomás (enriqueg@umich.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

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

Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost
Allied Organization: Wallace Stevens Society
We invite abstracts on Stevens' and Frost's work. Possibilities include theories of sound, use of architectural imagery, their mutual disregard, and relations to Emerson. Abstract (250 words) by 1 March 2015; Lisa N. Goldfarb (lg3@nyu.edu) and Natalie Gerber (Natalie.Gerber@fredonia.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

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

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

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

Service Learning: A Public Face for Literary Studies
Special Session
How does service learning create an important public role for literary studies in the classroom, research and community activism? 250-500 word abstracts of papers by 1 March 2015; Roberta Rosenberg (rrosenb@cnu.edu) and Laurie Grobman (leg8@psu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Dickens and Disability
Allied Organization: Dickens Society
Rethinking the “grotesques”: melodrama and sentiment, illness and care relations, cognitive and sensory impairments, chronic and traumatic conditions; prostheses and amputations. 300 word-abstract and 1-page CV by 5 March 2015; Talia Schaffer (talia.schaffer@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

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

Melville, Dickinson, and 19c Experimentalism
Allied Organization: Melville Society
Melville/Dickinson as point of departure for discussion of "experimentalism," broadly defined, in 19C poetry and the cultural field: dispersed authorial sovereignty, animality/the post human, etc. cv&300w proposal by 1 March 2015; Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Peter Riley (P.Riley@exeter.ac.uk)
Posted 22 January 2015

Ecological Sympathies in Early Modern Literature
Special Session
This special session considers early modern sympathy as a scientific or occult phenomenon and an imaginative or cognitive activity. Abstracts of 300 words or less. by 15 March 2015; Roya Biggie (royabiggie@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Portraits
Forum: LLC 19th-Century French
We invite abstracts on textual and visual portraits and frames, family portraits and portrait galleries, self-portraits and self-fashioning, ekphrasis, etc. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael Garval (garval@ncsu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Ecologies of the Nineteenth Century
Forum: LLC 19th-Century French
We invite abstracts related to various aspects of ecology: un/natural habitats, physical and textual spaces, environmental interactions, etc. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Patrick Bray (bray.49@osu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

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

Teaching Writing and Composition to Online Undergraduate Students
Special Session
This session explores technologies, challenges, and satisfactions of teaching undergraduate composition, writing, and rhetoric online. Short papers or abstracts of 2-3 pages by 15 March 2015; Judith Anne McCarthy (jmccarthy@devry.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Science and Technology in Hispanic Literature and Film
Special Session
Representations of science and technology in Spanish and Latin American cultural productions from the end of 19th century to the present. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Oscar A. Perez (oscaraperez@hotmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

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

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

Melville’s Late Fiction, or Radical Inhabitation
Allied Organization: Melville Society
How do Melville’s late fictions, Moby-Dick & after, recast natural histories of the Americas, remake the terrain of the gothic and redefine the supernatural? abstract, cv by 15 February 2015; Colin Dayan (colin.dayan@Vanderbilt.Edu)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

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

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

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

LGBT*QI Faculty and Staff Diversity
Special Session
Roundtable will discuss LGBT*QI faculty and staff diversity. We will tackle various aspects of diversity discussions, including: quantifying, recruitment, support and community. Send 250 word abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) and Melanie Adley (madley@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Hawthorne and Milton
Allied Organization: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
Connections sought include images of nation; uses of bible and classical mythology; representations of gender and sexuality; race and racism; aesthetic theory; early and later careers. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; David Greven (dgreven@mailbox.sc.edu) and Ann Coiro (annbaynes.coiro@gmail.com)
Posted 16 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

The Zen of Willie Nelson and Austin Music
Special Session
Austin Music Scene 70s-present. SXSW. Austin City Limits. Sixth Street & beyond. Papers on individual artists, bands, trends welcome. 250-500 word abstracts. by 27 February 2015; Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Poetry and Dissent in American Public Life
Special Session
This session seeks to theorize, document, and enact poetry as a practice of dissent in American public life. All periods welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nate Mickelson (nate.mickelson@guttman.cuny.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Editing at the Crossroads
MLA Committee: Committee on Scholarly Editions
Developing and using digital and print editions in which there is contact between two or more languages (e.g. Spanish and an indigenous language). Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Heather Bamford (hbamford@gwu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

It's 1500: Are we modern yet?
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
Stakes of periodization, dialectic and dis/continuities between Medieval and Renaissance (or pre-/early modern) literature, problems in naming. Abstracts for 10-minute roundtable presentations. by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu) and Matilda Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Writing Anxiety and Uncomfortable Readers
Special Session
Papers may examine the nervous states that inspire or impede writing or the depiction of anxiety and depression in literature. 300-word abstract and CV by 7 March 2015; Rebecca Soares (Rebecca.Soares@asu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Woolf, Women, and Politics
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
Considering Woolf’s vexed relationship with feminism, how do we understand the model of political agency Woolf’s female characters portray? Can this inflect contemporary feminist theorizing? 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Erica Gene Delsandro (ericadelsandro@gmail.com)
Posted 21 January 2015

Beyond the Kilt: The Scottish Fetish
Forum: LLC Scottish
How have Scotland and Scottishness been fetishized? Short position papers could consider, e.g., authors, artefacts, aesthetics, politics, geography, sports, symbols -- anything but kilts! Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

The Written War after the Peace
Special Session
After Appomattox, how did Civil War rhetoric come to resist or enable the resurgent national project of Native American removal in the West? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gerard Anthony McGowan (cg4905@usma.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Assessment in Business Communication and Writing
Allied Organization: Association for Business Communication
Sharing Strategies for Better Assessment of Business Communication: AACSB, AoL, Closing the Loop, Competency/Mastery, Skills, SLOs, Tests? Submit 500-word abstracts by March 15, 2015 to kpi by 15 March 2015; Kristin Pickering (kpickering@tntech.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Pinter and Time Times Two
Allied Organization: Harold Pinter Society
Pinter and Time. Abstracts (500-word). Please include name, email, by 13 March 2015; Ann C. Hall (halla@ohiodominican.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at CCs
MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
How collaborative/interdisciplinary learning and teaching at community colleges can be improved, including innovations in collaborative/interdisciplinary teaching that motivate CC students. 250-word Abstracts (Word or PDF) by 15 March 2015; Annemarie E. Hamlin (ahamlin@cocc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

“Threshold Concepts” in FYC at Community College
MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
Seeking contributions that articulate essential concepts acquired in first-year composition and how those concepts are shaped by the CC context. 250-word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Howard Tinberg (howard.tinberg@bristolcc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Public Acts of Witnessing
Special Session
Papers exploring the relationships between public acts of witnessing, such as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and the literary and other texts they inspire or engage. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura J. Beard (lbeard@ualberta.ca)
Posted 21 January 2015

Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Allied Organization: International Brecht Society
Artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno before and during the exile years as well as the legacy of these tense relations. abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Marc David Silberman (mdsilber@wisc.edu) and Robert Kaufman (robkaufman@berkeley.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Brecht - Surveillance - Visibility
Allied Organization: International Brecht Society
Does the charged era of politicized surveillance technologies undermine Brecht’s goal of making visible an act and the structure that causes it (Verfremdung)? abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2015; Marc David Silberman (mdsilber@wisc.edu) and James Harding (jharding@umd.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

After John Clare
Allied Organization: John Clare Society of North America
Scholarship on any aspect of Clare's influence on 19th, 20th, or 21st century poets and/or his poetry's continuing relevance to the field of lyric studies. brief abstract and bio by 15 March 2015; Erica McAlpine (erica.mcalpine@keble.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Evaluating Contingent Faculty Members: Processes, Purposes, Consequences
MLA Committee: Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession
Peer and administrator observations and assessments. What counts as evidence of teaching and professional effectiveness? How do identities influence evaluations? by 13 March 2015; Cynthia Current (current@email.unc.edu) and David Laurence (dlaurence@mla.org)
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

Italian Amnesia
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
This session will look at Italy's 1980s and the programmatic censorship of recent past. Multidisciplinary papers welcome. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Francesca Cadel (fcadel@ucalgary.ca)
Posted 21 January 2015

Transmedia Intersections
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian
Session explores the ways in which the convergence of literature, film, theater, visual arts, and new media negotiates plural cultural experiences. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Nicoletta Marini-Maio (marinin@dickinson.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Robin Hood in Words and Music
Allied Organization: Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations
Session devoted to how Robin Hood has been depicted in words and music from the middle ages to the present. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jeff Dailey (drjsdailey@aol.com)
Posted 20 January 2015

Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France
Special Session
Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France; medical, theological, philosophical representations of body and mind; counter-discourses of Cartesianism. 300- words abstract by 15 March 2015; Valentina Denzel (vdenzel@msu.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Victorian Intertextualities
Forum: LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did the Victorians categorize, theorize, and value such uses, and how do we? 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Theory and Victorian Studies
Forum: LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? Proposals invited for full-length conference papers or five-minute position papers. 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Convergences between Disability Studies and Ethnic Studies
Special Session
Does disability shift in the presence of race or vice versa? How might anti-ableism and anti-racism be related? 1-pg. abstract and cv by 10 March 2015; Cynthia Wu (cw229@buffalo.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, etc. (Please note that this session is not guaranteed.). 200-word abstracts to Leah Chang lchang@gwu.edu by by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

The Chronicles of Narnia at 60
Special Session
Children's literature scholars response to the Chronicles as a whole on its 60th anniversary. Must consider at least three of the novels. 300 word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Keith Dorwick (kdorwick@louisiana.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Conrad's Animals
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals figure forth? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Stephen Ross (saross@uvic.ca)
Posted 20 January 2015

Conrad and the Body
Allied Organization: Joseph Conrad Society of America
Navigating the body in Conrad, including beautiful, grotesque, erotic(ized) bodies; the body as a site where ideology is contested and reinforced. 250-500 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Alexia Hannis (alexia.hannis@humber.ca)
Posted 20 January 2015

What Qualities Matter in Teaching the Humanities Online?
Forum: HEP Community Colleges
How do good teaching practices translate into the online learning environment? Seeking presentations on models ensuring high-quality online teaching. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael A. Burke (mburke@stlcc.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Bernard Shaw and New Media, 1879-2015
Special Session
Shaw's engagements with emergent media; works and persona in print, film, radio, television, digital formats (including NT Live 'Man&Superman'); digital humanities approaches to Shaw. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Buckley (jennifer-buckley@uiowa.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the role of ethnicity, travel, gender, etc.? 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Affect in Sixteenth-century France
Forum: LLC 16th-Century French
How is affect intersubjective, defined/undefined, related to emotion? Close or distant readings welcome. 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

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

Textual Woolf
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
Digital tools, editions, variants, the proliferation of e-texts -- all offer a rich array of possibilities for addressing the relative neglect in Woolf studies of textual matters. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Mark Hussey (mhussey@pace.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Woolf and Disability
Allied Organization: International Virginia Woolf Society
This collaborative panel with the Society for Disability Studies explores how disability features thematically and formally in Woolf’s work. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words. by 9 March 2015; Maren T. Linett (mlinett@purdue.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

New Approaches to Material Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
Forum: LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian
Critical analyses of literary works in manuscripts, printed books, monuments, and other artifacts. title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

La famiglia: Representations of the Family in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Forum: LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian
Exploring familial relationships and family figures; in discord or harmony, idealized or realistic. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Mysticism and Religious Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Forum: LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian
Representations of religion in literature and other forms of discourse: saints, mystics, clerics, monks, nuns, theologians. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Readers, Viewers, Listeners, Users
Forum: LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German
What ever happened to readers? Historical and theoretical reflections on problems of audience (reception, spectatorship, interactivity, and related categories) in German literature, film, and new media. 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Eric Ames (eames@uw.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Lawrence and 'Native' Encounters
Allied Organization: D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
We invite papers on D. H. Lawrence’s writings on the American Southwest, Mexico, Australia, race, indigenous cultures, eco-critical readings of place, or related subjects. 250-word abstracts. by 1 March 2015; Joyce Wexler (Jwexler@luc.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature
Special Session
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in outlaw/outsider texts (especially post-medieval). 200-word abstracts; short bios by 15 March 2015; Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

Romantic Religion
Allied Organization: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may include British, American and European texts and sermons, faith and practice, dissent, mysticism, and natural theology. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; James C. McKusick (mckusickj@umkc.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

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

Disability and the Global South
MLA Committee: Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
Papers examining political/aesthetic representations of disability in the Global South. How do these representations challenge or extend disability theories from the Global North? 250 word abstract. by 10 March 2015; Julie Avril Minich (minichja@utexas.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 19 January 2015

John Milton: A General Session
Allied Organization: Milton Society of America
Papers invited on all topics related to John Milton. Full 18-minute papers or 500-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Stephen M. Fallon (sfallon@nd.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 19 January 2015

To Whom Does Kafka Speak?
Special Session
Kafka's reading public, reception in media and translation. His mode of writing. Did he have a reading public in mind? 500-word abstracts by March 15,2015 by 15 March 2015; Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr (mlcaputomayr@hotmail.com) and Dagmar Lorenz (dcglorenz@gmail.com)
Posted 18 January 2015

Cognitive Science in/and the Goethezeit
Allied Organization: Goethe Society of North America
The intersection of cognitive science and cultural practices: how Germanliterary/philosophical texts circa 1800 depict cognition and how contemporary cognitive science illuminates those texts. 1-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Charlotte Lee (cll38@cam.ac.uk) and John Smith (jhsmith@uci.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
Allied Organization: Goethe Society of North America
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate Goethe’s novelistic practice? How can his practice alter narrative theory? 1-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Karin Schutjer (kschutjer@ou.edu) and Erin McGlothlin (mcglothlin@wustl.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

Clarice Lispector Cronista: A Re-assessment
Special Session
This Session seeks re-examinations of Lispector’s journalism and its contribution to the long tradition of chronicle-writing in Latin America. 300-word abstract; One page C.V. by 15 March 2015; Mariela Méndez (mendezmariela@hotmail.com)
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

From Fatwas to Sufism: Representations of Islam in Maghrebi Francophone Literature
Special Session
Panel explores contemporary representations of Islam in novels by authors of French expression writing from the Maghreb. 500 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate Goethe’s novelistic practice? How can his practice alter narrative theory? 1-page abstracts by 1 March 2015; Erin McGlothlin (mcglothlin@wustl.edu) and Karin Schutjer (kschutjer@ou.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

"The Futures of Shelley's Triumph"
Allied Organization: Keats-Shelley Association of America
What shadows of futurity does Percy Shelley's unfinished final poem cast upon our present? New perspectives on "The Triumph of Life" within/beyond the Anthropocene. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Joel Faflak (jfaflak@uwo.ca)
Posted 17 January 2015

"2G" Vietnam War Writers - Revisionist Histories and New Perspectives
Special Session
Conference papers invited for a panel on second-generation Vietnam War writers and revisionist histories. Send 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; inquiries welcome; Isadora Wagner (iwagner@go.olemiss.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

Politics of Friendship in American Literature
Special Session
Papers might engage with critical race studies, queer studies, children’s and YA literature, and/ or issues of public authorship and collaboration. 250-word abstracts; short bios by 8 March 2015; Kristen Proehl (kproehl@brockport.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

Narrative Medicine, the Body, and Justice
Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative
What genres make tales of violence, pain, suffering legible? What's risky about representing suffering? Can narrative ethics drive justice in the face of terror? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rita Charon (rac5@columbia.edu) and Patrick Dolan (patrick-dolan@uiowa.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Lexical and Syntactic Experimentation in Postmodernist Literature
Forum: LSL Linguistics and Literature
Papers that approach lexical and syntactic experimentation in Postmodernist Literature from a linguistic perspective. 300-word abstract to donhardy@unr.edu by 6 March 2015; Donald E. Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Syntax and Poetry
Forum: LSL Linguistics and Literature
How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers providing a stylistic exploration of the syntax of poetry. 300-word abstract to donhardy@unr.edu by 6 March 2015; Donald E. Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Posthumous Hawthorne
Allied Organization: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
Topics include (dis)continuity with autobiographical and fictional works; the authorial integrity of Notebooks, Elixir of Life and American Claimant manuscripts; and the interventions of editors and heirs. 250 word abstracts. by 10 March 2015; Patricia Valenti (patricia.valenti@uncp.edu) and Ivonne Garcia (garciai@kenyon.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

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

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

Re-presenting Twain
Allied Organization: Mark Twain Circle of America
Papers are invited examining interpretations of Twain's identity and legacy both in his own work (particularly his newly-published Autobiography) and more broadly in contemporary popular culture. 1 page abstract by 15 March 2015; Kerry Driscoll (kerryannedriscoll@gmail.com)
Posted 16 January 2015

The Poetics and Politics of Turkish Literature: New Directions
Special Session
This panel seeks innovative approaches to contemporary Turkish literary and cultural production. Theoretical, hermeneutic, and comparative approaches are welcome. 250-word abstract and CV. by 1 March 2015; Sevinç Türkkan (sturkkan@brockport.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

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

Byron and America
Allied Organization: Byron Society of America
New scholarship related to Byron's American reception and his own views of America and American culture. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 23 March 2015; Noah Comet (comet@usna.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Critical Intersectionalities of Race and Sexuality
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Aesthetics, Cooptations, Dangers, Limits, Occlusions, Opportunities, Possibilities. 300-word abstract and CV by 1 March 2015; Marcellus Blount (mb33@columbia.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Checkpoints
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Presentations on policing in terms of embodiment, territories, borders, languages, race, sexuality. 300-word abstract and CV by 1 March 2015; Koritha Mitchell (mitchell.717@osu.edu) and Meena Alexander (malexander@gc.cuny.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Deconstructing Civility
MLA Committee: Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada
Presentations on how civility and collegiality are used to regulate/surveil/suppress oppositional expression around race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, war, institutions, class. 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

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