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

Allied Organizations

Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

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

American Association for Italian Studies

Teatro di Narrazione and Contemporary Italy
Explores the role of teatro di narrazione, from Fo and Gaber to authors/actors such as Paolini and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

American Association of Australian Literary Studies

Australian Literature in Multimedia Space and the Public Sphere
Papers sought on how Australian literature functions in digital/media spaces and how it relates to ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

American Association of Teachers of Italian

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

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

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

American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators

Quo Vadimus? Enhancing Language Study in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Promotes the revitalization of second-language study by focusing on changing demographics, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

American Folklore Society

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

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

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

American Literature Section

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

American Name Society

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

American Portuguese Studies Association

Reading Guimarães Rosa Comparatively
Comparative readings of Guimarães Rosa's Grande sertão veredas and Corpo de Baile with preference ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

American Theatre and Drama Society

Performance and Its Publics
Topics include: performance and counter/publics, stagings of the public, performance and the public ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Association des Amis d'André Gide

Gide et la guerre
This session welcomes papers in French or in English on the impact of war on Gide's life and ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Association for Business Communication

Assessment in Business Communication and Writing
Sharing Strategies for Better Assessment of Business Communication: AACSB, AoL, Closing the Loop, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Association for Documentary Editing

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

Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures

Honoring Gerald Vizenor II
We invite participants for a roundtable session celebrating the lifetime achievements of the ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism

André Breton, 1966-2016
Papers on posthumous reception of Breton, whether "pope" of surrealism or experimental thinker. ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Cabaret Voltaire at 100
Papers sought on the enduring legacy of the Cabaret Voltaire, in celebration of its 2016 centenary: ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Transgender Studies, Ecology, and the Environmental Humanities
This panel will place transgender studies and the environmental humanities into critical ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication
Presentations that explore “New Research and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication” are ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Byron Society of America

Byron and America
New scholarship related to Byron's American reception and his own views of America and American ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Cervantes Society of America

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

Children's Literature Association

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

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

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

College English Association

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

Community College Humanities Association

Books That Cook: Food Fiction and Memoir
Papers exploring literary, cultural, or pedagogical approaches to food (or lack of food) in fiction ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015, last updated 29 January 2015

D. H. Lawrence Society of North America

Lawrence and 'Native' Encounters
We invite papers on D. H. Lawrence’s writings on the American Southwest, Mexico, Australia, race, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

Lawrence, Editions and Critical Renewal
We invite papers on the Cambridge University Press editions (Lawrence’s poetry, First Women in ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015

Dante Society of America

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

Dickens Society

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

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

Doris Lessing Society

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

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

Edith Wharton Society

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

Emily Dickinson International Society

Lyrical Ecologies
Presentations engaging the circulation of Dickinson's writings through human communities, or of ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

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

Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society

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

Eugene O'Neill Society

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

Ezra Pound Society

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

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

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

Feministas Unidas

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

G. E. Lessing Society

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

GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)

Returning to the Archives
Seeking papers on women who left their marks and testimonies in the archives, reconsidering the ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

George Sand Association

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

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

Goethe Society of North America

Cognitive Science in/and the Goethezeit
The intersection of cognitive science and cultural practices: how Germanliterary/philosophical ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

Graduate Student Caucus

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

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

Harold Pinter Society

Pinter and Time Times Two
Pinter and Time. Abstracts (500-word). Please include name, email, by 13 March 2015; Ann C. Hall ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Henry James Society

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

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

International Association of Galdós Scholars

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

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

International Boethius Society

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

International Brecht Society

Brecht - Surveillance - Visibility
Does the charged era of politicized surveillance technologies undermine Brecht’s goal of making ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Relations / Legacies: Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno
Artistic, critical, philosophical relations among Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno before and during the ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

International Courtly Literature Society

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

International Society for the Study of Narrative

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist?
What can Goethe and narrative theory do for each other? How can narrative theory illuminate ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

Narrative Medicine, the Body, and Justice
What genres make tales of violence, pain, suffering legible? What's risky about representing ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

International Virginia Woolf Society

Textual Woolf
Digital tools, editions, variants, the proliferation of e-texts -- all offer a rich array of ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Woolf and Disability
This collaborative panel with the Society for Disability Studies explores how disability features ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Woolf, Women, and Politics
Considering Woolf’s vexed relationship with feminism, how do we understand the model of political ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

International Vladimir Nabokov Society

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

John Clare Society of North America

After John Clare
Scholarship on any aspect of Clare's influence on 19th, 20th, or 21st century poets and/or his ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Joseph Conrad Society of America

Conrad and the Body
Navigating the body in Conrad, including beautiful, grotesque, erotic(ized) bodies; the body as a ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Conrad's Animals
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Keats-Shelley Association of America

"The Futures of Shelley's Triumph"
What shadows of futurity does Percy Shelley's unfinished final poem cast upon our present? New ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

Langston Hughes Society

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

Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations

Robin Hood in Words and Music
Session devoted to how Robin Hood has been depicted in words and music from the middle ages to the ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Margaret Atwood Society

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

Margaret Fuller Society

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

Mark Twain Circle of America

Re-presenting Twain
Papers are invited examining interpretations of Twain's identity and legacy both in his own work ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society

The New World in Performance
Session explores early modern engagements between Amerindian and Spanish/Portuguese cultures, ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

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

MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Border Literatures in Contested Times/Places
How are American multiethnic border literatures, languages, cultures, border-crossings and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Social Class in American Multiethnic Literature
How are class, global capitalism, poverty, their global, national, or local intersections with ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Melville Society

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

Melville’s Late Fiction, or Radical Inhabitation
How do Melville’s late fictions, Moby-Dick & after, recast natural histories of the Americas, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Milton Society of America

John Milton: A General Session
Papers invited on all topics related to John Milton. Full 18-minute papers or 500-word abstracts by ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 19 January 2015

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

Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society

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

Posthumous Hawthorne
Topics include (dis)continuity with autobiographical and fictional works; the authorial integrity ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

North American Heine Society

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

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

The Interval in Romanticism
The space between integers; the space-time of pause, interruption, irritation, irruption. The ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward
Papers taking Romantic ecocriticism forward. Suggestions: aesthetics, forms of knowledge, new ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Romantic Sovereignty
Old vs. new models; sacred vs. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Paul Claudel Society

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

Poe Studies Association

Poe Biography and Biographical Approaches to Poe
This session will focus on the challenges of writing about Poe's life and of interpreting Poe's ... See more
Posted 24 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages

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

Robert Frost Society

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

Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost
We invite abstracts on Stevens' and Frost's work. Jointly sponsored with the Wallace Stevens ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Romanian Studies Association of America

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

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

Simone de Beauvoir Society

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

Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch

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

Society for Critical Exchange

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

Theory Renaissance?
The comeback of theory in the 21st century? What are the specific forces behind theory’s return? ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature

Mediating Early Modernity
Papers on mediality (text, image, sound) in early modern Germanic literatures and cultures; media ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Medieval Trans Feminisms
Medieval literature produced the histories, tropes, and tools for articulating current transgender ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

Faulkner in the Digital Age (co-sponsored with the Faulkner Society)
Roundtable on new book history/ digital humanities projects on Faulkner; Use of digital resources ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Secret Archives: Privacy, Control and Access
“Archive stories” about the difficulties to access certain collections, and what these stories tell ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

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

“Religious Matters: Women, Worship and Artefacts”
Roundtable exploring interplays of material artefacts and early modern women’s religious practice ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

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

Society for the Study of Southern Literature

Weird South
We invite papers that examine, interrogate, and/or theorize the "weird south." What, if anything, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

South Asian Literary Association

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

Postcolonial Studies Generation
How has a curriculum in postcolonial studies influenced a generation of artistic production? ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

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

Wallace Stevens Society

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

Western Literature Association

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

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

William Carlos Williams Society

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

William Faulkner Society

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

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

William Morris Society

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

Women in French

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

Women in German

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

Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages

Trigger Warnings
Roundtable discussion on trigger warnings and other approaches to teaching difficult subject matter ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

Romantic Religion
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

Forums

CLCS 18th-Century

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

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

CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century

Comics and Memory
Intersections of politics/culture/ethnicity and comics: identity and visual representation, border ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Political Concepts in Translation
Translation theory provides ways of activating political concepts and theories of the event ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

CLCS Arthurian

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

CLCS Celtic

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

CLCS European Regions

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

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

CLCS Global Anglophone

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

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

CLCS Global Arab and Arab American

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

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

CLCS Global Hispanophone

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

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

CLCS Global Jewish

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

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

CLCS Global South

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

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

CLCS Hemispheric American

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

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

CLCS Medieval

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

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

CLCS Mediterranean

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

CLCS Nordic

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

CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern

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

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

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

CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century

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

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

GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature

The Anxious Publics of Literature for Young People
Seeking papers that interrogate anxious public discourse about the popularity of youth-oriented ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Verse Novel for Young Readers
Any aspect of inquiry welcome: how do these narratives engage with poetic language, social justice, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

GS Comics and Graphic Narratives

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

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

GS Drama and Performance

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

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

GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale

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

GS Life Writing

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

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

GS Nonfiction Prose

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

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

GS Poetry and Poetics

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

GS Prose Fiction

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

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

GS Speculative Fiction

Feminist Voices in Diasporic Afro-Futurism
Seeking papers concerning gender and the role of Africa as a real or symbolic presence in diasporic ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

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

GS Travel Writing

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

HEP Community Colleges

What Qualities Matter in Teaching the Humanities Online?
How do good teaching practices translate into the online learning environment? Seeking ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

HEP Teaching as a Profession

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

The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging
What difference does age make in what we teach, how we teach, and how our students perceive us? ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

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

LLC African since 1990

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

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

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

LLC African to 1990

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

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

LLC 19th-Century American

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

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

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

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American

In Theory: American Literature since 1966
Theory (poststructuralism, critical race, postcolonial, queer, etc.) and theorists in American ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015

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

LLC African American

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

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

LLC Asian American

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

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

LLC Chicana and Chicano

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

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

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

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

LLC Early American

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

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

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

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

LLC Indigenous Literatures of the United States and Canada

Texas in the Native Literary Imagination
We invite submissions that analyze how Texas functions as a productive, and sometimes unexpected, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

LLC Italian American

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

LLC Jewish American

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

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

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

LLC Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American

Conservatives and Conservatism
Conservatives and Conservatism: What is the relationship between "conservative" ideology ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

LLC Latina and Latino

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

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

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

LLC Literatures of the United States in Languages Other Than English

The Study of Translingual Cultural Practices Today
Interdisciplinary approaches to translingualism in multicultural/multiethnic literary texts, visual ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

LLC Southern United States

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

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

LLC Arabic

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

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

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

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

LLC East Asian

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

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

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

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

LLC South Asian and South Asian Diasporic

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

LLC West Asian

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

LLC Canadian

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

LLC Catalan Studies

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

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

LLC Dutch

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

LLC 16th-Century English

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

LLC 17th-Century English

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

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone

Fiction and the Media Ecology, 1900-2015
We invite abstracts on fiction as one medium among many, and its relation to the shifting media ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

LLC Chaucer

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

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

LLC English Romantic

Romantic Sovereignty
old v. new models; sacred v. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 27 January 2015

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

LLC Late-18th-Century English

The British Pharmacopoeia
Papers on Scottish physicians/rhetoricians--Enlightenment redefinitions of British bodies/bodies ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

The Intermedial Eighteenth Century
Topics might include remediation or interactions between page/stage; image/text/sound; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Uselessness
Must Enlightenment be synonymous with instrumentality? Topics might include the decorative, the ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

LLC Middle English

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

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

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

LLC Old English

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

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

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

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

LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English

Digital Publics
Proposed papers may discuss crowdsourcing, the public face of digital work, media and publics, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 15 February 2015

Poetry and Performance
Traditions and practices of public, vocalized readings and recitations in the 17th- and 18th- ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

LLC Shakespeare

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

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

Earth
Literature/art/culture and geology, geography, sea-levels, climate, crystals, fossils, landforms ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Theory and Victorian Studies
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Victorian Intertextualities
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 16th-Century French

Affect in Sixteenth-century France
How is affect intersubjective, defined/undefined, related to emotion? Close or distant readings ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 17th-Century French

Dilemma
Cas de conscience, decision-making, choosing between two (bad) alternatives; Cornelian or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

Secrecy
Key concept in love and politics, often at the intersection of both, in all genres. Secrecy is ... See more
Posted 28 January 2015

LLC 18th-Century French

Revolutionary Echoes
This panel will consider how the ideas of the French Revolution were disseminated, translated, or ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

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

LLC 19th-Century French

Ecologies of the Nineteenth Century
We invite abstracts related to various aspects of ecology: un/natural habitats, physical and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Portraits
We invite abstracts on textual and visual portraits and frames, family portraits and portrait ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French

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

Visibility and the Stakes of Representation in Contemporary French Culture
Analysis of political and social significance of visual and textual representations in contemporary ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

LLC Francophone

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

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

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

LLC Medieval French

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

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

LLC Galician

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

LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German

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

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

LLC 19th- and Early-20th-Century German

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

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German

Grasping at Screens
How has development of moving images across diverse media/screens multiplied possible modes of ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Readers, Viewers, Listeners, Users
What ever happened to readers? Historical and theoretical reflections on problems of audience ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC German to 1700

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

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

LLC Hebrew

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

LLC Hungarian

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

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

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

LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian

Emotions in Ink
This panel explores features, roles and effects of publications on emotions and/or their public ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Exoticisms and their Italian publics
Italy and Italians often constituted the exotic object of the "enlightened" gaze: but who and what ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

The Politics of Public Celebrations
The panel wants to explore the uses to which festive culture and public commemorative events lent ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Public Opinion, Literary Successes and Failures
This panel investigates public opinion’s sway on the creation, production and reception of Italian ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Italian Amnesia
This session will look at Italy's 1980s and the programmatic censorship of recent past. ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Transmedia Intersections
Session explores the ways in which the convergence of literature, film, theater, visual arts, and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian

La famiglia: Representations of the Family in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Exploring familial relationships and family figures; in discord or harmony, idealized or realistic. ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Mysticism and Religious Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Representations of religion in literature and other forms of discourse: saints, mystics, clerics, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

New Approaches to Material Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
Critical analyses of literary works in manuscripts, printed books, monuments, and other artifacts. ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

LLC 19th-Century Latin American

Global, Local and Micro-territorial Re-reroutings
How do multi-directional transfers involving class, ethnicity, gender or language impact sub-state ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

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

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American

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

When Dictators Take Over
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

LLC Colonial Latin American

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

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

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

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

LLC Mexican

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

Solitary Mexicans: Gaps in Contemporary Literary Historiography
Critical approaches to Mexican writers who published their first book between 1968 and the ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015, last updated 26 January 2015

LLC Puerto Rican

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

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

LLC Korean

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

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

LLC Occitan

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

LLC Old Norse

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

LLC Global Portuguese

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

LLC Luso-Brazilian

Hybridities
Panel examines examples of cultural, literary, ethnic and other types of hybridity taken from ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

LLC Romanian

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

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

LLC Scottish

Beyond the Kilt: The Scottish Fetish
How have Scotland and Scottishness been fetishized? Short position papers could consider, e.g., ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

LLC Sephardic

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

LLC Slavic and East European

Crimea and Punishment
Crimea inspired expansionist ambitions in the Russians and the Turks. What unites the literary and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

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

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

LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Drama

Comedic Desires
What do correspondences between desire and comedy contribute to the texture of the Comedia and its ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Primal Scenes
How does knowing and/or understanding primal scenes contribute to the writing and reading in- and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Women and Performance in the Comedia
How did women contribute to performance in the Comedia, and how did performance and the Comedia ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Poetry and Prose

Rituals of Exclusion
New research on the topic of exclusion from a social, political, ethical, and literary perspective. ... See more
Posted 23 January 2015

LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian

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

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

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian

The end of the Regime of 1978
Exploration of new cultural forms, practices and narratives emerging in the context of Spain's ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Political Fictions
Analysis of inscriptions of and engagements with the political in contemporary Iberian fiction; use ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Technologies of Body and Mind under the Franco Dictatorship
Exploration of the relationship between Francoist sovereignty and its disciplinary discourses, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

LLC Medieval Iberian

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

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

LLC Yiddish

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

LSL Applied Linguistics

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

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

LSL General Linguistics

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

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

LSL Language Change

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

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

LSL Language and Society

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

LSL Linguistics and Literature

Lexical and Syntactic Experimentation in Postmodernist Literature
Papers that approach lexical and syntactic experimentation in Postmodernist Literature from a ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Syntax and Poetry
How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers providing a ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

LSL Romance Linguistics

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

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

LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning

Innovative Approaches to L2 Writing as Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal communication often focuses on speaking. We invite proposals describing ways to ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Teacher Education for the 21st Century
L2 teacher education prepares students for various educational contexts. We invite proposals that ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

MS Opera and Musical Performance

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

MS Screen Arts and Culture

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

Grasping at Screens
How has development of moving images across diverse media/screens multiplied possible modes of ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Mess With Texas
Papers considering changes to the Western as a transmedial genre in the Post-American century, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

MS Sound

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

MS Visual Culture

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

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

RCWS History and Theory of Composition

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

RCWS Writing Pedagogies

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

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

TC Age Studies

"The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging"
What difference does age make in what/how we teach and how students perceive us? 300-word proposal ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015

TC Anthropology and Literature

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

TC Cognitive and Affect Studies

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

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

TC Digital Humanities

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

TC Disability Studies

Disability and Interdependence
What are alternatives to the binary of independence/dependence in disability discourse? How might ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

Disability, Contingency, Neoliberalism
How have disability arts and activism participated in shaping contemporary disability experience ... See more
Posted 27 January 2015, last updated 30 January 2015

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

TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities

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

TC Law and the Humanities

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

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

TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies

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

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

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

TC Memory Studies

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

TC Philosophy and Literature

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

TC Popular Culture

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

TC Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature

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

TC Race and Ethnicity Studies

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

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

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

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

TC Religion and Literature

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

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

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

TC Science and Technology Studies

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

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

TC Sexuality Studies

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

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

TC Translation Studies

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

TC Women’s and Gender Studies

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

TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing

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

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

TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography

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

TM Literary Criticism

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

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

TM Literary and Cultural Theory

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

TM The Teaching of Literature

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

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society

Historicizing and Spatializing Biopolitics
This panel aims to more precisely historicize and spaitalize concepts of biopolitics, biopower, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

MLA Committees

Committee on Community Colleges

Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at CCs
How collaborative/interdisciplinary learning and teaching at community colleges can be improved, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

“Threshold Concepts” in FYC at Community College
Seeking contributions that articulate essential concepts acquired in first-year composition and how ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

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

Evaluating Contingent Faculty Members: Processes, Purposes, Consequences
Peer and administrator observations and assessments. What counts as evidence of teaching and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession

Dis/Abilities and Knowledge - Francophone and French
This panel explores intersections between concepts of disability and/or "handicap" and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Disability and the Global South
Papers examining political/aesthetic representations of disability in the Global South. How do ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 19 January 2015

Committee on Scholarly Editions

Editing at the Crossroads
Developing and using digital and print editions in which there is contact between two or more ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015, last updated 22 January 2015

Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada

Checkpoints
Presentations on policing in terms of embodiment, territories, borders, languages, race, sexuality. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Critical Intersectionalities of Race and Sexuality
Aesthetics, Cooptations, Dangers, Limits, Occlusions, Opportunities, Possibilities. 300-word ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Deconstructing Civility
Presentations on how civility and collegiality are used to regulate/surveil/suppress oppositional ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession

Humanities beyond Humanities
We welcome proposals on teaching languages and general humanities courses at STEM institutions, ... See more
Posted 25 January 2015

Up-Grading Graduate Student Teaching Positions
How can graduate students make the most of the teaching opportunities they frequently get (such as ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Special Sessions

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

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

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

"2G" Vietnam War Writers - Revisionist Histories and New Perspectives
Conference papers invited for a panel on second-generation Vietnam War writers and revisionist ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

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

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

Accenting Punctuation
Punctuation: its use in certain genres, as it is used by specific literary figures, or topics ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

African (American) Diaspora Literature
How are American-based-African writers (like Adichie, Mengestu, Cole) changing conceptions of black ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIDS and Queer Literature in Latin America
This panel will place the homosexual body infected by AIDS, and the textual body into critical ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Andean Modernismos
This session invites papers that reconceptualize, reimagine, or theorize Modernismos in Andean ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernard Shaw and New Media, 1879-2015
Shaw's engagements with emergent media; works and persona in print, film, radio, television, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cervantes on the Early Modern English Stage
Papers dealing with Cervantean influence on English drama. How did English playwrights translate, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

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

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

The Chronicles of Narnia at 60
Children's literature scholars response to the Chronicles as a whole on its 60th anniversary. Must ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

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

Clarice Lispector Cronista: A Re-assessment
This Session seeks re-examinations of Lispector’s journalism and its contribution to the long ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Convergences between Disability Studies and Ethnic Studies
Does disability shift in the presence of race or vice versa? How might anti-ableism and anti-racism ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Milton
Papers invited on any topic employing digital tools to read, teach, present or study Milton. Full ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Diplomacy and Letters
Diplomacy and the role of literary ambassadors, including any extra-textual activities, propaganda, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English Metrical Cultures
How have English meters shaped and been shaped by larger cultural formations? How do meters form ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

Erotica, Excess, Fin de Siglo
New proposals for the political/social importance of gender, sexuality, and the erotic in the ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works represent the effects of kinship networks ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

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

Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France
Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France; ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

From Fatwas to Sufism: Representations of Islam in Maghrebi Francophone Literature
Panel explores contemporary representations of Islam in novels by authors of French expression ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graduate Student Research Writing Pedagogies
A “Case-Study-Themed Session” seeking innovative approaches and best practices for integrating ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historicizing Surveillance
Surveillance, although technologically ubiquitous today, has yet to be well historicized. This ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin's Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Martin's novels and HBO series are widely enjoyed. Papers on any aspect of the works solicited. ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Media and the Unconscious
Seeking papers exploring the unconscious dimensions and/or effects of media (new and historical). ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milton and His Postmodern Heirs: Paradise Lost in Fiction and Film
How do authors/directors use Miltonic ideas to navigate issues of science, gender, and religion in ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 31 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Narrative Threads
Textile objects (needlework, embroidery) may also be textual objects. Approaches might include ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Representations of the Contemporary University
If academic novels are obsolete, where (and in what form) are emerging representations of the ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Poetics and Politics of Turkish Literature: New Directions
This panel seeks innovative approaches to contemporary Turkish literary and cultural production. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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

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

Politics of Friendship in American Literature
Papers might engage with critical race studies, queer studies, children’s and YA literature, and/ ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

Politics of Literature in Modern and Contemporary Italy
New approaches to the political dimension of fiction, poetry, reading, theoretical re-examinations ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postmodern Economics
Interdisciplinary papers exploring fresh economic theoretical approaches to texts after 1945. ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, ... See more
Posted 16 January 2015

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

Prehistories of the Digital Humanities
Forerunners, fantasies, false starts on the way to DH. Network theory in literature and criticism, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

Public Acts of Witnessing
Papers exploring the relationships between public acts of witnessing, such as Truth and ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Quantity in English Verse
Discussions of quantity have been distracted by Renaissance experiments. However, recent ... See more
Posted 20 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Whom Does Kafka Speak?
Kafka's reading public, reception in media and translation. His mode of writing. Did he have a ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translation, Genre, Politics
Exploring the influence of literary translation (and adaptation) on the development of new forms ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Written War after the Peace
After Appomattox, how did Civil War rhetoric come to resist or enable the resurgent national ... See more
Posted 21 January 2015

Young, Gifted, and Black
Seeking submissions that engage representations of Black youth related to genius, giftedness, and ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

Zombies and Trauma
Zombies are often popular responses to trauma. This session will consider zombie texts in any ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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