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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 long 18th century. cmyang@english.upenn.edu. Abstracts 300 words; 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Chi-ming Yang (cmyang@english.upenn.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

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

CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century

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

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

CLCS European Regions

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

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

CLCS Global Anglophone

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

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

CLCS Medieval

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

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

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 Mediterranean Basin and/or the Atlantic. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Patricia E. Grieve (peg1@columbia.edu)
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 methodologies in the study of cross-cultural encounter in the early Americas. by 13 March 2015; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@utexas.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

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

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 comparative contexts. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jan Mieszkowski (mieszkow@reed.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

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

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 fiction amongst adult readers. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Derritt Mason (derritt@ualberta.ca)
Posted 23 February 2015

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

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 to power despite efforts to censor and constrain it. 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jody Enders (jenders@frit.ucsb.edu) and Nadia Ellis (nellis@berkeley.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

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

GS Life Writing

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

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

GS Nonfiction Prose

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

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

GS Poetry and Poetics

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

GS Prose Fiction

Checkpoint Aesthetics and the Global Novel
Checkpoint Aesthetics and the Global Novel. abstract maximum of 300 words by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wicke (jaw2b@virginia.edu)
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, formal challenges, and socio-political promise. abstract maximum of 300 words by 30 March 2015; Mark McGurl (mcgurl@stanford.edu)
Posted 12 February 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 affect your students’ learning? 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rebecca Burnett ( rebecca.burnett@lmc.gatech.edu)
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? 300-word proposal and brief c.v. by 15 March 2015; Michelle Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

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

LLC African since 1990

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

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

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

LLC African to 1990

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

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

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 this work bear upon the present? 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Dana Luciano (dana.luciano@georgetown.edu)
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 phenomenon. Papers should propose new approaches. Abstracts by 9 March 2015; Meredith L. McGill (mlmcgill@rci.rutgers.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

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

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American

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

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

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 how?" as the guiding question. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Thabiti Lewis (thabiti@vancouver.wsu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

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

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 century Asian American literature and culture. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julia Lee (juliahl1@uci.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015, last updated 24 February 2015

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

LLC Chicana and Chicano

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

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

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

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

LLC Early American

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

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

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

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

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, site in works by Native authors. Abstracts (1 page) and brief bio by 10 March 2015; Nancy J. Peterson (njp@purdue.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

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

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

LLC Arabic

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

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

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

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

LLC East Asian

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

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

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

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 March 2015; Monika Dix (mdix@svsu.edu)
Posted 2 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 presentations of scholarship/projects in process. Send 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Ellen MacKay (emackay@indiana.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 27 February 2015

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 the topics. 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2015; Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu)
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 ecology. Address to Debra Rae Cohen (drc@sc.edu). 250-word abstracts by 8 March 2015; Debra Rae Cohen (drc@sc.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

LLC Chaucer

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

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

LLC English Romantic

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

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

LLC Late-18th-Century English

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

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

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

LLC Middle English

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

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

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

LLC Old English

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

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

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

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

LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English

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

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

LLC Shakespeare

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

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

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

Theory and Victorian Studies
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? Proposals invited for full-length conference papers or five-minute position papers. 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Victorian Intertextualities
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did the Victorians categorize, theorize, and value such uses, and how do we? 300-word abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2015; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 16th-Century French

Affect in Sixteenth-century France
How is affect intersubjective, defined/undefined, related to emotion? Close or distant readings welcome. 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

It's 1500: Are we modern yet?
Stakes of periodization, dialectic and dis/continuities between Medieval and Renaissance (or pre-/early modern) literature, problems in naming. Abstracts for 10-minute roundtable presentations. by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu) and Matilda Bruckner (bruckner@bc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, etc. (Please note that this session is not guaranteed.). 200-word abstracts to Leah Chang lchang@gwu.edu by by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the role of ethnicity, travel, gender, etc.? 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu by 15 March 2015; Todd W. Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC 17th-Century French

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

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

LLC 18th-Century French

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

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

LLC 19th-Century French

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

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

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 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Alison James (asj@uchicago.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

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

LLC Francophone

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

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

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

LLC Medieval French

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

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

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, physiology) or scientific language entering literature and philosophy. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Edgar Landgraf (elandgr@bgsu.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

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 challenging human boundaries. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Edgar Landgraf (elandgr@bgsu.edu) and Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

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 translation; high/low; class/gender; minority/nation. Reception case studies/papers that explore theory of reading public. Abstracts<250 by 10 March 2015; Jonathan S. Skolnik (jskolnik@german.umass.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German

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

Readers, Viewers, Listeners, Users
What ever happened to readers? Historical and theoretical reflections on problems of audience (reception, spectatorship, interactivity, and related categories) in German literature, film, and new media. 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Eric Ames (eames@uw.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

LLC German to 1700

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

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

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 display in the Italian culture from the 1600s to the 1800s. brief CV, 250-word abstract by 25 March 2015; Francesca Luigia Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu) and Irene Zanini-Cordi ( izaninicordi@fsu.edu )
Posted 11 February 2015

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

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

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

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, public, etc. – with ideological meaning? Title, 300-word abstract, short bio. by 20 March 2015; Allison A. Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Italian Amnesia
This session will look at Italy's 1980s and the programmatic censorship of recent past. Multidisciplinary papers welcome. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Francesca Cadel (fcadel@ucalgary.ca)
Posted 21 January 2015

Transmedia Intersections
Session explores the ways in which the convergence of literature, film, theater, visual arts, and new media negotiates plural cultural experiences. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Nicoletta Marini-Maio (marinin@dickinson.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

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. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

Mysticism and Religious Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Representations of religion in literature and other forms of discourse: saints, mystics, clerics, monks, nuns, theologians. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

New Approaches to Material Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
Critical analyses of literary works in manuscripts, printed books, monuments, and other artifacts. title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2015; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 20 January 2015

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 localities in their territorial specificity and in their transnational networking with other micro-areas? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; José M. Rodríguez García (jr152@duke.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

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 capital, nation-building, industrial modernization, and race/gender/sexuality. 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Natalia Brizuela (brizuela@berkeley.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

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 dissemination/access. abstracts and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Marcy Ellen Schwartz (mschwartz@spanport.rutgers.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

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

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 century. NON-GUARANTEED JOINT SESSION. 300-word abstract; 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Chi-ming Yang (cmyang@english.upenn.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

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

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

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 200-word abstract. NON-GUARANTEED by 1 March 2015; Ivonne del Valle (idelvalle@berkeley.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015, last updated 5 February 2015

LLC Luso-Brazilian

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

LLC Russian and Eurasian

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

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

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

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 relation to gender and sexualities? 250-word abstracts by 14 March 2015; Maria M. Carrion (mcarrio@emory.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 6 March 2015

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

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

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. 1-page abstract and brief bio by 1 March 2015; Enrique García Santo-Tomás (enriqueg@umich.edu)
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 practices around death; death in art, politics, commerce, fashion. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Gies (dtg@virginia.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015, last updated 24 January 2015

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

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 current crisis (economic, territorial, institutional, representational). Abstracts: March 15, ldelgado@illinois.edu. Abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Luisa Elena Delgado (ldelgado@illinois.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Political Fictions
Analysis of inscriptions of and engagements with the political in contemporary Iberian fiction; use of fictional strategies in the articulation of political discourses. Abstracts to msantana@uchicago.edu by March 15. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mario Santana (msantana@uchicago.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

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

LLC Medieval Iberian

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

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

LSL Applied Linguistics

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

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

LSL Language Change

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

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

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 they promote multilingualism? Please email abstracts of 250 words in length. by 15 March 2015; A. Suresh Canagarajah (asc16@psu.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

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

LSL Linguistics and Literature

Lexical and Syntactic Experimentation in Postmodernist Literature
Papers that approach lexical and syntactic experimentation in Postmodernist Literature from a linguistic perspective. 300-word abstract to donhardy@unr.edu by 6 March 2015; Donald E. Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Syntax and Poetry
How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers providing a stylistic exploration of the syntax of poetry. 300-word abstract to donhardy@unr.edu by 6 March 2015; Donald E. Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

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 promote written interpersonal communication, particularly with technology. Abstracts, 200-word limit. by 30 March 2015; Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (j.tharp@utah.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

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

MS Screen Arts and Culture

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

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

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

MS Visual Culture

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

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

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

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 new opportunities and challenges of a shifting publication environment. 200-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Jim Brown (jim.brown@rutgers.edu) and Shevaun Watson (watsonse@uwec.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric

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

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. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jacqueline R. Rhodes (jrhodes@csusb.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

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

TC Anthropology and Literature

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

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 trace aging across a writer’s work? Are changes pathological? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Paula E. Leverage (leverage@purdue.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

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

TC Digital Humanities

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

TC Disability Studies

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

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

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

TC Marxism, Literature, and Society

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

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

TC Philosophy and Literature

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

TC Popular Culture

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

TC Postcolonial Studies

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

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

TC Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature

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

TC Race and Ethnicity Studies

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

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

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

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

TC Religion and Literature

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

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

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

TC Science and Literature

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

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

TC Sexuality Studies

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

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

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 spate of female heroines in YA dystopian fiction. 250-word abstracts with bio. by 7 March 2015; Madelyn Detloff (detlofmm@miamioh.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

TM Language Theory

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

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

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, Lefebvre versus Althusser. 250 word abstract and vita by 15 March 2015; Kristin Ross (kr1@nyu.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

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

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 theory and practice. 250 word abstract. by 1 March 2015; Mary Balkun (mary.balkun@shu.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

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