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CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern

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

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

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

LLC Early American

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

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

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

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 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 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 20th- and 21st-Century German

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 20th- and 21st-Century Italian

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 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

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 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

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 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 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

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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