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Calls for Papers - Divisions

Divisions are listed in alphabetical order within each category.

American Literature

American Indian Literatures

Border Lies: Indigeneity, Memory, and the 49th Parallel
We invite readings of literary, filmic, and artistic texts that reimagine the US-Canadian border from an indigenous perspective. Abstracts (1 page) and brief bio by 7 March 2014; Nancy J. Peterson (njp@purdue.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Native Literary Vancouver
This panel seeks papers on Vancouver as a space, hub, and/or crossroads of Native American and Indigenous literary production from time immemorial to the present. abstracts by 15 March 2014; James H. Cox (jhcox@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

American Literature to 1800

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

Colonial Soundings: Music and Memory
Sacred song, drumming, war cries, work songs, psalmody, ballads, performance: how did soundscapes function as sites of encounter, resistance, memory in early America? c.v.; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Donegan (kdonegan@berkeley.edu)
Posted 2 February 2014

Here and After: Periodization and American Literary Studies
How does periodization influence our understanding of literature that seems passé or belated--or before its time? 250 word abstracts – brief CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@mail.utexas.edu) and Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

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

Asian American Literature

Asian Americans and the Vietnam War
2015 marks 40 years since the “fall of Saigon.” Papers exploring literary perspectives on Asian Americans and the war by American authors. 500-words abstracts, 1-pg CV by 15 March 2014; Crystal Parikh (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Immigrant Acts
Fifty years after the 1965 Immigration Act, this panel considers this turning point, examining how multiple migrations have remapped the US literary landscape. 500-word abstract, 1-pg CV by 15 March 2014; Allan Isaac (aisaac@amerstudies.rutgers.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Memory and Asian North American Graphic Narratives
Papers on graphic novels by and about Asian North Americans: YA novels and histories to superheroes and manga. 500-word abstracts and 1-pg CV by 15 March 2014; Cathy Schlund-Vials (cathy.schlund-vials@uconn.edu )
Posted 21 February 2014

Black American Literature and Culture

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay
Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career welcome, especially in African American essay tradition. 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Dana A. Williams (d_williams@howard.edu) and Brian Norman (bjnorman@loyola.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Chicana and Chicano Literature

Chicano Narrative at 25
Papers that examine how Ramón Saldívar’s classic work has shaped the field and/or how critics have extended or departed from its major claims. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
Posted 14 February 2014

Latino/a-merican Canada
Considering the conference’s location in Vancouver, we invite papers that examine writings by the Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Latin American diaspora in Canada. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu) and Ignacio Sánchez Prado (isanchez@artsci.wustl.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Queering Chican@ Utopias: Remembering José Esteban Muñoz
Innovative presentations in Chican@ Studies that exemplify or call for Muñoz’s queer, world-building work. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
Posted 14 February 2014

Recovering the 70s
What connections can be drawn among art forms of the 1970s Chicana/o Renaissance and the moment they were produced? Why remember this renaissance? 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
Posted 14 February 2014

Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century American Literature

American Mental Health
Possible topics for this session include neurasthenia, narcissism, anxiety, mania, dementia, puerperal mania, addiction, delirium, brain fever, insanity, lycanthropy, depression, railway spine, erotomania, onanism. 1-page proposals by 1 March 2014; Dale Bauer (dbauer@illinois.edu) and Dana Seitler (d.seitler@utoronto.ca)
Posted 15 January 2014

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Here and After: Periodization and American Literary Studies
How does periodization influence our understanding of literature that seems passé or belated--or before its time? 250 word abstracts – brief CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Cohen (matt.cohen@mail.utexas.edu) and Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu)
Posted , last updated 24 February 2014

Reading Beyond the Human
What possibilities does the nonhuman turn offer nineteenth-century Americanist scholarship? What new interdisciplinary methods and archives does the non-human turn make available for literary study? 500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Dana Luciano (dl234@georgetown.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Twentieth-Century American Literature

Anthropocene and Deep-Time in Literary Studies
Call for papers on importance of deep-time, geology, evolution for recent American literature in the context of Anthropocene: theories, analyses, and data projects welcome. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Heather Houser (houserh@mail.utexas.edu) and Ursula Heise (uheise@humnet.ucla.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

Post-Apocalypse, Post-American
Zombies, vampires, ecological collapse, genetic manipulation, engineered bodies. Papers linking such staples of recent speculative literary fiction to America’s rapidly changing demographics and declining international influence. 300-word abstracts to pmoya@stanford.edu by 15 March 2014; Paula M. L. Moya (pmoya@stanford.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

18th-Century and Modern Causalities
How are action and experience represented before and after the "rise" of "realism" and Hegelian historiography? Papers may but need not compare periods. 1 pg. abstracts by 10 March 2014; Claudia Brodsky (cblacour@aol.com)
Posted 27 January 2014

Subjects
The modern subject is, fundamentally, an 18th-century invention. From Locke on, literature and political theory of the period introduce subjects whose capabilities they first elaborate. Specific discussions desired. 1-2 pg. abstract by 15 March 2014; Claudia Brodsky (cblacour@aol.com)
Posted 21 February 2014

What is Judgment?
"Judgment" emerged in distinction from idealist and skeptical theories of taste, knowledge, and morality; social and subjective, its bases remained difficult to define. Specific accounts desired. 1 pg. abstract by 5 March 2014; Claudia Brodsky (cblacour@aol.com)
Posted 27 January 2014

Comparative Studies in Medieval Literature

Medieval Romance
Comparative work on romance as a genre and on romance texts across a variety of literary traditions. 250-word abstracts for 20 minute papers by 15 March 2014; Steven Kruger (skruger@gc.cuny.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Comparative Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Literature

Early Modern Materialisms
A panel providing comparative perspectives on the transformation of Classical traditions in the materialist conception of the universe during the Early Modern period. 1-2 page abstracts for 20-min. papers by 15 March 2014; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

On the Threshold of Modernity
The anachronism of the old, the superiority of the new, the ideology of modernity and its detractors in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century literature. abstracts by 16 March 2014; Eric MacPhail (macphai@indiana.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Renaissance and Baroque Poetics
Papers on early modern literary theory and/or applied criticism from the Aristotelian or other traditions, from the Renaissance or Baroque periods. Abstracts to Ignacio Navarrete by 15 March 2014; Susanne Lindgren Wofford (susanne.wofford@nyu.edu) and Ignacio Navarrete (ignacio@berkeley.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century

The Novel at the End of the World
Papers on the nineteenth-century novel and the anthropocene; the form of ends and the ends of forms; apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. One-page abstract by 15 March 2014; Barbara Spackman (spackman@berkeley.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Comparative Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

Comparative Studies of the Long (or Short) 20th Centuries
The gain for comparatism in demarcating a "long 20th-century"; or of using 1945 as a transitional marker. One page Abstracts and CVs please. by 15 March 2014; Thomas Beebee (tob@psu.edu) and Ramon Saldivar (saldivar@stanford.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014

How Should Comparatists 'Read' Literature?
Do comparatists read differently? If so, how do their reading practices build on or critique current theories of reading? Abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Sangeeta Ray (rays@umd.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

European Literary Relations

Trieste: Literary Crossroads
Representations of the transnational, transcultural city and its various literary and lingual contexts. 250 word abstract in .doc or .pdf format by 15 March 2014; Sandra Bermann (sandralb@princeton.edu)
Posted , last updated 24 February 2014

English Literature

Chaucer

Chaucer and Micro-History
What is the value of a micro-historical approach to Chaucer’s poetry? Papers might address biography, ordinary or extraordinary events, the local, the marginal, the occasional. 1-page max. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jessica Rosenfeld (jrosenfe@artsci.wustl.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Why Chaucer Now?
Round-table on role of Chaucer in Middle English studies that may address recent shifts in paradigms, publications, curricula, and/or institutions. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Emma E. Lipton (liptone@missouri.edu)
Posted 1 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

English Literature Other Than British and American

Other Than Modernism
Alternative, global, peripheral—what work do other-than Euro-modernisms do? How does modernist studies' expansion relate to trends like World Literature? What other than modernism motivates Anglophone literary studies today? abstract-cv by 12 March 2014; Joseph R. Slaughter (jrs272@columbia.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014

Theorizing the Contemporary
The present, belated, new, and now: what is contemporaneity? When, where, and how long is it? What vantage do literary and cultural studies offer for theorizing the contemporary? abstract-cv by 12 March 2014; Toral Gajarawala (tg38@nyu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014

The English Romantic Period

Romantic Antipathies
What modes of relationship trouble the rhetorics or logics of sympathy? Asociality, conflict, dissent, hatred, rivalry, uneasy connections, etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Mark Canuel (mcanuel@uic.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Romanticism and Translation
How do British Romantic writers engage with the ethical, aesthetic, and epistemological challenges of translation? How can translation theory help us re-read Romanticism? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Margaret E. Russett (russett@usc.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Scaling Romanticism: Local to Global, Abstract to Concrete
What are the scales of Anglo-Scottish/ British Romanticism? Between local/ global, molar/ molecular, and abstract/ concrete, can we detect and describe Scalar Romanticism? abstracts by 14 March 2014; Miranda Jane Burgess (mirandab@mail.ubc.ca) and Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Afterlives of Allegory
Johnson defined allegory as "not real; not literal; mystical." How should we interpret its persistence in liberalizing 18th-Century literatures committed to formal realism and semiotic transparency? Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jayne Lewis (jelewis@uci.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014

Literary Science
Given the 18th-Century use of "science" as a term for knowledge and "literature" as writings that bear knowledge, can this historical understanding renew our practice of literary science? Abstracts by 15 March 2014; William Warner (warner@english.ucsb.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014

Unsociable Feelings
Papers on the literary roles played by affective states (e.g. indifference, envy, anger, spleen, etc.) overshadowed when 18th-Century studies focuses exclusively on sympathetic exchange. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sandra Macpherson (macpherson.4@osu.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014

Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century English Literature

Light
Illumination, both material and metaphorical; photographic technologies; sun, moon, and stars; chiaroscuro and shadow; X-rays, optics, and actinic rays; reflections and luminosity. One-page abstract and cv by 3 March 2014; Kate Flint (kflint@usc.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Sound
Noise, acoustics, soundscapes; telephones, phonographs, and radios; vibrations and sound waves; tones, pitch, and cadences; musical and metrical beats; whispers and shouts. One-page abstract and cv by 3 March 2014; Cassandra Laity (claity@drew.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare

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

Early Modern Matter
Raw materials, physical and literary: substance, substrates, elements, essentials. What precedes things, forms, structures? How does literature treat the as-yet-unformed? Can materialism account for matter? One-page abstracts by 15 March 2014; Katherine Eggert (katherine.eggert@colorado.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014, last updated 10 February 2014

Hacking the Renaissance
How do digital technologies change early modern scholarship? Possible topics: data mining, digital reconstruction of social networks, historicizing and theorizing digital approaches to early modern studies. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Graham Hammill (ghammill@buffalo.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 30 March 2014

Middle English Language and Literature, Excluding Chaucer

Middle English Science
We seek papers that address the forms, production, consumption, and articulation of science in Middle English texts. 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers by 15 March 2014; Erin Labbie (labbie@bgsu.edu) and Shannon Gayk (sgayk@indiana.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

Old English Language and Literature

Aesthetics/Artisanal Poetry
Shaping poetic beauty. Papers might consider elements of the sensual, rhetorical, visual, formulaic, aural, intellectual, affective or ethical beauty in early English poetry. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Performativity
Aspects of performance and the spectatorial in manuscripts, including roles of audience, textual commentary, marginalia, the page, format, codex organization, book historians. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Real Old English?
Position papers on 'real' study of OE in 2015 might address: depth of scholarship, interdisciplinarity, hierarchies (poetry/prose; Latin/English), research/ubiquitous knowledge, electronic resources. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014

Translating Old English Poetry
Poets’ Poetry: In memory of Seamus Heaney. Aspects of poets’ translations of Old English poetry, into any language, or back translations into English. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kathleen Davis (kathleendavis@uri.edu) and Sergio Waisman (waisman@gwu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature

The English Civil Wars and/in the Restoration
Papers addressing the relationship between textual production from 1660-1689 and texts and events from 1642-1660. Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu) and Sean Moore (Sean.Moore@unh.edu). 250 word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Sean D. Moore (sean@unh.edu) and Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Poetry and economics
Treatments in verse of economic practices; financial issues in the publication and distribution of poetry; the "place" of poetry in the national economy. Abstracts by 14 March 2014; J. Paul Hunter (jph7f@virginia.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Post-Secular Literary Histories
Seeking papers that engage the following question: How do our histories of literature, genre, and the aesthetic change when secularization is no longer a shaping force? Abstracts by 14 March 2014; Wolfram Michael Schmidgen (wschmidg@artsci.wustl.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Sites of Memory
medial memory, then and now (i.e., bibliographic and digital), and the specters of dynamism and stasis in media devoted to sustaining cultural memory. 250-500 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Laura C. Mandell (mandell@tamu.edu) and Wolfram Schmidgen (wschmidg@artsci.wustl.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Seventeenth-Century English Literature

The English Civil Wars and / in the Restoration
Papers addressing the relationship between textual production 1660-1689 and texts and events 1642-1660. Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu) and Sean Moore (Sean.Moore@unh.edu). 250 word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

The Experimental Seventeenth Century
Papers addressing the idea of experiment. Relevant topics might cover: literature, science, politics, society, empiricism, method, success, failure, animals, humans, alchemy, chemistry, botany, other. 1-2 page abstract by 15 March 2014; Kristen Poole (kpoole@udel.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014

The Future of the Seventeenth Century: A Roundtable
Short papers (10-12 minutes) on the future of seventeenth-century studies: new directions and paradigms; hopes and prospects; reactions and pressures. 1-2 page abstracts by 15 March 2014; Douglas Trevor (dtrevor@umich.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Shakespeare

Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis
How can we read Shakespeare with/through/against psychoanalytic theory? Topics might include affect, subjectivity, language, dreams, gender, rhetoric and the passions, transference, desire. cv and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Elizabeth D. Harvey (elizabeth.harvey@utoronto.ca)
Posted 19 February 2014

Shakespearean Popular Cultures: Then and Now
Shakespeare in/and popular culture from the late 16th-century to the present day. Abstracts of no longer than 750 words. by 15 March 2014; Garrett A. Sullivan (gas11@psu.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Twentieth-Century English Literature

Seamus Heaney and the World
We invite abstracts for papers on Heaney from global, transnational, and comparative perspectives, limited to 250 words sent to both organizers. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Jahan Ramazani (ramazani@virginia.edu) and Kevin Dettmar (Kevin.Dettmar@pomona.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

The Victorian Period

Victorian Animals
Human and nonhuman animals; reflections on the in-, non-, post-human. Papers welcome on the state of the field and on new methods and modes of inquiry. One-page abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2014; William A. Cohen (wcohen@umd.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Victorian Ecologies
Environments, ecosystems, and the anthropocene. Literary ecologies, climates, environmental improvements and depredations, and related topics, understood as both theme and method. One-page abstracts and CVs by 1 March 2014; William A. Cohen (wcohen@umd.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

French Literature

Eighteenth-Century French Literature

History through Literary Eyes
We will discuss how literary scholars can approach historical documents, in the context of each speaker's particular research project. One-page abstracts. by 5 March 2014; Jennifer S. Tsien (tsien@virginia.edu)
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 4 February 2014

Senses of Sade
At the close of the 300 anniversary of Sade's death, what are the new thoughts and directions on Sade's materialism, his sense of sensationism; geographies of Sade. one-page abstract by 5 March 2014; Pierre N. Saint-Amand (pierre_saint-amand@brown.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

Francophone Literatures and Cultures

“Dany Laferrière, Academician”
Laferrière is the first writer elected to the Académie française from either Haïti or Québec. How does such recognition influence readings of his work? 300 word abstract. by 14 March 2014; Milena Santoro (santorom@georgetown.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

“Francophone cinemas”: Global or Indigenous?
Have “Francophone” films been globalized? What role do indigenous languages play, and what are the implications for the “Francophone Film” discipline in general? 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

French Medieval Language and Literature

Mapping Medieval Spaces
We invite papers that explore geographies literal and figurative, including landscapes and soundscapes, spaces in the mind or the manuscript. Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words. by 15 March 2014; Catherine Jones (cmjones@uga.edu)
Posted 26 January 2014

Metaphorically Speaking
We invite papers on the uses and abuses of metaphor and figurative speech in medieval French literature and culture. Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words. by 15 March 2014; Catherine Jones (cmjones@uga.edu)
Posted 26 January 2014

Nineteenth-Century French Literature

Suspicion
Suspicion as a driving force of narrative and interpretation. Topics may include crime and detection, gossip and rumor, public and private lives, literary cabals, shady characters. One page abstracts by 24 February 2014; Cheryl Kreuger (clk6m@eservices.virginia.edu)
Posted 8 January 2014

Toward the Great War
World War I casts its shadow backwards to color our view of the early Third Republic. Suggested topics: armed conflict, memory and memorials, revanchisme, foreboding. One page abstracts by 24 February 2014; Susan McCready (smccread@southalabama.edu)
Posted 8 January 2014

Seventeenth-Century French Literature

Laughter
The expression, literary and physical, of le rire; its variations and gradations; its gestures and sounds, its character types and genres—not limited to theatre. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Hélène Bilis (hbilis@wellesley.edu)
Posted 4 February 2014

Pilgrimage
Exploring the act of undertaking journeys of moral or spiritual significance, travel to places of special meaning, quests assumed for votive purposes, and/or metaphorical journeys into one’s own beliefs. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Allison Stedman (astedman@uncc.edu)
Posted 30 January 2014

Sixteenth-Century French Literature

Ecocritical Approaches to the French Renaissance
New ways of placing ecocriticism into dialogue with French Renaissance literature and culture. Please send proposal for a 10min round-table contribution. Title, abstract, and 1-page CV by 17 March 2014; Marcus Keller (mkeller@illinois.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Open Call for Papers
Please send proposal for 15-20min presentation on any topic in French sixteenth-century literature and culture. Selection of 3-4 related papers for thematically focused panel. Title, abstract, 1-page CV by 17 March 2014; Marcus Keller (mkeller@illinois.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Twentieth-Century French Literature

French Poetry and Media in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Transformations and redefinitions of poetry through its encounters with media (cinema, radio...), from Apollinaire’s Esprit nouveau to e-poetry. 250-word abstracts by 22 March 2014; Éric Trudel (trudel@bard.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Rewriting La Grande Guerre
How might French literary/cinematic/visual representations of WWI or its after-effects be rethought in light of new developments in literary/media/modernist/cultural studies? 250-word abstract/vita by 22 March 2014; Scott Durham (spd594@northwestern.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

Genre Studies

Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing

"Family Feuds? When Family Members Write Memoir"
What do we learn about memory, secrets, histories, and/or the politics of representation when members of the same family write memoirs? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Georgia Kathryn Johnston (johnstgk@slu.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Life in Occupied Palestine
A round-table about life narratives’ importance in documenting the impact on Palestinians of occupation, and the power of life narratives to resist occupation. 200 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Cynthia Franklin (cfrankli@hawaii.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Drama

That’s Not Drama?!
Off the grid. Off the radar. Off the hook. Dramatic forms, practices, and traditions that persist while eluding, defying, or disavowing scholarly endorsement. All regions/periods encouraged. 250-word abstract by 1 March 2014; Brian Eugenio Herrera (bherrera@princeton.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Film

Canuxploitation
How do exploitation, cult, and horror films made in Canada challenge scholars to rethink Canadian film history as a national cinema tradition? 250 word abstracts and bio. by 15 March 2014; Caetlin Benson-Allott (cb529@georgetown.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Histories of Intermediality
Histories of Intermediality. “Transmedia storytelling” is only one of intermediality’s more recent iterations: seeking papers on the historical or media-archaeological examination of intermediality. 300 word abstract and bio. by 15 March 2014; Nicholas Sammond (nic.sammond@utoronto.ca) and Siobhan Craig (craig026@umn.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Real Time and the Contemporary
Collaborative Session, 20th c. German and Film. Is “real time” estranged time? When chronological and narrative time coincide, what disruptions/opportunities occur? Theoretical approaches encouraged. 250 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Siobhan Craig (craig026@umn.edu) and Richard Langston (relangst@email.unc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Literary Criticism

Rethinking Critique
Has critique run out of steam? Or not? What are the theoretical, political, or methodological assumptions underlying critique in literary studies, and do these assumptions remain valid? 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Rita Felski (rf6d@virginia.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014

Methods of Literary Research

The Library as Method
Research libraries are changing: what are the implications for methods, objects, institutions, theories, practices? How do libraries themselves constitute critical and historical methods for literary studies? 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Andrew M. Stauffer (ams4k@virginia.edu)
Posted 21 January 2014

Nonfiction Prose Studies, Excluding Biography and Autobiography

Academic Prose and its Discontents
What is academic prose today? Contributions solicited on the value and nature of academic writing in an era of "public humanities." Preliminary inquiries welcome. 500 Word Abstracts by 17 March 2014; Amardeep Singh (amsp@lehigh.edu)
Posted 17 February 2014

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay
Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career welcome, especially in African American essay tradition. 300-word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Brian J. Norman (bjnorman@loyola.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Poetry

Song and/in/as/versus Poetry in Medieval and Early Modern Literatures
Papers may explore song per se or in relation to other poetry in medieval and early modern periods. 250-300 word abstracts, vita. by 1 March 2014; Heather Dubrow (hdubrow@fordham.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Prose Fiction

Attention Spans
Meditations on the span of popular or critical attention to works; or, contours of attention span possible for prose fiction in various media. 500 word proposals by 15 March 2014; Hester Blum (hester.blum@psu.edu)
Posted 14 February 2014

Shapes of the Nonhuman
From ferocious monsters to computer viruses, the nonhuman has played a crucial role in literary works. This panel invites explorations in all periods and genres. 1-page abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Wai Chee Dimock (wai.chee.dimock@yale.edu)
Posted 14 February 2014

German Literature

Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century German Literature

Universal and Particular in Lessing
In fables, plays, theological and dramaturgical treatises, Lessing interrogates the complicated status of, and relationship between, particulars and universals. Papers on all aspects welcome. 200-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu) and Seth Berk (sberk25@UW.EDU)
Posted 3 February 2014

Universality, Exemplarity, Particularity
Natural history and aesthetics dwelt on possible relationships between individual and general cases. Welcome topics: genre or genera, naturalist methodologies, subjective or objective universality, human nature, etc. 200-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Stefani Engelstein (engelsteins@missouri.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

German Literature to 1700

Iconophilia, Iconophobia: Images in German Manuscript and Book Culture
Papers addressing the status of images and the discourses that surround, question, and defend their use. Send a 300-500 word abstract and c.v. by 1 March 2014; Niklaus E. Largier (nlargier@berkeley.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

The Pre-Modern German Literary Canon as a Place of Memory
The construction of the pre-modern canon in its relation to cultures of memory. Send a 300-500 word abstract and c.v. by 1 March 2014; Niklaus E. Largier (nlargier@berkeley.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century German Literature

Out of the Moment: Modalities of Non-Presence
What does it mean to continually miss the moment, taking refuge in the future or past? We invite critical/ literary investigations of non-presence. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Anna C. Guillemin (aguillem@uic.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Twentieth-Century German Literature

Interrogations of the Contemporary: Practices, Histories, Theories
When was literature, in its own present time, not contemporary? Reappraisals of formal, historiographical and theoretical potentials of the contemporary beyond dominant usage. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Richard Langston (relangst@unc.edu)
Posted 12 February 2014

Hispanic Literatures

Colonial Latin American Literatures

Connecting Spanish and Portuguese Empires
How to study the Spanish and Portuguese empires together? Circulation of people and ideas, analogous forms, shared traditions. 1-page CV 200-word Abstract by 10 March 2014; Anna H. More (anna1more1@gmail.com)
Posted 1 February 2014

The Enlightenment in the Colonies
New approaches to the Enlightenment in the colonies beyond empiricism. 16th and 17th century compilations of information and new systems of knowledge organization. CV, 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Ivonne del Valle (idelvalle@berkeley.edu)
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 21 January 2014

Indigenous Texts and the Colonial Experience
Challenges we confront when working with indigenous texts because of cultural difference and colonization. Issues of cultural translation and indigenous perspectives. one-page CV and 200-word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Cristian Roa (roa@uic.edu)
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 21 January 2014

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature

Modernizing Spanish Church and Crown
How did faith and reason cross in Enlightenment Spain to redefine the Church’s place in Bourbon social reforms, including beneficence, education, modernization and cultural production? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Ana Hontanilla (amhontan@uncg.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 13 February 2014

Shifting Nationalities, Siglo XIX
When are “regional” writers national and “national” writers regional? How is writers’ work appropriated culturally? How do writers map their own identities to region, nation, continent? 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Daniel Frost (dfrost@holycross.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 14 February 2014

Latin American Literature from Independence to 1900

Afterimages of slavery
We invite submissions of papers about twentieth- and twentieth-first century representations of slavery and other forms of bonded labor through literature, film and other media. 1-page abstract by 12 March 2014; Nouzeilles Gabriela (gnouzeil@Princeton.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Nineteenth Century Representations of Slavery
We invite abstracts that present innovative views on literary and visual representations of slavery and bonded labor during the long nineteenth century throughout Latin America. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Richard Rosa (rr49@duke.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

Trans-American Representations of Slavery
We invite submissions for papers that explore the crossings and intersections of representations of slavery across the Americas. 1-Page Abstract by 12 March 2014; Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (lugortiz@uchicago.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature

Imagining the Emerging Middle Class
Literary/cultural texts that reflect upon the development and problems of Brazil’s and Portugal's emerging middle class, focusing on social justice/movements, urban space, among others. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Leila Lehnen (llehnen@unm.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014

Sites of Memory/Sites of Amnesia
Literary or visual texts that address the dialectics of remembering and forgetting; contested or negotiated sites of memory. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Luiz Fernando Valente (luiz_valente@brown.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014

Theorizing Iberian Studies
Comparative papers reflecting upon Iberian studies from the perspective of the peninsula’s component literary-cultural traditions (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Basque, etc.). Jointly with AATSP. 150-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Robert Newcomb (rpnewcomb@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 29 January 2014, last updated 31 January 2014

Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

New Currents in Medieval Iberian Studies
New work, issues or approaches in medieval Hispanic or Iberian studies. Abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Nadia R. Altschul (altschul@jhu.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014

Objects of Memory in Medieval Iberia
Mental and material forms of recollection in medieval Iberia, from relics to other artistic or textual means "por dexar en memoria tanta remembranza." Abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Benjamin M. Liu (benjamin.liu@ucr.edu)
Posted 25 January 2014

Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama

Cervantes, dramaturgo
Papers with original and innovative approaches to Cervantes’s dramaturgy as we celebrate 400 years of Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses nuevos, nunca representados. one-page abstract by 15 March 2014; José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu) and Steven Hutchinson (shutchin@wisc.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

Female Masculinities: Revisiting the Mujer Varonil in the Comedia
New approaches to the motif of the mujer varonil in early modern Spanish theater. 400-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Reading the Spanish Comedia Queerly
Papers exploring representations of same-sex desire, as well as other queer affections, sensibilities, interpretations, and realities in early modern Spanish theater. 400-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; José R. Cartagena-Calderón (jose.cartagena@pomona.edu)
Posted 14 January 2014

Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Poetry and Prose

Santa Teresa at 500
Contexts, Interpretations, Reception. One-Page Abstract and 2-Page CV by 15 March 2014; Luis F. Avilés (laviles@uci.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Second Parts/Second Acts
Continuations, Sequels, Reinventions, Lineages, Originality and Copies, Apocrypha. One-Page Abstract and 2-Page CV by 15 March 2014; Luis F. Avilés (laviles@uci.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature

Experimental Latin/o American Texts since the 1960s
all forms of "experimental" projects, finished or unfinished, in Spanish, English, Portuguese, or a combination of any of the above. 250 word abstract, abbreviated CV by 10 March 2014; José Antonio Quiroga (jquirog@emory.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Latino/a-merican Canada
Considering the conference’s location in Vancouver, we invite papers that examine writings by the Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Latin American diaspora in Canada. 250-word abstract and abbreviated CV by 12 March 2014; Ignacio Sanchez-Prado (isanchez@artsci.wustl.edu) and Sandra K. Soto (sotos@email.arizona.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Palabras en la Plaza: Writing and Public Space in Latin America
new theories of public sphere in Latin America, literature occupying public space (graffiti, poetry on billboards, etc.). Abstracts and brief bios by 15 March 2014; Marcy Ellen Schwartz (mschwartz@spanport.rutgers.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature

Doing Things with Things
Critical reflections on the uses made of material culture in 20th- and 21st-century Spanish literature, film, photography, or art. Abstracts approx 200 words by 14 March 2014; Jo Labanyi (jo.labanyi@nyu.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Feminism and the Political
A reflection on the relevance of feminism as political thought and social consciousness in the contemporary Spanish cultural and literary world. Abstracts approx 200 words by 14 March 2014; Cristina Moreiras Menor (moreiras@umich.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Lo provinciano: Rethinking the Provincial in Spanish Culture
How are the province/the provincial conceptualized? We aim to examine their articulation and mobilization in contemporary cultural and social discourses. Abstracts approx 200 words by 14 March 2014; Mario Santana (msantana@uchicago.edu)
Posted 31 January 2014

Interdisciplinary Approaches

Anthropological Approaches to Literature

What and How Does Kinship Do?
Cross-cultural, post-nuclear and/or queer analyses that elucidate kinship’s performative dimensions in historical or contemporary contexts. 500-word Abstracts by 10 March 2014; Prof. Mary Jean Corbett (corbetmj@miamioh.edu)
Posted 16 January 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Children's Literature

Children's Literature and the First World War
As the centenary commences, we reexamine children's literature describing both the home front and the war front, written then and now. 350 word abstract by 26 February 2014; Jacquilyn Weeks (weeksj@iupui.edu) and Lissa Paul (lpaul@brocku.ca)
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 24 February 2014

Geography and Memory in Children’s and YA Literature
Investigating the “Negotiating Sites of Memory” theme, this panel considers how writing for young people represents real and imagined places. 500-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Kate Slater (slaterks@plu.edu) and Gwen Athene Tarbox (gwen.tarbox@wmich.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014

Sites of Memory in Children’s Literature
The role of memory/remembrance in children’s/YA literature (historical, literary, nostalgic, patriotic, personal, repressed, traumatic) or how literary memory shapes the children’s/YA canon. 500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Karin Westman (westmank@ksu.edu)
Posted 17 February 2014

Visual Cultures and Young People's Texts in Canada
Exploring visual culture produced by, for, and about young people in Canada, including comics, animation, picture books, photography, and digital forms. 350 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Blair (Jennifer.blair@uottawa.ca) and Catherine Tosenberger (ctosen@gmail.com)
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Cognitive Approaches to Literature

Experiments, Cross-disciplinary Research, and Scientific Engagements
A panel devoted to experiment and collaboration between literary scholars and cognitive scientists. How do science experiments illuminate literary or aesthetic experience? 300 word abstract CV by 15 March 2014; Blakey Vermeule (vermeule@stanford.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

The Science of Memory
Papers on all aspects of the cognitive science of memory and literature—episodic memory, working memory, semantic memory, collective memory, and problems with memory. 300 word abstract CV by 15 March 2014; Blakey Vermeule (vermeule@stanford.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Disability Studies

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

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

Disability Schemas pre-1800
This panel explores intersectional productions of disability in an era before statistical norms. Possible topics: pre-modern embodiment, stigmatization prehistories, representations dependent upon disability discourses. 300 word abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Elizabeth Bearden (ebearden@wisc.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 7 February 2014

Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature

Listening to Memory
How does sound record and perform racial and ethnic identity? How does it traverse borders of time, space, memory, and media forms? 300-word abstract and 1-page by 15 March 2014; Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu) and Stephen Knadler (knadlers@spelman.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014

Mexican Narratives Across Borders and Ethnicities
Narratives on the U.S.-Mexico Border: questions of ethnicity and its intersections with nationality in an age of neoliberalism. Abstracts and short CVs for roundtable discussion. by 15 March 2014; Anna M. Nogar (anogar@unm.edu) and Oswaldo Estrada (oestrada@email.unc.edu)
Posted 6 February 2014, last updated 8 February 2014

Violence on the Borders
Intersections of memory, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography— Indigenous Indignities, The (New) Jim Crow, Cuidad Juárez, Highway of Tears, Japanese Internment, etc. 300-word abstract and one-page CV by 15 March 2014; Penelope Kelsey (penelope.kelsey@colorado.edu) and Amritjit Singh (singha@ohio.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014

Whose Border? Whose Memory? Ethnic Studies and Palestine/Israel
On the intellectual, political, and professional stakes of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. 300-word abstract and short c.v. by 15 March 2014; Cheryl A. Higashida (cheryl.higashida@colorado.edu) and Stephen Knadler (knadlers@spelman.edu)
Posted 7 February 2014, last updated 8 February 2014

Gay Studies in Language and Literature

Queer Archives
Remembering, forgetting; loss, abandonment, preservation, invention; foundations, authorities; remainders, survivals, salvages; epistemic arrangements, derangements, reorderings; material and immaterial archives; future archives; archive fever; presence, place, trace. 250-word abstracts, 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Christopher Looby (clooby@humnet.ucla.edu) and Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu)
Posted 4 February 2014

Queer Canada
Queer(ing) Canadian literature, culture, theory, and politics; First Nations sexualities; LGBT archives; sex work; gay politicians; histories of HIV/AIDS; queer diaspora; federal and provincial sex. 250-word abstract, 1-page CV. by 15 March 2014; Heather Love (loveh@english.upenn.edu)
Posted 5 February 2014

Linguistic Approaches to Literature

Home in the Word: Characters' Language Choices
Session explores choices narrators make to reflect the linguistic/cultural affiliations of characters: the language choices associated with a character in literature/film. Emailed title/brief abstract by 5 March 2014; Monika Fludernik (sekretariat.fludernik@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de) and Don Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 12 January 2014, last updated 14 January 2014

Metaphor
Session addresses topic of conceptual and/or linguistic approaches to metaphor and/or metaphor theory as applied to any genre or modality: e.g., text, film, or digital. emailed title/brief abstract by 5 March 2014; Monika Fludernik (sekretariat.fludernik@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de) and Don Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu)
Posted 12 January 2014, last updated 14 January 2014

Literature and Other Arts

Literature and Digital Games
How do the formal strategies of videogames relate to or reconfigure literature? Proposals welcome on issues of spatial storytelling, algorithmic designs, and digital textuality. Send 200-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Patrick Jagoda (pjagoda@uchicago.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Literature and Religion

Religion after War
From the Crusades to Afghanistan, from the Bhagavad-Gita to Wiesel's Night--papers welcomed on how wartime experiences have led to literary expressions of religious doubt, affirmation, and exploration. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Liam Corley (wccorley@csupomona.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014, last updated 4 February 2014

Teaching Religious Texts with/as Literature
Strategies and issues related to teaching religious texts/selections as literature or in conjunction with other literary texts. All religions and periods. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Susannah Monta (Susannah.B.Monta.1@nd.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Literature and Science

Anthropocene and Deep­-Time in Literary Studies
Call for papers on importance of deep-time, geology, evolution for recent American literature in the context of Anthropocene: theories, analyses, and data projects welcome. . 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Ursula K. Heise (uheise@humnet.ucla.edu) and Heather Houser (houserh@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Literature and Science Meets Digital Humanities
Innovative uses of DH tools, methods, visualizations in investigations of the interrelations of the sciences and literature across genres/periods. 250 word abstracts, 100 word bios by 15 March 2014; Pamela Gossin (psgossin@utdallas.edu)
Posted 27 January 2014, last updated 3 March 2014

Ocean Science, Literature, and Film
Science studies investigations of blue humanities, blue ecologies, marine conservation, marine animal studies, aquatic new materialisms, anthropocene seas, indigenous science. 250 word abstracts and 100 word bios by 3 March 2014; Stacy Alaimo (alaimo@uta.edu)
Posted 20 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

Philosophical Approaches to Literature

Inheriting (in) the Frankfurt School
Problems of intellectual and cultural inheritance, transmission, survival, reception. Inheriting without knowing how; unreadable legacies. Adorno, Benjamin, others. Please submit abstracts (200 words) by 17 March 2014; Gerhard Richter (Gerhard_Richter@brown.edu)
Posted 14 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

Popular Culture

The Libidinal Economy of Data
Taking its cue from (though not limited to considerations of) Spike Jonze’s Her, this panel explores mutations of libidinal desire within our digital ecology/economy. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey T. Nealon (jxn8@psu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014

Postcolonial Studies in Literature and Culture

Palestine/South Africa: Sites of Memory, Acts of Amnesia
Comparative engagements with literary, cultural and political histories of Palestine and South Africa. Special interest in resurrecting forgotten connections; elaborating possible/parallel futures. 300-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Nouri Gana (gana@humnet.ucla.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Sexualities, Legislation, and Memory
How are global victories and legal challenges to LGBT rights shaping autobiography, film, relationships with nations of origin, political engagement? 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; John Hawley (jhawley@scu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Subaltern Studies Redux
Discussion of Vivek Chibber's challenge to the Subaltern Studies Collective's insistence on historical difference within global capital's trajectories; additional focus on debate's impact on postcolonial studies. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Bishupriya Ghosh (bghosh@english.ucsb.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Psychological Approaches to Literature

Psychoanalysis & Law
Sovereignty, subjection, hospitality, enjoyment, biopolitics, cruelty. Political psychoanalysis: the act; the other; the law; the letter. Paul, Kant, Zizek, Deleuze, Agamben, Derrida, Sade, Kafka, Joyce. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Anna Kornbluh (kornbluh@uic.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Sociological Approaches to Literature

Settler Colonialism, Contested Memories, and Historical Claim
Exploring the narrative and political life of Palestine/indigenous nations/sovereignty. When does history begin and end? What subjectivity authors these accounts? 1 pg. abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Gina Dent (ginadent@ucsc.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies
Hall’s legacies; literary origins; theories of race and class; questions of modernity and postcoloniality; relations to Marxism; analyses of ideology, media, popular culture. 1 pg. abstracts and CVs. by 15 March 2014; Gina Dent (ginadent@ucsc.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Women's Studies in Language and Literature

Beijing Platform for Action Turns Twenty
How have Beijing Women's Conference, 1995, or other UN Decade Conferences for women influenced millennial women's literature, women's studies, women's lives? abstracts of about 250 words by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com)
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Feminist First Nation De-Colonizing Literature
Panel invites papers on feminism and First Nation literature, including Jeannette Armstrong, Kateri Damm, Maria Campbell, Beatrice Culleton Mosionier and Lee Manacle. abstracts of about 250 words by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com)
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Following the Mother: Gender Issues in Contemporary Narratives of Slavery
How do women's and/or gender issues nuance contemporary representations of the history and institution of slavery? 300 word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com) and Madelyn Detloff (detlofmm@miamioh.edu)
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 12 February 2014

Women Appropriate Othello
Essays on any genre, e.g.,Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, Djanet Sears' Harlem Duet, Paula Vogel's Desdemona (A Play About a Handkerchief) and Anne-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona. abstracts of about 250 words by 10 March 2014; Susan G. O'Malley (susanomalley4@gmail.com) and Pamela A. Brown (pambrown12@gmail.com)
Posted 31 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Italian Literature

Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature

Boccaccio and Humanism
Boccaccio’s contribution to Humanism in his Latin and vernacular works, early biographies of Boccaccio, the reception of his works in the fifteenth century. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears…
The contexts, uses and representations of non-human animals in Italian literary and theatrical works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

Seashores, Islands and Mountains
Literary landscapes, real and imagined in Italian literary and theatrical works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
Astronomical and meteorological phenomena as charged field, or hermeneutic strategy in Italian literary and theatrical works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary A. Watt (marywatt@ufl.edu)
Posted 3 February 2014

Seventeenth-, Eighteenth-, and Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature

Collective Identity: Academies, Salons and Other Networks
How did formal and informal networks (academies, salons, coffeehouses, printers, theatres etc.) create a sense of collective identity? CV and 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Rachel Walsh (Rachel.Walsh@du.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Image, Fashion and Identity
Contributions reflecting on the importance and role in literature and in the visual arts of constructing a personal image through behavior, style and fashion. CV, 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Irene Zanini-Cordi (izaninicordi@fsu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Mapping Knowledge: Italian Models, Tropes and Outcomes
Papers exploring Italy's contribution to new forms of knowledge gathering and sharing in the Long Eighteenth Century. CV, 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Francesca Savoia (savoia@pitt.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014, last updated 17 February 2014

Twentieth-Century Italian Literature

Italian Business
This session will look at Italian entrepreneurs, money and culture in Post-War Italy. Multidisciplinary papers welcome. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Francesca Cadel (fcadel@ucalgary.ca)
Posted 22 January 2014

Memorializing Italy
Session explores the diverse ways in which modern and contemporary Italian media, genres, or forms negotiate sites of memory. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Allison Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Page, Stage and Screen
Session focuses on Theatre, Film and Literature in modern and contemporary Italy. Approaches involving Performance Studies, Celebrity Culture, and Intermediality particularly welcome. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; John P. Welle (jwelle@nd.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Rethinking Gender in Post-Unification Italy
Feminism, postfeminism, gender studies, queer theory, masculinity studies and representations of Italy. Multi-disciplinary approaches welcome. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Dana Renga (renga.1@osu.edu)
Posted 29 January 2014

Language Studies

Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics at/in the MLA: Retrospective/Prospective Views
Papers on historic role of Applied Linguistics within the MLA structure and how AL research will continue to influence modern languages and literatures. 150-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Lawrence Williams (lawrence.williams@unt.edu)
Posted 23 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

The Brain as Site of Memory: Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Language Learning
Papers examining memory systems or neurocognitive mechanisms involved in language acquisition. Please send 150-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Lawrence Williams (lawrence.williams@unt.edu)
Posted 23 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

Language Use in Multilingual Contexts
Papers in any area of applied linguistics that analyze and/or problematize cultural, educational, political, and/or social dimensions of language use in multilingual contexts. 150-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Lawrence Williams (lawrence.williams@unt.edu)
Posted 23 January 2014, last updated 27 January 2014

The History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition

Digital Rhetorics in Flux
This panel seeks papers that explore institutional constraints on the development of digital rhetorics, such as funding, IT support, legacy technologies, space, access, and attitudes toward born-digital scholarship. Please send 250-500 word proposals by 15 March 2014; Jan Fernheimer (jfernheimer@uky.edu)
Posted , last updated 21 February 2014

Language Change

Teaching Language Change across the Curriculum
We seek papers exploring ways to address and integrate the topic of language change when teaching literature, composition, rhetoric, linguistics, or language courses. 300 word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Margaret A. Noodin (noodin@uwm.edu)
Posted 20 February 2014

Language Theory

Recent Work in Narrative and Discourse
We solicit papers exploring recent aspects of narrative and discourse as these relate to language theory. Abstract of 300 words by 25 March 2014; Lee B. Abraham (lba2133@columbia.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 18 March 2014

Studies in Cognitive Linguistics
We solicit papers exploring recent aspects of cognitive linguistics as it relates to language theory. Abstract of 300 words by 25 March 2014; Lee B. Abraham (lba2133@columbia.edu)
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 18 March 2014

Language and Society

Bloomsbury, Politics, and the Essay
Investigations of how politics and the essay genre mutually inform one another. Considerations of Bloomsbury writers, comparisons of contemporary political writing with Bloomsbury's texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Andrea Adolph (aea13@psu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2014

The expert and the ordinary in language
How does expert language interact and intersect with ordinary language (in any sphere of discourse)? How would we define these categories today? 300 word abstract by 10 March 2014; Ken Hirschkop (khirschk@uwaterloo.ca)
Posted 14 February 2014

Gesture
How does gesture compensate, complement, amplify language? What light does gesture throw on dominant models of communication? 200 word abstracts by March 1st. by 1 March 2014; Suresh Canagarajah (asc16@psu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2014

Other Languages & Literatures

African Literatures

African Sci-fi and Horror
This panel will examine trends in sci-fi and or horror narratives by Africans. 250-word abstract plus 1-page cv by 15 March 2014; Moradewun Adejunmobi (madejunmobi@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Realism in African Literature and Film
papers examining realism as a mode in African fiction or film. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2014; Neil ten Kortenaar (neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca)
Posted 7 February 2014

South Asians in Africa
the literary, historical, and cinematic representation of the experience of the South Asian diaspora in Africa. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Madhurima Chakraborty (mchakraborty@colum.edu) and Joya Uraizee (uraizeej@slu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2014, last updated 7 February 2014

Arabic Literature and Culture

Adaptation and Appropriation in Palestinian Literature and Culture (Guaranteed Panel)
Appropriation of conventional genres; transformation of traditional or pre-modern motifs; forging new forms and cultural politics. 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 20 January 2014

Memory, Trauma and Violence in Arabic Literature and Culture
How have acts of trauma and violence been remembered, invoked and commemorated (e.g. in Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere)? 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 20 January 2014

Twenty-First Century Turns in Arabic Literature and Culture (Cosponsored with Prose Fiction)
Papers that examine experimental works and novels, new genres and trajectories, and stylistic shifts are welcome. 300-400 word abstracts by 5 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (s.kudsieh@utoronto.ca)
Posted 18 February 2014

Untiming the Medieval (Guaranteed Panel)
Significance of the medieval period to modern times; the problematic construction of medieval in Arabic literature and culture in pre-modern, Nahda, and modern times. 300-400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 20 January 2014

East Asian Languages and Literatures after 1900

Agential Landscape in East Asian Literature
Seeking papers that explore the ambiguity in human and nonhuman “interdependence” and address agential non-human forces while resisting anthropo-centric impulses. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Xinmin Liu (xinmin.liu@wsu.edu )
Posted 1 February 2014

Writing the Future: Children's Literature in East Asia
Literature for (or by) children, particularly with reference to transitions to modernity in 19th and 20th centuries. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Melek Ortabasi (mso1@sfu.ca) and Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2014

East Asian Languages and Literatures to 1900

Diffusing Memories: Writing the Past in the Present
Seeking papers which explore the transmission of memory and memoir writing across media, aesthetics, and ideologies in East Asian Literatures. abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2014; Monika Dix (mdix@svsu.edu)
Posted 18 January 2014, last updated 21 January 2014

Supernatural Narrative and East Asian Modernity
Relationships between modern constructions of the supernatural (e.g., film and fiction) and "traditional" narratives (folk and elite). 250-word abstracts to Paul Rouzer (prouzer@umn.edu) by March 10. by 10 March 2014; Paul Rouzer (prouzer@umn.edu)
Posted 22 January 2014

Writing the Future: Children's Literature in East Asia
Literature for (or by) children, particularly with reference to transitions to modernity in 19th and 20th centuries. 250 word abstracts to Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu by 10 March 2014; Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu.edu) and Melek Ortabasi (mso1@sfu.ca)
Posted 23 January 2014

Slavic and East European Literatures

Central and Eastern Europe in Other Traditions
How have texts from Eastern and Central Europe been absorbed into, reshaped, or resisted by other national literatures? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Banjamin Paloff (paloff@umich.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

The Cold War and Experimental Fiction
In what ways did the Cold War generate experimental narratives? Impact of the Cold War discourse on unofficial literature? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Julia Vaingurt (vaingurt@uic.edu)
Posted 18 February 2014

From Siberia to the Planet Mars
Papers should analyze science fiction narratives produced in Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, in any medium: literature, television, film, etc. 200-word abstracts and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Rebecca Stanton (rstanton@barnard.edu) and Eric Aronoff (aronoffe@mail.msu.edu)
Posted 15 February 2014

Teaching

Teaching as a Profession

Critical University Studies
Exploring aspects of the new critical university studies, as well as ideas for teaching about the university. 250-500 word abstract and brief CV or discursive b by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey J. Williams (jwill@andrew.cmu.edu)
Posted 8 February 2014

When Are We Professional Teachers and Why Does It Matter?
When do we become professionalized? Demand for early professionalization in research has received considerable attention; what about professionalization in teaching? 250-word proposals by 10 March 2014; Kimberly Nance (kanance@ilstu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2014

The Teaching of Language

Creating Communities of Practice
What strategies can help students create and become members of “communities of practice” and communicate in L2s on campus, study abroad, and in virtual environments? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Redmann ( jennifer.redmann@fandm.edu) and Heather Willis Allen (hwallen@wisc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

Redefining the Role of Interpretive Communication in the Language Classroom
This session explores new directions in understanding and interpreting written and spoken texts for 21st century learners. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Heather Willis Allen (hwallen@wisc.edu)
Posted 21 February 2014

The Teaching of Literature

“Close Reading, Slow Reading, and Teaching Literature”
This session will explore the renewed interest in close reading and the current slow reading movement, including historical contexts, pros/cons, and classroom applications. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Mary McAleer Balkun (mary.balkun@shu.edu)
Posted 18 January 2014, last updated 22 January 2014

The Teaching of Writing

"Difficult" Women and the Teaching of Writing
The gendering of "difficulty" in composition's past and present; specific cases of women scholars, teachers, and students, or often-taught women authors. 1-page proposals by 1 March 2014; Catherine Prendergast (cprender@illinois.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014

Teaching Composing After the Neuro Turn
How contemporary neuroscience might influence composition studies; papers on theories, teaching practices, and research, including retrospectives on Emig, Berthoff, Flower, Britton, Langer, Rogers, e.g. 1-page proposals by 1 March 2014; John L. Schilb (jschilb@indiana.edu)
Posted 28 January 2014

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