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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 ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Native Literary Vancouver
This panel seeks papers on Vancouver as a space, hub, and/or crossroads of Native American and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

American Literature to 1800

Atlantic Empiricisms
Metropolitan or provincial empiricisms in Atlantic aesthetics, natural histories, politics, ... See more
Posted 29 January 2014

Colonial Soundings: Music and Memory
Sacred song, drumming, war cries, work songs, psalmody, ballads, performance: how did soundscapes ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Indigenous Atlantic
Ancestral homelands and Amerindian migrations, localities and cosmologies, native language and ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Immigrant Acts
Fifty years after the 1965 Immigration Act, this panel considers this turning point, examining how ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Latino/a-merican Canada
Considering the conference’s location in Vancouver, we invite papers that examine writings by the ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Queering Chican@ Utopias: Remembering José Esteban Muñoz
Innovative presentations in Chican@ Studies that exemplify or call for Muñoz’s queer, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Recovering the 70s
What connections can be drawn among art forms of the 1970s Chicana/o Renaissance and the moment ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted , last updated 24 February 2014

Reading Beyond the Human
What possibilities does the nonhuman turn offer nineteenth-century Americanist scholarship? What ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Post-Apocalypse, Post-American
Zombies, vampires, ecological collapse, genetic manipulation, engineered bodies. Papers linking ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 27 January 2014

Subjects
The modern subject is, fundamentally, an 18th-century invention. From Locke on, literature and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

What is Judgment?
"Judgment" emerged in distinction from idealist and skeptical theories of taste, knowledge, and ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 6 February 2014

How Should Comparatists 'Read' Literature?
Do comparatists read differently? If so, how do their reading practices build on or critique ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

European Literary Relations

Trieste: Literary Crossroads
Representations of the transnational, transcultural city and its various literary and lingual ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

Theorizing the Contemporary
The present, belated, new, and now: what is contemporaneity? When, where, and how long is it? What ... See more
Posted 13 February 2014

The English Romantic Period

Romantic Antipathies
What modes of relationship trouble the rhetorics or logics of sympathy? Asociality, conflict, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Romanticism and Translation
How do British Romantic writers engage with the ethical, aesthetic, and epistemological challenges ... See more
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/ ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Literary Science
Given the 18th-Century use of "science" as a term for knowledge and ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Unsociable Feelings
Papers on the literary roles played by affective states (e.g. indifference, envy, anger, spleen, ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

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

Light
Illumination, both material and metaphorical; photographic technologies; sun, moon, and stars; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 21 February 2014

Sound
Noise, acoustics, soundscapes; telephones, phonographs, and radios; vibrations and sound waves; ... See more
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: ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Early Modern Matter
Raw materials, physical and literary: substance, substrates, elements, essentials. What precedes ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

Old English Language and Literature

Aesthetics/Artisanal Poetry
Shaping poetic beauty. Papers might consider elements of the sensual, rhetorical, visual, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Performativity
Aspects of performance and the spectatorial in manuscripts, including roles of audience, textual ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Real Old English?
Position papers on 'real' study of OE in 2015 might address: depth of scholarship, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2014

Translating Old English Poetry
Poets’ Poetry: In memory of Seamus Heaney. Aspects of poets’ translations of Old English poetry, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Poetry and economics
Treatments in verse of economic practices; financial issues in the publication and distribution of ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Post-Secular Literary Histories
Seeking papers that engage the following question: How do our histories of literature, genre, and ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Sites of Memory
medial memory, then and now (i.e., bibliographic and digital), and the specters of dynamism and ... See more
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 ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Shakespeare

Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis
How can we read Shakespeare with/through/against psychoanalytic theory? Topics might include ... See more
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 ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Victorian Ecologies
Environments, ecosystems, and the anthropocene. Literary ecologies, climates, environmental ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

“Francophone cinemas”: Global or Indigenous?
Have “Francophone” films been globalized? What role do indigenous languages play, and what are the ... See more
Posted 12 February 2014

French Medieval Language and Literature

Mapping Medieval Spaces
We invite papers that explore geographies literal and figurative, including landscapes and ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014

Metaphorically Speaking
We invite papers on the uses and abuses of metaphor and figurative speech in medieval French ... See more
Posted 26 January 2014

Nineteenth-Century French Literature

Suspicion
Suspicion as a driving force of narrative and interpretation. Topics may include crime and ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 8 January 2014

Seventeenth-Century French Literature

Laughter
The expression, literary and physical, of le rire; its variations and gradations; its gestures and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Pilgrimage
Exploring the act of undertaking journeys of moral or spiritual significance, travel to places of ... See more
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. ... See more
Posted 5 February 2014

Open Call for Papers
Please send proposal for 15-20min presentation on any topic in French sixteenth-century literature ... See more
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...), ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Life in Occupied Palestine
A round-table about life narratives’ importance in documenting the impact on Palestinians of ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Film

Canuxploitation
How do exploitation, cult, and horror films made in Canada challenge scholars to rethink Canadian ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Histories of Intermediality
Histories of Intermediality. “Transmedia storytelling” is only one of intermediality’s more recent ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Real Time and the Contemporary
Collaborative Session, 20th c. German and Film. Is “real time” estranged time? When chronological ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Literary Criticism

Rethinking Critique
Has critique run out of steam? Or not? What are the theoretical, political, or methodological ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Methods of Literary Research

The Library as Method
Research libraries are changing: what are the implications for methods, objects, institutions, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 17 February 2014

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay
Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career ... See more
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. ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Shapes of the Nonhuman
From ferocious monsters to computer viruses, the nonhuman has played a crucial role in literary ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Universality, Exemplarity, Particularity
Natural history and aesthetics dwelt on possible relationships between individual and general ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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, ... See more
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, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2014

The Enlightenment in the Colonies
New approaches to the Enlightenment in the colonies beyond empiricism. 16th and 17th century ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Nineteenth Century Representations of Slavery
We invite abstracts that present innovative views on literary and visual representations of slavery ... See more
Posted 19 February 2014

Trans-American Representations of Slavery
We invite submissions for papers that explore the crossings and intersections of representations of ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Sites of Memory/Sites of Amnesia
Literary or visual texts that address the dialectics of remembering and forgetting; contested or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Theorizing Iberian Studies
Comparative papers reflecting upon Iberian studies from the perspective of the peninsula’s ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 14 January 2014

Reading the Spanish Comedia Queerly
Papers exploring representations of same-sex desire, as well as other queer affections, ... See more
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. ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Second Parts/Second Acts
Continuations, Sequels, Reinventions, Lineages, Originality and Copies, Apocrypha. One-Page ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 21 February 2014

Latino/a-merican Canada
Considering the conference’s location in Vancouver, we invite papers that examine writings by the ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 31 January 2014

Feminism and the Political
A reflection on the relevance of feminism as political thought and social consciousness in the ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

Sites of Memory in Children’s Literature
The role of memory/remembrance in children’s/YA literature (historical, literary, nostalgic, ... See more
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, ... See more
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. ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

The Science of Memory
Papers on all aspects of the cognitive science of memory and literature—episodic memory, working ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Disability Studies

Ability, Disability, and Early Modern Englishness
How did dis/ability representations define Renaissance Englishness? Possible topics: citizenship, ... See more
Posted 10 February 2014

Disability & Critical Embodiment
Disability Studies approaches to 'critical embodiment' articulate an alternative ethics about why ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Disability Schemas pre-1800
This panel explores intersectional productions of disability in an era before statistical norms. ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
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) ... See more
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 ... See more
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; ... See more
Posted 4 February 2014

Queer Canada
Queer(ing) Canadian literature, culture, theory, and politics; First Nations sexualities; LGBT ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 12 January 2014, last updated 14 January 2014

Metaphor
Session addresses topic of conceptual and/or linguistic approaches to metaphor and/or metaphor ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Sexualities, Legislation, and Memory
How are global victories and legal challenges to LGBT rights shaping autobiography, film, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Subaltern Studies Redux
Discussion of Vivek Chibber's challenge to the Subaltern Studies Collective's insistence on ... See more
Posted 20 February 2014

Psychological Approaches to Literature

Psychoanalysis & Law
Sovereignty, subjection, hospitality, enjoyment, biopolitics, cruelty. Political psychoanalysis: ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears…
The contexts, uses and representations of non-human animals in Italian literary and theatrical ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

Seashores, Islands and Mountains
Literary landscapes, real and imagined in Italian literary and theatrical works of the Middle Ages ... See more
Posted 3 February 2014

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
Astronomical and meteorological phenomena as charged field, or hermeneutic strategy in Italian ... See more
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.) ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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. ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Memorializing Italy
Session explores the diverse ways in which modern and contemporary Italian media, genres, or forms ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Page, Stage and Screen
Session focuses on Theatre, Film and Literature in modern and contemporary Italy. Approaches ... See more
Posted 22 January 2014

Rethinking Gender in Post-Unification Italy
Feminism, postfeminism, gender studies, queer theory, masculinity studies and representations of ... See more
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 ... See more
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. ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 14 February 2014

Gesture
How does gesture compensate, complement, amplify language? What light does gesture throw on ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 7 February 2014

South Asians in Africa
the literary, historical, and cinematic representation of the experience of the South Asian ... See more
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 ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

Untiming the Medieval (Guaranteed Panel)
Significance of the medieval period to modern times; the problematic construction of medieval in ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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, ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
Posted 18 February 2014

From Siberia to the Planet Mars
Papers should analyze science fiction narratives produced in Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, in ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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, ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

Teaching Composing After the Neuro Turn
How contemporary neuroscience might influence composition studies; papers on theories, teaching ... See more
Posted 28 January 2014

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