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Calls for Papers - Special Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the contemporary reception and/or influence of Unamuno's ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Representing Neurological Difference
Papers addressing how representations of the phenomenological and sensory experience of ... See more
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 23 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Suspicious Subjects
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected conceptions and/or representations of ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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