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Calls for Papers - Special Sessions

19th-century Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Challenges and Benefits
Panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of research on 19th-century interdisciplinary arts, especially in terms of methodology, funding, and institutional contexts. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Daniel Brown ( and Karen Yuen (
Posted 18 February 2014

20th-century World Wars Memorialized as Past and Future
focusing on experimental form in literature and the visual arts in Great Britain between 1910 and 1940. Abstracts: 250 words max. by 14 March 2014; Richard J. Dellamora (
Posted 15 February 2014

The 21st Century Theory Primer
Papers exploring the design and rationale of undergraduate theory texts that focus on 21st century developments in the field. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; E. Kim Stone (
Posted 21 February 2014

400 Years of Nonlinear History: Guaman Poma in the Twenty-First Century
Reconsidering Guaman Poma's illustrated chronicle in light of its 400th anniversary. Colonial ethnoracial genealogies, Andean animacies, digital humanities. CV, 250-word abstract by 7 March 2014; Raquel Albarrán (
Posted 4 February 2014

Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon?
What does the academe of canonical academic novels look like? How might new/underrepresented perspectives on academe be understood through other academic novels? 300 word abstract and CV by 1 March 2014; Ian Butcher (
Posted 29 January 2014

Active States of Perception in Contemporary Lyrical Novels
Objective: expand, and contrast the emerging field of study concerning perception and cognition in hybrid narrative forms. Abstracts up to 250 words. by 15 March 2014; Virginia Ramos (
Posted 21 February 2014

Actual Ecomedia: Environmental Form Without Environmentalism
Cinema, poetry, other ecomedia invoke ecological thought through form/technique, not always articulating prescriptive narrative environmentalism. Interdisciplinary examination of the consequences and prospects. CV, 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Ted Geier (
Posted 21 February 2014

Adjunct and Non-Tenure Faculty: Success and Desire
Discuss how non-tenure faculty face difficulties with tenure and their teaching styles. Abstracts no more than 250 words describing your e by 17 March 2014; Joseph Ferrerosa (
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 10 March 2014

Affect and Masculinity
How does recent work on affect/emotion help rethink the relation between masculinity and affect? What does it do to masculinity studies? To understandings of cultural production? Abstracts/CV. by 12 March 2014; Todd W. Reeser, Univ. of Pittsburgh (
Posted 30 December 2013

Affect and Performing Arts
Affect/emotion, embodiment and dance, music, theater, or any other performing arts. Relationship between audience/community and performer in concert performance, site-specific, and/or participatory work. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Alissa Bourbonnais (
Posted 19 February 2014

Africa, Memory, Circulation
Sites, theories, and representations of memory in African literatures and film. How have Africanists responded to memory studies? 300-word abstracts, 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi (
Posted 17 February 2014

African Literature/Comparative Literature
Most accounts of comparative literature emerge out of European traditions and critical concerns. What does it mean to think comparative literature from an Africanist perspective? 250 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Chandani Patel ( and Brady Smith (
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Algerian Dissident Writers of French Expression
This panel examines Algerian writers of French expression living in the country during and after "Les années noires" (Algeria’s civil war, approximately 1988-2003). 300 word abstract. by 14 March 2014; Valérie K. Orlando (
Posted 11 February 2014

Allegory: New Ideas, New Theories
Unusual approaches to canonical allegories; unconventional applications; provocative theories or readings encouraged. 500 word abstracts March 10 by 10 March 2014; Brenda Machosky (
Posted 26 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Alternative Didacticism
What are the possibilities of didactic literature? Seeking papers about the form, epistemology, and definition of didactic writing. Please send abstract of 250 words and CV by 15 March 2014; David Weimer (
Posted 21 February 2014

Ambivalent Reading
Ambivalence as method, goal, politics, symptom. Institutional, political, social, poetic, textual ambivalence. Ambivalence in Feminist, Postcolonial, Queer, Ethnic Studies. What have been/are/could be its uses, pleasures, pains? 350 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Samantha Pinto (
Posted 28 January 2014

And Forgetting? And Future?
Negotiating sites of memory focuses on various forms of remembering, seldom interrogating roles that forgetting plays in creating past. e-mail for more info. one page abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Petar Ramadanovic (
Posted 8 February 2014

Animal Studies in the Age of Evolution
American literary engagements with animality and the human-animal relationship in light of late 19th- and early 20th-century Darwinism. CV, 250-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Agnes Malinowska ( and Rachael Nichols (
Posted 17 February 2014

Anne Carson's Poetics and Rhetorics
Papers are solicited on all aspects of Anne Carson's poetics and rhetorics, including classicism, postmodernism, and other literary influences. abstracts, 300 words, or papers, 15 pages by 24 March 2014; Diana Shaffer (
Posted 2 February 2014

Anne Carson's Poetics and Rhetorics
Papers are solicited on all aspects of Anne Carson's poetics and rhetorics, including classicism, postmodernism, and other literary influences. abstracts, 300 words, or papers, 15 pages by 24 March 2014; Diana Shaffer (
Posted 2 February 2014

Arab-Latin American Literary Encounters
Arab-Latin American literary relations, including Arab diaspora, networks of mutual influence, translation, adaptation, representation in literature and popular culture. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Tahia Abdel Nasser ( and Waïl S. Hassan (
Posted 3 February 2014

Architecture of Poetry: the Semantics of Structure in Early Modern Literature
Empirical analyses of organizing principles and their semiology in Medieval and Renaissance epic and romance. 300 word abstract and short CV by 30 March 2014; Catherine Adoyo (
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 16 March 2014

Archiving Redemption
Are there archives of redemption embedded in modernist works of literature? Is the promise of redemption alive anywhere in modernist literature? Please submit a brief CV and 300-500 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Christopher Langlois (
Posted 19 February 2014

The Armenian Genocide in Literature and Memory
2015 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Proposals are solicited for papers confronting the genocide in literature. 500-word abstract by 15 March 2014; James Hiester Najarian (
Posted 21 February 2014

Artifactual Interpretation
On methods of interpreting artifacts in the digital humanities, media archaeology, and related fields. How do we move beyond the textual paradigm? 300 word abstract, 100 word bio by 15 March 2014; Grant Wythoff (
Posted 5 February 2014

Aspects of Punctuation
Topics having a literary or linguistic approach to punctuation. Abstracts of about 300 words. by 1 March 2014; Albert E. Krahn (
Posted 5 December 2013

Atheists and Agnostics in Medieval/Early Modern Iberian Literature
The depiction of atheists and agnostics in medieval/early modern Iberian literature, whether secular or sacred, and especially its effect on religious contact. 350-word abstracts by 29 March 2014; Christina McCoy (
Posted 14 January 2014, last updated 15 March 2014

Austen's *Mansfield Park* at 200: New Approaches
New critical responses to Austen's *Mansfield Park*, including its historical reach, narrative innovations, distinctive protagonist, and 21st century teaching strategies. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Marcia McClintock Folsom (
Posted 18 February 2014

Austin C. Clarke's Literary Canada: Images of Toronto in Literature
Explorations of Austin C. Clarke's literary depictions of multi-cultural Canada, with particular emphasis on West Indian immigrants in Toronto. one page abstract by 15 March 2014; Pearlie Peters (
Posted 19 February 2014

Authenticity and Memory in Early Modern England
How did early moderns establish or challenge the authenticity of history and memory, especially in literary or other creative works? 400-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Todd Wayne Butler (
Posted 21 February 2014

Authenticity in Distributed Networks
What is "authenticity" in a network of human and non-human agents? How do we receive their stories? 300-word abstracts and short bio by 15 March. by 15 March 2014; Kathi Inman Berens (
Posted 17 February 2014

Autobiographing the Great War
A century on from the First World War, memories linger on. How is the Great War remembered/forgotten in auto/biographies or memoirs? 300-word abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Chenwen Hong (
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 5 March 2014

The Ballad Beyond Bibliography:
Ballad are a robust medium for the dissemination of social knowledge and attitudes; what is the meaningful life of ballads within cultures? 1 page abstract – bio by 15 March 2014; Alan Rauch (
Posted 20 February 2014

A Barnesian Century
We invite proposals reflecting on Djuna Barnes’s mark on literary and popular culture, from 1915’s Repulsive Women and Nightwood to Midnight in Paris. Abstracts 250-300 words by 15 March 2014; Samantha Carrick (
Posted 4 February 2014

Before the Great War: Representations of the Crimean War in European Literature
Representations of the Crimean War in English/French/Russian/ Turkish (or other) literatures. Please submit 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Sima N. Godfrey (
Posted 16 February 2014

Being There: Embodiment and Sense of Place
Theoretically, historically, and/or philosophically informed perspectives on landscape, embodiment, and memory in Medieval and Renaissance cultures. Interdisciplinary and transnational work especially welcome. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Irit Ruth Kleiman (
Posted 21 February 2014

Benefactress, Mistress, Muse: Poetic Authority in Dante's Commedia
Explores the ethical, intellectual and poetic authorities of Beatrice, Lucia, and Maria, catalyzing agents of Dante's "altro viaggio." 300 word abstract and short CV by 30 March 2014; Catherine Adoyo (
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 16 March 2014

Beyond Monolingualism?
An exploration of the contingent foundations of the monolingual paradigm in literature, the re-emergence of multilingualism, and their relationship with translation. All genres/periods welcome. 200 word abstracts and brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Avishek Ganguly (
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 5 March 2014

Beyond the Bildungsroman: The Pedagogy of Poetics in German Literature
Papers exploring the correlation between literature’s fascination with education around 1800 and the emergence of pedagogy as an academic discipline. 300-word abstracts by 11 March 2014; Lydia Butt (
Posted 21 February 2014

The Biographical Novel
Papers theorizing history or nature of biographical novels, which create fictional characters and scenes in order to illuminate the biography of prominent figures. 250 word abstracts by 15 March by 15 March 2014; Michael Lackey (
Posted 12 February 2014

Bitumen Rhetoric
How is rhetoric used to promote or oppose the extraction and transportation of Alberta's bituminous sands? 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2014; Jon Gordon (
Posted 21 February 2014

Black America and Spain in the 20th-century
Cultural contacts between African-American and Spanish intellectuals; impact of historical events (i.e., Spanish Civil War, Civil Rights) on respective communities. Abstracts 200 words by 14 March 2014; Rosalia Victoria Cornejo-Parriego (
Posted 20 February 2014

Black Canadian Literature and the Reframing of National Identity
This panel interrogates the reframing of Canadian national identity by contemporary black Canadian authors. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014; Caroline A. Brown (
Posted 21 February 2014

Boycotts, Unions, Strikes
How do turn-of-the-century media stage collective action? Papers might consider multiple forms, including poetry, novels, posters, newsreel, propaganda, exposés. Arranged by Late 19th/Early-20th-Century American Literature Division. abstracts and c.v. by 15 March 2014; Russ Castronovo (
Posted 30 January 2014

British Women and WWII
autobiography and/or fiction: This session considers the impact of home-front war on women's roles and relationships with their homes; and on the meanings of home. 250 word abstract by 25 March 2014; Stephanie Butler (
Posted 21 February 2014

Canada's Urban Poetics
What role do urban poetics in Canada play in the critique of neoliberalism? Which relation do they bear to other locales, temporalities, and communities of culture? 300 words abstract by 10 March 2014; Alessandra Capperdoni (
Posted 22 February 2014

Canonizing Narratives of Trauma
Proposals that focus on representations of trauma and displacement, their impact on the canon, consumption of human rights, and complicity. 300-word abstract and a CV by 14 March 2014; Eda Dedebas Dundar (
Posted 2 January 2014

Charisma: Relics of a Watered-down Word
History of the word 'charisma', the changes in its meaning, and reshaping of its religious, cultural, economic, and political functions. Please submit a 500-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Madiha Hannachi (
Posted 17 February 2014

Charity, Poverty, and Female Subjectivity in Spanish American Texts
Rhetoric of charity and poverty in the construction of women’s condition and subjectivity late 19th Century and early 20th Century. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Adriana Pacheco (
Posted 20 February 2014

Child(hood) as Site of Memory
Child(hood) as Site of Memory in the Contemporary Cultural Production of Spain. May consider comparative submissions (Spain-Latin America) & may give preference to cinema. 250 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Erin K. Hogan (
Posted 20 February 2014

Christianity, Social Critique, & American Literature
We invite papers exploring the uses of Christianity by American writers for critiques of social inequality in the United States. 300 word abstract and cv. by 15 March 2014; Anthony Dawahare (
Posted 22 February 2014

Cities and temporality
Inviting papers that explore the way urban sites (or their representations) refigure or disrupt memory and temporality; any historical period. c.v. and 250-word paper abstract by 14 March 2014; Tamar Katz (
Posted 21 February 2014

Coming of Age in the 21st Century
Papers theorizing the impact of globalization on contemporary postcolonial bildungsromane. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; E. Kim Stone (
Posted 21 February 2014

Commemorating Slave Rebellion
We seek investigations of textual, folkloric, visual, and site-specific commemorations of slave rebellions, insurrections, or other acts of defiance against the transatlantic slave trade. Please submit 300-word-abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Sarah Juliet Lauro (
Posted 11 February 2014

Community Engagement, Critical Literacy, and Literary Studies
This roundtable explores the practical and theoretical potentials of community engagement as part of literary pedagogy. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Andrew Lyndon Knighton (
Posted 20 February 2014

Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching European Languages
Innovative approaches to teaching European languages comparatively: general theoretical questions about the nature of language, connections between history, culture, and linguistics. ca. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Alexander E. Pichugin (
Posted 21 February 2014

Comparative Media Studies in Latin America
The interplay between older and newer media in any historical period. Media change in relation to narrative forms, materiality, cultural history, or related topics. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jeronimo Arellano (
Posted 18 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

Conceptual Art in Spain (1960s to 1980s)
Papers may focus on action art, experimental film, poetry or video, art and language, environment, politics or ethics, poetics, center and periphery. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2014; Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla (
Posted 16 January 2014, last updated 6 February 2014

Confession in the Novel
How does the (ostensibly secular) English novel appropriate confession to produce interiority and direct the reader's desire? 250-word abstract and brief CV by March 15: 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Ryan Siemers (
Posted 21 February 2014

Conflicts of Memory in Juan Mayorga's Theater
This session explores Juan Mayorga's construction of memory as dialectical, dialogical conflict in his theater. Please submit a 250-word abstract by 17 March 2014; Marilén Loyola (
Posted 21 February 2014

Consuming Memory: The Cultural Industry of Remembrance
This panel explores the role of memory and its commercial implications for branding places, objects and events. 250 words abstract – 1 page CV by 15 March 2014; Sandra Ponzanesi (
Posted 21 February 2014

Contemporary Andean Literature, Film, and Theory
Papers on recent aesthetic/theoretical texts from the Andes that engage with current political realities of the region. Suggested topics: community, democracy, representation. abstracts 250 words by 18 March 2014; Anne Freeland (
Posted 13 October 2013, last updated 11 March 2014

Contemporary Chinese Poetry and the Other Arts
This session will concern contemporary Chinese poetry as it relates to other arts, including but not limited to painting, music and theatre. Abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2014; Paul Manfredi (
Posted 17 January 2014

Contemporary Fiction and the Wild, Wild Future
Conceptions of the future since the Cold War. For more info, see: 250-word abstracts and a CV by 1 March 2014; Aaron DeRosa (
Posted 5 February 2014

Country Music, the Working Class, and Resistance
In what ways has country music (and/or literature and film inspired by country music) imagined working-class resistance to dominant institutions and ideologies? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Nicholas Gorrell (
Posted 21 February 2014

Critical Regionalisms
How do contemporary writers treat American cities as sites of memory in order to contest understandings of political concepts, cultural categories, and social constructions? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Eric Doise ( and Christina Van Houten (
Posted 19 February 2014

Crossing Borders in Asian North American Literature
Intersections between Asian American and Asian Canadian literature: cross-border influence and exchange, transnational/global frameworks, theory and criticism in Asian North American studies. 1-page abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Timothy Yu (
Posted 21 February 2014

Cuba's Caribbean
Cuban writers evoke the Caribbean as subjective revelations, historical interpretations, and creativity. Cuban-based design may invoke assumption of political subtext. This panel explores “Caribbean” as space, identity, historical-cultural agenda. Abstracts 250 by 15 March 2014; Dawn Duke ( and Rudyard Alcocer (
Posted 21 February 2014

Cyborgs and/or Zombies: Race, Gender and Disability
Theorizing cyborgs and zombies in relation to race, gender and disability. Can we make connections between Haraway and Giroux? Abstracts or papers and CV. by 15 March 2014; Ramona Fernandez (
Posted 21 February 2014

D.A. Powell
Seeking papers on the poetry of D.A. Powell. Send abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Tana Jean Welch (
Posted 8 January 2014

Decolonizing Latin American Cinema
This panel explores Hispanic and Indigenous cinematic narratives and conventions that propose decolonized representations of Latin American indigenous communities and individuals. Abstracts (250 words) by 15 March 2014; Marie-Eve Monette (
Posted 14 February 2014

Defining Digital Liberal Arts
Papers exploring the ways in which "DLA" is distinguished from "DH" as a descriptor and/or field, or testing the utility of the distinction. 300-word abstract and 100-word bio by 24 March 2014; Jacob Heil (
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 17 March 2014

Deforestation and Vancouver's Origin Stories
Session on colonial origins of Vancouver, with focus on cultural memory of deforestation, mills, labor, and eco-theory. How do urban texts distinguish nature/culture, ecology/economy? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Derek Woods (
Posted 21 February 2014

Designing an Archive for Cloud and Crowd
How can networks (human and/or digital) combat institutional amnesia? What digital spaces can we build today to preserve a history for tomorrow? 350-word proposals by 14 March 2014; Benjamin Miller ( and Amanda Licastro (
Posted 18 February 2014

The Dialogue of the ‘Other’ in Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
This session will talk about the development of consciousness. Jamaica Kincaid disarticulates Fanon’s masculine power, revealing womanhood capable of creating history. Papers by 10 March 2014; Angela Castro (
Posted 16 January 2014

Diaries and Diary Fiction
How do “actual” and fictional diaries challenge conventional notions of authorship, audience, reception, plot? Diverse literary traditions, time periods, genres welcome. 250 word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2014; Desiree Henderson (
Posted 17 February 2014

Diasporic Experience and Literary Representation
This session explores literary representations about diasporic experience, which may include fiction, (auto)biography, or memoir. Abstract 250 words. by 10 March 2014; Da Zheng (
Posted 9 February 2014

Dido's Carthage: Translating A Site of Memory
Papers sought about Dido's Carthage as "lieu de mémoire" as translated and re-imagined in later works of literature/film. Send 300 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2014; Phillip John Usher ( and Penelope Meyers (
Posted 21 February 2014

Diplomacy and Literature 200 years after the Congress of Vienna
Representations of diplomacy; diplomatic representations; authors, nations, states: topics occasioned by (not restricted to) these negotiations' anniversary. 250-word abstract and short cv by 17 March 2014; Samuel E. Baker (
Posted 21 February 2014

Disability, Race, and Slavery in 19th-Century American Literature
Disabled slaves figure repeatedly in American literature. What do their representations tell us about disability, race, slavery in the long 19th-century? 250 word abstracts/CV by 10 March 2014; George Gordon-Smith ( and Heather Chacon (
Posted 22 January 2014

Drinking Places as Sites of Memory
This panel will investigate the complex and contradictory functions of drinking places in literature and media. All regions and periods. 250-word proposals by 12 March 2014; David Pratt (
Posted 21 February 2014

Early Modern Food Memories, Memoirs, and Memorials
How are food-inflected memories inscribed in literary works, cookbooks, banquets, menus, household accounts, and dietetic treatises, among other texts? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Timothy J. Tomasik (
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 10 March 2014

Early Modern Reference Works
Papers discussing encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, account-books, commonplace books, 1550-1750. Approaches: book use and notetaking, social and historical investigations, the organization of knowledge. 300 word abstract, 100 word bio. by 14 March 2014; Jennifer Lo ( and Hannah Crumme (
Posted 19 February 2014, last updated 20 February 2014

Early Native Literatures and Aesthetics
Pre-1900 indigenous/Native literatures and aesthetics, broadly conceived; investigations of the relationship between art and politics in early Native literatures. 250 word abstract and a brief CV by 15 March 2014; Angela Calcaterra (
Posted 2 February 2014

Ecology, Equity and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Film
Ecocritical and feminist perspectives on the politics of memory in texts about global ecologies of consumption, devastation, and displacement. 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Kavita Daiya ( and Henry Schwarz (
Posted 21 February 2014

The Economics of Renaissance Personhood
Can economic literary criticism shift the way we think about Renaissance personhood?  Topics might include: professionalism; consumer culture; debt; specialization; co-operation. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Emily Vasiliauskas ( and Ross Lerner (
Posted 21 February 2014

Ekphrasis that Narrativizes
The re-representation of (typically) a visual representation that, by adding prior and/or subsequent events, creates a story. Theoretical approaches or analysis of examples. Abstracts by 1 March 2014; Emma Kafalenos (
Posted 7 October 2013

Electronic Round Table on Nabokov, Digital Scholarship, and Augmented Reality
Innovative context-aware tools and archives, global collaborative partnerships, cultural memory, distributed cognition. 300 words abstracts and a listing of relevant URLs by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (
Posted 18 February 2014

Extremist Latinos/as
Panelists are invited to explore how Latino/a culture points away from the political and multicultural center toward drastic, fanatical, and radical extremes. 250 word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Eric Vazquez (
Posted 10 February 2014

Family as a Site of Memory
Inviting papers that explore representations of family in German literature after 1945/1989 as crucial site for the negotiation of memories. abstracts of 150 - 250 words by 28 February 2014; Regine Criser (
Posted 14 February 2014

Farmworkers in Literature and Life Writing
This session explores experiences of farmworkers in life writing, such as testimonials and diaries, focusing on their working conditions and exploitation by landowners. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Shirley McDonald (
Posted 9 February 2014

Feminists Co-Opting Media
This panel examines the ways media can further feminism rather than co-opt it, such as Pussy Riot, Women Under Siege, Goldieblox, and UN Women. 250-word proposals by 15 March 2014; Monica Miller (
Posted 20 February 2014

Ficino, Neoplatonism and the Globalization of Amerindian Cultures
Papers on Latin American colonial writers engaging Neoplatonism to globalize Amerindian cultures as coeval to non-Christian Egyptian, Greek and Hellenistic rationalities. Abstracts 250 words by 1 March 2014; Sara Castro-Klarén ( and Viviana Díaz Balsera (
Posted 16 December 2013

Fifty Heirs of Grey
How has the success of Fifty Shades of Grey influenced the reading and writing of romance novels, as well as the marketing of erotica? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria Teresa Ramos-Garcia (
Posted 21 February 2014

Figures in the Margin
This panel is interested to focus on those European and non-European groups who voluntarily or involuntarily stayed back in South Asia after decolonization in 1947. 250-300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Suchismita Banerjee ( and Sukanya Gupta (
Posted 20 February 2014

Framing Memory in Late Medieval English Narrative
How do medieval English framing narratives/techniques present cultural memory? Political, theological, post-colonial, economic, queer, gendered, formal analyses welcome. 300-word Abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Jeffery Stoyanoff (
Posted 2 February 2014

Francoist Memory
How did francoists construct themselves and their enemy? Seeking papers that address this question through diverse theoretical approaches including memory, propaganda and the other. 300-word abstracts by 21 March 2014; Rachel Linville (
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 14 March 2014

The French scene: how to record theater?
Exploring the interactions between film and theater, specifically the ways in which French theater is filmed. Abstracts of 250 words in French or in English. by 15 March 2014; Sandrine Simeon (
Posted 19 February 2014

The Future of the History of the English Language: Pedagogical Practices
This roundtable on teaching "HEL" will attend to how traditional approaches can integrate multi-media resources and include 21st-century Englishes. 100-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Mary Hayes (
Posted 19 February 2014

The Future of University Presses in Canada
What are the current trends in and future prospects of the tenuous business of Canadian university publishing? Abstract of 200-250 words plus 50 word bio. by 15 March 2014; Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr (
Posted 10 February 2014

Gatekeepers: Two-Year Colleges' Preparatory Practice
Two-year colleges meeting larger-school requirements, especially first-year: young-to-adult student preparation; faculty capacity, isolation, regard, and liaison; transfer practice; institutional pressures; determining success. 200-word abstract or 13-minute paper by 15 March 2014; David Heinimann (
Posted 20 February 2014

Gender and Jewish Memory
Invites papers on the gender politics of Jewish memory and how they informed Jewish identity during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Range of genres/forms welcome. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Amanda Sharick (
Posted 21 February 2014

Geocritical explorations within the text
Presentations and discussion of conflicts/crises from qualitative (geocritical) and/or quantitative (geostatistical) GIS analyses or pedagogy of the spaces produced *inside* the literary object. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Moacir P. de Sá Pereira (
Posted 21 January 2014

Geoffrey Hartman's Work
A round table on the many aspects of Geoffrey Hartman's career. Submissions should focus on one selected passage from Hartman's writings. Brief papers (4 pages maximum) by 15 March 2014; Frances Ferguson (
Posted 8 February 2014

Geography, Environments, Narratives
Papers on the intersections between literature and geography or environment, 1850s to WWII: how does geographical knowledge circulate, discipline, reassure, or disrupt? 500 word abstracts and C.V. by 15 March 2014; Rebecca A. Walsh ( and Anne Baker (
Posted 21 February 2014

George Eliot's Sites of Memory
Papers should explore Eliot's representation, negotiation, location of memory in fiction or non-fiction. Travel and memory; gender and memory; friends, family; characters, places, objects. 300-word proposal by 14 March 2014; Angela Runciman (
Posted 21 February 2014

Global Comics and Nationalism
Papers on nationalism and historical memory in comic books and graphic fiction from around the world. 250 word abstract. by 12 March 2014; Christopher Conway (
Posted 18 February 2014

The Global English Department
Papers reflecting on teaching and research experiences in English departments outside of North America, particularly in multi-lingual environments. 300 word abstract plus cv by 10 March 2014; Laura Squires (
Posted 18 February 2014

Global Modernism and Poverty
How does poverty influence or transform the development of global modernism? How might global modernism help to theorize poverty and its representation? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Alys Moody (
Posted 16 February 2014

Grassroots culture during the Spanish economic crisis
Exploring horizontal, democratic, and inclusive sociocultural processes emerging amidst the crisis of legitimacy in present-day Spain. 400 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Luis Moreno-Caballud ( and Magdalena Romero-Córdoba (
Posted 21 February 2014

H.G. Adler's Shoah Trilogy
Seeking papers on H.G. Adler's novels, PANORAMA, THE JOURNEY, and THE WALL, including the role of memory, history, psychology, biography, and exile within them. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Peter Filkins (
Posted 11 February 2014

Heroism in Early Modern Italy
This panel considers heroic ideals from Humanism to the Counter-Reformation and their influence on Early Modern conceptions of subjectivity. Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2014; Bryan Brazeau (
Posted 20 February 2014

History and Transhistory in the Modern Novel
Explorations of relations between historical and transhistorical forces that entangle and impinge on texts: memory, biography, trauma, event, rupture. Contemporary historical novel. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kurt Cavender (
Posted 8 February 2014, last updated 11 February 2014

Home is where the Archive is
Walter Scott’s house, Abbotsford, established the private home as national archive. Papers on authorial homes as places of memory and sites for transnational homecoming. 1p proposals. by 10 March 2014; Caroline McCracken-Flesher (
Posted 19 February 2014

(How) Does Literature Create Empathy?
Panel invites papers that explore how cognitive scientists and literary critics might work together to investigate the potential empathic powers of literary texts. 300 word abstract; CV by 15 March 2014; Sheila C. Bauer-Gatsos ( and Ellen McManus (
Posted 21 February 2014

Human Rights and Anti-Imperialism
Historical and theoretical dimensions of how literary theory and representations respond to the role of human rights in anti-colonial movements and neo-imperial projects. 300-word abstracts plus short bio. by 15 March 2014; Alexandra S. Moore (
Posted 21 February 2014

Human Trafficking and Postcolonial Discourse
This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in postcolonial/transnational literature or film. Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Laura Barberan Reinares ( and John Maerhofer (
Posted 16 February 2014

Illustrated (?) with a Photograph
This session aims to explore a range of literary texts that incorporate photographic images. It will be a PechaKucha style presentation. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2014; Joanna Madloch (
Posted 17 January 2014

The imagery of interior spaces
Papers on how the imagery of interior spaces functions as a literary code or subtext that addresses subjectivity, public-private dynamics, privacy, interpersonality, socio-existential alienation, psychological fragmentation. abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dominique Bauer (
Posted 3 February 2014

In Praise of Flatness
Reappraisals of flat vs. round characters; flatness and realism; flat affects; flatness and the novel. PechaKucha-style panel. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Megan Ward ( and Rachel Greenwald Smith (
Posted 6 November 2013

India and Jewish Experience in the Literary Imagination
Exploring literary representations of Jewish experience in/engagement with India, across fiction, memoir, poetry, and film. 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Judith Plotz (
Posted 21 February 2014

India in the Caribbean
Seeking papers examining depictions of Indian women in the indenture period of the Caribbean; negotiated racial and gendered roles; overlaps between present and past. 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Alison Klein ( and Mayuri Deka (
Posted 21 February 2014

Indigenous Languages of Record
Indigenous languages of record (alphabetic, hieroglyphic, syllabic, signed/gestured, mnemonic, etc.) in the face of settler-colonialism, the wired atmosphere, climate change, and resource extraction. 300-word abstracts and 2-page CVs. by 15 March 2014; Penelope M. Kelsey ( and Stephanie Fitzgerald (
Posted 11 February 2014

Infant Mortality: Loss, Mourning, Meaning
How have American authors treated infant mortality? Seeking papers that explore social, political, ethical, or religious questions. 250-word abstracts and CV by 1 March 2014; Gregory Jackson ( and John Thomas (
Posted 7 January 2014

Intertextual Memory
Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory within fictional works from any period. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Adele Kudish ( and Charlotte Latham (
Posted 21 February 2014

James Baldwin and Women
What were James Baldwin's relationships to and representations of women? How did women figure in his political, artistic, and erotic life? Abstract (250 word) and CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Brim (
Posted 21 February 2014

Journeys Beyond the Professoriate
What does it mean to be a humanist beyond the professoriate and how can humanities doctorates become public intellectuals in organizations? Applied approaches/personal narratives welcomed. Roundtable. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Julia McAnallen ( and Alvin Henry (
Posted 21 February 2014

Kafka and Cultural Memories
His modernist texts in comparison with contemporaries. Kafka as figure of cultural memory linking worlds before Shoah, early modernism and traditions with post-1945 memory. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr ( and Dagmar Lorenz (
Posted 11 February 2014

Kathy Acker in the Classroom
On problems and pleasures of teaching Acker. Sample topics: pornography, plagiarism/appropriation, visual literature, narrative, childhood, autobiography. 500 word abstract & 150-200 word bio by 15 March 2014; Kevin Ferguson (
Posted 15 February 2014

L'Afrique un détour de l'écriture
In her autobiography, Maryse Condé comes back to her beginnings as a writer: how did the mythical and the real Africa shaped her writing? 300 words abstract by 15 March 2014; Beatrice Mousli Bennett (
Posted 21 February 2014

Late Barthes as New Barthes?
Reconsidering Barthes’ relation to theory, metalanguage, visual arts, personal affects and sexuality through his post-1975 writings and lecture notes. 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Yue Zhuo (
Posted 21 February 2014

Late Modernism in Manhattan
Papers reconsidering Manhattan as a site for facilitating late modernism in American literature (writers/groups of writers, publishers, readings, happenings, cafes, bookshops, galleries, theatres). 300-word abstract and 50-word bio by 15 March 2014; Sarah Barnsley (
Posted 21 February 2014

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Era
Seeking paper proposals on any aspect of Laura (Riding) Jackson's long lifetime of writing. 250-word abstract and 50-word bio by 15 March 2014; Andrea Actis (
Posted 21 February 2014

Law and Justice in Contemporary Spanish Cinema
This session explores how films represent law and justice and their relationship, and the kind of alternative images they provide. 250 words abstract. by 15 March 2014; Monica Lopez Lerma (
Posted 21 February 2014

The Legacy of Colombian author Alvaro Mutis (1923-2013)
Papers that offer a retrospective assessment of the poetry and/or prose of recently deceased Colombian author Alvaro Mutis. 300 word abstracts, 1-page CV by 7 March 2014; Charlotte Rogers (
Posted 13 January 2014

The Legacy of Karen Burger
Topics include Vertigo’s literary bent and genre focus, the "British invasion," influences on American comics, and what her exit from DC signifies. Abstract, 250 - 300 words. by 15 March 2014; Orion Ussner Kidder (
Posted 14 February 2014

The Limits of Cosmopolitanism
Amidst the resurgence of critical interest in cosmopolitanism, how do we go about unearthing, theorizing, and problematizing the (cosmo)politics of 19th & 20th century literature? 300-500 word abstracts by 18 March 2014; Aleksandar Stevic (
Posted 6 February 2014

Literary History and Ideas of Mind
What is the place of "mind" in literary history? How might intellectual histories of cognition illuminate questions of period, genre, and textuality? 300-word abstract & bio by 15 March 2014; Joshua Gang (
Posted 21 February 2014

Literary Linguistics
We invite short papers exploring the interface of literature, language and cognition, including aspects of attention, dialogism and genre. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sibylle Baumbach ( and Anja Müller-Wood (
Posted 20 February 2014

Literary Magazines/Supplements as Sites of Memory
Rereading, reappropiating, revisiting, recovering literary magazines and supplements within new contexts (critical, aesthetic, political, personal) in Latin America. CV, Abstracts (250 words). by 14 March 2014; Monica Simal ( and Edgar Mejia (
Posted 19 February 2014

Literary Questions, Digital Evidence: A Roundtable
How scholars (any field) have used digital archives of literary texts, periodicals, visual/material culture to better answer questions of literary interpretation, composition, reception, etc. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Adena Spingarn (
Posted 9 February 2014

Literary Rape Culture
Sex and violence have been intertwined throughout literary history. Seeking papers that take on questions of rape culture in canonical and non-canonical literary texts. 300-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Sonya L. Brockman (
Posted 10 February 2014

Literary Twitter
Roundtable examining the role of Twitter in literary culture and the profession: literary writing on Twitter, use in the literature classroom, live-tweeting at conferences, etc. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kristina Booker (
Posted 13 February 2014

Literary, Non-Literary, Anti-Literary
We seek papers that interrogate these categories in an attempt to develop new theories of the novel that account for its global range and forms. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kara Lee Donnelly (
Posted 7 February 2014

The Literature of America's Colonies
We invite papers exploring the literature of America's present (and former) colonies. 300 word abstract and cv. by 15 March 2014; Karma Waltonen (
Posted 12 February 2014

The Literature Ph. D. in the Composition Classroom
Many who teach Composition have research interests in Literature. How do these different experiences shape each other? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Loring Pfeiffer (
Posted 10 February 2014

Literature that Sparks Social Change
Scholarship often focuses on how fiction reflects social change, but what literary works have concretely led to social movements or specific social reforms, and how? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Ursula McTaggart ( and Laura Struve (
Posted 30 January 2014

Literatures of Singapore and Malaysia: New Directions
Singaporean and/or Malaysian literature in dialogue with contemporary critical concerns such as world literature, cosmopolitanism, neoliberalism, (multi)racialism, urbanism, sexuality, spatiality, class, or inequality. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Philip Holden (
Posted 25 November 2013

The Long Durée in Afro-Modernist Cultures
We solicit papers deploying afro-modernist concerns with history in a diasporic perspective to evaluate the long durée as an analytical tool. Please submit a 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Sara Marzioli ( and Cedric Tolliver (
Posted 20 February 2014

Loose Ends
This session explores the shifting nature of textual “lieux de mémoire” as literary “loose ends”: ekphrasis; narrative structure; life writing, etc. Abstract submission, 250 words in length. by 15 March 2014; Alexandra Slave ( and Jenny Odintz (
Posted 19 February 2014

Lydia Millet: A Roundtable
A consideration of Lydia Millet, important and under-considered US writer. Assessments of individual works and of her relation to literary history, politics, and environmentalism welcome. 250-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Samuel Cohen (
Posted 21 February 2014

Made Spaces and Liminality in Postmodernity
This session examines the transformative nature and function/dysfunction of narrative spaces and liminality, and how these provide exegesis to postmodern consciousness. Abstracts 250-300 words by 15 March 2014; Anastasia Nicephore (
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 6 March 2014

The Making of Korean Literature
Korean Literature as a conceptual category:vernacular composition; cultural translation; its place in the globalized production. 250 words abstract and a brief CV by March 15, 201 by 15 March 2014; Meera Lee (
Posted 8 February 2014

Marginal Sites of Memory
The effects of foot- and endnotes, 1700 to present, on reading, teaching, and remembering, including but not limited to reading aloud and classroom pedagogy. Abstracts by 14 March 2014; Michael Edson (
Posted 18 February 2014

Maria-Mercè Marçal
Poetry and Prose of Maria-Mercè Marçal. Queerness, feminism, the lesbian body, translation, intertextuality, Catalan language, poetics, Barcelona, archetypes, maternity, the sick body. 250-word abstract, brief bio. by 15 March 2014; Melissa McCarron (
Posted 21 February 2014

Marking Time in 17th-C France
Perceptions, organizations, structures and uses of time. Reflections on nostalgia, temporal ruptures, royal timing. Commemorating the 300th anniversary of Louis XIV’s death. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Claire B. Goldstein (
Posted 4 February 2014

Marking Time in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry
how Caribbean poetry is circuited through other times, places, and literary traditions and offers new models of collective memory and temporality. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sarah Senk (
Posted 21 February 2014

Masculinities Beyond the Center
How have Scottish and Irish masculinities--or masculinities from other geographic, political, or cultural peripheries--impacted hegemonic British masculinity? 1800 to present. 1-page abstract and brief CV by March 12. by 15 March 2014; Maureen M. Martin (
Posted 19 February 2014

Master-Servant Relations, Queer Theory, and Early Modern English Literature
Consideration of non-canonical texts is strongly encouraged. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts by 18 March 2014; William Reginald Rampone (
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 6 March 2014

Materiality and Meaning in Contemporary Literary Studies
Explores entanglement of materiality (broadly conceived, including posthermeneutics, new materialism, mediality, affect, presence...) and meaning (representation, signification, hermeneutics, interpretation...) in literary/philosophical texts/discourse. Abstracts, 200-400 words. by 17 March 2014; Jacob Haubenreich (
Posted 16 January 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

The Meaning of the "Posts" for the Latin American Narrative
Contemporary Latin American narrative: The meaning of post-feminism, post-modernism and post-colonialism for the Latin American "Third World Countries". abstract 400 words. by 10 March 2014; Gina Ponce de Leon (
Posted 5 February 2014

Media, Materialism, and Intertextualities
What is the influence of material and medium on intertextual theories and praxis? Sample themes: convergence, materialism, new/old media, intermediality, liminality, the rhizome, networks, appropriation, adaptation. Abstracts by 25 March 2014; Lai-Tze Fan ( and Yuri Forbes-Petrovich (
Posted 21 February 2014

Melancholic Identification: Gender and Race
Seeking papers reflecting the notion of “loss” to establish gender or race identity in literature. 250-word abstract by 4 March 2014; Raquel Castellanos-Orlanzzini (
Posted 10 February 2014

Memories of the Mediterranean in Cristóbal de Virués
How is the Mediterranean Sea evoked, employed and remembered in works by this veteran of the Battle of Lepanto? One-page abstract, brief CV by 15 March 2014; Jason McCloskey (
Posted 8 February 2014

Memory and Cognition on the Medieval Page
This session explores the intersection of linguistics, philology, and literature with regard to medieval textual manifestations of memory/cognition. Please submit abstracts of max. 300 words. by 15 March 2014; Adam Oberlin (
Posted 21 February 2014

Memory Economies
We invite papers that consider the relationship between cultural memory and various economies - affective, political, capitalist, environmental, etc. 350-word abstracts and a short bio by 15 March 2014; Terri Tomsky ( and Karyn Ball (
Posted 16 February 2014

Memory in the Latin American Novel of the Dictatorship
What is the importance of memory in the Latin American Novel of the Dictatorship? 250 word abstract and CV. by 14 March 2014; Lori Angela Lammert (
Posted 15 February 2014

Memory of Arthur on the Continent
Adaptation and appropriation of Arthurian materials in France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Dutch, German, Yiddish. Co-sponsors: German Literature to 1700; Arthurian Literature Discussion Group. 300-500 word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Ann Marie Rasmussen (
Posted 5 February 2014

Memory/Translation: Asian Diasporic Literature
Relationship between memory and translation in Asian diasporic literatures, especially multilingual and transnational approaches. 250-word abstracts and short CV. by 15 March 2014; Christopher Lee ( and Jessica Li (
Posted 10 February 2014, last updated 16 February 2014

The Messiah Figure in Twentieth-Century Culture
This session invites papers that engage with representations of messianic expectation in twentieth-century literature, film, other media and theory. Abstracts from 250 to 300 words. by 15 March 2014; Concetta Principe (
Posted 20 February 2014

Messianism in Latin America
Messianism and its manifestations in Latin America from the Conquest until today. Relationships with politics, religion, ethnicity, colonialism, art and history. 250-word abstract and bio. by 14 March 2014; Juan P. Lupi ( and Antonio Córdoba (
Posted 11 February 2014

Methodological approaches to children's literature and media cultures
A thematic focus on methodology and the challenges of conducting ethnographic literary research on digital or transmedia texts with child/YA readers. 350-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Cheryl Cowdy (
Posted 20 February 2014

Milton and the Politics of Periodization
Renaissance? Early Modern? long 18th-century? Restoration? Interregnum? Civil wars? beyond categorization? how does periodization shape our understanding of Milton's work or vice versa. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Ann Baynes Coiro ( and Rachel Trubowitz (
Posted 20 January 2014

Misrepresenting/misremembering the past in A la recherche du temps perdu
The role of the misrepresented past or faulty recollection (individual or collective) in Proust's novel. 300-word abstracts in French or English by 15 March 2014; Hollie Markland Harder (
Posted 19 February 2014

Monstrous water and water monsters in the medieval and early modern imagination
Exploring medieval and early modern literary/visual culture in respect to water and monstrosity. 300 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2014; Tina Boyer (
Posted 21 February 2014

Multiethnic Maximalisms
This panel investigates the multiethnic dimension of 20th and 21st century maximalist works of art, cinema and literature. Encyclopedic novel; multiculturalism; cosmopolitanism. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and CV. by 17 March 2014; Brendan Beirne (
Posted 11 February 2014

Muslim Women’s Memoirs and Everyday Life
We intend to explore the conceptualization of everyday life in Muslim women’s memoir; the public and private; tropes of domesticity and flaneur. 250-word abstract and bio. by 20 March 2014; Mosarrap Khan ( and Melanie Heydari (
Posted 5 February 2014

Narrating "Arab Americans"
Reflections on the term and its intersections with history, memory, geography, religion, race, gender, and sexuality in narratives by and about Arab Americans. 250-300 word abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Pauline Homsi Vinson ( and Dalia Gomaa (
Posted 21 January 2014

Narrating Disaster in an Era of Global Climate Change
What are the events, geographies, temporalities, and genres of Global Climate Change? How does GCC rework disaster narratives? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Christopher Walker (
Posted 19 January 2014, last updated 22 February 2014

Narrating Madness and Autism
How do narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, and autism (any medium, genre, period) change our understanding of the ethics or phenomenology of reading/viewing? 350-word abstract/CV; Jonathan Gagas, Temple by 15 March 2014; Jonathan Gagas (
Posted 16 February 2014

The Narration of Injury in Alice Munro's Fiction
How does Munro's evolving means of narrating painful autobiographical material offer insight into the negotiation of intimate injury or trauma? Abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Christine Maksimowicz (
Posted 7 February 2014

Narratives of the French Banlieues, 2005-2015
Investigations of cultural narratives (literary, cinematic, artistic, musical) that negotiate banlieue and banlieusard identity in the decade following the 2005 riots. 300-word abstract and a CV by 14 March 2014; Zachary R. Hagins (
Posted 16 February 2014

Narrativizing the Humanities Within and Beyond the Academy
A roundtable exploring how Humanities professionals talk about their work. Student/alt-ac/non-ac viewpoints strongly encouraged. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Manoah Finston ( and Rachel Arteaga (
Posted 10 February 2014

Literary critics are increasingly drawn to theorizations of the natural world. What are critics, as such, finding out about it? How is nature functioning today as a literary topic? 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; J Dougal Fleming (
Posted 21 February 2014

Negotiating Black Migration Narratives
This panel seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of migration for Black subjectivities and Black texts. Please submit an abstract of 250 words. by 15 March 2014; Sonya Donaldson ( and Zetoile Imma (
Posted 19 February 2014

Networked Humanities: Infrastructures and Methodologies
Where does research happen? Address collaborative, computational, and pedagogical questions regarding digital humanities research. 250 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2014; Aaron Mauro (
Posted 21 February 2014, last updated 24 February 2014

New Approaches to Science and Technology in Victorian Studies
Victorian literature/culture and: STS (science, technology, society); philosophy of science / technology; history of science/technology; technoculture; etc. 500-word proposal a 1-page CV by 14 March 2014; Jessica Kuskey (
Posted 17 February 2014

New Approaches to the Borderlands
New approaches to the culture of the U.S. - Mexico border regions (broadly defined) from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Abstracts (200 words) by 15 March 2014; Damian Bacich (
Posted 21 February 2014

New Media 1450-1700
Explorations of discourses and practices surrounding emerging media forms and technologies 1450-1700. Comparative studies of contemporary and Renaissance/early modern "new media" cultures. Abstracts of apx. 300 words by 15 March 2014; Katie Chenoweth (
Posted 6 February 2014

The New Romanian Avant-Garde: Trans-Disciplinary Explorations
The panel invites papers on post-modern avant-garde experimentation by Romanian artists and writers in dialogue with world cultures, past or present. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Domnica Radulescu ( and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard (
Posted 20 February 2014

New Theories of African Literature
We invite papers that propose new theoretical lenses for the study of African literature. Approaches could include economic, political, transnational/comparative, and ecological, among others. 300-word abstracts by 21 March 2014; Matthew Eatough (
Posted 21 February 2014

New World Evangelism
Papers on Early Modern evangelism that relate and analyze European-AmerIndian encounters in the Americas. Suggested topics: theology, autobiography, genre, women's studies, travel literature, colonialism. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Jennifer Morrissey (
Posted 19 October 2013

Newspapers as a Poetic Medium, c.1880-1920
Many single-authored volumes of poetry contain poems first published in daily newspapers. How does that first place of publication matter? 500 word abstracts by 9 March 2014; John Lee (
Posted 2 February 2014

No Last Words: Contesting Official History in Contemporary East Asian Literature and Film
This session will examine contestation in contemporary East Asian literature and film over censored historical events. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Thomas Chen (
Posted 25 January 2014

No Strings Attached: The MacArthur Fellows Program and Contemporary American Literature
How have the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grants" influenced contemporary American literature? 250-word abstract and CV, 15 March. 250-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2014; Marcy J. Dinius (
Posted 17 February 2014

Novelist-Scholars in the Twentieth Century
Session exploring writers who are both novelists and scholars; more generally, how the spheres of creative writing and literary scholarship co-exist, inform one another, etc. Brief abstract by 15 March 2014; Benjamin Ogden (
Posted 16 February 2014

The Ontology of Objects
Papers on the being of objects in such writers as Byrant (Democracy of Objects), Harman (Guerilla Metaphysics), and Marx (Economic Manuscripts). Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kimberly DeFazio (
Posted 14 February 2014

Orientalism in the Orient
Panel explores Said’s Orientalism, and postcolonial studies in general, from a non-US/European perspective. Text/Film/theory from any timeperiod welcome. Vernacularism, authenticity, nontraditional scholarship,esp. welcome. short cv and ~300word abstract by 11 March 2014; Michael Lundell (
Posted 30 January 2014

Outsiders Inside North Africa: LGBT Rights
This workshop offers to analyze how North African Literature and Cinema portray LGBT rights; focus on Gender, Sexuality, Religion, and Society. CV, 300-word abstract by 03/15/14 by 15 March 2014; Mireille Le Breton (
Posted 21 February 2014

Pacific Northwest Literary Regionalism
Pacific Northwest literatures (works from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, Alaska) as part of American literary history or recovery of neglected writers. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Laura Laffrado (
Posted 14 January 2014

'Palestine' as Site for (Post)Colonial Epistemology
Potential for generating new knowledge; redefining discourse parameters (subaltern, ancient history, theories revisited); variants of colonial, resistant, other practices; creative/re-interpretive departures from normal rhetoric. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Basem L. Ra'ad (
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 25 February 2014

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy in the 21st Century
Why has the paranormal become so prevalent in romance? How are romance conventions, expectations, and readership altered in this subgenre? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Maria Teresa Ramos-Garcia (
Posted 21 February 2014

Partition Revisited: Memory, Trauma, Narrative in South Asia
Literary and cinematic narratives of South Asian Partition from different linguistic, ethnic, regional and national perspectives. 500 word abstract and 1 page CV by 15 March 2014; Rahul Gairola ( and Amritjit Singh (
Posted 10 February 2014

Pedagogical Landscapes: Materiality and the University
How do material forms produce, effect, or challenge educational practices? How does space function pedagogically? All historical/contemporary forms welcome. Please send 250-500 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Richard Simpson (
Posted 21 February 2014

Philosophy and Nineteenth-Century American Literature
In attending to philosophical concerns, past and present, what can we learn about nineteenth-century American literature, politics, history, and aesthetics? 300-word abstract by 1 March 2014; Dominic Mastroianni (
Posted 28 January 2014

Phyllis McGinley as Poet, Thinker, Writer
Papers sought on Phyllis McGinley’s (1905-1978) poetics, politics, feminism, Catholicism, urbanism. Submit 300-word abstract and brief cv by 21 March 2014; Gregory Marks (
Posted 21 February 2014

Plantations and the Slave Trade in Contemporary Latin American and Latino Narrative
How are the places of memory of the Slave Trade negotiated and represented in narrative? Please send a 200 word-abstract by 15 March 2014; Sarah Quesada (
Posted 21 February 2014

Playing Rough: Violence in Contemporary Hispanic Theatre
This session examines the use of violence in contemporary hispanic theatre and its impact on cultural identity. Please send abstracts of 250 words max by 15 March 2014; Tara Downs (
Posted 19 February 2014

Playing with Shakespeare
The role and meaning of sports in his plays, and modern adaptations of the canon as sport events. Submit a 500-word abstract and CV. by 22 March 2014; Jorge Abril-Sanchez (
Posted 13 January 2014, last updated 17 January 2014

The Poet-Scholar Problem
What is the state, genre, education, and opportunity of the poet/writer-scholar and her work today? How is this agent/work situated historically, politically, and geographically? 300w abstract, short bio by 15 March 2014; Kelin Loe (
Posted 21 February 2014

Poetic animals
Critique, explication, or discussion of Derrida's claim that "thinking concerning the animal, if there is any, derives from poetry [revient à la poésie].”. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 14 March 2014; Matthew Rowlinson ( and Carla Freccero (
Posted 5 January 2014

Poetic Interruption
How does language, as a poetic event, form an occasion for interruptive practices, acts, or events of form? Please submit 300 word abstract and a short bio by by 15 March 2014; Jeffrey Sacks (
Posted 21 February 2014

Poetic Thresholds
The figure of the “threshold” in early modern poetry: literal, metaphorical, spatial, or conceptual. Papers could explore liminality, transitivity, boundaries, verges, inceptions, hesitations, transformations, displacements, etc. 300 word abstract, bio by 1 March 2014; Steven J. Syrek (
Posted 7 January 2014

Poetics of Erasure
Can erasure enable artistic and cultural production? The poetics—and politics—of extinction, invisibility, ephemerality, forgetting, or obscurity across genres (e.g., literature, non-fiction, film, or visual art). 500-word abstract; CV by 15 March 2014; Amy Wong ( and Michael Nicholson (
Posted 18 February 2014

Politics of Digital Migration
Presentations exploring implications of open access to digital, archival content for lower-division composition, literature and language courses. Impact on general education, curriculum, information literacy, etc. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Falk Cammin (
Posted 19 February 2014

The Politics of Literature: Now and Then
Where is the politics of literature to be located today? Possible topics: after New Historicism, the digital political; new formalism/materialism. 300-word proposals by 10 March 2014; Stephanie DeGooyer (
Posted 11 February 2014, last updated 15 February 2014

Position of South Asian American writers in Asian American literary studies
To what degree the works of South Asian American writers fit/challenge the premises of Asian American literary tradition? 350-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Binod Paudyal (
Posted 20 January 2014

Post-memory, Transnational Memories and Human Rights
What kinds of futurity are envisioned in the multi-directional linkages/entanglements of current global memorial culture at physical and virtual sites? Proposals by 3/15 to abstracts by 15 March 2014; Elke Heckner (
Posted 21 February 2014

Precarious Theory
Papers on what it means to “reinvigorate the intellectual project of critique” (Butler, Precarious Life) in the age of austerity, precariousness and capitalism in crisis. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Robert A. Wilkie (
Posted 14 February 2014

Print and American Sign Language
Addressing ramifications of a written form of ASL for reading and learning. Also looks at an alphabetic-like system for insights on development of sign-based writing systems. (abstract/300) by 15 March 2014; Jody Cripps ( and Samuel Supalla (
Posted 21 February 2014

Privacy Today
How, if at all, has the expansion of surveillance affected the way that privacy is understood today? What has the role of literature been in this change? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Aaron Santesso ( and David Rosen (
Posted 30 January 2014

Publically-engaged Humanities: between Critique and Aspiration
exploring publically-engaged Humanities projects (e.g. in prisons, low-income communities) in relation to theoretical inquiries into politics and ethics, or to norms within disciplines. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Anke Pinkert (
Posted 21 February 2014

Quantifying Romanticism
How do methodologies of quantitative analysis enable new understandings of periodization, canonicity, genre, authorship, and romanticism itself? Abstracts (500 words) and brief c.v. by 14 March 2014; Michelle Nancy Levy (
Posted 18 February 2014

Queer Capital in 1920s American Fiction
The intersection of money, capital, and human value in fictional representations of queerness; alternative economies; gambling and stealing; procreation and queer reproduction. Abstracts of 250 words by 14 March 2014; Joseph A. Dimuro (
Posted 22 February 2014

Queer Ethics
In her recent work Lynne Huffer challenges Queer Theory’s founding assumptions and calls for an “ethic of eros.” This panel will explore the impact of Huffer's provocations. 250-word-abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Meridith Kruse (
Posted 20 January 2014

Queer Gatherings
This session examines the relationships of gathering, space and queer experience. We will discuss the phenomena of celebrations, conferences, dances, migrations and parties, among others. 1 page abstracts and CV by 16 March 2014; Edward Chamberlain (
Posted 20 February 2014

Queer Pedagogy and Social Class
How do queer pedagogies reflect socio-economic class considerations? Do we teach queer studies differently across various institutional classes (liberal arts/community college/research 1/regional)? Abstract (250 wd) and CV by 15 March 2014; Matt Brim (
Posted 21 February 2014

Queer Polygamy
How/why/when is/was polygamy queer? Why is it linked to homosexuality in cultural representation and in legal/political discourse? Papers on postmodern and premodern topics sought. Abstracts – CV by 14 March 2014; Todd W. Reeser (
Posted 16 February 2014

Queer Theory and the Modernist Author
Explore modernist authors in queer theory: How are they characterized as queer icons? Does their legendary status cause slippage between fiction/ biography, art/ life? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Shawna Lipton (
Posted 16 January 2014

Queering the Early Modern Masque
Queer readings of early modern masques, including (but not limited to) treatments of homo-eroticism; cross-dressing across racial/cultural/gender lines; favoritism; formal, aesthetic or performative considerations. 300-word abstracts by 16 March 2014; Ellorashree Maitra (
Posted 21 February 2014

Quixotic Memory: the Spanish Civil War
How have film and literary narratives idealized and romanticized the Spanish Civil War? Are they our chivalrous tales? Are we modern Don Quixotes? 250 word abstracts. by 14 March 2014; Alexander Waid (
Posted 4 February 2014

Quixotic Perceptions: Representations of Don Quixote through the Arts, Politics and Religion
This session explores representations of Don Quixote through art, film, social-political issues, and religion. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV. by 3 March 2014; Karen Perez (
Posted 21 February 2014

Race/gender in early modern Spanish literature
Examine and theorize race and gender issues in the representation of Africans and women. 1-page CV, 200-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Eduardo Ruiz (
Posted 1 February 2014

RAP Around the Globe: Poetics, Citizenship, and Urban Cultures
Rap has produced a renovation of poetry. We will “read” rap in its relationship to consumerism, language, and socio-political practices. Abstracts (~200 words). by 14 March 2014; Bruno Carvalho ( and Germán Labrador Méndez (
Posted 14 January 2014

Re-Imagining Fin de Siècle Latin America
Re-imaginations of fin de siècle Latin American narratives, historical re-appropriations, acts of juxtaposition and subversion of language. 250 word abstract and short CV. by 15 March 2014; Julio Enriquez-Ornelas (
Posted 17 February 2014

Re-Imagining Freedom
This panel invites papers exploring the limits and possibilities African American writers present in imagining a freedom not dependent on the release from bondage. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Diana Louis ( and Michael McGee (
Posted 21 February 2014

Readers, Narratives and Suspense
Proposals on literary suspense; particularly, interventions in narrative theory, genre history, reading, aesthetics, 18th-, 19th-c. fiction, 'prehistories' of suspense, novel theory. 250-500 word abstract and 1-pg CV by 23 February 2014; Tasha Eccles ( and Connie Zhu (
Posted 6 February 2014

The Recovery of Historical Traumata through Magical Realist Writing
Papers addressing the representation of historical traumata through magical realist writing in different literatures and time periods. Send 300-word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2014; Eugene Arva (
Posted 17 February 2014

Reframing Outcomes of Violent Emotions
This panel analyzes violent emotions and reactions in classical and early modern texts and their role as positive social and literary catalysts. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Daniela D'Eugenio (
Posted 2 February 2014

Religion and U.S. Empire
How has religion shaped the literary culture of U.S. imperialism? Papers might consider specific religious cultures or post/secularism and their intersections with race, gender, and class. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; AnaMaria Seglie (
Posted 18 February 2014

Remembering Childhood
Adult author, critic, and purchaser; child reader: what is the role of nostalgia in reading and writing (about) children’s literature? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Maude Hines (
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering (in) Hitchcock
How does memory function as form and/or as narrative in Hitchcock's films (addressing trauma, cure, desire, film ontology welcome but not limited to). 300 word abstract/cv by 15 March 2014; William T. McBride (
Posted 20 February 2014

Remembering Medieval Iberia
Papers to explore the uses and nature of Medieval Iberian historical fictions, and/or contemporary uses of Medieval Iberian fictions. Abstract, CV by 15 March 2014; Cristina Guardiola (
Posted 25 January 2014

Remembering Silence: Medieval and Early Modern Negotiations
If inscription serves as a site of memory, how might scholars of language remember silence? Theoretical, historiographical, and other approaches welcome. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Deneen Senasi ( and Mary Raschko (
Posted 21 February 2014

Remembering the Baroque (in Spain & Germany)
Cultural intersections, aesthetic forms, war, religion, artistic configurations, Baroque drama (comedia/Trauerspiel), intellectual exchanges, critical reception(s) of the Baroque. 1-page abstract and 2-page CV by 12 March 2014; Luis F. Avilés ( and Elio C. Brancaforte (
Posted 8 February 2014

Remembering To Write The Future
The mythology of writing's potential to aid both memory and forgetfulness; how can/do contemporary history and fiction writing figure the future? 250 word abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Vincent Adiutori (
Posted 6 February 2014

Remembering/Forgetting: Irish National Memory
Proposals considering the construction of Irish national memory through the act of remembering and/or forgetting. Particularly interested in papers exploring commodification and reification in this process. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Heather Brown (
Posted 21 February 2014

Resignifying Memory in Contemporary Minority Discourses
Relationship between postmemory, sites of memory, and rememory in contemporary minority discourses. 250 word abstracts by March 14, 2014; Victoria Che by 14 March 2014; Victoria Chevalier ( and Vincent Hausmann (
Posted 27 January 2014

Resisting Empire Through Humor
Seeking papers on humorous, literary resistances to empire and post-colonial lineages. 300-word abstract and CV by 11 March 2014; Katherine Bishop ( and Adele Holoch (
Posted 21 February 2014

Rethinking Graduate Language Requirements
What language skills do graduate students need to do scholarly research in non-literature fields? How can these skills best be taught and assessed? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; James McCormick (
Posted 21 February 2014

Revitalizing the Humanities in the 21st Century
How can we revitalize the humanities in the rapidly changing 21st century climate through innovative scholarship, intellectual imagination, and cross-pollination? Please send 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Michelle B. Slater (
Posted 20 February 2014

Rheterotica: Poetics of Euphemism and Obscenity
Does writing about sex spur literary innovation? We invite proposals for papers on euphemism, graphic description, cringe-comedy, sex humor, censorship, etc. Abstracts (max. 250 words) by 14 March 2014; Daniel Aureliano Newman ( and Claire Battershill (
Posted 20 February 2014, last updated 26 February 2014

Ross Macdonald at 100
Analytical descriptions of Macdonald's novels should put the art of this "major American novelist" to a test. Narratological approaches appreciated. 250 words abstracts by 15 March 2014 by 15 March 2014; Friedhelm P. Bertulies (
Posted 21 February 2014

Sancho Panza and Laughing
Manifestations and meanings of laughter associated with Miguel de Cervantes's character Sancho Panza. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; John Beusterien (
Posted 4 February 2014, last updated 25 February 2014

Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities
How does SF work as literary mode, negotiating identities beyond traditional gender/species boundaries, human and non-human forms of existence? 300-word abstract and CVs. CVs, 300-word abstracts by 10 March 2014; Stefan Hoeppner ( and Gerrit Roessler (
Posted 10 February 2014

Scotland: The Divine and the Sublime
How have writers used Scotland's often turbulent religious history to create or challenge constructions of nation, gender, or the divine? 1-page abstract and brief CV by 13 March 2014; Maureen M. Martin (
Posted 19 February 2014

Interdisciplinary session on “screens” — from smartphones to drones. Sample topics: intermodality, paratextuality, surveillance, open-access, future of “screens.”. 250 word abstract, 100 word bio by 15 March 2014; Ellen McCracken ( and José Sanjinés (
Posted 11 February 2014

Shakespeare and Shota Rustaveli
Papers on 1) Eastern influences in Shakespeare's plays and 2) common elements in Shakespeare’s plays and Rustaveli’s The Lord of the Panther Skin. Abstract of under 200 words. by 16 March 2014; G. Koolemans Beynen ( and Elguja Khintibidze (
Posted 20 February 2014

Sites of Anti-Memory
Sites that resist the comforting temporal assertions of conventional memorials. Papers are invited exploring sites of absence, forgetting, or foretelling in the literature of any period. 200 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Naomi Howell ( and Philip Schwyzer (
Posted 27 January 2014

Sites of Beat Memory
Presentations on uses of the literary and cultural past by writers of the Beat Generation as an integral part of innovative creation. 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Hassan Melehy (
Posted 20 February 2014

Sites of Memory in Israel/Palestine
Panel will bring together work theorizing the relation between space and cultural/national identities, treating literature and other discursive forms such as urban topography, landscape, museums, ruins. Abstract by 14 March 2014; Barbara Mann (
Posted 20 February 2014

Sites of Memory, Sites of Battle: Representations of War in 19th-century France
A (re)consideration of literary and other representations of war during the century preceding the Great War. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Sima N. Godfrey (
Posted 16 February 2014

Situating Calgary: Contemporary Calgary Place and Poetics
Consider the so-called Calgary Renaissance and its impacts on contemporary literary and poetic discourses. 300 word abstract outlining a 20 min. research pre by 14 March 2014; Colin Martin (
Posted 21 February 2014

Size and Scale in Literature and Culture II
Papers on bigness, smallness, proportion, the sublime, other issues related to size and scale in literature, culture, and the arts. 300-word abstract, 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; David Wittenberg ( and Michael Tavel Clarke (
Posted 21 February 2014

Sound in Contemporary Fiction
Papers invited that examine sound as an essential component of the style of contemporary works of fiction and/or sound's relationship to the work's subject matter. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Corinne Laura Scheiner (
Posted 31 January 2014

Sound Recording & American Literature
How do representations of sound recording(s) in American literature affect textual negotiations of history/memory? And/or, how does recording American literature to audio change reception? 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Sean Keck (
Posted 20 February 2014

Spaces of Disorientation in Luso-Hispanic Literature
Literary analyses of texts that reflect upon the notion of spatial disorientation—“jungle,” city, labyrinth, gendered spaces—at various levels of the narrative. 150-word abstracts and brief bios. by 15 March 2014; Camilo Jaramillo (
Posted 20 February 2014

The Spanish Civil War and Latin America: commitment, solidarity and politics
The war triggered new alliances in the Hispanic world. How did they affect notions of history and politics? Abstracts (250 words) by 10 March 2014; Azahara Palomeque (
Posted 5 February 2014

Spanish Golden Age Playwrights in 17th-century England
The adaptation, (mal)appropriation, reception and/or translation of Spanish Golden Age plays. Submit a 500-word long abstract and a brief CV. by 22 March 2014; Jorge Abril-Sanchez (
Posted 13 January 2014

Spanish Language in California
This session seeks papers that explore the dialect of Spanish used in California and its interactions with other languages. Abstracts, 500 words excl. references by 15 March 2014; Covadonga Lamar Prieto (
Posted 16 February 2014

Spectral Logic in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
Haunted narratives, ghostly figures, disruption of time and space, specter as organizing element, alternate realities. 250-word abstacts by 3 March 2014; Sonja Stojanovic (
Posted 22 December 2013

Speculative Approaches to Feelings in Romanticism
How did Romantic figures explore feelings/affects using mathematics, biology, theology, or other speculative sciences? How do these approaches differ from empiricist or transcendentalist frameworks? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Aaron Ottinger ( and Thomas Manganaro (
Posted 20 February 2014

Spenser In Antebellum America
This panel explores Spenser’s specific influence on early American literature. 250 word abstracts for 15-minute papers. by 15 March 2014; David Lee Miller (
Posted 21 February 2014

Staging Memory and Experiences of Diaspora
The Politics and Aesthetics of Memory in Contemporary Drama and Theater of the English-Speaking Diaspora. abstracts of 200 words by 15 March 2014; Kerstin Schmidt (
Posted 27 January 2014

State, Philosophy
Papers addressing any aspect of the State as/in/against philosophy. Possible topics include: State and biopolitics, philosophy’s rouge States, philosophy's dismantling of State ontology. Any period or language. One page abstract. by 15 March 2014; Tony C. Brown (
Posted 21 February 2014

Strategies for Advocacy, Lobbying, and Activism in the Humanities: A Roundtable
Seeking papers on strategies for advocacy in the Humanities from US, Canada, and International perspectives. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2014; Giovanna Montenegro (
Posted 17 February 2014

Strategies for Preserving and Expanding Tenure
This panel seeks to bring tenure-line faculty and chairs together to share strategies for preserving and expanding tenure lines in departments. Abstracts, 1 - 2 pages by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Ruth ( and Amy Greenstadt (
Posted 21 February 2014

Students in/and the Digital Humanities
Proposing 7-minute roundtable presentations exploring current issues in student labour, training, funding, collaboration, project management, and publication in the Digital Humanities. 300-word abstract and biography by 19 March 2014; Lindsey Seatter (
Posted 14 February 2014, last updated 28 February 2014

The Sum of its Parts?
How did the Enlightenment understand wholeness and the relationship between part and whole? How have these ideas been inflected in later periods? 250-word abstract and CV by 14 March 2014; Benjamin Baker ( and Hanna Roman (
Posted 19 February 2014

Susan Sontag, 10 years later
10 years after her death, how is Susan Sontag's work relevant to today's scholarship? how do we read her? Do we read her? 300 words abstracts by 15 March 2014; Beatrice Mousli Bennett (
Posted 21 February 2014

Sustainability and Population
How do sustainability and population intersect in literature? Papers may consider how demography, race, biopolitics, economics, or agriculture help illuminate and evaluate sustainability and vice versa. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Abby Goode (
Posted 17 February 2014

Tactile Memory in Victorian Literature and Culture
Touch evokes, situates, and creates memory. Papers examining tactile (haptic) memory in Victorian literature, culture, society welcome. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Ann Gagne (
Posted 17 February 2014

Talking Gypsies
Papers exploring representations of Gypsies in literature. Special interest (but not limit) in speaking Gypsy characters. Abstracts (300 words), March 10, 2014. Stoyan Tchaprazov ( Abstracts (300 words at least). by 10 March 2014; Stoyan Tchaprazov (
Posted 29 January 2014

Tea, c. 1770 to 1840
How are tea, the tea-table, tea-time represented in writing and visual material? Papers invited on e.g. transatlantic cultural reactions, chinoiserie, Indian tea and Empire, tea-gardens. 300-word abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Susanne Schmid (
Posted 11 February 2014

Teaching American Gun Cultures
Innovative approaches to teaching the representation of American gun cultures based on, but not limited to, geography, socio-economic status, race, and gender and sexuality. Abstracts of 300 words by 15 March 2014; Rasmus Simonsen (
Posted 15 February 2014

Teaching Empathy?
How can teaching literary texts by writers occupying different subject positions from their readers (in terms of race, sex/gender, class, etc.) develop empathy in students? 1-2 page abstract, brief CV by 14 March 2014; Marilyn Edelstein (
Posted 21 February 2014

Teaching Indigenous Australian and New Zealand Literatures
Maori and Aboriginal Australian literatures as taught worldwide; theoretical/pedagogical discussions welcome. Contributions on Grace, Ihimaera, Wright, Scott or any other relevant writer welcome. 1-page abstracts by 3 March 2014; Nicholas Birns ( and Nicole Moore (
Posted 19 December 2013

Teaching Renaissance Italian Literature Today
Papers on innovative ideas for teaching Renaissance Italian literature in today's undergraduate classroom. Particularly welcome are specific pedagogical strategies addressing challenges for teaching this material. 250-word abstract by 5 March 2014; Filomena Calabrese (
Posted 11 February 2014

Teaching Trauma
This panel explores the challenges of teaching traumatic literature to undergraduates. How does one teach in a manner that combats—rather than exacerbates—depicted catastrophes? 500-word abstracts to Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w. by 15 March 2014; Eden Wales Freedman (
Posted 19 February 2014

Tenure and Its Future
This session explores the current state of tenure and its possible future, as well as the process and criteria for determining tenure. Abstract (250-500 words) and a C.V. by 1 March 2014; Daniel Grassian (
Posted 6 November 2013, last updated 18 December 2013

Text Tools in the (Digital) Humanities
Plain text as a practical medium for (digital) humanists. Brief presentations of applications, workflows, and creative computing in research, publication, blogging, and teaching. Description and bio by 1 March 2014; Steven J. Syrek (
Posted 6 January 2014

Text-nology Idea Jam: The Future of the Book
Innovative session explores transition from manuscript to print to digital. How could/should new technologies (not) change textual form? 250-word abstracts for facilitator questions by 15 March 2014; Tamara O'Callaghan ( and Andrea Harbin (
Posted 21 February 2014

Textual Versions and Autobiographical Memory
Exploring how successive versions of autobiographical texts, including drafts and serial autobiographies, reveal and build the shifting sites of autobiographical memory. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Olga Aksakalova (
Posted 21 February 2014

Theorizing Class and the Academy (Roundtable)
Theoretically informed approaches to social class in contemporary American academe. Topics could include prestige, mobility, hierarchies, discipline. abstract & c.v. by 15 March 2014; Lynn Arner ( and Sharon O'Dair (
Posted 5 February 2014

Theory in the Common, Theory in the Commune (as in Paris Commune)
Papers on the posthumanities of the common and the commune in Marx, Badiou, Zizek, Harvey, Hardt, Negri. Abstracts. by 10 March 2014; Stephen C. Tumino (
Posted 15 February 2014

Tillie Olsen & the Location of Hope
We invite papers exploring the principle of hope--"the not yet in the now"--in the writings of Tillie Olsen. 300 word abstract and cv. by 15 March 2014; Anthony Dawahare (
Posted 22 February 2014

Time, Exile and Memory in Mario Benedetti
Papers on the themes of exile, memory and the passage of time in Mario Benedetti’s poems, short stories, plays and novels are welcome. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Maria Cecilia Ruiz (
Posted 21 February 2014

Touch in Early Modern Literature
This session examines the sensation of touch in early modern British literature. abstracts 300-word limit by 15 March 2014; Roya Biggie (
Posted 21 February 2014

Towards a Different Conception of Manhood
Papers that analyze the role of male characters in Contemporary Hispanic literature and propose a (re)definition of masculinity. 250 word abstract, CV by 14 March 2014; Miquel Bota (
Posted 21 February 2014

Transatlantic and Transcultural Dialogues on Identity, Culture, and Migration
The impact of migration on national identity results from processes of transculturation. This panel seeks papers that focus on this impact. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Sonja Stephenson Watson ( and Lori Celaya (
Posted 2 February 2014

Transatlantic Milton
New World representations by or American reception of Milton; émigré or exilic experience; errand into wilderness; Israel-England-New England paradigm; trials of conscience; Transcendentalism; American civil war; trans-nationalism. 250-word abstract; CV by 10 March 2014; Elizabeth Sauer ( and Joanna Picciotto (
Posted 21 January 2014, last updated 7 March 2014

Transformations of Modern Narratives in the 21st Century
Seeking papers exploring transformations of modern narratives, myth, in 21st century French Literature. 300 word abstract by 14 March 2014; Melissa Barchi Panek (
Posted 21 February 2014

Translating the Third Code
This session discusses the extent to which translators entrusted with the critical task of translating hybrid literatures need translation models that are consonant with text typologies. 200-word abstracts by 1 March 2014; Peter Wuteh Vakunta (
Posted 11 December 2013

Translation and Cultural Interchange in the Mediterranean
Theoretical, hermeneutic, and historical approaches to the literary and cultural interchange in the Mediterranean. Any period, geography or language(s) welcome. 250-word abstract and CV by 1 March 2014; Sevinc Turkkan (
Posted 16 January 2014

Transnational German-Language Writers’ Reconfigurations of National Memory
How do transnational German-language writers conceptualize national memory? How do their critical negotiations with the past shape their imagination of national identity? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Yasemin Mohammad (
Posted 22 February 2014

Trauma and Narrative in Chinese Literature/Film
This panel explores how narration functions as a self-healing power for recovery from trauma as represented in Chinese literature/film. Abstracts of 200-300 words by 15 March 2014; Leihua Weng (
Posted 21 February 2014

Trauma and postmemory
Critical reflections on trauma and postmemory in 21st century Spanish cinema. Abstracts approx. 200 words by 14 March 2014; Carmen García Armero (
Posted 21 February 2014

Traumatic Memory and Its Literary Representation
Proposals investigating the complexities of traumatic memory and possibilities for recovering memory in fiction or poetry. Send 300 word abstract and a CV by 15 March 2014; Laurie Vickroy (
Posted 17 February 2014

Travels in Africa
This proposed special session considers new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in Africa. 250 word abstract and bio by 10 March 2014; Amber Foster (
Posted 16 February 2014

Troubled Youth
Outcasts, orphans, delinquents, defectives. The depraved, the deprived. How they tell their stories and what stories are told about them. Abstracts by 10 March 2014; Tim Cassedy (
Posted 17 January 2014, last updated 18 February 2014

Troubling Interpretation: Settler-Colonial Theory Applied to Settler Writings
This panel seeks papers that apply settler-colonial theory to the writings of (unacknowledged) settler colonials themselves to challenge interpretations of their work. 400-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Pamela J. Grieman (
Posted 3 February 2014, last updated 11 March 2014

The Tudor Past and Early Modern Books
This panel examines the complex and innovative relationships between Tudor representations of the past and early modern printing. 250-word abstract by 14 March 2014 by 14 March 2014; Kevin Petersen (
Posted 21 February 2014

The Turn to Love as a Radical Event in the Humanities
Papers on Negri, Badiou, Marx and Communism-to-Come. Abstracts by 15 March 2014; Jennifer M. Cotter (
Posted 13 February 2014

Unfinished South Asian Pasts
Literary/cinematic analyses of unfinished South Asian and South Asian diasporic pasts, reframing of crises/disasters/tragedies, local and global, contested memories, transnational, transgenerational, remembrance practices, survivors, ethics. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Chandrima Chakraborty (
Posted 20 February 2014

Utopia and Alternative Social and Political Space in Literature and Theory
What is Utopia? A perfected version of this or some other world or an alternative social/political space? 250 words abstract by 30 January 2014; Yubraj Aryal (
Posted 17 December 2013

Vampires, Zombies, and other Monsters
Why does the supernatural still fascinate us today? This panel explores historical representations of monstrosity that offer insight into this question. 300-word-abstract and CV by 10 March 2014; Anne Linton (
Posted 23 January 2014

Victorian Travelers and Cultural Memory
How do travel writings rely on, create, reinvent, or consolidate collective memories of places/cultures/events in an age of colonial expansion? 300-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2014; Andrea Kaston Tange (
Posted 21 February 2014

Virgil's Georgics, a Model for Egalitarian Labour and Environmental Sustainability
This session explores the resurgence of interest in Virgil's *Georgics* as a model for sustainability and egalitarian labour practices. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Shirley McDonald (
Posted 19 February 2014

Virtual Women: Webcomics
How has the web provided an alternative space for women in comics? Potential topics include explorations of gender, identity, agency, and representations of cartoonists or characters. 250 word Abstract/CV by 8 March 2014; Leah Misemer (
Posted 30 January 2014

Visual Cultural Studies in/on 20th century Latin America
Critical approaches to visual culture in Latin America. Topics include but are not limited to media, institutionality, memory, connections to literary studies. 200-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Jorge Coronado (
Posted 4 February 2014

Visualising Canonical Literature: A Transhistorical Approach
Portraits, iconic scenes, generic images, technological endowments, among other possibilities: how does the illustration history of a work evolve over the centuries? Abstracts for 20-minute papers by 1 March 2014; Lauren Beck (
Posted 19 November 2013, last updated 30 January 2014

Walter Benjamin’s 'Origin of the German Mourning Play' and Early Modern Studies Today
Explores the significance of Benjamin’s Trauerspiel study for contemporary scholarship on the early modern period. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014; Martin Moraw (
Posted 20 February 2014

Wars, Memories and Cities in Twentieth Century Asian Literature
Explore the relationships among wars, cities, and memories in 20th century Asian Literature by women. 250-word abstracts and short CV. Claire Chen (yum by 15 March 2014; Yu-Min Claire Chen (
Posted 18 February 2014

Websites of Memory
This panel invites papers that address the mediation of memories (individual and/or collective) in cybermedia environments. 250-word abstract/CV by 21 March 2014; Alexander McKee (
Posted 20 February 2014

The Weird
This session will consider "The Weird" as an aesthetic, as a literary movement either past or present, and as a theoretical mode of inquiry. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Alison Sperling (
Posted 1 February 2014

Western Modernity, Harlem, and the Paradox of Memory
Examines Western Modernity and its discontents filtered through Harlem as a symbolic space in the cultural syntax of America. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2014; Dolan Hubbard (
Posted 12 February 2014

What We Talk about When We Teach about Prosody
Practical strategy for teaching meter at a time when foot-substitution prosody has been called into question. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Michael Hansen (
Posted 21 February 2014

What's New about New Materialism?
New materialists in the environmental humanities claim to have superseded prior materialisms. True? What features of old materialisms have been consigned to the dustbin? Why? 300-word abstract by 14 March 2014; Lance Newman (
Posted 13 February 2014

Where Queer Studies Meets Critical Asian Studies
The geopolitics of queerness; global queer modernism; queer capitals in Asia; queer regionalism; Queer Asia as method; queering "world literature." 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Alvin K Wong (
Posted 21 February 2014

Whose Memorial Sites?
Negotiations involved in the who, what, when, where or how of remembering that takes place at memorial sites (and/or their textual representations). What is left out? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2014; Michelle Hulme-Lippert (
Posted 29 January 2014

The Work of Leonardo Padura from a Transatlantic Perspective
Approaching the novels of Padura from a transatlantic perspective in order to delineate the transatlantic dialogues that his narrative conveys. Abstracts 300 words by 15 March 2014; Jennifer Duprey (
Posted 21 February 2014

The Works of Rigoberto González
A panel on the works of Rigoberto González: topical analyses, theory, genres (poetry, memoir, essays, YA, criticism), Chicana/o lit influences, impact(s). 250-word abstracts and 1-page CV by 9 March 2014; Aureliano DeSoto (
Posted 24 January 2014

Writing Dance, Dancing Writing: Performance and the Embodiment of Literature
We will question boundaries between body/text, text/performance, Dancing/writing. Reassess the limits of language, literature, aesthetics and embodiment. Abstract 250 words by 15 March 2014; Amanda Lee ( and Amanda Lee (
Posted 21 February 2014

Writing for Algorithms
Writing, as it's practiced by bloggers and spammers, no longer addresses exclusively humans, but also the algorithms of search engines and email programs. What’s the effect on readers? Abstract(250words) by 15 March 2014; Martin Wagner (
Posted 7 February 2014

Writing Rock
A panel on writing (critical and creative) about rock music. Interested in the history, cultural significance, and aesthetics of rock and writing about it. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Samuel Cohen ( and Sean Grattan (
Posted 21 February 2014

Zionism and the Novel
How have novels addressed Zionism, whether the movement, its causes or its actualization? How does the genre facilitate, clarify or obscure the politics? 300 word abstract by 10 March 2014; Russell A. Berman (
Posted 5 February 2014

‘Nietzsche Contra Wagner’ in Latin America
What is the legacy of Nietzsche’s philosophy and/or Wagner’s music in Latin American literature, film and culture? 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Ulrich Bach ( and Paula Park (
Posted 18 February 2014

“Women on the Wrong Side of History?"
Women on “the wrong side of history,” their literary contributions, material traces, and political work; broad range of approaches, eras, formats welcome. Abstract appx. 300-500words. by 15 March 2014; Emily Kugler ( and Nicole Wright (
Posted 22 February 2014

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