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Calls for Papers - Special Sessions

10 Years Gone: Octavia E. Butler's Public Legacy
We invite papers discussing Butler's impact on her reading public: book clubs, literary societies, social justice movements, etc. 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Tarshia Stanley (tstanley@spelman.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

19th-Century Science Fiction
Papers sought on nineteenth-century science fiction; proto-science fiction; reconsiderations of texts as aligned with the emergence of the genre; historical/cultural influences and impacts. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Jessica Kuskey (jkuskey@ucsc.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

20th-21st-Century Hemispheric American Literary Studies
Gathering 8-10 emerging and established scholars for 5-minute Ignite talks; share your 20th-21st-c hemispheric project (methods, archives, ideas, issues). 200-word abstract and CV by 20 March 2015; Kimberly O'Neill (kloneill@quinnipiac.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

20th-century Farming Fiction
Few consider farmland's place in the literary imagination. What is 20th-century agrarian literature? How do farms function in 20th-century fiction? Please submit an abstract less than 300 words by 15 March 2015; Hannah Biggs (hannah.biggs@rice.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

"2G" Vietnam War Writers - Revisionist Histories and New Perspectives
Conference papers invited for a panel on second-generation Vietnam War writers and revisionist histories. Send 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; inquiries welcome; Isadora Wagner (iwagner@go.olemiss.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

70 Years After Nada: Revisiting Carmen Laforet's Narrative
New perspectives on Laforet's Nada or an examination of lesser-known works. 250 word abstracts and brief biography. by 10 March 2015; Debra J. Ochoa (dochoa@trinity.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Abu Ghraib and After
Reading torture-photographs alongside "The Torture Report." Recirculation/reactivation/invocation of the AG/Guantanamo photographs in other visual forms: film, tv, graffiti. Thinking of soldiers as producers of a new visual-culture. 300w/abstract by 15 March 2015; Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Accenting Punctuation
Punctuation: its use in certain genres, as it is used by specific literary figures, or topics related to linguistics. Abstracts of about one page. by 1 March 2015; Albert E. Krahn (krahn@punctuation.org)
Posted 21 January 2015

Adab X Belles Lettres
This panel explores the intersections of ethics, politeness, education, and sociability with textual production (1200-1800 CE) in Arabic, Ottoman, and European literatures. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jonathan Haddad (jhaddad@berkeley.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Adaptation in World Cinema
Soliciting papers on literary texts transposed into another medium and another cultural setting, e.g. Kurosawa's Shakespeare (Ran, Throne of Blood) or Coppola's Conrad (Apocalypse Now). 250-words abstract by 15 March 2015; Jeroen Gerrits (jgerrits@binghamton.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Aesthetics and Politics of Color
Special session invites papers on the aesthetics and politics of color in film, literature and visual arts. Submit short bio, title of paper, abstract (150 wo by 20 March 2015; Sabine Doran (sud28@psu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Affect Studies and British Romanticism
Papers on how affect studies has redefined our understanding of the emotions in British Romantic literature. 300-word abstract and brief bio (one paragraph) by 1 March 2015; Seth Reno (sreno@aum.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Affect Studies and English Renaissance
How can "affect studies" redefine Shakespeare and early modern literature? Affect in queer theory, cognitive science, history of the body, and non-human Renaissance. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2015; Sabina Amanbayeva (sabina@udel.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Affective Geographies in Modern Arabic Literature
Examining the intersections between spaces/landscapes and affect in response to historical, political, cultural moments in the Arab world. Themes: nostalgia, displacement, affective detachment/attachment, liminality. 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Anna Cruz (accruz@berkeley.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

African (American) Diaspora Literature
How are American-based-African writers (like Adichie, Mengestu, Cole) changing conceptions of black literature? Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 wor by 27 February 2015; Stephanie Li (stephli@indiana.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

African American Literature and Abuse
Panel on any form of abuse towards Black bodies in African American literature and/or film. Abstract of 350 words and brief cv of 3 pages by 15 March 2015; Tara T. Green (ttgreen@uncg.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

After the Holocaust: Second- and Third-Generation Literature
Seeking papers with a focus on history, family, identity and intergenerational transmission of trauma. 300-word abstracts and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Susan Jacobowitz (sjacobowitz@qcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

After Transnational American Studies
What comes after the transnational turn in American studies? Papers may consider transnationality, Americanity, globality, planetarity, empire, the transnational, the oceanic and/or the anthropocene. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Abby Goode (abby.l.goode@gmail.com)
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 22 February 2015

Against Innovation
Examining the embrace of "innovation," as marketing rhetoric, managerial push, or otherwise ideological, and the aims of the innovation agenda. Abstract by 15 March 2015; Jeffrey J. Williams (jwill@andrew.cmu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Age and American Literature
Moving beyond childhood studies, this panel considers age more broadly as an analytic for reading American literature. How do literary works reify or resist age norms? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Sari Edelstein (sari.edelstein@umb.edu)
Posted 30 January 2015

"Aggressive Fictions": Metatextual Critiques of the Reader
Seeking papers exploring fiction that critiques and/or challenges the reader and his/her interpretations and/or rationalizations of the text. Please submit 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Kirin Wachter-Grene (kkwg@uw.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

AIDS and Queer Literature in Latin America
This panel will place the homosexual body infected by AIDS, and the textual body into critical conversation. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Claudia Costagliola (claucost@ufl.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Alice Munro Revisited
Inviting papers using interdisciplinary frameworks for engaging Munro's aesthetics in relation to her explorations of social class, shame, and/or mother-daughter relationships. 300-400 word abstract and CV by 8 March 2015; Christine Maksimowicz (cmaksimo@english.umass.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

America the Various: Russians Contemplate the United States
This session examines Russian imaginations of America as reflected in literature, film, or new media. 250-word abstract and statement of affiliation. by 15 March 2015; Maya Vinokour (vinokour@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

The American Artist: Convergence as Process
This panel explores the rise of Surrealism in America and Eastern philosophies in California (mid-20th century), highlighting the process of creating impersonal art. Abstracts, 250-500 words by 15 March 2015; Nathalie Fouyer (nathalie.fouyer@qc.cuny.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

The American Hobo
This session explores twentieth century iterations of the hobo via subject formation, cultural politics and a pervasive influence on literary production. Abstracts of 250 words and short bios by 20 March 2015; Jennifer Forsberg (jennifer.hagen.forsberg@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

The American Turn of the Century
Exploring realism, naturalism, pragmatism, and impressionism (or their intersections) in American literature between 1890 and 1910. Submit 300 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2015; Anthony Manganaro (amang@uw.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Anachronistic Method, or Historicity without Historicism
What might literary history look like beyond historicism’s rigid notions of time? How can scholars theorize productive moments of cross-temporal contact? 250 word abstracts with bio by 15 March 2015; Nese Devenot (ndevenot@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Anarchism and Literature in Latin America
Papers on the impact anarchism had on the literary realm. See full CFP at: http://is.gd/yEuvVp. Send a 350 words abstract and a short bio note. by 15 March 2015; Marcos Wasem (mwasemca@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Andean Modernismos
This session invites papers that reconceptualize, reimagine, or theorize Modernismos in Andean countries. Papers on all genres and neglected aspects of Andean Modernismos are welcome. 300-word abstract, One-page C.V. by 12 March 2015; Juan Ramos (jramos@holycross.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Applied Linguistics
Linguistic deterritorialization tend to engender mutation and evolution. Attempts at conceptualizing linguistic differentiation are subject to radical changes toward polyglossia and hybridity. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Peter Wuteh Vakunta (vakuntap@uindy.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Archival Practices
Roundtable bridging “the archive” as concept and the labor of archivists: arrangement and description; exclusions; institutional power; grassroots efforts; literary collections; non-paper materials; access. 300 word abstract and short bio by 15 March 2015; Anne Donlon (adonlon@emory.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Archival Publics: tracing humans/human traces
Papers exploring how human relationships—writ broadly—affect the collection, preservation, and discovery of SpC and archival materials, physical and digital; how collections shape understandings of specific publics. 300-word-abstract_and_short-cv by 13 March 2015; Meaghan Brown (mbrown@folger.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Archiving Dis/Integration: Artists in Berlin
Artists (Dean, Thiel) who have used visual language to chronicle the “undoing” of East Germany and patching of the East/West Berlin split after Unification. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jenifer K. Ward (jward@centenary.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature
Efforts to construct historiographies of HIV/AIDS simultaneously mutate our own perceptions. Seeking papers that discuss how archiving HIV/AIDS shapes our relationships to the disease. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Kenneth Pinion (ktpinion@ncsu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

AUDIOTEXTUAL CRITICISM: SOUND, METHOD, ARGUMENT
Presentations of a sound clip from a literary recording, a method of critical engagement with audiotexts, and an argument arising from the method proposed. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Jason Camlot (jason.camlot@concordia.ca)
Posted 24 February 2015

"Austin Authors" of Commonwealth/Postcolonial Literatures
Commonwealth / Postcolonial Authors associated with U. T. Austin. Papers on "Austin Authors," G.V. Desani, Raja Rao, Zulfikar Ghosh, Chinua Achebe etc. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Feroza Framji Jussawalla (imohf@aol.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

Authority in the Digital Age
How do authors use new media to negotiate identity, textual practice and audience formation? 200-250 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Claire Mouflard (mouflarc@union.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Autobiography and Emotional Publics
How does autobiography arouse, shape, or validate public manifestations of emotions? How do these life writing texts participate in the circulation of particular emotions? 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Rocío G. Davis (rgdavis@unav.es)
Posted 2 February 2015

The Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell
Any aspect of English author Angela Thirkell's humorous Barsetshire novels (built on those of Anthony Trollope) idealizing the rural, educated classes. Abstracts up to 300 words. by 20 March 2015; Penelope J. Fritzer (fritzer@fau.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Beat Studies Now
BEAT STUDIES NOW. New research on Beat literature/culture/history. Off beat Beats; Beat icons; Beat worlds. 500 word abstract; bio paragraph by March 15. 500 word abstract and bio paragraph by 15 March 2015; Ronna Catherine Johnson (ronna.johnson@tufts.edu) and Deborah Geis (dgeis@depauw.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Bernard Shaw and New Media, 1879-2015
Shaw's engagements with emergent media; works and persona in print, film, radio, television, digital formats (including NT Live 'Man&Superman'); digital humanities approaches to Shaw. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Buckley (jennifer-buckley@uiowa.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Bessie Head Thirty Years On: Southern African Women Writing Resistance
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Head's death. We seek papers celebrating Head and other southern African women writers. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Gary Rees (GRees@bemidjistate.edu) and Jessica Durgan (JDurgan@bemidjistate.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence
Seeking new approaches to the locations, temporalities, and ecologies of decadence and its expression in transnational, colonial, postcolonial, and non-European texts. 300-word abstract and C.V. by 15 March 2015; Robert Stilling (rstilling@fsu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Beyond Individual Authorship
This panel explores intellectual collaborations and constellations in the Germanic, French, and English speaking context that result in literary or philosophical works, theories, or thought systems. 250-word abstract by 20 March 2015; Erika Kontulainen (ekon@sas.upenn.edu) and Florian Breitkopf (florianb@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Biopolitics and Posthumanism in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Seeking papers that engage biopolitical and posthumanist theory in the study of contemporary and modern poetry and poetics. 300-word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2015; Rick Snyder (rbsnyder@usc.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

The Black Carceral Imagination
This session examines African American literature's carceral aesthetics. We explore black writing which considers the carceral an important resource for literary and aesthetic innovation. Abstracts. 500 word maximum. by 27 February 2015; Jason Saunders (js5hb@virginia.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Black Women's Poetry and the Color Line
Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African American women’s poetry from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. 250-word abstract and short bio by 10 March 2015; Heidi Morse (hemorse@umich.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Blended Learning of Scale
Blended learning case studies: designing courses within institutional constraints; scaling courses (large/small) without sacrificing rigor; R1, R2, SLAC, CC experiences welcome. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 2 March 2015; Roopika Risam (rrisam@salemstate.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Bootstrapping Broads: A Roundtable on Women Writing Class
We invite presentations engaging literary and social projects around women’s labor in postbellum America. 250-word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Jane Carr (carr@newamerica.org) and Laura Fisher (Laura.fisher@ryerson.ca)
Posted 27 February 2015

Borders, Words and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and migration across Eurasia, past and present. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Jefferson J. A. Gatrall (gatrallj@mail.montclair.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Call for Abstracts: D'Aubigné's "Tragiques" at 400 (MLA, Austin, TX 2016)
400th anniversary of the "Tragiques." Review of scholarship and showcase of new approaches. Short CV and 300 word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Phillip Usher (phillipjohnusher@nyu.edu) and Marc Bizer (mbizer@utexas.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Can Cervantes's Persiles y Sigismunda be taught to undergraduates?
Approaching its 400th anniversary, a roundtable discussion on strategies for teaching this to undergraduates. Brief account of experience and proposed remarks. by 20 March 2015; Ignacio E. Navarrete (ignacio@berkeley.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Caribbean Ghosts
This panel explores the presence of ghosts, zombies and other supernatural creatures in Caribbean literature. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Véronique Maisier (profmaisier@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Caribbean Literature: Woman Trouble
Are female characters troubling presences in Caribbean literature? Is there a disjunction between male and female authorial visions of women and/or femininity? 250-300 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Suzy Cater (sec417@nyu.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Caviar or Marmalade? Reassessing Noël Coward
Noël Coward and celebrity; class; gaiety; gender; Las Vegas; the lush life; music; style; substance. 300-word abstracts and brief CVs by 15 March 2015; Samuel Lyndon Gladden (gladden@uhcl.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Censored Publics
Theoretical and historical examinations of literary or visual censorship and the constitution of the public: readership/spectatorship, memory, space, etc. 300-word abstracts. by 6 March 2015; Thomas Chen (tchen6@ucla.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

The Center and Beyond: The Expansion of the Global English Department
Seeking additional roundtable participants with careers teaching English literature, language, or composition outside the Anglosphere. 300 word bio plus full cv. by 10 March 2015; Laura Squires (asquires@nes.ru)
Posted 14 February 2015

Character in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Rethinking the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character in the nineteenth century. Possible connections: affect theory; cognitive science; digital analysis; political theory. 250-word abstract; short bio by 13 March 2015; Anna E. Clark (aclark@iona.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

The Characters of Adultery
The realist novel is unimaginable without unfaithful wives, suicides, marriage-breakers. What happens to these adulterous characters in mid-century women’s novels and philosophy? 200-word abstracts, 1-page cv. by 15 March 2015; Brigitta Olubas (b.olubas@unsw.edu.au) and Lisabeth During (lduring@pratt.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Charlie-Hebdo and its Publics
Submissions on the significance of Charlie-Hebdo in the French satirical tradition, reactions of other cartoonists and critics, and cross-cultural comparisons of editorial cartooning. 300 word abstract – CV by 9 March 2015; Martha B. Kuhlman (mkuhlman@bryant.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Chesnutt's Choices
How did Charles W. Chesnutt’s aim to reach a white audience shape his narrative choices: topics, point of view, literary sources, even choice of humor. One hundred page abstracts by 15 March 2015; MARIA ORBAN (maria_orban@hotmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Chronicles of Narnia at 60
Children's literature scholars response to the Chronicles as a whole on its 60th anniversary. Must consider at least three of the novels. 300 word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Keith Dorwick (kdorwick@louisiana.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Cinema and Cultural Memory
Documentary and fiction films play an increasingly important role in cultural memory, whether of nations or groups. Papers are invited on films that counter dominant narratives. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Inez Kathleen Hedges (i.hedges@neu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Cinema and Public Spheres in Franco's Spain
The relationship between cinema and (hegemonic and alternative) public spheres in Franco's Spain; cinema audiences, resistance, formal and informal socialization; gendered (counter)publics/ communities. 200-250-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Diana Jorza (djorza@nd.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Circulating Notions of Tuberculosis
Papers examining the representation of patients' experiences with tuberculosis. How do these narratives, metaphors, or images intersect with or actively shape prevailing public health initiatives? 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Amy Rubens (arubens@fmarion.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Clarice Lispector Cronista: A Re-assessment
This Session seeks re-examinations of Lispector’s journalism and its contribution to the long tradition of chronicle-writing in Latin America. 300-word abstract; One page C.V. by 15 March 2015; Mariela Méndez (mendezmariela@hotmail.com)
Posted 18 January 2015

Class Inequality and the African Diaspora
This session examines issues of class (inequality, division, exploitation, etc.) in African American and/or Caribbean literature. 200-300 word abstract and CV (abbreviated) by 20 March 2015; Robin Brooks (robinbrooks@usf.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Collecting and Gender
How do gender and private art collecting intersect in representations of collecting and collectors in late 19th-century French literature? 300-word abstracts, approx. by 15 March 2015; Kirsten B. Ellicson (kirstenbrittellicson@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Collector, the Anthologizer and Historical Agency
Papers sought on theorizing collecting as a thought process; collecting in relation to anthology, textual criticism or historical agency. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 25 March 2015; Guangchen Chen (gchen01@fas.harvard.edu) and Emily Hayman (emily.hayman@yale.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Colonial Mobilities/Photographic Stillness
Panel will revisit/rethink the relationship between colonial projects and photography (19th-21st century). How do the mobilities of empire interact with the still form of photography? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Colonial Shame
Shame considered in the context of neo- or post-colonialism from the perspective of queer theory, LGBT Studies, Latino Studies, post-colonialism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies or affect studies. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Benigno Trigo (benigno.trigo@vanderbilt.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Community, Cosmology, and Ecology in The Double Hook
Drawing on recent work in Western, First Nations, and environmental studies, this session offers new readings of The Double Hook. Abstracts of 250 words. by 15 March 2015; Brady Harrison (brady.harrison@mso.umt.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparative Literature in the Age of Digital Humanities
Panel invites papers exploring challenges and opportunities that DH creates for the practice of comparative literature. 250-300 word abstract and a brief biography by 15 March 2015; Fatma Tarlaci (ftarlaci@utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women's writers. Paper submission by 14 March 2015; Karen Julissa Barahona (kbarahon@bw.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women's writers. Paper submission by 14 March 2015; Karen Julissa Barahona (kbarahon@bw.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparing literary historiography
Papers that theorize a construction of polylingual literary history in local, national, and global contexts are invited to imagine a manifesto for a transnational/transregional comparative historiographical undertaking. Abstract 250-words by 2 March 2015; Thomas Beebee (tob@psu.edu ) and Bhavya Tiwari (bhavyatiwari@utexas.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Conjuring Multi-Ethnic Futures
Utopia? How should nations want their human societies to look in 150 years? Color, gender, heritage differences, sure. Religious too? Visual arts welcome. Abstract of about 250 words. by 20 March 2015; Jesse A. Rhines (donjesse48@gmail.com)
Posted 9 February 2015

Consciousness in Poetry by Women
Women poets of 20th and 21st centuries engaging public discourses on ecology and the interconnectedness of all things past, present, and future. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; T. Mera Moore Lafferty (meramoore@berkeley.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Contemporary Catholic Literature
Literature of the last fifty years by Catholic writers; pro-Catholic and anti-Catholic literature since the 1960s; contemporary depictions of Catholics. Abstract and CV by 13 March 2015; Stephen Mirarchi (smirarchi@benedictine.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Contemporary Literature and the Marriage Plot
How did contemporary literature change our common understanding of the marriage-plot argument and reinvent its "happily ever after" ending? 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Ariane Audet (audet.ariane@courrier.uqam.ca )
Posted 23 February 2015

Contemporary Postcolonial Poets and Publics
How do poets mediate the discourses which give coherency to a postcolonial public? An abstract of no more than 250 words by 15 March 2015; Kate Brennan (k.brisley.brennan@gmail.com)
Posted 24 February 2015

Contemporary Rhetoric(s) in First-year Composition
This session will focus on applications of contemporary rhetoric(s) or contemporary applications of traditional rhetoric(s) in first-year writing courses. Abstract, one page double-spaced. by 15 March 2015; James C. Raymond (jraymond@bama.ua.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Contingencies: Hierarchies and Inequalities in French/francophone literature
Oppressions of class, race, and/or gender in modern (18th-21st century) French/Francophone literature. Please send abstract of 300 words and a brief bio. by 15 March 2015; Lisa Karakaya (lkarakaya@gradcenter.cuny.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Contractual Publics: Between Precedents and Future Risk
We will examine literary texts as political events that can rewrite the past, reevaluate the present, and posit new futures. 300-word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2015; Suzanne Taylor (taylorsuzanne@uchicago.edu) and Darrel Chia (dkchia@uchicago.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Convergences between Disability Studies and Ethnic Studies
Does disability shift in the presence of race or vice versa? How might anti-ableism and anti-racism be related? 1-pg. abstract and cv by 10 March 2015; Cynthia Wu (cw229@buffalo.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Counternarratives, History, Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Fiction
Seeking papers to discuss counternarratives, limits and possibilities, to histories of national belonging in contemporary U.S. ethnic fiction. 250-word abstract; 1-page c.v. by 15 March 2015; S. Moon Cassinelli (cassine1@illinois.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

The Counterpublics of Underground Comix
This roundtable asks: How do underground comics of the 70s-80s participate in social movements and form communities in and beyond San Francisco? 250 word abstracts and bios by 15 March 2015; Margaret Galvan (mgalvan@gradcenter.cuny.edu) and Leah Misemer (lsinsheimer@wisc.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Creating Multidimensional Rhetorical Space in a Postmodern World
Invites papers on literature that creates civic, psychological and/or sacred space in a secular, postmodern world. abstracts, 500 words, march 15 by 15 March 2015; Diana Shaffer (diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com)
Posted 8 February 2015

Creative Reading/Personal Criticism
This panel will analyze and evaluate recent scholarship that merges personal stories and perspectives with analysis of texts (e.g. Lethem, Baker, Mead, Batuman, and Dyer.). 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael Leigh Sinowitz (msinowitz@depauw.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Critical Environments in Latin America: New Trends and Emerging Perspectives
This session explores new theoretical and methodological approaches to ecocriticism in Latin American’s literary and cultural representations of nature/the environment. Abstracts by 31 March 2015; Gisela Heffes (gisela.heffes@rice.edu) and Jennifer French (Jennifer.L.French@williams.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Critical Informatics and the Digital Humanities
Papers that articulate anti-realist DH methods and projects critical of hegemonic cultures of information. Full CFP at http://atp1.us/mla16. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Andrew Pilsch (apilsch@asu.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Cuba Enters the Millennium
We invite abstracts examining the challenges confronted by Cuban society in the new millennium as reflected in cultural production. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Liset Cruz García (info@liset.org)
Posted 12 February 2015

Cuba/Gabriel García Márquez/Austin
Proposals interrogating GGM’s creative relation to the Cuban Revolution in journalism, film, literature, diplomacy in light of UT's acquisition of GGM's papers. One to two page abstracts @500 words. by 22 March 2015; César Augusto Salgado (cslgd@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuban Post-Exile Identities
Proposals on how cultural and literary characterizations of Cuban diasporic subjects have evolved since 1994 in light of normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations. One to two page abstracts (@500 words) by 22 March 2015; César Augusto Salgado (cslgd@mail.utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Cultural and Rhetorical Work of Stand-Up Comedy
Axiomatic pandering or affective social commentary? Panel will explore the cultural and rhetorical work of stand-up comedy. Abstracts of no more than 250 words by 13 March 2015; Steven Kapica (kapica.s@husky.neu.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Cultures of Credit in Early Modern English Literature
Papers invited on credit, credence, and credibility in the literature of early modern England; economic, philosophical, religious, scientific, or legal approaches welcome. 300-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Molly Murray (mpm7@columbia.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Cutting Up the Century
The politics of collage in twentieth century literature and film. Subversive potentials of montage, remixes, appropriations, cutups and rearrangements of all kinds. 100-250 word abstract, bio and cv by 15 March 2015; Joan Carol Hawkins (jchawkin@indiana.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Darrieussecq: Twenty Years Later
New perspectives on Marie Darrieussecq's oeuvre; public reception of her works; retrospective examinations of her early novels. 250-word abstract and short bio by 15 March 2015; Sonja Stojanovic (sonja_stojanovic@brown.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Death, Violence and Religious Fiction
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century. Submit 250-word abstracts and a c.v. or brief bio. by 15 March 2015; James Van Wyck (jvanwyck@fordham.edu) and William Fenton (fenton@fordham.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Deconstructing "literature"
How print culture and the modern notion of literature determine our approaches to pre and postmodern cultural objects? 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 10 March 2015 by 10 March 2015; Juan Escourido (juanesco@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Democracy's Emotions
Butler and Spivak have brought into focus the "feelings" of the state. What is an "emotional" democracy? Proposals are invited focusing on literature, cinema and other media. 150 word abstract by 5 March 2015; Nandini Bhattacharya (nbhattac@tamu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Derrida's Universities
Derrida’s reflections on, and initiatives regarding, the University. The University and the Enlightenment; universalism; and/of the future. Conditioned and unconditioned thought; the “internationalization” of philosophy; borders; neo-liberalism. 1-p. abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Jacques Lezra (jacques.lezra@nyu.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Developing a Game Pedagogy
This panel explores the benefits and challenges of using games in a literature class. Submit 300-word abstracts and a c.v. by March 5, 2 by 5 March 2015; Kathleen Hanggi (kathleen.hanggi@doane.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Developing Collaborative Humanities Research Projects
Panel on how humanities scholars can establish partnerships, develop collaborative research projects capable of attracting external funding. Examples wanted. See http://bit.ly/collab-research for full CFP. 250 word abstract by 16 March 2015; Brian Rosenblum (brianlee@ku.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Developments in Comics Pedagogy
This roundtable focuses on innovative practices to teach the production, research, and appreciation of comics. Please submit abstracts that summarize your approaches to teaching comics. Abstract (200-350 words) by 1 March 2015; Derek McGrath (derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com) and Keith McCleary (kmccleary@ucsd.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

The Digital Humanities & The Archive
This panel interrogates the production/critique of digital archives. Keywords: digital-objects, metadata, Omeka. Makers/theorists welcome. Submit 250 word abstracts to mapplegate@molloy.edu by 15 March 2015; Matt Applegate (mapplegate@molloy.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Digital Humanities in/and the City
How might DH programs and/or projects at urban colleges or universities reflect big-city cultures, concerns, and/or communities? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Olin Bjork (bjorko@uhd.edu) and Matthew Russell (russelmr@uwm.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Digital Humanities/Public Humanities
How are scholars engaged in public humanities projects? What are the challenges, opportunities, and best practices for such work? Case-study projects, field surveys, and critical approaches welcome. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Victoria E. Szabo (ves4@duke.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Digital Media and the Reified Canon
This session explores the ways in which DH and digital media projects reinforce or solidify assumptions about the canon, to both positive and negative ends. Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Sheila Liming (sheila.liming@und.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Digital Milton
Papers invited on any topic employing digital tools to read, teach, present or study Milton. Full 8-page papers or 500-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; David B. Ainsworth (dainsworth@ua.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Digital Vernaculars
Papers exploring literary uses, appropriations, and representations of language drawn from digital culture, comments sections, and social media or theorizing digital language's relationship to literature. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Eric Rettberg (eric.rettberg@lmc.gatech.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Diplomacy and Letters
Diplomacy and the role of literary ambassadors, including any extra-textual activities, propaganda, and covert actions for/ against the State. Any period. 250-word abstracts and short bios; by 20 March 2015; Karen Benavente (karen.benavente@glasgow.ac.uk)
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

The Dirty Coast
From Texas to Florida, the Dirty Coast shifts, contains, nurtures, kills. Abstracts on the ecologies, economies, or peoples making this coast dirty and beautiful, alluring and disgusting. All media. by 10 March 2015; Sharon O'Dair (sodair@ua.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Disability Poetics in the Public Sphere
Participants will discuss how disability poetics (defined here as poetry by disabled/otherly-abled writers such as Larry Eigner) influence the public sphere. 300-word abstract by 10 March 2015; Donora Hillard-Hare (donora.ann@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disability, Vision, Evidence
Specular, visual, and epistemological dimensions of disability and impairment. Topics include performance, masquerade, passing, illness, diagnosis, freakery, voyeurism. 250-300 word abstracts and short bio. by 12 March 2015; Jane Van Slembrouck (vanslembrouc@fordham.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Disaster Studies and Literature
How does narrative fiction shape our understanding of disaster and the related issues of research, relief, and public health? Abstracts (300 words) and short bios by 15 March 2015; Gavin Jones (grjones@stanford.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Discrimination and marginalization in France
Panel explores various depictions (in films, literature, songs) of discrimination and marginalization experienced by Muslims and/or Arabs in France. 300 word-abstracts and brief CV to Hanan Elsayed by 8 March 2015; Hanan Elsayed (elsayed@oxy.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

Disembodied Masculinities
Is masculinity challenged by moving discussions of masculinity outside of the male body? Do we subvert or only reestablish the power of patriarchy? Abstracts, 250 words or less, to jbwirth@uw.edu. by 15 March 2015; James Wirth (jbwirth@uw.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside identification and counter-identification with dominant self-fashioning. 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015. by 15 March 2015; Yin Wang (yinwang@mail.ncku.edu.tw)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside identification and counter-identification with dominant self-fashioning. 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Yin Wang (yinwang@mail.ncku.edu.tw)
Posted 28 February 2015

Disrupted, Destroyed, and Impossible Histories
Literary/poetic writing as legitimate (or illegitimate) historiography, pre-1800. Challenges to disciplinarity. Ruptured histories. Alternative histories. Ambiguous histories. Histories that aren't history. Subversions. Containments. Delusions. Fantasies. Outrages. Abstract/bio. by 15 March 2015; Steven J. Syrek (steven.syrek@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Distributed Cognition and Early Modern Texts
Connects contemporary theories of distributed cognition to early modern theories/literary texts integrating the brain with sense, passion, body, and/or the environment. Abstracts: 500 words by 15 March 2015; Daniel Lochman (dl02@txstate.edu) and Hannah Wojciehowski (gemelli@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Early Environmental Justice
Please submit abstracts of papers on environmental literary texts in English published before 1900 that move beyond the wilderness paradigm to engage questions of environmental justice. 300-word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Lance Newman (lnewman@westminstercollege.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Early Modern Books in Place
How does a book’s physical location shape its symbolic function and/or material form? Papers welcome on books in all types of spaces. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Meghan Andrews (m.c.andrews@utexas.edu) and Jonathan Lamb (jonathanplamb@ku.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Early Modern English Catholicism in Literature
Topics may include English Catholic writers, anti-Catholic or pro-Catholic poetry or literary prose, or representations of English Catholics or Catholicism in literary texts. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Geremy Carnes (gcarnes@lindenwood.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Early Modern Teaching in the Digital Age
Roundtable discussion of innovative strategies for teaching early modern literature. Proposals discussing digital humanities projects especially encouraged. 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2015; Sonya L. Brockman (slbrockm@uncc.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Early Modern Transnational Futures
We seek papers for a roundtable that investigates future directions for early modern transnational studies about the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. 300 word abstracts and CVs . by 15 March 2015; Ambereen Dadabhoy (ambereen_dadabhoy@hmc.edu) and Nedda Mehdizadeh (nmehdiz@ucla.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Early Silent Cinema and Literary Modernism
The influence of pre-Soviet montage cinema on Modernism: case-studies; methodological approaches; non-European Modernism; the notion of inter-media influence; relation of film and literary criticism. 300-words abstract by 9 March 2015; Mario Slugan (marioslugan@yahoo.com)
Posted 28 January 2015

Eastern European Literature in English
How do contemporary Eastern European authors writing in English revisit and revise their past, and/or capture their present with Western audiences in mind? 250-word abstracts and bios. by 15 March 2015; Margarita Marinova (margarita.marinova@cnu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Echo/Ethno and Techno-Poetics in Luso-Brazilian Literature
By considering sonic aspects of literary narratives with origins in performance or ethnography, this session engages literature through technological and social practices of listening. Abstracts, 350. by 15 March 2015; Rebecca A. Lippman (becca.lippman@gmail.com) and Marilia Librandi-Rocha (marilialibrandi@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Ecocritical Postcolonial Studies
A decade after Rob Nixon's "Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" how does the intersection look? Field formations, methodologies, and archives; speculations on possibilities and complications; innovative models. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Vilashini Cooppan (vcooppan@ucsc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
This panel explores themes of ecophobia (i.e., fear and dread of nature), extinction, ecological crisis, unsettling (un)natural anomalies, and environmental injustice. Abstract of 300 words, short bio by 20 March 2015; Dawn Keetley (dek7@lehigh.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Ecological Sympathies in Early Modern Literature
This special session considers early modern sympathy as a scientific or occult phenomenon and an imaginative or cognitive activity. Abstracts of 300 words or less. by 15 March 2015; Roya Biggie (royabiggie@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Elmore Leonard
Any aspect, feature, or theme of Elmore Leonard's work, print or screen; preferably, but not necessarily, with a view to the future of Leonard studies. Abstracts up to 300 words. by 15 March 2015; Charles Julian Rzepka (crzepka@bu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Embodiment & Environmental Justice
This panel explores connections between the body, its representation, and the pursuit of environmental justice. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Delice I. Williams (diwill@udel.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Emergent Temporalities
Papers on 19th-century literary works that register new modalities of time in light of technoindustrial change (i.e. the railroad, telegraph, clock-regulated labor, photography, and cinema). 300-word abstracts and abbreviated CV by 15 March 2015; Emily K. Bald (ebald@uw.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

The Empathetic Turn: Affect Management in the Globalized Book Market
We welcome papers that address affective responses to literature, mechanisms of selection, inclusion/exclusion, and strategies relating to marketing and publication. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Johanna Hartmann (johanna.hartmann@phil.uni-augsburg.de) and Zuzanna Ladyga, Stefanie Mueller (z.ladyga@uw.edu.pl, muelles1@uci.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

English Metrical Cultures
How have English meters shaped and been shaped by larger cultural formations? How do meters form cultures, and how do cultures form meters? All historical specialties welcome. 250-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Eric Weiskott (eric.weiskott@bc.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Enthusiasm and Capitalism
How is the rise of capitalism related to religious enthusiasm and religious experience more broadly construed? This panel welcomes papers in the 16th-20th centuries. abstract by 15 March 2015; William Miller (wmille32@jhu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Epistolary Poetics Post 1945
How does the unstable line between letter and poem in postwar US poetics reshape our sense of poetry's publics at midcentury and beyond? 250 word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Aaron Goldsman (aaron.goldsman@emory.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Erotica, Excess, Fin de Siglo
New proposals for the political/social importance of gender, sexuality, and the erotic in the Luso-Hispanic world, late 19th and early 20th centuries. Title, 300-word abstract, 1-page CV by 10 March 2015; Sarah Moody (stmoody@ua.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Evolution, Ethics, and Tragedy
Relationships among evolution of the brain, human experience of self, and crises of self in ethics and depictions of tragedy. 300-word abstract plus brief CV related to topic. by 15 March 2015; David Palmer (dpalmer@maritime.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Experimental Fiction and Nonanthropocentric Narrative Strategies
Considering nonanthropocentric narrative strategies in contemporary experimental fiction, including digital narratives. Please send abstracts of between 250 and 300 words by 15 March 2015; Courtney Traub (courtney.traub@ell.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 23 February 2015

Expulsion and Exile: Asian African Literature
Conference papers that interrogate themes of memory and migration invited for a panel on Asian African literature and film. 250-300 word abstracts. Inquiries welcome. by 1 April 2015; Rashna Singh (rsingh@coloradocollege.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

Extreme Weather: American Disaster Narratives
The narrative structure of 'natural' disaster: how do American literature, film and other media recount catastrophic weather? 300-word abstract and a brief bio by 21 March 2015; Alexandra Rahr (alexandra.rahr@utoronto.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works represent the effects of kinship networks (family, marriage, siblings, parents) on the individual? 300-word abstract plus bio by 15 March 2015; Talia Vestri Croan (tmvcroan@bu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Fashion and Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century
How does the fashionable—styles in dress, hair, book design, poetic discourse, etc.—intersect with forms of authorial self-representation—genius, bard, rake, etc.—in the long 18thc? Abstract by 15 March 2015; Gerald Egan (gerald.egan@csulb.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Fashioning the Fictive
What insights into literary craft are gained by studying drafts and revisions of poems, novels, and short stories? Preference for 20th century American authors. 300-500 word proposals, short bio. by 15 March 2015; Roger Gilbert (rsg2@cornell.edu) and Jonathan Bloom (wam328kmdo@yahoo.co.uk)
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

Female-voice Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian
Investigations of the lyric female voice, whether the authors are men, women, coauthors, anonymous or pseudonymous, historicizing the feminine in lyric genre. 300-word abstract and c.v. by 15 March 2015; Emily M. Harrington (emily.m.harrington@colorado.edu) and Marcy North (mln14@psu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Fictional Entities and Participatory Culture
How does engagement with fictional entities lead to social and public participation? Cognitive and/or evolutionary approaches particularly encouraged. Please submit 250-word abstract and C.V. by 18 March 2015; Rhona Trauvitch (rhona.trauvitch@fiu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Fictions of Forgery
Modern and contemporary fictions about frauds, hoaxes, fakes, and forgeries in the visual arts, music and literature. 250-word abstracts and one-page CVs. by 15 March 2015; Mark W. Osteen (mosteen@loyola.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Filth of all hues…
Excrement, offal, disease, decay, garbage, rubbish, waste, dirt, muck, murkiness, lewdness, fornication, pornography: this panel seeks theoretically-grounded (but still playful) approaches to filth in literature. 300-500 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Chris Goldsmith (hgoldsmith@smu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in outlaw/outsider texts (especially post-medieval). 200-word abstracts; short bios by 15 March 2015; Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Given Huffer and Ferguson’s recent work, this panel reexamines the fraught relation between Foucault and Queer_of_Color_Critique to see what heterogeneous "strange affinities" might exist today. Abstract by 15 March 2015; Meridith Kruse (krusem@newschool.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France
Free-thinking/-feeling: notions of libertinism and materialism in 17th-/18th-century France; medical, theological, philosophical representations of body and mind; counter-discourses of Cartesianism. 300- words abstract by 15 March 2015; Valentina Denzel (vdenzel@msu.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

From Fatwas to Sufism: Representations of Islam in Maghrebi Francophone Literature
Panel explores contemporary representations of Islam in novels by authors of French expression writing from the Maghreb. 500 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

From the Lowell Mills to Lean In
From the labor leader to the COO, what do American narratives about working women reveal about women's paths to power? 250-word abstracts and CVs by 10 March 2015; Meghan Wadle (mtinning@smu.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

The Future of the History of the English Language: Pedagogical Practices
This roundtable will discuss how traditional approaches to teaching "HEL" can integrate multi-media resources and include 21st-century Englishes. 100-word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Mary Hayes (hayes@olemiss.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Futures Studies
Papers exploring the relationship between narratives (literary and non-literary) and the futures they depict. Topics might include speculative narratives, forecasting, risk assesment, and utopianism. Abstracts (250 words) and short bios by 15 March 2015; Ashley Winstead (awinstead@mail.smu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Gabriel García Márquez's Legacies
The work of Garcia Marquez has had unparalleled reach and influence. After his passing, we invite reflections on the meanings and continuous impact of his contributions. 250-words abstract by 10 March 2015; Maria Rueda (mrueda@smith.edu) and Gabriela Polit (gabriela@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Gender in Adaptation
Explores gender in adaptation across media, novel-to-film and beyond; how does the adaptation process enact and reflect changing concepts of gender, identity, and performativity? 250-word abstract, 50-word bio by 15 March 2015; Heidi Hart (heidi.hart@duke.edu) and Claire Scott (claire.scott@duke.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Gender in/and Translation in 20th/21st-century French and Francophone Literature
Papers exploring theoretical, generic, and practical questions related to gender in/and translation in 20th/21st-century French/Francophone literature. Abstracts (max. 250 words) by March 15. by 15 March 2015; Simo Kalervo Määttä (simo.maatta@helsinki.fi) and Nadia Louar (louarn@uwosh.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Genre Play in Middle English Romance
Consider interpretative agency of readers of Middle English romances, texts that assume romance knowledge while tweaking the genre. Topics: manuscript context, genre, game theory. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie Nelson Couch (julie.couch@ttu.edu) and Kimberly Bell (ENG_KKB@SHSU.EDU)
Posted 18 February 2015

The Geopoetics of Tourism
Examines how diverse media (literature, brochures, film, journalism) intervene in the production of touristic spaces. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Amanda Smith (asmith@jhu.edu) and Christopher Kozey (ckozey1@jhu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Global War on Terror Studies: The Map and the Territory
Session will focus on studies in fiction, non-fiction, television, and film. Submit abstracts no longer than 300 words by 16 March 2015; Matthew Armstrong (matty8a@gmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

Going Viral: Early Modern Theater and Contagious Diseases
Seeking papers rethinking the influence of contagious diseases on early modern theatrical practices through productive approaches, from the literal to the metaphorical. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; J.F. Bernard (j.bernard@marianopolis.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Gothic Performances and the Literary Audience
We invite papers on the narration of otherness through performances of gender, race, and class within the Gothic tradition. Send 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Ren Denton (gdenton@ega.edu) and Ana Gal (aggal@memphis.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Gower's Coeval Systems: Pasts and Presents
Engaging systems/systemic concerns in Gower's poetry through situating them within his/our own temporal, geographical, and cultural moments, creating dialogue w/later Middle Ages. 300-word abstracts w/brief bios. by 15 March 2015; Jeffery Stoyanoff (stoyanoffj@gmail.com) and Shyama Rajendran (shyama.rajendran@gmail.com)
Posted 29 January 2015

Graduate Student Research Writing Pedagogies
A “Case-Study-Themed Session” seeking innovative approaches and best practices for integrating formal and informal writing instruction into the graduate curriculum. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gretchen Busl (gbusl@twu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Graphic Visions: Comic Books, War, and Memory
This panel seeks papers theorizing graphic narratives concerned with war & memory. Submit abstract/bio to Jorge Santos (jsantos@holycross) by 3/15/15. 250 word abstract and bio. by 15 March 2015; Jorge Santos (jsantos@holycross.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Haitian Literature and the Question of Ethics
How does recent Haitian literature evoke ethical questions related to art, the environment, humanitarianism, and politics? 250-300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; John Walsh (jwalshtrois@gmail.com)
Posted 18 February 2015

Hebrew Literature and its Readers
Literature in the Hebrew/Israeli public sphere, past present and future. The reader/public as a literary figure. Global receptions of Hebrew literature. 250 word abstract to nrokem@uchicago.edu by 16 March 2015; Na'ama Rokem (nrokem@uchicago.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Heiner Müller's Legacies
Heiner Müller first visited the USA in 1975, in residence at UT-Austin; papers sought on his experiences in America and their influence on his work. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2015; Marc David Silberman (mdsilber@wisc.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans in World War I"
Representations of Negro soldiers; debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim Crow; global context. 200-250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Barbara Clare Foley (bfoley@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

Heterodoxy and Early Modern Literature
Interpretations that explore theology and poetic form; heterodoxy in drama; heterodoxy and the limits of interpretation; theology and reader response. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2015; Deni Kasa (deni.kasa@utoronto.ca)
Posted 4 February 2015

Historical Literature in Asian Modernities
Papers exploring the significance of historical literature (fiction, drama) in Asian modernities; specialists of East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East welcomed. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Satoru Hashimoto (shashimoto@uchicago.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Historicizing Psychoanalysis and Psychologizing New Historicism
This session encourages a discussion of these paradigms' limits and liabilities as well as their advantages and assets to any interpretation. Submit a 250-500 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2015; William Reginald Rampone, Jr. (wrampone@scsu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Historicizing Surveillance
Surveillance, although technologically ubiquitous today, has yet to be well historicized. This session encourages considerations of surveillance in/through any text from any period or any place. 150 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Sylvia Tomasch (stomasch@hunter.cuny.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

History and Form in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
This panel will explore the ways in which 19th-century literary narratives (and poems) imagine, construct, and/or redirect history. 300-word abstract and CV by 6 March 2015; Ian Finseth (finseth@unt.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

The Homoerotics of Orientalism
In response to recent publications by Joseph Allen Boone, HOMOEROTICS OF ORIENTALISM (2014), and Ali Bedhad, PHOTOGRAPHY'S ORIENTALISM (2013). Submit title and abstract (max. 150 words). by 16 March 2015; Richard J. Dellamora (rdellamora@verizon.net)
Posted 23 February 2015

How did “I” get here?
5 minutes talks engaging the intimate aspects of literary projects followed by a discussion about the general absence of the “I” in critical discourses. 200 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Raphael Sigal (rs3215@nyu.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

Human Rights and Security
How are discourses of human rights and security related to one another? How do literary and other cultural texts make visible and respond to these relationships? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Alexandra S. Moore (awschult@uncg.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future
What is the relationship between human rights and temporality? How does temporality affect human rights discourses, narratives, and claims practically and/or theoretically? 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Belinda Walzer (b.walzer@neu.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, public, etc. – with ideological meaning? Title, 300-word abstract, short bio. by 20 March 2015; Allison A. Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Illness, Genius, Imagination in East Asian Literature
Papers discussing writers' uses or representations of illness as a creative or imaginative force in East Asian literature. 250 word abstracts and brief bios. by 15 March 2015; Meera Lee (mlee46@syr.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Imagining the Celebrity Chef
Prefigurations of the modern celebrity chef, in literary, popular, and visual culture, through the mid twentieth century. 250 word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Michael D. Garval (garval@ncsu.edu)
Posted 25 January 2015

The Immoderate Renaissance
How did early modern England and Europe not embrace but defy the Aristotelian mean? Seeking papers on the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of extremity, outrageousness, radicality, incivility. Brief abstract by 15 March 2015; David Hershinow (djh4@princeton.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Implicated Subjects in Postcolonial Literature
How do postcolonial texts complicate discussions of trauma writing by representing implicated subjects, located in between the positions of victims and perpetrators? 250-word abstracts by 9 March 2015; Minna Niemi (minnie@utu.fi)
Posted 5 February 2015

Indexicality, Pragmatics, Non-Referentiality: Linguistic Anthropology in/as Literary Criticism
We invite papers engaging methods/concepts from linguistic anthropology for literary criticism: indexicality, register, entextualization, language-in-use, interactional text, etc. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Tom McEnaney (mcenaney@cornell.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

India in the American Imaginary
Papers exploring the circulation of India (goods, people, ideas) that found expression in print cultures, institutions, various discourses in the US 1750s-1890s. 300 word abstracts, brief bio by 18 March 2015; Rajender Kaur (kaurr@wpunj.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Indigenous Knowledges and Literary Production
How should indigenous knowledge be framed when critiquing indigenous texts? This call invites reflections on the debate on using colonizing categories in this process. 250-words abstract by 15 March 2015; Arturo Arias (arturo_arias@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Ineffectual Lyric
Auden claimed “poetry makes nothing happen.” How does lyric aim for political effects, and fail? How does lyric cope with its ineffectuality? Is the ineffectual the apolitical? 250-word abstract; c.v. by 10 March 2015; Daniel Wright (daniel.wright@utoronto.ca)
Posted 10 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Injury & Response: Literary Rivalry in the 18th Century
Seeking papers that address the influence of literary rivalries on genre, print culture, and criticism during the long eighteenth century. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; David Diamond (dmd@uchicago.edu) and Tristan Schweiger (tschweiger@uchicago.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Innovative Digital-Humanities Approaches in Teaching and Research of Languages and Literatures
We seek theory- and practice-based presentations on application of digital technologies in language/literature fields. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome. 300-500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Alexander E. Pichugin (pichugin@rutgers.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

The International in Literature and Law
Explores representations of the “international” across English literature and law, from 17th century onward; possibilities include universal jurisdiction; genres; human rights; legal pluralism; (post)colonialism. 300-word abstracts by 7 March 2015; Joel Rodgers (joel.rodgers@utoronto.ca) and Michael Donnelly (mich.donnelly@utoronto.ca)
Posted 23 January 2015

Intersections: African Literature and Electronic Liteature
Navigates the intersections between African literature and electronic literature, examining the influence that both fields have over each other. Abstract of approximately 150-250 words by 15 March 2015; Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang (kwabena.oa@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Inventing America: Public Memory and Private Pain
Examines the dialogic tension between public memory and private pain in the framing of the New Republic. Abstracts 300 words by 15 March 2015; Dolan Hubbard (dolan.hubbard@morgan.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Iranian Women’s Life Narratives
Abstracts invited for a panel on Iranian and Iranian diaspora women’s life narratives. How have their concerns changed through time? Abstracts 250-300 words, CV by 10 March 2015; Safaneh Mohahegh Neyshabouri (safaneh@ualberta.ca)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim
This panel explores the scope/affect of Islamophobia, its history, contemporary discourses through the means of biopower, textual discourse and public culture. 300 word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Amrita Ghosh (Amrita.ghosh@shu.edu) and Afrin Zeenat (azeenat@uark.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Italy’s Heart of Darkness: Eastern Africa in the Modern Italian Literary Imagination
Investigates representations of Italian East Africa, particularly under colonial rule, and the cultural work they might perform. abstract (200-250 words) by 15 March 2015; Stephanie Malia Hom (smh@ou.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015

Jean-Luc Nancy and the Concept of Community
This panel seeks to explore Jean-Luc Nancy’s concept of “community,” and its relevance to cyber- and/or literary communities. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Helga Lenart-Cheng (hl4@stmarys-ca.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture
Papers on Jewish/Islamic relations, interested in all historical periods. Could include literature, rhetoric, or other media. 300 word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2015; Lindsay Dearinger (lindsay.dearinger@gmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

John Dewey and American Poetry
Papers on John Dewey and American poetry, especially Stevens, Moore, WCW, Bishop, and Roethke. Possibility of edited collection. 300-word abstracts/CV by March 15 to James Hoff (jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu). by 15 March 2015; James D. Hoff (jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

Kashmir Unfinished: Aesthetics, Politics, and Solidarity
Analyses of Kashmiri conflict: interpretations in literature (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and film; comparative geo-politics and history; international solidarity and resistance. 300 word abstracts and short bio. by 15 March 2015; John Maerhofer (jmaerhofer@gmail.com)
Posted 6 February 2015

Katherine Anne Porter -- Texan, Southerner, Cosmopolitan
New assessments of Porter's legacy, as the MLA meets in her home state for the first time since 1980. 100-word abstracts by 11 March 2015; Thomas Carl Austenfeld (thomas.austenfeld@unifr.ch)
Posted 13 February 2015

Knausgård and Contemporary Autofiction
This session provides generic and comparative contexts for understanding Karl Ove Knausgård’s acclaimed six-volume autobiographical novel Min kamp (My Struggle) within the expanding field of autofiction. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie K. Allen (jkallen@wisc.edu) and Dean Krouk (krouk@stolaf.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

La Perse dans la littérature universelle
Cette cession se propose de mettre en relief l'image de la Perse dans la littérature du monde entier. Résumés en français accompagné d'un C.V. by 15 March 2015; Mojgan Mahdavi Zadeh (mojgan_mahdavi@yahoo.fr)
Posted 27 February 2015

La Poétique et la Littérarité saisies à travers les textes des XXème et XXIème siècles françaises
la Littérarité et la Poétique considérées par les génies créateurs des XXème et XXIème siècles. Résumés by 15 March 2015; Mojgan Mahdavi Zadeh (mojgan_mahdavi@yahoo.fr)
Posted 27 February 2015

Later Mothering & Lit
How does later-life motherhood (standard issue, via biotech, adoption, step-parenting, relative-fostering, &c) affect women’s stories: the writing of them, the stories told, or both? Age Studies. 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Gregory (egregory@uh.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Latin American Film and Nation in the 21st Century
This panel explores the relationships among nation-state, local and global markets, and cinema in 21st Century Latin America. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Arno Argueta (arno@utexas.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Latin American Narrative: A Post-Colonial Dilemma
21st Century Latin-American narrative exposes the contradiction of the post-colonial times. Send abstract 300 words in English. Session in Spa by 12 March 2015; Gina Ponce de Leon (gina.poncedeleon@fresno.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

Law, Literature, and Crisis in South Africa
Seeking papers on the productive relationship between literature and law in South Africa. Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less. by 15 March 2015; Nicholas Matlin (nick.matlin@nyu.edu) and Nienke Boer (nb1105@nyu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Lawrence, Editions, and Critical Renewal
Possible topics include CUP editions (Lawrence’s poetry, first Women in Love, etc.), readerships, and pedagogical uses of scholarly editions. 250-word abstracts by 4 March 2015; John Young (youngj@marshall.edu) and Nancy Paxton (Nancy.Paxton@nau.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Legacies of the Sexual Revolution
Presentations on women (feminism, marriage, sexuality, motherhood) during Sexual Revolution. Panel will examine the era’s legacy in our understanding of gender, both then and now. Abstract, cv by 15 March 2015; Eir-Anne Edgar (eiranne.edgar@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

Legal and Literary Persons
Papers on legal and literary fictions of personhood, personality, impersonation, personification; possibilities include post-humanism, postcolonial, environmental studies, human rights, animal studies. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Peter Leman (peterdleman@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Let Slip the Canines of War: Animals and Military Conflict
Papers engage with the intersection of animals and war or war culture, any time period or theoretical approach. abstracts of 300 words by 13 March 2015; Cynthia Bateman (batemaca@email.sc.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

LGBT*QI Faculty and Staff Diversity
Roundtable will discuss LGBT*QI faculty and staff diversity. We will tackle various aspects of diversity discussions, including: quantifying, recruitment, support and community. Send 250 word abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) and Melanie Adley (madley@sas.upenn.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

LGBT*QI Graduate Student Diversity
Roundtable will discuss LGBT*QI graduate student diversity. We will tackle various aspects of diversity discussions, including: quantifying, recruitment, support and community. 250 word abstracts. by 13 March 2015; Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) and Corey Twitchell (twitchellcl@cofc.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Life During Wartime in Seventeenth-Century England
Papers on the everyday experience of the war in early modern England; approaches using affect studies, space theory, or historical phenomenology encouraged. 300-word abstract and cv by 15 March 2015; Christopher D'Addario (cdaddari@gettysburg.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Limits of Secular Criticism
How do recent debates on religion and the secular (Asad, Eagleton, Taylor) pertain to literary study? Papers might engage Edward Said’s arguments for secular criticism. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Rachel Arteaga (rarteaga@uw.edu)
Posted 27 January 2015

Listening to Early Modern Voices
Theoretical approaches to voice in the early modern period, especially colonial encounters: transcription practices, song and poetry, orality, embodied voices. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Caroline Egan (eganc@stanford.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literary and Scientific Networks
How learned societies, coteries, school systems, or other networks (in any period) create interdisciplinary links; methods for researching/modeling a networked approach to literary history/disciplinary history. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; John Savarese (john.savarese@uwaterloo.ca)
Posted 3 February 2015

Literary Blogging in the Hispanic and Lusophone World
This session explores dissolution of boundaries between literature, journalism, and visual culture, the blogger-reader relationship, and the interface between discourse and ideology. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jovana Zujevic (jz87@georgetown.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Literature and Media Change
Literature as a window on media change past and present. How have literary texts critiqued or proposed alternatives to dominant or emerging media practices? 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kelley Kreitz (kkreitz@pace.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Literature and Taxation
Seeking papers from any historical period that examine literary representations of taxation, the influence of tax policies on authors or cultural imaginations, and/or general theoretical approaches. 300 word abstract by 20 March 2015; Robin Stewart (stewartr@uci.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature and the Landscape of American Suburbs
How does literature help interpret the causes and consequence of growing racial, sexual, economic, or other diversity in American suburbs? 250-word abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Randy Ontiveros (rjo@umd.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Literature and the Phenomenology of Injustice
Seeking papers that analyze how personal or collective experiences of injustice are depicted in or theorized by literature. 300 word abstract and C.V. by 18 March 2015; Trinyan Mariano (tmariano@fsu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature and Theology: A Global Re-Assessment
Especially welcome are studies that take into account the theoretical and theological engagements of university systems outside the United States. Abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2015; Sharon Kim (skim@judsonu.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

Literature as Healing
Can literature contribute to social and cultural healing? How might literary works foster health and well-being? Indigenous topics/perspectives encouraged. 300-word abstracts by 15 March by 15 March 2015; Brenda Machosky (machosky@hawaii.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature in Large Classes
How can we promote the kinds of discussions that enrich literary study when teaching over 75 students? Games, apps, and other innovative approaches welcome. 300-word abstracts and C.V. by 20 March 2015; Krista A. Murchison (kmurchis@uottawa.ca)
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Literature without redemption?
The Christian tradition’s perspective on writing as redemptive has led to the rejection of literature considered unproductive or destructive. Submit abstracts discussing nonredemptive approaches to literature. 300 word abstract by 13 March 2015; Clara Dupuis-Morency (claradmorency@gmail.com) and Sara Danièle Bélanger-Michaud (sdbm22@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature, Jihad, and the Marketplace
Literary studies, liberal arts education, STEM pressure, career in corporate world, global competition, first-generation college students, teaching institutions, youth and jihadi extremism Pramod Mishra mishrapr@lewisu.edu. 500-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Pramod K. Mishra (mishrapr@lewisu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature, Law, and Public Life
How do imaginative texts participate in and/or respond to legal debates? How does legal discourse draw upon and/or shape imaginative writing? 300-word abstract and brief CV by 13 March 2015; Melissa J. Ganz (melissa.ganz@marquette.edu) and Christine Holbo (cholbo@asu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Literature, Place, and the Material World
New practices towards understanding the intersection of the material world and place; how do things locate, disorient, ground, etc., locally and globally. CV, 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Jesse Bordwin (jeb2sm@virginia.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Lola Ridge
We invite papers that examine Lola Ridge's poetry and editorial practices in the context of her socialist aesthetic and feminism and/or in the context of modernism. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Marcela Sulak (mmsulak@hotmail.com) and Terese Svoboda (terese.svoboda@stonybrook.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Lore and Lure of the Academic Job Market
Roundtable discussion about the effects of advice given and common knowledge about getting an academic job. 250-word abstracts by 6 March 2015; Carrie Johnston (johnsci@quincy.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

Madness and Disability in Italian Studies
Explores the possible intersections between madness and disability from both inside/outside the literary/artistic domain and the mental health establishment. 250 word abstract, theoretical approach, & bibliog by 1 March 2015; Ryan Calabretta-Sajder (rcalabretta@gmail.com) and Colleen Ryan (ryancm@indiana.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

Making Student-Subjects: Knowledge-Narratives, Capital, The University
Theoretical investigations of University impact on student identity formation. Have Humanities become over-determined by Market forces -- forsaking critique to produce relevant knowledge-workers? 500 word abstracts by 22 March 2015; Dean Casale (dcasale@kean.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Making the Middle Ages: Medievalism and the Modern World
Papers to address the construction and manifestation of the Iberian middle ages in contemporary society, literature, and culture. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Cristina Guardiola (cmgm@udel.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Martin's Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Martin's novels and HBO series are widely enjoyed. Papers on any aspect of the works solicited. Preference is given to comparative studies. Paper 15p by 23 March 2015; Janice Marie Bogstad (bogstajm@uwec.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Media and the Cultures of Sports
We welcome analyses of how media technologies determine sports and sporting publics in literature, television, social media, performance studies, visual art, photography, and/or history. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Marcel Brousseau (marcel_brousseau@umail.ucsb.edu) and Katherine Kelp-Stebbins (kkelpstebbins@palomar.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Media and the Unconscious
Seeking papers exploring the unconscious dimensions and/or effects of media (new and historical). 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Matthew Schilleman (schilleman@gmail.com)
Posted 27 February 2015

Medieval Fictionality
What were the modes of medieval fiction? Counterfactuality, what-ifs, fable, figure, mimesis, myth, mnemonic, experiment, example, allegory, imagination, dream, ideal, phantasm, and . . . ? Please send 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Julie Orlemanski (julieorlemanski@uchicago.edu) and Rebecca Davis (radavis@uci.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Medieval in the Modern World
How do 20th-/21st-century adaptations of medieval English texts negotiate original content to appeal to modern audiences? 300-word abstract with CV by 15 March 2015; Amber Dunai (adunai@tamu.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Medieval Poetics of Anxiety
How did medieval poets and poetic institutions address existential anxieties? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Dan Redding-Brielmaier (daniel.brielmaier@utoronto.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Medievalist Poetry Reading
Original poems repurposing the medieval (in setting, imagery, history, figure, etc.) as contemporary. Please send several poems (7-10 pp.) by 1 March 2015; Jane Chance (jchance@rice.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Memoria reescrita por caribeñas contemporáneas
En obras de escritoras caribeñas se re-escribe la memoria local frente al mito nacional, la creencia popular y al imparable olvido. Abstracts in Spanish. 350 words. by 13 March 2015; Ester Gimbernat Gonzalez (ester.gonzalez@unco.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Memory and Identity in Contemporary Spanish Feminine Narrative
Exploring issues of memory, gender, and identity construction in the narrative of Contemporary Spanish Women Writers. Please submit 250-300 word abstract and brief bio by 13 March 2015; Estefania Tocado Orviz (et287@georgetown.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Middle English Economics
The influence of medieval economic thought on texts in Middle English, or applications of modern theories of money and exchange to Middle English works. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Robert W. Epstein (repstein@fairfield.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

The Middlebrow and its Discontents
What is middlebrow literature? Can its political effects be discussed independently of commercial logics or residual notions of cultural capital? 200 word abstract and CV. by 16 March 2015; Andrew Lachlan McCann (andrew.mccann@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Miguel de Cervantes: Past, Present, and Future
In celebrating 400 years of Cervantes, this panel seeks papers that reflect upon past scholarship and highlight innovative approaches to Cervantes’s texts. 200-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Shannon Polchow (spolchow@uscupstate.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the reception and/or influence of Unamuno's works, particularly his fiction, in contemporary Spanish culture. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Luis Alvarez-Castro (lacastro@ufl.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Milton and His Postmodern Heirs: Paradise Lost in Fiction and Film
How do authors/directors use Miltonic ideas to navigate issues of science, gender, and religion in contemporary pop culture? 300-word abstracts by 12 March 2015; Ryan Hackenbracht (ryan.hackenbracht@ttu.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 31 January 2015

Miltonic Apocrypha
Miltonic Apocrypha invites papers concerning disputed attributions like De Doctrina Christiana or any hitherto unacknowledged works arguably attributable to Milton. 300-word abstract and CV by 17 March 2015; Hugh F. Wilson (wilsonh@gram.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 28 February 2015

Mining, Minerals, and Empire
Literature about mining/mineral extraction, as microcosms of the issues of the larger empire and the relationship between the land, colonizers, and the colonized. Abstracts of 250 words by 14 March 2015; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (rwh@und.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Missed Connections: Satire and Its Publics
Satire, political art, subversive humor within any medium and its intersections with audience in any time period. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Janessa Toro (jltz85@mail.missouri.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Modern Comics as Political Theater
Materialist, object-relations, or related readings of the social imaginary of modern comics, especially newspaper serials like Thimble Theatre that are not explicitly political. Papers or abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Eyal Amiran (amiran@uci.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Modernist Ephemera
Fresh approaches to Modernist objects, focusing on the material of everyday life. Topics might include litter, junk, keepsakes, household items, and found objects. CV and 250 word abstract by 13 March 2015; Katharine Boswell (kboswell@smu.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Modernity and the Arab
papers invited on the particular (historical) figuration of the Arab in the western orientalist imaginary, especially in reference to present-day understandings. abstracts (up to one page) by 9 March 2015; David E. Simpson (desimpson@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

Modes of the Italian Sublime
This panel proposes to explore modes and manifestations of the sublime in Italian literature. All periods and theoretical approaches are welcome. abstracts of 200-250 words by 15 March 2015; Carlo Annelli (annelli@wisc.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

More-Than-Human Publics in Long Nineteenth-Century English Literature
We invite papers on animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life words, narratives and poetics of living in common(s). 250-word abstracts and 1-paragraph bios by 13 March 2015; Shun Kiang (s.kiang@northeastern.edu) and Kaitlin Mondello (kaitlin.mondello@gmail.com)
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Moving Islands and Global Futurity
Papers on representations of growing, moving, or disappearing islands in literature or other media, especially as hope or warning for global futurity. 250-word abstract and brief bio. by 1 March 2015; Yu-ting Huang (ythuang@ucla.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry
We invite papers exploring all aspects of Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. 250 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2015; Rowena Kennedy-Epstein (r.kennedy-epstein@bristol.ac.uk) and Elisabeth Daeumer (edaumer@emich.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 8 February 2015

Musicality in Arguedas
Papers on political, natural, or spiritual aspects/effects of musicality (Quechua, Spanish or other) in the work of Jose Maria Arguedas. Also considered: rhythm, dance, corporeality, gestures, etc. 250-word abstract by 13 March 2015; Samuel Jaffee (sjaffee@uw.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

The Musics of Texas
This panel focuses on the sounds, lyrics, themes, events, people, places, and memories of the musics of Texas. 250-word abstract and CV by 13 March 2015; Shawn Higgins (shawn.higgins@uconn.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

The myth of post-canonicity: 16th and 17th century women writers
Given the success of the recovery project, what are the next steps? Obstacles? Opportunities? Possible topics: pedagogy, DH, editions, critical methodologies. Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Lara A. Dodds (ldodds@english.msstate.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Nabokov and Sexualities
“Sex as an institution, sex as a general notion, sex as a problem, sex as a platitude—... Let us skip sex.” Or present on it. 300 word abstracts. by 18 March 2015; Zoran Kuzmanovich (zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Naming the 18th Century
What's at stake in naming this period "long" (1660-1830), "short" (1715-1789), early modern, Enlightenment (etc.)? What's its role in the new MLA? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Dustin D. Stewart (dustin.d.stewart@gmail.com) and Joshua Swidzinski (js3683@columbia.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Narrative Threads
Textile objects (needlework, embroidery) may also be textual objects. Approaches might include textiles and texts as artifacts of industrialization, imperialism, and/or globalization. Abstracts by 10 March 2015; Lauren Miskin (lmiskin@smu.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015

Narratives of Contingency
Considers stories, tales, discourses about the adjunct or non-tenure track faculty in modern/contemporary literature and documents of academe relevant to contingency studies. Abstract of 250 words by 15 March 2015; Kristina Quynn (quynn@colostate.edu)
Posted 11 February 2015

The Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante
Papers exploring central questions and concerns engaged in Ferrante's bildungsroman. Potential topics include female friendship, mother/daughter relations, class, language, and affect. 300-500 word abstract and CV by 6 March 2015; Christine Maksimowicz (cmaksimo@english.umass.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

New Animals: Critical Theory After Posthumanism
If we accept posthumanist critiques of the traditional human-animal opposition, how can we think about our relationships to other creatures? Please submit a 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Marta Figlerowicz (marta.figlerowicz@yale.edu) and Moira Weigel (moira.weigel@yale.edu )
Posted 10 February 2015

New Approaches to Cinematic and Mediatic Identification
Papers should recuperate the beleaguered concept of cinematic identification through any of a diversity of approaches, including race studies, psychoanalysis and queer studies. 500-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Elizabeth Reich (ereich1@concoll.edu) and Scott Richmond (scr@wayne.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

New Directions in Mediterranean Studies
New Directions in Mediterranean Studies: Innovative talks on theories, methodologies, and case studies at the intersection of the modern and the Mediterranean. 350 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2015; Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (etamalet@tulane.edu) and Yasser Elhariry (yasser.elhariry@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 15 February 2015

New Disciplinary Histories
We seek examples of disciplinary history that revivify old methodologies or engage new ones, or contributions reflecting on the practice of disciplinary history itself. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rachel Buurma (rbuurma1@swarthmore.edu) and Laura Heffernan (l.heffernan@unf.edu)
Posted 24 February 2015

New Reflections on Piracy
Papers invited on piracy in contemporary culture, including representations of pirates or appropriative practices in recent literature and film or reflections on plagiarism/illegal distribution. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Alana Reid (alareid@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

New Representations of the Contemporary University
If academic novels are obsolete, where (and in what form) are emerging representations of the university? What ideological work do they perform? Abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ian Butcher (butcheri@duq.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 25 January 2015

Novel Approaches to History
Publics' pasts: How does the contemporary historical novel revise and/or reinscribe the past for public consumption. Whose past, and for whom? 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Linda S. Garber (lgarber@scu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Objects of Global Media
How might we see the stakes of global media culture differently if we rethink them around symptomatic objects? PechaKucha talks; full CFP at http://paulbenzon.com/mla16objects/. 250-word abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2015; Paul Benzon (pbenzon@temple.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

The Objects of Performance, 1660-1830
This panel will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long eighteenth century. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words. by 15 March 2015; Ashley Bender (abender@twu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Orientalism, Postcolonialism and the Global Charles Dickens
This panel would like to explore Charles Dickens' relationship with Orientalism specifically, postcolonialism/transnationalism generally. Panel still flexible in direction. Abstracts no word # requirements. CV. by 15 March 2015; Michael Lundell (mjlundell@yahoo.com)
Posted 14 February 2015

Parables in American Literature
Considers how writers have revived the traditional parable for an American context. How do American parables channel the past, challenge the present, or envision the future? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Kyle Wiggins (kwiggins@bu.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Party Politics
This session explores the literary and historical significance of social gatherings and the cultural narratives they produce and reproduce. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Andrew Forrester (aforrester@smu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Patricia Highsmith via Žižek and Texas
Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith's works call for reconsideration in light of Žižek's philosophical readings and cinematic interpretations. Submit 300 word abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2015; Bruce Krajewski (bkrajewski@uta.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Paul Celan Today
As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of his death, this panel explores the legacy of the poet and translator Paul Celan. 300 word abstract and brief CV. by 15 March 2015; Thomas C. Connolly (thomas.c.connolly@yale.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Performance and Emerging Genres in the Mediterranean
How do performance forms in the Mediterranean region question relationships between high and low cultures, oral and literary genres, history and memory? 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Neil Doshi (doshi@pitt.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Performance, Poetics, and the Public Sphere
Participants situate performance, poetry, and community in examining the ways publics reaffirm, realign, and reorganize themselves out from the obfuscations of contemporary living. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; John Hyland (jhyland@haverford.edu) and José Alvergue (jose.felipe.alvergue@gmail.com)
Posted 15 February 2015

Performing Romanticism(s)
Papers addressing how literary scholars can use performance--the stage, lectern, classroom, and other non-traditional scholarly practices--to reconsider issues pertaining to Romantic-era drama, poetry, and prose. 250-word abstracts and brief bio by 10 March 2015; Omar F. Miranda (ofm203@nyu.edu) and Randall Sessler (ras559@nyu.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Performing Spain's Historical Memory
This panel explores how historical memory has been represented in Spanish dramaturgy in relation to historical events that have shaped the making of the country. Abstracts (150 words) by 15 March 2015; Esther Fernández (efernandez@slc.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Periodizations and Their Publics Since 1945
Modern, postmodern, postcolonial, post-45, contemporary - how has literature been periodized since 1945 in critical and public spheres? How do texts engage/interrogate these periodizations? Roundtable contributions by 15 March 2015; Kathryn Fleishman (kfleishman@berkeley.edu) and Kevin Brazil (kevin.brazil@stcatz.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 28 February 2015

Peripheral Aesthetics and World-Literature
What aesthetic strategies articulate the unevenness of the capitalist world-system -- socialist and magical realisms, regional modernisms etc? Soliciting materialist approaches to peripheral aesthetics/politics and world literature. abstracts by 10 March 2015; Auritro Majumder (amajumder@uh.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Playful Modernism
Playful Modernism: Inviting abstracts for papers on the ludic aspects of modernism, including toys, games, the aleatory, uselessness, frivolity, wastefulness, the illogical and the irrational. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Michael Opest (opest@wisc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Poetics and Politics of Turkish Literature: New Directions
This panel seeks innovative approaches to contemporary Turkish literary and cultural production. Theoretical, hermeneutic, and comparative approaches are welcome. 250-word abstract and CV. by 1 March 2015; Sevinç Türkkan (sturkkan@brockport.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Poetry and Dissent in American Public Life
This session seeks to theorize, document, and enact poetry as a practice of dissent in American public life. All periods welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nate Mickelson (nate.mickelson@guttman.cuny.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Poetry and Tone
Is tone an independent feature of poetry, capable of working against the speaker’s ostensible or poet’s stated intent? Are tone and voice always analogous or synonymous concepts? 300-word abstract by 12 March 2015; Magdalena Kay (magdakay@uvic.ca)
Posted 13 February 2015

Political Aesthetics in the Novel
Seeking proposals on the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and reading practices in the novel from any period. CV and 250-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Stephanie L. Hawkins (shawkins@unt.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Politics of Friendship in American Literature
Papers might engage with critical race studies, queer studies, children’s and YA literature, and/ or issues of public authorship and collaboration. 250-word abstracts; short bios by 8 March 2015; Kristen Proehl (kproehl@brockport.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

Politics of Literature in Modern and Contemporary Italy
New approaches to the political dimension of fiction, poetry, reading, theoretical re-examinations of literary experience. This is a non-guaranteed session. Title, 300-word abstract, bio by 20 March 2015; Manuela Marchesini (mmarchesini@tamu.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

Post-Apartheid South African Literature and Globalization
What is the relationship of South African literature to the nation's neoliberal dispensation, in terms of critique, compromise, or engagement? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Eric Strand (Eric.Strand@uct.ac.za)
Posted 22 February 2015

Post-Humanism and the Virus
We invite papers exploring the dual agency of the viral as simultaneously generative and threatening. How do viruses and humans interact in the ‘Post-human’? 250-word abstracts/short bios by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (jaw55@psu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Postcolonial Animality
Analyses of the role animals and animal ontologies perform in postcolonial cultural texts. 250 word abstracts with bio by 15 March 2015; Amit Baishya (arbaishya1@ou.edu) and Suvadip Sinha (ssinha@umn.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Postcolonial Contemporary Fantasy
Paper sought on recent fantasy set in the modern Americas; discuss appropriation, hydridization, or Creolization of old and new world culture and lore. 150-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Rikk Mulligan (rikk.mulligan@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Postcolonial Cynicism
How have authors and theorists responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism following official decolonization and/or the rise of neoliberalism in the postcolonial world? 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Alexander Adkins (alexander.adkins@rice.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Satire and Comedy
How have satirists and comedians responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism following official decolonization in the postcolonial world? Political correctness; morality vs. moralism; scatology. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Alexander Adkins (alexander.adkins@rice.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonialism and Neoliberalism
How have authors/theorists of the postcolonial articulated and responded to the rise of neoliberalism as today’s dominant political logic and form of capitalism? 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Alexander Adkins (alexander.adkins@rice.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Postmodern Economics
Interdisciplinary papers exploring fresh economic theoretical approaches to texts after 1945. Topics might include exchange, property norms, intellectual property, regulation, globalization, theories of value, etc. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Seth McKelvey (rmckelvey@smu.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Power and Spectacle in the Spanish Golden Age
Dynamics of power and spectacle in 17th-century Spain and Spanish America. Text, performance, representation, theater, fiesta, public entertainment. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015; Marina Coma (comadima@mail.uc.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Pox Americana: Epidemic Illness Past, Present, Future
Seeking papers exploring literature of American epidemic (historical, contemporary, or anticipated) and the construction of community, national, and international identities. C.V. and 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Rachel Conrad (rachel.b.conrad@rice.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, etc. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Leah Chang (lchang@gwu.edu)
Posted 16 January 2015

Pre-Modern, Queer Hermeneutics
This panel will explore how pre-modern thinkers regarded textuality in queer terms. Topics may include: hermaphroditic literary theories, writing as autoeroticism, reading as circumcision, etc. brief abstract by 15 March 2015; A.W. Strouse (astrouse@gradcenter.cuny.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Prehistories of the Digital Humanities
Forerunners, fantasies, false starts on the way to DH. Network theory in literature and criticism, graph theory, library science revolutions (“KWIC”), mapping, visualization, stats. Abstracts—ledes, kickers, quotes by 15 March 2015; J. D. Connor (jd.connor@yale.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Privileged Publics/Disenfranchised Publics: Are the Humanities for the Working-Class?
Seeking multiple perspectives for roundtable session on working-class access to the humanities in a time of economic precarity. 250-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Andrea Kaston Tange (akastont@emich.edu) and Martin B. Shichtman (mshichtma1@emich.edu)
Posted 20 February 2015

Proper Nouns in Translation
Papers that descriptively analyze translations of proper nouns through cognitive, pragmatic, and socio-cultural point of view. abstract (max. 300 words) and bio by 15 March 2015; Eriko Sato (eriko.sato@stonybrook.edu)
Posted 31 January 2015

Psychoanalysis in/and Russia
History of psychoanalysis in Russia; role of Russian subjects in the development of psychoanalytic theory; Russian texts, films, and other cultural products through psychoanalytic lens. 250-word abstracts by March 20 by ; Emma Lieber (emma.lieber@rutgers.edu)
Posted , last updated 2 March 2015

Public Acts of Witnessing
Papers exploring the relationships between public acts of witnessing, such as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and the literary and other texts they inspire or engage. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura J. Beard (lbeard@ualberta.ca)
Posted 21 January 2015

Public Austens: or, Austen in Austin
Seeking papers on Jane Austen as public figure and celebrity in historical context. 250-word abstracts and brief CV by 13 March 2015; Devoney Looser (devoney.looser@asu.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Public Blackness: Celebrity, Diaspora, and Modernity
How has black celebrity—examined across national, historical, and generic borders—been a defining presence in the literatures and cultures of modernity? Paper Abstracts (350 words) by 15 March 2015; Jennifer Wilks (jmwilks@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Public Pedagogy in the Corporate University
We seek located responses to these questions: should our teaching support or hinder the careerist demands of a defunded university? And how? Abstract, >350 words by 25 March 2015; Thomas Spitzer-Hanks (penumbra7@hotmail.com)
Posted 26 February 2015

The Public Spiritual
This session will consider the emergence of spiritual doctrine in mainstream socio-cultural discourse and its implications for public attitude and policy. One page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Asha Sen (sena@uwec.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

The Publics of Charles Bukowski and Henry Chinaski
This panel will consider the audience for Bukowski's oeuvre and public self in conversation with Chinaski's fictional (counter)publics. 250-word abstracts and short bios by 9 March 2015; David Pratt (dcpratt@wm.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Publics, Platforms, and Mobilities in Africa
Papers on the changing configurations of platforms and publics for African literature, studies of interactions between new platforms and publics. 250 word abstracts and one-page CV by 15 March 2015; Moradewun Adejunmobi (madejunmobi@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 1 February 2015

Publics, Print, and Place
Exploring the role of physical places in the production and use of print. What “publics” are revealed? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Blevin Shelnutt (mbs405@nyu.edu) and Steven Carl Smith (ssmith32@providence.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Quantity in English Verse
Discussions of quantity have been distracted by Renaissance experiments. However, recent discoveries make quantity an essential, specifiable prosodic element in English from the beginnings to the present. Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Thomas Cable (tcable@utexas.edu) and Natalie Gerber (natalie.gerber@fredonia.edu)
Posted 20 January 2015

Queer Monsters of the British Fin de Siècle
This panel will interrogate the queer contributions of monster protagonists to fiction of the British fin de siècle. 300-word abstract to emacalu1@binghamton.edu by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Macaluso (emacalu1@binghamton.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Queer Networks: Queer Life on Network Television
Special session addresses queer life in contemporary, popular television shows--positive and negative. Please submit an abstract of roughly 250 words wit by 6 March 2015; Jeremy Chow (jchow00@umail.ucsb.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Queer/Short Story
What's queer about the short story? Readings of stories; theoretical takes on sexuality and short form; historical approaches to the form in relation to queer sexuality. 250-word abstract, short CV. by 15 March 2015; Christopher Looby (clooby@humnet.ucla.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Race in/after Conceptual Writing
Treatments and elisions of racial politics, aesthetics, and experiences in conceptual writing. Does writing “against expression” renovate approaches to race or entrench racial privilege in experimental poetry? Abstracts by 13 March 2015; Seth Perlow (perlow@okstate.edu) and Dorothy Wang (dwang@williams.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

A Radical New Vision: Popular Visual Culture and African-American Self-Fashioning
How did African-Americans—from 1865 to 1918—revise existing visual archives and repertoires to fashion a sense of self? 300 word abstract and C.V. by 9 March 2015; Kya Mangrum (knm53@cornell.edu) and Stacie McCormick (s.mccormick@tcu.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Radio Thinks Itself
How have radio plays, documentaries, and features explored the characteristics and effects--intimacy, audition, sightlessness, domesticity, voice--that distinguish radio in the media ecology? Abstracts (300 words) and biography (~50 words) by 12 March 2015; Ian Whittington (iwhittin@olemiss.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Raiding the Archive of Latin American Literature
This panel will examine re-readings of the archival tradition in Latin American narrative, considering counter archives, feminist archives, queer archives, etc. 250-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2015; Carlos Riobó (criobo@gc.cuny.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Rationalism and Empiricism in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Panel on the representation in early modern Hispanic culture of rationalism and empiricism, including anticipations, responses and critiques. 250-word abstract and brief cv by 15 March 2015; Eli Cohen (eli.cohen@oberlin.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Re-Approaching the Survey Course
Papers invited for a roundtable session on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. 250-page abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2015; Gwynn A. Dujardin (dujardin@queensu.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-casting Humanism in Islamic Literature and Thought: Perils and Promises
The aim of this session is to look at major critical theories recasting Humanism in Islam. Abstract- One page by 15 March 2015; Youssef Yacoubi (yyacoubi05@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Re-Greening of W. H. Hudson
"Green Mansions" (1904) rendered the naturalist/novelist W. H. Hudson a household name. Too soon forgotten, he is forerunner of environmentalism. March 15. Full Abstracts (300– words) by 15 March 2015; Alan Rauch (arauch@uncc.edu)
Posted 10 February 2015

(Re)-Living Language Change
This interdisciplinary session will present and discuss case studies on critically-endangered and extinct languages and dialects in any medium that are supported by external artifices. 150 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Hans Christian Boas (hcb@mail.utexas.edu) and Steven Berbeco (berbeco@post.harvard.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

The Re/covery of Traumatic Memories in Magical Realist Literature
Papers addressing the representation of historical traumata through magical realist writing in different literatures and time periods. Send 300-500 word abstract and CV. by 15 March 2015; Eugene Arva (magicreal@aol.com)
Posted 16 February 2015

Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature
This session will explore how a reader's experience is shaped and enacted through the media devices used in e-lit works. More info http://bit.ly/readermediationselit. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Elika Ortega (elikaortega@ku.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Readers Over His Shoulder
Original scholarship on complex and contradictory thinking about reading public(s) exemplified in the work of Robert Graves. 250-word abstracts. abstracts by 15 March 2015; Michael Joseph (mjoseph@rci.rutgers.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

Reading as Inhabiting Fictional Worlds
Examinations of ways contemporary readers of all ages engage with fictions through books and also across other media. 300 word abstract and bio by 8 March 2015; Cristina V. Bruns (cristybruns@cox.net)
Posted 4 February 2015

Reading Keywords
Papers that explore the ways in which we understand the concept of keywords, and how their presence in literary texts affects our reading strategies. 300-word abstract by 5 March 2015; Michael Demson (mtd007@shsu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Reading Over Time
On reencountering texts: What differences come with age and experience? How might political developments, changing fashions, biography, or “late/early reading style” contribute? 300-word proposal and brief c.v. by 15 March 2015; Peter Rabinowitz (prabinow@hamilton.edu) and Cynthia Port (cport@coastal.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Recalling, Reliving Slavery in the African Diaspora
How do memory, the body, performativity, and imagination collide in the reconstruction of slavery? Abstracts of 700 words plus list of bibliography by 10 March 2015; Fernando Rocha (frocha@middlebury.edu)
Posted 2 February 2015

Recovering Postcolonial Publics
Do certain cultural productions inherently produce postcolonial publics/counterpublics? How can we recover these notional and empirical communities in today’s neoliberal world ? Please submit abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2015; Sohinee Roy (sroy@noctrl.edu) and Dibyadyuti Roy (dibyadyutir@gmail.com )
Posted 28 February 2015

Rediscovering Old Texts and their New Publics
Papers exploring reasons for and implications of “old” literary texts republished, published for the first time, translated, or adapted to demands of new contexts. abstracts by 15 March 2015; E. Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@gru.edu) and Blaire Zeiders (bzeiders@gru.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Reimagining Orphans
This panel seeks papers on the portrayal of orphans and their role in society, past and present, in literature, films, and other texts. 300 word abstracts and a brief CV by 20 March 2015; Afrin Zeenat (azeenat@uark.edu)
Posted 22 February 2015

"Relics of the bum”: Shitty books and the corporeality of the (early) modern text
Books as waste and anxieties around word's materiality, in both early modern and contemporary e-text eras. 300-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Justin Kolb (justin.kolb@aucegypt.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production
How do religion, resistance and gender intersect in Anglophone Caribbean cultural production? Send 250 word abstracts to Bonnie Wasserman (bwass by 15 March 2015; Bonnie S. Wasserman (bonwass@yahoo.com)
Posted 9 February 2015

Religion, Spirituality, and Contemporary Literature
We seek papers that address how new accounts of contemporary spiritual culture, including accounts of (post-)secularism and the evangelical revival, recast post-1945 literary history. Submit 200-400-word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Jason Bartulis (lit.and.spirituality.mla2016@gmail.com) and Spencer Morrison (lit.and.spirituality.mla2016@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Religious Enchantment in Contemporary Fiction
How can religious enchantment in the contemporary world be an alternative to religious fundamentalism and secular re-enchantment? Papers should examine this topic in recent fiction. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Roger McNamara (roger.mcnamara@ttu.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Remarkable Readers
Unearthed a remarkable story from the archive of reading history? This roundtable aims to share (and analyze) the practices of readers who do not fit traditional “readerly” categories. Brief proposals by 23 March 2015; Nicholas Hengen Fox (nick.hengenfox@pcc.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

(Re)presenting Jihad: Literary Interpretations
Papers on misinterpretations of jihad in English or Arabic, reading Koranic interpretations or misinterpretations, connections/appeals to "Homegrown Terrorism," in contemporary literatures in English or otherwise. 250 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Feroza Framji Jussawalla (imohf@aol.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

Representing Neurological Difference
Papers addressing how representations of "neurological difference" provide new ways of understanding aesthetic formal tactics, disability, embodiment, and/or human cognition, subjectivity, and sociality. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ajitpaul Mangat (ajitpaul@buffalo.edu)
Posted 7 February 2015

Rereading Commonplaces
Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplace as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (cheng@uoregon.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

Responsibility and the Naturalist Novel
This panel examines realist and naturalist novels in relation to Joshua Greene's recent discussions of moral responsibility. abstracts (500 words) by 15 March 2015; Jason Potts (jpotts@stfx.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Rethinking Classical Stories in Middle English Writing
New approaches to late medieval English classicism in the vernacular, especially intersections with race, gender, sexuality, ethics, etc. 200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2015; April Graham (april.graham@rutgers.edu)
Posted 6 February 2015

Rethinking Latin American costumbrismo
This panel explores the emergence of artistic and literary costumbrismo in 19th century Latin America. Papers on the relationship between costumbrismo and modernity/technology/cosmopolitanism/visual or material culture/science/travel. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Laura Gandolfi (gandolfi@uchicago.edu) and Daylet Domínguez (domingu@berkeley.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Rethinking the Humanities MA Degree
How might humanities MAs be re-imagined as sites for curricular innovation to address the needs of smart and ambitious students wary of the doctoral track? One-page abstract by 15 March 2015; David L. Porter (dporter@umich.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Rethinking the Indian Question: Representation, Politics, Activism
This session addresses the “Indian Question” in literature and film in the context of social movements against current forms of economical precariousness. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Claudia Arteaga (carteaga@rci.rutgers.edu) and Cristobal Cardemil-Krause (ccardemil-krause@wcupa.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Revisiting the Publics of the Cultural Front
What can be learned from revisiting 1930s writers and artists who broadened and sustained a radical international Left public audience? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Rosemary Hennessy (rh4@rice.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner
Papers about Styron's novel--prelude to an edited collection commemorating the 50th anniversary. See https://umn.academia.edu/MichaelLackey for a more detailed cfp. 500-word abstracts and cv by 10 March 2015; Michael Donald Lackey (lacke010@umn.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Rhetorics of De/Humanization
How has literature created, modified, or denied human subjecthood? What are rhetorics of dehumanization? How is humanness mediated through language or visual culture? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Mary-Catherine Harrison (mc.harrison@udmercy.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Richard Rodriguez: Past, Present, Future
Works of Richard Rodriguez: re-readings, reappraisals; analyses of public intellectualism, affect, sexuality, genre, cultural politics. Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu) and Bill Johnson-Gonzalez (BJOHNS58@depaul.edu). 250 word abstracts, CV by 15 March 2015; Bill Johnson Gonzalez (bjohns58@depaul.edu) and Aureliano DeSoto (aureliano.desoto@metrostate.edu)
Posted 21 February 2015

Roberto Bolaño: Beyond Exhaustion
Is there anything beyond the exhaustion of the modern in Bolaño's work? Does other than horror and ennui remain amidst the crumbling ruins of modernity? abstract by 17 March 2015; Kate Jenckes (kjenckes@umich.edu) and Patrick Dove (pdove@indiana.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of “the public” – past, present, and future – as imagined or provoked by Romantic literature. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Matthew Borushko (mborushko@stonehill.edu)
Posted 29 January 2015

Russia and the Middle East (Pre-modern)
Cultural interaction in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; and knowledge exchange (incl. book translations). Papers on Arabic sources are welcome. 250-word proposals by 9 March 2015; Suha Kudsieh (kudsieh@gmail.com)
Posted 1 February 2015

Scandalous Modernism Reconsidered
We invite papers that examine the history of modernist art scandals vis-à-vis forms of violent backlash against contemporary art and literature around the globe. 300-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Josef Horacek (jhoracek@lsu.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Science and Technology in Hispanic Literature and Film
Representations of science and technology in Spanish and Latin American cultural productions from the end of 19th century to the present. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Oscar A. Perez (oscaraperez@hotmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Second Language Acquisition in the Intensive, Domestic Immersion Context
Research papers that examine and provide data on adult L2 learners in intensive, domestic immersion contexts from an Applied Linguistics perspective. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Christina Isabelli (cisabell@iwu.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Second-Generation Cognitive Narratology
This panel seeks to explore how 4E – embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended – and distributed cognition can illuminate the study of narrative. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Daniel Irving (danieljirving1@gmail.com)
Posted 13 February 2015

Secularization Since Darwin in the Novel
How and to what effect does the novel since the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) depict or participate in secularization? 300-word abstract and CV by 10 March 2015; Ryan Siemers (ryan.siemers@utah.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Service Learning: A Public Face for Literary Studies
How does service learning create an important public role for literary studies in the classroom, research and community activism? 250-500 word abstracts of papers by 1 March 2015; Roberta Rosenberg (rrosenb@cnu.edu) and Laurie Grobman (leg8@psu.edu)
Posted 23 January 2015

The Seventies in Contemporary Historical Fiction
This panel explores the multitude of recent fictions set in or grappling with the political and cultural legacy of the Seventies. Please submit 500 word abstracts by 13 March 2015; Kurt Cavender (kcavende@brandeis.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Shakespeare Addiction
Addictive/compulsive sensibilities within the works, market strategies of compulsive fandom, and disavowed "bardolatry" replaced by stronger fascinations. 250 word abstracts and short bios by 17 March 2015; Donald Hedrick (hedrick@ksu.edu)
Posted 1 March 2015

The Shakespeare Documents
What insights can we gain from any of the 79 known manuscripts that witness the playwright’s life? 200-word abstract and biography by 15 March 2015; Hannah Crumme (hannah.crumme@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk)
Posted 13 February 2015

Shakespeare’s 20th/21st Century Reading Publics
How do we define modern and contemporary reading publics for Shakespeare (or adaptations)? What do we gain from better understanding these publics? 200 word abstracts, brief CVs by 15 March 2015; Elizabeth Rivlin (rivlin@clemson.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Sisterhood and Social Justice in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Sisterhood includes the possibility of rivalry or connection across difference. 300-word proposal on social justice and biological/symbolic sisterhood and one-page c.v.. by 15 March 2015; Deirdre McMahon (dhm33@drexel.edu) and Mary Jeanette Moran (mjmoran@ilstu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI
Debate continues over the Somme Offensive and its legacy even after 100 years. Papers should examine literary engagements with the campaign. 400-word abstract/bio by 15 March 2015; Nicholas Milne-Walasek (nmiln013@uottawa.ca)
Posted 28 February 2015

Sonorous Envelope: Sound in Modernism
How does reading for sound reshape critical accounts of modernism's relation to urban modernity, mass culture, and emergent discourses and practices of media and immediacy? 250-page abstracts by 15 March 2015; Aleksandr Prigozhin (ampri@uchicago.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Spain in / and / on Jerusalem
Papers exploring the political, economic, diplomatic, social, or literary dimensions of representing Jerusalem in Iberia (from 711 to the present). 250-word abstracts by March 10 by 10 March 2015; Chad Leahy (chad.leahy@du.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Spanish exiles during World War II
Exploring the experiences of Spanish exiles between 1939 and 1945 and the cultural reconstruction of their memory. 250-word abstracts and brief biography by 10 March 2015; Irene Domingo (idomingo22@wustl.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Special Session On Ruth Ozeki
Papers assessing Ruth Ozeki’s film-making, essays, and/or fiction. We are particularly interested in readings of A Tale for the Time Being. Abstracts by 15 March. by 15 March 2015; Peter J. Schmidt (pschmid1@swarthmore.edu) and Sangina Patnaik (spatnai1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

The Speculative Turn in Modern Arabic Fiction
Speculative fiction in Arabic is rapidly evolving. What is its history? Where is it heading? And whose driving it? 300 word abstract & bio by 2 March 2015; Nathaniel Greenberg (ngreenbe@nmu.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Stanley Cavell and Close Reading
Any aspect of Cavell's close readings of literature (Beckett, Shaw, Thoreau, James, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shakespeare) or literary readings of philosophy (Wittgenstein, Emerson, Nietzsche). Abstract of 250 words by 16 March 2015; Amir Khan (akhan134@uottawa.ca)
Posted 11 February 2015

Storytelling, Affect Studies, and Medieval British Literature
Papers on how the affective turn and narratology have enlightened our experience of medieval British literature. 250 word abstract; one paragraph bio. by 15 March 2015; Glenda Pritchett (glenda.pritchett@quinnipiac.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Student Learning and Literature in Second Language Contexts
What do collegiate second/foreign language learners learn as they engage with literary texts? How can we measure this learning across curricular levels? 300-word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Cori Crane (ccrane@austin.utexas.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Sublime Bodies, c. 1730-1830
How did C18 and C19 authors use the discourse of the sublime to understand physicality, embodiment, or materiality? Send abstract (250-300 words) and abbreviated c.v. by 15 March 2015; Michele Speitz (michele.speitz@furman.edu) and Terry F. Robinson (terry.robinson@utoronto.ca)
Posted 5 February 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected early modern conceptions and/or representations of the self. Topics might include religious doubt, communal vs. isolated selves, self-awareness, self-distrust, etc. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Chelsea McKelvey (clrice@smu.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Tasting the Divine in Hispanic Mysticism
Seeking papers that explore the aesthetic-theological functions of sensorial imagery in early modern Spanish and colonial Latinamerican mystical writings. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 10 March 2015; Gloria Maité Hernandez (ghernandez@wcupa.edu)
Posted 13 February 2015

Teaching Alice Munro's "Wild Swans"
Proposals for 15 min. papers / discussion of strategies adapted, experience of, and suggestions for teaching this controversial short story. 200 word abstract / proposal by 15 March 2015; Sam Whitsitt (samuel.whitsitt@unibo.it)
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching Animal Studies
Approaches to teaching animal studies from any field or time period. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Thomas Doran (thomasdoran@umail.ucsb.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Teaching English at Historically Black and Indigenous Colleges and Universities
English language education of students whose native tongue has historically faced marginalization and suppression in colonial and postcolonial contexts. 250 Word Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Brian Stone (brianjstone81@gmail.com)
Posted 12 February 2015

Teaching Literature in Public: MOOCs and Literature
Papers are invited that address the teaching of literature to public audiences on MOOCs. 250 word abstract for a twenty minute talk by 15 March 2015; James E. Dobson (james.e.dobson@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 23 February 2015

Teaching Memory Studies
Integrating studies of memory and literature: e.g. memory as metaphor, personal or collective practice, neuroscience, narrative hindsight, cinematic flashback. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Martha Rust (martha.rust@nyu.edu) and Suzanne England (suzanne.england@nyu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2015

Teaching Metacognition in the Composition Classroom
This session will examine the benefits, challenges, and ways of teaching metacognition in composition classrooms. 250 Word abstracts and CV by 10 March 2015; Wiley C. Davi (wdavi@bentley.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Teaching of American Sign Language
American Sign Language is growing in interest. This presentation examines trends in instruction, curriculum, assessment, and in literary theory and ends with a discussion on social considerations. by 15 March 2015; Norma Tourangeau (norma.tourangeau@rochester.edu) and Deirdre Schlehofer (dxsnss@rit.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a serious issue in education. This session will consider how to raise awareness of plagiarism and creatively address the problem in the universities. 250 word abstracts by 30 April 2015; John Thompson (john-thompson@bhz.qsi.org)
Posted 15 February 2015

Teaching Trauma
This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV. by 13 March 2015; Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w.freedman@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

Teaching Writing and Composition to Online Undergraduate Students
This session explores technologies, challenges, and satisfactions of teaching undergraduate composition, writing, and rhetoric online. Short papers or abstracts of 2-3 pages by 15 March 2015; Judith Anne McCarthy (jmccarthy@devry.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Technologies of Perversion
Papers that consider how technological developments from the 19th-century forward have shaped the evolving dynamic between normative and "perverse" sexualities. 250-500 word abstract and 1-page CV by 14 March 2015; Johannes Burgers (jburgers@qcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

Temporalities of Early American Literature and Literary History
Will explore representation of temporality in American literature, 1492-1865. Special attention to differential constructions of temporality during period. 250 word abstract and short CV by 6 March 2015; Jason Payton (jmpayton@shsu.edu)
Posted 14 February 2015

Tenuous Genres
Secondary, minor, or weak genres proliferated as literary production adapted to mass markets. What traction did/do "lesser" genres have in their contemporary publics, or today's critical moment? 300-word abstract, bio by 15 March 2015; Christian Reed (crreed@ucla.edu) and Daniel Couch (dcouch@ucla.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Testimonio and its Publics: Then and Now
How has Latin American testimonio evolved over the past decades? What are our current critical models of testimonio's relations to its intended audience(s)? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Stephanie Pridgeon (spridge@emory.edu)
Posted 18 February 2015

To Whom Does Kafka Speak?
Kafka's reading public, reception in media and translation. His mode of writing. Did he have a reading public in mind? 500-word abstracts by March 15,2015 by 15 March 2015; Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr (mlcaputomayr@hotmail.com) and Dagmar Lorenz (dcglorenz@gmail.com)
Posted 18 January 2015

Towards an Aesthetics of Failure
Tom McCarthy wrote: “the essence of poetry” is “of trying, and failing." What are the implications for literature that aims for failure? Abstract of 250 words; C.V. by 13 March 2015; Alexandra Smith (asmi1958@uni.sydney.edu.au) and Sam Reese (samuel.reese@sydney.edu.au)
Posted 28 February 2015

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives
We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual disabilities in transatlantic British and American writing. 250 word abstracts by 6 March 2015; George Gordon-Smith (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Brian Wall (b.r.wall@sms.ed.ac.uk)
Posted 31 January 2015

Transatlantic Romantic Quotation and Romanticism
This panel will discuss the employment of (un)quoted material and/or quotation marks by British and American authors during the Romantic Century, 1760-1860. Please submit 350-500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Christopher Stampone (cstampone@smu.edu)
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

Transatlantic Virgil
Papers on the uses of Virgilian poetry in the New World, from the early modern period to the nineteenth century. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Joseph M. Ortiz (jmortiz7@utep.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Transformations and Adaptations. Expanding Approaches to the Critical Analysis of diasporic female narratives
We seek papers that expand approaches to the critical analysis of female narratives. We invite 1 page abstracts. by 15 March 2015; Sonja Stephenson Watson (swatson1@uta.edu) and Lori Celaya (lcelaya@uidaho.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015

Translating Cultures: the Francophone Caribbean
Multifaceted approaches to teaching, researching and translating the Francophone Caribbean; approaches to educating the general public about the Francophone Caribbean. 250 word abstracts including title by 15 March 2015; Louise Hardwick (l.a.hardwick@bham.ac.uk)
Posted 24 February 2015

Translation and Transcultural Audiences
Examines the role of translation in developing new audiences for literary texts, especially texts with multiple translations in different languages and for multiple time periods. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Erin Riddle (eriddle@elmira.edu)
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 14 February 2015

The Translator as Character
What is the role, place, politics, and positioning of the translator or interpreter as a character in a work of literature? Please submit a 250-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Emily Hayman (emily.hayman@yale.edu)
Posted 17 February 2015

Transnational, multilingual publics in the Renaissance
In a period before the solidification of national and linguistic borders, how might translation, performance, iconography, etc. draw diverse communities together into a reading public? Abstracts by 15 March 2015; Kevin Chovanec (chovanec@email.unc.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Transnationalizing the Public Sphere
This special session asks how contemporary literature refigures public sphere theory for an age of globalization. The organizer asks that presenters send 250 word a by 15 March 2015; Nathan Jung (najung@uwalumni.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Trauma in Recent Cinema
This session explores new approaches to studying the representation of collective or individual trauma in fiction film produced since 2000. All national traditions are welcomed. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gail E. Finney (gefinney@ucdavis.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Troll Cultures
This panel examines the prehistories and functions of trolling--comments aimed to provoke outrage. Topics include polemic in liberalism; irony in digital culture; Gamergate; satires of Muhammad. Abstracts of 250-500 words by 13 March 2015; Eric Song (esong1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Twentieth-Century Obscenity Debates and Citizenship
Papers are sought for a panel examining the relationship between 20th-century obscenity debates and broad notions of citizenship. Email 300 word abstracts to Patrick Lawrence by 15 March 2015; Patrick Lawrence (patrick.lawrence@uconn.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

Understanding and Redefining XXI Century Women's Voice in Puerto Rican Poetry
Redefining voices in PR XXI poetry.Teaching, hybrids,gender,neo epics. Abstracts of no more than one page no later than M by 15 March 2015; Zoe Jimenez-Corretjer (zoe.jimenez@upr.edu) and Michele Dávila-Goncalves (mdavilagoncalv@salemstate.edu)
Posted 16 February 2015

Unfolding narrative processes through Literature and Cinema
This session reflects on how literature and cinema reshape the instances of the narrator from reality and subjectivity effects produced on the viewer. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2015; Giseli Tordin (gtordin@umass.edu) and Andréa Bombonati (andrea.bombonati@uol.com.br)
Posted 28 February 2015

Unsettling the Child Soldier Narrative
Seeking new perspectives on the child soldier narrative: non-African narratives, child soldier narrative as neo-slave narrative, rereading canonical texts as child soldier narratives, etc. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2015; Kaelyn Kaoma (kaelyn.kaoma@utoronto.ca)
Posted 25 February 2015

Untranslatable Modernism
Comparative, transnational, hemispheric, global, and/or post-colonial readings of modernist texts (literary or otherwise) that seek to account for translation and untranslatability as force and/or failure. Theoretical work welcome. 300-word abstract by 18 March 2015; Tze-Yin Teo (tteo@emory.edu)
Posted 25 February 2015

Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern
Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern. Theories of word and image, any period or location. All approaches are welcome and encouraged. abstracts 500 words by 15 March 2015; Diana Shaffer (diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com)
Posted 31 January 2015

Victorian Sensation and "Locomotive" Women
Recover female counterpart of the "locomotive man" (Nead) in Sensation fiction (1860s); relationship between crime and female urbanism; mobile-women; street-walking; female-wandering; nocturnal-perambulations; shopping excursions; international travel. 300w/abstract by 15 March 2015; Megha Anwer (manwer@purdue.edu)
Posted 28 January 2015

Violent Feelings
Can affects be violent? Papers on representations of violence, affect theories of violence, and the violence of affective exchange in any time period. Submit 250-word abstracts and a brief bio by 15 March 2015; Anna Ioanes (asi7h@virginia.edu)
Posted 19 February 2015

The Visual Display of Literary Information
Exploring history and practice of visualization and literary history. Innovation and limits of abstract models, digital/pre-digital maps, visual analysis. Abstracts (250 words), sample visuals or data by 1 March 2015; David Joseph Wrisley (dw04@aub.edu.lb)
Posted 24 January 2015

Walking in Public
Theoretical engagement with concepts of wandering, not tradition-specific; walking bodies, disembodied walkers (in games, literature, music, online), homelessness, nomads. 300 word abstracts by March 15, 2015; Melissa Kagen (mkagen@stanford.edu). by 15 March 2015; Melissa Kagen (mkagen@stanford.edu)
Posted 27 February 2015

Warrior and Lover: The New Face of Romance After 9/11
Papers that explore the romance novel after 9/11 and the impact of this event in the genre. Send abstract by 15 February 2015; Maria Teresa Ramos-Garcia (maria.ramos@sdstate.edu)
Posted 4 February 2015

Water - Aesthetics and Politics
Water is vital to all life forms and is often metaphorically evoked. This CfP welcomes papers on water that span literature and environment. abstracts - 250 words by 15 March 2015; Christina Gerhardt (crgerhardt@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Water Ways of the Colonial Americas
Analyses of human and non-human relationships to and with water in the Colonial Americas (Latin, anglophone, and otherwise). Abstracts of no more than 200 words by 15 March 2015; Kelly S. McDonough (kelly.s.mcdonough@gmail.com)
Posted 25 February 2015

We Love Julio So Much
Special session at the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin will examine new approaches to the work of Julio Cortázar. e-mail 300-word abstracts with CV by March 10 by 10 March 2015; Joseph V. Tyler (proftyler1@mac.com)
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from the Global South. Collaboration African/Latin American Literatures. Abstract (250 Words) for papers of 15 minutes by 15 March 2015; Neil ten Kortenaar (neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca) and Hector Hoyos (hhoyos@stanford.edu)
Posted 8 February 2015

Whither Histories of Literary Theory?
In our digital, information-age of proliferating canons and contemporary theories, must undergraduates learn the tradition? Do classical, medieval, enlightenment and romantic theories still matter? 300 word abstracts by 20 March 2015; Nira M. Gupta-Casale (ncasale@kean.edu)
Posted 28 February 2015

William Empson: Achievement and Influence
What is Empson's lasting significance? What is his influence upon modern critics? Where would our criticism gain from a renewed familiarity with his work? 250-300 word abstract by 12 March 2015; Seamus Perry (seamus.perry@ell.ox.ac.uk)
Posted 19 February 2015

William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
We seek papers on socialist aesthetics in the work of Morris, his contemporaries, and successors. Please send abstracts and c.v. to l.hughes@tcu.edu and mnilges@stfx.ca. by 15 March 2015; Linda Kay Hughes (l.hughes@tcu.edu) and Matthias Nilges (mnilges@stfx.ca)
Posted 2 February 2015

Women, Medicine, and the Body
This session invites papers exploring 19th century medicine's approach to women and the body in Europe and Latin America. Please submit a 200-word abstract before April 1st by 31 March 2015; J. Selene Zander (selene.zander@lmu.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

The World and the Book
World literature from a book history perspective: popular production and reception of “classics” (e.g., Odyssey, Ramayana) in local/global contexts, in the past/present. 250-word abstract / 100-word bio by 15 March 2015; David Buchanan (djbuchan@ualberta.ca)
Posted 13 February 2015

Writing Anxiety and Uncomfortable Readers
Papers may examine the nervous states that inspire or impede writing or the depiction of anxiety and depression in literature. 300-word abstract and CV by 7 March 2015; Rebecca Soares (Rebecca.Soares@asu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Writing Crafts in Fiction and Non-Fiction and Their Pedagogical Applications
Call for studies on writing crafts in fiction and non-fiction and/or their applications to writing courses. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Xinqiang Li (bestestu@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2015

Writing for Reception
How do medieval authors, scribes, and translators navigate anxieties about reception? Soliciting papers on strategies of control from the literary to the codicological in England's vernacular texts. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Amanda Wetmore (aj.wetmore@utoronto.ca) and Madeleine Elson (madeleine.elson@mail.utoronto.ca)
Posted 18 February 2015

Writing on/against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style, 1850-1950
Literature addressing fashion, style, fads, or dress reform. Why and how is fashion derided or celebrated? 300-Word Abstracts and CV by 14 March 2015; Loretta Clayton (loretta.clayton@gmail.com)
Posted 23 February 2015

Writing the World Fair, 1851-1900
Papers on literary accounts of world expositions (from the London Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900). 300-word abstracts and short bio by 16 March 2015; Etienne Charriere (etiechar@umich.edu)
Posted 9 February 2015

The Written War after the Peace
After Appomattox, how did Civil War rhetoric come to resist or enable the resurgent national project of Native American removal in the West? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Gerard Anthony McGowan (cg4905@usma.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Young, Gifted, and Black
Seeking submissions that engage representations of Black youth related to genius, giftedness, and creative/intellectual risk-taking. 300-word abstracts and CV by 2 March 2015; Jennifer Griffiths (jgriff02@nyit.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

The Zen of Willie Nelson and Austin Music
Austin Music Scene 70s-present. SXSW. Austin City Limits. Sixth Street & beyond. Papers on individual artists, bands, trends welcome. 250-500 word abstracts. by 27 February 2015; Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu)
Posted 22 January 2015

Zombies and Trauma
Zombies are often popular responses to trauma. This session will consider zombie texts in any medium in terms of trauma, cultural and/or individual. 150 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Sylvia Tomasch (stomasch@hunter.cuny.edu)
Posted 18 January 2015

‘Means’ of Theory
What are the critical/theoretical implications of reading literary texts as--in Cavell’s phrase--‘means’ rather than mere ‘objects’ of interpretation? 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015; Soelve Curdts (curdts@phil.hhu.de)
Posted 28 February 2015

“Hauntology Revisited.”
How can we still use, appropriate or critique Derrida's concept of “hauntology” from "Spectres of Marx" (1998)? Should we return to this formulation or should it R.I.P.? 15-minute presentations by 20 March 2015; Katharine M. Gillespie (gillesk1@miamioh.edu)
Posted 26 February 2015

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