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Psychoanalysis in/and Russia
Special Session
History of psychoanalysis in Russia; role of Russian subjects in the development of psychoanalytic ... See more
Posted , last updated 2 March 2015

Diplomacy and Letters
Special Session
Diplomacy and the role of literary ambassadors, including any extra-textual activities, propaganda, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015, last updated 2 March 2015

Shakespeare Addiction
Special Session
Addictive/compulsive sensibilities within the works, market strategies of compulsive fandom, and ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Special Session
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Comparative studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary women’s fiction
Special Session
Individual submissions accepted related to studies of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Innovative Digital-Humanities Approaches in Teaching and Research of Languages and Literatures
Special Session
We seek theory- and practice-based presentations on application of digital technologies in ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Community, Cosmology, and Ecology in The Double Hook
Special Session
Drawing on recent work in Western, First Nations, and environmental studies, this session offers ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Extreme Weather: American Disaster Narratives
Special Session
The narrative structure of 'natural' disaster: how do American literature, film and other media ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015, last updated 1 March 2015

Expulsion and Exile: Asian African Literature
Special Session
Conference papers that interrogate themes of memory and migration invited for a panel on Asian ... See more
Posted 1 March 2015

Medieval Poetics of Anxiety
Special Session
How did medieval poets and poetic institutions address existential anxieties? 250-word abstracts by ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Water - Aesthetics and Politics
Special Session
Water is vital to all life forms and is often metaphorically evoked. This CfP welcomes papers on ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Historical Literature in Asian Modernities
Special Session
Papers exploring the significance of historical literature (fiction, drama) in Asian modernities; ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Media and the Cultures of Sports
Special Session
We welcome analyses of how media technologies determine sports and sporting publics in literature, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Novel Approaches to History
Special Session
Publics' pasts: How does the contemporary historical novel revise and/or reinscribe the past for ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Responsibility and the Naturalist Novel
Special Session
This panel examines realist and naturalist novels in relation to Joshua Greene's recent discussions ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Towards an Aesthetics of Failure
Special Session
Tom McCarthy wrote: “the essence of poetry” is “of trying, and failing." What are the implications ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
Special Session
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disidentifications: Strategies, Interventions, and Challenges
Special Session
We invite papers on practices of disidentification that carve a discursive space outside ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Rethinking the Indian Question: Representation, Politics, Activism
Special Session
This session addresses the “Indian Question” in literature and film in the context of social ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

1968 in Global Cinema
Special Session
This panel explores the relationship among sixties' cinemas - French and British New Wave, Cinema ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Mining, Minerals, and Empire
Special Session
Literature about mining/mineral extraction, as microcosms of the issues of the larger empire and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Paul Celan Today
Special Session
As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of his death, this panel explores the legacy of the poet ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI
Special Session
Debate continues over the Somme Offensive and its legacy even after 100 years. Papers should ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Sonorous Envelope: Sound in Modernism
Special Session
How does reading for sound reshape critical accounts of modernism's relation to urban modernity, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Beyond Individual Authorship
Special Session
This panel explores intellectual collaborations and constellations in the Germanic, French, and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Whither Histories of Literary Theory?
Special Session
In our digital, information-age of proliferating canons and contemporary theories, must ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-casting Humanism in Islamic Literature and Thought: Perils and Promises
Special Session
The aim of this session is to look at major critical theories recasting Humanism in Islam. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Collector, the Anthologizer and Historical Agency
Special Session
Papers sought on theorizing collecting as a thought process; collecting in relation to anthology, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Anachronistic Method, or Historicity without Historicism
Special Session
What might literary history look like beyond historicism’s rigid notions of time? How can scholars ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Making Student-Subjects: Knowledge-Narratives, Capital, The University
Special Session
Theoretical investigations of University impact on student identity formation. Have Humanities ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Post-Humanism and the Virus
Special Session
We invite papers exploring the dual agency of the viral as simultaneously generative and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Chesnutt's Choices
Special Session
How did Charles W. Chesnutt’s aim to reach a white audience shape his narrative choices: topics, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Sisterhood and Social Justice in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Special Session
Sisterhood includes the possibility of rivalry or connection across difference. 300-word proposal ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching of American Sign Language
Special Session
American Sign Language is growing in interest. This presentation examines trends in instruction, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature and Taxation
Special Session
Seeking papers from any historical period that examine literary representations of taxation, the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Contractual Publics: Between Precedents and Future Risk
Special Session
We will examine literary texts as political events that can rewrite the past, reevaluate the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Miltonic Apocrypha
Special Session
Miltonic Apocrypha invites papers concerning disputed attributions like De Doctrina ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015, last updated 28 February 2015

Disrupted, Destroyed, and Impossible Histories
Special Session
Literary/poetic writing as legitimate (or illegitimate) historiography, pre-1800. Challenges to ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Enthusiasm and Capitalism
Special Session
How is the rise of capitalism related to religious enthusiasm and religious experience more broadly ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disability Poetics in the Public Sphere
Special Session
Participants will discuss how disability poetics (defined here as poetry by disabled/otherly-abled ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Fictional Entities and Participatory Culture
Special Session
How does engagement with fictional entities lead to social and public participation? Cognitive ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Consciousness in Poetry by Women
Special Session
Women poets of 20th and 21st centuries engaging public discourses on ecology and the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Writing Crafts in Fiction and Non-Fiction and Their Pedagogical Applications
Special Session
Call for studies on writing crafts in fiction and non-fiction and/or their applications to writing ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

New Reflections on Piracy
Special Session
Papers invited on piracy in contemporary culture, including representations of pirates or ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Modern Comics as Political Theater
Special Session
Materialist, object-relations, or related readings of the social imaginary of modern comics, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Technologies of Perversion
Special Session
Papers that consider how technological developments from the 19th-century forward have shaped the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Archival Practices
Special Session
Roundtable bridging “the archive” as concept and the labor of archivists: arrangement and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuba/Gabriel García Márquez/Austin
Special Session
Proposals interrogating GGM’s creative relation to the Cuban Revolution in journalism, film, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Cuban Post-Exile Identities
Special Session
Proposals on how cultural and literary characterizations of Cuban diasporic subjects have evolved ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Listening to Early Modern Voices
Special Session
Theoretical approaches to voice in the early modern period, especially colonial encounters: ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Pox Americana: Epidemic Illness Past, Present, Future
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring literature of American epidemic (historical, contemporary, or anticipated) ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature, Jihad, and the Marketplace
Special Session
Literary studies, liberal arts education, STEM pressure, career in corporate world, global ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Literature as Healing
Special Session
Can literature contribute to social and cultural healing? How might literary works foster health ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Comparative Literature in the Age of Digital Humanities
Special Session
Panel invites papers exploring challenges and opportunities that DH creates for the practice of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Ecocritical Postcolonial Studies
Special Session
A decade after Rob Nixon's "Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" how does the intersection look? ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Religion, Spirituality, and Contemporary Literature
Special Session
We seek papers that address how new accounts of contemporary spiritual culture, including accounts ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Collecting and Gender
Special Session
How do gender and private art collecting intersect in representations of collecting and collectors ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Contingencies: Hierarchies and Inequalities in French/francophone literature
Special Session
Oppressions of class, race, and/or gender in modern (18th-21st century) French/Francophone ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Digital Vernaculars
Special Session
Papers exploring literary uses, appropriations, and representations of language drawn from digital ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Unfolding narrative processes through Literature and Cinema
Special Session
This session reflects on how literature and cinema reshape the instances of the narrator from ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Beat Studies Now
Special Session
BEAT STUDIES NOW. New research on Beat literature/culture/history. Off beat Beats; Beat icons; Beat ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Transnationalizing the Public Sphere
Special Session
This special session asks how contemporary literature refigures public sphere theory for an age of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Publics, Print, and Place
Special Session
Exploring the role of physical places in the production and use of print. What “publics” are ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Re-Approaching the Survey Course
Special Session
Papers invited for a roundtable session on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Playful Modernism
Special Session
Playful Modernism: Inviting abstracts for papers on the ludic aspects of modernism, including toys, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Raiding the Archive of Latin American Literature
Special Session
This panel will examine re-readings of the archival tradition in Latin American narrative, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Recovering Postcolonial Publics
Special Session
Do certain cultural productions inherently produce postcolonial publics/counterpublics? How can we ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Anarchism and Literature in Latin America
Special Session
Papers on the impact anarchism had on the literary realm. See full CFP at: See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Digital Humanities & The Archive
Special Session
This panel interrogates the production/critique of digital archives. Keywords: digital-objects, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Political Aesthetics in the Novel
Special Session
Seeking proposals on the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and reading practices in the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Teaching Alice Munro's "Wild Swans"
Special Session
Proposals for 15 min. papers / discussion of strategies adapted, experience of, and suggestions for ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Aesthetics and Politics of Color
Special Session
Special session invites papers on the aesthetics and politics of color in film, literature and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Periodizations and Their Publics Since 1945
Special Session
Modern, postmodern, postcolonial, post-45, contemporary - how has literature been periodized since ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

‘Means’ of Theory
Special Session
What are the critical/theoretical implications of reading literary texts as--in Cavell’s ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

20th-21st-Century Hemispheric American Literary Studies
Special Session
Gathering 8-10 emerging and established scholars for 5-minute Ignite talks; share your 20th-21st-c ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Law, Literature, and Crisis in South Africa
Special Session
Seeking papers on the productive relationship between literature and law in South Africa. Please ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

"Relics of the bum”: Shitty books and the corporeality of the (early) modern text
Special Session
Books as waste and anxieties around word's materiality, in both early modern and contemporary ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Disembodied Masculinities
Special Session
Is masculinity challenged by moving discussions of masculinity outside of the male body? Do we ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Latin American Film and Nation in the 21st Century
Special Session
This panel explores the relationships among nation-state, local and global markets, and cinema in ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Miguel de Cervantes: Past, Present, and Future
Special Session
In celebrating 400 years of Cervantes, this panel seeks papers that reflect upon past scholarship ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

Cinema and Public Spheres in Franco's Spain
Special Session
The relationship between cinema and (hegemonic and alternative) public spheres in Franco's Spain; ... See more
Posted 28 February 2015

The Characters of Adultery
Special Session
The realist novel is unimaginable without unfaithful wives, suicides, marriage-breakers. What ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

The Objects of Performance, 1660-1830
Special Session
This panel will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Developing Collaborative Humanities Research Projects
Special Session
Panel on how humanities scholars can establish partnerships, develop collaborative research ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Bootstrapping Broads: A Roundtable on Women Writing Class
Special Session
We invite presentations engaging literary and social projects around women’s labor in postbellum ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Walking in Public
Special Session
Theoretical engagement with concepts of wandering, not tradition-specific; walking bodies, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Rhetorics of De/Humanization
Special Session
How has literature created, modified, or denied human subjecthood? What are rhetorics of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Party Politics
Special Session
This session explores the literary and historical significance of social gatherings and the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Intersections: African Literature and Electronic Liteature
Special Session
Navigates the intersections between African literature and electronic literature, examining the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Jean-Luc Nancy and the Concept of Community
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore Jean-Luc Nancy’s concept of “community,” and its relevance to cyber- ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Reading Over Time
Special Session
On reencountering texts: What differences come with age and experience? How might political ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Public Blackness: Celebrity, Diaspora, and Modernity
Special Session
How has black celebrity—examined across national, historical, and generic borders—been a defining ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Race in/after Conceptual Writing
Special Session
Treatments and elisions of racial politics, aesthetics, and experiences in conceptual writing. Does ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

La Perse dans la littérature universelle
Special Session
Cette cession se propose de mettre en relief l'image de la Perse dans la littérature du monde ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Critical Environments in Latin America: New Trends and Emerging Perspectives
Special Session
This session explores new theoretical and methodological approaches to ecocriticism in Latin ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Class Inequality and the African Diaspora
Special Session
This session examines issues of class (inequality, division, exploitation, etc.) in African ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

"Aggressive Fictions": Metatextual Critiques of the Reader
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring fiction that critiques and/or challenges the reader and his/her ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Nabokov and Sexualities
Special Session
“Sex as an institution, sex as a general notion, sex as a problem, sex as a platitude—... Let us ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

La Poétique et la Littérarité saisies à travers les textes des XXème et XXIème siècles françaises
Special Session
la Littérarité et la Poétique considérées par les génies créateurs des XXème et XXIème siècles. ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Death, Violence and Religious Fiction
Special Session
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Digital Humanities in/and the City
Special Session
How might DH programs and/or projects at urban colleges or universities reflect big-city cultures, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Contemporary Rhetoric(s) in First-year Composition
Special Session
This session will focus on applications of contemporary rhetoric(s) or contemporary applications of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Performing Spain's Historical Memory
Special Session
This panel explores how historical memory has been represented in Spanish dramaturgy in relation to ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Roberto Bolaño: Beyond Exhaustion
Special Session
Is there anything beyond the exhaustion of the modern in Bolaño's work? Does other than horror and ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Emergent Temporalities
Special Session
Papers on 19th-century literary works that register new modalities of time in light of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Adaptation in World Cinema
Special Session
Soliciting papers on literary texts transposed into another medium and another cultural setting, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Inventing America: Public Memory and Private Pain
Special Session
Examines the dialogic tension between public memory and private pain in the framing of the New ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Memory and Identity in Contemporary Spanish Feminine Narrative
Special Session
Exploring issues of memory, gender, and identity construction in the narrative of Contemporary ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Transatlantic Virgil
Special Session
Papers on the uses of Virgilian poetry in the New World, from the early modern period to the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Distributed Cognition and Early Modern Texts
Special Session
Connects contemporary theories of distributed cognition to early modern theories/literary texts ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Rethinking the Humanities MA Degree
Special Session
How might humanities MAs be re-imagined as sites for curricular innovation to address the needs of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Special Session
This panel explores themes of ecophobia (i.e., fear and dread of nature), extinction, ecological ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

AIDS and Queer Literature in Latin America
Special Session
This panel will place the homosexual body infected by AIDS, and the textual body into critical ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Legal and Literary Persons
Special Session
Papers on legal and literary fictions of personhood, personality, impersonation, personification; ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature without redemption?
Special Session
The Christian tradition’s perspective on writing as redemptive has led to the rejection of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

America the Various: Russians Contemplate the United States
Special Session
This session examines Russian imaginations of America as reflected in literature, film, or new ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Media and the Unconscious
Special Session
Seeking papers exploring the unconscious dimensions and/or effects of media (new and historical). ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Literature and the Phenomenology of Injustice
Special Session
Seeking papers that analyze how personal or collective experiences of injustice are depicted in or ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
Special Session
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works represent the effects of kinship networks ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Transnational, multilingual publics in the Renaissance
Special Session
In a period before the solidification of national and linguistic borders, how might translation, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

Performance and Emerging Genres in the Mediterranean
Special Session
How do performance forms in the Mediterranean region question relationships between high and low ... See more
Posted 27 February 2015

“Hauntology Revisited.”
Special Session
How can we still use, appropriate or critique Derrida's concept of “hauntology” from "Spectres of ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Public Pedagogy in the Corporate University
Special Session
We seek located responses to these questions: should our teaching support or hinder the careerist ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Injury & Response: Literary Rivalry in the 18th Century
Special Session
Seeking papers that address the influence of literary rivalries on genre, print culture, and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

The Empathetic Turn: Affect Management in the Globalized Book Market
Special Session
We welcome papers that address affective responses to literature, mechanisms of selection, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Women, Medicine, and the Body
Special Session
This session invites papers exploring 19th century medicine's approach to women and the body in ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Martin's Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Special Session
Martin's novels and HBO series are widely enjoyed. Papers on any aspect of the works solicited. ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Tenuous Genres
Special Session
Secondary, minor, or weak genres proliferated as literary production adapted to mass markets. What ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Twentieth-Century Obscenity Debates and Citizenship
Special Session
Papers are sought for a panel examining the relationship between 20th-century obscenity debates and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Trauma in Recent Cinema
Special Session
This session explores new approaches to studying the representation of collective or individual ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Echo/Ethno and Techno-Poetics in Luso-Brazilian Literature
Special Session
By considering sonic aspects of literary narratives with origins in performance or ethnography, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Counternarratives, History, Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Fiction
Special Session
Seeking papers to discuss counternarratives, limits and possibilities, to histories of national ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Borders, Words and People in Motion: Culture and Geopolitics
Special Session
Investigations of cultural discourse in relation to the geopolitics of disputed borders and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

The Future of the History of the English Language: Pedagogical Practices
Special Session
This roundtable will discuss how traditional approaches to teaching "HEL" can integrate multi-media ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

We Love Julio So Much
Special Session
Special session at the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin will examine new approaches to the work of ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Global War on Terror Studies: The Map and the Territory
Special Session
Session will focus on studies in fiction, non-fiction, television, and film. Submit abstracts no ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Pre-Modern, Queer Hermeneutics
Special Session
This panel will explore how pre-modern thinkers regarded textuality in queer terms. Topics may ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Second Language Acquisition in the Intensive, Domestic Immersion Context
Special Session
Research papers that examine and provide data on adult L2 learners in intensive, domestic immersion ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015, last updated 26 February 2015

Gender in/and Translation in 20th/21st-century French and Francophone Literature
Special Session
Papers exploring theoretical, generic, and practical questions related to gender in/and translation ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Shakespeare’s 20th/21st Century Reading Publics
Special Session
How do we define modern and contemporary reading publics for Shakespeare (or adaptations)? What do ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Medieval Fictionality
Special Session
What were the modes of medieval fiction? Counterfactuality, what-ifs, fable, figure, mimesis, myth, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Objects of Global Media
Special Session
How might we see the stakes of global media culture differently if we rethink them around ... See more
Posted 26 February 2015

Untranslatable Modernism
Special Session
Comparative, transnational, hemispheric, global, and/or post-colonial readings of modernist texts ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

More-Than-Human Publics in Long Nineteenth-Century English Literature
Special Session
We invite papers on animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Rethinking Latin American costumbrismo
Special Session
This panel explores the emergence of artistic and literary costumbrismo in 19th century Latin ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Fashion and Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century
Special Session
How does the fashionable—styles in dress, hair, book design, poetic discourse, etc.—intersect with ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Bessie Head Thirty Years On: Southern African Women Writing Resistance
Special Session
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Head's death. We seek papers celebrating Head and other southern ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Postcolonial Contemporary Fantasy
Special Session
Paper sought on recent fantasy set in the modern Americas; discuss appropriation, hydridization, or ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Scandalous Modernism Reconsidered
Special Session
We invite papers that examine the history of modernist art scandals vis-à-vis forms of violent ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature
Special Session
This session will explore how a reader's experience is shaped and enacted through the media devices ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 25 February 2015

Queer Monsters of the British Fin de Siècle
Special Session
This panel will interrogate the queer contributions of monster protagonists to fiction of the ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Unsettling the Child Soldier Narrative
Special Session
Seeking new perspectives on the child soldier narrative: non-African narratives, child soldier ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Rationalism and Empiricism in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Special Session
Panel on the representation in early modern Hispanic culture of rationalism and empiricism, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Teaching Trauma
Special Session
This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature to undergraduates and ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Cultures of Credit in Early Modern English Literature
Special Session
Papers invited on credit, credence, and credibility in the literature of early modern England; ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Storytelling, Affect Studies, and Medieval British Literature
Special Session
Papers on how the affective turn and narratology have enlightened our experience of medieval ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Indigenous Knowledges and Literary Production
Special Session
How should indigenous knowledge be framed when critiquing indigenous texts? This call invites ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Water Ways of the Colonial Americas
Special Session
Analyses of human and non-human relationships to and with water in the Colonial Americas (Latin, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Caviar or Marmalade? Reassessing Noël Coward
Special Session
Noël Coward and celebrity; class; gaiety; gender; Las Vegas; the lush life; music; style; ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Lawrence, Editions, and Critical Renewal
Special Session
Possible topics include CUP editions (Lawrence’s poetry, first Women in Love, etc.), readerships, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Parables in American Literature
Special Session
Considers how writers have revived the traditional parable for an American context. How do American ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

Student Learning and Literature in Second Language Contexts
Special Session
What do collegiate second/foreign language learners learn as they engage with literary texts? How ... See more
Posted 25 February 2015

The American Turn of the Century
Special Session
Exploring realism, naturalism, pragmatism, and impressionism (or their intersections) in American ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Democracy's Emotions
Special Session
Butler and Spivak have brought into focus the "feelings" of the state. What is an "emotional" ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

New Disciplinary Histories
Special Session
We seek examples of disciplinary history that revivify old methodologies or engage new ones, or ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Contemporary Postcolonial Poets and Publics
Special Session
How do poets mediate the discourses which give coherency to a postcolonial public? An abstract of ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

AUDIOTEXTUAL CRITICISM: SOUND, METHOD, ARGUMENT
Special Session
Presentations of a sound clip from a literary recording, a method of critical engagement with ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Early Modern Transnational Futures
Special Session
We seek papers for a roundtable that investigates future directions for early modern transnational ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Gabriel García Márquez's Legacies
Special Session
The work of Garcia Marquez has had unparalleled reach and influence. After his passing, we invite ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence
Special Session
Seeking new approaches to the locations, temporalities, and ecologies of decadence and its ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

Translating Cultures: the Francophone Caribbean
Special Session
Multifaceted approaches to teaching, researching and translating the Francophone Caribbean; ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

"'Her Thirteen Black Soldiers': African Americans in World War I"
Special Session
Representations of Negro soldiers; debates in black press; Houston TX riot; effect on Jim Crow; ... See more
Posted 24 February 2015

(Re)presenting Jihad: Literary Interpretations
Special Session
Papers on misinterpretations of jihad in English or Arabic, reading Koranic interpretations or ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

"Austin Authors" of Commonwealth/Postcolonial Literatures
Special Session
Commonwealth / Postcolonial Authors associated with U. T. Austin. Papers on "Austin Authors," G.V. ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Cutting Up the Century
Special Session
The politics of collage in twentieth century literature and film. Subversive potentials of montage, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Contemporary Literature and the Marriage Plot
Special Session
How did contemporary literature change our common understanding of the marriage-plot argument and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Disaster Studies and Literature
Special Session
How does narrative fiction shape our understanding of disaster and the related issues of research, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Life During Wartime in Seventeenth-Century England
Special Session
Papers on the everyday experience of the war in early modern England; approaches using affect ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Literary Blogging in the Hispanic and Lusophone World
Special Session
This session explores dissolution of boundaries between literature, journalism, and visual culture, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Special Session
In response to recent publications by Joseph Allen Boone, HOMOEROTICS OF ORIENTALISM (2014), and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonialism and Neoliberalism
Special Session
How have authors/theorists of the postcolonial articulated and responded to the rise of ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Satire and Comedy
Special Session
How have satirists and comedians responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Special Session On Ruth Ozeki
Special Session
Papers assessing Ruth Ozeki’s film-making, essays, and/or fiction. We are particularly interested ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Postcolonial Cynicism
Special Session
How have authors and theorists responded to the failed idealism, disillusionment, and cynicism ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Epistolary Poetics Post 1945
Special Session
How does the unstable line between letter and poem in postwar US poetics reshape our sense of ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Fashioning the Fictive
Special Session
What insights into literary craft are gained by studying drafts and revisions of poems, novels, and ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 23 February 2015

Writing on/against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style, 1850-1950
Special Session
Literature addressing fashion, style, fads, or dress reform. Why and how is fashion derided or ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Teaching Literature in Public: MOOCs and Literature
Special Session
Papers are invited that address the teaching of literature to public audiences on MOOCs. 250 word ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Lola Ridge
Special Session
We invite papers that examine Lola Ridge's poetry and editorial practices in the context of her ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Experimental Fiction and Nonanthropocentric Narrative Strategies
Special Session
Considering nonanthropocentric narrative strategies in contemporary experimental fiction, including ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

The Musics of Texas
Special Session
This panel focuses on the sounds, lyrics, themes, events, people, places, and memories of the ... See more
Posted 23 February 2015

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim
Special Session
This panel explores the scope/affect of Islamophobia, its history, contemporary discourses through ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Modernity and the Arab
Special Session
papers invited on the particular (historical) figuration of the Arab in the western orientalist ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

After Transnational American Studies
Special Session
What comes after the transnational turn in American studies? Papers may consider transnationality, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015, last updated 22 February 2015

Early Modern Books in Place
Special Session
How does a book’s physical location shape its symbolic function and/or material form? Papers ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Reimagining Orphans
Special Session
This panel seeks papers on the portrayal of orphans and their role in society, past and present, in ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

The Public Spiritual
Special Session
This session will consider the emergence of spiritual doctrine in mainstream socio-cultural ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

The Cultural and Rhetorical Work of Stand-Up Comedy
Special Session
Axiomatic pandering or affective social commentary? Panel will explore the cultural and rhetorical ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Post-Apartheid South African Literature and Globalization
Special Session
What is the relationship of South African literature to the nation's neoliberal dispensation, in ... See more
Posted 22 February 2015

Literature, Law, and Public Life
Special Session
How do imaginative texts participate in and/or respond to legal debates? How does legal discourse ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Memoria reescrita por caribeñas contemporáneas
Special Session
En obras de escritoras caribeñas se re-escribe la memoria local frente al mito nacional, la ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 21 February 2015

Medieval in the Modern World
Special Session
How do 20th-/21st-century adaptations of medieval English texts negotiate original content to ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

Richard Rodriguez: Past, Present, Future
Special Session
Works of Richard Rodriguez: re-readings, reappraisals; analyses of public intellectualism, affect, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

India in the American Imaginary
Special Session
Papers exploring the circulation of India (goods, people, ideas) that found expression in print ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

Gender in Adaptation
Special Session
Explores gender in adaptation across media, novel-to-film and beyond; how does the adaptation ... See more
Posted 21 February 2015

20th-century Farming Fiction
Special Session
Few consider farmland's place in the literary imagination. What is 20th-century agrarian ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

African American Literature and Abuse
Special Session
Panel on any form of abuse towards Black bodies in African American literature and/or film. ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Literature, Place, and the Material World
Special Session
New practices towards understanding the intersection of the material world and place; how do things ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Can Cervantes's Persiles y Sigismunda be taught to undergraduates?
Special Session
Approaching its 400th anniversary, a roundtable discussion on strategies for teaching this to ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

The Middlebrow and its Discontents
Special Session
What is middlebrow literature? Can its political effects be discussed independently of commercial ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Let Slip the Canines of War: Animals and Military Conflict
Special Session
Papers engage with the intersection of animals and war or war culture, any time period or ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

The Geopoetics of Tourism
Special Session
Examines how diverse media (literature, brochures, film, journalism) intervene in the production of ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Transatlantic Romantic Quotation and Romanticism
Special Session
This panel will discuss the employment of (un)quoted material and/or quotation marks by British and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 20 February 2015

Privileged Publics/Disenfranchised Publics: Are the Humanities for the Working-Class?
Special Session
Seeking multiple perspectives for roundtable session on working-class access to the humanities in a ... See more
Posted 20 February 2015

Graduate Student Research Writing Pedagogies
Special Session
A “Case-Study-Themed Session” seeking innovative approaches and best practices for integrating ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Politics of Literature in Modern and Contemporary Italy
Special Session
New approaches to the political dimension of fiction, poetry, reading, theoretical re-examinations ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Filth of all hues…
Special Session
Excrement, offal, disease, decay, garbage, rubbish, waste, dirt, muck, murkiness, lewdness, ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 19 February 2015

William Empson: Achievement and Influence
Special Session
What is Empson's lasting significance? What is his influence upon modern critics? Where would our ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Violent Feelings
Special Session
Can affects be violent? Papers on representations of violence, affect theories of violence, and the ... See more
Posted 19 February 2015

Rereading Commonplaces
Special Session
Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplace as poetry, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

After the Holocaust: Second- and Third-Generation Literature
Special Session
Seeking papers with a focus on history, family, identity and intergenerational transmission of ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature
Special Session
Efforts to construct historiographies of HIV/AIDS simultaneously mutate our own perceptions. ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Genre Play in Middle English Romance
Special Session
Consider interpretative agency of readers of Middle English romances, texts that assume romance ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Religious Enchantment in Contemporary Fiction
Special Session
How can religious enchantment in the contemporary world be an alternative to religious ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Iranian Women’s Life Narratives
Special Session
Abstracts invited for a panel on Iranian and Iranian diaspora women’s life narratives. How have ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Haitian Literature and the Question of Ethics
Special Session
How does recent Haitian literature evoke ethical questions related to art, the environment, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Fictions of Forgery
Special Session
Modern and contemporary fictions about frauds, hoaxes, fakes, and forgeries in the visual arts, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Testimonio and its Publics: Then and Now
Special Session
How has Latin American testimonio evolved over the past decades? What are our current critical ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Critical Informatics and the Digital Humanities
Special Session
Papers that articulate anti-realist DH methods and projects critical of hegemonic cultures of ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Writing for Reception
Special Session
How do medieval authors, scribes, and translators navigate anxieties about reception? Soliciting ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Eastern European Literature in English
Special Session
How do contemporary Eastern European authors writing in English revisit and revise their past, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2015

Literature in Large Classes
Special Session
How can we promote the kinds of discussions that enrich literary study when teaching over 75 ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015, last updated 18 February 2015

Remarkable Readers
Special Session
Unearthed a remarkable story from the archive of reading history? This roundtable aims to share ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

The Translator as Character
Special Session
What is the role, place, politics, and positioning of the translator or interpreter as a character ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Adab X Belles Lettres
Special Session
This panel explores the intersections of ethics, politeness, education, and sociability with ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Illness, Genius, Imagination in East Asian Literature
Special Session
Papers discussing writers' uses or representations of illness as a creative or imaginative force in ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Ineffectual Lyric
Special Session
Auden claimed “poetry makes nothing happen.” How does lyric aim for political effects, and fail? ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Evolution, Ethics, and Tragedy
Special Session
Relationships among evolution of the brain, human experience of self, and crises of self in ethics ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Graphic Visions: Comic Books, War, and Memory
Special Session
This panel seeks papers theorizing graphic narratives concerned with war & memory. Submit ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Special Session
Given Huffer and Ferguson’s recent work, this panel reexamines the fraught relation between ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015, last updated 17 February 2015

Hebrew Literature and its Readers
Special Session
Literature in the Hebrew/Israeli public sphere, past present and future. The reader/public as a ... See more
Posted 17 February 2015

Against Innovation
Special Session
Examining the embrace of "innovation," as marketing rhetoric, managerial push, or otherwise ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

The Re/covery of Traumatic Memories in Magical Realist Literature
Special Session
Papers addressing the representation of historical traumata through magical realist writing in ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Understanding and Redefining XXI Century Women's Voice in Puerto Rican Poetry
Special Session
Redefining voices in PR XXI poetry.Teaching, hybrids,gender,neo epics. Abstracts of no more than ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Troll Cultures
Special Session
This panel examines the prehistories and functions of trolling--comments aimed to provoke outrage. ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Patricia Highsmith via Žižek and Texas
Special Session
Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith's works call for reconsideration in light of Žižek's ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

The Ideological Space(s) of Italian Cinema and Television
Special Session
How does Italian cinema and/or television invest narrative space(s) – urban, rural, private, ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Cinema and Cultural Memory
Special Session
Documentary and fiction films play an increasingly important role in cultural memory, whether of ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Indexicality, Pragmatics, Non-Referentiality: Linguistic Anthropology in/as Literary Criticism
Special Session
We invite papers engaging methods/concepts from linguistic anthropology for literary criticism: ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

The Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante
Special Session
Papers exploring central questions and concerns engaged in Ferrante's bildungsroman. Potential ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Alice Munro Revisited
Special Session
Inviting papers using interdisciplinary frameworks for engaging Munro's aesthetics in relation to ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Public Austens: or, Austen in Austin
Special Session
Seeking papers on Jane Austen as public figure and celebrity in historical context. 250-word ... See more
Posted 16 February 2015

Middle English Economics
Special Session
The influence of medieval economic thought on texts in Middle English, or applications of modern ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

New Directions in Mediterranean Studies
Special Session
New Directions in Mediterranean Studies: Innovative talks on theories, methodologies, and case ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Affective Geographies in Modern Arabic Literature
Special Session
Examining the intersections between spaces/landscapes and affect in response to historical, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Performance, Poetics, and the Public Sphere
Special Session
Participants situate performance, poetry, and community in examining the ways publics reaffirm, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Teaching Plagiarism
Special Session
Plagiarism is a serious issue in education. This session will consider how to raise awareness of ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

The American Artist: Convergence as Process
Special Session
This panel explores the rise of Surrealism in America and Eastern philosophies in California ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

How did “I” get here?
Special Session
5 minutes talks engaging the intimate aspects of literary projects followed by a discussion about ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture
Special Session
Papers on Jewish/Islamic relations, interested in all historical periods. Could include literature, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2015

Literature and the Landscape of American Suburbs
Special Session
How does literature help interpret the causes and consequence of growing racial, sexual, economic, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Modes of the Italian Sublime
Special Session
This panel proposes to explore modes and manifestations of the sublime in Italian literature. All ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner
Special Session
Papers about Styron's novel--prelude to an edited collection commemorating the 50th anniversary. ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Black Women's Poetry and the Color Line
Special Session
Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Revisiting the Publics of the Cultural Front
Special Session
What can be learned from revisiting 1930s writers and artists who broadened and sustained a radical ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Embodiment & Environmental Justice
Special Session
This panel explores connections between the body, its representation, and the pursuit of ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Temporalities of Early American Literature and Literary History
Special Session
Will explore representation of temporality in American literature, 1492-1865. Special attention to ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Orientalism, Postcolonialism and the Global Charles Dickens
Special Session
This panel would like to explore Charles Dickens' relationship with Orientalism specifically, ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Translation and Transcultural Audiences
Special Session
Examines the role of translation in developing new audiences for literary texts, especially texts ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015, last updated 14 February 2015

A Radical New Vision: Popular Visual Culture and African-American Self-Fashioning
Special Session
How did African-Americans—from 1865 to 1918—revise existing visual archives and repertoires to ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

The Center and Beyond: The Expansion of the Global English Department
Special Session
Seeking additional roundtable participants with careers teaching English literature, language, or ... See more
Posted 14 February 2015

Applied Linguistics
Special Session
Linguistic deterritorialization tend to engender mutation and evolution. Attempts at ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Black Carceral Imagination
Special Session
This session examines African American literature's carceral aesthetics. We explore black writing ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Immoderate Renaissance
Special Session
How did early modern England and Europe not embrace but defy the Aristotelian mean? Seeking papers ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Charlie-Hebdo and its Publics
Special Session
Submissions on the significance of Charlie-Hebdo in the French satirical tradition, reactions of ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Poetry and Tone
Special Session
Is tone an independent feature of poetry, capable of working against the speaker’s ostensible or ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Tasting the Divine in Hispanic Mysticism
Special Session
Seeking papers that explore the aesthetic-theological functions of sensorial imagery in early ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

10 Years Gone: Octavia E. Butler's Public Legacy
Special Session
We invite papers discussing Butler's impact on her reading public: book clubs, literary societies, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Going Viral: Early Modern Theater and Contagious Diseases
Special Session
Seeking papers rethinking the influence of contagious diseases on early modern theatrical practices ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The World and the Book
Special Session
World literature from a book history perspective: popular production and reception of “classics” ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Queer/Short Story
Special Session
What's queer about the short story? Readings of stories; theoretical takes on sexuality and short ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Shakespeare Documents
Special Session
What insights can we gain from any of the 79 known manuscripts that witness the playwright’s life? ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Radio Thinks Itself
Special Session
How have radio plays, documentaries, and features explored the characteristics and ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

History and Form in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
Special Session
This panel will explore the ways in which 19th-century literary narratives (and poems) imagine, ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Reading Keywords
Special Session
Papers that explore the ways in which we understand the concept of keywords, and how their presence ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Archival Publics: tracing humans/human traces
Special Session
Papers exploring how human relationships—writ broadly—affect the collection, preservation, and ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Second-Generation Cognitive Narratology
Special Session
This panel seeks to explore how 4E – embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended – and distributed ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

Katherine Anne Porter -- Texan, Southerner, Cosmopolitan
Special Session
New assessments of Porter's legacy, as the MLA meets in her home state for the first time since ... See more
Posted 13 February 2015

The Seventies in Contemporary Historical Fiction
Special Session
This panel explores the multitude of recent fictions set in or grappling with the political and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Missed Connections: Satire and Its Publics
Special Session
Satire, political art, subversive humor within any medium and its intersections with audience in ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Legacies of the Sexual Revolution
Special Session
Presentations on women (feminism, marriage, sexuality, motherhood) during Sexual Revolution. Panel ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Cuba Enters the Millennium
Special Session
We invite abstracts examining the challenges confronted by Cuban society in the new millennium as ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Digital Humanities/Public Humanities
Special Session
How are scholars engaged in public humanities projects? What are the challenges, opportunities, and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

The American Hobo
Special Session
This session explores twentieth century iterations of the hobo via subject formation, cultural ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

The Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell
Special Session
Any aspect of English author Angela Thirkell's humorous Barsetshire novels (built on those of ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Musicality in Arguedas
Special Session
Papers on political, natural, or spiritual aspects/effects of musicality (Quechua, Spanish or ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Transformations and Adaptations. Expanding Approaches to the Critical Analysis of diasporic female narratives
Special Session
We seek papers that expand approaches to the critical analysis of female narratives. We invite 1 ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Literature and Media Change
Special Session
Literature as a window on media change past and present. How have literary texts critiqued or ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Early Modern Teaching in the Digital Age
Special Session
Roundtable discussion of innovative strategies for teaching early modern literature. Proposals ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Teaching English at Historically Black and Indigenous Colleges and Universities
Special Session
English language education of students whose native tongue has historically faced marginalization ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Darrieussecq: Twenty Years Later
Special Session
New perspectives on Marie Darrieussecq's oeuvre; public reception of her works; retrospective ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Colonial Shame
Special Session
Shame considered in the context of neo- or post-colonialism from the perspective of queer theory, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Special Session
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected early modern conceptions and/or ... See more
Posted 17 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
Special Session
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the reception and/or influence of Unamuno's works, ... See more
Posted 18 January 2015, last updated 11 February 2015

Narratives of Contingency
Special Session
Considers stories, tales, discourses about the adjunct or non-tenure track faculty in ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Archiving Dis/Integration: Artists in Berlin
Special Session
Artists (Dean, Thiel) who have used visual language to chronicle the “undoing” of East Germany and ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Literature and Theology: A Global Re-Assessment
Special Session
Especially welcome are studies that take into account the theoretical and theological engagements ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Stanley Cavell and Close Reading
Special Session
Any aspect of Cavell's close readings of literature (Beckett, Shaw, Thoreau, James, Coleridge, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2015

Madness and Disability in Italian Studies
Special Session
Explores the possible intersections between madness and disability from both inside/outside the ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Developing a Game Pedagogy
Special Session
This panel explores the benefits and challenges of using games in a literature class. Submit ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

The Re-Greening of W. H. Hudson
Special Session
"Green Mansions" (1904) rendered the naturalist/novelist W. H. Hudson a household name. Too soon ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

New Animals: Critical Theory After Posthumanism
Special Session
If we accept posthumanist critiques of the traditional human-animal opposition, how can we think ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Comparing literary historiography
Special Session
Papers that theorize a construction of polylingual literary history in local, national, and global ... See more
Posted 10 February 2015

Gothic Performances and the Literary Audience
Special Session
We invite papers on the narration of otherness through performances of gender, race, and class ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Biopolitics and Posthumanism in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Special Session
Seeking papers that engage biopolitical and posthumanist theory in the study of contemporary and ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Conjuring Multi-Ethnic Futures
Special Session
Utopia? How should nations want their human societies to look in 150 years? Color, gender, heritage ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Writing the World Fair, 1851-1900
Special Session
Papers on literary accounts of world expositions (from the London Great Exhibition of 1851 to the ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Contemporary Catholic Literature
Special Session
Literature of the last fifty years by Catholic writers; pro-Catholic and anti-Catholic literature ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production
Special Session
How do religion, resistance and gender intersect in Anglophone Caribbean cultural production? Send ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future
Special Session
What is the relationship between human rights and temporality? How does temporality affect human ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Latin American Narrative: A Post-Colonial Dilemma
Special Session
21st Century Latin-American narrative exposes the contradiction of the post-colonial times. Send ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Female-voice Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian
Special Session
Investigations of the lyric female voice, whether the authors are men, women, coauthors, anonymous ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Historicizing Psychoanalysis and Psychologizing New Historicism
Special Session
This session encourages a discussion of these paradigms' limits and liabilities as well as their ... See more
Posted 9 February 2015

Human Rights and Security
Special Session
How are discourses of human rights and security related to one another? How do literary and other ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Peripheral Aesthetics and World-Literature
Special Session
What aesthetic strategies articulate the unevenness of the capitalist world-system -- socialist and ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Creating Multidimensional Rhetorical Space in a Postmodern World
Special Session
Invites papers on literature that creates civic, psychological and/or sacred space in a secular, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Heiner Müller's Legacies
Special Session
Heiner Müller first visited the USA in 1975, in residence at UT-Austin; papers sought on his ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Spanish exiles during World War II
Special Session
Exploring the experiences of Spanish exiles between 1939 and 1945 and the cultural reconstruction ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry
Special Session
We invite papers exploring all aspects of Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. 250 word abstract and ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015, last updated 8 February 2015

When Dictators Take Over
Special Session
Comparison of fictional renderings of dictatorship in world literature and cinema, especially from ... See more
Posted 8 February 2015

Representing Neurological Difference
Special Session
Papers addressing how representations of "neurological difference" provide new ways of ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Readers Over His Shoulder
Special Session
Original scholarship on complex and contradictory thinking about reading public(s) exemplified in ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

The Lore and Lure of the Academic Job Market
Special Session
Roundtable discussion about the effects of advice given and common knowledge about getting an ... See more
Posted 7 February 2015

Rethinking Classical Stories in Middle English Writing
Special Session
New approaches to late medieval English classicism in the vernacular, especially intersections with ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Derrida's Universities
Special Session
Derrida’s reflections on, and initiatives regarding, the University. The University and the ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Queer Networks: Queer Life on Network Television
Special Session
Special session addresses queer life in contemporary, popular television shows--positive and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Modernist Ephemera
Special Session
Fresh approaches to Modernist objects, focusing on the material of everyday life. Topics might ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Early Modern English Catholicism in Literature
Special Session
Topics may include English Catholic writers, anti-Catholic or pro-Catholic poetry or literary ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Kashmir Unfinished: Aesthetics, Politics, and Solidarity
Special Session
Analyses of Kashmiri conflict: interpretations in literature (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

The myth of post-canonicity: 16th and 17th century women writers
Special Session
Given the success of the recovery project, what are the next steps? Obstacles? Opportunities? ... See more
Posted 6 February 2015

Italy’s Heart of Darkness: Eastern Africa in the Modern Italian Literary Imagination
Special Session
Investigates representations of Italian East Africa, particularly under colonial rule, and the ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Sublime Bodies, c. 1730-1830
Special Session
How did C18 and C19 authors use the discourse of the sublime to understand physicality, embodiment, ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Implicated Subjects in Postcolonial Literature
Special Session
How do postcolonial texts complicate discussions of trauma writing by representing implicated ... See more
Posted 5 February 2015

Heterodoxy and Early Modern Literature
Special Session
Interpretations that explore theology and poetic form; heterodoxy in drama; heterodoxy and the ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

The Speculative Turn in Modern Arabic Fiction
Special Session
Speculative fiction in Arabic is rapidly evolving. What is its history? Where is it heading? And ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Spain in / and / on Jerusalem
Special Session
Papers exploring the political, economic, diplomatic, social, or literary dimensions of ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Warrior and Lover: The New Face of Romance After 9/11
Special Session
Papers that explore the romance novel after 9/11 and the impact of this event in the genre. Send ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Digital Media and the Reified Canon
Special Session
This session explores the ways in which DH and digital media projects reinforce or solidify ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Knausgård and Contemporary Autofiction
Special Session
This session provides generic and comparative contexts for understanding Karl Ove Knausgård’s ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

Reading as Inhabiting Fictional Worlds
Special Session
Examinations of ways contemporary readers of all ages engage with fictions through books and also ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

The Dirty Coast
Special Session
From Texas to Florida, the Dirty Coast shifts, contains, nurtures, kills. Abstracts on the ... See more
Posted 4 February 2015

(Re)-Living Language Change
Special Session
This interdisciplinary session will present and discuss case studies on critically-endangered and ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

The Counterpublics of Underground Comix
Special Session
This roundtable asks: How do underground comics of the 70s-80s participate in social movements and ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Teaching Memory Studies
Special Session
Integrating studies of memory and literature: e.g. memory as metaphor, personal or collective ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Literary and Scientific Networks
Special Session
How learned societies, coteries, school systems, or other networks (in any period) create ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Moving Islands and Global Futurity
Special Session
Papers on representations of growing, moving, or disappearing islands in literature or other media, ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

Futures Studies
Special Session
Papers exploring the relationship between narratives (literary and non-literary) and the futures ... See more
Posted 3 February 2015

William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
Special Session
We seek papers on socialist aesthetics in the work of Morris, his contemporaries, and successors. ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Making the Middle Ages: Medievalism and the Modern World
Special Session
Papers to address the construction and manifestation of the Iberian middle ages in contemporary ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Circulating Notions of Tuberculosis
Special Session
Papers examining the representation of patients' experiences with tuberculosis. How do these ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Autobiography and Emotional Publics
Special Session
How does autobiography arouse, shape, or validate public manifestations of emotions? How do these ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Recalling, Reliving Slavery in the African Diaspora
Special Session
How do memory, the body, performativity, and imagination collide in the reconstruction of slavery? ... See more
Posted 2 February 2015

Russia and the Middle East (Pre-modern)
Special Session
Cultural interaction in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Call for Abstracts: D'Aubigné's "Tragiques" at 400 (MLA, Austin, TX 2016)
Special Session
400th anniversary of the "Tragiques." Review of scholarship and showcase of new approaches. Short ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Publics, Platforms, and Mobilities in Africa
Special Session
Papers on the changing configurations of platforms and publics for African literature, studies of ... See more
Posted 1 February 2015

Power and Spectacle in the Spanish Golden Age
Special Session
Dynamics of power and spectacle in 17th-century Spain and Spanish America. Text, performance, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern
Special Session
Ut Pictura Poesis: Classical, Modern and Postmodern. Theories of word and image, any period or ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Milton and His Postmodern Heirs: Paradise Lost in Fiction and Film
Special Session
How do authors/directors use Miltonic ideas to navigate issues of science, gender, and religion in ... See more
Posted 26 January 2015, last updated 31 January 2015

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives
Special Session
We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Proper Nouns in Translation
Special Session
Papers that descriptively analyze translations of proper nouns through cognitive, pragmatic, and ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Postcolonial Animality
Special Session
Analyses of the role animals and animal ontologies perform in postcolonial cultural texts. 250 word ... See more
Posted 31 January 2015

Age and American Literature
Special Session
Moving beyond childhood studies, this panel considers age more broadly as an analytic for reading ... See more
Posted 30 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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