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Naming the 18th Century
Special Session
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

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 contemporary pop culture? 300-word abstracts by 10 March 2015; Ryan Hackenbracht (ryan.hackenbracht@ttu.edu)
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 literature. 300-word abstract and brief bio (one paragraph) by 1 March 2015; Seth Reno (sreno@aum.edu)
Posted 26 January 2015

Medievalist Poetry Reading
Special Session
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

Blended Learning of Scale
Special Session
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

Discrimination and marginalization in France
Special Session
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

New Representations of the Contemporary University
Special Session
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

Imagining the Celebrity Chef
Special Session
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

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 (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

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 Chinaski's fictional (counter)publics. 250-word abstracts and short bios by 9 March 2015; David Pratt (dcpratt@wm.edu)
Posted 24 January 2015

Later Mothering & Lit
Special Session
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

The Visual Display of Literary Information
Special Session
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

The International in Literature and Law
Special Session
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

Developments in Comics Pedagogy
Special Session
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

Disability, Vision, Evidence
Special Session
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

Elmore Leonard
Special Session
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

Representing Neurological Difference
Special Session
Papers addressing how representations of the phenomenological and sensory experience of neurological difference allow for new ways of understanding human cognition and social relations. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ajitpaul Mangat (ajitpaul@buffalo.edu)
Posted 19 January 2015, last updated 23 January 2015

John Dewey and American Poetry
Special Session
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

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, 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

Early Environmental Justice
Special Session
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

Comparative Approaches to Adoption
Special Session
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks proposals considering how Comparative Studies (Comparative Literature, Comparative Race, and Comparative Media Studies) provide insight on adoption. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2015; Jenny Heijun Wills (j.wills@uwinnipeg.ca)
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 imaginative or cognitive activity. Abstracts of 300 words or less. by 15 March 2015; Roya Biggie (royabiggie@gmail.com)
Posted 22 January 2015

Censored Publics
Special Session
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

Teaching Writing and Composition to Online Undergraduate Students
Special Session
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

Science and Technology in Hispanic Literature and Film
Special Session
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

Caribbean Ghosts
Special Session
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

Teaching Metacognition in the Composition Classroom
Special Session
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

Affect Studies and English Renaissance
Special Session
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

LGBT*QI Graduate Student Diversity
Special Session
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

Caribbean Literature: Woman Trouble
Special Session
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

LGBT*QI Faculty and Staff Diversity
Special Session
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

The Zen of Willie Nelson and Austin Music
Special Session
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

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 public life. All periods welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Nate Mickelson (nate.mickelson@guttman.cuny.edu)
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 and depression in literature. 300-word abstract and CV by 7 March 2015; Rebecca Soares (Rebecca.Soares@asu.edu)
Posted 21 January 2015

Accenting Punctuation
Special Session
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

The Written War after the Peace
Special Session
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

Prehistories of the Digital Humanities
Special Session
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

Public Acts of Witnessing
Special Session
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

English Metrical Cultures
Special Session
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

Digital Milton
Special Session
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

Andean Modernismos
Special Session
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

Erotica, Excess, Fin de Siglo
Special Session
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

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; 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

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 be related? 1-pg. abstract and cv by 10 March 2015; Cynthia Wu (cw229@buffalo.edu)
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 consider at least three of the novels. 300 word abstracts by 2 March 2015; Keith Dorwick (kdorwick@louisiana.edu)
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, 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

Quantity in English Verse
Special Session
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

Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature
Special Session
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

Narrative Threads
Special Session
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

Miguel de Unamuno's Literary Legacy
Special Session
This panel seeks innovative approaches to the contemporary reception and/or influence of Unamuno's works, particularly his fiction. 250-word abstract and CV by 10 March 2015; Luis Alvarez-Castro (lacastro@ufl.edu)
Posted 18 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 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

Clarice Lispector Cronista: A Re-assessment
Special Session
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

Zombies and Trauma
Special Session
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

Historicizing Surveillance
Special Session
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

Young, Gifted, and Black
Special Session
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

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 writing from the Maghreb. 500 word abstract by 15 March 2015; Valérie K. Orlando (vorlando@umd.edu)
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 histories. Send 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; inquiries welcome; Isadora Wagner (iwagner@go.olemiss.edu)
Posted 17 January 2015

Suspicious Subjects
Special Session
Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected 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

Politics of Friendship in American Literature
Special Session
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

Pre-modern Queenship
Special Session
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

Postmodern Economics
Special Session
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

The Poetics and Politics of Turkish Literature: New Directions
Special Session
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

African (American) Diaspora Literature
Special Session
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

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