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Please note that, in accordance with the new forum structure (implemented for the 2016 convention), calls submitted by divisions and discussion groups appear under forums. The American Literature Section is included in the list of allied organizations.

Allied Organizations

Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Adoption in Contemporary Drama and Performance
Papers explore the engagement of contemporary dramatic literature, theatrical practices, ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

American Theatre and Drama Society

Performing Time
Topics include: theorizations of theatrical time; performing history/history as performance; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Association des Amis d'André Gide

Gide et la Méditerranée
Mer qui sépare la France et l'Algérie, creuset de la civilisation gréco-romaine et du ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016, last updated 2 February 2016

Association for Business Communication

“Issues in Intergenerational Business Communication in the Workplace"
Proposals should address intergenerational communication challenges in the workplace. Baby Boomers, ... See more
Posted 16 December 2015

Byron Society of America

Byron and Consumption
Byron's relationship to "being consumed" and to consumption in its various forms. Topics may ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Cervantes Society of America

Material Cervantes
How is material culture reproduced and contested in Cervantes’ works? Topics may include ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Children's Literature Association

The Life of the Child’s Mind: Education and Intellect in Modern and Contemporary Literature for Young People
How are the intellectual lives of children represented in young literature? 500-word abstracts by 1 ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

College English Association

“Civilized Survivalism as Cultural Narrative in the 21st Century”
Examines how society acts on a survivalist level toward current crises, but in a "civilized" ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016

Community College Humanities Association

The New Material Circumstances of Academia
Can faculty precariat speak, and create curriculum? is the professoriat obsolesced in corporatized ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

Conference on Christianity and Literature

Here I Stand: 500 Years After Luther
500 years later what are the Reformation's enduring effects on language, literature and culture ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

D. H. Lawrence Society of North America

Conrad and Lawrence at Sea
Comparisons of these writers "at sea," whether as experience, setting, metaphor for ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Lawrence and the 'New Modernisms'
Lawrence was often excluded or vilified by modernist critics. We invite abstracts on how the "New ... See more
Posted 24 January 2016

Dickens Society

Dickens and Family?
A novelist of ‘hearth and home,’ Dickens authored more broken homes than harmonious ones, in life ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Doris Lessing Society

Teaching Doris Lessing in the Twenty-First Century
What do we teach now when we teach Doris Lessing, and how? Guaranteed session; roundtable possible. ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Twentieth-Century Women Writers and the Formalist Turn
How will the “formalist turn” in literary studies shape new work on twentieth-century women ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton's Summer
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton’s novel Summer. Full CFP on the ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Emily Dickinson International Society

Dickinson in the Anthropocene
How does the idea of the Anthropocene change our understanding of Emily Dickinson? Presentations on ... See more
Posted 10 November 2015

The Spatial Turn in Dickinson and Her Contemporaries
Presentations on memory, artifact, and experience; reconstructing lost landscapes or mindscapes; ... See more
Posted 10 November 2015

Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society

Hemingway & Imagism: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D. and Poetry
This panel invites connections between Ernest Hemingway and poetry, the aesthetics, style, writing, ... See more
Posted 24 January 2016

Feministas Unidas

Crossing Borders: Sex and Gender in the Hispanic World
Panel explores debates on construction of sex and gender. Analyzes how these gendered bodies cross ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

G. E. Lessing Society

Lessing and World Literature
We welcome talks addressing any aspect of Lessing and world literature, from Lessing’s concepts of ... See more
Posted 18 December 2015

GEMELA: Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800)

Women in the Archives
Inviting abstracts for papers discussing the state of our field(s) and on new archival work on ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

George Sand Association

George Sand and the Art of Blurring Boundaries
How Sand blurred boundaries between literary genres and gender categories. Queer and transgender ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Sand’s Searches Beyond
Metaphysical and fantastical literary or autobiographical explorations take Sand’s readers to ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Goethe Society of North America

Refugees, Migrants, and Exiles in the Age of Goethe
This panel examines figurations, metaphors, and constellations of displacement, engaging with ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

What Goethe Heard: Hearing and Listening in the Long Eighteenth Century
Papers exploring representations and conceptions of sound, hearing, and listening in German ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016, last updated 19 January 2016

Harold Pinter Society

Pinter/Beckett: Blurring Boundaries
Papers examining Pinter and Beckett welcome. Abstracts 250-500 words. by 15 March 2016; Ann C. Hall ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

International Association of Galdós Scholars

Unsightly Embodiments: Galdós and Disability
Disability studies in relation to Galdós's realism and naturalism. Intersectionality of ableism, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Writing Suffering in Galdós
Personal and social pathos, re(dis)articulation of the tragic trope, unhappy endings, ideologies of ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

International Brecht Society

Brecht, Affect, Empathy
Cold Brecht? Does critical distance imply absence of emotions? Do feelings come into play? Is ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

International Courtly Literature Society

Civilized and Savage Spaces
Three twenty-minute papers relating to medieval courtly literature, examining different spaces and ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

International Society for the Study of Narrative

Cultural Narratives
Papers that read texts as (a) narratives vying for cultural cogency; or (b) constructed on ... See more
Posted 12 January 2016

Interrelations of Narrative and Lyric in Romantic Literature
Interaction between narrative and lyric in different genres of Romanticism, e.g., event sequences ... See more
Posted 19 December 2015

International Spenser Society

New Directions in Spenser Studies
Approaches could include book history, digital humanities, queer theory, ecocriticism, or others. ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

International Virginia Woolf Society

Virginia Woolf Scholars Come to Their Senses
Two possible approaches: papers addressing sense modalities in Woolf’s writing, OR papers debating ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

John Clare Society of North America

John Clare: the One and the Many
Scholarship on any aspect of singularity, multiplicity, unity, disorder, and/or the myriad ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Joseph Conrad Society of America

Conrad and Lawrence at Sea
Comparisons of these writers "at sea," whether as experience, setting, metaphor for uncertainty, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Conrad and Mimetic Theories
How does Conrad help us rethink imitation? Presentations on mimicry, contagion, identification, ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Conrad's Animals
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? How does Conrad "think ... See more
Posted 12 January 2016

Keats-Shelley Association of America

Romantics 200 Project: 2017 reads 1817
Retrospective on literary culture in 1817; writings, debates, reputations; Shelleys, Keats, Byron, ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations

The Musical Side of George Bernard Shaw
Explore Shaw's musical aspects--his musical criticism, the use of music in his plays, etc. Submit ... See more
Posted 12 January 2016

Margaret Atwood Society

Atwood as Humorist and Social Critic
Humor and/as social critique in Margaret Atwood’s novels, short stories and poetry. 250-300 word ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Boundaries of Life: Aging in Works by Atwood and Lessing
This panel focuses on the passage of time and self-consciousness. What does it mean to come of age ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Mark Twain Circle of America

The Politics of Mark Twain's America
Proposals are invited examining any aspect of Clemens' work in relation to the ideologies, social ... See more
Posted 29 December 2015

Melville Society

Melville & Black Lives Matter
How does Melville’s art speak to racial crises as well as mediate philosophical dilemmas, political ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

Melville's Taxonomies
How do Melville's works from Mardi on problematize categorial divides to confuse living/non-living, ... See more
Posted 21 December 2015, last updated 22 December 2015

Milton Society of America

John Milton: A General Session
All papers on the poet and statesman are invited; especially welcome are those connecting Milton ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016, last updated 1 February 2016

Race, Religion, and Form in Spenser and Milton
What distinguishes Saracens, papists, and Christians in Spenser's and Milton’s poetry? Possible ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society

Ecologies of Hawthorne
Consider representations of space and place, land and landscape, the “natural” and “unnatural,” ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016

National Council of Teachers of English

Writing Studies at MLA: The Past and Future of English Studies
Proposals invited on the past and future contributions of Writing Studies to MLA. Response by Anne ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

Interrelations of Narrative and Lyric in Romantic Literature
This panel addresses the interaction between narrative and lyric in Romantic genres, e.g. event ... See more
Posted 22 December 2015

Paul Claudel Society

(Re)presenting Claudel
Panelists address and illustrate ways of reading and/or teaching Claudel through a diversity of ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016, last updated 29 January 2016

Poe Studies Association

Poe and Antebellum Writers
Papers that contrast Poe with another antebellum writer, famous or forgotten. Possibilities abound: ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

Reception Study Society

Fandom and Reception Studies
In Reception, Daniel Cavicchi called for a history of fandom. What can reception scholars ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Old and New Media Borderlands
Proposals should examine reception of old media (print, film, radio, TV) and/in new media formats. ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature

“1517-2017: Dealing with Luther”
Papers on Luther's historical intervention and its longue durée impact on early modern and modern ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

CSE-SHARP Collaborative Session, Open Topic: Editions/Author/Readers/Publishers
Editor-author relations; editors imagining or constructing readerships; social, interactive, ... See more
Posted 6 December 2015

Radical Book History - People, Archives, Methods
How do we write radical book history? "Radical" book trade figures, the use of "radical" ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

Early Modern Women’s ‘Inheritances’
Roundtable on early modern women and inheritance, broadly conceived. Possible topics: wills; ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

Women and Form in 17th Century England
Collaborative roundtable exploring women’s encounters with traditional forms, broadly conceived. ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016, last updated 30 January 2016

Society for the Study of Southern Literature

The Fantastic South
A roundtable of 5-7 minute presentations that feature work engaging with the U.S. South in science ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Straddling the Dividing Line: Reconsidering the Civil War
A roundtable of 5-7 minute presentations that consider new interdisciplinary readings of the Civil ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

William Carlos Williams Society

Williams and Democracy: Rethinking place, race, gender, class, and sexuality in Williams’s poetics
Impact of socio-economic, political formations and cultural milieu on Williams's literary output. ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

William Faulkner Society

Faulkner and World Literature
William Faulkner in the context of world literature. Nationalism, global modernism, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

William Morris Society

Craft and Design in Literary Study: The Legacy of William Morris
We seek explorations of craft/design histories and theories re: Morris as writer and thinker. 1-2 ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Women in German

Feminism and the Emotional Turn in German Studies
This panel highlights new feminist research on emotions and German Studies--affect theory, history ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

Migration and Domesticity in British Romanticism
Proposals should examine representations of migration and domesticity in British Romantic ... See more
Posted 8 December 2015

Forums

CLCS Medieval

Comparative Medievalisms
How does medievalism transpire globally? Cross-cultural perspectives on medievalisms in diverse ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century

Romanticism and the Right to Violence
By what means--economic, political, linguistic--is the right to exercise violence affirmed or ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

CLCS European Regions

Thinking beyond “Diaspora”
As we reconsider this concept, what are some of the alternatives? We invite papers that propose ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Thinking beyond “Europe”
How do literary texts or films reimagine “Europe,” as new populations bring with them and leave ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

CLCS Global Arab and Arab American

Writing Migrant Selves in Transnational Arab Contexts
Regional, transnational, cross-border, multilingual Arab constructions of selfhood. 250-word ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

CLCS Global South

The Planet in Ruins: The Anthropocene from Below
Papers engaging questions of environmentalism, environmental disaster, slow violence, and/or the ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

South-South Policing: Security, Markets, and the Laboring Body
South-South perspectives on relations of policing and state-market security to biopolitics, labor ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016, last updated 28 January 2016

CLCS Nordic

Modernist Poetry and Poetics in the North
Papers invited on poetic modernism(s) – forms, shapes, expressions, translations, influence – in ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Border Conflicts: Migration, Refugees, and Diaspora in Children’s Literature
Guaranteed session examines children’s literature’s response to refugees, migrants, and diasporic ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Getting Religion: Children's Literature as Sacred Text
The presence/role of religion in children’s literature, or texts that become sacred to young ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Remediating Boundaries between Children’s Print and Digital Media
Relationship between print and digital forms in children’s and YA literature and ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016, last updated 1 February 2016

GS Comics and Graphic Narratives

Alien Lines: Science Fiction Comics
Intersections of science-fictional difference and comics: visual alterity, alien world-building and ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Drawing the Line: Comics and Adaptation
Connections between Comics and Adaptation Studies: comic book adaptations, multimodality, film and ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Graphic Narrative, Comics, and Temporality
Representation of temporality in comics: simultaneity, human vs. cosmic time scales, eruptions of ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

GS Drama and Performance

Performance Ampersand
This panel conjugates performance with a key idea, method or movement in critical theory and/or ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

Queer Hamilton
musical theatre, performance, Broadway, dance, history, cross-periodization, American Revolution, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016, last updated 28 January 2016

GS Life Writing

Fear, Flight, Form: Agency in Refugee Life Writing
The contested selves of refugees in writing present limit-cases in discussions of agency, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

Philadelphia Stories
From Benjamin Franklin to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia has inspired much of America's greatest ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

Writing Migrant Selves in Transnational Arab Contexts
Regional, Transnational, cross-border, multilingual Arab constructions of selfhood. 250-word ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

GS Prose Fiction

The Sense of an Ending, Now
Fifty years after the publication of Frank Kermode's classic, we invite papers on the form, theme, ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

GS Travel Writing

"Orientalism" Revisited: Travel Writing & Neo-Orientalism
Reconsideration of Said’s theoretical framework for understanding aesthetic and political ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

HEP Community Colleges

Boundaries of College-Ready Writing
Questions about political and economic contexts of placement, transfer, dual credit. Explorations ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

LLC African to 1990

Afriphonic Literature and Culture
Developments in literature and culture mediated in endogenous languages, across modes. 250-word ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

Early African Literature: Pre-1900
Written African literature predates the 1950s. What works of literature written before 1900, ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

Trans-Atlantic Yorùbá
Studies of literatures and cultures of Yorùbá descent in their multi-faceted mutual commerce ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

LLC African since 1990

Illegal Diasporas in African Literature and Cinema
Submissions on illegal diasporas and refugees in African literature and cinema. 250 word abstracts ... See more
Posted 15 January 2016

LLC Early American

Politics of Invocation
From second-amendment activists to Broadway patriots, mainstream culture lionizes U.S. beginnings. ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

LLC Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American

Prelude to the "American Century"
How does post-1865 writing offer a prelude to and encourage new perspectives on militarization, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Queer Collectivity at the Fin de Siècle
Sewing circles, quilting bees, tea time, hobos, unionizers, strikes, writers’ groups, intimate ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

LLC Asian American

Boundary Conditions and Complexities in Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita
Papers on pedagogical practices and concerns in teaching the works of Karen Tei Yamashita. 250 word ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

LLC Italian American

DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People
Italian American Forum guaranteed panel seeking transmedia perspectives/projects on the IA ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

The Streets of Philadelphia: From Rocky to Creed
How are the boundaries of racism and ethnocentrism in the Rocky series complicated and overturned ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

LLC Southern United States

Queer Southern Imaginaries
How do erotic, sexual, and gender imaginaries shape regional and national constructions of “the ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

The Revolution(ary) South
The South and revolutionary moments. How might focusing on the South complicate concepts of ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

LLC East Asian

Literature as Experience of Crossing Boundaries in East Asia
How does literature negotiate boundaries, cultural awareness, or individual self-definition in East ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016, last updated 27 January 2016

LLC South Asian and South Asian Diasporic

Feasting, Fasting, Famine: Representations of Hunger in South Asian Literatures and Cultures
Theorizing the politics, aesthetics, ethics, affect, of figurations of hunger. Class, gender, ... See more
Posted 16 January 2016

LLC Middle English

Ecological Catastrophe: Past and Present
Bringing together scholars of contemporary and premodern environmental literature, this roundtable ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Posthistoricism?
Are we posthistoricist? In light of recent reevaluations of historicism and experiments in ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Trans/Identities
Papers on Middle English trans narratives (transhuman, transgender, transmedia, translocation, ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

LLC Chaucer

Campus Chaucer
Chaucerian pedagogy in the current campus climate: social justice, trigger warnings, state of ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

Chaucerian Media
Chaucer's media; mediation in/of Chaucer's poetry; media as a critical/theoretical approach to ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

Medieval and Victorian Temporalities
How do medieval and Victorian literature figure temporal scale? What is, or should be, the temporal ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

LLC 16th-Century English

Ruins and Remains in Early Modern England
Papers employing archaeological, literary, or interdisciplinary approaches to the topic welcome. ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

LLC Shakespeare

Eco-rhetorics and Shakespeare
Topical ecologies; affect and environment; implications of language for environment and in ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

LLC 17th-Century English

What is the human in human rights? 17th-Century British Horizons
17th-century concepts of the human; human rights; humanitarianism; species thinking. CV and ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Women and Form in 17th-Century England
Collaborative roundtable exploring women's encounters with traditional forms, broadly conceived. ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English

Border Figures in Performance: the British Theater 1660-1740
How do border figures in plays - managers, musicians, and others - lead us to read plays ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

The British Atlantic
Papers are solicited on any topic in the Restoration and early eighteenth-century period that give ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

British Theater and Paratext
How may we understand how the dissemination of plays through their paratexts like reviews help ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

LLC English Romantic

Romanticism Unbound
Where are the boundaries of Romanticism? Can “romanticism” help us grasp: immigration, refugees, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

Medieval and Victorian Temporalities
How do medieval and Victorian literature figure temporal scale? What is, or should be, the temporal ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Modernist Terror, 1890-1930
Modalities of terror and violence: individual/collective; bodily/mental; domestic/imperial. CV and ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016

LLC Medieval French

Medieval Letters
Epistolary or scholarly, sung or written, inscribed or embroidered, demarcating the manuscript ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

Objects in Medieval Literature
What is the nature of textual objects, their characteristics, role in plot or interpersonal ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

LLC 16th-Century French

New Work on Sixteenth-Century France
20-minute papers on French 16th-century literature and culture. Proposals featuring on going work ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

The Vibrant Renaissance: Matter, Objects, and the Nonhuman in Early Modern France
Roundtable exploring Early Modern France and theories of matter; agency of assemblages; nonhuman ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

LLC 18th-Century French

In Debt: Credit, Indebtedness, and Financial Injury
On varieties of financial obligation and misconduct; global, domestic, public, or private. 300-word ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016, last updated 27 January 2016

Theories of toleration/tolérance after Voltaire
Roundtable on 18th-century theories of toleration/tolérance then and now. 300-word abstracts for ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

LLC 19th-Century French

The Archive
We invite proposals on research materials, methodologies, and theories in/of/on the 19th century. ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Spectacle
We invite proposals on performance, performers, visual spectacle, spectatorship, and ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

LLC Francophone

Global Quebec in Literature and Film
Explorations of international, intercultural and transnational experiences in literature and cinema ... See more
Posted 24 January 2016

Problems of Translation in Francophone Studies
Papers exploring translation in/of Francophone works: translation as trope; interpreter/translator ... See more
Posted 24 January 2016

LLC German to 1700

“Pre- and Early Modern Ecologies”
Papers on intersections of humans, animals, things, in premodern European texts or images. Focus on ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

“The Origin of Trauerspiel? Reading Benjamin / Reading with Benjamin”
Papers on any aspect of Benjamin’s Trauerspiel book. Sources, readings, themes, impact on study of ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German

Female Authorship in 18th- and Early 19th-Century German Culture
This panel investigates conceptualizations and literary representations of female authorship in ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

Imitation in 18th- and Early 19th-Century German Literature
This panel explores the aesthetic, legal, commercial, moral, and didactic dimensions of literary ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

What Goethe Heard: Hearing and Listening in the Long Eighteenth Century
Papers exploring representations and conceptions of sound, hearing, and listening in German ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

LLC 19th- and Early-20th-Century German

Canonical Authors
Sessions explore particular contributions of works by canonical authors (Fontane, Keller, Raabe, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German

Mobility/Stasis: Crossing Borders, Media, Disciplines
Interrogating how the fluidity and delineation, instability and reinforcement of geographical ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

LLC Hungarian

Women negotiating boundaries
We invite papers about contemporary women writers of Hungarian cultural and linguistic background ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

LLC Irish

Queer Ireland
This panel celebrates the radical cultural transformation of legalizing gay marriage in Ireland by ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Reformation 500: Protestantism, Literature, Ireland
“Anglo-Irish” refers also to English-language Irish literature (sometimes disparagingly). What ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian

Ekphrasis in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Explorations of ekphrasis and descriptions of images in literary works, with attention to critical ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modern Italy
Analyses of intersections between imaginative literature and medical, alchemic, astrological, ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Literature and the Political
Investigations of literature’s engagement with political discourse and examples of the poet as a ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian

Italian Studies in the Digital Domain
Examples of current research projects utilizing digital humanities approaches and/or reflections on ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Italy as a Woman: Symbolic Representations of National Identity
Symbolic representations of Liberty and Oppression, Utopia and Dystopia through the body of a woman ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

Lies and Deceptions in Modern Italian Literature
How does a lie work? Authors’ strategies to represent and hide lies in their texts across genres, ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016, last updated 2 February 2016

Postcolonial Bodies in Italian Literature, Film, and Media
Representations of transplanted and displaced bodies within the context of globalized diasporic ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

LLC Japanese to 1900

Soundscapes in Premodern Japan
How does sound represent courtly or natural spaces, confer auditory or illocutionary force, or give ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

LLC Colonial Latin American

Colonial ethnographies
This panel seeks papers on colonial ethnographic discourse in the context of Spanish imperialism. ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

Colonial Iberia
Even though the Portuguese empire preceded the Spanish, few people study both colonial experiences ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

LLC 19th-Century Latin American

Scenes of War
This panel welcomes presentations addressing the cognitive apparatuses at work in 19th-Century ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

War, Money, Finance
This panel welcomes presentations that deal with 19th Century Latin American wars, revolts, battles ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

LLC Mexican

Mexican Orientalisms
Mexican uses of orientalism and alternative orientalisms; literary and cultural production about ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

LLC Luso-Brazilian

Colonial Iberia
Even though the Portuguese empire preceded the Spanish, few people study their relationship or both ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016, last updated 9 February 2016

Graphic Narratives
This panel explores different forms of graphic narrative from the Luso-Brazilian world, including, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016, last updated 9 February 2016

LLC Romanian

Teaching Central/Eastern Europe and Its Communist Past
Practices of teaching Central/Eastern Europe's cultures and communist/totalitarian past to younger ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016, last updated 3 February 2016

LLC Medieval Iberian

New Currents in Medieval Iberian Studies
Papers on new works, new methodologies, or new critical approaches to Medieval Iberian literature ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Poetry and Prose

Surveillance and Early Modern Spain: Spies, Inquisitors, and Informants
How literature evinces the scope of early modern surveillance and provides tools for analyzing the ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian

18th- / 19th-Century Women: Creators and Distributors of Wealth
Considerations of women as philanthropists, workers, overseers, inheritors, entrepreneurs; as ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

Reclaiming Romanticism
Zorrilla's bicentennial provides an opportunity to revisit Spanish Romanticism, which grappled with ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian

Forging Lives
Critical engagements with fictional or documentary constructions of the self (biography, ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Traces of the Sacred
A critical exploration of the relation between Capital and the Sacred in the context of the Spanish ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

LSL Applied Linguistics

Second Language Studies and the Digital Humanities
(in)compatibility of SLA theories with digital humanities; how concordances and other databases ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

LSL Germanic Philology and Linguistics

Germanic Philology and Linguistics
The forum solicits papers addressing any aspect of Germanic linguistics and philology. Please send ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

LSL Language Change

Language Change and Boundaries in the U.S
Examining how language change in the U.S. casts new light on the conventional boundaries between ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

“The Changing Boundaries of Language Instruction”
Papers should address changes in language instruction reflecting new pedagogy, platforms and global ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

LSL Linguistics and Literature

Postcolonial Stylistics
We invite abstracts that explore representations of linguistic varieties and variation in ... See more
Posted 9 December 2015, last updated 14 December 2015

Syntax and Poetry
Following the successful session on syntax and poetry in 2016, we invite abstracts on how poets ... See more
Posted 9 December 2015, last updated 14 December 2015

LSL Romance Linguistics

Selected Topics in Romance Linguistics
Approaches to Romance Linguistics exploring any area of Romance Linguistics (theoretical or ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning

Ten Years after the MLA Report Part I: The Status of Languages Within Universities
Has the 2007 call to strengthen the demand for language competence been met? Abstract (200 word ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

Ten Years after the MLA Report Part II: Curricular Integration in Language Programs
Has the curricular landscape evolved? Has the language major been re-envisioned to develop ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

RCWS Literacy Studies

Literacy Practices and Processes
We welcome discussions of practices and processes of literacies situated in a wide range of ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing

What is Critical Bibliography?
Seeking short position papers exploring the intellectual reach and possibilities for bibliography ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography

Boundaries of the Book
What are the boundaries of books—dictionaries included—in various formats and materials, from ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

TM Literary and Cultural Theory

Re-turns of Deconstruction
Deconstruction after or outside the linguistic turn(deconstruction of institutions/disciplines, the ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

TM The Teaching of Literature

The "Uses" of Literature
The “Uses” of Literature: This session explores the ... See more
Posted 15 January 2016

TC Disability Studies

CRIPPING KEYWORDS
Cross-disciplinary roundtable on keywords-based collaborations; organizing potentials, pitfalls; ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

Disability and the Non-Human Animal
Links between physical, sensory, neurological, or psychosocial difference and non-human animals. ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

Premodern Disability
Disciplinary crossings medieval and early modern disability studies; methodological resonances, ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities

Ecomedia
This roundtable intends to showcase diverse ecomedia projects and ignite conversation about field ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

TC Marxism, Literature, and Society

GLOBAL APARTHEID
What would it mean to understand the geopolitical and biopolitical arrangements of contemporary ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Beyond Narrative: Age Studies & Medical Humanities
What are the limits of narrative inquiry in age/health studies? Seeking critiques of/alternatives ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Environment, Illness, Literature, Health/care
Literature of environmental illness, critical perspectives on health, policy, practice. Topics and ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

TC Memory Studies

Alternate Histories, Alternate Memories
Seeking papers for a non-guaranteed session on the genre of alternative history, and its ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

TC Popular Culture

E-Book Revolution
Transformations of literary textuality and reading practices on small portable devices; theoretical ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

TC Religion and Literature

Getting Religion: Children's Literature as Sacred Text
The presence/role of religion in children’s literature, or texts that become sacred to young ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016, last updated 28 January 2016

Religion in the Contact Zones
What is created where religions meet? Explore borderlands (geographical, linguistic, identitarian), ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Zombie Theology: Desacralizing the Human Body
Golems, Faustus, zombies--what do fantasies and fears of unsouled bodies, medieval to modern, ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

TC Sexuality Studies

Graphic Queer/Queer Graphics
Graphic fiction, sexuality; queer/trans* comics/comix; serial visual cultures; print media, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

Queer Domesticities
Trans-period, trans-genre alternatives to erotic/sensual public/private heteronormative paradigms; ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

Queer Hamilton
Musical theatre, performance, Broadway, dance, history, cross-periodization, American Revolution, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

MLA Committees

Committee on Information Technology

Histories of Digital Labor
Much digital work has gone uncredited. How do stories from our past revise our understanding of the ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Committee on Scholarly Editions

CSE-SHARP Collaborative Session, Open Topic: Editions/Authors/Readers/Publishers
Editor-author relations; editors imagining or constructing readerships; social, interactive, ... See more
Posted 5 December 2015

Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada

Best Practices Now
Presentations invited on the hiring, retention, mentoring, and professional advancement of faculty ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

The Color Curtain
South-South inter-ethnic connections, post-Bandung embodiment, affect, Afropolitans, South Asians, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession

The Politics of Representing the Underrepresented
Do safe structures exist for graduate students to address diversity-related concerns about academic ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Teaching as Theoretical Practice
How classrooms reflect, challenge theoretical frameworks (literary, linguistic, pedagogical); how ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Special Sessions

The 1960s and Medieval Culture
Papers exploring connections between 1960s and Middle Ages cultures, including dissent, protest, ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

21st Century Black Intellectuals: Coates and Rankine
This panel will explore the writings of Claudia Rankine and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Please send abstracts ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

Accenting Punctuation
Punctuation: Its use in certain genres, as it is used by specific literary figures, or topics ... See more
Posted 31 December 2015, last updated 14 January 2016

Adolescence
Re-constituting, re-imagining, or re-negotiating adolescence in culture, memory, age studies, or ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Affect and its Boundaries
This panel seeks papers which explore how boundaries of affect—inclusive of mood, emotion, passion ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Affect and Religion
Papers might engage theological accounts of the emotions, recent arguments in affect theory on ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

Alternative Memories of the Asian Pacific War
This panel examines alternative memories of the Asian Pacific War that challenge dominant ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016, last updated 27 January 2016

Antirelationality and Environmental Literature
Papers should examine the "antisocial/antirelational" thesis in queer theory alongside ecocritical ... See more
Posted 9 December 2015

The Apocalypse in Literature
How is the apocalypse imagined and represented in literature? Submissions from all historical ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Architecting Modernist Fiction
How are architectures experienced and represented in modernist fiction? All disciplines/approaches ... See more
Posted 8 January 2016

Asemic Writing
Its history and notable practitioners; its theoretical implications for what writing was and may ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Aspects of the Novel at 90
What is the meaning, influence, or continued relevance of EM Forster’s 1927 work, especially in the ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

The Avant-Garde City in Latin America
The papers of this session will analyze the relations between the avant-garde movements in Latin ... See more
Posted 9 November 2015

Beyond Queer Masculinity in C19 American Studies
What underserved archives of our queer American genealogy lie beyond the C19 gay male archive? How ... See more
Posted 13 November 2015

Biblical Allusion and Adaptation as Medieval Social Commentary
This panel discusses the appropriation of scriptural narrative and biblical allusion within works ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

Binge Media
New textualities and temporalities of hyper-consumption, immersion, and self-regulation of ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Biofiction and Modernism
Now a dominant form, biofiction first became popular in the 1930s. What role did modernism play in ... See more
Posted 17 January 2016

Biopolitics and the Postcolonial
Examines the new directions that Biopolitics as a concept and mode of reading is taking in formerly ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

Boundary Conditions in Genre Fiction
This panel seeks papers engaging with representations of the world beyond Anglo-America in genre ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

Brecht and Scandinavian Theater and Film
Profoundly influenced by Scandinavian theater, Brecht inspired Nordic dramatists and filmmakers. We ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

Character in the Realist Novel
This panel explores how fictional characters help us think relationships between emotion and ... See more
Posted 31 January 2016

Chaucer's Influence on Shakespeare
Papers exploring Chaucer's influence on Shakespeare with particular focus on matters related to ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

Commonplacing in Early Modern England
Papers investigating how commonplace books, miscellanies, diaries, and other manuscript texts ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

The Consummate American? Woman? Regionalist? New Approaches to Mary Wilkins Freeman
How read, enjoy, or teach Freeman today? A roundtable inaugurating an author’s society. 300-word ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

Contemporary War Narratives and Trauma Theory
Seeking papers on post-9/11 war experience/combat trauma in American literature/film. Emphasis on ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

Crossing Boundary Conditions in Galician Translation Studies
Translation is unprecedentedly enabling Galician culture to cross national boundaries. We invite ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016

Culinary Sorcery
All manner of sorcery, wizardry, magic, and slight of hand in the kitchen. Representations in ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

Dangerous Visions: Science Fiction’s Countercultures
Papers explore Rob Latham’s assertion that “Science fiction has always had a close relationship ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Deceptions: The Literature of Sexual Violence
Seeking papers on representations of sexual violence in literature, which emphasize philosophical ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Decisive/Divisive: The Political Rhetoric of 2015 and Beyond
Papers on global issues: challenges (asylum/integration); threats (terrorism); elections ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Dickinson's Punctuation: What was her purpose?
What do the punctuation features in Emily's manuscripts represent, mean, or do? For whom? Is there ... See more
Posted 24 January 2016

Digital Humanities in Secondary Education
We will explore the successes and difficulties of bringing DH to secondary education. Reports & ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Early Modern British Literature in Translation
Presentations on aspects of translations of early modern British literature into other languages ... See more
Posted 27 January 2016

Early Modern Prophetic Traditions
Inviting papers that consider vatic traditions, the figure of the prophet, or the poetics of ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016

Early Native American Authors
Examining early Native American authors’ preservation of native customs/resistance to ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Emotional Gender/ Gender of Emotions in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Papers examining different aspects of gender and emotions/affect in Medieval/ Renaissance ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

Episteme of Inequality: Studying Postcolonial Wealth Formation
Papers trace economic wealth, poverty, and reparation across colonial histories through literary, ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Fictional Religions
This session invites both new close readings of texts that contain fictional religions and more ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

The Forms of American Religion
What forms does U.S. religion take? Seeking papers on the influence of literary, cultural, ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

Foucault and Queer of Color Critique
Given recent work by Ferguson and Huffer, this panel explores new points of alliance between ... See more
Posted 9 December 2015

Francophone Literature and Problems of Agency
Proposals considering questions of agency in Francophone Literature. Exploring issues in feminism, ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Gender and the British Empire
British Empire was a highly gendered space. Papers welcome to explore colonial ... See more
Posted 17 January 2016

The Geography of Wealth
This panel will explore relationships between value, portability, land, and representation in ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Global Asynchronies: National Time and Transnational Dissent
Papers examine how literary and audiovisual works articulate dissent by operating at different ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

The Historical Novel as a Generic Hybrid
Is the historical novel a literary genre in the formal sense or is the term merely a placeholder ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

Human-Animal Boundaries in 19th-century British Literature
Papers may consider definitions of the human in relation to animality; concepts of species; ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

I Prefer Not To: Anti-Work Politics in American Literature
Examines how a refusal to work creates new technologies of the self from within the Bartleby Left ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

If a Lion Could Speak: The Impress of Paul West
Tribute to the prolific, English-born American novelist (1930-2015). His stylistic mastery, ... See more
Posted 14 November 2015

In Repertoire: The Repertory System in/and Theatre History
In what ways does the repertory system condition the performance event? How has/does this ... See more
Posted 15 January 2016

Kafka Transcending Boundaries
Kafka's experimental approach to gender, family and social structures, his transgressive ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

The Liminal Don Juan
Liminality and its relationship to Don Juan. Topics might include, but are not limited to, national ... See more
Posted 31 December 2015, last updated 7 January 2016

Literary Geographies: New Directions
How are literary engagements with space and geography being reshaped? Papers welcome on ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016

Literary Healthcare
Inviting explorations of care for the sick in literature, especially untrained nursing. What risks/ ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

Literature and Peace
How do poets, novelists, playwrights, or other writers negotiate questions of peace? Papers welcome ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Literature and Solitude
Proposals examining solitude/privacy/isolation, especially in early modern literature and culture, ... See more
Posted 14 January 2016

Literature and Transcription
What is the relationship between literature and transcription? How are literary form and depictions ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Literature Reads Economy
How does 19th century literature respond to questions of interpretation issued by the new economic ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Literature, Language and Substance Abuse
Proposals exploring renderings of substance abuse and the addict in art. Interdisciplinary, ... See more
Posted 5 January 2016

Locating Literary Precarity
“Precarity” has many meanings today but initially described tenancy. This panel seeks ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Lovecraft's Weird Modernism
Lovecraft’s relationship to modernism/modernity; Lovecraft and race; Lovecraft and ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Lyric in the Classroom
How does lyric and lyric theory inform our work in the classroom? What role does lyric play in how ... See more
Posted 16 January 2016

Machine Translation Before 1800
How does thinking in terms of systems, teams, and conditions instead of individuals help us better ... See more
Posted 15 January 2016

Making Interdisciplinarity Work in the Divided University
How can we foster interdisciplinary hires, and collaborative teaching and research in the liberal ... See more
Posted 14 December 2015

Margins to Mainstream: US Latino/a Performance
Latino/a poetry, drama, art, film; mainstream (Broadway, Hollywood, Latino/a ethnic traditions) to ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

Materiality, Difference, and Digital Labor
Considering representations of digital materiality and labor from queer, feminist, and anti-racist ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016

Medieval Welsh Materiality
Proposals should explore some aspect of materiality in medieval Welsh (including Cambro-Latin) ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Mental Health in Contemporary Literature
How are mental health issues addressed in literature? Does literary representation challenge ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

The Mexican Legal Code and its Glitches
The Mexico & Law and Humanities Sections ask: How might Mexican literature and legal codes ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Milton in/and the Americas
A round table exploring John Milton’s poetic, political, and theological legacy in the Americas. ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

Modernism and Graphic Narrative
Relationships between modernism, graphic narrative. Possibilities include narrative theory, ... See more
Posted 8 January 2016

Modernism and the Boundaries of the Human
Papers should consider models of modernist narrative attentive to the material world as it exists ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

The Modernist Brontës
How did the avant-garde adapt, use, or abuse the Brontës to establish modernism? How do these ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Modernist Homelands: Textual Ecologies of World War I
This panel seeks papers on the ecology of home landscape and war zone representations within ... See more
Posted 6 February 2016

NARRATIVE THEORY AND IMPERIAL CHINESE LITERATURE
Papers explore narratological approaches to the literature of pre-20th century China. 250-word ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Neo-Colonialism and the Futures of Afro-Asian Solidarity
Considers the development/disintegration of post-Bandung Afro-Asian solidarities during the "second ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

New Approaches to Existentialism and the Absurd
We invite proposals exploring existentialism and the absurd in light of recent scholarship on ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016, last updated 5 February 2016

New Scholarship on Robert Hayden
Papers can explore Hayden’s poetry from any perspective. Of particular interest are papers engaging ... See more
Posted 17 January 2016

Nineteenth-Century American Poetry: Form and Politics
How does form (genre, poetics, style) register social and political change? In what ways does form ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

No Exit? Escape in 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature
Papers investigating the poetics and politics of escape. Is escape always escapist? Can escape ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

Nonhumans in Twentieth-Century British Children's Fiction
Animals, fairies, and toys abound in 20C British children's fiction. Seeking papers on this ... See more
Posted 27 January 2016, last updated 29 January 2016

Oceanic Diasporas: Movement Beyond Borders
Soliciting papers that analyze how oceans challenge territory as the primary analytical site for ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

On the Boundary Line: Choosing Authors for the Edinburgh Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Writers
Who/When/How is a Scottish author? Offer positions and recommendations in this field-making forum. ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Open Source Lit, Open Source Crit
The "open source" movement's potential for literary studies. Literature as source code? Criticism ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Out of Service: Maids and Domestic Power in Latin America
We welcome papers on negotiations and representations of power by servants within Latin American ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Pastoral Crossroads
Pastoral Crossroads: What is the current state of studies on the French-language pastoral? All ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Patrick O'Brian's Boundaries
How do Patrick O'Brian's novels traverse boundaries? Papers may focus on generic, historical, or ... See more
Posted 26 January 2016

Phenomenology and Literature
What kinds of phenomenological readings might still produce insights that cannot be gained ... See more
Posted 19 January 2016

Pleasurable Forms: Early Modern English Literature
How is literary form related to the production of audience pleasure? How can "pleasure" be related ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016

Poetic Boundaries in the American Present
How do poetics delineate, trouble, aspire to American cultural boundaries i.e. race, capital, ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016, last updated 14 January 2016

Poetry and Ecology
This panel welcomes papers broadly concerned with how poetry mediates ecological issues—how it ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

The Politics of Reading Old English before 1900
How Anglo-Saxon Studies has been a battleground for politics by other means, especially in the 18th ... See more
Posted 21 January 2016

Post World War II French and Francophone poetry
This session will particularly welcome papers that link poetry either with the visual arts or with ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

Postcolonial Nations’ Colonialism
Proposals should describe postcolonial nations' colonial practices over their neighboring countries ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

The Prose Poem in the Hispanic World
Papers on the prose poem, a genre against genre definition, in the Hispanic tradition: its genesis, ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

Queer(ing) Kinship in the Nineteenth Century
How do Romantic and Victorian writers imagine alternative social networks and queer affective ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Re/presenting the War: World War II in Italian Liturature and Film
How do literary and cinematic texts present issues of national identity, gender and memory? ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

Reading Eastern Europe Digitally: Promises for the New Millennium
Explore Eastern European digital projects, advantages of open source archives; digitization of rare ... See more
Posted 28 January 2016, last updated 30 January 2016

Realism Engagé
This panel explores the affinities and aversions between literary realism and political commitment, ... See more
Posted 31 December 2015

Representation of War in Historical Novels
How is war imagined and represented in historical novels? Submissions from all historical periods ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Representing Ethnic Conflict in Contemporary Literatures and Films
Gendered, class, and environmental violence; imagined resolutions; politics of form in narratives ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

Reproductive Ethics and Contemporary Literature
How does contemporary literature allegorize the decision to reproduce/not reproduce? How does ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

The Rise of the Celebrity Chef
Origins and evolution of the celebrity chef as a public figure. 250-300 word abstracts by 1 March ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

The Road Less Traveled: Teaching Literature in Unconventional Spaces
Seeking discussions/papers about innovative approaches to teaching literature in unconventional ... See more
Posted 29 December 2015

The Role of the Subaltern Critic
Papers defining the role of such critics in shaping knowledge about a country's literature, or ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

Romanticism and Pennsylvania
Exploring connections between Romanticism and Pennsylvania: possible topics include "Pantisocracy," ... See more
Posted 9 January 2016

Russian Formalism Reimagined
Long treated as a prelude, could anything about the school be interesting in its own right, to ... See more
Posted 5 February 2016

Russian Shakespeares
Papers investigating significant Russian adaptations or translations of Shakespeare's works that ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016

Sad Clowns and Tortured Artists: Melancholy and Artistic Genius
Papers exploring the connections between artistic creation and melancholy (under their manifold ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Scenes of Subjection at Twenty
Papers considering the impact and legacy of Saidiya Hartman’s Scenes of Subjection for the ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016

Shakespeare and the African-American Experience
The representations of African-Americans in productions of Shakespearean plays from the founding of ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016

Shakespeare's stories/stories of Shakespeare
Papers seeking to rethink Shakespeare's oeuvre through narrative theory and cultural production, ... See more
Posted 2 February 2016

Spanish for Specific Purposes
Session focuses on Spanish for Specific Purposes and community engagement. please send a 300 word ... See more
Posted 22 January 2016

The Subject of Women in Proust
How are women in Proust’s fiction more than just objects? All theoretical approaches to female ... See more
Posted 20 January 2016

Teaching Asian Latino Encounters
Pedagogical approaches to Orientalism and/or Asian diasporas in Latin American literature and ... See more
Posted 7 February 2016, last updated 9 February 2016

Teeming Masses in the Transatlantic Imagination
Papers on literary explorations of crowds, immigration, uprisings, and/or social welfare in the ... See more
Posted 18 January 2016

Theories of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home
This session seeks papers of various theoretical approaches to develop a discourse on the ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016

The Timeless Scottish Makars
Proposals should explore how the texts of medieval Scottish makars still resonate today through ... See more
Posted 5 January 2016, last updated 6 January 2016

Towards a History of (Non-Human) Emotions
This panel seeks papers exploring the intersection of the history of emotions and animal ... See more
Posted 8 February 2016

Translation Remembered: Beyond Paradigms of “Loss”
Innovative approaches to translated texts that go beyond the dichotomies of the ... See more
Posted 13 January 2016

Travel Writing: Purpose, Place, Genre
Papers on real and/or imaginary journeys. Travel as historical account, cultural dialogue, ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

Vanishing Islands?
Papers examine colonial/postcolonial representations of environmental disaster, vulnerable and/or ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016

Veteran Literature
This panel seeks submissions that consider veteran authors as agents of their military experience ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016

What Next? The Episodic and The Serial
This Pecha Kucha session considers episodic and serial formats across a variety of media (film, ... See more
Posted 2 January 2016

William James and Literary Studies
On behalf of the William James Society, we seek abstract proposals for the 2017 MLA Convention that ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016

Wittgenstein and Modernism
Wittgenstein as a modernist philosopher; Wittgenstein’s influence on literary modernists; modernist ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016, last updated 8 February 2016

Writing/Rewriting Civil War: Comparative Perspectives
Shifting internal boundaries in nation/empire/colony; civil war and revolution; civil war and ... See more
Posted 29 January 2016

“A Means to Reach Conscience”: Ostranenie as Social Criticism
This session deals with ostranenie (defamiliarization / estrangement) as a cognitive-emotional ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016

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