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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 Association of Australian Literary Studies

Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature
Papers are invited on any aspect of teaching Australian and New Zealand literature, in any period ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

American Association of Teachers of Italian

Il poeta civile: ieri, oggi e domani
This session aims to reshape and define the poeta civile as we conceive him or her today: audience, ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

100 Years of October: Reconsidering the Russian Revolution
The cultural impact and/or image of the 1917 Revolution from new perspectives, including (but not ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Globalization and the Second World
From the age of empires to the Internet, globalization overwrites existing borders; how have ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

The Future of Hispanic Studies in Higher Education
This panel seeks innovative perspectives on the current state of Hispanic studies and the future of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators

Social Pedagogies in the L2 Classroom
Explore L2 education as a catalyst for personal, academic, and societal transformation by bridging ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

American Literature Society

Recovery Work: Digital Approaches to Archives
This roundtable explores theories and practices of recovery in the age of digitization. What ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

American Portuguese Studies Association

New Approaches to the Luso-Brazilian Fin de Siècle
150-word abstracts for papers on the fin de siècle, an eclectic period in Luso-Brazilian literary ... See more
Posted 25 February 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

Association for Documentary Editing

Editing the Amanuensis
Proposals should address issues of editing material prepared with the help of an amanuensis, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism

Afrosurrealism from 6000 BCE to 3000 AD
Papers sought on the long historical and genealogical axes of Afrosurrealism in its 20th/21st-C ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Disaster
We seek proposals for presentations that employ creative interdisciplinary methods/perspectives to ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

New Research Directions and Innovations in Teaching Technical Communication
Presentations that explore “New Research Directions and Innovations in Teaching Technical ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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

"I Die Daily": Police Brutality, Black Bodies, and the Force of Children's Literature
This panel explores how children’s literature can inform and inspire social (in)justice within ... See more
Posted 10 February 2016

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

Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

The Conditions of Pleasure for 21st Century Poetry
Seeking papers exploring affective and material dimensions of what it means to write and desire ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016, last updated 1 March 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

Dante Society of America

Dante and Material Culture
Investigations of physical objects, resources, and spaces used to define Dante Studies. Send a ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

How Dante Became Dante
Explorations of Dante's production before the Commedia, with emphasis on his minor works. Send a ... See more
Posted 15 February 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

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 10 February 2016

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)

Female Power: Lost, Found, Imagined [Joint session with LLC Medieval Iberian]
Exploring intersections of medieval women's cultural productions and female power, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

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

GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages

"Pre-Stonewall/Post-Modern"
Attending to the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, we seek papers examining cultural production that ... See more
Posted 3 March 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

Graduate Student Caucus

Questioning boundaries in postcolonial studies
In a field defined as post-national, transcultural, multilingual, etc., how can we rethink ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Technology and Social Media: The End of Boundaries?
How do these positively or negatively affect the life, work (teaching and/or researching), and ... See more
Posted 23 February 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

Henry James Society

Dead Letters: Exploring the Cultural Consequences of Posthumous Publication
Papers dealing with James’s posthumous publications and/or the threat—or promise—of posthumous ... See more
Posted 27 February 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 Boethius Society

Boethius in the Renaissance
Boethius's influence continued well beyond the late Classical and medieval periods. This session ... See more
Posted 14 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

International Vladimir Nabokov Society

Nabokov and Psychology
Papers are invited on all aspects of the troubled but fruitfully complex relation between Nabokov ... See more
Posted 12 February 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

Langston Hughes Society

Hughes and His Influences: 21st Century Perspectives
Influences of Hughes on others, not limited to writers, but may include filmmakers, politicians, ... See more
Posted 24 February 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

Marlowe Society of America

Marlowe and the Book
Papers illuminating any aspect of the publication (scribal or print), circulation, reading, and/or ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Marxist Literary Group

Circulation, Logistics, and Revolution
How might we map the flows and blockages of capital and what are the aesthetics of circulation? ... See more
Posted 1 March 2016

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

Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association

Boundary Conditions of Austrian Studies
Panel aims to take stock of the state of Austrian Studies and its position within and vis-à-vis ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Modern Greek Studies Association

Comparative Approaches to Modern Greek Literature
Papers sought on Modern Greek literature and new paradigms of comparative study: transatlantic, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Modernist Studies Association

Modernism, Race, and Civil Rights
Roundtable. Legacies of slavery, abolition, and/or reconstruction. Periodizing modernism between ... See more
Posted 3 March 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

Writing? Authoring? Scribbling: Fuller, Hawthorne, and Their Contemporaries
We welcome proposals on biographical/contextual relations; representations of women; ... See more
Posted 17 February 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 Heine Society

Antisemitism and Orientalism in the Long Nineteenth Century
North American Heine Society invites papers that address anti-Semitism and Orientalism in relation ... See more
Posted 25 February 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

Pirandello Society of America

Pirandello at 150
Recognizing the pivotal contribution and ongoing relevance of Pirandello 150 years after his birth, ... See more
Posted 12 February 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

Radical Caucus in English and the Modern Languages

Revolutionary Pasts and Futures
Revolution and cultural production; critical perspectives of past, present and future revolutions; ... See more
Posted 20 February 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, last updated 16 March 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, last updated 16 March 2016

Robert Frost Society

Digital Frost
Roundtable exploring prospects for a collaborative digital-humanities project on Robert Frost, its ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Romanian Studies Association of America

Refugees, Exiles and Migration: Past and Present Journeys
The panel addresses narratives of crisis and media role when writing on refugees, exiles, and ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch

Mapping the Epic
Topics may include travel, cartography, boundaries, neural mapping, digital mapping and virtual ... See more
Posted 4 March 2016

Society for Critical Exchange

Antitheory
What is antitheory? What does it mean to be against theory in the new millennium? What is the ... See more
Posted 21 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 Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Medieval Femininities in Times of Turmoil
This panel welcomes presentations addressing medieval feminism and anti-feminist or antifeminine ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Medieval Feminism(s) in Times of Turmoil
2015/2016 have seen attacks on medieval feminism/ feminists, some accusing feminists in academia to ... See more
Posted 27 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 Midwestern Literature

Boundaries Conditions and Social Unrest in Midwest Literature
The Midwest is gripped by contradiction and convulsed by social unrest. Do Midwest writers uniquely ... See more
Posted 23 February 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

South Asian Literary Association

Ecocriticism and South Asia
In South Asia, a wide range of writers/artists address environmental issues, ecocriticism, and ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Re-visioning Refugees: South Asian Interventions
Current global refugee crisis, legal definitions, ethical debates, Partition memories in ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

T. S. Eliot Society

Prufrock and Other Observations 1917-2017
New perspectives on Eliot's first book of poems; all approaches welcome. Abstracts will also be ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016, last updated 25 February 2016

Wallace Stevens Society

Yeats, Stevens, Eliot: Re-Triangulating Transatlantic Canons
This panel reconsiders contributions of Yeats, Stevens and Eliot in shaping Transatlantic canons. ... See more
Posted 21 February 2016

Western Literature Association

The West as Resource
Considering our present political and ecological moment, this panel seeks to explore the myriad ... See more
Posted 27 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

"Wiping soiled words": The poetics of Wiiliam Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore
Papers exploring the relationship or parallels between the poetics of Williams and Moore. 200 word ... See more
Posted 28 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 French

Teaching Women in French: Exploring the Boundaries
Exploring Boundary Conditions in the context of teaching French and Francophone women’s literature ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Writing the Self in the age of the selfie in French and Francophone Literatures
Joint session. Addressing women writers narrating their own identity in non-fiction, film, graphic ... See more
Posted 23 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

Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages

Teaching Difficult Topics
This roundtable will address how we address issues such as campus sexual assault in the classroom. ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Teaching Difficult Topics
This roundtable will address how we address issues such as campus sexual assault in the classroom. ... See more
Posted 26 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

Arabic in Europe: Medieval Connectivity and Contamination
We invite papers on the reception of "Arabic" in Europe, emphasizing the Mediterranean's ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

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

CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern

Astrology as Science and Literature
panel exploring the role of astrology and/or astronomy in the history of scientific and literary ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Disruptions, Eruptions, Interruptions
New theoretical perspectives, untapped archives, interdisciplinary approaches to textual ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Enchantment 15th-17th Centuries
New and innovative approaches to enchantment, disenchantment, re-enchantment (topics may include, ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

CLCS 18th-Century

18th-century New Media: Itineraries of Word & Image
Papers on the interaction of text and illustration with attention to cross-cultural translation ... See more
Posted 10 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 20th- and 21st-Century

Vernacular Comparisons beyond the Europhone
Papers exploring questions and concepts of the “vernacular”/“vernacularization” beyond Europhone ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016, last updated 10 March 2016

CLCS Arthurian

Arthurian Affect in Medieval Arthurian Texts
How are emotions represented and valued in medieval Arthurian texts? Bonnie Wheeler (See more
Posted 11 February 2016

CLCS Celtic

Indefinable Boundaries: Session Co-Sponsored by Old English and Celtic Studies
We invite papers exploring the permeability of boundaries and the ways in which borders resist ... See more
Posted , last updated 9 March 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 Anglophone

Anglophone Literature Among Other Languages
On the heteroglossia and multilingualism of the 'Anglophone', its linguistic others, and its buried ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Other than Global Anglophone
Position papers on possible alternatives to the "Global Anglophone" rubric. 400 word abstracts by ... See more
Posted 1 March 2016

CLCS Global Arab and Arab American

Beyond Bounds: The Refugee in Global Arab/Arab American Studies
Interrogating concepts of cosmopolitanism, exile, globality through the figure of the Arab refugee ... See more
Posted 24 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

CLCS Global Hispanophone

"From "Moroccan Mellahs to Filipino Sinagogas: Sephardic Diaspora."
Studies of Sephardic communities in African or Asian Spanish colonies. How does Sephardic cultural ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Hispanophone-East Asian Connections
Analyses of texts about or from Hispanophone populations in East Asia, any period. Non-guaranteed ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Questioning the Global Hispanophone
Global Hispanophone offers the potential to expand Hispanism, and the limitations of being a ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

CLCS Global Jewish

Jewish "Stuff"
Inviting papers on Jewish material culture across boundaries sacred and profane: tchotchkes, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Transparent
This panel considers what The Forward calls “The Jewiest show ever.” Papers on Jewishness AND: ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

CLCS Global South

Digital Boundaries of the Global South
How do theories and practices of the global south travel and mutate across a range of media (incl. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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 Hemispheric American

Charge and Challenge of Hemispheric Studies
What are the challenges of doing a transnational critique based on concepts from US academy ex: ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

CLCS Mediterranean

Mediterranean's Queer Histories
In which way do the queer histories by Mediterranean authors differ from the well-established canon ... See more
Posted 26 February 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 Nonfiction Prose

The Boundaries of Religion in Public Discourse
Forum on Non-fiction Prose (special session). Discussions, invocations, and uses of religion in the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Form and The Public Intellectual
Session on the form, method, or medium in which the public intellectual operates, both intersecting ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Style, in Theory
What is style? How theorize style today? How might attention to style produce new encounters with ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

GS Poetry and Poetics

Paratext and Poetry
Does paratextuality provide boundaries that condition poetry? Papers across literary and historical ... See more
Posted 29 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

Travel narratives and communication technology
From reliable postal systems to the telegraph to cellphones, how does changing communication ... See more
Posted 16 February 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

HEP Teaching as a Profession

The Physicality of Teaching
Presentations should address ways of using space(s) for teaching, including concerns related to ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Should Tenure be Granted for Teaching-Centered Positions
Papers should address the positive and negative aspects of recent proposals to grant tenure for ... See more
Posted 26 February 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

Queer and Here: Crossing Gendered and Sexual Boundaries in South Asia and Africa
Papers engaging queer emergence, activism, identities in South Asian and African literature and ... See more
Posted 24 February 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

Puritanisms
No longer considered American literary history's foundation, Puritan Studies has been reconceived ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Resident/Alien
While these terms animate contemporary political debates, this panel seeks to explore their ... See more
Posted 14 February 2016

LLC 19th-Century American

The Carceral State
How did 19th-century forms of imprisonment from impressment to debt peonage, among others, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Defunct Sexualities
What forgotten or abandoned sexual/gender identities or practices has queer scholarship brought ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016, last updated 28 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 20th- and 21st-Century American

Graphic Style and Big Data
Inspired by Manovich and Gitelman: How do graphic narratives and narratives made from graphs ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Thinking through Infrastructure
How can we interpret infrastructure? Relate aesthetic (genre, form, apparatus) to infrastructural ... See more
Posted 29 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

Cutting Across Disciplines: Creativity and Critique in Asian American Writing
Considers how Asian American authorship straddles the line between literary criticism, activism, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016, last updated 21 February 2016

Speculative Asian American Fictions
Papers that consider speculative fiction, science and technology as they pertain to Asian American ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

“The Intimacies of Four Continents: Crossing Boundaries, Disciplines, Archives”
Engagements with Lisa Lowe’s The Intimacies of Four Continents. Assessments, critiques, ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016, last updated 25 February 2016

LLC Chicana and Chicano

La Raza y Gaza
Papers engaging the political resonances of Palestine for Chican@s. Intersections in various texts, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Liberty Crack'd
What are possibilities and fault lines within the promise of US liberty when examined through the ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Teaching Borderlands at 30
As we commemorate the thirty-year anniversary of Anzaldúa’s Borderlands we invite papers that ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016, last updated 27 February 2016

LLC Indigenous Literatures of the United States and Canada

Boundaries and Contestations in Native/Aboriginal Texts
How does Indigenous writing explore limits and refigure boundaries of land, law, bodies, language, ... See more
Posted 15 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 Jewish American

American Jews and Poetic Experiment
Jews and/ in experimental poetry. The relationship between ethnicity, religion, culture, and form, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

Feeling Jewish
Ways to feel Jewish—intransitively and transitively. Affect, empathy, sympathy, anxiety, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

LLC Latina and Latino

The Languages of Latina/o Literature
How have Spanish, English, and indigenous languages influenced the formation of Latina/o ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016, last updated 13 February 2016

Latina/o Materialisms
queer, feminist, cultural, new &/or old materialisms; Marxisms; text as material object, ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016, last updated 14 February 2016

Speculative Latin@: Histories of the Future
Papers engaging speculative fiction by Latin@ authors: alternative archives; utopias/dystopias; ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

LLC Literatures of the United States in Languages Other Than English

US Network Television in "Languages Other than English"
US television in English includes dialogue in Spanish, Russian, etc. Does televising polylingual US ... See more
Posted 1 March 2016, last updated 14 March 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 Arabic

The Balfour Declaration a Century Later
Effects of the Balfour Declaration, debates, reactions, responses, and perspectives in literature ... See more
Posted 21 February 2016

LLC East Asian

Dissimulation and its Detection in Early Modern Asia
How do literary texts register and respond to concerns about falsification and authenticity ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

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

Is Poco Dead?
IS POCO DEAD? Theorizing the revenant in post-poco study of SouthAsian literary. ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Queer and Here: Crossing Gendered and Sexual Boundaries in South Asia and Africa
Papers engaging queer emergence, activism, identities in South Asian and African literature and ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016, last updated 29 February 2016

LLC West Asian

Dispossession: West Asian Contexts
Panel on past and current practices of dispossession in West Asia: statelessness, apartheid, ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016, last updated 10 February 2016

LLC Catalan Studies

Art, Non-Art, Post-Media, Installation: Catalan Museums Today
The role and function of the Museum when art and non-art, exhibit and installation, media and ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

Catalan Cinema and New Media
Papers should examine Catalan Cinema and new media with a focus on the global, intercultural and ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

LLC Ming and Qing Chinese

Bringing a "Dirty Book" to Class: Teaching "Plum in the Golden Vase"
How do we teach a novel that is often avoided because of its complexity and "pornographic" content? ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016, last updated 3 March 2016

Commemorating Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare
Panel examines the organizing principles and unspoken assumptions about Ming and world literature ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016, last updated 3 March 2016

From Digital to Cognitive: New Approaches to Ming-Qing Literature
Cutting-edge research on Ming-Qing literature. Session hosted by new Ming/Qing Chinese Forum. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016, last updated 3 March 2016

LLC Modern and Contemporary Chinese

Chinese Science Fiction
This panel invites papers on all aspects of Chinese science fiction. Refer to the MCLC CFP for more ... See more
Posted 11 January 2016, last updated 18 February 2016

LLC Dutch

Boundary conditions in Netherlandish literature, language and culture
We invite papers addressing the 2017 MLA Presidential Theme “Boundary Conditions” from a Dutch ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

LLC Old English

Beyond Measure
Papers on Old English text/textual objects that are incomparable, ineffable, immeasurable, ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

The Present is Another Country (Roundtable)
Roundtable emphasizes how Old English contributes to discussions of diversity, ethnicity, ... See more
Posted 20 February 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 Late-18th-Century English

What If? The Other Eighteenth Centuries
Counterfactual histories of the 18C written then or now: their theories of past and present; their ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

LLC English Romantic

Biographia Literaria at 200
Reading in, with, through, and against Coleridge. Biographia Literaria as text, performance, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Romanticism Unbound
Where are the boundaries of Romanticism? Can “romanticism” help us grasp: immigration, refugees, ... See more
Posted 1 February 2016, last updated 10 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 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone

Making it New: Critical Methods for a Global Media Ecology
A roundtable discussing a range of current critical methods when both criticism and method appear ... See more
Posted 29 February 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

Sound(s) of French and Occitan Lyric
Music, sound, noise, silence; performed lyric-historical/represented, actual/imagined; sonorities ... See more
Posted 27 February 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 17th-Century French

Biography
Stories, past and contemporary, of real-life characters; portraits, episodes, anecdotes, news as ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Constructing Realities--Fiction and Meta-Fiction
Relations between history/reality and fictional worlds, quest for truth and its (im)possibilities ... See more
Posted 4 February 2016, last updated 23 February 2016

Translating the 17th Century for/in the 21st Century
Problematics/boundaries of translating classical texts, impact of translations on construction/ ... See more
Posted 23 February 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 20th- and 21st-Century French

Boundaries of the French Literary Field
Papers pondering the 2017’s Presidential Theme of “Boundary Conditions,” reflecting on boundaries ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

Theoretical Events: 1967 - 50
1967 saw major interventions by Barthes, Debord and Derrida. What remains of these theoretical ... See more
Posted 17 February 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 Galician

Round Table: What is 'Galician' in Galician Studies? Defining Galician Studies in the 21st Century
We welcome ideas, reflections, proposals, controversies, and debates. 150-word abstracts for ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

The Standardization of Galician: A Response to Language Contact and Change
Inc. contemporary history/prospects for a Galician oral/standard variety; language standardization ... See more
Posted 3 February 2016, last updated 16 February 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 Hebrew

Hebrew Yiddish Literary Relations
Theorizing Hebrew and Yiddish literary relations from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Literature and Art
Conversations, interventions and other creative relationships in Hebrew culture among "the sister ... See more
Posted 26 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 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian

The Boundary Conditions of Genre
Examinations of literary forms in evolution: old and new genres, intersections, overlaps; ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016, last updated 10 February 2016

Giacomo Leopardi on the Edge
Investigations of how Leopardi’s work blurred and probed the boundaries between philosophy/poetry; ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016, last updated 10 February 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 Japanese since 1900

Ecocriticism in Japan
This panel seeks papers that engage critically with "nature" or "environment" ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Music and Literature
Seeking proposals that explore, via various critical approaches, the interrelationships between ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

LLC Korean

Foreign Bodies in Korean Literature
The panel addresses representation of bodies that do not respect borders, including those of ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

The Sonic Imagination of Modern Korean Literature
Viewing implied reader as situated listener, the panel examines voice, rhythm, and music in the ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Translation and in-between Spaces in Korea and East Asia
Papers engaging postcolonial approaches to translation in Korea and East Asia. 250-word abstract ... See more
Posted 16 February 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 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American

The Autonomy of Poetry Revisited
State-of-the art panel on the limits of Latin Americanist poetics. Is today’s (study of) poetry ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

Latin American Cosmopolitics
Discussion of world and region after a recent wave of studies (Siskind, Hoyos, Price, ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

LLC Cuban and Cuban Diasporic

From Inventando to Fabricando: Artistic Entrepreneurship in Cuba Today
Papers exploring the artist-entrepreneur in Cuba in relation to revolutionary and global market ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

LLC Mexican

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

LLC Puerto Rican

Forms of Puerto Rican Debt: Critique and Conditions
How do literature and art imagine past/current Puerto Rican economic crises? Reflections on ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

LLC Occitan

Boundary Conditions and Troubadour Texts
What boundary conditions define troubadour texts? Politics, genre, dialect/language, country? How ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

Sound(s) of French and Occitan Lyric
Music, sound, noise, silence; performed lyric--historical/ represented, actual/imagined; sonorities ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

LLC Old Norse

Waterways & Byways
We invite explorations of how waterways or roads extend or differentiate cultural, linguistic, ... See more
Posted 25 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

Narratives of Childhood
This panel explores the representation of childhood in Luso-Brazilian cultural production, and the ... See more
Posted 7 March 2016

LLC Romanian

Cultural Studies Issues within the Second World Spaces
How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, or embraced by societies ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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 Scottish

Scottish Sociability: The Literature of Clubs and Associations
Scottish sociability in its literary manifestations, focusing on works produced in Scottish clubs ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

LLC Sephardic

"From Moroccan Mellahs to Filipino Sinagogas: A Sephardic Diaspora."
Sephardic communities in Spanish colonies in Africa and Asia. How does Sephardic cultural ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

"Sephardic Globalization and Cultural Production."
Sephardic communities have helped problematize monolithic national narratives. How does Sephardic ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

LLC Russian and Eurasian

Flight, Migration, Diaspora
This panel will address how the textual representation of emigration, resettlement, and contact ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016, last updated 29 February 2016

Svetlana Alexievich and Sverkhliteratura
Analyzing the “super-literature” of Alexievich, Belorussian writer and 2015 Nobel prizewinner, in ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

LLC Slavic and East European

Propaganda Reconsidered
How do emerging theoretical models contribute to the study of propaganda? This panel examines ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

Soviet-era Dissidence Revived?
In light of authoritarianism in Russia today, how does the current generation of artists adopt or ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

Travel Narratives and Communication Technology
From reliable postal systems to the telegraph to cellphones, how does changing communication ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

LLC Medieval Iberian

Female Power: Lost, Found, Imagined
Exploring intersections of medieval women's cultural productions and female power, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2016

Medieval Iberian Boundary Conditions & its Crossings
Boundaries that constrain and enable the “medieval” and “Iberian” and their crossings: ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

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 Drama

Science and the Comedia
How do scientific discourses play in the Comedia? What are their intersections with other prevalent ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

The State of the Comedia
What ought to be Comedia studies today? What newer critical trends are changing the field? Can we ... See more
Posted 12 February 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

“Politics, Oratory, and Public Discourse: Debating the Nation in Modern and Contemporary Spain”
Papers exploring oratory and its effects in historically contextualized debates on nation, ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016, last updated 16 February 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

Politics, Oratory, and Public Discourse: Debating the Nation in Modern and Contemporary Spain
Papers exploring oratory and its effects in historically contextualized debates on nation, ... See more
Posted 15 February 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

LLC Yiddish

Genres of Yiddish Literaure
Papers examine the variety of Yiddish genres, including miniature, monologue, science fiction, ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Hebrew Yiddish Literary Relations
Theorizing Hebrew and Yiddish literary relations from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. ... See more
Posted 26 February 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 General Linguistics

In memoriam: A tribute to Dr. Claudia Parodi (†2015)
Proposals related to Language Contact in Spanish America, Colonial Studies, Historical Linguistics, ... See more
Posted 17 February 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 and Society

Language in Mobility
The dominant communicative orientation territorializes languages, associating them with specific ... See more
Posted 21 February 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

MS Opera and Musical Performance

Pierre Boulez
Boulez’s work with opera, his musical dialogues with literary texts, relations to modernism and ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

MS Screen Arts and Culture

'68 - Global Cinema
This guaranteed panel (MS Screen Arts and Culture) will examine the interplay in global cinemas of ... See more
Posted 14 February 2016, last updated 19 February 2016

Colonialism, Cinema, Cartographic Imaginaries
How are colonial spaces imagined, by colonized and colonizer? How does mapping, literal or ... See more
Posted 14 February 2016

Moving Image Poetry
From early film to digital animation, moving images enable rethinking of poetry’s visual dimension. ... See more
Posted 14 February 2016

MS Sound

Sound Studies and Literary Methodology
Where, how, and why do literary scholars study sound? How have auditory methodologies challenged ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

MS Visual Culture

The Contemporary Novel and Visual Art, Post-45
Exploring visualization of narrative and influence of photography, film, collage in the modern / ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Natural Media
Exploring intersections, collisions, tensions, continuities, opportunities, and affordances that ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Visualizing the Page
Exploring space of the page; textual materiality; visual culture's impact on literature; visual ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric

Intersectional Rhetorics
Papers that link place, identity, time, and rhetorical practice, explicitly working across ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Rhetoric and Environmental Sustainability
Papers that explore how the concept of environmental sustainability is constructed, circulated, and ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

RCWS Writing Pedagogies

Naming Pedagogies
What happens when the choices we make in naming in our courses and assignments (e.g., ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Pedagogy in Precarious Times
How do we teach, now, in this age of ubiquitous precarity, of which we are both subject and ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing

Recovery Work: Digital Approaches to the Archive
Roundtable on the theory/practice of recovery in the age of digitization. What are the challenges ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

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 Language Theory

Constructed languages in literary worlds
We solicit papers exploring the use of constructed languages in literature. Abstracts of 300 words. ... See more
Posted 27 February 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 Literary Criticism

Moods of Criticism
What are, or should be, the moods of criticism? (Wry, irascible, ebullient, anxious, etc.) 200 word ... See more
Posted 16 February 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 Age Studies

The Boundaries of Literary Age Studies
What are/should be the parameters of age studies in literature? How should literary age studies ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

TC Cognitive and Affect Studies

Literature and Animal Cognition
This panel invites papers that consider animal minds in literature or film or that brings ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016, last updated 28 February 2016

Sexual Cognition
Topics may include how cognitive study advances our understanding of sexualities and how LGBTQIA, ... See more
Posted 23 January 2016, last updated 19 February 2016

TC Digital Humanities

DH 101: Revisiting the Intro to Digital Humanities Course
How should we teach the Intro to DH course today? Actual courses and imagined models welcomed. 250 ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Local Digital Humanities
How do digital humanities methods and concepts engage the local, in theory or practice? Can local ... See more
Posted 16 February 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

Ecocriticism in Japan
This panel seeks papers that engage critically with "nature" or "environment" in contemporary ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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

TC History and Literature

Writing Resistance
Historical approaches to “writing resistance” or “writing rebellion”: narrative construction of ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

TC Law and the Humanities

Object Lessons in Personhood
10-minute papers on a single “thing.” How do theoretical issues surrounding legal ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

Transnational Justice and the Literary Imagination
How do imaginative texts explore questions of justice that transcend national borders? Papers on ... See more
Posted 21 February 2016, last updated 8 March 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 Philosophy and Literature

Uncommon Communities
Communities--acephalic; organic, inorganic, anorganic; accidental or contingent; horizontal; ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

TC Popular Culture

Chicana/o Popular Culture
Any aspect of popular cultural, following Raymond Williams’ "popularis"--of or for the people ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Creative Responses to Black Lives Matter
In what ways are contemporary writers, performers and other artists using public space to document ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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

Pop Philly
From Cheese Steaks to Philly Soul, Rocky and Creed, how has the City of Brotherly Love entered the ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

TC Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature

Psychoanalysis and Islam
We invite papers on any productive aspect of the relation of psychoanalysis to Islam, manifested in ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

TC Race and Ethnicity Studies

Black Pacific
Intersections of African, Asian, indigenous diasporas across the Pacific. Literary/cultural ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

The Intimacies of Four Continents: Crossing Boundaries, Disciplines, Archives
Engagements with Lisa Lowe’s The Intimacies of Four Continents. Assessments, critiques, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

Latina/o Indigenous Pacific
Intersections of Latina/o and Indigenous production and identity within, around and through the ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Writing (Against) The Prison
Critical engagements with carceral representations in local, national, transnational, and global ... See more
Posted 24 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 Science and Literature

Astrology as Science and Literature
Panel exploring the role of astrology and/or astronomy in the history of scientific and literary ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Fiction and the Brain
This panel discusses literature and neurology in any time period. Historical as well as cognitive ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

Humanities vs. STEM: Two Cultures Reboot?
Join Cary Wolfe in examining the (re)current rhetoric of opposition/consilience within academic, ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

TC Translation Studies

Translation and the Division of Labor
Translation and (theories of) labor; borders between authorship and translation; translation, area ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

TC Women’s and Gender Studies

Placing Gender in the Graphic Novel
How do citizenship, body, race or nation traffic with gender in graphic novels today? All ... See more
Posted 19 February 2016, last updated 11 March 2016

Trans(per)formances
We solicit papers that engage with literary, cultural, or theoretical notions of trans* ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016, last updated 29 February 2016

MLA Committees

Committee on Community Colleges

Community Colleges' Contributions to Literacy Instruction
Pedagogical innovations at community colleges that impact teaching practices, including writing ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Post-Ferguson: Teaching Literature to Empower
How have tensions from recent shootings and national protests shaped instruction and reception of ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

Unbundling Academic Work
When institutional policy treats teaching and research as disconnected, and learning technology ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession

Disability and Pedagogy: Students With Disabilities and Classroom Inclusivity
Roundtable exploring inclusive/accessible classrooms and syllabi; designed for graduate students ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016, last updated 28 February 2016

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

Disability and Pedagogy: Students With Disabilities and Classroom Inclusivity
Roundtable exploring inclusive/accessible classrooms and syllabi; designed for graduate students ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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, last updated 7 March 2016

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

Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

Embattled Rhetorics
Proposals should offer rhetorical analyses of privileged groups claiming otherness. Examples may ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016, last updated 1 March 2016

Special Sessions

#AllTheFeels: Sentimentalism Then & Now
Papers exploring resonances—or dissonances—between sentimental rhetoric in historical periods and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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

19th-Century Theater
This panel welcomes presentations addressing Latin American theater, spectacle, and performance in ... See more
Posted 26 February 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

25 Years of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage
Past contributions, archival silences, and future prospects of Hispanic Recovery in dissensus or ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016, last updated 25 February 2016

500 Years of Schism: Catholic-Protestant Relations in British Literature
This session seeks papers with new perspectives on major British literary texts exploring ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Absent presence
More books in Asian languages circulated in 19c Europe than now, through book importers and ... See more
Posted 25 February 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

Adaptation, Transmediation: The Narrative Boundaries of Genre, Medium, and Time
How do adaptation and transmediation push the boundaries and possibilities of literature? ... See more
Posted 12 February 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

Affect and the Body of Romanticism
Intersections of modern affect theory with Romantic representations of embodiment. Send 300-word ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Affective Bodies in 20th Century Latin American Art and Literature
Through an interdisciplinary approach, this panel explores the social, political, and cultural ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016, last updated 10 March 2016

Affect's Line: Aesthetics and Politics in Latin America
With a focus on affect and boundary, this panel examines the politics and force of Latin American ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

African-Americans Abroad
This panel will explore twentieth and twenty-first century African-American trans-Atlantic ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

After the Visual Turn: Boundaries of Print Culture
Papers will examine conception, production, and dissemination of the printed word with and beyond ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Agamben's Paradigms
Papers engaging Agamben's work with regard to modern literature and film. Also considering ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

All about Language: PEGIDA and Opponents
Spoken and written responses to Europe’s recent influx. Investigations of both right and left: ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Alternative Digital Collections
Seeking papers on non-traditional or activist digital collecting/curation work, e.g., non-library ... See more
Posted 24 February 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

American Women Writers and Race: Exploring Boundaries
How have American women written about race and boundaries/barriers/borders? To what ends? Identity, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

American Women Writers' Boundary Conditions
Boundaries that define/challenge the category of American women writers, any period/genre. Special ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

Analogy After the Enlightenment
Explores how analogy is rethought--poetically and philosophically--in the wake of the ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Anglo-Spanish Literature and the Treaty of London
How did Spanish and English authors react to the Treaty of London? How does the Treaty inform our ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Animal Labour and the Human
Papers examine the role of working animals as boundary conditions for the category of human. ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

Anti-Marriage Plots
This panel queries the dominance of the marriage plot in the novel. What are its counter-narratives ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

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

Antitheatricalism and Performance
This session will explore the relationship between antitheatricalism and performance. How are ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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

Approaching Form in the Era of New Modernist Studies
Formal and historical approaches to poetry/poetics in conjunction with projects of recovery and/or ... See more
Posted 19 February 2016

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

Archival Boundaries
Roundtable inviting a range of theorizations and tales of archival boundaries and border ... See more
Posted 28 February 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

Austen and the Ethics of the Everyday
How does Austen locate ethical significance and valence in the unremarkable, ordinary, and ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

Banlieue Culture in films and 20th and 21st Century French literature
This panel seeks papers examining identity, social, cultural and religious issues related to French ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Beautiful and Useful: The Lasting Legacy of William Morris and the Art of the Book
Send proposals to demaria@vassar.edu and See more
Posted 10 February 2016

Beyond Borders: Modern Chinese Literature as World Literature
The panel invites papers that address different aspects of the relationship between modern Chinese ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

Beyond Borders: Rethinking the "nation" in Tagore's Fictions
Panel invites work that will explore Tagore's work through the lens of transnationalism, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

BEYOND SCROOGE: NEW PERSPECTIVES IN BUSINESS IN LITERATURE
Seeking papers on literary representations of socially conscious ethics in business, and the limits ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Beyond the Gay-Male Archive 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, last updated 16 February 2016

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

Bibliotaphs
How do buried books – real, imagined, metaphorical - engage the boundaries of book and/or literary ... See more
Posted 19 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

Bird's Eye View Description in Fiction
Papers exploring the history or aesthetics of description "from above" in prose fiction, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Black and Green Atlantic
This panel will explore texts that examine the intersections of race, gender, and/or nationalism in ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Boundaries and the Third Culture
On the 25th anniversary of Brockman’s “Third Culture” essay, this panel seeks to explore whether ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

The Boundaries of Modernism
“The Boundaries of Modernism” seeks papers that cross boundaries as both framework for modernist ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

Boundary Liberation: Literary Theory and Liberatory Praxis
Scholarship exploring how literary analysis (and/or activist authors) creates new epistemologies ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Breaking Barriers: Graduate Students Developing Academic Standing
Roundtable looking for graduate students and professors addressing aspects of developing one’s ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

CALL FOR PAPERS - SPECIAL ISSUE (ESP IN IRAN)
The papers are to be in the fields and the related areas of English for Specific, Academic ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Capital in Contemporary British and American Poetry
Inviting papers on capital in contemporary British and American poetry. Possible concerns might ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Career Training for Humanists: Best Case Scenario
Practical or idealistic suggestions for successful, responsible humanities career training. ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Caregiver Narratives: Family in Illness
Essays examining the dynamics--emotional, financial, temporal, etc.--of caregiving at home, role of ... See more
Posted 28 February 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

Chinese Nationalism and Its Counternarratives from 1911 to the Present
Using multidisciplinary approaches and diverse sources to shed new light on lesser-known discourses ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Climate Realism: Aesthetics of Weather, Climate, Atmosphere
We seek innovative and theoretical approaches to climate aesthetics and realism across various ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The Colonial Americas:Eco-critical Perspectives
Seek eco-critical perspectives for hemispheric panel on the colonial Americas. Catastrophes, ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Combined and Uneven Development: South Slavic in World Literature
Papers will explore applicability of theories of uneven/combined regional development to the field ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

Continuous Ruptures in 21st Century Iberian Cinema
Considerations of 21st Century Spanish Cinema dialoguing with history through notions of ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

Creative Conversations: Alternate Temporalities
How are alternate versions of temporality (simultaneity, reversed temporal order) imagined and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Creative Mysticism
Practices of mystical writing and reading in any language, genre, or tradition. Possible topics: ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

"Critique Agonistes"
Is “critique” an iconoclasm replaced by “composition” (Latour), is it the metaphysics of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Crossing Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Papers exploring cultural, religious, diplomatic, and other interactions in the early modern ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016, last updated 1 March 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

Dark Sides of Globalization
Examining dark sides of globalization (terrorism, sexual tourism, illicit trafficking, epidemics, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Dead Letters: Exploring the Cultural Consequences of Posthumous Publication
Papers dealing with Henry James's posthumous publications and/or the threat--or promise--of ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Death, Violence, and Religion in Nineteenth Century American Fiction
Representations of death add/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth ... See more
Posted 26 February 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

Decolonization, the Body, and the Gothic
This panel seeks papers which explore resistance to the body as a site of regulation, colonization, ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Dialectics in time
How has the notion of dialectic changed over time? Historically informed readings or intellectual ... See more
Posted 20 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

Discourses of Belonging
Papers on the shifting registers of geographic identity post-1960s: localized metaphoricities, ... See more
Posted 21 February 2016

Divine Atheists
How do we talk about representations of the divine in literature written by modern authors who ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Documenting Digital Humanities Research
Changelogs, blog posts, Github commits and more: methods for documenting the process of digital ... See more
Posted 10 February 2016

Dynamite Discussion Board Dynamics
Roundtable of 10-15 minute presentations on lighting the fuse for student success in online ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

Early Modern British Literature in Translation
Presentations on aspects of translations of early modern British literature including Shakespeare ... See more
Posted 27 January 2016, last updated 11 February 2016

Early Modern Lucretius
Papers examining any aspect of early modern Lucretius are welcome. 200-300 word abstract by 15 ... See more
Posted 15 February 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

The Early Modern Sonnet and Its Objects
Papers on the materiality of the early modern sonnet: objects, commodities, objectivity, and ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

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

Ecocriticism in contemporary Japan
This panel seeks papers that engage critically with "Nature" in contemporary Japanese literature. ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Ecology and social inclusion in Spain's public spaces
Interventions in public space related to ecological sustainability, social inclusion, and/or the ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Editing for/in the College Classroom
Seeking papers exploring the pedagogy of editing: editorial theory in literature classrooms, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

ELIZA at 50 and the Digital Humanities
What might ELIZA, Joseph Weizenbaum's psychologist chatbot (1966), tell us about DH, human-computer ... See more
Posted 28 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

Engaging with the Poetics of Peripheralization
How do experimental aesthetics engage with/represent the political histories and economies of the ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

Enthusiasm and the Making of American Literature
I welcome any critical approaches to enthusiasm and American literature: e.g., on affect, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

Epic Theory and Medieval Literature
How can we re-theorize epic as a genre by considering the use/reception of classical epic tradition ... See more
Posted 28 February 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

Evolution of African American Fiction
How does African American literature transform at the turn of the 20th century? Discussions of ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Exotic Violence in Diasporic Arab Literature
Exploring the extent to which representations of violence and suffering in diasporic Arab ... See more
Posted 19 February 2016

Extraordinary Bodies at Twenty
Short papers for a roundtable considering the impact and legacy of Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

The Female Supernatural in Hispanic Literature
Spanish speaking female authors who use the gothic and the fantastic to subvert the status quo and ... See more
Posted 28 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

Fifty Years of Cixous
2017 marks 50 years since Le Prénom de Dieu's publication. New directions in Cixous scholarship: ... See more
Posted 28 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

French theater on screen
What are the boundary conditions, aesthetic or cultural, for the successful adaptation of a French ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Friendship in Victorian and British fin-de-siecle' fictions
This panel explores friendship in Victorian, and British fin-de-siecle', fictions. Abstracts of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The Future of Metonym
What is the future of metonym as a critical concept? Papers examining metonym from any disciplinary ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Gender and 21st-Century Mexican Literature
How does Mexican literature of the 21st century explore issues related to gender, feminism, and/or ... See more
Posted 11 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

Gender Formation in Late Imperial Trans-Asian Context
This session focuses on representations of gender formations in late imperial trans-asian context. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Genre Studies: Experimental Non-Fiction
Experimentation in non-fiction: the lyric essay; affinity to prose poetry; hybrid narratives; ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Geoffrey Hill, Collected
Hill’s Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012 challenges readers through both new collections and ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

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

Ghosts in Nineteenth-Century Literature
This panel proposes to explore the use of ghosts (both male and female) in 19thc American, British ... See more
Posted 24 February 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

Global E-Lit: African Perspectives
This panel seeks papers that discuss the relationship between electronic literature and Africa. ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The Global English Department: Teaching Beyond the Anglo-American Canon
A roundtable focusing on teaching and learning beyond the Anglo-American canon in non-Anglophone ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France: Reconsidering American WWI Literature
On the centenary of America’s entry, this panel examines new theories of American WWI literature ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016, last updated 8 March 2016

Graffiti as Political Protest
Where, when, and why did modern, urban graffiti originate? Formalist approaches and political ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Green Cities in 18th and 19th Century Literatures
How do 18th and 19th urban literatures negotiate the boundaries between rural and urban, nature and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

The Harlem Renaissance After the Transnational Turn
This panel explores how the transnational turn has impacted the ways we research and write about ... See more
Posted 21 February 2016

Highsmith after Carol (2015)
Panel considers relevance of Patricia Highsmith for queer studies today: pre/post-stonewall ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Hispanophilia and Hispanophobia
Looking at and beyond current US political debates, we ask how different cultures and periods have ... See more
Posted 25 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, last updated 20 February 2016

How to Live after Barthes
Roland Barthes's College de France lectures and the ethics and aesthetics of nuance and the ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Human Rights and Everyday Violence
Considers the role (beyond raising awareness) and potential costs of literature in defining ... See more
Posted 13 February 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 Excess: Debaucheries and Digressions after the Enlightenment
We seek to explore the many forms of excess, debaucheries, and digressions as something that ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

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

Inter-Art Borders in 20th Century Poetry
Papers on the constitution/representation/transgression of inter-art/ekphrastic boundaries in 20th ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Interactive Panel: Teaching Shakespeare to Digital Natives
What new digital challenges does Shakespearean pedagogy face? How do you respond? Share ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

The International Amazon
We welcome papers on literature, theater, cinema, etc. that deals with the Amazon region as a site ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

Intradisciplinary Consilience: Ecocriticism, Cognitive Criticism, and Evolutionary Criticism
Papers addressing the connections, contradictions, or gaps between biologically-informed approaches ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Inventing the modern stage in 18th century Europe
Exploring new conceptions of illusion, of the relationships between the dramatist, the stage, the ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness
Roundtable exploring how the visual medium of comics depicts invisible mental illnesses & ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016, last updated 17 February 2016

Jewish Languages in Latin America
How have Jewish languages influenced Latin American literature? Abstracts addressing translation ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

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

The Languages of Latina/o Literature
How have Spanish, English, and indigenous languages influenced the formation of Latina/o ... See more
Posted 19 February 2016

Legacies of the Russian Revolution
Legacies of the Russian Revolution: Impact on literary radicalism; literary conservatism; ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

The Legacy of Captivity Narratives
This session seeks papers that explore the influence of the captivity narrative genre on 20th and ... See more
Posted 28 February 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

Liminal Poetics: In and Out of the Boundaries
Session explores how poetry works in the edges, at the boundaries, in the white spaces around and ... See more
Posted 20 February 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 medicine and care for the sick in literature, especially untrained ... See more
Posted 25 January 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

Literary History for the Anthropocene
How do Anthropocene timelines and narratives revise literary history and periodization? And how can ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

Literary Influence: Queer Reframings
Panel seeks to reframe literary influence. Queer, gender, race, and other innovative readings of ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

Literary Objects, Object Relations
This panel thinks about language, object relations, and phantasy together in literary texts without ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Literary Sequences
How do different literary sequences function? From sequels, verse sequences, and serialized texts, ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016, last updated 28 February 2016

Literary Study with Minimal Computing
How has minimal computing altered the way the digital humanities are practiced, taught, and ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Literature and Children's Rights
Papers drawing on critical/historical studies of human rights and/or particular works of fiction to ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Literature and Critical Theory of Technology
Seeking papers connecting literature and any critical theory of technology, philosophy of ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016, last updated 14 March 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 Philosophy Otherwise
We are looking for papers that consider philosophy and literature from new, more material ... See more
Posted 28 February 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, Affect, and Racial Politics
How do affects, as they are internalized, embodied, and narrativized, participate in the politics ... See more
Posted 22 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

The Long Nineteenth Century In Detail
Papers on the detail and detailism (e.g., individualism; local/global contexts; the particular, ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

Looking for a Light in the Dark: On Mental Health in Humanistic Pedagogy
This session seeks papers that offer effective strategies for confronting mental health issues ... See more
Posted 16 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

Lyric Poetry and the Global Anglophone Turn
Seeking papers that engage with, challenge, and/or develop theories, praxes, and manifestations of ... See more
Posted 25 February 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

Marx Unspectral
Marx’s speeches as activating the making of history and undoing the metaphysics of capital. ... See more
Posted 27 February 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, last updated 16 March 2016

Media Archaeologies
papers on new and old media, technologies, and networks, across time and/or contemporary, through ... See more
Posted 24 February 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

Ming Qing Women in Chinese Literary Discourse
This special session looks for innovative readings of transforming images of Ming Qing women in ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Modernism and Graphic Narrative
Relationships between modernism, graphic narrative. Possibilities include narrative theory, ... See more
Posted 8 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, last updated 14 March 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

Mythic Figures and the Social Function of Legacy
This panel will interrogate the social production around figures who have achieved mythic status ... See more
Posted 28 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

Narratives of Contingency
Considers representations and story formulas of non-tenure track or adjunct faculty in academic ... See more
Posted 19 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, last updated 1 March 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 Epistemology
How does literature offer, critique, or otherwise represent different forms of knowing and/or new ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

New Formalism and Medieval Literary Forms
This panel will explore the role of formal features of language in the "work" ... See more
Posted 28 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

New Voices, New Readers
We invite alternative voices and readings re-envisioning grand narratives in a shifting global era ... See more
Posted 18 February 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

Nineteenth-Century Party Politics
This session explores the literary and historical significance of nineteenth-century dinners and ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016, last updated 27 February 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

Novel Abortions
This panel will explore the possibilities presented by reading for abortion in the novel. How does ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The Novel in the New World
How were European novels received in the Americas? How did this shape readers in the New and the ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

Novel Technologies: Victorian (Old/New) Media
Seeking papers on Victorian old/new media: telegraph, telephone, pre-cinematic screen technologies, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016, last updated 14 March 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

Oil Cultures
Papers engaging the representation of oil, energy, and ecology in literature, film, and media. ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

Omnia Sunt Communia: Reading the Commons in Early Modern Spain
This session will explore the notion of the common good through literary experiences that go beyond ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

On Obsolence: Trash, Ecology, Aesthetics
Seeking interdisciplinary engagements with visual, literary and/or performative qualities of waste, ... See more
Posted 26 February 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

Open Worlds: Video Games and/as Literature
Intersections between video games and world literature: adaptations, experience, open-world, ... See more
Posted 19 February 2016

Opera and the Historical
Papers about intersections between historiography and opera. May focus on libretti in translation, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Orality and Musicality in Literature
This panel seeks analyses of orality and/or musical translation's various political and social ... See more
Posted 22 February 2016

Orientalism Redux in Popular Visual Culture
This panel seeks innovative papers that investigate millennial articulation of orientalism in ... See more
Posted 28 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

Perceptual Ecology
This panel concerns cognitive psychology and environmental thinking, specifically, the relationship ... See more
Posted 10 February 2016

Performing Modern China
How are various forms of performance (film, theater, public speaking, music, etc.) reinvented when ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016

Periodicals, Editorship, Race and Ethnicity
Roundtable promotes conversations about editorship, authorship, and collaboration in historical ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

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

Philadelphia's Black Literary Intellectuals: Harper, DuBois, Locke, Sanchez
Exploring Philadelphia's impact on the literary, philosophical and/or socio-political writings of ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The Picaresque: Matter and Formlessness
What is the relationship between the traditional content of the picaresque (roguery, poverty, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

Pictures and Words
Diverse approaches to the relation between words and images: ekphrasis; pictures-as-words; ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Place and the formation of identity
The panel discusses the relations between place and identity. Please send 300-word abstracts by 15 ... See more
Posted 25 February 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

Poetry and Labour
Papers on the relationship between Anglophone poetry and work/labour, including but not limited to ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

The Poetry of Photography
This panel examines how photography intersects with the development of poetic form. Topics may ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Political Literature
Inviting presentations on political literature: works involving any regional, national and ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

The Politics of Decadent Aesthetics
The politics of nineteenth-century “decadent” aesthetics at the height of New Imperialism, ... See more
Posted 24 February 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, last updated 29 February 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

Post/Colonial Affect
Affect studies/theory from the vantage of colonial and postcolonial histories. Explorations of ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

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

Posthumanism: a Counter-History
Interrogating and resituating posthumanism from a variety of materialist, anticolonial and ... See more
Posted 27 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

The Psychology of the Fairy Tale
Papers examining the fairy tale genre through a psychoanalytic lens. Send 250-300 word abstracts to ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Queer Encounters in the Mediterranean Francosphère: Subjectivity, Sovereignty, and Sexuality
How does “French” function as a vehicle for subjects moving between empires and nation-states ... See more
Posted 24 February 2016

Queer Mothers and Queering “Mother” in the Academic Workplace
How do we queer roles, concepts, performances, embodiments, and representations of “mother” and ... See more
Posted 26 February 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

The Queerness of Letters in Premodern Japan
Inviting papers interrogating questions of sensuality and eroticism in letters and poetic exchange ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Raced Body of Knowledge
How do theories of affect and the posthuman unpack the racialized body as both an object and a ... See more
Posted 26 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 across the Senses
Considers how authors use sound, taste, sight, and affect as a central means of narration. 250 word ... See more
Posted 23 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

Reanimating the New Materialisms: Approaching Animist Beings in Oral and Written African Literatures
Explorations of new materialisms in relation to longstanding and/or contemporary literary ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

The Recluse in American Literature
This panel seeks papers on reclusive figures in American literature. All periods and critical ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Relatability
What are the problems and benefits of students’ desire for “relatable” texts? How should we define ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Religious Ritual in Early Modern Literature
Explorations of how religious ritual influenced the making, content, reception, or use of early ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Renaissance Theater at Court
This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of early modern court theater, including drama, ... See more
Posted 23 February 2016

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 Black Lives In and For the 21st century
Panel seeks papers examining recent biographical and autobiographical works about black lives both ... See more
Posted 27 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

Representing Female Identity in Postwar Italy
How do Italian women authors and filmmakers define female identity and manipulate genre to ... See more
Posted 14 February 2016

Representing Nature
This panel focuses on the representation of nature. Can we theorize literary style and genre ... See more
Posted 27 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

Rethinking Frameworks of Comparison in Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures
Panel rethinking frameworks of comparative study of Middle Eastern literatures. Examines their ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

The Return of Touch in Contemporary Fiction
How do tactile experiences in contemporary narrative challenge the loss of the figural? 300 word ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Rewriting the Fairy Tale
How have traditional motifs been transformed in modern tales and their cinematographic adaptations ... See more
Posted 18 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 Digital Humanities in Hispanic Studies
What role has digital humanities played in Hispanic studies? What is the future of digital ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

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

Second Generation New York School Poetry
This panel welcomes papers on Second Generation New York School poets or artists. Papers examining ... See more
Posted 27 February 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

Shaw, Modernism, and Utopia
The International Shaw Society invites papers that examine Bernard Shaw’s plays and nondramatic ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Sound and Its Existence, Nonexistence and Politics: A New Approach
Presenters critique notions and proffer a new framework about the existence, nonexistence and ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Sounding the Premodern Sinosphere
How should we understand the aural dimensions of composing, performing, and appreciating Literary ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Spaces and Architectures of Boredom
How is boredom portrayed in fiction as a condition of space and modern architecture? Experience, ... See more
Posted 16 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

Specters of Asia: Reorienting the Image of Western Political Economy
Explores the role that the encounter with East Asian philosophical, political, and aesthetic ... See more
Posted 16 February 2016

Speculating Race
How do black lives matter in the future? Is dystopia post-race or neo-eugenic? Papers on racial ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The State of Abjection
This session asks how we apply the epistemo-logic/theory of abjection to literary texts, their ... See more
Posted 25 February 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 and Scholarly Production Outside Traditional Spaces
Panel explores the challenges to and opportunities for academic engagement at non-traditional ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Teaching Asian Latino Encounters
Roundtable on pedagogical approaches to Orientalism and/or Asian diasporas in Latin American ... See more
Posted 7 February 2016, last updated 20 February 2016

Teaching Eco-composition at the Community College
Teaching first-year writing to community college students through an ecocritical lens: ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

The Technologies of Creative Spaces
Investigates portrayals of various technologies (mechanical, corporal, conceptual, etc.) used to ... See more
Posted 9 February 2016, last updated 10 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

That's Not How Scholarship Works: Exploring the Process of Multimodal Critical Making
Digital roundtable of multimodal scholarship engaging with process: from post-it notes, sketches, ... See more
Posted 28 February 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

Theorizing Fiction in the Early Modern Period
A session on the definition, capacities, and liabilities of fiction, 1500-1700, and its relation to ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016, last updated 20 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 29 February 2016

Tom McCarthy and the Post-Literary
Papers will explore how the work of Tom McCarthy can be understood to configure the post-literary, ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Too Big for Human Emotions?
Papers about the possibilities and limitations of literature for representing and creating ... See more
Posted 25 February 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

Towards a Humanistic Model in Literature and Social Justice
Analysis of changing societal boundary conditions through a humanistic lens on disability theory, ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Tracking in the Professoriate (Roundtable)
David Colander recently quantified the profound influence of pedigree on hiring patterns in English ... See more
Posted 17 February 2016

Transatlantic Poetry and Early Sound Technology
Papers on interactions between British/American poetry and early sound technology (e.g., ... See more
Posted 25 February 2016, last updated 26 February 2016

Transgender in Literature and Film
Transgender and transsexualism (mft/ftm) are increasingly represented in both Western and ... See more
Posted 21 February 2016, last updated 18 March 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

Transnational Self-Fashioning: Clothing as Art and Resistance in Jewish Women's Writing
Interdisciplinary studies of Jewish women writing across national boundaries on politics and ... See more
Posted 22 February 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

Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives
This session asks: how do women's archives—both long-standing and new—trespass on archival ... See more
Posted 27 February 2016

Troubadour Pessimism
Papers concerning the troubadour tradition across periods (Medieval to contemporary) and ... See more
Posted 10 February 2016

Unbounded: David Huerta's Incurable at 30
Incurable (1987) shatters the boundaries of form. Papers on readership, intertextuality, illness, ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

Unhomely Narratives: Migration and Displacement in Black Diaspora Literature
Papers engaging the aesthetics of displaced and racialized actors within and beyond Western ... See more
Posted 19 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

Walter Benjamin in Palestine
Benjamin’s actuality today: critique of violence, states of exception, weak messianic power, memory ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016

Weathering the 19th-Century Novel
Interdisciplinary explorations of weather and climate in the 19th-century novel (especially beyond ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

Western and Eastern Meditation during the Middle Ages
A reflection on the most significant lay and religious texts dealing with the process of ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016, last updated 3 March 2016

What can tenured professors do about adjunctification?
A roundtable discussion. Should tenured professors organize on behalf of their colleagues and ... See more
Posted 18 February 2016, last updated 28 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

What's Queer about Francophone Studies?
Queerness in relation to cultural, literary, visual Francophone production; modes of resistance, ... See more
Posted 24 February 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

Women and American Naturalism
Papers examining perspectives on and presentations of women, womanhood, and related questions of ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Worlding 18th Century Studies
New methods and initiatives fostering transnational approaches to the 18th century, particularly ... See more
Posted 29 February 2016

Worlding 18th Century Studies
New methods and initiatives fostering transnational approaches to the 18th century, particularly ... See more
Posted 20 February 2016

Wounding and Caring: Vulnerable Bodies in Narrative
This panel seeks papers on representations of vulnerable bodies and of their inscription in various ... See more
Posted 15 February 2016

Writing the Early Modern Body
How does early modern literature construct/represent/define/circumscribe the body and/or ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016

Writing the Self in the Age of the Selfie in French and Francophone Literatures
Addressing women writers narrating their own identity in contemporary non-fiction, film, graphic ... See more
Posted 26 February 2016, last updated 27 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

“(Im)Permeable States: Staging Boundaries in Contemporary Spanish Theatre."
This panel examines how Spain’s stages explore and imagine the migration question and its ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

“Victorian Fantasies of Empire”
How do marvelous, fantastic, or romantic aspects of popular imperial writing register ambivalence ... See more
Posted 28 February 2016

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