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CLCS Medieval

Arabic in Europe: Medieval Connectivity and Contamination
We invite papers on the reception of "Arabic" in Europe, emphasizing the Mediterranean's interconnectedness and supposedly "contaminating" alterities ("Saracen," Jew, "Moor). 300-word abstracts by 20 March 2016; Samer Ali (samerali@umich.edu)
Posted 24 February 2016

Comparative Medievalisms
How does medievalism transpire globally? Cross-cultural perspectives on medievalisms in diverse cultural and media contexts, especially outside Europe (or beyond the Global North). Brief CV, 300-word abstract for 10-minute presenta by 15 March 2016; Jonathan Hsy (jhsy@gwu.edu)
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 modernity from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. paper abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2016; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Pamela Gossin (psgossin@telepath.com)
Posted 22 February 2016

Disruptions, Eruptions, Interruptions
New theoretical perspectives, untapped archives, interdisciplinary approaches to textual dislocations and disjunctions. Can literature rupture the space-time continuum? Do cross-cultural comparisons challenge critical orthodoxies? 150-200 Word Abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Patricia E. Grieve (peg1@columbia.edu) and Anston Bosman (abosman@amherst.edu)
Posted 28 February 2016

Enchantment 15th-17th Centuries
New and innovative approaches to enchantment, disenchantment, re-enchantment (topics may include, but are not limited to, transformations, magic, eloquence, charisma, delight, and formal issues). 150-200 Word Abstract and cv by 15 March 2016; Patricia E. Grieve (peg1@columbia.edu)
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 during the long 18th century. 200-300 word abstracts; 1-page CV by 15 March 2016; Chi-ming Yang (cmyang@english.upenn.edu)
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 contested (violently/nonviolently) within Romanticism? Comparative approaches are especially welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Jan Mieszkowski (mieszkow@reed.edu)
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 languages and contexts. For an extended panel description: https://commons.mla.org/groups/20th-and-21st-century/forum/topic/cfp-vernacular-comparisons-beyond-the-europhone/#post-10445. 250-word abstracts. by 24 March 2016; Annette Damayanti Lienau (alienau@complit.umass.edu)
Posted 11 February 2016, last updated 10 March 2016

CLCS European Regions

Thinking beyond “Diaspora”
As we reconsider this concept, what are some of the alternatives? We invite papers that propose alternative conceptual frameworks focusing on literary or film studies. short (10-12 minute) papers by 15 March 2016; Debra Ann Castillo (dac9@cornell.edu)
Posted 5 February 2016

Thinking beyond “Europe”
How do literary texts or films reimagine “Europe,” as new populations bring with them and leave behind cultures, languages, and traditions? short (10-12 minute) provocative interventions by 15 March 2016; Debra Ann Castillo (dac9@cornell.edu)
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 vernaculars. Rotten Englishes, creoles, Hinglishes, more-than-Anglophones and their literary politics. abstracts, 250 words by 20 March 2016; Toral Gajarawala (tg38@nyu.edu)
Posted 29 February 2016

Other than Global Anglophone
Position papers on possible alternatives to the "Global Anglophone" rubric. 400 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Jennifer Wenzel (jw2497@columbia.edu)
Posted 1 March 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 communities. 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2016; Nina Christensen (NC@dac.au.dk) and Philip Nel (philnel@ksu.edu)
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 readers. All periods, nations, and genres welcome. CV and 500-word abstract by 1 March 2016; Karin Westman (westmank@ksu.edu) and Lisa Gordis (lgordis@barnard.edu)
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 culture--adaptation, remediation, digital narratives, e-books, and transmedia storytelling. 500-word proposals (including bibliography) by 15 March 2016; Peter Kunze (pkunze@utexas.edu)
Posted 29 January 2016, last updated 1 February 2016

GS Drama and Performance

Performance Ampersand
This panel conjugates performance with a key idea, method or movement in critical theory and/or artistic practice. Wide open possibilities around "Performance &." 150-200 word abstract and CV by 28 February 2016; Eng-Beng Lim (eng-beng.lim@dartmouth.edu)
Posted 28 January 2016

Queer Hamilton
musical theatre, performance, Broadway, dance, history, cross-periodization, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, colonial, empire, race, ethnicity, Latina/o, African-American, hip-hop, sexuality, gender, Caribbean, immigration. 250 word abstracts and brief CV by 15 February 2016; Shane Vogel (shvogel@indiana.edu) and Scott Herring (tsherrin@indiana.edu)
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, mediation, translation, form. 250-word abstracts examining refugee life writing. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Emily Hipchen (ehipchen@westga.edu)
Posted 6 February 2016

Philadelphia Stories
From Benjamin Franklin to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia has inspired much of America's greatest life writing. This panel examines biographies, autobiographies, memoirs by and about Philadelphians past and present. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; John Matteson (matteson151@earthlink.net)
Posted 6 February 2016

Writing Migrant Selves in Transnational Arab Contexts
Regional, Transnational, cross-border, multilingual Arab constructions of selfhood. 250-word abstracts and bios by 20 March 2016; Georgia Kathryn Johnston (johnstgk@slu.edu) and Pauline Homsi Vinson (phvinson@gmail.com )
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 public sphere. Any historical period or global region. Abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2016; Howard Horwitz (h.horwitz@utah.edu)
Posted 27 February 2016

Form and The Public Intellectual
Session on the form, method, or medium in which the public intellectual operates, both intersecting with or distinct from the academe. All periods/global perspectives welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; David Bahr (dbahr@bmcc.cuny.edu)
Posted 26 February 2016

Style, in Theory
What is style? How theorize style today? How might attention to style produce new encounters with theoretical texts? All styles, theories, languages, and historical periods welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Brian McGrath (mcgrath@clemson.edu)
Posted 27 February 2016

GS Poetry and Poetics

Paratext and Poetry
Does paratextuality provide boundaries that condition poetry? Papers across literary and historical periods that engage theoretical perspectives on paratext as process and form are welcome. Email 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2016; Meta DuEwa Jones (meta.jones@howard.edu)
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, and theory of endings. Death, epoch, marriage, apocalypse, ellipses. Abstracts by 1 March 2016; Gayle Rogers (grogers@pitt.edu)
Posted 18 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 aesthetics, creativity, engagement, politics, power, relationships, safety, and/or technology. Submit abstracts to Rebecca Burnett rebecca.burnett@lmc.gatech.edu. by 31 March 2016; Robert Samuels (bobsamuels_us@yahoo.com)
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 teaching-centered positions. Please submit abstracts to Bob Samuels bobsamuels_is@yahoo.com. by 31 March 2016; Robert Samuels (bobsamuels_us@yahoo.com)
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 abstract by 7 March 2016; Adeleke Adeeko (adeeko.1@osu.edu)
Posted 28 January 2016

Early African Literature: Pre-1900
Written African literature predates the 1950s. What works of literature written before 1900, especially in African languages, challenge the problematic story about a late origin? Title & abstract by 15 March 2016; Wendy Laura Belcher (wbelcher@princeton.edu)
Posted 6 February 2016

Trans-Atlantic Yorùbá
Studies of literatures and cultures of Yorùbá descent in their multi-faceted mutual commerce across Africa and Latin America in the 19th-21st centuries. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Adeleke Adeeko (adeeko.1@osu.edu)
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 and one-page CV with ‘MLA” in subject line. Abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2016; Moradewun Adejunmobi (madejunmobi@ucdavis.edu)
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 culture. Abstracts of 300 words. by 15 March 2016; M. Neelika Jayawardane (neelika.jayawardane@oswego.edu) and Kanika Batra (kanika.batra@ttu.edu)
Posted 24 February 2016

LLC Early American

Politics of Invocation
From second-amendment activists to Broadway patriots, mainstream culture lionizes U.S. beginnings. Literary critics less so. How and why might Americanists reclaim narratives of founding moments? cv; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Monique Allewaert (allewaert@wisc.edu)
Posted 5 February 2016

Puritanisms
No longer considered American literary history's foundation, Puritan Studies has been reconceived through Atlantic perspectives and comparative contexts. How might we imagine new geographies, chronologies, aesthetics of Puritanism? CV; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Sarah Rivett (srivett@princeton.edu)
Posted 29 February 2016

Resident/Alien
While these terms animate contemporary political debates, this panel seeks to explore their shifting, contentious meanings from 1492-1836 from a variety of cultural, linguistic, regional, and socio-political perspectives. CV; 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Duncan Faherty (duncan.faherty@qc.cuny.edu)
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, construct the U.S. as a carceral state, then as well as now? 250-word proposal by 23 March 2016; Ivy Wilson (i-wilson@northwestern.edu)
Posted 28 February 2016

Defunct Sexualities
What forgotten or abandoned sexual/gender identities or practices has queer scholarship brought into view, and how can this research enliven our understanding of sexuality past and present? 250-word abstracts by 22 March 2016; Dana Luciano (dl234@georgetown.edu)
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, empire, security, and other developments of the late-twentieth-century? abstracts by 11 March 2016; Russ Castronovo (rcastronovo@wisc.edu)
Posted 2 February 2016

Queer Collectivity at the Fin de Siècle
Sewing circles, quilting bees, tea time, hobos, unionizers, strikes, writers’ groups, intimate group friendships: small, minor, large, spontaneous, organized. 250 word abstracts by 11 March 2016; Dana Seitler (d.seitler@utoronto.ca)
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 understand style? 500 word abstracts; submitted papers must be 15 mi by 15 March 2016; Amy Hungerford (amy.hungerford@yale.edu)
Posted 29 February 2016

Thinking through Infrastructure
How can we interpret infrastructure? Relate aesthetic (genre, form, apparatus) to infrastructural categories (logistics, protocol, base/superstructure). 500 word abstracts. Papers must be maximum of 15 m by 15 March 2016; Joseph Jeon (Joseph.Jeon@pomona.edu)
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 abstracts and one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Pamela Thoma (pthoma@wsu.edu)
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, and political critique. 250 word abstract and one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Cathy Schlund-Vials (cathy.schlund-vials@uconn.edu)
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 literature. 250 word abstract and one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Crystal Parikh (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu)
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, possibilities for new approaches, archives, connections. 250 word abstract and one-page CV. by 15 March 2016; Jeehyun Lim (limj@denison.edu) and Martin Ponce (ponce.8@osu.edu)
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, teaching, or other topics. 200-300-word abstract; 1-page cv by 15 March 2016; José Navarro (jnavar17@calpoly.edu)
Posted 23 February 2016

Liberty Crack'd
What are possibilities and fault lines within the promise of US liberty when examined through the lens of immigration, incarceration, police brutality, etc.? 200-300-word abstract; 1-page cv by 15 March 2016; Olga Herrera (herr0480@stthomas.edu)
Posted 22 February 2016

Teaching Borderlands at 30
As we commemorate the thirty-year anniversary of Anzaldúa’s Borderlands we invite papers that address how we teach this genre-blurring text. 200-300-word abstract; 1-page cv by 15 March 2016; Laura Halperin (lhalperi@email.unc.edu)
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, and form? 250-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; Beth Piatote (piatote@berkeley.edu)
Posted 15 February 2016

LLC Arabic

The Balfour Declaration a Century Later
Effects of the Balfour Declaration, debates, reactions, responses, and perspectives in literature and culture. 250 word abstracts to Tahia Abdel Nasser. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Waïl S. Hassan (whassan@illinois.edu) and Tahia Abdel Nasser (tgnasser@aucegypt.edu)
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 provoked by boundary crossings in early modern Asia? 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2016; Rivi Handler-Spitz (rivihs@gmail.com)
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 Asia? 250-300 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Monika Dix (mdix@svsu.edu)
Posted 22 January 2016, last updated 27 January 2016

LLC Old English

Beyond Measure
Papers on Old English text/textual objects that are incomparable, ineffable, immeasurable, impenetrable, indecipherable, or outside the understanding or intellectual reach of present-day scholarship. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Elaine Treharne (treharne@stanford.edu)
Posted 20 February 2016

The Present is Another Country (Roundtable)
Roundtable emphasizes how Old English contributes to discussions of diversity, ethnicity, disability, and other pressing issues. Speakers will have ten-minutes each. 300-word abstract, including case study. by 15 March 2016; Elaine Treharne (treharne@stanford.edu)
Posted 20 February 2016

LLC Middle English

Ecological Catastrophe: Past and Present
Bringing together scholars of contemporary and premodern environmental literature, this roundtable seeks to generate a conversation about the representation of ecological crisis, disasters, degradation, and/or apocalyptic rhetoric. by 15 March 2016; Shannon Gayk (sgayk@indiana.edu) and Jeffrey Cohen (jjcohen@gwu.edu)
Posted 3 February 2016

Posthistoricism?
Are we posthistoricist? In light of recent reevaluations of historicism and experiments in posthistoricist method, what are new approaches to Middle English texts and contexts? 150-word abstracts, for 5-to-8 min papers by 15 March 2016; Julie Orlemanski (julieorlemanski@uchicago.edu)
Posted 4 February 2016

Trans/Identities
Papers on Middle English trans narratives (transhuman, transgender, transmedia, translocation, transtemporal, and their intersections), and the question of identity, which has re-emerged as a significant category in trans politics. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Ruth Evans (revans19@slu.edu)
Posted 4 February 2016

LLC Chaucer

Campus Chaucer
Chaucerian pedagogy in the current campus climate: social justice, trigger warnings, state of humanities, town/gown, local/global, etc. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Emma E. Lipton (liptone@missouri.edu)
Posted 26 January 2016

Chaucerian Media
Chaucer's media; mediation in/of Chaucer's poetry; media as a critical/theoretical approach to Chaucer studies. 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Ingrid Nelson (inelson@amherst.edu)
Posted 28 January 2016

Medieval and Victorian Temporalities
How do medieval and Victorian literature figure temporal scale? What is, or should be, the temporal scale of critical practice in these fields? Roundtable discussion. Abstract, cv by 15 March 2016; Catherine Sanok (sanok@umich.edu)
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. abstracts, 350 words, for 15-20 minute papers by 15 March 2016; Anne Myers (myersanne@missouri.edu)
Posted 28 January 2016

LLC Shakespeare

Eco-rhetorics and Shakespeare
Topical ecologies; affect and environment; implications of language for environment and in environment. Focus on or with relevance to Shakespeare. 300-word abstract by 11 March 2016; Bradin Cormack (bcormack@princeton.edu) and Elizabeth Harvey (elizabeth.harvey@utoronto.ca)
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 250-word abstract by 11 March 2016; Sharon Achinstein (sachins1@jhu.edu)
Posted 1 February 2016

Women and Form in 17th-Century England
Collaborative roundtable exploring women's encounters with traditional forms, broadly conceived. Literary/artistic forms; political/cultural models. Propose full roundtable (5 speakers) or individual papers. 150-word abstract, bio by 15 March 2016; Mihoko Suzuki (msuzuki@miami.edu) and Patricia Phillippy (p.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk)
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 differently from the play text? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Laura Runge (runge@usf.edu)
Posted 29 January 2016

The British Atlantic
Papers are solicited on any topic in the Restoration and early eighteenth-century period that give us an optic on the Atlantic as a region of exchange. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Sean D. Moore (sean@unh.edu)
Posted 29 January 2016

British Theater and Paratext
How may we understand how the dissemination of plays through their paratexts like reviews help produce audiences for performances and readers of printed plays? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Roxann Wheeler (wheeler.213@osu.edu)
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 ideas of reality. Abstracts to Ruth Mack (ruthmack@buffalo.edu) by 15 March 2016; Sandra Macpherson (macpherson.4@osu.edu)
Posted 28 February 2016

LLC English Romantic

Biographia Literaria at 200
Reading in, with, through, and against Coleridge. Biographia Literaria as text, performance, doctrine; legacies and antecedents. 500-word abstracts or 15-minute papers by 15 March 2016; Margaret E. Russett (russett@usc.edu)
Posted 28 February 2016

Romanticism Unbound
Where are the boundaries of Romanticism? Can “romanticism” help us grasp: immigration, refugees, population flows; travelling theory and/or travelling bodies; vulnerability, precariousness, internal displacement, worldliness? abstracts; 300 words by 10 March 2016; Colin Jager (colin.jager@gmail.com)
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 scale of critical practice in these fields? Roundtable discussion. Abstract, cv by 15 March 2016; Daniel Hack (dhack@umich.edu) and Catherine Sanok (sanok@umich.edu)
Posted 1 February 2016

Modernist Terror, 1890-1930
Modalities of terror and violence: individual/collective; bodily/mental; domestic/imperial. CV and 300-word abstract by 1 March 2016; Elizabeth Outka (eoutka@richmond.edu)
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 to be under siege. abstract – cv by 14 March 2016; Priya Joshi (pjoshi@temple.edu)
Posted 29 February 2016

LLC Medieval French

Medieval Letters
Epistolary or scholarly, sung or written, inscribed or embroidered, demarcating the manuscript page, appearing in acrostics, or on objects, what do letters do in medieval French literature? abstracts (250 words) by 1 March 2016; Daisy J. Delogu (ddelogu@uchicago.edu)
Posted 25 January 2016

Objects in Medieval Literature
What is the nature of textual objects, their characteristics, role in plot or interpersonal relationships, symbolic or realistic presence? abstracts (250 words) by 1 March 2016; Daisy J. Delogu (ddelogu@uchicago.edu)
Posted 25 January 2016

Sound(s) of French and Occitan Lyric
Music, sound, noise, silence; performed lyric-historical/represented, actual/imagined; sonorities evoked by lyrics- human, avian, animal, inanimate - or by manuscript contexts; lyric silences/silencing lyric. abstracts (250 words) by 20 March 2016; Sarah Kay (hsk8@nyu.edu)
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 in preparation for publication (monograph or essay) are particularly welcome. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Leah L. Chang (lchang@gwu.edu)
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 objects. 200-word abstracts for 7-minute position papers. by 15 March 2016; Phillip John Usher (pu8@nyu.edu)
Posted 22 January 2016

LLC 17th-Century French

Biography
Stories, past and contemporary, of real-life characters; portraits, episodes, anecdotes, news as they relate to the general meaning and experience of a life; intersection of reality, fiction, and style. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Jean-Vincent Blanchard (jblanch1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 23 February 2016

Constructing Realities--Fiction and Meta-Fiction
Relations between history/reality and fictional worlds, quest for truth and its (im)possibilities in fiction, relationship between truth/reality and power structures. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Valentina Denzel (vdenzel@msu.edu)
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/ perceptions of classical culture; translating the ancien régime for today’s public. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Faith E. Beasley (faith.beasley@dartmouth.edu)
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 abstracts for papers in English or French by 15 March 2016; Annelle Curulla (ac8@williams.edu)
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 papers in English or French by 15 March 2016; Andrew Herrick Clark (anclark@fordham.edu)
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. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Rachel Mesch (mesch@yu.edu)
Posted 13 January 2016

Spectacle
We invite proposals on performance, performers, visual spectacle, spectatorship, and spectacularity. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Michael D. Garval (garval@ncsu.edu)
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 of diverse kinds in French literature, culture, or criticism. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Michael Lucey (mlucey@berkeley.edu)
Posted 17 February 2016

Theoretical Events: 1967 - 50
1967 saw major interventions by Barthes, Debord and Derrida. What remains of these theoretical events in French Studies half a century later? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Éric Trudel (trudel@bard.edu)
Posted 17 February 2016

LLC Francophone

Global Quebec in Literature and Film
Explorations of international, intercultural and transnational experiences in literature and cinema from 2000 on. Reflections on Quebec’s global cultural connections welcome. 300-word abstracts by 11 March 2016; Miléna Santoro (santorom@georgetown.edu)
Posted 24 January 2016

Problems of Translation in Francophone Studies
Papers exploring translation in/of Francophone works: translation as trope; interpreter/translator characters; the practice of translation (aesthetic and practical considerations); translation as research; translation errors. 250-word proposals by 15 March 2016; Lia Brozgal (lbrozgal@humnet.ucla.edu)
Posted 24 January 2016

LLC German to 1700

“Pre- and Early Modern Ecologies”
Papers on intersections of humans, animals, things, in premodern European texts or images. Focus on ways human and non-human actors interact. 150-word abstract and 150-word CV by 12 March 2016; Anna Grotans (grotans.1@osu.edu) and Jane Newman (jonewman@uci.edu)
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 Early Modern German. 150-word abstract, 150-word CV. by 12 March 2016; Anna Grotans (grotans.1@osu.edu) and Jane Newman (jonewman@uci.edu)
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 18th- and early 19th-century German culture. 300 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Elisabeth Krimmer (emkrimmer@ucdavis.edu)
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 imitation in 18th- and early 19th-century Germany. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Matthew Birkhold (birkhold@princeton.edu) and Sarah Eldridge (seldrid2@utk.edu)
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 literature of the long eighteenth century. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Mary Dupree (mhd33@georgetown.edu)
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, Stifter, Storm) but also lesser-known ones (Droste-Hülshoff, Ebner-Eschenbach, Meyer etc.) Comparative perspectives welcome. Abstracts, 300 words by 1 March 2016; Peter C. Pfeiffer (pfeiffep@georgetown.edu)
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 borders, media boundaries, and/or scholarly domains mobilize (and/or immobilize) artistic, social, political, intellectual possibility. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Stefanie Harris (stefanieharris@tamu.edu)
Posted 5 February 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 definitions of the term. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; Kristin Phillips-Court (phillipscour@wisc.edu)
Posted 20 January 2016

Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modern Italy
Analyses of intersections between imaginative literature and medical, alchemic, astrological, mathematical, or other scientific discourses. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; Laura Giannetti (lgiannetti@miami.edu)
Posted 20 January 2016

Literature and the Political
Investigations of literature’s engagement with political discourse and examples of the poet as a political figure in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; David Lummus (dlummus@stanford.edu)
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; conditions shaping the emergence of categories of artistic creation, knowledge production. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Adrienne Ward (aw7h@virginia.edu)
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; philology/history; modernity/antiquity; Enlightenment/Romanticism; human/non-human; nature/culture; etc. Title, 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; Adrienne Ward (aw7h@virginia.edu)
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 the relationship between digital humanities and Italian Studies, broadly conceived. 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; Allison A. Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu)
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 in Italian film and literature. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Francesca Cadel (fcadel@ucalgary.ca)
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, Pirandello to Ginzburg to today. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Stefano Giannini (giannini@syr.edu) and Michael Subialka (michael.subialka@st-hughes.ox.ac.uk)
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 movement. Inquiries considering the Italian case in transnational perspectives welcome. 250-word abstract by 1 March 2016; Nicoletta Marini-Maio (marinin@dickinson.edu)
Posted 19 January 2016

LLC Colonial Latin American

Colonial ethnographies
This panel seeks papers on colonial ethnographic discourse in the context of Spanish imperialism. How do we read colonial texts that address issues of cultural translation? CV and 200-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Cristian Roa (roa@uic.edu) and Ivonne del Valle (idelvalle@berkeley.edu)
Posted 21 January 2016

Colonial Iberia
Even though the Portuguese empire preceded the Spanish, few people study both colonial experiences or how they are related. This panel seeks contributions that address this gap. CV, 200-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Pedro Meira Monteiro (pmeira@princeton.edu)
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 Latin American literary and visual symbolization of war, including technologies of racialization and biopower. 200 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Agnes Lugo-Ortiz ( lugortiz@uchicago.edu)
Posted 29 January 2016

War, Money, Finance
This panel welcomes presentations that deal with 19th Century Latin American wars, revolts, battles and armed struggle in their relationship to money and finance. 200 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Natalia Brizuela (brizuela@berkeley.edu) and Nathalie Bouzaglo (n-bouzaglou@northwestern.edu)
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 autonomous, formally and politically? E-mail a 100-500 word abstract and short bio by 1 March 2016; Héctor Hoyos (hoyos@stanford.edu) and Claudia Cabello (c_cabell@uncg.edu)
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, Sánchez-Prado) that resituate Latin American cultural production. E-mail a 100-500 word abstract and short bio by 1 March 2016; Claudia Cabello-Hutt (c_cabell@uncg.edu) and Héctor Hoyos (hoyos@standford.edu)
Posted 30 January 2016, last updated 16 February 2016

LLC Luso-Brazilian

Colonial Iberia
Even though the Portuguese empire preceded the Spanish, few people study their relationship or both colonial experiences in tandem. This panel seeks contributions that address this gap. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Pedro Meira Monteiro (pmeira@princeton.edu)
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, but not limited to political cartoons, graphic novels, comic strips and graffiti. 250 word abstracts by 14 March 2016; Cesar Braga-Pinto (c-braga-pinto@northwestern.edu)
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 relationship between these representations and social justice, race, class and gender. 250 word abstracts, CVs. by 25 March 2016; Leila Lehnen (llehnen@unm.edu)
Posted 7 March 2016

LLC Russian and Eurasian

Flight, Migration, Diaspora
This panel will address how the textual representation of emigration, resettlement, and contact among diasporas challenges or reifies national, ethnic, or state boundaries. CV, 200-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Benjamin Paloff (paloff@umich.edu)
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 context: her own critique of fiction, broader cultural politics of post-socialist memory. CV, 200-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Jefferson J. A. Gatrall (gatrallj@mail.montclair.edu)
Posted 16 February 2016

LLC Medieval Iberian

Female Power: Lost, Found, Imagined
Exploring intersections of medieval women's cultural productions and female power, imagined/articulated/represented/mythologized by women writers/patrons. Brief CV, 300-word abstract by 10 March 2016; Emily Francomano (Emily.Francomano@georgetown.edu) and Cristina Guardiola (Cmgm@udel.edu)
Posted 19 February 2016

Medieval Iberian Boundary Conditions & its Crossings
Boundaries that constrain and enable the “medieval” and “Iberian” and their crossings: medieval/modern divide; global/transcontinental presences; conditions that re/define the field and its futures. abstract,CV by 15 March 2016; Nadia Altschul (altschul@jhu.edu )
Posted 25 February 2016

New Currents in Medieval Iberian Studies
Papers on new works, new methodologies, or new critical approaches to Medieval Iberian literature or culture(s). Title and abstract of approximately 250 - 500 word by 15 March 2016; Connie L. Scarborough (connie.scarborough@ttu.edu)
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 and/or marginalized forms of knowledge? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016 by 15 March 2016; Harry Vélez-Quiñones (velez@pugetsound.edu)
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 repurpose more established approaches? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016 by 15 March 2016; Harry Vélez-Quiñones (velez@pugetsound.edu)
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 extension of the surveillance state. 300 word proposals by 15 March 2016; John Slater (jslater@ucdavis.edu) and Leah Middlebrook (middlebr@uoregon.edu)
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 participants in transatlantic and global labor, trade and finance networks. 1 page abstracts by 15 March 2016; Rebecca Haidt (r.haidt@gmail.com)
Posted 19 January 2016

Reclaiming Romanticism
Zorrilla's bicentennial provides an opportunity to revisit Spanish Romanticism, which grappled with issues of gender, nationality, religion, empire, and identity. We seek innovative proposals, pre- or post-Zorrilla. 100-250 word abstract by 15 March 2016; David Thatcher Gies (dtg@virginia.edu)
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, pueblo/people, conservatism and the popular. Abstracts by 5 March 2016; Lisa Surwillo (surwillo@stanford.edu)
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, autofiction, impersonation, hagiography) and their cultural significance in Francoism and democratic Spain. Abstract Submission by 15 March 2016; Mario Santana (msantana@uchicago.edu)
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, pueblo/people, conservatism and the popular. Abstract by 5 March 2016; Cristina Moreiras-Menor (moreiras@umich.edu) and Lisa Survillo (surwillo@stanford.edu)
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 democratic secular state. Abstract Submission by 15 March 2016; Cristina Moreiras-Menor (moreiras@umich.edu)
Posted 29 January 2016

LSL Applied Linguistics

Second Language Studies and the Digital Humanities
(in)compatibility of SLA theories with digital humanities; how concordances and other databases can(not) facilitate SLA research; impact of digital humanities on development. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Lee Abraham (lba2133@columbia.edu)
Posted 18 January 2016

LSL Language and Society

Language in Mobility
The dominant communicative orientation territorializes languages, associating them with specific communities and places. We will explore how language mobility has generated new challenges for communicative success. 500-word abstracts by 14 March 2016; Suresh Canagarajah (asc16@psu.edu)
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 native/foreign language, first/second language, language/dialect. 300-word abstracts. Abstracts by 15 March 2016; T. Craig Christy (tcchristy@una.edu)
Posted 19 January 2016

“The Changing Boundaries of Language Instruction”
Papers should address changes in language instruction reflecting new pedagogy, platforms and global language diversity. How is proficiency beyond the classroom achieved? 300- word Abstracts by 15 March 2016; T. Craig Christy (tcchristy@una.edu)
Posted 29 January 2016

LSL Linguistics and Literature

Postcolonial Stylistics
We invite abstracts that explore representations of linguistic varieties and variation in postcolonial literature from the perspective of literary linguistics. 300-word abstract by 27 February 2016; Robert Troyer (troyerr@wou.edu)
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 employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect. 300-word abstract by 27 February 2016; Robert Troyer (troyerr@wou.edu)
Posted 9 December 2015, last updated 14 December 2015

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 max.) by 15 March 2016; Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (j.tharp@utah.edu)
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 translingual/transcultural competence? Abstract (200 words) by 15 March 2016; Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (j.tharp@utah.edu)
Posted 21 January 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 the sixties across national boundaries. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Christina Gerhardt (crgerhardt@gmail.com) and Sara Saljoughi (s.saljoughi@gmail.com)
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 metaphorical, infuse power relations into geographic imaginaries? 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Siobhan Craig (craig026@umn.edu)
Posted 14 February 2016

Moving Image Poetry
From early film to digital animation, moving images enable rethinking of poetry’s visual dimension. How do contemporary media extend avant-garde traditions of cinema, poetry, word and image? 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Caetlin Benson-Allott (cb529@georgetown.edu)
Posted 14 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 / contemporary novel. 500 word abstract and CV to swanstro@gmail.com and by 15 March 2016; Elizabeth Swanstrom (swanstro@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2016

Natural Media
Exploring intersections, collisions, tensions, continuities, opportunities, and affordances that arise within "natural" and "technological" media ecologies. 500 word abstract and CV to swanstro@gmail.com and by 15 March 2016; Elizabeth Swanstrom (swanstro@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2016

Visualizing the Page
Exploring space of the page; textual materiality; visual culture's impact on literature; visual intrusion; textual images; problems of typography and layout. 500 word abstract and CV to swanstro@gmail.com and by 15 March 2016; Elizabeth Swanstrom (swanstro@gmail.com)
Posted 28 February 2016

RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric

Intersectional Rhetorics
Papers that link place, identity, time, and rhetorical practice, explicitly working across traditional identity, location, temporal and rhetorical boundaries. 250-word abstracts and CVs by 6 March 2016; Stephanie Lynn Kerschbaum (kersch@udel.edu)
Posted 27 February 2016

Rhetoric and Environmental Sustainability
Papers that explore how the concept of environmental sustainability is constructed, circulated, and contested. Submit abstracts to Stephanie Kerschbaum by 04 March 2015. abstracts by 6 March 2016; Stephanie Lynn Kerschbaum (kersch@udel.edu)
Posted 27 February 2016

RCWS Writing Pedagogies

Naming Pedagogies
What happens when the choices we make in naming in our courses and assignments (e.g., Neoliberalism, critique) confuse or otherwise foreclose our desire for understanding and critique? Abstracts. 250 words by 15 March 2016; Catherine Jean Prendergast (cprender@illinois.edu) and Bonnie Lenore Kyburz (bonnie.kyburz@gmail.com)
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 participant? Abstracts. 500 words. by 15 March 2016; Catherine Jean Prendergast (cprender@illinois.edu) and Bonnie Kyburz (bonnie.kyburz@gmail.com)
Posted 29 February 2016

TM Language Theory

Constructed languages in literary worlds
We solicit papers exploring the use of constructed languages in literature. Abstracts of 300 words. by 20 March 2016; Irma Alarcon (alarcoi@wfu.edu)
Posted 27 February 2016

TM Literary Criticism

Moods of Criticism
What are, or should be, the moods of criticism? (Wry, irascible, ebullient, anxious, etc.) 200 word abstracts on the salience of a particular mood. by 15 March 2016; Rita Felski (rf6d@virginia.edu)
Posted 16 February 2016

TM The Teaching of Literature

The "Uses" of Literature
The “Uses” of Literature: This session explores the political/social/aesthetic/cognitive/philosophical/moral “uses” of literature from pedagogical perspectives. Diverse positions welcome. 250 word abstracts by March 1 to Roberta Rosenberg by 1 March 2016; Roberta Rosenberg (rrosenb@cnu.edu) and Mary Balkun (mary.balkun@shu.edu)
Posted 15 January 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 scholarship in animal cognition to bear on literary and cultural studies. Abstracts by 25 March 2016; Jonathan Kramnick (kramnick@gmail.com)
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, gender, or feminist theories complicate cognitive approaches. 250-word abstracts by 8 March 2016; Patrick Colm Hogan (patrick.hogan@uconn.edu)
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 word abstract and syllabus (if relevant) by 15 March 2016; Lauren Klein (lauren.klein@lmc.gatech.edu) and Matthew Gold (mgold@gc.cuny.edu)
Posted 18 February 2016

Local Digital Humanities
How do digital humanities methods and concepts engage the local, in theory or practice? Can local connections, archives, audiences help rethink digital methods, tools, practices? 300-word abstracts and cv by 15 March 2016; Rachel Buurma (rbuurma1@swarthmore.edu)
Posted 16 February 2016

TC Disability Studies

CRIPPING KEYWORDS
Cross-disciplinary roundtable on keywords-based collaborations; organizing potentials, pitfalls; mobility of disability and keyword paradigms across communities; keywords as (in)accessible methodologies; 250 word abstracts, CVs, 3/15; jhsy@gwu.edu, ahobgood@willamette.edu. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Allison Hobgood (ahobgood@willamette.edu) and Jonathan Hsy (jhsy@gwu.edu )
Posted 31 January 2016

Disability and the Non-Human Animal
Links between physical, sensory, neurological, or psychosocial difference and non-human animals. Connections involving race, gender, sexuality. 1-page abstract by March 7 to Cynthia Wu (cw229@buffalo.edu). 1-page abstract by 7 March 2016; Cynthia Wu (cw229@buffalo.edu)
Posted 31 January 2016

Premodern Disability
Disciplinary crossings medieval and early modern disability studies; methodological resonances, dissonances; comparative disability studies, connections, conundrums across both fields; 250 word abstracts, CVs; March 1 to ahobgood@willamette.edu. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Allison Hobgood (ahobgood@willamette.edu)
Posted 31 January 2016

TC Marxism, Literature, and Society

GLOBAL APARTHEID
What would it mean to understand the geopolitical and biopolitical arrangements of contemporary capital as a system of “global apartheid?” Send 200-word abstracts probing this question. 200-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Nicole Fleetwood (nifleet@rci.rutgers.edu) and Cesare Casarino (casarino@umn.edu)
Posted 3 February 2016

TC Philosophy and Literature

Uncommon Communities
Communities--acephalic; organic, inorganic, anorganic; accidental or contingent; horizontal; discursive, global, cosmopolitan; communitarianization, communization; unwrought communities; communitas; the literary form of community; limits of the concept. 300-word abstracts by March 14 by 14 March 2016; Jacques Lezra (jacques.lezra@nyu.edu) and Jean-Michel Rabaté (jmrabate@english.upenn.edu)
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 themselves--including music, dance, religious traditions, art, teatro, and literary manifestations. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016; Ellen McCracken (emccr@spanport.ucsb.edu)
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 and protest the dehumanization of Black lives? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Francesca Therese Royster (froyster@depaul.edu)
Posted 28 February 2016

E-Book Revolution
Transformations of literary textuality and reading practices on small portable devices; theoretical approaches from areas such as multimodality, narratology, semiotics, reception, authorship, and screen interface. 300 word abstract, brief bio by 15 March 2016; Ellen McCracken (emccr@spanport.ucsb.edu)
Posted 8 February 2016

Pop Philly
From Cheese Steaks to Philly Soul, Rocky and Creed, how has the City of Brotherly Love entered the popular imagination? 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Gwendolyn Pough (gdpough@syr.edu)
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 art, theology, politics, culture. Speakers might engage Islamism, Islamophobia, etc. 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Frances Restuccia (restuccia@rcn.com)
Posted 20 February 2016

TC Race and Ethnicity Studies

Black Pacific
Intersections of African, Asian, indigenous diasporas across the Pacific. Literary/cultural mappings and imaginings of cross-racial interaction, settler colonialism, labor migration, militarism, gender and sexuality. Abstract and CV by 11 March 2016; Ira Dworkin (idworkin@tamu.edu) and Martin Joseph Ponce (ponce.8@osu.edu)
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, possibilities for new approaches, archives, connections. 250 word abstract and one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Jeehyun Lim (limj@denison.edu) and Martin Joseph Ponce (ponce.8@osu.edu)
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 Pacific Rim. Conversations, re-imaginings and re-formations across shared and divergent spaces and histories. Abstract and CV by 11 March 2016; Anna Maria Nogar (anogar@unm.edu) and Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu)
Posted 24 February 2016

Writing (Against) The Prison
Critical engagements with carceral representations in local, national, transnational, and global contexts. Literary, visual, historical, philosophical, theoretical, and/or interdisciplinary treatments. Abstract and CV by 11 March 2016; Ruby Tapia (rtapia@umich.edu) and Penelope Kelsey (penelope.kelsey@colorado.edu)
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 readers. All periods, nations, and genres welcome. CV and 500-word abstract by 1 March 2016; Lisa M. Gordis (lgordis@barnard.edu) and Karin Westman (westmank@ksu.edu)
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), interplays syncretic to agonistic, medieval to modern, animistic to orthodox. CV and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Adrienne Williams Boyarin (aboyarin@uvic.ca)
Posted 13 January 2016

Zombie Theology: Desacralizing the Human Body
Golems, Faustus, zombies--what do fantasies and fears of unsouled bodies, medieval to modern, reveal about human remains and resurrections? CV and 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; William C. Corley (wccorley@cpp.edu)
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 modernity from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2016; Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) and Pamela Gossin (psgossin@telepath.com)
Posted 27 February 2016

Fiction and the Brain
This panel discusses literature and neurology in any time period. Historical as well as cognitive approaches are welcome. Abstract (200 words) and one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Anne Stiles (astiles1@slu.edu)
Posted 20 February 2016

Humanities vs. STEM: Two Cultures Reboot?
Join Cary Wolfe in examining the (re)current rhetoric of opposition/consilience within academic, public and educational discourses, including STEAM, DH and the post-humanities. 200w abstract, 1p CV by 15 March 2016; Pamela Gossin (psgossin@utdallas.edu) and Pamela Gossin (psgossin@telepath.com)
Posted 27 February 2016

TC Sexuality Studies

Graphic Queer/Queer Graphics
Graphic fiction, sexuality; queer/trans* comics/comix; serial visual cultures; print media, drawing, zines, collage, digital art; queer pleasure, politics, community. 250 word abstracts, CV. by 15 February 2016; Ramzi Fawaz (fawaz@wisc.edu) and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera (r-rivera-servera@northwestern.edu)
Posted 19 January 2016

Queer Domesticities
Trans-period, trans-genre alternatives to erotic/sensual public/private heteronormative paradigms; Estates, property rights; queering houses, residences; writing rooms of LGBTQ authors/artists; domestic labor; cookbooks; decorative arts; gardens. 250 words abstract and CV by 15 February 2016; Martha Nell Smith (mnsmith@umd.edu) and Karma Lochrie (klochrie@indiana.edu)
Posted 25 January 2016

Queer Hamilton
Musical theatre, performance, Broadway, dance, history, cross-periodization, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, colonial, empire, race, ethnicity, Latina/o, African-American, hip-hop, sexuality, gender, Caribbean, immigration. 250 word abstracts, CVs by 15 February 2016; Scott Herring (tsherrin@indiana.edu) and Shane Vogel (shvogel@indiana.edu )
Posted 19 January 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 authors/approaches; non-anglophone graphic novels welcome. Abstracts, any language, with English trans. by 15 March 2016; Pamela Brown (pambrown12@gmail.com)
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* performance, especially work that considers transgender perspectives alongside other trans (transnational, translocal, transformative) scholarship. 250 word Abstrac by 19 March 2016; Madelyn Detloff (detlofmm@miamioh.edu)
Posted 25 February 2016, last updated 29 February 2016

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