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

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

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

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

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

Agamben's Paradigms
Papers engaging Agamben's work with regard to modern literature and film. Also considering ... See more
Posted 11 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' Boundary Conditions
Boundaries that define/challenge the category of American women writers, any period/genre. Special ... See more
Posted 12 February 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Documenting Digital Humanities Research
Changelogs, blog posts, Github commits and more: methods for documenting the process of digital ... See more
Posted 10 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 Prophetic Traditions
Inviting papers that consider vatic traditions, the figure of the prophet, or the poetics of ... See more
Posted 30 January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gender and 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literature and Critical Theory of Technology
Seeking papers connecting literature and any critical theory of technology, philosophy of ... See more
Posted 11 February 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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