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#AllTheFeels: Sentimentalism Then & Now
Papers exploring resonances—or dissonances—between sentimental rhetoric in historical periods and contemporary internet culture. What media evokes "all the feels” and how does it matter? Abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2016; Ashley Reed ( and Ryan Cordell (
Posted 28 February 2016

The 1960s and Medieval Culture
Papers exploring connections between 1960s and Middle Ages cultures, including dissent, protest, militarism, drugs, addiction, religion, race, violence. papers by 15 March 2016; John Fitzgerald O'Hara ( and Geoffrey Gust (
Posted 19 January 2016

19th-Century Theater
This panel welcomes presentations addressing Latin American theater, spectacle, and performance in the 19th Century. Trans-Atlantic approaches are welcome, as are connections between theater and novel. Abstracts, 200 words. by 15 March 2016; Kristen M. Turpin (
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 (300-500 words) and a brief by 14 March 2016; Stephanie S. Li (
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 dialogue with the long American 19th century. 250-word abstracts by 22 March 2016; Rodrigo Lazo ( and Yolanda Padilla (
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 Catholic-Protestant relations in any period of post-Reformation history. 350-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Geremy Carnes (
Posted 26 February 2016

Absent presence
More books in Asian languages circulated in 19c Europe than now, through book importers and orientalist interests. Why did this commerce not register as world literature? 200 words abstracts by 19 March 2016; Francesca Orsini (
Posted 25 February 2016

Accenting Punctuation
Punctuation: Its use in certain genres, as it is used by specific literary figures, or topics related to linguistics. Abstracts by 1 March 2016; Albert E. Krahn (
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? Transnational and transhistorical perspectives especially welcome. CV and 500-word abstracts by 11 March 2016; Lissette Lopez Szwydky (
Posted 12 February 2016

Re-constituting, re-imagining, or re-negotiating adolescence in culture, memory, age studies, or literature. Abstracts by 7 March 2016; Nancy C. Backes (
Posted 8 February 2016

Affect and its Boundaries
This panel seeks papers which explore how boundaries of affect—inclusive of mood, emotion, passion and feeling—are evoked in literary, film, and critical texts. 300-word abstracts and CV by 1 March 2016; Douglas G. Dowland (
Posted 2 February 2016

Affect and Religion
Papers might engage theological accounts of the emotions, recent arguments in affect theory on religion, and/or literary representations of feelings in religious belief and practice. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Rachel Arteaga (
Posted 19 January 2016

Affect and the Body of Romanticism
Intersections of modern affect theory with Romantic representations of embodiment. Send 300-word proposals to Chris Bundock at by March 15, 2016. 300-word proposal by 15 March 2016; Chris Bundock (
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 impact of affect in 20th Century Latin America. 300-Word Abstract by 18 March 2016; Joshua Deckman ( and Fernando Fonseca (
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 experimental texts and media. 100-500 word abstract by 18 March 2016; Adam Joseph Shellhorse (
Posted 28 February 2016

African-Americans Abroad
This panel will explore twentieth and twenty-first century African-American trans-Atlantic narratives, including novels, essays, travelogues, autobiographies, heritage tours, and films. 300-400 word abstracts and a 1-page CV by 15 March 2016; Laila Amine (
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 the visual, including intermediality or sound studies. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Lisa Chinn (
Posted 24 February 2016

Agamben's Paradigms
Papers engaging Agamben's work with regard to modern literature and film. Also considering Agamben's own criticism and the role of literature in his theoretical writings. 250­word abstract; 150­word vita by 15 March 2016; Benjamin Lewis Robinson ( and Alessia Ricciardi (a­
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: Flüchtlingspolitik/krise; Links/rechtsextremismus; PEGIDA/LEGIDA; Willkommenskultur. German or English. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Andrea Dawn Bryant (
Posted 26 February 2016

Alternative Digital Collections
Seeking papers on non-traditional or activist digital collecting/curation work, e.g., non-library digital archives, file sharing, metadata, wikis, and blog-based practices. 250-word abstracts. by 20 March 2016; Daniel Snelson ( and Stephen McLaughlin (
Posted 24 February 2016

Alternative Memories of the Asian Pacific War
This panel examines alternative memories of the Asian Pacific War that challenge dominant narratives bounded by nationality. Abstract of 300 words and a brief by 7 March 2016; Yasuko Kase (
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, the concept of freedom, race and affect theory. 250-word abstracts and bios by 15 March 2016; Maggie A. Rehm (
Posted 28 February 2016

American Women Writers' Boundary Conditions
Boundaries that define/challenge the category of American women writers, any period/genre. Special session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. 500 word abstract by 1 March 2016; Kristin J. Jacobson (
Posted 12 February 2016

Analogy After the Enlightenment
Explores how analogy is rethought--poetically and philosophically--in the wake of the Enlightenment. Papers might address the ontological, epistemological, or ethical implications of analogy in Romantic/post-Romantic writing. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Taylor Schey ( and Adam Sneed (
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 understanding of literature from 1604-1625? 300-word abstracts. by 21 March 2016; Robey Patrick (
Posted 23 February 2016

Animal Labour and the Human
Papers examine the role of working animals as boundary conditions for the category of human. Interest in film, photography, or literature. 300 word abstracts and short bios by 13 March 2016; Shandell Houlden (
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 or queer displacements in eighteenth century fiction? 250-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2016; Kathleen Lubey (
Posted 23 February 2016

Antirelationality and Environmental Literature
Papers should examine the "antisocial/antirelational" thesis in queer theory alongside ecocritical approaches; antifuturity, self-shattering, the death drive in literary environmentalism and ecological representations; etc. 350-500 word abstract by 1 March 2016; Alexander Menrisky (
Posted 9 December 2015

Antitheatricalism and Performance
This session will explore the relationship between antitheatricalism and performance. How are antitheatrical claims presented theatrically, and how does drama challenge, support, or complicate these claims? Abstracts (250-words) by 14 March 2016; Christina M. Squitieri (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Apocalypse in Literature
How is the apocalypse imagined and represented in literature? Submissions from all historical periods and nationalities will be considered. Please send a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2016; Ryan Hackenbracht (
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 “New Modernist” scholarship. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2016; Joshua Wall (
Posted 19 February 2016

Architecting Modernist Fiction
How are architectures experienced and represented in modernist fiction? All disciplines/approaches welcome. Architecture as it relates to narrative, temporality, affect, politics, periodization. 300 word abstract, brief bio by 1 March 2016; Amy Foley (
Posted 8 January 2016

Archival Boundaries
Roundtable inviting a range of theorizations and tales of archival boundaries and border crossings--conceptual, professional, material. Possible topics include identity, (dis)order, transformation, transgression, inclusion/exclusion, reconfiguration, use, creation. CV, 200-word abstracts by 18 March 2016; Gabrielle Dean ( and Lauren Coats (
Posted 28 February 2016

Asemic Writing
Its history and notable practitioners; its theoretical implications for what writing was and may become in a post-alphabetic age. Proposals by 15 March 2016; Peter Schwenger (
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 context of new formalism? 250-word abstract by 11 March 2016; Adam Grener ( and Megan Ward (
Posted 25 January 2016

Austen and the Ethics of the Everyday
How does Austen locate ethical significance and valence in the unremarkable, ordinary, and everyday? abstracts and short bio by 15 March 2016; Magdalena M. Ostas (
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 America and the cities that produced them. 150-word abstract. by 12 February 2016; Rodrigo Figueroa (
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 suburbs. Abstracts (250 to 300 words) by 15 March 2016; Severine Rebourcet (
Posted 28 February 2016

Beautiful and Useful: The Lasting Legacy of William Morris and the Art of the Book
Send proposals to and 1-2 page abstracts and a c.v. (2-page max.) by 15 March 2016; Linda Kay Hughes (
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 literature and world literature. 300-word abstract and bio by 15 March 2016; Jiwei Xiao (
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, socio-political movements, transnational feminism, and Holocaust narrative. 200-250 word paper abstract by 15 March 2016; Suchismita Banerjee ( and Michael Williamson (
Posted 28 February 2016

Seeking papers on literary representations of socially conscious ethics in business, and the limits of capitalism as a progressive force. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Aya Tanaka (
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 should we attend to them now? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Timothy Griffiths (
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 of Medieval literature. Abstracts approx. 250 words by 15 March 2016; Martin Laidlaw (
Posted 9 February 2016

How do buried books – real, imagined, metaphorical - engage the boundaries of book and/or literary history; body and book; corpse and corpus? CV and 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Jessica Roberson (
Posted 19 February 2016

Binge Media
New textualities and temporalities of hyper-consumption, immersion, and self-regulation of streaming digital media such as podcasts, aggregated TV series, and other new immersive media forms. 300 word abstracts, brief bio by 15 March 2016; Ellen McCracken (
Posted 8 February 2016

Biofiction and Modernism
Now a dominant form, biofiction first became popular in the 1930s. What role did modernism play in making biofiction possible? How can contemporary biofictions illuminate modernism? 250-word abstracts by 15 February 2016; Michael Lackey (
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 colonized contexts. 300 word abstracts. Naminata Diabate by 15 March 2016; Naminata Diabate (
Posted 31 January 2016

Bird's Eye View Description in Fiction
Papers exploring the history or aesthetics of description "from above" in prose fiction, particularly with a focus on the environment, phenomenology. 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016; David Rodriguez (
Posted 27 February 2016

Black and Green Atlantic
This panel will explore texts that examine the intersections of race, gender, and/or nationalism in the Irish and African American context. 250-word abstracts by 17 March 2016; Chante Mouton Kinyon (
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 scientists, humanists, and public intellectuals have moved beyond disciplinary patterns of thinking/researching. by 28 March 2016; Anna Sagal ( and Nicole Keller Day (
Posted 17 February 2016

The Boundaries of Modernism
“The Boundaries of Modernism” seeks papers that cross boundaries as both framework for modernist culture but also as the contours of scholarly methodology. Abstracts of 300-400 words. by 18 March 2016; Matthew Hannah ( and Yi-lun Huang (
Posted 27 February 2016

Boundary Conditions in Genre Fiction
This panel seeks papers engaging with representations of the world beyond Anglo-America in genre fiction, particularly in SFF and mystery/thrillers. Abstracts of 250-300 words. by 10 March 2016; Diviani Chaudhuri (
Posted 11 January 2016

Boundary Liberation: Literary Theory and Liberatory Praxis
Scholarship exploring how literary analysis (and/or activist authors) creates new epistemologies that can be applied to "real-world" liberatory praxis. 300-word abstracts or papers by 15 March 2016; Michael Datcher (
Posted 28 February 2016

Breaking Barriers: Graduate Students Developing Academic Standing
Roundtable looking for graduate students and professors addressing aspects of developing one’s Academic Critical Voice in conferences, interviews, publications etc. Please submit a 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2016; Connor Campbell ( and Clint Morrison (
Posted 27 February 2016

Brecht and Scandinavian Theater and Film
Profoundly influenced by Scandinavian theater, Brecht inspired Nordic dramatists and filmmakers. We welcome papers that consider historical and current ties between Brecht and Scandinavia. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Kjerstin Moody (
Posted 26 January 2016

The papers are to be in the fields and the related areas of English for Specific, Academic Purposes, General and Applied Linguistics. by 15 March 2016; Nadezda Stojkovic (
Posted 25 February 2016

Capital in Contemporary British and American Poetry
Inviting papers on capital in contemporary British and American poetry. Possible concerns might include: financial crisis, utopianism and form. 300 word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2016; Arul Benito Gerard A (
Posted 27 February 2016

Career Training for Humanists: Best Case Scenario
Practical or idealistic suggestions for successful, responsible humanities career training. Innovative programs, projects, workshops, assignments, or ideas, for grads or undergrads. 250-word abstracts by 21 March 2016; Beth Seltzer (
Posted 27 February 2016

Caregiver Narratives: Family in Illness
Essays examining the dynamics--emotional, financial, temporal, etc.--of caregiving at home, role of caregiver when loved-one falls ill. Representations in literature, film, blogs, other media. 300-word abstract/brief bio. by 18 March 2016; Sandra Weems (
Posted 28 February 2016

Character in the Realist Novel
This panel explores how fictional characters help us think relationships between emotion and cognition, art and ethics, or individuality and sociability. 250-300 word abstracts. by 14 March 2016; Matthew Flaherty (
Posted 31 January 2016

Chaucer's Influence on Shakespeare
Papers exploring Chaucer's influence on Shakespeare with particular focus on matters related to poetics, pastiche, parody, imagination, authorship, design, fictive pattern. ~300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Michael Plunkett ( and Colin Macdonald (
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 of Chinese nationalism and its counternarratives. 300-500-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Nathan Faries (
Posted 26 February 2016

Climate Realism: Aesthetics of Weather, Climate, Atmosphere
We seek innovative and theoretical approaches to climate aesthetics and realism across various mediums to complement an upcoming edited collection. 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Lynn Badia ( and Jeff Diamanti (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Colonial Americas:Eco-critical Perspectives
Seek eco-critical perspectives for hemispheric panel on the colonial Americas. Catastrophes, Environmental History, Endemic vs. Invasive species, Climate Theories in Lit, Film, DH. Abstract, bio. Abstracts by 18 March 2016; Giovanna Montenegro (
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 of South Slavic literature. 300 word abstracts and CV. by 11 March 2016; James Robertson (
Posted 27 February 2016

Commonplacing in Early Modern England
Papers investigating how commonplace books, miscellanies, diaries, and other manuscript texts inform and/or reflect early modern literary practices. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Chelsea McKelvey (
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 abstracts and 1-page CV. by 1 March 2016; Myrto Drizou (
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 veteran identity, PTSD, and/or trauma theory. 250-350 word abstracts and short bios by 15 March 2016; Olivia Clark (
Posted 6 February 2016

Continuous Ruptures in 21st Century Iberian Cinema
Considerations of 21st Century Spanish Cinema dialoguing with history through notions of repetition, continuation, overcoming, or rupture with the past. 150-250 words abstrascts by 15 March 2016; Lena Tahmassian ( and Robert Casas Roigé (
Posted 12 February 2016

Creative Conversations: Alternate Temporalities
How are alternate versions of temporality (simultaneity, reversed temporal order) imagined and represented in art, film, and literature? All historical periods and languages welcome. 250-word abstract, CV by 15 March 2016; Heike Polster (
Posted 23 February 2016

Creative Mysticism
Practices of mystical writing and reading in any language, genre, or tradition. Possible topics: comparisons, commentarial traditions, modern re-creations of earlier works, other forms of art. 300-words abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Gloria Maité Hernández (
Posted 28 February 2016

"Critique Agonistes"
Is “critique” an iconoclasm replaced by “composition” (Latour), is it the metaphysics of transcendence (Deleuze), “acceleration” of the existing (Land), or is it the inversion of the inversions (Marx)? Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Robert A. Wilkie (
Posted 27 February 2016

Crossing Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Papers exploring cultural, religious, diplomatic, and other interactions in the early modern Mediterranean. 300-word abstract and CV by March 15, 2016; Galina Yermolenko ( by 15 March 2016; Galina Yermolenko (
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 papers exploring how multiple border encounters are affecting Galician linguistic/literary/cultural studies. 1-page abstract by 8 March 2016; Olga Castro (
Posted 30 January 2016

Culinary Sorcery
All manner of sorcery, wizardry, magic, and slight of hand in the kitchen. Representations in literature, film, and popular culture. 250-300 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Michael D. Garval (
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 with countercultural movements,” emphasis on New Wave (1960s/1970s). 300-word abstracts and brief bios. by 10 March 2016; Sean A. Guynes (
Posted 13 January 2016

Dark Sides of Globalization
Examining dark sides of globalization (terrorism, sexual tourism, illicit trafficking, epidemics, inequality, loss of diversity) in international poetry and prose of the past three decades. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Erica Durante ( and Amaury Dehoux (
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 posthumous publication in his fiction. 200-word abstracts and brief CVs by 15 March 2016; Michael Anesko (
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 century. 250-400 word abstracts to by 15 March 2016; James Van Wyck ( and Will Fenton (
Posted 26 February 2016

Deceptions: The Literature of Sexual Violence
Seeking papers on representations of sexual violence in literature, which emphasize philosophical approaches. 250-300 word abstracts, 15 March 2016; Erin Spampinato ( 250-300 word abstracts. by 15 March 2016; Erin Spampinato (
Posted 3 February 2016

Decisive/Divisive: The Political Rhetoric of 2015 and Beyond
Papers on global issues: challenges (asylum/integration); threats (terrorism); elections (2015-2017); freedom of opinion in transnational perspective (hashtags). CV, 300-word abstract by March 15 by 15 March 2016; Liane Stroebel ( and Ludwig Deringer (
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, and horror. 250-word proposals by 15 March 2016; Gregory Luke Chwala (
Posted 25 February 2016

Dialectics in time
How has the notion of dialectic changed over time? Historically informed readings or intellectual history in the wake of Andrew Cole's Birth of Theory. 500 word abstract and CV by 6 March 2016; Marshall J. Brown (
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 a coherent system? One-page abstracts which get to the point. by 1 March 2016; Albert E. Krahn (
Posted 24 January 2016

Digital Humanities in Secondary Education
We will explore the successes and difficulties of bringing DH to secondary education. Reports & research on DH in secondary Ed are welcome. 300 word abstracts by 11 March 2016; Matt Applegate ( and Jamie Cohen (
Posted 8 February 2016

Discourses of Belonging
Papers on the shifting registers of geographic identity post-1960s: localized metaphoricities, affective landscapes, policed memoryscapes, transiting bodies and perimeters of exile. 2-page CV, 300-word abstract by 12 March 2016; Rupsa Banerjee (
Posted 21 February 2016

Divine Atheists
How do we talk about representations of the divine in literature written by modern authors who declare they do not believe in the divine? Impact of genre choices? abstract by 15 March 2016; Yael Halevi-Wise (
Posted 25 February 2016

Documenting Digital Humanities Research
Changelogs, blog posts, Github commits and more: methods for documenting the process of digital humanities research. Project sustainability, reproducible results, digital pedagogy, self-reflective research. 250-word abstract and cv by 12 March 2016; Natalie M. Houston (
Posted 10 February 2016

Dynamite Discussion Board Dynamics
Roundtable of 10-15 minute presentations on lighting the fuse for student success in online discussions for first-year writing students. David Healey ( 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; David Healey (
Posted 15 February 2016

Early Modern British Literature in Translation
Presentations on aspects of translations of early modern British literature including Shakespeare into other languages considering national identity, propaganda, censorship, audience, appropriation. 250-word abstract, 3-page CV by 1 March 2016; Tanya K. Zhelezcheva ( and Sabina Amanbayeva (
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 March 2016; Jessie Hock (
Posted 15 February 2016

Early Modern Prophetic Traditions
Inviting papers that consider vatic traditions, the figure of the prophet, or the poetics of prophetic language in literature from 1500-1650. 250-300 word abstracts and CV by 5 March 2016; Katherine Walker ( and Joseph Bowling (
Posted 30 January 2016

The Early Modern Sonnet and Its Objects
Papers on the materiality of the early modern sonnet: objects, commodities, objectivity, and emerging discourses of subjectivity. CV, 300 words abstract by 10 March 2016; Sapna Balakrishnan ( and Rajiv Krishnan (
Posted 16 February 2016

Early Native American Authors
Examining early Native American authors’ preservation of native customs/resistance to commodification of indigenous cultures, though “bound” by audience expectations/literary conventions. 350 Word Abstract & Short Bio by 4 March 2016; Heather Chacon ( and Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich ( )
Posted 5 February 2016

Ecocriticism in contemporary Japan
This panel seeks papers that engage critically with "Nature" in contemporary Japanese literature. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Doug Slaymaker (
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 recent (2015) election of grassroots mayors in Spanish cities. 250 word abstract by 20 March 2016; Megan Saltzman (
Posted 27 February 2016

Editing for/in the College Classroom
Seeking papers exploring the pedagogy of editing: editorial theory in literature classrooms, documentary/scholarly editing for college audiences, student editing, or student-user oriented design. 250-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2016; Meaghan Brown (
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 interaction, meaning, therapy, gaming, natural language processing, etc.? 350-word abstracts; brief bio by 18 March 2016; Yohei Igarashi (
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 literature welcomed. 300-word abstracts by 13 March 2016; Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier (
Posted 25 January 2016

Engaging with the Poetics of Peripheralization
How do experimental aesthetics engage with/represent the political histories and economies of the margins? Seeking papers exploring poetics and spatial, socio-political concerns. 250-word abstract by 10 March 2016; Jenna Sciuto (
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, religion/secularization, political culture/history, the public sphere, race/class/gender, aesthetics. Send abstract/short bio. by 15 March 2016; John Mac Kilgore (
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 in Medieval literature (Latin and vernacular)? 300-word abstract, short bio by 15 March 2016; Andrea Gazzoni (
Posted 28 February 2016

Episteme of Inequality: Studying Postcolonial Wealth Formation
Papers trace economic wealth, poverty, and reparation across colonial histories through literary, cultural texts, ethical readings touching the violence of capital. Abstracts 200 words by 15 March 2016; Aparajita De ( and Maureen Fadem (
Posted 5 February 2016

Evolution of African American Fiction
How does African American literature transform at the turn of the 20th century? Discussions of passing, sexuality, and genre are especially welcome. 250-word abstracts; 1 pg CV by 18 March 2016; Crystal Donkor ( and Julia Charles (
Posted 29 February 2016

Exotic Violence in Diasporic Arab Literature
Exploring the extent to which representations of violence and suffering in diasporic Arab literature constitute the latter’s exotic and commercial appeal, especially after 9/11. 300-word abstract. by 15 March 2016; Atef Laouyene (
Posted 19 February 2016

Extraordinary Bodies at Twenty
Short papers for a roundtable considering the impact and legacy of Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s Extraordinary Bodies on the twentieth anniversary of its publication. Abstracts (300 words) by 15 March 2016; Adam Newman (
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 to explore the gendered psyche. Abstract (500 words max) by 16 March 2016; Andrea Perez Mukdsi (
Posted 28 February 2016

Fictional Religions
This session invites both new close readings of texts that contain fictional religions and more abstract conceptualizations of the phenomenon. Submit CV and abstract (300 words) by 15 March 201 by 15 March 2016; Nathan Fredrickson (
Posted 2 February 2016

Fifty Years of Cixous
2017 marks 50 years since Le Prénom de Dieu's publication. New directions in Cixous scholarship: francophone studies, animal studies, feminist/queer/critical theory, genetic criticism, performance studies. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Laura Hughes (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Forms of American Religion
What forms does U.S. religion take? Seeking papers on the influence of literary, cultural, political forms on U.S. theologies and practices. 150-200 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Wilson Brissett (
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 Foucault and Queer of Color Critique. 250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Meridith Kruse (
Posted 9 December 2015

Francophone Literature and Problems of Agency
Proposals considering questions of agency in Francophone Literature. Exploring issues in feminism, memory, violence, social action, activism (political, environmental). 250-300 word abstracts by 12 March 2016 by 12 March 2016; Mrinmoyee Bhattacharya ( and Jamiella Brooks (
Posted 8 February 2016

French theater on screen
What are the boundary conditions, aesthetic or cultural, for the successful adaptation of a French play, classical or otherwise, into any cinematic form? 300 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Eric Turcat (
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 300-500 words and a one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Elizabeth Macaluso (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Future of Metonym
What is the future of metonym as a critical concept? Papers examining metonym from any disciplinary perspective welcome. Submit abstracts of 500 words and a CV. by 15 March 2016; Kelly Bezio (
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 masculinity? 200-word abstract, bio by 03/10/2016 to Oswaldo Estrada, 200-word abstracts by 10 March 2016; Oswaldo Estrada (
Posted 11 February 2016

Gender and the British Empire
British Empire was a highly gendered space. Papers welcome to explore colonial masculinity/femininity, individuals' non-conformist resistance, reformers' "androgynous" attitudes/outlook. Submit 400-word abstracts. by 13 March 2016; Susmita Roye (
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. Please email abstract to 250-word abstracts by March 14, 2015. by 14 March 2016; Li Guo (
Posted 28 February 2016

Genre Studies: Experimental Non-Fiction
Experimentation in non-fiction: the lyric essay; affinity to prose poetry; hybrid narratives; collage/fragmentation; post-modern narrative techniques; collaborative authorship; born-digital non-fiction; use of crowdsourced material; ekphrasis. 350-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Andrei Guruianu ( and Natalia Andrievskikh (
Posted 28 February 2016

Geoffrey Hill, Collected
Hill’s Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012 challenges readers through both new collections and substantial revisions. How might we assess its continuities and changes? Abstracts (250 words) and 2-page CVs by 15 March 2016; Mary Erica Zimmer (
Posted 29 February 2016

The Geography of Wealth
This panel will explore relationships between value, portability, land, and representation in British literature and the ways literature represents the movement/stasis of wealth and property. 350-500 word abstract by 1 March 2016; Deirdre Mikolajcik (
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 and French literature. 300-word abstract with short bio. by 9 March 2016; Celine Brossillon (
Posted 24 February 2016

Global Asynchronies: National Time and Transnational Dissent
Papers examine how literary and audiovisual works articulate dissent by operating at different national tempos, challenging the global synchronicity that dominates the contemporary occasion. Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Juan Meneses (
Posted 9 February 2016

Global E-Lit: African Perspectives
This panel seeks papers that discuss the relationship between electronic literature and Africa. Approaches can include creative, conceptual, logistical, or practical angles. Abstracts of 150-200 words by 15 March 2016; Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang (
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 countries. 100-word abstracts and cvs. by 15 March 2016; Myles K. Chilton ( and L. Ashley Squires (
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 and cultural memory. 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Alice Kelly (
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 readings of New York and Philadelphia trains from the 1967-1990 are encouraged. 250 word abstracts by 12 March 2016; Jonathan Gross (
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 culture? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Kate Scarth (
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 the Harlem Renaissance. 250-word abstract and 1-page CV by 11 March 2016; Kelly Hanson (
Posted 21 February 2016

Highsmith after Carol (2015)
Panel considers relevance of Patricia Highsmith for queer studies today: pre/post-stonewall visibility and affect, queer of color critique and relation between literature and film. 300-word abstracts/bios to by 20 March 2016; Jenny M. James (
Posted 28 February 2016

Hispanophilia and Hispanophobia
Looking at and beyond current US political debates, we ask how different cultures and periods have manifested love/hate relationships with the Hispanic world. CVs and 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Thomas Genova (
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 for fictions about the past? 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Benjamin O'Dell (
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 suspension of judgment. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Rudolphus Teeuwen (
Posted 25 February 2016

Human Rights and Everyday Violence
Considers the role (beyond raising awareness) and potential costs of literature in defining everyday violence in the languages and institutions of rights. 300-word abstracts plus short bio by 7 March 2016; Alexandra S. Moore ( and Elizabeth Goldberg (
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; human-animal relations (affective, violent, etc.); and/or the nonhuman. 250-word abstract and CV by 11 March 2016; Kaitlin Mondello (
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 and Post Left movements. 250-word abstracts by 18 March 2016; Jennifer Forsberg (
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, dedication to marginal persons, erudition, wit and grim candor. 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2016; Stephen Donatelli (
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 exposes, manifests that which it exceeds, exhausts. 250-word abstract by 4 March 2016; Nina Tolksdorf (
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 production mode influence actorly practice or playgoing? 200-250 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Elizabeth Tavares (
Posted 15 January 2016

Inter-Art Borders in 20th Century Poetry
Papers on the constitution/representation/transgression of inter-art/ekphrastic boundaries in 20th Century poetry; discussions connecting aesthetics, politics, geography, affect, memory are welcome. 2 page CV and 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Utsab Ray (
Posted 28 February 2016

Interactive Panel: Teaching Shakespeare to Digital Natives
What new digital challenges does Shakespearean pedagogy face? How do you respond? Share interactive/digital approaches through this “teaching panel.”. Abstract (300/wrds), CV with teaching experience by 11 March 2016; Kyle Vitale (
Posted 18 February 2016

The International Amazon
We welcome papers on literature, theater, cinema, etc. that deals with the Amazon region as a site of international capital accumulation and cultural exchange. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Sarah J. Townsend ( and Javier Uriarte (
Posted 20 February 2016

Intradisciplinary Consilience: Ecocriticism, Cognitive Criticism, and Evolutionary Criticism
Papers addressing the connections, contradictions, or gaps between biologically-informed approaches to literary study. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Ellen McManus (
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 character, the actor and the audience. 350-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2016; Laurence Marie-Sacks (
Posted 26 February 2016

Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness
Roundtable exploring how the visual medium of comics depicts invisible mental illnesses & experiences of those affected by mental illness. 250 word abstracts – bios by 15 March 2016; Leah Misemer ( and Jessica Gross (
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 studies, the postvernacular, Ladino, Yiddish, minor language literatures, hybrid texts, and related/comparative topics welcome. 250-word abstracts/CV by 15 March 2016; Katharine Trostel ( and Joanna Meadvin (
Posted 16 February 2016

Kafka Transcending Boundaries
Kafka's experimental approach to gender, family and social structures, his transgressive representation of physical and psychological processes, collective and individual identity. Abstracts of 500 words by 15 March 2016; Marie Luise Caputo-Mayr ( and Dagmar C. G. Lorenz (
Posted 18 January 2016

The Languages of Latina/o Literature
How have Spanish, English, and indigenous languages influenced the formation of Latina/o literature? Abstracts addressing institutional politics, archives, individual texts, teaching, and other topics welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Stephanie Fetta ( and John Cutler (
Posted 19 February 2016

Legacies of the Russian Revolution
Legacies of the Russian Revolution: Impact on literary radicalism; literary conservatism; modernism; Harlem Renaissance; campus movements; media; continuing 21st-century significance. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Barbara Clare Foley (
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 21st century American literature & culture. Please send abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2016; Megan Behrent (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Liminal Don Juan
Liminality and its relationship to Don Juan. Topics might include, but are not limited to, national border crossings, gender, genre, ritual, and metatheatre. 250 word abstracts by 7 March 2016; Julia Farmer (
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 between the words. Abstracts, 500 words maximum. by 15 March 2016; Wendy Galgan (
Posted 20 February 2016

Literary Geographies: New Directions
How are literary engagements with space and geography being reshaped? Papers welcome on ecocriticism, post/colonial, mapping, global literatures, the spatial turn, literary history/historiography, method, genre, formalisms. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Kyle McAuley (
Posted 28 January 2016

Literary Healthcare
Inviting explorations of medicine and care for the sick in literature, especially untrained nursing. What risks/rewards are inherent in bodily care? Connection to national dialogue welcome. Abstracts requested (300 words). by 15 March 2016; Elizabeth Sheckler ( and Emma Burris-Janssen (
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 literary history and periodization complicate and enrich our conceptions of the Anthropocene? abstracts by 11 March 2016; Ted Howell (
Posted 11 February 2016

Literary Influence: Queer Reframings
Panel seeks to reframe literary influence. Queer, gender, race, and other innovative readings of agon, swerve, aesthetics, tradition, canon, beauty, literariness, and authorship especially sought. Abstracts and CVs. by 15 March 2016; David Greven (
Posted 15 February 2016

Literary Objects, Object Relations
This panel thinks about language, object relations, and phantasy together in literary texts without recourse strictly to Lacan (Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bollas, Phillips). Abstracts, 500 words. by 15 March 2016; A. C. Facundo (
Posted 16 February 2016

Literary Sequences
How do different literary sequences function? From sequels, verse sequences, and serialized texts, this panel considers durations of both narratives and poetry over extended periods of time. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Sarah Nance ( and Daniel Couch (
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 theorized in research projects, classrooms, and the field? 300-word abstracts and 100-word bios by 15 March 2016; Moacir P. de Sá Pereira ( and Alex Gil (
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 consider the concept of children's rights. 300 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016; Naomi Morgenstern (
Posted 28 February 2016

Literature and Critical Theory of Technology
Seeking papers connecting literature and any critical theory of technology, philosophy of technology, SCOT (social construction of technology), actor-network theory, etc. 300-word abstracts and 1-page CV by 23 March 2016; Jessica Kuskey (
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 on literature of all periods, including transhistorical comparative work. Abstracts, 250 words or less by 29 February 2016; Melissa Schoenberger (
Posted 13 January 2016

Literature and Philosophy Otherwise
We are looking for papers that consider philosophy and literature from new, more material perspectives: institutional relationships, global philosophies, in the context of political realities, etc. 150-word abstracts by 14 March 2016; Avram Alpert ( and Gabriel Rockhill (
Posted 28 February 2016

Literature and Solitude
Proposals examining solitude/privacy/isolation, especially in early modern literature and culture, or more broadly. 150-word abstract by 1 March 2016; Colin Macdonald ( and Michael Plunkett (
Posted 14 January 2016

Literature and Transcription
What is the relationship between literature and transcription? How are literary form and depictions of race and gender shaped by transcriptive processes, practices, and concepts in literature? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Mark Sussman (
Posted 4 February 2016

Literature Reads Economy
How does 19th century literature respond to questions of interpretation issued by the new economic criticism? What methodological practices facilitate the exchange between fiction and economy? 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Cristina D'Amico ( and Noa Reich (
Posted 3 February 2016

Literature, Affect, and Racial Politics
How do affects, as they are internalized, embodied, and narrativized, participate in the politics of racialization? 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Faune Albert (
Posted 22 February 2016

Literature, Language and Substance Abuse
Proposals exploring renderings of substance abuse and the addict in art. Interdisciplinary, theoretical, or pedagogical applications welcome. Abstracts up to 1000 words accepted until 15 March by 15 March 2016; Carol A. Reeves (
Posted 5 January 2016

Locating Literary Precarity
“Precarity” has many meanings today but initially described tenancy. This panel seeks investigations of “precarity” through literary representations of rented space. 200 word abstracts, bio, tech requirements by 1 March 2016; Anna Green (
Posted 4 February 2016

The Long Nineteenth Century In Detail
Papers on the detail and detailism (e.g., individualism; local/global contexts; the particular, specific, unique), with attention to form, historiography, or methodology. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 14 March 2016; Matthew John Phillips (
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 amongst educators. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 13 March 2016; K.T. Pinion (
Posted 16 February 2016

Lovecraft's Weird Modernism
Lovecraft’s relationship to modernism/modernity; Lovecraft and race; Lovecraft and science/technology; Lovecraft and modernist gothic; modernism and weird fiction. Abstracts, 200-300 words by 1 March 2016; Patrick Whitmarsh (
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 we engage the public more broadly? 250-word abstract by 10 March 2016; Stephanie Youngblood (
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 lyric poetry in Global Anglophone contexts. 250 word abstract; title; CV by 15 March 2016; Morani Kornberg (
Posted 25 February 2016

Machine Translation Before 1800
How does thinking in terms of systems, teams, and conditions instead of individuals help us better understand translation? All languages, topics before 1800 welcome; non-Western preferred. 250-page abstracts. by 1 March 2016; Thomas Mazanec (
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 arts as they're currently structured? 250-word abstracts of case studies by 11 March 2016; Catherine M. Peebles (
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 the margins; sexuality, language, history, politics and market. 250 word abstracts and 2-page CVs by 1 March 2016; Elena Machado Sáez (
Posted 25 January 2016

Marx Unspectral
Marx’s speeches as activating the making of history and undoing the metaphysics of capital. Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Kimberly DeFazio (
Posted 27 February 2016

Materiality, Difference, and Digital Labor
Considering representations of digital materiality and labor from queer, feminist, and anti-racist (intersectional, postcolonial) perspectives. Welcome foci include pedagogy, writing, media studies. 250-word abstract and two-page cv by 25 March 2016; Carolyn Elerding (
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 media archaeological and/or historical frames. title, 250-word abstracts, short bio by 15 March 2016; Orchid Tierney (
Posted 24 February 2016

Medieval Welsh Materiality
Proposals should explore some aspect of materiality in medieval Welsh (including Cambro-Latin) literature. Possible topics could include thing theory, hybridity, maps, relics, or ecocriticism. 300 word abstracts by 5 March 2016; Sarah Sprouse (
Posted 5 February 2016

Mental Health in Contemporary Literature
How are mental health issues addressed in literature? Does literary representation challenge cultural perception? Submissions dealing with post-1945 literature (any language) will be considered. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Isabel Meusen (
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 illuminate one another? 200-word abstract and one-page cv by 15 March 2016; Emily Hind ( and Peter Lancelot Mallios (
Posted 20 January 2016

Milton in/and the Americas
A round table exploring John Milton’s poetic, political, and theological legacy in the Americas. Submissions on all aspects of Milton’s transatlantic influence are welcome. Abstract-300 words; CV-2 pages by 15 March 2016; Sarah Banschbach Valles ( and Mary Grace Elliott (
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 literary and social discourses. please email 250 words abstract by 14 March 2016; Li Guo (
Posted 28 February 2016

Modernism and Graphic Narrative
Relationships between modernism, graphic narrative. Possibilities include narrative theory, modernism, comics; modernism and space; intertextuality; modernist perspectives in/on, ways of reading comics. 300-word abstracts and short biographical note by 10 March 2016; Janine M. Utell (
Posted 8 January 2016

The Modernist Brontës
How did the avant-garde adapt, use, or abuse the Brontës to establish modernism? How do these relations challenge the assumed borders separating modernists and Victorians? 250-300 word abstracts by 24 March 2016; Shawna Ross (
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 modernist literature. abstracts of 250-300 words by 15 March 2016; Molly Hall (
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 but whose actual artistic production is unknown. 10 min presentations by 15 March 2016; Melissa Schindler (
Posted 28 February 2016

Papers explore narratological approaches to the literature of pre-20th century China. 250-word proposals to Alexander Wille (alexander.w by 15 March 2016; Alexander Wille (
Posted 4 February 2016

Narratives of Contingency
Considers representations and story formulas of non-tenure track or adjunct faculty in academic novels or short fiction. Abstract of 250 words by 15 March 2016; Kristina Quynn (
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 scramble" for Africa, debates over Affirmative Action, and #blacklivesmatter. Paper abstract (300-500 words) and CV by 15 March 2016; Nicholas Rinehart (
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 gender, race, ecology, transnationalism, and immigration. 300-word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2016; Lauren Du Graf ( and Julia Elsky (
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 epistemes? Interested in papers exploring literature’s engagement with non-traditional “knowledge”: speculative, subversive, affective, etc. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Ashley Winstead (
Posted 22 February 2016

New Formalism and Medieval Literary Forms
This panel will explore the role of formal features of language in the "work" (ethical/cultural/political/religious etc) performed by or within medieval literary texts. Abstract 250 words by 31 March 2016; Arvind Thomas ( and allen strouse (
Posted 28 February 2016

New Scholarship on Robert Hayden
Papers can explore Hayden’s poetry from any perspective. Of particular interest are papers engaging with some of the less explored poems/themes. 250-word abstracts; by 5 March 2016; Giovanna Micconi (
Posted 17 January 2016

New Voices, New Readers
We invite alternative voices and readings re-envisioning grand narratives in a shifting global era that challenges our perspectives on race, gender, sexuality, class, and nationality. 150-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Niyi Afolabi (
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 mediate, for example, economy, technology, war, abolitionism, empire? Abstract, bio by 15 February 2016; Magdalena Zapedowska (
Posted 20 January 2016

Nineteenth-Century Party Politics
This session explores the literary and historical significance of nineteenth-century dinners and parties and the cultural narratives they (re)produce. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Andrew Forrester (
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 imagine political alternatives? Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Seth McKelvey (
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 nonhuman turn. 200-word abstract and a short bio due by March 1. by 1 March 2016; Shun Kiang (
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 abortion function within the novel's procreative framework? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Emma Burris-Janssen (
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 Old World? CV and 500 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Ann Marie Fallon (
Posted 15 February 2016

Novel Technologies: Victorian (Old/New) Media
Seeking papers on Victorian old/new media: telegraph, telephone, pre-cinematic screen technologies, microscopes, publishing technologies, the novel as a technology, etc. 300-word abstracts and 1-page CV by 23 March 2016; Jessica Kuskey (
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 diasporas, homelands, enclosure, sovereignty, and citizenship. Please submit abstracts (300-500 words) and bio. by 12 March 2016; Ashna Ali ( and Micheal Rumore (
Posted 26 January 2016

Oil Cultures
Papers engaging the representation of oil, energy, and ecology in literature, film, and media. National and transnational perspectives welcome. 250-word abstract and CV. by 13 March 2016; Elizabeth Barrios (
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 the private/public realm. 300-words abstracts. by 20 March 2016; Victor Manuel Pueyo Zoco (
Posted 28 February 2016

On Obsolence: Trash, Ecology, Aesthetics
Seeking interdisciplinary engagements with visual, literary and/or performative qualities of waste, detritus, castoffs. Approaches may be pedagogical, aesthetic, ecological, theoretical. 250-word abstracts by March 15. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Samuel Amago ( and Maite Zubiaurre (
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. 1 paragraph abstracts for 5"positions by 1 March 2016; Caroline McCracken-Flesher ( and Alan Riach (
Posted 20 January 2016

Open Source Lit, Open Source Crit
The "open source" movement's potential for literary studies. Literature as source code? Criticism as collaborative project? Version control, repos, branches vs. editions, publication, authorship. Proposal, bio by 25 March 2016; Steven J. Syrek (
Posted 3 February 2016

Open Worlds: Video Games and/as Literature
Intersections between video games and world literature: adaptations, experience, open-world, narrative, classics, or other themes. Abstracts of 300 words and brief CV by March 15. by 15 March 2016; Jason Bartles (
Posted 19 February 2016

Opera and the Historical
Papers about intersections between historiography and opera. May focus on libretti in translation, opera source materials, representations of opera in literature. Abstracts under 300 words by 18 March 2016; Tom Bragg (
Posted 28 February 2016

Orality and Musicality in Literature
This panel seeks analyses of orality and/or musical translation's various political and social effects in literature. Submit 250-word abstracts to Alexandra Reznik, rez by 15 March 2016; Alexandra Reznik (
Posted 22 February 2016

Orientalism Redux in Popular Visual Culture
This panel seeks innovative papers that investigate millennial articulation of orientalism in visual texts. Such scopic registers reorganize the stakes of representation and power discourses. Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Amrita Ghosh (
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 families and households in visual culture. Abstracts by 11 March 2016; Elizabeth Osborne ( and Sofia Ruiz-Alfaro (
Posted 8 February 2016

Pastoral Crossroads
Pastoral Crossroads: What is the current state of studies on the French-language pastoral? All approaches welcome, including considerations of post- and anti-pastoral. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Melinda Cro ( and Rachel Paparone (
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 evaluative boundaries, for instance. Please submit 350 word abstracts. by 15 March 2016; Michael Leigh Sinowitz (
Posted 26 January 2016

Perceptual Ecology
This panel concerns cognitive psychology and environmental thinking, specifically, the relationship between theories of perception, ecocriticism, and modes of experiencing or constituting the environment. ~300 word abstracts. by 15 March 2016; Jason Bell (
Posted 10 February 2016

Performing Modern China
How are various forms of performance (film, theater, public speaking, music, etc.) reinvented when confronting crises of representation in modern Chinese culture? 350-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Annelise Finegan Wasmoen ( and Ling Kang (
Posted 25 February 2016

Periodicals, Editorship, Race and Ethnicity
Roundtable promotes conversations about editorship, authorship, and collaboration in historical periodicals across boundaries of race and ethnicity. Emphasis on methods/approaches. 250-word abstracts and short CVs by 20 March 2016; Sarah Salter ( and Jim Casey (
Posted 27 February 2016

Phenomenology and Literature
What kinds of phenomenological readings might still produce insights that cannot be gained elsewhere, or through other methodologies? Please send a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV. by 15 March 2016; Zachary Tavlin (
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 Frances Harper, W.E.B. Du Bois, Alain Locke and Sonia Sanchez. 350 words by 15 March 2016; P Peters (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Picaresque: Matter and Formlessness
What is the relationship between the traditional content of the picaresque (roguery, poverty, marginality) and its conventional formal techniques? Send abstracts to by 15 March 2016; Nathan Peterson (
Posted 23 February 2016

Pictures and Words
Diverse approaches to the relation between words and images: ekphrasis; pictures-as-words; image/text recognition; novelists using photographs, etc.; graphic novels and satire. 250 Word Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Christina Lupton (
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 March 2016; Firouzeh Dianat (
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 to rhyme, meter or genre? Abstract 250-300 words – CV by 5 March 2016; Sabina Amanbayeva (
Posted 23 January 2016

Poetic Boundaries in the American Present
How do poetics delineate, trouble, aspire to American cultural boundaries i.e. race, capital, ecology, empire in the present? Abstracts 250-300 words by 10 March 2016 by 10 March 2016; Melissa Parrish (
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 bridges, connects, translates, and unsettles the language of beings, both living and nonliving. 300 word abstract by 10 March 2016; Isabel Campos (
Posted 11 January 2016

Poetry and Labour
Papers on the relationship between Anglophone poetry and work/labour, including but not limited to class relations and socio-economic conditions of poetic production. 250-word abstracts and 2-page CV by 10 March 2016; Nandini Ramesh Sankar (
Posted 16 February 2016

The Poetry of Photography
This panel examines how photography intersects with the development of poetic form. Topics may include historical poetics, photo-theory, ekphrasis, the photobook, or digital humanities. 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Jesse Hoffman (
Posted 27 February 2016

Political Literature
Inviting presentations on political literature: works involving any regional, national and linguistic tradition are welcome. Please submit a 300 word abstract by March 14th to Sabujkoli Bandopadhyay at Abstracts by 14 March 2016; Sabujkoli Bandopadhyay (
Posted 15 February 2016

The Politics of Decadent Aesthetics
The politics of nineteenth-century “decadent” aesthetics at the height of New Imperialism, especially poetic and rhetorical strategies beyond traditional modes of enlightenment “critique.”. 300-word abstracts and bio by 17 March 2016; Alex Wermer-Colan (
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 and 19th centuries. 300-word abstracts by 10 March. by 10 March 2016; Jacqueline Way ( and Benjamin Garceau (
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 political issues. One-age abstract by 15 March 2016; Pierre Simon Taminiaux (
Posted 11 January 2016

Post/Colonial Affect
Affect studies/theory from the vantage of colonial and postcolonial histories. Explorations of colonial and postcolonial affects, their "boundary conditions." CV and 300 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Jeronimo Arellano (
Posted 29 February 2016

Postcolonial Nations’ Colonialism
Proposals should describe postcolonial nations' colonial practices over their neighboring countries that apparently pass through the non-Western headquarters New Delhi, Johannesburg, and Beijing. abstract of up to 500 words by 10 March 2016; Yubraj Aryal (
Posted 2 February 2016

Posthumanism: a Counter-History
Interrogating and resituating posthumanism from a variety of materialist, anticolonial and postcolonial standpoints: dialectics, alienation, uneven development, national-popular, secular criticism, planetarity. 300 word abstracts, 1 page cv by 14 March 2016; Auritro Majumder (
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, meaning, aesthetics, and critical scope. 300-word abstract; and bio. by 1 March 2016; Christina Karageorgou-Bastea (
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 Padmini Sukumaran at by March 15th. 250-300 word Abstracts by 15 March 2016; Padmini Sukumaran (
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 during decolonization? Please submit abstracts of 350 words. by 15 March 2016; Walter Temple ( and Robert Watson (
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 mothering in academe? 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016; Heather Robinson (
Posted 26 February 2016

Queer(ing) Kinship in the Nineteenth Century
How do Romantic and Victorian writers imagine alternative social networks and queer affective relations? 300-word abstract plus CV by 20 March 2016; Talia Vestri Croan ( and Shannon Draucker (
Posted 5 February 2016

The Queerness of Letters in Premodern Japan
Inviting papers interrogating questions of sensuality and eroticism in letters and poetic exchange in homosocial spheres of premodern Japan. or 250-300 word abstracts by 10 March 2016; Charlotte Eubanks ( and Reggie Jackson (
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 producer of knowledge? CV and 250 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Marissa K. López ( and Stephanie Fetta (
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? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Laura A. Salsini (
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 abstract and one-page CV by 15 March 2016; Shawn Higgins (
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 books and manuscripts. Send 300-word abstracts and short CV. by 12 March 2016; Letitia Guran (
Posted 28 January 2016, last updated 30 January 2016

Realism Engagé
This panel explores the affinities and aversions between literary realism and political commitment, specifically in relation to Georg Lukács's categories of soul and form. Abstracts, 250-300 words by 14 March 2016; Maya Kesrouany (
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 manifestations of African animist worlds. 300-word abstracts. by 10 March 2016; Rosemary Jolly ( and Alexander Fyfe (
Posted 11 February 2016

The Recluse in American Literature
This panel seeks papers on reclusive figures in American literature. All periods and critical approaches are welcome. Abstracts of 150-300 words by 15 March 2016; Matthew Mosher (
Posted 27 February 2016

What are the problems and benefits of students’ desire for “relatable” texts? How should we define and negotiate the boundary between students’ interests and the less relatable? 300-word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2016; Catherine Keohane (
Posted 26 February 2016

Religious Ritual in Early Modern Literature
Explorations of how religious ritual influenced the making, content, reception, or use of early modern literature. 300-word abstract plus bio by 15 March 2016; Julianne Sandberg (
Posted 26 February 2016

Renaissance Theater at Court
This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of early modern court theater, including drama, music, and dance. Send an abstract of 200-300 words by March 15, 201 by 15 March 2016; John M. Mucciolo (
Posted 23 February 2016

Representation of War in Historical Novels
How is war imagined and represented in historical novels? Submissions from all historical periods and nationalities will be considered. 300-word abstract and a brief bio. by 15 March 2016; Soudabeh Rafieisakhaei (
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 in the US and abroad. 250-word abstracts & brief bio by 18 March 2016; Délice I. Williams (
Posted 27 February 2016

Representing Ethnic Conflict in Contemporary Literatures and Films
Gendered, class, and environmental violence; imagined resolutions; politics of form in narratives about Biafran war, Sri Lankan civil war, religious riots etc. 250-word abstracts by 2 March 2016; Sreyoshi Sarkar (
Posted 9 February 2016

Representing Female Identity in Postwar Italy
How do Italian women authors and filmmakers define female identity and manipulate genre to represent it? 250-word abstracts by March 15; Virginia Picchietti ( 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Virginia A. Picchietti (
Posted 14 February 2016

Representing Nature
This panel focuses on the representation of nature. Can we theorize literary style and genre through the landscape in the 19th and 20th centuries? Global South/non-western literatures welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Alya El Hosseiny (
Posted 27 February 2016

Reproductive Ethics and Contemporary Literature
How does contemporary literature allegorize the decision to reproduce/not reproduce? How does literature represent social reproduction and intergenerational responsibility? 300 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016; Naomi Morgenstern (
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 terms, regional and international connections, and promise and limitations. abstracts by 18 March 2016; Maya Aghasi ( and Maya Kesrouany (
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 abstract and cv by 15 March 2016; Ilka Kressner (
Posted 27 February 2016

Rewriting the Fairy Tale
How have traditional motifs been transformed in modern tales and their cinematographic adaptations to address changes within societal norms and values? Brief CV and 300-word abstract by 11 March 2016; Yvonne Toepfer ( and Elizabeth Howard (
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 2016; Michael D. Garval (
Posted 11 January 2016

The Road Less Traveled: Teaching Literature in Unconventional Spaces
Seeking discussions/papers about innovative approaches to teaching literature in unconventional spaces, like prisons, senior and community centers, etc. Abstracts of 150-300 words. by 8 March 2016; Sarah Cooper Pogell (
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 humanities in the field? 200-word abstract and CV by 20 March 2016; Shannon M. Polchow (
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 focusing on a specific critic, are solicited. Abstracts or Papers by 18 March 2016; Paulino Lim, Jr. (
Posted 18 January 2016

Romanticism and Pennsylvania
Exploring connections between Romanticism and Pennsylvania: possible topics include "Pantisocracy," Priestley's exile, Penn's idyllic vision, Franklin as Modern Prometheus, Henry Reed editing Wordsworth, Philadelphia publishing. 500-word proposals for papers by 1 March 2016; Daniel A. Robinson (
Posted 9 January 2016

Russian Formalism Reimagined
Long treated as a prelude, could anything about the school be interesting in its own right, to literary studies after post-structuralism? Papers on methods, themes, figures, or relations. Abstracts by 4 March 2016; David J. Gorman (
Posted 5 February 2016

Russian Shakespeares
Papers investigating significant Russian adaptations or translations of Shakespeare's works that received little attention in the West. Abstract of 300-words – CV by 5 March 2016; Sabina Amanbayeva (
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 iterations) in literature, performance, philosophy, and visual art. 200-300 words by 1 March 2016; J.F. Bernard (
Posted 2 February 2016

Scenes of Subjection at Twenty
Papers considering the impact and legacy of Saidiya Hartman’s Scenes of Subjection for the twentieth anniversary of its publication. Abstracts (300 words) by 1 March 2016; Diego Millan (
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 any work or influence offered by the movement are welcome. Abstract by 12 March 2016; Yasmine Shamma (
Posted 27 February 2016

Shakespeare and the African-American Experience
The representations of African-Americans in productions of Shakespearean plays from the founding of America as a republic to the present day. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts. by 15 March 2016; William Reginald Rampone (
Posted 4 February 2016

Shakespeare's stories/stories of Shakespeare
Papers seeking to rethink Shakespeare's oeuvre through narrative theory and cultural production, examining the plays as vehicles of storytelling, both on and off the stage. 200-300 abstracts by 1 March 2016; J.F. Bernard (
Posted 2 February 2016

Shaw, Modernism, and Utopia
The International Shaw Society invites papers that examine Bernard Shaw’s plays and nondramatic writing in the context of recent scholarship on modernism and utopia. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Jennifer Buckley (
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 politics of sound in philosophy, psychology and Disability Studies. by 15 March 2016; Norma Tourangeau (
Posted 26 February 2016

Sounding the Premodern Sinosphere
How should we understand the aural dimensions of composing, performing, and appreciating Literary Sinitic texts in pre-modern East Asia? 250-300 word abstracts by 1 March 2016; Charlotte Eubanks ( and Matthew Fraleigh (
Posted 18 February 2016

Spaces and Architectures of Boredom
How is boredom portrayed in fiction as a condition of space and modern architecture? Experience, affect, emotional occupation, modernity. 300 word abstract, bio by 15 March 2016; Christian Parreno (
Posted 16 February 2016

Spanish for Specific Purposes
Session focuses on Spanish for Specific Purposes and community engagement. please send a 300 word abstract about your Spanish by 7 March 2016; Diana Ruggiero (
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 traditions plays in European economic thought. 250 word abstract. by 15 March 2016; Anthony Adler ( and Julia Ng (
Posted 16 February 2016

Speculating Race
How do black lives matter in the future? Is dystopia post-race or neo-eugenic? Papers on racial valences of speculative fiction: economic/ecological disaster, genetic technologies, interspecies relations, etc. 300 word abstracts by 18 March 2016; Bryan Yazell ( and Matt Franks (
Posted 28 February 2016

The State of Abjection
This session asks how we apply the epistemo-logic/theory of abjection to literary texts, their institutional contexts, and what the state of the field is. Abstracts, limit 350 words by 25 March 2016; Thomas Spitzer-Hanks (
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 characters in Proust’s works are welcome. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Adele Kudish ( and Charlotte Kent (
Posted 20 January 2016

Teaching and Scholarly Production Outside Traditional Spaces
Panel explores the challenges to and opportunities for academic engagement at non-traditional institutions such as military, tribal, and online colleges. Submit 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Mel Loucks ( and Lindsay Mayo-Fincher (
Posted 27 February 2016

Teaching Asian Latino Encounters
Roundtable on pedagogical approaches to Orientalism and/or Asian diasporas in Latin American literature and culture. 250-word course description or lesson plan by 15 March 2016; Paula Park (
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: interdisciplinary aspects, nature writing, journaling, environmental research, field trips, service learning, etc. 300-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Emily A. Hegarty (
Posted 28 February 2016

The Technologies of Creative Spaces
Investigates portrayals of various technologies (mechanical, corporal, conceptual, etc.) used to facilitate innovative cultural production, in spaces ranging from concrete to abstract or imaginary. Title, 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Adrienne Ward (
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 transatlantic exchange, medieval to modern. All theoretical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Brian Garcia ( and Robin S. Stewart (
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, planning to work. 300 word abstract to by 15 March 2016; Anastasia Salter (
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 theoretical potential of Bechdel’s graphic memoir. Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words. by 12 March 2016; A. L. Mishou (
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 other arts and disciplines. Abstract (1 page max) by 14 March 2016; Henry S. Turner ( and Jennifer Waldron (
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 nationalism, borderland studies, gender studies, poetics, place studies, politics, etc. 250 word abstracts by 11 March 2016; Ruth Oldman (
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, both formally and conceptually. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; James Corby ( and Ivan Callus (
Posted 28 February 2016

Too Big for Human Emotions?
Papers about the possibilities and limitations of literature for representing and creating emotional responses to climate change phenomena. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Ellen McManus (
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 studies/object-oriented ontologies. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Kristen Mills (
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, universal design, and community cultural wealth will be presented. by 15 March 2016; Norma Tourangeau (
Posted 26 February 2016

Tracking in the Professoriate (Roundtable)
David Colander recently quantified the profound influence of pedigree on hiring patterns in English departments. This roundtable further examines tracking patterns in the professoriate. Abstract & c.v. by 17 March 2016; Lynn Arner (
Posted 17 February 2016

Transatlantic Poetry and Early Sound Technology
Papers on interactions between British/American poetry and early sound technology (e.g., stethoscopy, telegraphy, telephony, phonography, microphony, radiophony) across 19C and early 20C. 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2016; Justin C. Tackett (
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 non-Western, i.e. postcolonial, literary and filmic contexts. Abstracts of 300 words. by 28 March 2016; Chantal Zabus (
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 translatable/untranslatable and engage with the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of translation. Abstract and CV by 1 March 2016; Sevinc Turkkan (
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 aesthetics of clothes. Send 300-word abstract and brief bio. by 15 March 2016; Margaret D. Stetz (
Posted 22 February 2016

Travel Writing: Purpose, Place, Genre
Papers on real and/or imaginary journeys. Travel as historical account, cultural dialogue, Bildungsroman, geography, satire, forgery. Travelers as writers, critics, researchers, journalists, propagandists, plagiarists, personages. Abstract, bio by 20 March 2016; Steven J. Syrek (
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 boundaries? What role do archivists and researchers play? 250 word abstracts and bios by 15 March 2016; Margaret Galvan ( and Ashley Foster (
Posted 27 February 2016

Troubadour Pessimism
Papers concerning the troubadour tradition across periods (Medieval to contemporary) and geographies, with emphasis on pessimism, gender politics, and the environment. ~300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Jason Bell (
Posted 10 February 2016

Unbounded: David Huerta's Incurable at 30
Incurable (1987) shatters the boundaries of form. Papers on readership, intertextuality, illness, poetic connections, and fragmentation are especially welcomed. 200-word abstract and very short bio. by 10 March 2016; Angel M. Diaz Miranda (
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 Nation-States emphasizing modes of resistance and failure. 250-word abstracts/CV by 15 March 2016; Debarati Biswas ( and Christopher Ian Foster (
Posted 19 February 2016

Vanishing Islands?
Papers examine colonial/postcolonial representations of environmental disaster, vulnerable and/or resistant populations, and the discourse of extinction in the Pacific Islands across literary or sub-literary genres (19th-21st C.). 350 word abstract by 15 March 2016; Carla Manfredi (
Posted 11 January 2016

Veteran Literature
This panel seeks submissions that consider veteran authors as agents of their military experience as well as their literary representation. 300-500 word abstract and CV by 11 March 2016; Benjamin Cooper (
Posted 3 February 2016

Walter Benjamin in Palestine
Benjamin’s actuality today: critique of violence, states of exception, weak messianic power, memory politics, task of translator, traditions of the oppressed... 250-word proposals by 15 March 2016; Jeffrey Sacks ( and Rebecca Comay (
Posted 18 February 2016

Weathering the 19th-Century Novel
Interdisciplinary explorations of weather and climate in the 19th-century novel (especially beyond Romanticism): realism/naturalism, weather and modernity, ecology, urban/rural, technology and the novel. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Jessica Tanner (
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 meditation. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Anna Marra (
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 students? New, creative approaches welcome. 250-word abstracts and cv by 14 March 2016; Carolyn Jane Betensky (
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, comics, novels, the podcast, etc.). Please submit a 300-word abstract. by 10 February 2016; Katherine Fusco (
Posted 2 January 2016

What's Queer about Francophone Studies?
Queerness in relation to cultural, literary, visual Francophone production; modes of resistance, aesthetics of transgression, affect, temporality, movement; transdisciplinary, translingual, transnational approaches encouraged. 250-word abstracts and bio by 20 March 2016; Ryan Schroth (
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 address William James and literary studies, broadly conceived. 150-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Justin Rogers-Cooper ( and Todd Barosky (
Posted 1 February 2016

Women and American Naturalism
Papers examining perspectives on and presentations of women, womanhood, and related questions of gender and performance in works of American naturalism, broadly conceived. 250 word abstract by 14 March 2016; Marc Dziak (
Posted 29 February 2016

Worlding 18th Century Studies
New methods and initiatives fostering transnational approaches to the 18th century, particularly the global South (Black Atlantic, Latin America, Indian and Pacific Oceans). 300 words; 1-page CV by 15 March 2016; Tsitsi Jaji (
Posted 29 February 2016

Worlding 18th Century Studies
New methods and initiatives fostering transnational approaches to the 18th century, particularly the global South (Black Atlantic, Latin America, Indian and Pacific Oceans). 300 words; 1-page CV by 15 March 2016; Chi-ming Yang (
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 historical and socio-political frameworks of care. 300 word abstracts; CV by 10 March 2016; Andreea Marculescu ( and Amit Baishya (
Posted 15 February 2016

Writing the Early Modern Body
How does early modern literature construct/represent/define/circumscribe the body and/or embodiment? 300-word abstract plus bio by 15 March 2016; Julianne Sandberg (
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 novels or other forms. Abstract by 15 March 2016; Nicole Meyer (
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 revisionist history; cosmopolitanism and global civil war; modern/contemporary or longue durée perspectives. Abstract and CV by 10 March 2016; Ryan Weberling (
Posted 29 January 2016

“A Means to Reach Conscience”: Ostranenie as Social Criticism
This session deals with ostranenie (defamiliarization / estrangement) as a cognitive-emotional means against desensitization. Ignite talks particulalry welcome. abstracts up to 200 words by 5 March 2016; Alexandra Berlina (
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 repercussions. Please send abstracts. by 20 March 2016; Marilén Loyola ( and Jeffrey Coleman (
Posted 28 February 2016

“Victorian Fantasies of Empire”
How do marvelous, fantastic, or romantic aspects of popular imperial writing register ambivalence toward empire, and with what consequences? Please send abstracts of 300 words. by 15 March 2016; Mimi Winick ( and Leslie Allin ( )
Posted 28 February 2016

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