Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CFP DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic (1/10/2016; Chambersburg, PA 10/27/2016)

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic
Announcement published by Michael Cornelius on Monday, August 31, 2015

Type: Conference
Date: February 27, 2016
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: Film and Film History, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Religious Studies and Theology

Wilson College Humanities Conference

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College

Chambersburg, PA

sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities Program

The theme of this year’s Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with the apocalypse, both in biblical representation and thought as well as more scientific and climactic concern. This Humanities Conference wishes to extend this theme beyond these global concerns to focus on doom. Always impending, doom encapsulates fears for both humanity and the individual. Doom can be personal and communal, practical and rhetorical, quite real or simply hyperbole.

This conference looks to how the various fields represented by the Humanities explore our own relationship to this impending notion that things will not work out as we hope, or, conversely, that things will work out exactly as we fear. How can we use the Humanities to make sense of how we pessimistically perceive/have perceived our future? How can we use what we study to understand more about our own fears for what is about to come, or how we perceive the possibilities of cataclysm, whether individual or global?

Please feel free to interpret the theme of this conference liberally. Our goal is to bring a group of Humanities scholars from around the region together to articulate and celebrate these always intriguing and confounding questions of time, anticipation, endings, fear, and the manner in which our fields seek to understand any point in-between. Thus whether impending or upon us, singular or global, or even just a megalomaniac in a silver mask and a green cape, we hope to use this conference to explore all relevant aspects of doom.

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit. Undergraduate students may also submit abstracts, but their submission must be sponsored by a current faculty member at their institution. (For more on this, please contact the conference director.)

To submit a presentation, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to the email address below.

Send abstracts to:
Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Program Director, MA in Humanities
Director, Wilson College Humanities Conference
Submit the abstract as either a .doc or .docx file or simply place it into the text of the email itself.

Individual presentations will last no more than 15 minutes; panels of up to 3 individuals may be submitted as well. Each conference participant may submit only one abstract. Abstracts are due by JANUARY 10, 2016.

The conference is sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities program, in conjunction with the Orr Forum 2015-16 Lecture and Performance Series.

Contact Info:
Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Program Director, MA in Humanities
Director, Wilson College Humanities Conference

Contact Email:

CFP Fictional Maps International Conference (10/30/2015; Poland 1/21-23/2016)

Thanks to IAFA-L for the head's up:

Fictional Maps International Conference 2016 ~ January 21st-23rd, Katowice (Poland)

Mapping the imaginary has always been a challenge for world-building and storytelling alike. Map of the fictional world subverts the very essence of an actual cartography: it represents a territory that cannot be discovered or traversed in a non-fictional realm and yet it delivers much more than a usual map: a promise of the journey into unknown. An exquisitely quotable phrase coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, who claimed to “start writing with a map and [then] make the story fit” is only reprising what have always been evident to cartographers and creators of imaginary worlds: maps precede territories and are inevitably becoming the most essen­tial part of modern and postmodern storyworlds. Ambrosius Holbein’s wood­cut in the first edition of Thomas More’s Utopia, collectors editions map in video games, atlases of fictional universes, animated map routes in online reportages, or even interactive maps outlining the worlds of blockbuster TV shows—these are all indications of a significant shift in contemporary storytelling that looks for creating many and more access points to the fictional storyworld. Hence conference atten­dees will be asked to submit abstracts of presentations or posters’ descriptions revolving around:

  • fictional topography and geopotics;
  • map theory & theorists;
  • the dichotomy of a map and a territory;
  • ways of mapping the imaginary;
  • fictional cartography (maps, atlases, mini-maps, plans, charts, etc.)
  • maps of secondary, imaginary, fictional, possible or impossible worlds;
  • relationship between world-building and map-making;
  • function of maps: between navigating and augmenting the world;
  • navigating the actual and the imaginary: Tim Ingold’s trail-following and wayfaring;
  • case studies in literature;
  • case studies in video games;
  • case studies in movies and TV shows;
  • case studies in comic books, graphic novels and other media;
  • case studies in transmedia storytelling and transmedial franchi­ses;
  • case studies in fictional worlds;

Confirmed keynote speaker:

STEFAN EKMAN (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), author of the book Here Be Dragons. Exploring Fantasy Maps & Settings (Wesleyan UP 2013).

The conference language shall be English. 600-words abstracts of presentations or posters featuring (1) the title of pre­sentation or poster, (2) a concise bio-note, (3) current affiliation, and (4) all necessary contact information should be submitted until October 30th 2015 at fictionalmaps@gmail.com. Notifications on both accepted and rejected submissions shall be sent no sooner than in two weeks from the deadline. Poster presentations will be displayed during the poster session and accompanied by a general discussion with the presenters.

The conference fee will be 150€ (125€ for students) for the full coverage of English editions of printed conference materials and all other essentials. Polish attendees will be kindly asked to transfer the equivalent of the fee in local currency (600 PLN, 400 PLN for students). For more detailed information please follow to “Registration”.

Any further details regarding the venue, accommodation and transportation will be continuously updated at the website http://www.fictionalmaps.org. Organisers are also open to answering all questions and requests at fictional­maps@gmail.com.

The conference will be followed by a peer-reviewed monograph, published by Facta Ficta Research Centre and licenced under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 as an ebook sto­red in a globally accessible repository (CeON Center for Open Science).

We look forward to seeing you in Katowice!

Krzysztof M. Maj
Ksenia Olkusz
on behalf of Organising Committee

CFP Many Africas In/Of Imagination (Spec Issue of Glocal Colloquies) (proposals by 11/30/2015)

Of potential interest:

Many Africas In/Of Imagination
Announcement published by rahul chaturvedi on Friday, August 28, 2015

Type: Call for Papers
Date: November 30, 2015
Location: India
Subject Fields: African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies
CALL FOR PAPERS: Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures & Cultures

Many Africas In/Of Imagination

Once, in the distant past, Africa came to the World. . .

Martin Bernal’s Black Athena, published almost a quarter century ago, raised militant eyebrows and caused a furore in politico-academic circles with its unbelievable argument that Egypt and Phoenicia had contributed significantly to the origins of Greek civilization.

. . . and then, in the not so distant past, the World came to Africa. So varied, so brutal, so nuanced, so structured were the innumerable plays in cartography and demography –invasions, onslaughts, influxes, slavery, settlement, colonialism,“post colonialism” with its compulsive adages—civil war, secession, totalitarian dictatorship, military regime, migration—andcontemporary neo-colonial-consumerism, that Africa presents today an intricately coalesced, immensely painful tapestry.

This issue of Glocal Colloquies seeks to question the shifting contours of representation,and thereby interrogate the role of the literary/cultural texts in the dis-semination of conflicting global images of Africa. How is Africa staged and staging itself forms the axis of this special issue on African polity, culture and literature. The journal invites original research papers, articles, book reviews, interviews for publication in its 2nd issue in December 2015. Some of the suggested thematic areas are as follows, but are not limited to:

  • The Problem of Identity: Who is an African Today? 
  • Cultural Apocalypse and Thereafter: Who Cares for African Pasts?
  • A Passage of (w)Rite: Oratures to Literatures
  • Can a Hundred Flowers Really Bloom? Language and Conflict in Africa
  • European Knowledge Systems vs. “Native” Knowledge Systems.
  • Master Narratives vs Peripheral Counter Narratives
  • The Indigenous, The Native and The African: Issues of Race and Identity
  • Of Nationalisms and Arbitrary Borders: Insane Cartographies and Divided World Orders
  • Re-envisioning Her(s)tories: The African Woman in Time Past and Time Present
  •  Lee Cooper Jeans and Ray Ban Sun Glasses: Neo-Colonial CulturalInvasion of the African Youth
  • Performing Culture: Theatre Traditions of Africa
  • Ecological Eclipse: Development, Globalization and Environmental Ruins
  • Africa in Mind: African Diaspora and the Literary Imagination
  •  Learning from the Margin: “Amaechina” May the Path Never End

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to: glocalcolloquies@gmail.com along with a brief bio-note. The deadline for proposal submissions (abstracts) is  October 30, 2015. The acceptance of abstract shall be intimated by November 5, 2015. However, acceptance of abstract does not indicate final nod for publication. Author(s) whose abstracts has/have been accepted, shall have to submit full length papers, in or about 5000 words, by November 30, 2015. The research articles must conform to the MLA Hand Book (7th Edition) in all matters of style and formatting. Notification of final acceptance of research papers to be published in Glocal Colloquies for its Diwali (Festival of Light)issue will be communicated by December 15, 2015 only after double-blind peer review of the research articles.

Important Deadlines:

Last Date of Abstract Submission: October 30, 2015
Author notification (Abstract): November 5, 2015
Last date for the submission of full-length Research Paper: November 30, 2015

Author notification (Research Paper): December 15, 2015


Dr. Shreya Bhattacharji
Head & Associate Professor
Centre for English Studies
Central University of Jharkhand,
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Email: bhattacharjishreya@gmail.com

Dr. Rahul Chaturvedi
Assistant Professor
Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Email: ksiddhartth@gmail.com

Glocal Colloquies is a non-profit, international, bi-annual, double-blind peer reviewed, refereed, open access e-journal. Glocal Colloquies is an initiative to create a shared space for scholars to engage in trans-cultural global literary conversations. The journal publishes critical and scholarly writings, book reviews, inter-Views on literatures across the globe. The language of publication is English. Glocal Colloquies does not charge any publication fee.  For details, please log on to www.glocalcolloquies.com

Contact Info:
Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures & Cultures

Contact Email:


Sorry to do this again, two nights in a row, but my inbox is getting increasing filled up with calls for papers. Another batch posts tonight.

Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair/Blog Editor

CFP Collection on Nationalism and Popular Culture (proposals by 11/15/2015)

One last call for the night:

Call for Chapter Proposals - Nationalism and Popular Culture
full name / name of organization:
Tim Nieguth
contact email:

Our world is a world of nations. The existence and fundamental importance of nations, national identities, or national boundaries is rarely questioned. Yet, the scholarly literature on nationalism has shown that national communities are socially constructed, that national identities are fluid, and that national boundaries are constantly contested. Clearly, maintaining nations requires a great deal of collective effort. How is it that this effort is rendered invisible? How have nations come to be seen as natural? Why do individuals buy into the idea of national identity?

In order to fully answer these questions, we need to examine the links between nationalism and popular culture. Movies, TV series, popular music, sport, video games, comics and other elements of everyday culture are intimately involved in the production (and contestation) of nationhood. Showtime’s hit series Homeland, for example, closely reflects American values and sensibilities; Britpop played a prominent role in British nation-branding; and the Beijing Olympics offered an important venue for the dissemination of official Chinese nationalism.

This volume will focus on three themes in analyzing nationalism and popular culture:

  • Communities (e.g., what are the links between nationalism and social inequality? What, if anything, do members of the nation owe one another? What are the core beliefs, myths, and values of the nation? What are the origins of the nation, and what is its future?)
  • Limits (e.g., what are the borders of the nation? Who belongs to the nation and who does not? Who are the nation’s “Others”? Are national boundaries secure or under threat?)
  • Sovereignty (e.g., who is seen to rule the nation? What is the relationship between nations, states, and markets? Where does the nation fit in the global order? What actors, rules, or power structures govern the production of national identity and popular culture?)

The editor invites proposals for chapters that address one of these broad themes. The volume is primarily designed as an examination of empirical cases, but theoretically oriented chapter proposals are welcome as well. The editor aims to include case studies from a wide range of geopolitical contexts, covering both the Global North and Global South.

Please email chapter proposals of about 300-500 words to tnieguth@laurentian.ca by November 15, 2015, together with your full contact information and a short biographical statement. The editor will review proposals by early December. If accepted for inclusion in the volume, chapters should be completed and submitted to the editor by April 30, 2016. Chapters should be 7,000-8,000 words in length, must be original work, and must not be under review or accepted for publication elsewhere. Please note that it is the responsibility of individual contributors to secure permissions for any copyrighted material included in their chapter.

For further information, please feel free to contact the editor at:

Tim Nieguth
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Laurentian University - Barrie
130 Bell Farm Road, Suites 2 & 3
Barrie, Ontario
Canada L4M 5G6
Email: tnieguth@laurentian.ca
URL: https://laurentian.ca/faculty/tnieguth

By web submission at 08/10/2015 - 19:01

CFP Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

NeMLA 2016 Panel "Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants"
full name / name of organization: Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)
contact email: csommers@gc.cuny.edu

Please submit a 300 word abstract to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15714 by September 30, 2015

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus’ statement that “Laughter is a complete conception of the world.” Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended. Though ancient comedy evolved from Aristophanes’ examples to Menander’s New Comedy and finally to the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence, all of them borrow stylistically from contemporaneous works in order to create a world where traditional hierarchies are suspended and inverted.

This panel will explore the tropes of ancient comedy and their influence on more modern literature, drama, satire, film, and theory. Possible approaches include:

  • analyzing comedy’s relationship with other ancient genres
  • examining ancient comedy’s influence on post-Classical works
  • using modern critical and humor theory to analyze classical comedy
  • exploring the comic and satirical treatment of Greco-Roman subject matter in post-Classical literature

The goal of this session will be to understand humor through its Classical antecedents, tracing the evolution of comedy from its ancient origins to the present day. By contemplating the emergence of ancient comedy and its enduring effect on subsequent literature, drama, film, and theory, this panel will synthesize its own theory of ancient comedy and determine why we are still laughing so many centuries later.

By web submission at 07/29/2015 - 01:12

CFP Essays for MLA Volume on Teaching Young Adult Literature (proposals by 11/1/2015)

Call for Essay Proposal for Volume on Teaching Young Adult Literature (1 November 2015)
full name / name of organization: MLA Publications
contact email: kscoat2@ilstu.edu

Proposals are invited for a volume entitled Teaching Young Adult Literature to be edited by Karen Coats, Mike Cadden, and Roberta Seelinger Trites. This volume in the MLA’s Options for Teaching series aims to bring together a range of articles describing innovative and successful approaches to designing and teaching stand-alone Young Adult Literature courses at the post-secondary level, as well as incorporating YA texts into other undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to MLA members and Education and Library Science faculty.

This volume will be a resource for new and experienced teachers of young adult texts. It will provide suggestions for supplementary materials and pedagogical activities for a variety of student audiences in a range of college settings. Abstracts that use specific YA texts as examples to demonstrate how to teach genres within YA literature (e.g. graphic narrative, historical fiction, the verse novel, etc.) are welcome, as are abstracts that focus on themes, topics, methods, and problems in teaching Young Adult literature in various settings.

Your abstract should clarify your intended topic, setting, its relevance to the subject of Young Adult literature pedagogy, the texts, genre(s) or theories you expect to explore, and the value of your intended topic to a broad range of instructors and students. Please note that any quotations from student papers will require written permission from the students. Contributors to a volume must be members of the MLA when their contribution is submitted in the final, approved manuscript, through publication.
If you are interested in contributing an essay of between 2000–3000 words, please submit an abstract of 350–500 words to Karen Coats at kscoat2@ilstu.edu by 1 November 2015.

By web submission at 07/25/2015 - 18:49

CFP Function and/or Role of the Past in Detective Fiction (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

Conference Session on Detective Fiction
full name / name of organization: NorthEastern Modern Language Association
contact email: bastet801@att.net

Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how “dead,” to borrow Faulkner’s famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.

Papers are sought which examine the functioning and role of the past/ time perception in works of detective fiction, exploring the perspectives of individuals or whole groups (everyone involved in detection and pertaining to historical events/ memory) as well as more basic reconstruction of crimes. In particular, papers applying various disciplines, such as the sciences, psychology or history, to this question are welcome. For example, to what extent does past trauma, such as of a victim of murder or another crime, persist into the present and motivate the action of detective fiction, as has often been considered the case with fictional detectives? How does the victimization of a larger group, such as through genocide, serve to rationalize future crimes, such as those driven by vengeance? How authentic, and helpful, is going back in time to reconstruct not only criminal acts, but even motives and memories? To what extent do changes, whether in police practices, even entire regimes, serve to bury or even undo or compensate for the past?

Contact me with any questions. as well as passing on this CFP to anyone else who may be interested.

However, abstracts must be submitted here: http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15916 (deadline 30 Sept.)

By web submission at 07/31/2015 - 04:59

CFP Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks Collection (proposals by 9/30/2015)

[UPDATE] "It's Happening Again": Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks: EXTENDED DEADLINE! (new submission date: September 30 2015)
full name / name of organization: Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace
contact email: dgrace2@uwo.ca

Call for Papers for "It's Happening Again": 25 Years of Twin Peaks is a proposed edited collection on the television show Twin Peaks. Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace solicit essays for a new collection celebrating one of television's greatest cult phenomena. Originally airing in 1990/91, Mark Frost and David Lynch's Twin Peaks will be returning, just over twenty-five years after it went off the air, and this collection will explore the show in the context of its time, and its legacy. We are interested in papers on all aspects of the television program as well as on tie-ins and connected materials (e.g. the film Fire Walk with Me, the new Log Lady material added for the show's run on Bravo, the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, etc.). Possible subjects include but are not limited to:

narrative and the televisual medium
cinema versus television textuality
Twin Peaks in relationship to Lynch's oeuvre
Twin Peaks as pop culture phenomenon
Twin Peaks as satire
Twin Peaks as cult/experimental television
Twin Peaks and sexuality/gender/feminist contexts
generic explorations - specifically murder mystery/film noir, soap opera, horror, fantasy, science fiction, etc.

Completed papers can be submitted, in Word, to Dominick Grace (dgrace2@uwo.ca) or to Eric Hoffman (diamondjoecity@gmail.com). Papers should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words and should follow MLA guidelines. Inquiries and proposals are also welcome. Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace are the co-editors of Dave Sim: Conversations, Chester Brown: Conversations and Seth: Conversations, all of which are part of the University Press of Mississippi's Conversations with Comics Artists series. Due date: September 30 2015.

By web submission at 07/29/2015 - 21:15

CFP Global Poe (9/23/2016; ACLA Harvard U 3/17-20/2016)

"Global Poe" Seminar for ACLA Conference at Harvard, Mar. 17-20, 2016 (submissions from Sept. 1-23, 2015)
full name / name of organization: Emron Esplin / Department of English, Brigham Young University
contact email: emron_esplin@byu.edu

The following CFP is for a seminar I have co-organized with Margarida Vale de Gato for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. ACLA’s annual meeting uses a seminar format in which 8-15 participants meet together for 2-3 days to share their papers. To submit a paper, go to the ACLA website at www.acla.org, click on “annual meeting,” and then click on “submit a paper." The website will not be accepting submissions until September 1. The CFP below is currently available under “Global Poe” on the ACLA website. After September 1, a link will be available for you to submit a paper directly to the seminar. Submissions will be open between September 1 and September 23.

If you are doing work on Poe from an international angle, we would enjoy receiving your submissions. Also, if you have questions about this seminar, feel free to email me directly at emron_esplin@byu.edu.

Many thanks,

Emron Esplin
Assistant Professor of English
Brigham Young University

Margarida Vale de Gato
Assistant Professor
University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

“Global Poe”

Critical studies of the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe have long acknowledged Poe’s global influence. In nations as disparate as France, Japan, and Argentina, Poe has left his mark, and local authors, artists, and translators have conversed with and altered Poe’s works and image according to their own unique needs and purposes. Building on the most recent push of global Poe scholarship that includes Barbara Cantalupo’s edited volume Poe’s Pervasive Influence (Lehigh UP, 2012), Emron Esplin and Margarida Vale de Gato’s edited volume Translated Poe (Lehigh UP, 2014), and successful seminars on Poe and the world at the ACLA’s Annual Meeting in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, this seminar hopes to join and expand the conversation about Poe’s global influence and affinities.

Paper topics could include:

  • Analyses of Poe’s influence on literary, philosophical, or critical discourses in any linguistic and/or national tradition
  • Analyses of Poe translations in any language and/or comparisons of translations of Poe
  • Comparative readings of Poe alongside various world writers
  • Critical discussions of any of the Poe bicentennial celebrations
  • Discussions on Poe’s textualization of foreign or estranged places
  • Examinations of literary traditions incorporated into Poe’s work or of specific foreign influences or appropriations in his literary corpus
  • Examinations of Poe’s international biographies
  • Studies of Poe adaptations in film, music, or other artistic forms
  • Studies on how particular authors and cultural mediators use Poe’s works or image to accomplish specific ends within their particular literary or cultural setting

In short, we are interested in scholarship that places Poe’s work and/or his biography in comparative and/or international contexts.

By web submission at 08/11/2015 - 19:33

CFP Game Studies and Determinism (Spec Issue of Reconstruction) (proposals by 10/1/2015)

Reconstruction 16.3, Games and Determinism (Oct. 1, abstracts)
full name / name of organization: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
contact email: reconstruction.submissions@gmail.com

Reconstruction 16.3: Game Studies and Determinism,
edited by Reconstruction staff
(Abstracts 250-500 words, due Oct. 1 2015, completed papers by Feb 1, 2016)

Even though it might be considered a relatively new discipline, Game Studies has galvanized around a readily recognizable set of determinisms. Indeed, the necessity of differentiating between video and computer games instantiates highlights an important pair. Conversely, it might be argued that a set of determinisms have galvanized around Game Studies, not least of which is the ongoing duel of the ludology and narratology dichotomies. Similarly, the mere existence of the debate regarding whether or not games constitute art seems to invoke the potential for invocations of auteur theory, if not definitions of art and aesthetics. Yet, as the “gamergate” fiasco reveals, familiar categories like player and genre break down under the weight of the determinism contained within. Likewise, the complete elision of queer perspectives, readings and subjectivities exists in and through the almost symbiotic relationship between an admittedly sexist industry and an academy eager to criticize it through the equally deterministic sex role theory that continues to dominate academic considerations of gender. Thus, the editors seek papers that explore/explode the various determinisms that have arisen in, through and about game studies. There would be a particular welcome and/or interest in papers from emerging scholars and/or scholars who would like to take the opportunity the revisit their own work or works that have become part of the lexical orthodoxy. Scholars would be invited to consider particular games, game genres and game elements as well as more theoretical considerations, particularly with regard to tertiary or other modes of game related production that have arisen and were not envisioned and/or encompassed when the canonical modes of reading were established as such.

Suggested topics include:

  • demythologizing or deconstructing deterministic criticism in Game Studies
  • beyond sex role theory
  • exclusions of gender performativity and play
  • the industry of critical commonplaces
  • the empire (building) of gamification tropes
  • outside and/or before the "magic circle"
  • paratexts and other texts "outside" the game
  • beyond gamers
  • Game Studies and disciplinary occlusions
  • disciplinary occlusions and Game Studies
  • win or lose

Please send abstracts and queries to Marc Ouellette at reconstruction.managing@gmail.com with the subject heading “Game Studies and Determinism” by Oct. 1, 2015.

N.B. As an online journal, we are able to incorporate images and multimedia submissions.

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes three Themed Issues and one Open Issue per year.

Send Open Issue submissions (year round) to: reconstruction.submissions_at_gmail.com and submissions for Themed Issues to the appropriate editors listed on the site at www.reconstruction.eserver.org

Reconstruction also accepts proposal for special issue editors and topics. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

By web submission at 08/01/2015 - 12:28

CFP Fairy Tales in Society and Culture (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

Fairy Tales in Society and Culture
full name / name of organization: NEMLA
contact email: padmini.sukumaran@gmail.com

This panel session will feature the manner in which fairy tales reflect and influence values and ideals of their respective society and culture. In The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim emphasizes on how the fairy tale that an individual has read or listened to during childhood impacts him/her both consciously and subconsciously throughout life.

In the fairy tale, the reader always encounters an ideal world where all dreams come true and the hero and heroine live happily ever after. This “happily ever after” ending often entails the fulfillment of ideals and falls in line with the values that contemporary society and culture hold dear. For example, in the fairy tale, good and evil is outlined concretely, and physical beauty is given much importance. The “happily ever after” ending most often includes resolutions such as marriage and wealth. The fairy tale, in turn, tends to have the impact of reinforcing those ideals and values in society by spelling out those values and influencing the reader to put in the effort to attaining those ideals. This panel session welcomes papers on fairy tales as well as literature that involves the fairy figure and Fairy Land.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2015 through the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp

By web submission at 08/04/2015 - 17:56

CFP Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture Area (10/1/2015; PCA/ACA Seattle 3/21-25/2016)

Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture, Seattle, March 21-25, 2016
full name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
contact email: lpodniek@ryerson.ca

I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA/ACA Motherhood/Fatherhood Area on any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.

Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation
  • print and electronic journalism and gossip rags; magazines
  • celebrity culture
  • the internet and digital technologies
  • advertising and marketing
  • visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media
  • film; performance; music
  • graphic fiction/memoir
  • best-selling literatures including mommy lit, momoirs, and dadlit
  • pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature
  • fashion
  • politics
  • reproductive technologies
  • law and policy; maternal and paternal activism/organizations

For information on the PCA/ACA, please see: http://pcaaca.org/
Abstracts (200-250 words) will be accepted on a continuing basis up to October 1, 2015. Abstracts (and a short, 50-word author bio) must be submitted online at: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/.

Please send any inquiries to the Area Chair:
Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor
Department of English and
Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture
Ryerson University, Toronto

By web submission at 08/04/2015 - 13:54

CFP Modern Myth and Legend (9/2/2015; Louisville, KY 2/18-20/2016)

Modern Myth and Legend - Louisville Conference (Feb. 18-20, 2016)
full name / name of organization:
International Lawrence Durrell Society
contact email:

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900


Louisville, KY | 18-20 February 2016

"we do create the world around us since we get it to reflect back our inner symbolism at us. Every man carries a little myth-making machine inside him which operates often without him knowing it. Thus you might say that we live by a very exacting kind of poetic logic--since we get exactly what we ask for, no more and no less."
--The Dark Labyrinth (1947)

Dealing overtly with ideas of myth and legend, Lawrence Durrell's The Dark Labyrinth chronicles the adventures of British tourists exploring a cave system on Crete just after World War II. Despite their awareness of how reality is transformed by their individual experiences, beliefs, and myth-making, they are no less susceptible to the fear of the minotaur which might be chasing them through the dark passageways. A myth becomes the way we understand the world. As a legend, the monster and its labyrinth offer grounds to reflect on personal terrors and emerge triumphant—or be consumed.

In anticipation of our upcoming conference on Crete, the International Lawrence Durrell Society calls for papers addressing the broad theme of Modern Myth and Legend for a society-sponsored session of the 2016 Louisville Conference. We welcome proposals on aspects of Durrell's writing or other topics addressing the theme. Some possible topics include the following:

  • W. B. Yeats's esoteric blending of Greek, Irish, and other mythologies
  • Refigured legends in the aftermath of T.S. Eliot's "Ulysses, Order, and Myth," including Iris Murdoch's The Green Night or John Gardner's Grendel
  • Frazer's The Golden Bough and its impact on modernist literature
  • Fantasy repurposing legend, as in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series
  • Mythologizing the 20th century in film, including for example Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth or Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away
  • Legendary societies, urban legends, apocrypha, and literary mysteries
  • Symbolic use of tall tales, or the literary adapting of Bigfoot, werewolves, vampires, minotaurs, homunculi, gorgons, witches, griffins, manticores, giants, etc.

Please send a 250-word abstract to James Clawson (clawsonj@gram.edu), International Lawrence Durrell Society, by Sept. 2, 2015. Final presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in length.

By web submission at 08/06/2015 - 20:58

CFP Word and Image on Page, Stage, and Screen in the Long Nineteenth Century (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

Word and Image on Page, Stage, and Screen in the Long Nineteenth Century, NeMLA 2016
full name / name of organization: NeMLA
contact email: kate.holterhoff@gmail.com

The organizers of this panel session welcome papers that engage with any aspect of the word-image nexus in illustrated novels, stage productions, or film in Anglo-European or North American culture during the long nineteenth century.

The relationship between text and image has an important and suggestive place in the humanities. While in decades past literary scholars have been apt to treat any visual elements accompanying literary texts as supplemental to texts, a growing number of visual and media studies theorists have expressed interest in the important and under-theorized role of paratexts in the form of advertisements, book illustrations, and film and stage adaptations. We have a particular interest in the visual culture of the long nineteenth century. For example, the craze for tableaux vivants, recreations of famous paintings on stage with living actors, infected both the popular stage, early film, and book illustration in the mid-1890s. The visual culture leading to this moment had itself been conditioned by pre-cinematic arts like magic lantern shows and stereoscopic viewers. We are interested in the complex ways that this visual culture not only supplemented but determined the representational conditions of literary texts, films, and stage productions.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2015 through the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15947

By web submission at 08/10/2015 - 20:48

CFP CFP: American Literature Area (10/1/2015; PCA/ACA 3/21-25/2016)

CFP: American Literature Area at PCA/ACA 2016, March 21-25
full name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email: taylor13@rose-hulman.edu

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
2016 National Conference
Seattle, WA
March 21-25, 2016

Call for Papers: American Literature

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2015

The American Literature Area of the American Culture Association seeks individual papers for presentation at the 2016 National Conference of the PCA/ACA, to be held in Seattle, WA from March 21-25, 2016.

Papers may concern any work(s) of American literature from the colonial era to the present. A range of critical approaches is welcomed: For instance, presentations may consider issues of representation, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, or examine thematic trends or parallels. Treatments of race, ethnicity, and gender are encouraged, as are proposals that contextualize American literature with areas of popular culture, including but not limited to fashion, film, music, theater, and visual arts.

Interested individuals should submit a titled, 250-word abstract and complete contact information—name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mail and email addresses, and telephone number—by October 1, 2015. Please submit proposals to one program area only.

Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated within two weeks of receipt. The deadline for early-bird registration is November 15, 2015, and the final registration deadline is December 15, 2015. All presenters must be PCA/ACA members by the time of the conference.

Please send proposals through the PCA/ACA submission database: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/. General instructions for submissions may be found at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference-2/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-...

For further assistance, please contact the American Literature Area Chair:

Corey Taylor
Associate Professor of English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, CM 91
Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920

For additional information, please visit the PCA/ACA website at http://www.pcaaca.org.

By web submission at 08/10/2015 - 20:11

CFP Cities of the Future (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford, CT 3/17-20/2016)

Cities of the Future - NeMLA Conference 2016 - Hartford, CT
full name / name of organization: Matthew Lambert / Carnegie Mellon University
contact email: mmlamber@andrew.cmu.edu

This panel seeks to explore representations of futuristic cities from all periods in American literature, film, and other cultural mediums. In particular, it seeks papers responding to one or more of the following questions: In what ways have American writers and filmmakers envisioned future urban landscapes? In what ways have these visions changed over the course of American history and why? How have urban theorists, critics, and reformers as well as particular ideologies (Christian, technocratic, socialist, libertarian, environmentalist, etc.) shaped them? In what ways do the past and present (or the erasure of the past and/or present) affect their depictions? What different cultural modes (the utopian, dystopian, pastoral, etc.) do writers, filmmakers, painters, etc. use to depict future cities and how do they combine these modes to explore social tensions and/or tensions within the cultural modes themselves? How do American writers depict future cities in ways that are different from other cultures? And how does using different cultural mediums change the way artists depict future cities?

Ultimately, I hope papers in this panel will help trace the function and development of futuristic cities in American culture, drawing and building upon work on urban spaces by figures like Mike Davis, David Harvey, and Fredric others. I hope to receive papers from different potentially representative time periods, including our own, that might allow us to create a trajectory from the earliest renditions of future cities to more contemporary ones. Doing so, I think, will help us better understand the general need in American culture to imagine and depict future cities as well as the various intents behind their designs and functions. It will also help us critique the problems and omissions in past and present depictions, perhaps pointing the way towards envisioning (and creating) more inclusive, just, and environmentally safe cities.

NeMLA's 2016 Conference is in Hartford, CT. and runs from March 17th to March 20th. All proposals should be submitted through the NeMLA's online submission page (https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/submit.html) by September 30th, 2015. Notification for acceptance will be made by October 15th. Please contact me by email (mmlamber@andrew.cmu.edu) if you have any questions.

By web submission at 08/09/2015 - 17:54

CFP Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World (8/31/2015; Athens, Greece 1/3-6/2016)

Panel on Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World, 3-6 January 2016, Athens, Greece
full name / name of organization: The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
contact email: vice-president@atiner.gr

The Arts and Humanities Research Division (AHRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is organizing a Panel on Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World which will be held in Athens, Greece on 3-6 January 2016. In the past, the five research units of AHRD have organized 50 annual international conferences on history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, languages, as well as the visual and performing arts. The aim of the conference session lies in discussing the significance of recollecting the Victorian literary past in the present-day fiction by means of diversified historical narratives.
Moreover, other topics are welcome (but are not confined to):

  • The notion of historical fiction: history in neo-Victorian texts
  • The idea behind the revival of the Victorian past
  • Neo-Victorian fiction and the process of historical recollection
  • Is neo-Victorian fiction always “historical”?
  • Victorian morality and social standards introduced in the modern literary context - (is it valid?)
  • “Readerly communities” – reading habits as the nexus between the Victorians and us
  • Neo-, retro- or post-Victorian fiction – proliferation of terms and their significance
  • “Reviving the ghosts:” nostalgia and longing for the past in neo-Victorian fiction
  • Neo-Victorian biographies
  • The relations between the author and the reader in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • Neo-Victorian prequels/sequels to the Victorian texts and their significance in the study of the literary past
  • The notion of Bildunsgroman in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • The notion of “gentleman” in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • Women as protagonists in neo-Victorian fiction
  • Class-consciousness as presented in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • The idea of the “Victorian values” and their use/misuse in the modern literary discourse and historical narratives
  • The marginalised voices in neo-Victorian texts

Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/2016/fees.htm.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at http://www.atiner.gr/2016/SOC-HUM.htm.

All areas of arts, humanities and related disciplines will be considered, including papers on education. Please submit a 300-word abstract before 31 August 2015, by email, to the vice-president@atiner.gr Dr. George Poulos, Vice President of Research, ATINER. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2016/FORM-HUM.doc.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (gregory.papanikos@stir.ac.uk).

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and thirty-nine Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: info@atiner.gr.

By web submission at 08/13/2015 - 05:41

CFP Generic Possibilities: Interrogating the Fusion of Genre-Fiction and Literature (Roundtable) (9/25/2015; NeMLA Hartford, CT 3/17-202016)

Generic Possibilities: Interrogating the Fusion of Genre-Fiction and Literature - Roundtable for NeMLA Conf. - Hartford 3/17-3/2
full name / name of organization:
Gavin F. Hurley / Lasell College
contact email:

As elucidated by Tim Lanzendoerfer, et al. within the forthcoming essay collection _The Contemporary Novel and the Politics of Genre_ (Lexington Press, Winter 2015), contemporary writers have been increasingly blending genre fiction tropes (i.e. from horror, fantasy, romance, science fiction, mystery) into literary fiction – and/or blending literary fiction into genre fiction. This technique surfaces in the work of high caliber American authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut, Bret Easton Ellis, and Cormac McCarthy – as well as more genre focused writers such as William Gibson, George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Anne Rice, among others.

The upsurge of genre integration warrants close examination from literature scholars. This roundtable provides that close examination. The roundtable revolves around three interdependent operations: (1.) defining genre fiction, (2.) establishing distinctions between genre fiction and literary fiction, and (3.) evaluating the successes and limitations of the hybridity. In sum, the roundtable’s purpose is to clarify and more fully assess the curious functionality and aesthetic interplay within contemporary fiction. We hope to arrive at clarifications and evaluations that better inform our disciplinary research in literary studies – moreover, we hope to arrive at insights that will assist our instruction of late-20th and 21st century literature to university students – students who are often quite familiar with genre conventions.

This roundtable invites diverse perspectives about the contemporary understanding and function of American literature and genre. This diversity includes pedagogical, interdisciplinary, and cultural studies: perspectives that can stimulate multifaceted conversation. Critical engagement with genre fiction is certainly welcome as well. Individual presentations will be reasonably short to allow for organic dialogue and robust discussion.

If you are interested in submitting a presentation to this roundtable, please go to the following link and click on "Submit Abstract": http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15794 . Please note that abstracts can only be accepted through this system. Abstracts should be about 200 words.

By web submission at 08/13/2015 - 17:30

CFP Gothic in Literature, Film and Culture Area (10/1/2015; PCA/ACA Seattle 3/22-25/2016)

CFP: The Gothic in Literature, Film and Culture (10/1/15; National PCA/ACA Conference, 3/22/16-3/25/16)
full name / name of organization: Louis H Palmer, III, Gothic Chair Poplar Culture Association
contact email: Louis.palmer@castleton.edu

CFP: The Gothic in Literature, Film and Culture (10/1/15; National PCA/ACA Conference, 3/22/16-3/25/16)


Submissions: All submissions should go through the database:

The Conference will be held at the

1400 6th Avenue
Seattle WA 98101 United States
Phone:(1)(206) 621-9000
Fax:(1)(206) 621-8441


We welcome papers and presentations on any aspect of the Gothic in film, literature, media, performance or other forms of cultural expression. All critical approaches are welcome.

You can propose an individual paper or a panel session of three or four presenters. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit papers or panels.

Individual papers will be grouped into sessions based on historical, thematic, disciplinary or critical affinities. Participants will be asked to serve as session chairs. Sessions are scheduled in one-and-a-half hour slots, ideally with four papers or speakers per session, so individual papers should be limited to a length of approximately 10-15 minutes.

Submit a one-page (250-500 word) proposal or abstract
(via regular mail, fax, or email) complete with your name, 
affiliation, address and phone number by October 1, 2015, to:

Louis H. Palmer, III
English Dept.
6 Alumni Drive
Castleton State College
Castleton, VT 05735

w(802) 468-1341
fax (802) 468-6045
h(518) 639-8593

All presenters must be (or become) members of the PCA or ACA and must 
register for the conference. Membership and registration forms will be 
sent upon presentation acceptance. Paper acceptance obligates participants 
to present the paper at the conference, and multiple submissions to 
different areas are not allowed. Please note that you must be present at 
the conference to read your own paper. For more information on the PCA/ACA, please go to: http://www.h-net.org/~pcaaca OR www.pcaaca.org.

By web submission at 08/13/2015 - 13:53

CFP Pedagogy & Popular Culture Area (11/1/2015; SWPACA Albuquerque 2/10-13/2016)

Pedagogy & Popular Culture - SW Popular & American Culture Association, CFP Deadline: 11/1/15, Conference: 02/10 - 02/13/16
full name / name of organization: Southwest Popular & American Culture Association
contact email: kudepner@nmsu.edu

We are happy to announce the 37th annual Southwest Popular & American Culture conference in beautiful downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico!

This is a Call for Proposals (CFP) to submit paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, history, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, technology, etc. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies. Proposals regarding using popular culture in the classroom are particularly encouraged.

Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome, with award opportunities for the best graduate papers in a variety of categories, including the Phil Heldrich Award for Popular Culture Pedagogy. Please see the following link for more details: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/. Deadline for Submitting for the Phil Heldrich Award: December 1.

We also welcome submissions for our organization’s new, peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy http://journaldialogue.org. While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development, some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:

  • Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses
  • Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools
  • Multimodal learning
  • Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching; best practice presentations are gleefully welcome!
  • Integrating popular television, films, novels, graphic novels, or music for meaningful classroom lesson planning
  • Teaching games and game theory
  • Utilizing social networking tools in the classroom
  • Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom
  • Teaching with podcasts and videocasts
  • Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects
  • Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages
  • Integrating service learning with traditional curricula
  • Constructing student projects as museum exhibits
  • Challenging standard pedagogical assumptions

Each paper proposal must include:

1. 100-250 word abstract
2. Brief biographical statement of 50 words or less for each applicant

Please check the Conference Audiovisual Policies page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/audiovideo-policy/ regarding what A/V equipment will be available in the conference rooms. Please submit your proposals to the submission database (http://conference2016.southwestpca.org).

Thank you for submission and we look forward to your participation in the 37th annual Southwest PCA/ACA Conference!

Pedagogy and Popular Culture Chair:
Kurt Depner kudepner@nmsu.edu, New Mexico State University - Dona Ana

By web submission at 08/15/2015 - 22:57

CFP Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries (10/16/2015; U of Stirling, UK 1/16/2016)

Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries, January 16th, 2016
full name / name of organization: University of Stirling
contact email: m.r.foley@stir.ac.uk

A one-day symposium

Saturday 16th January 2016

Keynote Event
During the symposium we will be delighted to invite speakers and attendees to view exhibits from the newly acquired Patrick McGrath archive at the University of Stirling’s library.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Lucie Armitt, University of Lincoln – author of Twentieth-Century Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2011)

Professor Sue Zlosnik, Manchester Metropolitan University – author of Patrick McGrath (University of Wales Press, 2011)

Modern and contemporary Gothic is widely recognised as a literature of madness. Many of the mode’s key writers – including Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk and several notable others – are consistently preoccupied with psychopathology, perversion and the divided self. This first British symposium dedicated to exploring Patrick McGrath’s fiction, writing and life, seeks to capitalise upon a growing recognition that he is one of the leading purveyors of the contemporary tale of psychological terror and horror. An important contribution to English letters as a whole, McGrath’s fiction has been noted as parodic (The Grotesque, 1989), psychologically disturbing (Spider, 1990), and darkly sexual (Asylum, 1996). In her full-length study Patrick McGrath, Sue Zlosnik has suggested that in his fiction an “inclination towards Gothic excess remains in tension with a sceptical and ironic sensibility” (2011, p.5). By disentangling this and many other tensions and intertextual resonances that may be relevant, we seek to both pose and investigate important questions regarding McGrath’s place in the field of contemporary Gothic studies and assess his intricate – yet at times grotesque – stagings of asylums, psychopathology, and trauma.

We invite 20-minute papers from postgraduate, early-career and established scholars on any topic related to McGrath’s life, fiction and his contemporary context. Suggested topics include – but are not limited to – the following:

  • Pathologies and madness in McGrath or the contemporary Gothic (for instance, in the novels of Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Michel Faber, etc.)
  • The asylum as staged in McGrath’s fiction and non-fiction (e.g. the Broadmoor influence) or in the contemporary Gothic more widely
  • Theorizing and staging psychopathologies in the Gothic
  • The continuing import of McGrath’s edited collection The New Gothic (1991)
  • McGrath’s unreliable narrators and his narrative technique
  • Gothicized adultery
  • Trauma theory and the contemporary Gothic
  • The supposed turn from parody to realism in McGrath’s novels
  • Gothic metafiction
  • Archival research that investigates the production of the contemporary Gothic text
  • Adaptations of McGrath’s work
  • Notable influences – from Edgar Allan Poe to John Hawkes – upon McGrath’s aesthetic

As part of the day’s programme, we are delighted to invite speakers and attendees to view exhibits from the newly acquired McGrath archive at the University of Stirling’s library. Donated by the author himself, the wealth of materials in this emerging collection include novel drafts, notebooks, automatic writing, film scripts and a complete set of first editions of his work.

Proposals of around 250 words for 20-minute papers – or suggestions for three-person panels – should be submitted to Dr Matt Foley on m.r.foley@stir.ac.uk by Friday 16th October 2015. Please also include a brief biography.

By web submission at 08/14/2015 - 09:45

CFP Mythology In Contemporary Culture (10/1/2015; PCA/ACA Seattle 3/21-25/2016)

Mythology In Contemporary Culture in Seattle March 21-25
full name / name of organization:
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email: earth2k8@mac.com

2016 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)
Annual National Conference, March 21-25 Sheraton Seattle
Seattle, WA

Mythology in Contemporary Culture

The frequent appearance of mythological figures and motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythologies, far from being relics of the past, continue to have significance in the contemporary world. Contemporary revisionings and reinterpretations of ancient mythological elements reflect the attitudes of current culture. Movies, television, computer games, comics, graphic novels, traditional literature, visual arts, performing arts, politics, blogs—the list goes on–-contain both explicit and implicit epiphanies of archetypes such as Hermes and Isis and Kali, and of mythological narratives such as those found in classical Greek tragedies or medieval Grail legends, to name only a few examples.

Proposals that pertain to the general theme of Mythology in Contemporary Culture are welcomed. Please note that, for purposes of this area, the term “mythology” refers to traditional narrative mythology and does not include postmodern evaluations or deconstructions of such “mythologies” as capitalistic materialism, colonialism, or structuralism.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less directly to http://ncp.pcaaca.org no later than October 1, 2015. General instructions for submitting proposals through the PCA website may be found here: http://pcaaca.org/national-conference-2/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-.... Proposals submitted after the deadline cannot be considered.

Questions about the Mythology in Contemporary Culture area may be directed to:
Kate Rittenhouse
(604) 836-5396

By web submission at 08/14/2015 - 03:14

CFP Gender and Fantasy (Spec Issue of Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies) (abstracts by 10/15/2015)

CFP: Gender and Fantasy
full name / name of organization:
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies
contact email: gender-forum@uni-koeln.de

In her seminal Fantasy: A Literature of Subversion, critic Rosemary Jackson calls fantasy "a literature of desire", one that "traces the unsaid and unseen of culture, that which has been silenced, made invisible, covered over and made 'absent'". This issue of gender forum concerns itself with the manifold ways in which the fantasy genre is used to renegotiate these unseen desires, seeking to examine if and how it has moved on from the genre-specific stereotypes of wise wizard, wicked witch, strong hero, and damsel in distress. We are looking for contributions that analyse the role of gender in

  • high and low fantasy
  • the different subgenres (urban fantasy, dark fantasy, etc.)
  • the genre’s classic as well as contemporary texts
  • fantasy films
  • fantasy TV shows
  • theatrical representations
  • the adaptation process (novel to film or vice versa)

Abstracts of 400 words plus a brief biography should be submitted by October 15th, 2015. The deadline for the completed papers (MLA style, numbered paragraphs, 5000-8000 words) is January 7th, 2016.

(Publication date: Early 2016)

For more information please contact:
Editorial Assistance
Laura-Marie von Czarnowsky, MA
Sarah Youssef, MA
Email: gender-forum@uni-koeln.de
Website: http://www.genderforum.org

By web submission at 08/17/2015 - 12:22

CFP A Critical Companion to Tim Burton (proposals by 9/30/2015)

I seem to have missed this:

full name / name of organization:
Prof. Adam Barkam, Dr. Antonio Sanna
contact email:
adam_barkman@hotmail.com isonisanna@hotmail.com

A Critical Companion to Tim Burton
Edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna

Tim Burton is certainly one of the most popular directors of contemporary Hollywood. His oeuvre includes blockbuster films such as Batman (1989), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Alice in Wonderland (2010) as well as less profitable– but still highly recognizable - films such as Ed Wood (1994). His work with stop motion, evident in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) and the recent Frankenweenie (2013) has further popularized and updated a technique that has been fundamental in cinema since the silent era. His distinctive and personal touch, a visionary style that is now referred to as “Burtonesque”, and his frequent collaborations with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Danny Elfman (to mention merely a few) has contributed to establish a unique and identifiable brand. All of his achievements have offered (and still offer) an incredibly fertile ground for critical examination, analysis and discussion. Indeed, in recent years the scholarship on Burton has proliferated and a number of distinct theoretical approaches that analyze the director’s visual texts and their philosophical and cultural weight have emerged.

This anthology will explore Burton’s multi-medial oeuvre from multidisciplinary perspectives. This volume seeks previously-unpublished essays that explore the American director’s heterogeneous career, from short films such as Vincent (1982) and Frankenweenie (1984) and his direction of commercials and music videos to his drawings, paintings and photographs. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the subject that can illuminate the diverse facets of the director’s work and his unique visual style. We do not yet have a publisher, but are very confident in finding one soon.
There are several themes worth exploring when analyzing Burton’s works, utilizing any number of theoretical frameworks of your choosing. We request that chapters based on formal analysis cover a maximum of three films to allow for reasonably close readings. Contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Burton and philosophy
  • Burton and the visual arts
  • Humour, Black Humour and the Macabre
  • Burton and fairy tales
  • Gender and queer readings
  • Neo-Victorian art
  • Exploration of dreams and the subconscious
  • Fascination with machines and ecocriticism
  • Mob mentality
  • Alienation and misperception, conformity/nonconformity
  • Disfigurement, deformity and (dis)ability
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Intertextuality
  • Adaptations, Remakes and Appropriations
  • Music and Danny Elfman
  • Tim Burton in/and translation
  • Evil Clowns
  • Fan practice and fan communities

The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. We are open to works that focus on other topics as well and authors interested in pursuing other related lines of inquiry. Feel free to contact the editors with any questions you may have about the project and please share this announcement with colleagues whose work aligns with the focus of this volume.
Submit a 300-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter contribution, a brief CV and complete contact information to Prof. Adam Barkam (adam_barkman@hotmail.com) and Dr. Antonio Sanna (isonisanna@hotmail.com) by 30 September, 2015. Full chapters of 5000-7000 words would be due by 1 January, 2016. Note: all full chapters submitted will be included subject to review.

By web submission at 08/18/2015 - 00:43

CFP Association for the Study of Women and Mythology Conference (11/15/2015; Boston, MA 4/1-2/2016)

“Seeking Harbor in Our Histories: Lights in the Darkness, April 1-2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts”
full name / name of organization:
Association for the Study of Women and Mythology
contact email:

Goddess Scholarship draws on historical, ethnographic and folk sources, among others, to document and honor the sacred and mundane stories which animate the traditions and spiritual lives of our global sisters and our foremothers.

In past conferences, the innovative methodologies and scholarship of ASWM participants have served to problematize contemporary perceptions of civilization, “modernization” and “progress.”

Multi¬discipline research methodologies have focused on representing historical, thealogical, philosophical, mythological, symbolic, cultural, linguistic and aesthetic lineages.
This year’s conference theme embraces the heritage of location in the historical City of Boston, a harbor city rich in stories and symbols of First Nations of the Atlantic Northeast and the formation of the United States.

We invite papers and panels including,but not limited to the following topics:

  • Harbor and hearth as women¬centered metaphors
  • Myth and lineage of the spirit of place, especially focus on the larger Boston area
  • Indigenous stories, histories, and women’s communities of the Atlantic North East
  • Paradigms of rebellion, freedom and independence
  • Water, ritual and civilization, stories of aquatic goddesses
  • Perspectives on First Nations/First Worlds
  • Women’s sense of self, social agency, and their roles as citizens
  • The female principle in ethics and ancient wisdom for modern times
  • Cultural ecofeminism
  • Animal mysteries and myth
  • Ancestry, foremothers and methodology
  • Changing experiences and definitions of the sacred and the profane

Papers should be 20 minutes; panels with up to four papers on a related topic may be proposed together. Workshop proposals should be organized to provide audience interaction and must clearly address the theme. All sessions and workshops are limited to 90 minutes.

Presenters from all disciplines are welcome, as well as creative artists and practitioners who engage mythic themes in a scholarly manner in their work. Presenters must become members of ASWM.
Send 250 -word abstract (for panels, 200 word abstract plus up to 150 words per paper) in PDF or MSWord to aswmsubmissions@gmail.com by November 15, 2015.

Use “2016 proposal” and last name in subject header. Include bio of up to 70 words for each presenter, as well as contact information including surface address and email. See www.womenandmyth.org for program updates and registration.

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CFP (Re)worlding Jules Verne (proposed seminar) (9/23/2015; ACLA Harvard U 3/17-20/16)

(Re)worlding Jules Verne [Proposed seminar - ACLA Annual Meeting - March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University ]
full name / name of organization:
Etienne Charriere, University of Michigan
contact email:

The global character of Jules Verne’s fiction requires no demonstration. Indeed, the work of the prolific French novelist, author of the immensely successful series of the Voyages extraordinaires, appears to deserve an inclusion into the (hypothetical) canon of world literature on at least two accounts.
First, Verne’s novels – with their recurrent themes of discovery, exploration, and conquest – accompanied and reflected the new conceptions of the global that took shape during the nineteenth century, notably in the wake of European imperial expansion. In parallel, the rapid and wide diffusion of Verne’s works on a world level, through translation, adaptation and appropriation, facilitated his integration into an increasingly globalized repertoire of popular narrative forms. As Mariano Siskind has shown, Verne’s work and its “representation of the discursive conditions of globalization” can therefore function as a fertile ground for a productive study of the “novelization of the globe.”

Yet, scholarship has not exhausted the variety of perspectives from which to look at the intersections of Verne’s work with the global. In particular, there exists ample space for scholarly approaches aiming at a "decentering" of Jules Verne’s œuvre. Efforts to situate the Vernian corpus within an expanded comparative framework could, for instance, shed new light on the agency of global mediators and the autonomy of outlying literary fields vis-a-vis the powerful discourses embodied in Verne’s work. Enacting this re-worlding of Verne’s work by emphasizing its relevance to contemporary discussions around the notion of world literature could allow for the formulation of new theoretical models and new methodologies for the study of literary globalization in the nineteenth century and beyond.

This seminar wishes to bring together scholarship engaging with the global dissemination of Verne’s work across the world literary field. It is particularly interested in contributions highlighting:

1) the complex afterlives of Verne’s fictional output outside of Western Europe, from the late nineteenth-century to the present;

2) the creative reception of Verne’s work across genres and media, including examples of adaptation, rewriting, bowdlerization, citation, parody, commodification, cannibalization, etc.

3) contemporary approaches to Verne’s work within the framework of postcolonial studies, gender and queer studies, animal studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, etc.

Scholars working across disciplinary boundaries and presenting comparative work extending beyond literary studies are particularly welcome.

Abstract can be submitted through the ACLA website between September 1st and September 23rd. Interested parties are invited to contact the seminar organizer at etiechar@umich.edu

Further information about the conference is available at http://www.acla.org/annual-meeting

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Update on Toy Story at 20 conference (Sunderland, UK

Sounds interesting:

[UPDATE] Toy Story at 20 conference
full name / name of organization:
Toy Story at 20 / University of Sunderland
contact email:

Registration is now open for Toy Story at 20.

The conference officially begins at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on the evening of Thursday 12th November, with a special screening of Toy Story followed by Professor Paul Wells’ keynote address. The programme of papers and panels on Friday 13th November will take place at the University of Sunderland’s David Puttnam Media Centre, at St Peter’s Campus on the banks of the River Wear in Sunderland. For more information, please visit the conference website:


There is an early bird registration rate of £30 for delegates booking before the end of September 2015. The registration fee will then rise to £35 from 1st October until online booking closes on 23rd of that month. The registration fee includes morning/afternoon refreshments as well as a buffet lunch on Friday 13th November and, for those booking before end of September, it guarantees you a ticket for the Toy Story screening & Paul Wells’ keynote on the evening of Thursday 12th November (from 1st October the Tyneside Cinema will open their booking for this event to the general public, so you’re advised to register before then to avoid disappointment).

Booking closes on 23rd October. Places are limited so please visit the University of Sunderland’s online store as soon as possible via the following link:


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CFP The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers Conference (9/15/2015; France 6/15-16/2016)

The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers
full name / name of organization:
University of Maine (Le Mans, France) and University of Akron
contact email:
elphine.letort@univ-lemans.fr ; elisabeth.lamothe@univ-lemans.fr

The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers

An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM), and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio) with the support of the regional program EnJeu(x).

Université du Mans, June 15th and 16th, 2016

Designated as a new social category in America after the Second World War, “teenagers” represent an age range that can be tapped as a market of consumers. While teenagers are now offered a diversity of cultural products to choose from, professionals train themselves to deal with adolescents and define parenting and schooling strategies that should allow youth to blossom into responsible adulthood. Youth movements express a sense of rebellion against the coercive norms of society, shaping their own teenage counterculture through experiments, sometimes conducted in gangs. Thomas Doherty pinpoints the specificity of “contraculture” in opposition to “counterculture”, opposing the local dimension of the teenagers’ gangs to the 1960s’ national youth movements that questioned mainstream values by adopting alternative lifestyles (Teenagers And Teenpics: The Juvenilization Of American Movies, 38). The author argues that in the West, teenagers possess their own culture, which is defined in response to dominant culture and developed through conflict.
More recently, however, youth culture has gone mainstream and served as a rallying, trans-generational landmark: a generation’s coming-of-age was predicated by the success of the Harry Potter and Twilight sagas, buttressed by popular cinematographic adaptations. Even dystopic literary productions such as The Hunger Games reveal the general public’s interest for adolescent protagonists and their perspectives. The genre of Young Adult literature raises a set of issues that are the subjects of debates among literary scholars: who should (or should not) be reading it? Does the genre make for experimentation and participate in renewing those literary and theoretical conventions analyzed by Nathalie Prince (La Littérature de jeunesse, 2010)? From the emergence of adolescent literature over the past century, including classic works such Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger, 1951) and The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton, 1967) to contemporary Young Adult novels such as The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, 2012) and Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell, 2013), the genre has changed over time, providing particular attention to first-person narrators entering, immersed in, or about to leave their teenage years.
This conference aims to shed light on those cultural artifacts that target not only teenagers but an increasingly wider public – including television series, films, young adult novels, among others – and explore the images of teenagers. Although the adolescent poetic and critical perspective on the world is often idealized, the figure of the teenager also connotes a set of issues to be resolved – drug abuse, risk taking, resistance to authority, behaviour problems. We encourage scholars to question how these subjects are dealt with in contemporary literature, music, films (fictional or nonfiction) and other visual arts such as photography.

Possible avenues of research:

- the type of narrative structure adopted in teen series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, Charmed, Misfits, etc.), teen movies (slasher films, fantasy films, etc.); the values they promote through representation (teen girls, sexualization, consumer values, etc.) and the themes broached (violence, gender divide...) ; the spaces associated with adolescence (the classroom, the street, the home, the suburb or the ghetto, the video, the blogosphere...)

- teenage literature as a developing market (chick lit, bit lit) and the questions the latest trends elicit in academia (Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 1999; John Green, The Fault in Our Stars 2012 ; S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders, 1967; R.J. Palacio, Wonder, 2012, etc.) ; their screen adaptations (Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park, 2007) ; Vadim Perelman, The Life Before her Eyes, 2008) ; Amy Heckerling, Clueless, 1995) ; Josh Boone, The Fault in Our Stars, 2014)

- the development of girlhood studies and their contribution to the study of Young Adult culture and art.

- the adolescent stars (Justin Bieber, Violetta, etc.) and the models they represent (Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls; Emma Watson in The Bling Ring…); teen stereotypes in TV series (The Wire, The Leftovers…), reality television shows (The Voice) and auteur films (Larry Clark, Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Laurent Cantet, etc.)

- the place and representation of youth in multicultural literature and the issue of biculturality (Anne Mazer, Going Where I’m Coming From: Memoirs of American Youth, 1995; Francisco Jimenez, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, 1997; Lori Carlos, ed., American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults, 1994)

- transnational youth cultures: the differences between North American and European youth literatures(s) and the ways in which they intersect with and influence one another (Christine Beigel, Jean Molla, Stéphanie Benson in France ; Annika Thor, Johanna Thydell, Arne Sungen in Sweden ; Melvin Burgess in Great Britain)

- life-writings (the graphic memoir, the journal, autobiographical fiction, testimony) and the postcolonial, transnational models of resistance they represent (Malala Yousafsai’s I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education, 2013)

- health issues (anorexia, bulimia, cancer, HIV/AIDS) and their inclusion in young adult literature (Janet Bode, Food Fight, 1997; Diana Sharples, Running Lean, 2013; John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012; Courtney Sheinmel, Positively, 2009); sexual violence (Sapphire, Push, 1996)

- the genre of the school story and its transformation across the ages, along with its cinematographic adaptations, from Jane Eyre, David Copperfield and A Separate Peace to Harry Potter, Glee and Beverley Hills 90210.

- the emergence of virtual writing and reading communities via online applications such as Wattpad; does their success compete with or complement printed material? Do they replace traditional journals and diaries? What stylistic and linguistic forms of innovation do they propose?

- the perspective of photographers on the experience of growing up, the transition from childhood to adulthood (i.e. South-African photographer Michelle Sank); photographing young people from different backgrounds and through street photography and collaborative work with youth groups; work on portraits to question much of the public’s perception (or misconception) of young people.

300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers in English or French must be sent to both Delphine Letort (delphine.letort@univ-lemans.fr) and Elisabeth Lamothe (elisabeth.lamothe@univ-lemans.fr) by September 15, 2015. Contributors should also send a short biographical note indicating their institutional affiliation.

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