Call for papers: The Autumn Edition!

Ever wondered how to write an abstract? Check out an example of an abstract for a paper by our very own professors Dr. Megan Fulwiler and Dr. Kim Middleton here OR look below for an example from Dr. Jennifer Marlow!

 “The Dialogic Writing Classroom”

In University in Ruins Bill Readings calls for a “teaching scene” based on dialogism as opposed to dialogue. This idea of dialogism, borrowed from Mikhail Bakhtin, has potential to open up space for what I call a critical pedagogy and for responding to Amy Lee’s assertion that “critical pedagogy foregrounds the teacher or educator….  The students’ role is largely ignored” (Composing Critical Pedagogies 7).  What if composition studies were to take seriously Readings’ concept of Thought, which is “thinking together” as a “dissensual process”? If critical pedagogy devotes itself to a liberatory classroom space that works to recognize and read critically the social and material conditions out of which its work is produced, it might do well to consider these “ruins” Readings describes as the University in which the critical pedagogue’s writing classroom is situated. 


Now that you have an idea of how to write an abstract, how about submitting one to a conference? Conferences and publications are always looking for articles. Compiled below are a few whose deadlines for submissions are fast approaching. Get yourself and your work out there, and let us know if your work gets accepted!

“Marxism and New Media Conference”: The Duke University Program in literature is calling for papers on Marxist thought and evolving technology. Abstracts due October 30th.

“Reshaping Change: The Language and Literature of Opportunity”: This seminar will look at how literary works represent change in a way that reinterprets or avoids crisis or catastrophe. Papers of any literary genre or period are welcome. Deadline for abstract submission is Nov. 15, 2011.

“Violence, Memory, and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Conference”: This conference will explore violence and victims often silenced but not silent. A paper might examine art, literature, poetry, music, film, and performance to reveal insights into both trauma and recovery. Deadline for abstract submission is Nov. 15, 2011. and/or

“Automation and Catastrophy”: American Comparative Literature Association is calling for papers to “investigate the narratives and rhetoric of catastrophe and crisis that frequently accompany automation.” Abstracts due November 15.

“Cyborg in Cinema”: The journal Jura Gentium Cinema is looking for papers dealing with representations of the cyborg and robotics in cinema. Drafts due November 15.

“Gender and Popular Fiction”: Call for article abstracts on this topic for the online journal, Reconstruction. Abstracts for special issues due Nov. 1 and 15, 2011, but general submissions accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit these links for much more information: and/or

“Outside His Jurisfiction: Interrogating James Joyce’s Non-Fiction”: Call for papers about James Joyce’s Nonfiction writing, specifically addressing if the author is able to separate his political opinions from his fictional works entirely. Abstracts due November 18, 2011. For more information go to:

“New Voices: Bodies of Influence”: Call for abstracts that might deal with the natural body, the body politic, the body of a writer’s work, the body as object, or the transgressive body. Deadline for abstract submission is Nov. 30, 2011. and/or

“Digital (De-)(Re)Territorializations”: This digital conference will explore the ways in which traditional media, disciplines, theories, or practices are fundamentally refunctionalized, and reterritorialized in, on, and by the internet. Deadline for abstract submission is Dec. 1, 2011.

“The Evolving Hero”: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference is looking for papers about the evolving representation of the heroic in American pop culture specifically in comic books and science fiction fantasy. Submission deadline December 1.

“RAW: Research, Art, Writing”— An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium: This symposium seeks to address questions that arise in graduate work; Are my methods working? How is the profession of the humanities changing? How does this impact my work? Anything from an excerpt of an M.A. paper or thesis to a selection of poetry, or an excerpt from a novel, play, or short story is fair game. Deadline for abstract submission is Dec. 9, 2011.

“Zombies vs. Professors”: This is a conference all about zombies and they’re looking for papers about zombie studies and how zombies can be legitimized in an academic sense. Topics could include zombies in history and zombies in theory (not theoretical zombies but zombies and how they may relate to certain theorists!) Abstracts due December 15.

“Enduring Barbarism: Heroic Fantasy from the Bronze Age to the Internet”: This conference is interested in exploring the enduring figure of the barbarian in Western popular culture. Possible topics might include comic book barbarism, the gendered barbarian, or the barbarian’s future. Deadline for abstract submission is Dec. 15, 2011.

Valley Humanities Review: Call for Undergraduate poetry and papers in the Humanities. Paper topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. Deadline for submission is Dec. 15, 2011. and/or


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