UPDATE: The SUNY conference that was listed below has been deleted. The correct theme of this Spring’s conference is “Waste.” The following is a list of recent and relevant calls for papers lovingly pared down from the vast U Penn site. Start off this semester ambitiously by shooting for a conference presentation and/or publication submission!
The American Studies Association is looking for papers that examine frontier and travel narratives as places of transnational confluence. A 250-word abstract is due by January 20th. For more information visit http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44588.
Call for proposals: “Race, History, and National Belonging in American Women’s Literature.” Seeking papers for a panel focused on “exploring how, in the process of theorizing women’s relationship to the nation and its history, American women writers rethink categories of race.” This panel will present at The Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ Conference. A 300-word abstract and bio paragraph are due by January 23rd. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44331.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison English Graduate Student Association is sending out a call for papers for their MadLit conference. This year’s theme is Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, and Metaphor, and they’re looking to explore the role of vision in the creation of memory. Possible topics for papers include the role of perception systems in the recall of memory, maps as memory makers, the archive as prosthetic memory and others. A 250-word abstract is due January 27th. For more information please go to http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44453.
Call for essays for a collection: “Perceptions of Masculinity: Challenges to the Indian Male.” Exploring diversity within masculinity, this collection focuses on “studies that question traditionally normative representations of Indian masculinities” and seeks to highlight “new alternative representations of manhood.” A 200-300 word abstract and bio are due by January 31st, with completed essays to be submitted by April 30th. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44346.
The Second Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada is sending out a call for papers that deal with theories in pop culture, research methods of pop culture, or the teaching of popular culture. Pop culture for this conference is defined as film, music, theater, media, etc. A 200-word abstract is due by January 31st. For more details go to http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44560.
Call for essays for publication: “Shakespeare and Performance.” Early Modern Studies Journal is seeking “articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights” for its 2012 volume. Possible topics might include: “Women and performance,” “Current productions of early modern plays,” “Actors and the text or Film,” or “TV productions of Shakespeare.” Full article submissions are due by January 31st. For more information, visit these sites: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44299 and/or http://www.uta.edu/english/ees/submission.html.
Call for essays for publication: “Humanities at the Limit.” The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Association is seeking publishable papers dealing with “the position of the humanities in the university by looking specifically at Romance languages, literatures, and cultural studies.” Possible paper topics could be “cultural texts: media, film, internet, architecture,” “digital humanities,” “listening to Other voices,” or “defining ‘human’ through texts.” A 200-350 word abstract is due by February 1st, with completed essays to be submitted by April 1st. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44332.
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester is sending out a call for papers for their conference “Failure is Impossible: The Past, Present, and Future of Feminism.” Some keywords to keep in mind in regards to paper topics are pedagogy, gender and identity, sexuality, public and private spaces, among many more. A 300-word abstract is due no later than February 3rd. For more information visit http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44555.
Call for papers for presentation: “Children and Childhood in the Humanities.” The 2012 Virginia Humanities Conference will address often overlooked appearances and themes of children and childhood in the humanities. For this interdisciplinary conference, “childhood is here broadly defined but could include any stage from infancy to second childhood and even the inner child.” 250-word proposals are due by February 15th. Faculty-directed undergraduate proposals are also welcome. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44233 or http://www.vahumanitiesconference.org/upcoming.htm.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT ON MARCH 2, 2012. Call for conference papers, panels, or creative works for presentation: “Innovations and Anxieties.” The Graduate Program in English at the University of Rhode Island will host a graduate conference concerned with these questions: “What have innovations enabled or disabled? What traces or tracks do innovations leave behind? What sort of futures might innovation prefigure? What histories or continuities will have been possible in the wake of innovation? How might innovations inspire praise and critique, hope and fear, promise and imbalance, progress and diversion, quietude and combat, tranquility and anxiety?” Abstracts for papers, panels or creative works must be 250-350 words. See this link for additional information about the possible types of submissions: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44324.
The Brooklyn College Graduate English Committee is looking for papers for their graduate English conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Shifting Self: Radical Transfigurations,” and it will deal with images of the self and self perception. Paper topics can include but aren’t limited to online identities, masks/mirrors, the sublimated self, and writers in exile. A 300-word abstract is due February 24th. For more information please check out http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44480.
The University of Hull is looking for papers to be presented at their conference, “Viewer I Married Him: Reading Reproductions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama,” where they will be studying the phenomenon of the film adaptations of nineteenth century works of literature. They are looking specifically for papers that deal with adaptations, modern retellings, and biopics among other subjects. A 300-word abstract is due by February 28th. For more information visit http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44585.
Call for papers for presentation: “Principles of Uncertainty.” The CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department and Center for Critical Theory) will hold this interdisciplinary conference on literary theory. Papers that explore the theme of uncertainty as it pertains to literary and critical theory are sought for this conference. Papers “centering upon any individual theorist, period, or school of critical theory, as well as comparisons of various theoretical approaches, including, but not limited to literary theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy, gender studies, and political theory” are welcome. Individual as well as panel proposals (3-4 papers) accepted. A 300-word abstract is due by March 1st. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44309.
The Transforming Objects conference of Northumbria University is looking for papers that “consider the transformation of objects and the transformations effected by objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.” Examples of this would be papers on the transformations in industry, bookbinding practices, voices of the object in literature, or intertextuality. A 250-word abstract is due by March 4th. For more details visit www.transformingobjects.blogspot.com or http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44597.
The Humanities Center at Wayne State University is sending out a call for papers for its fall symposium. The theme of this symposium is “Apocalyptic Imagination,” and they are looking for papers that focus on the potential of the apocalypse. Topics include but are not limited to the end of days in popular fiction, disaster capitalism, and the effects of the apocalypse on political thought. A 200 word abstract and a short CV are due by March 8th. For more information visit http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44492.
The Department of English at Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus is hosing their International Graduate Student Conference, the theme is “Multiplicities: Mapping Identity Through Literature.” They’re looking for papers concerning the way identities and issues of identification effect literature. Topics include but are not limited to gender identity and social space, transnational and global narratives, cross dressing and border crossing, and cultural identity. Three-hundred word abstracts are due by March 15th. For more information visit http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44595.
Call for poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative non-fiction: A Few Lines Magazine is calling for your creative submissions. Submissions are read year-round. Follow these links for more information about the magazine and its submission guidelines: http://afewlinesmagazine.submishmash.com/submit and http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/44248.