Call for Papers Round-Up

Here is a list of calls for papers for conferences that we believe appeal to our academic community at Saint Rose. This list was developed with the help from the University of Pennsylvania site, This site offers numerous postings of calls for papers from a wide variety of categories. Check back for future listings of calls for papers and please note that a couple listings have deadlines for the end of September.

NeMLA 2013 March 21-14, Boston, MA
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Obsessive Attention: Fandom and Scholarship, a Roundtable Discussion
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Is all scholarship fandom? A roundtable exploring the intersection
between fandom and the obsessions of a scholar. Even as the academy is
questioned and devalued by those outside it, our very objects of study
are undergoing a millennial shift. In a multicultural, multimedia age,
how do we as scholars know which knowledge to value? Fandom and its
scholars confront the questions about what is knowledge and whose
credential count. In many ways, the debate about fandom and scholarship
echo larger questions about the value of scholarship in today’s
“Google-able” world. This panel welcomes papers from both fan and
scholarly perspectives. Possible topics are scholars as fans and/or fans
as scholars; depictions of scholars in fandom and its sources (such as to
Hogwarts professors, The Xavier Institute, Dr. Rush of SGU, Jedi,
Gallifreyans, especially the Doctor, Starfleet Academy, Sherlocks); does
scholarship ruin fandom? Do entities such as the Organization for
Transformative Works or this very panel destroy or enhance the joy of
fandom? Is fandom an appropriate topic for scholarly investigation?
Proposals of 200-250 words by Sept 30th to Emily Hegarty or Margarette Connor at

James Joyce and His Cold Mad Feary Fathers (or Mothers): Anxieties of Influence NeMLA Boston Mass April 21-24, 2013
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Gertrude Stein would not talk about Joyce, wrote Hemingway: If you brought up Joyce twice, you would not be invited back (A Moveable Feast). Joyce felt threatened by Stein (as did Hemingway). Joyce hardly admitted being influenced by anyone, yet every writer has a complex relation to her or his predecessors and contemporaries. Abstracts of 250 words exploring Joyce’s anxious reactions to writers like Stein and Yeats, or extreme praise accorded to Italo Svevo (or daughter Lucia) to or J. McQuail, Box 5053, Dept. of English and Communications, TTU, Cookeville TN 38505. Deadline for abstracts or completed papers is SEPT. 30, 2012 (please include contact info including address,affiliation, e-mail, and phone number).

Panel CFP: Religion in Ethnic U.S. Literatures (21 October; MELUS, 14-17 March 2013)
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J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee-Knoxville
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Papers discussing religious topics related to U.S. ethnic literatures and authors are invited.
Send a one-page abstract, with working title, along with your school affiliation and any a/v needs you have, to J. Stephen Pearson at by Sunday, 21 October. All submissions will be acknowledged by the 23rd, and final notifications sent by Monday the 29th.
All presenters will need to join MELUS; more information on the conference can be found at .

“Memory and the Digital Humanities: A Pecha Kucha Roundtable” Fordham University GEA Conf. March 2013. CFP Deadline 11/15/12
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Fordham Graduate Digital Humanities
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Do digital platforms change the way we remember? How will the myriad tracks we leave behind through social media and our online presences shape the historical practices of the future? When and how do digital technologies in the classroom move from being novel experiments to transparent modes of teaching? How does digitization reshape archives and archival methodologies? How does metadata contribute to forgetting and the shape of memory? How do we define and put into practice the growing field of Digital Humanities?

This panel explores how the practices of the Digital Humanities intersect with the conference theme of “Remembering, Forgetting, Imagining: The Practices of Memory.” We seek presentations that reveal DH practices at work in specific scholarly or teaching contexts or talks that offer meta-reflections on DH and the work of archiving, unsettling, and reinventing the past. We welcome first-person accounts, as well as provocative, surprising interpretations of the theme of DH and memory. (In the spirit of innovation and practice, we discourage presentations that solely explain or “advertise” a given medium in the abstract.)

The roundtable will consist of a series of pecha kucha talks, a format in which each panelist presents using 20 slides that auto-advance every 20 seconds. Each talk lasts for 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The succinct, dynamic format is designed to allow for a broad range of presentations and ample time for participation and discussion.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, and well as a 2-3 sentence bio, to Jane Van Slembrouck and Sarah Cornish, Fordham University, Presenters selected to participate will receive guidance in crafting their presentations in the pecha kucha format.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to…

Mapping and remembering
Social media and historical research
Internet archives (e.g. Internet Wayback Machine)
Questions of metadata
Open source scholarly publishing
Changing notions of authorship
Digital libraries / brick and mortar Libraries
Author archives
Histories of the future
Intellectual property and privacy, and the ownership of the past
MOOCs and other changing classrooms
Nonlinear publishing and decentered authority
“Digital exhaust” (tweets, location information, and other online traces we leave)
Changes in publishing (rom downing trees to pushing a button)
Outsourcing thinking, analyzing, associating, and remembering to the web
Old stories, new delivery systems
Google books, research, and the democratization of knowledge
Current events and short-term memory
Visualizing the past through multi-mefdia archives
Reputations online and technological memory

CFP Graduate Journal: The Word Hoard – “The Unrecyclable”
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The University of Western Ontario
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What cannot be taken up or kept alive? What is too used to reuse, too basic to break down further? What are the ideas at dead ends? Adaptations, translations, dead languages, genres fallen out of favour, tropes no longer sensical, ruins, methodologies in unremitting decline? Who are the guardians of garbage that monitor and control our cycles and recycles? What happens to an artifact too special to recycle, not special enough to reuse? Give us the histories, the institutions, the authorities who intervene to unmake the unrecyclable. Where do our capacities for metamorphosis fail us? What materials have run out of time? What materials have all the time in the world to stay unchanged? Plastic in the shape of an albatross? Manuscripts sealed into the walls? What about the plagiarist, reusing unrecycled thought in an ecstatic logic of repetition?

We are frustrated with the unrecyclable. Questions have become answers; thought without change becomes simply duration. Recycling itself may be a thoughtless contemporary mantra, a theology of limited means that blindly hopes to enact world change through slogan repetition. The challenge to this mercurial superficiality, if there is one, could perhaps be mounted only from here: the unlife of the unrecyclable.

Word Hoard is currently soliciting articles, essays, and interviews for our second issue (please find the first at: We invite submissions between 3000-5000 words related to the provocation and concept of “The Unrecyclable.” Article and interview submissions are due 15 November, 2012. Accepted submissions can expect online and print publication in the summer of 2013. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, all accepted submissions will be responded to within our dialogic, multi-generic format, all disciplines relating to arts, culture and the humanities are invited to submit.

Submissions should be formatted according to MLA guidelines, and should also include a brief biographical sketch of the author; an abstract would be appreciated but is not required. Articles, interviews, and other forms of content submission should not contain the author’s name or obvious identification marks to ensure an objective peer reviewing process.
To submit, or for more information, please direct your emails to

Shakespeare Institute Review call for papers
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Shakespeare Institute Review
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The Shakespeare Institute Review is an online academic journal funded by the University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law, and to which students at the Shakespeare Institute and on other postgraduate programmes are encouraged to contribute. Each issue has a theme to which contributors are invited to respond. Continuing on from the first issue of the journal, which explored death and mortality in Shakespeare, we thought it appropriate to segue into an examination of human limitations and the superhumans who transcend them. ‘Superhuman’ might refer to a ‘normal’ human, with otherwise unusual or exceptional skills, abilities, or powers, or to an ‘improved’ human, e.g. by genetic modification, etc. Students are therefore encouraged to submit papers between 1,500 and 3,000 words on topics relating to Shakespeare and the Superhuman. Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:

• Is our notion of superheroes Shakespearean? What place does the superhuman occupy in our collective imagination, from a metaphysical or spiritual standpoint? Why are we fascinated by, e.g., comics, or the Olympics? What psychological need does superhumanity answer; does the ‘super’ liberate us from human constraints?

• Critical examinations of Shakespeare’s magical, mythological, heroic, supernatural, psychic, etc., characters. In particular, we would be interested in papers on the idealized and idolised. This could include close reading, comparative analysis, etc. Considerations of the political, ethical, religious, spiritual, and/or existential significance of the superhuman in the Early Modern period, and of how Shakespeare makes use of (and plays off) those conceptualizations in his works.

• More intensely personal and experientially engaged writing on how Shakespeare’s works have affected your understanding of what it means to be human, and what it means to be beyond human? Is it just a matter of possessing certain powers, or is it a quality of mind and attitude? How do we define humanity; where is the line between the human, the super, and/or the divine?
Papers should be submitted to , with an extended deadline of 31 October 2012. Please refer to the following style

All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board (Thea Buckley, Paul Hamilton, and Giulia Sandelewski), and those submissions that are selected will be published in our second online issue next term. For further information, please contact us at


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