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Calling One and All: Fall Submission Opportunities

Before the semester gets too hectic, check out these opportunities to submit your literary research papers for consideration at conferences, journals, and other exciting forums!


The ACLA Seminar “Things Theory: Accumulation and Amassment” will be held at New York University, March 20-23, 2014. “Thing Theory” considers the current fascination with hoarding and the intervention this phenomenon may have in a literary and cultural context. Papers may focus on “figures defined by their attachment to things” (fetishists, collectors, etc.). For more information visit: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/53118


The Cultural Studies Journal is looking for papers that explore the relationship between technological changes, cultural shifts, and structures of economic and political power. The deadline to submit an abstract is December 1, 2013. For more information: http://culturalstudiesjournal.gmu.edu/submissions/submission-guidelines/

The Cine-Files is accepting papers for their Spring 2014 issue. The topics of interest are: film performance and how it relates to genre, cinephilia, and paradigm shifts in the digital age. The submission deadline for a paper is February 1, 2014. If you would like to send an abstract for approval, the deadline is December 1, 2013. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/53122


“Exploring Gender Identities in the Literature of the Indian Diaspora”. The editors of this anthology are interested in literary research papers that focus on “the tensions created by changing sexual roles and expectations” for members of the Indian diaspora. The deadline for submitting an abstract is November 15, 2013. Articles are due by January 30, 2014. For more information: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/53132


“New Horizons for Contemporary Writing”. The editors of this series of research monographs are looking for proposals that implement alternative critical models, which represent the paradigm shift of “redefinition”. Applicable topics include: Eco-criticism; World Literature; Legacies of Theory; Post-feminism; Human, animal, machine; The return of the real; History, memory, and temporality; Science and the humanities; Contemporary literature after postmodernism and/or postcolonialism; Contemporary formations of the body; Translation in a transcultural context; Fictions of democracy; The future of the novel; Visuality and narrative; Newness in a global age; Post-ethnicity; Voice, ventriloquism, and mutism. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014. For more information:  http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/53131

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Call for Graduate Papers: The 6th Nomadikon Meeting

“Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images”

The 6th Nomadikon Meeting

The Nomadikon Centre, The University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for a graduate student program on the theme “Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images.”  The one-day program will be held September 27, 2012 from noon to 5:00 pm on The College of St. Rose campus in Albany, New York, and will precede the Nomadikon/Saint Rose conference (which will run from Thursday evening, Sept. 27, through Sept. 29).  The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, where “seeing” suggests  but is not limited to physical sight and includes metaphors of an embodied “seeing.”  The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.  Students who participate in this pre-conference event are invited to join the full conference that begins on Thursday evening, the 27th.

Papers may include, but are not limited to, the ethics and/or aesthetics of image, the embedded image, images that “make” space, and images that “are” space, the codification of image, and image that resists codification.  In reference to the conference theme, papers may also address themes of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, dis/ability and class.  The conference is small by design.  We will accept the ten (10) papers that best address the conference theme.

Student registration for the conference is $40.00 U.S.  Send proposals of 300-500 words to Mark Ledbetter at ledbettm@strose.edu by May 10, 2012.  For out of town guests, hotel information will be provided.

Nomadikon is a transdisciplinary research group and center for image studies and visual aesthetics at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. The center launched in the fall of 2008 with the project New Ecologies of the Image (2008-2012), and consists of a core team of six locally based scholars, international affiliates, and a global network of visual culture studies researchers.

Among the research topics pertinent to the Nomadikon project are the manifestations of iconoclasm and iconophobia; image wars and visual ideologies; the cultural performance of on/scenity (Linda Williams); the aestheticization of affliction; controversial and offensive images; media convergence and the formation of new visual ecosystems; the nomadicization of the image; and the visual codification of subjectivity and social value. For more information on Nomadikon and its previous meetings and publications, visit www.nomadikon.net.

Attention Writers: The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition

Do you have a knack for poetry and/or an interest in audio art? Consider submitting to The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition! The Missouri Review is inviting all writers and writer/producers to send them recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. There will be $1,000 prizes awarded in three categories! The submission deadline for this contest is March 15th, 2012.

Here is some additional information about submissions: This contest has a pay-by-donation entry fee. Your contribution (any amount) includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, and all of your donation goes to support the production of The Missouri Review and its related programs. Contest winners and select runners-up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of their iTunes podcast series.

Entries and payments can submitted by mail or online. For all the details visit The Missouri Review’s website: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/.


Submit Your Writing to Thoughtsmith!

Thoughtsmith is looking for stories, poems, short plays, and digital art for its Winter 2011-2012 issue and the deadline is coming up!

Thoughtsmith is an online literary magazine started by Saint Rose English MA student Benjamin Harris in 2009, and it had over 16,000 unique readers in 2011.  Thoughtsmith accepts prose pieces under 4000 words and poems on a

The cover of Thoughtsmith's latest issue

rotating, continual basis, but to have your work considered for issue 2.4 (to be published late March of this year), pieces must be received by February 29th at 11:59pm EST.  Any pieces received after that date will still be considered, but will be considered for issue 3.1 in June.

Check out thoughtsmith.org for more details or to see past issues.  The direct link to the submission manager (complete with submission guidelines) is http://thoughtsmith.submishmash.com/

Call For Papers: University of Rhode Island Graduate Conference

The URI 2012 Graduate Conference is looking for papers that deal with this year’s theme of Innovations and Anxieties. What have innovations improved or damaged? What have these innovations left behind? Possible subjects of study are literature, rhetoric and composition, and film studies, among many others. Possible topics include globalization, modernization, online media, information sharing, adaptation, serialization, and gender studies.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Colin Milburn, Associate Professor of English at UC Davis, author of Nanovision: Engineering the Future (2008), and Director of the UC Davis Humanities Innovation Lab. Professor Milburn’s research focuses on the cultural relations between literature, science, and technology and his interests include science fiction, gothic horror, the history of biology, the history of physics, video games, and the digital humanities.

Abstracts of 250-300 words, plus relevant biographical and contact information are to be submitted by March 2nd by clicking on the Submit your Abstract link at www.urigradconference.org. Please visit that website for even more information about this conference opportunity!

Barely South Review is Looking for Stories!

Barely South Review is now accepting submissions for our September 2012 issue!  We’re looking for unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art.

Check out our January 2012 issue featuring interviews with the likes of Joy Williams and Naomi Shihab Nye: http://barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/, and find our submission guidelines here:  http://barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/submission-guidelines/.

We’re also accepting entries to the inaugural Norton Girault Literary prize!  One fiction story will win $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review.  The guest judge this year is Cristina Garcia.  Complete guidelines and entry form can be found here:  http://barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/the-norton-girault-literary-prize/.

Deadline for September 2012 issue submissions is March 31st.  Deadline for entries to the Norton Girault Literary Prize is February 29th, 2012.

Send us your best!

Send general questions to odu.creative.writing@gmail.com

Spring 2012 Calls for Papers!

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.