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Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Annual Conference: Call for ProposalsThe 2019 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall on Friday, November 15-Saturday, November 16 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  We are looking forward to another engaging and rewarding conference for new and seasoned members alike.  We are seeking proposals for panels and presentations for this year’s conference.06/01/2019, Please submit your proposal via the online form: Both proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered. November 15 -16, 2019, Portsmouth, NH
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's 117th annual conferenceThe Architecture, Space, and Literature session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that engage with the 2019 conference theme of “Send in the Clowns.” As an example, paper topics may include, but are by no means limited to, the the architecture and/or space of: circuses, castles and places of royalty (i.e. physical places where court jesters may perform or live), theaters, etc. Other papers might explore such architectural places and/or spaces in regards to the Carnivalesque or other such literary modes.06/10/2019, Please submit all proposals through pamla.ballastacademic.comNovember 14 - November 17, 2019, San Diego, CA
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's 117th annual conferenceWe are seeking proposals for papers focusing on the literature, culture, and social history of the British/Anglophone world until 1700. This general session entertains paper proposals on a wide variety of topics with particular consideration granted to papers that engage with the 2019 conference theme of "Send in the Clowns."06/10/2019, Please submit all proposals through pamla.ballastacademic.comNovember 14 - November 17, 2019, San Diego, CA
Comparative Women (Online Journal), Louisiana State UniverisityLouisiana State University’s online journal, Comparative Woman, is looking for academic essays, poetry, art, interviews, and book reviews on our theme of “Kin” for their 2019 issue. Theme: What is “kinship”? Is it merely biological or is it something that we choose? What are the bonds that we form? How do we form them? Why do we need these bonds? Why do these bonds matter? From Moms to Drag Mothers, covens to close-knit communities and cults, and siblings to fraternities: how do we recognize and establish “kin”? Mission Statement: Comparative Woman in an online journal with the aim to create an environment that explores topics related to comparative literature and women/gender studies through art and academic engagement from a multitude of perspectives. We seek to give artists a platform for reflecting on their thoughts and experiences according to each issue’s theme to present our readers with unique, diverse, and thought-provoking art while also exposing our readers to scholarly work on art and other forms created by women and the LGBTQ+ community or about women and the LGBTQ+ community in mediums both in and outside of the Western Literary Canon.06/15/2019, Submit on under the “Submit Article” tab on our
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's 117th annual conferenceNineteen years in, our twenty-first century literary traditions are beginning to take shape, and, indeed, it may be time to bring the unhelpfully named "contemporary" period to a close. Has our culture indeed shifted into a new literary period? What aspects of the new era provide it a sense of definition? Or, is the defining crisis that will launch a new literary period just on the horizon? The 9-11 Attacks, globalization/neoliberalism, the Anthropocene, the collapse of a post-Cold War détente with the resultant repolarization of world powers, and many other cultural shifts may serve as useful markers of an incipient yet-to-be-labeled era. In this spirit, this special session will address literary works across different genres and cultural origins since the turn of the millennium, as well as the challenges associated with categorizing, examining, and teaching them.06/10/2019, Please submit all proposals through pamla.ballastacademic.comNovember 14 - November 17, 2019, San Diego, CA
International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences (Call for Papers-IJELS)International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences (IJELS)(ISSN: 2456-7620) is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed refereed journal that inviting Literature Essays, Review Articles, Research articles, case studies, conference proceeding, and short communication in the field of English Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences. IJELS welcomes quality work that focuses on research, development, and review. After submission, all papers will be evaluated by experienced editorial members for their originality, Language perspective, and correctness, the relevance of topic and presentation quality.06/25/2019, Acceptance Notification: within 10-15 days after submission (Online Peer Review System). Online Publication: within 48 Hours after registration
Society for the Study of the American Short Story, New Orleans SymposiumThe Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS) requests proposals for papers and presentations at an international symposium to be held in New Orleans, September 5-7, 2019, at the Hotel Monteleone. This venue has been enormously popular with ALA members in part because this outstanding hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter and virtually all of the literary locations in the city are within walking distance. 07/15/2019, Please send all proposals and program suggestions to the symposium director, Jim Nagel, at Proposals need be only a single page with one paragraph that describes the subject of the paper and another that gives the credentials of the speaker. In addition to traditional panels, with three 20- minute papers, the symposium will also hold discussion forums, seminar conversations, and roundtable sessions. Fully-formed panels or discussion groups are especially welcome as are sessions organized by author societies. Creative writers are also invited to present work in progress or to discuss the genre of the short story.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO LANGUAGE, 6th EDITION (VocUM)The theme for VocUM 2019 is Language and Time. VocUM 2019 thus urges us to reflect upon the interaction between language and time: time within language and conversely language in time. To do so, VocUM is happy to welcome multiple research perspectives, in which time plays diverse roles. Contributions can examine the ways in which different languages express time or the diachronic variation of given linguistic phenomena, at a small or large scale. 07/05/2019, Proposals (300 words maximum) must be submitted using the electronic form, available on the VocUM website: Anonymous peer evaluation of the proposals will be carried out by a scientific committee. Presentations will be between 15 and 20 minutes long (to be determined according to the final number of presentations), followed by a question and answer session.November 14-15, 2019, Université de Montréal, Québec,
Narratives of Displacement, International Conference Call for PapersThe London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research is accepting abstract proposals for its upcoming international conference, Octobre 26, 2019 in Oxford, UK. The theme of the conference will "explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text."07/20/2019, Proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 20 July 2019 to: 26, St. Anne's College, Univeristy of Oxford, UK
18th & 19th Century Studies Works-in-Progress Symposium, CU BoulderWorks in Progress by faculty and graduate students in the fields of 18th- and 19th-century studies. Submit proposal with a title and 250-word proposal by August 1, 2019 Contact Catherine Labio for more information.08/01/2019, Submit proposal with a title and 250-word proposal to Catherine Labio ( 13, 2019, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder CO
2020 Leeds International Medieval Congress, The Medieval and Renaissance Drama SocietyThe theater has always been a place to push boundaries and explore the borders of what is accepted in society. The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society invites abstracts for the 2020 Leeds International Medieval Congress on “Borders” to be delivered in a session about crossing different types of borders—be they geographic or social—within the context of drama and performance in the medieval and Renaissance periods.08/23/2019, Send abstracts of no more than 100 words via email and provide a short CV, email address, telephone number, affiliation, and name/title (e.g. Dr, Mrs, Mr, Mx, etc).  Please direct abstracts and any questions to

July 6-9, 2020, Univeristy of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
Colonial Knowledges: Environment and Logistics in the Creation of Knowledge in British Colonies from 1750 to 1950.The effects of colonial power dynamics on knowledge creation in the long nineteenth century and beyond are well known and have become the foundation of a postcolonial reading of British scholarship in the context of empire. What has been less well examined are the practical effects of the colonial context on knowledge making. This two-day conference seeks to explore how logistical and practical factors, such as the physical environment including climate and distance from the metropole, influenced the creation of both scientific and humanistic knowledge in British colonies. We invite papers exploring the practicalities of knowledge creation in any British colony, including India and Egypt, from 1750 to 1950.08/23/2019, Abstracts of a maximum 250 words for 20 min papers with a short biography should be submitted to 27-28, 2020, University of Manchester, UK
Western Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Annual Conference (WSECS 2020)WSECS invites proposals from all disciplines on the general topic of “The Eighteenth-Century Anthropocene and Biodiversity". The Plenary Speaker is: Dr. Joyce Chaplin, Professor of Early American History at Harvard University.Panel proposals (including fully-formed panels) are due by 09/01/2019. Individual paper proposals are due by 10/15/2019. Please send a 250-word abstract, by the respective deadlines, to organizers Aparna Gollapudi
(Aparna.Gollapudi@ColoState.EDU) and Andreas Mueller (
February 14-15, 2010, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, COFinancial Awards (sponsored by Dr. Chaplin): The conference registration fees for six early-career, non-tenure-track scholars presenting papers and/or chairing panels at the meeting will be waived on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 51st Annual Conference Abstract Proposal Deadlines is 09/30/2019.March 5-8, 2020, Boston, MAGraduate Student Travel Awards available. Application deadline is November 1, 2019.
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial ConferenceBEYOND BORDERS, BARS, AND BINARIES: Rethinking “South” in an Age of Crisis At a moment of heightened xenophobia and pronounced political fixation on walls and borders, we invite scholars, activists, and students of southern literature, media, and culture to discuss the ways that the region answers back to national discourses on space, place, and power. The 2020 conference will have three key features aimed at providing an environment of collegiality, academic engagement, and lively intellectual exchange. Five opening-day seminars—“Ecological Souths,” “Southern Horrors: Afrosouthernfuturism and the Black Speculative Arts,” “Inside Voices: Power and Pedagogy in Prison Classrooms,” “Trans 101,” and “Among, Apart, Between: Multiethnic Souths”—will explicitly speak to the binaries that structure our senses of space, place, embodiment, and citizenship, while pointing us “beyond” fantasies of American exceptionalism. Keynote speakers on prison literatures, histories, pedagogies, and activism will investigate our current carceral state, placing it in relationship to regional histories and national interests, including commerce, labor, law, social stigmatization, and surveillance. Finally, in conjunction with our Emerging Scholars Organization, we will host workshops and panels on alt-ac paths so as to broaden the vision of post-doctoral life.10/15/2019, We welcome proposals for individual papers (300 words) and panels and roundtables (500 words). We also welcome proposals for more experimental “panel” formats, such as: guided discussions, “lightning” presentations, poster or art displays, writing workshops, sessions that combine scholarly and non-scholarly stakeholders, or other alternative formats (500 words).
April 2-5, 2020, Fayetteville, AR
Contemporaneity: Edition 9: Moving Across/Through Cultures, University of PittsburghIn recent years, art historians and contemporary artists have cast a critical eye on issues of mobility, exchange, and encounter between people and things across time and place. Questioning how people, objects, ideas, and aesthetics move through the world is crucial for understanding how art and material cultures form, define, and redefine identities and—often uneven—social relationships. Recent projects that address these issues range from contemporary art practices, such as Dig Where Your Stand in the 57th Carnegie International (Koyo Kouoh in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh graduate students) to historiographic interventions, symposia, and publications like Objects in Motion:Art & Material Culture Across Colonial North America (Wendy Bellion and Mónica Domínguez Torres). In its ninth edition Contemporaneity will extend these discourses and address how objects, aesthetics, people, and ideas move across cultures and boundaries into places deemed new, foreign, strange, or remote. It will also address the aftermath of such movement. We seek papers that ask how objects and artistic practices facilitate, encounter, and negotiate multiple identities and relationships, acting on both their culture of origin and their new sites of reception simultaneously. How does the act of movement produce contact zones between two or more cultures? How do art and objects provide and/or expose different modes of encounter between people, places, and cultures? Submissions on all topics will be considered. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to: Transnationalism, Cultural encounters, Contact zones, Migration, Exploration, Trade networks, consumerism, collecting, Tourism, Appropriation, Colonialism, Indigeneity, Hybridity.10/15/2019, Manuscripts (circa 6,000 words) should include an abstract, 3-5 keywords, and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. To make a submission, visit, click Register and create an Author profile to get started. Proposals for book and exhibi2on reviews, interviews, or other scholarly contribu2ons will also be considered, and we recognize that these submissions may take many forms. Proposals and questions can be directed to the editors at
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair, Arizona State University TempeEngage with over 300 conference attendees and 1,000 community members at this year’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair, February 22, 2019 at Arizona State University Tempe. Beyond space, exhibitors receive discounted registrations and advertising, and have the opportunity to present talks, readings, and other literary programs as part of the larger festivities. Full spaces are $200; half spaces are $100. Publishers, authors, educational institutions, local businesses, and other groups or organizations related to creative writing or arts and culture are encouraged to apply. 11/01/2019, Read the full guidelines, meet past exhibitors, and submit your application today at 22, 2019
Dragons: Edited Collections on Film, Literature, Gaming, and Online CultureAs the popularity of mythical creatures in films and literature grows, there is one creature that remains prominent: the dragon. Dragons have become most visible recently in the cinematic versions of The Hobbit and in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones Series). However, there are other films, such as Dragonslayer (1981), Reign of Fire (2002), Dragonheart (1996), and the How to Train Your Dragon series (2010-2019), and numerous adult and children’s literature series that feature dragons.12/01/2019, Please send abstracts, a short biographical note, and the name of the volume that the paper is for to Rachel L. Carazo at rachel.carazo@snhu.edun/a
Peter Nichols Essay Prize, Science Fiction FoundationWe are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2020).12/02/2019, All competition entries, with a short (50 word) biography, should be sent to the journal editor at  The entries will be judged by the editorial team and the winner will be announced in
the spring 2020 issue of Foundation.