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CFP: Critical Insights: Civil Rights (edited volume; 3.16.16)

Critical Insights: Civil Rights
Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


From its flawed notion of “separate but equal” to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based. The 2015 Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature offered an updated examination of works such as King’s, bringing the discussion of the Civil Rights Movement and its seminal texts into the twenty-first century. However, this collection of scholarly essays has not gone far enough.


CFP: ESQ Special Issue: Paula Bernat Bennett and the Recovery of 19th-Century American Women Poets (Proposals due 5.17.16)

ESQ Special Issue: Paula Bernat Bennett and the Recovery of 19th-Century American Women Poets (Proposals due 5.17.16)

Call for papers for a special issue of ESQ to celebrate the landmark contribution of Paula Bernat Bennett to the recovery of nineteenth-century American women poets and the 20th anniversary of the publication of her ground-breaking anthology Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets (1997). Papers that acknowledge her contribution to the field and both extend and respond to her scholarly recovery work are invited.  Essays that focus on writers that she has recovered or explicitly respond to her scholarship would be especially welcome.

Proposals of 250-300 words for finished essays of 7,000 words submitted by May 15, 2016. Final submission of essays will be January 1, 2017.  Please send inquiries for papers to Faith Barrett barrettf@duq.edu, Paraic Finnerty paraic.finnerty@port.ac.eduand Elizabeth Petrino epetrino@fairfield.edu

CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)

The Edith Wharton Society

CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)

When, towards the end of her life, Edith Wharton named her five favorite works among her fiction, one short novel featured on the list: Summer (1917). To mark the centenary of its publication, we invite papers reconsidering Summer and its place in Wharton’s oeuvre. Themes and approaches might include: a re-evaluation of its critical reception, with Wharton claiming in A Backward Glance that Summer had “shocked” its readers, while T. S. Eliot suggested it would be considered “disgusting” in America; its position in Wharton’s canon, perhaps reconsidering the novel’s links to Ethan Frome and its label as “the hot Ethan.” Also welcome are re-considerations of Summer in the context of the discourses of race and eugenics in the early twentieth-century United States, disability studies, sexual politics, and the motif of incest. Topics might include Summer in the classroom, Wharton’s treatment of unprivileged…

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CFP (Updated Deadline): Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States: Pedagogy in Anxious Times (journal issue; 4.1.16)

Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States: Pedagogy in Anxious Times

Guest Editors: Cristina Stanciu and Anastasia Lin

Updated deadline: April 1, 2016

The 2005 MELUS special issue “Pedagogy, Praxis, and Politics” raised a number of questions about the theoretical implications of pedagogical practices in the multi-ethnic literature classroom. From the state of the field in the academy, debates over the canon, to challenges teachers face in various institutional and political contexts, the essays called into question the assumption that pedagogical praxis is divorced from theory. Building on this foundational special issue on pedagogy, as well as recent MELUS panels, roundtables, and conversations on critical pedagogy, this special issue extends these conversations over the last decade to address theoretical, historical, and practical concerns in the teaching of U.S. multi-ethnic literatures. (more…)

2016 First Book Institute

The 2016 First Book Institute

June 5-11, 2016

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University


Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University and Editor of American Literature

The stakes of successful publishing by early career professors are more urgent than ever given the current state of higher education promotion and publishing.  Responding to a glaring need in the field, the First Book Institute features workshops and presentations led by institute faculty aimed at assisting participants in transforming their book projects into ones that promise to make the most significant impact possible on the field and thus land them a publishing contract with a top university press.  Eight successful applicants will be awarded $1500 stipends to defray the costs of travel and lodging.  (more…)

Fellowships: 2016 James P. Danky Fellowship

2016 James P. Danky Fellowship

Applications are due May 1. 

In honor of James P. Danky’s long service to print culture scholarship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is again offering its annual short-term research fellowship (http://www.slis.wisc.edu/chpcdanky.htm). (more…)

CFP: International Symposium YST-Young Scholars Transfers (Deadline 03.01.16)

Call for papers: International symposium “YST – Young Scholars Transfers: A reflection on the notion of transfer in the field of human and social sciences”

Dates: 13-14 October 2016 at Université Paris-Est Créteil

Keynote speakers: Professor Lewis Gordon (University of Connecticut) Professor Rozena Maart (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

YST – Young Scholars Transfers is a project built around the key notions of transfer, intersection, transdisciplinarity and hybridity. At stake is the association of diverse objects of study, a plurality of approaches and different methodologies in the field of human and social sciences, in order to de-territorialize knowledge and disciplines. Several cultural and geographical zones (the Americas, South Africa and Europe) will be represented by young scholars willing to consider research and political, artistic or socio-cultural spaces as sites of perpetual transfers. (more…)


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