ENGLISH-BRITISH STUDIES

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN SHAKESPEARES

This panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of African American Shakespeare: papers might consider (but are not limited to) performances, adaptations, appropriations, or critical theory. Papers which address the theme of the conference are particularly encouraged. By July 15th, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, a brief biographical statement, and any A/V requirements to Oliver Hennessey, Xavier University of Louisiana, at oh[email protected].

 

ANGER IN LITERATURE OF THE RESTORATION AND THE 18TH CENTURY

This panel welcomes on anger in literature of the Restoration and the 18th century. By July 15, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Brian McCrea, Flagler College, at [email protected].

 

D.H. LAWRENCE AND THE ART OF ANTAGONISM

D.H. Lawrence Society of North America

This panel welcomes abstracts on any aspect of D.H. Lawrence and the art of antagonism. By May 15, 2018, please submit 200-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Adam Parkes, University of Georgia, at [email protected].

 

EARLY MODERN ENGLISH PLAYS, MONARCHS, AND COGNITIVE THEORY 

This panel welcomes abstracts on early Modern English plays, monarchs and cognitive theory. By May 1, 2018, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to William Rampone, South Carolina State University, at [email protected].

 

GENDERED VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT GENDERS IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN LITERATURE

Gendered Violence and Violent Genders in Medieval and Early Modern Literature: This presentation panel welcomes submissions that explore the intersection between violence and gender in medieval and/or early modern English literature. Particularly of interest are papers that use violence to change the way we look at gender in a given text, or, similarly, papers that use gender to change the way we look at violence in a given text. Please send 200-word abstracts and short bios by 1 May, 2018 to Matt Carter, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, at [email protected]

 

JAMES BOND IN JAMAICA: CELEBRATING DR NO AND LIVE AND LET DIE

In 1952, Ian Fleming penned the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, at Goldeneye, his winter home in Jamaica. Each successive Bond novel was written at Goldeneye, and several of the most memorable and exciting novels were set in Jamaica. 2018 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel, Dr No, (1958) which was set on the Caribbean island and would be the basis for the first EON film in 1962. It is also the 45th anniversary of the film of Live and Let Die (1973)—the first to star Roger Moore in the title role—which was set in the fictional Caribbean island of San Monique, based on Jamaica (where the novel was set). This anniversary gives us the opportunity to consider the significance of Jamaica under the Conference theme of “Fighters from the Margins” —considering that Jamaica was viewed as relatively marginal to Britain and the USA in the Cold War era of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Yet Jamaica became cemented by Fleming’s work in the popular imagination as a key exotic location for international intrigue and Cold War espionage. The panel welcomes readings of texts featuring Bond in the Caribbean, especially those focusing on either novel and film versions of Dr No and Live and Let Die. Papers might address Fleming and Bond’s attitudes to British colonialism in Jamaica; the racialized politics and representations of the Jamaican-based villains (Dr No, Mr Big, Dr Kananga); the exoticization of the Caribbean through portrayals of indigenous cultural practices (eg voodoo), sexuality, and cuisine; the displacement of Jamaica by the fictional Caribbean location of San Monique in the film of Live and Let Die; or the significance of the films of Dr No and Live and Let Die as the cinematic debuts of Sean Connery and Roger Moore, respectively, as 007. Please send abstracts of 250 words and brief bios to Oliver Buckton ([email protected]) by June 1, 2018.

 

JOSEPH CONRAD: THE GLAMOUR OF ALL ARTISTIC WORK

The Joseph Conrad Society

Whether it is anarchism and social revolution, fin de siècle anxieties about Colonial authority or decline, depictions of gender, or gendered narrative gaze, Joseph Conrad’s work often self-consciously occupies the margins, what he calls the “penumbra” or shadow-line of social, cultural and political conflicts. Please submit a brief bio, A/V requirements, and a 250-word abstract for a presentation that explores some aspect of the conference theme, Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies, as it applies to Joseph Conrad, his work, or his circle. Proposals should be directed to David Mulry, at the College of Coastal Georgia: [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is May 14. 

 

LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE FIN DE SIÈCLE

Talia Schaffer concludes the introduction to her anthology Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (2007) with this summary: “The century was ending, the queen was aging, major figures were dying, and social orders were eroding. Male writers with traditional cultural allegiances…felt left behind by the brash, bestselling new writings of the New Women, socialists, and imperialists. They recorded their misery as a narrative of decline, as if the relative marginalizing of their particular masculine high-art culture meant the end of civilization itself” (4).  Although contemporary commentators cast the period as one of decline, the Victorian zeal for reform continued to be evidenced by the work of activists like W.T. Stead, Josephine Butler and Mona Caird. Organizations advocated for trade unions, higher education opportunities for women, universal suffrage, an end to animal vivisection, cultural improvement for slum dwellers, and women’s property rights, among other causes. Please submit a brief bio and a 500-word abstract for a presentation that explores some aspect of the conference theme, Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies, as it applies to the Fin-de-Siècle period in England. Proposals should be directed to the Session Chair, Anita Turlington, at the University of North Georgia: [email protected] The deadline for submissions is May 30. 

 

MARGINAL WRITING IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

In a private train carriage in the woods of Compiègne, France, at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour, delegates from the Allied Powers and Germany signed one of the most important documents of the twentieth century: The Armistice of 11 November 1918. This armistice would ultimately redefine how European nations viewed the historical trajectory of the war, how they mourned their fallen combatants, and how they would attempt to salvage the cultural and economic wreckage left in the wake of war. In a text-critical sense, the Armistice of Compiègne is central to the production of European cultural institutions and ideologies through the interwar period and beyond. Even so, there are countless other texts and documents that are considered marginal to the canon of the First World War—marginal, perhaps, but not insignificant. Thus, in preparation for the Centenary of Armistice Day, this panel welcomes proposals on texts and documents that are considered “marginal” to the British and Irish cultural histories of the First World War. This panel welcomes proposals on English-language literary texts, and contemporaneous authors, that exist outside the canon of First World War scholarship. Additionally, this panel welcomes proposals on extraliterary materials written during or about the war; these include manuscripts of canonical and non-canonical texts, fragments, juvenilia, correspondence, and reviews. Proposals on the print cultures and sociologies of the First World War are also welcome, as is any work on the music, painting, and sculpture produced in response to the war. Please submit a 250-word abstract, including a brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Charles H. Joplin, The University of Southern Mississippi, at [email protected]; proposals are due no later than May 21.

  

MEDIEVAL SOCIO-POLITICAL IDENTITIES

ENGLISH I (MEDIEVAL)

SAMLA 90’s English I (Medieval) panel is calling for papers concerning Medieval Mythology and Literature in their historical, political, social, economic, and religious contexts as well as their resurgence and reimagining in modern literary texts and popular culture as socio-political activators. We welcome all topics concerning primary texts written between 500 and 1500 CE that have been or are being used by socio-political activists to shape various cultural memories and identities. Please direct all questions and abstracts, of no more than 250 words, to Drew Craver, by June 15, 2018 at [email protected].

 

MILTON

This session welcomes submissions for twenty-minute, scholarly presentations on any aspect of John Milton. Proposals addressing the conference theme, “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies,” are especially welcome. Certainly, Milton fought from the margins on divorce, politics, religion, and poetics and spoke for the “creative dedicated minority” of his time. By Friday, May 25, please submit an abstract of 200 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Dr. Matthew Dolloff at [email protected] and Dr. Olin Bjork at [email protected].

 

MODERNIST MOVEMENTS: DISASSEMBLING JAMES JOYCE

 International James Joyce Foundation

 In her 2011 book, Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism, Jessica Berman argued for increased recognition of the political commitments in the art of Modernist writers such as James Joyce. From noting how his texts join avant-garde modernism in rejecting capitalism’s commodity culture to positing Joyce’s “semi-colonial” construction of Irish political identity, the body of Joyce scholarship blooms with consideration of its subject’s resistance to oppressive systems of power. This panel builds on the conversation by inviting submissions of proposals that address how Joyce’s works stage public assembly. Specifically, this panel invites proposals considering how Joyce’s works frame the questions of mobility and ability raised when occupying public space in pursuit of social justice. Submissions that adopt a range of critical methodologies are welcome. While preference will be given to projects responding to the focus of this CFP, this panel will also consider submissions that, following the conference theme, decenter dominant paradigms to consider the ethics of social justice in the texts and social networks shaping the study of James Joyce.  By June 15th, please submit a 300-word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Christine Anlicker at [email protected].

 

PSYCHOANALYSIS, ANTI-PSYCHIATRY AND EARLY MODERN LITERATURE 

 Southeastern Renaissance Conference 

 In his early work, Michel Foucault examines the marginalization of the mentally ill, who replaced lepers as early modern society’s Other. Foucault ultimately became the figurehead of the anti-psychiatry movement, which questioned the validity of the very notion of “mentally ill.” In Madness and Civilization, Foucault located this new medicalization of the mentally ill in the seventeenth century, a period in which he would subsequently mark the beginnings of the imprisoned subject, epistemological rupture, and modern notions of sexuality. For this panel, we seek analyses of early modern depictions of mental illness that are informed, complemented, or correlated with Foucault’s early work on the treatment of the mentally ill. Although, Foucault’s Madness and Civilization has garnered much criticism, the system of thought it examines can inform cultural products of a society at a crucial turning point socially and politically. Possible topics might include readings of early modern literature informed by: psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan) Foucault and Derrida; Foucault and Kristeva/semiotics; technologies of the self; Descartes and the evil genius; Foucault and Disability Studies; depictions of melancholy (Hamlet, Romeo); depictions of mental illness (King Lear); depictions of psychopathology (Richard III, Iago). Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to the panel organizers by May 1, 2018 to Dr. Dan Mills, University of Georgia, [email protected] and Dr. Ruth McIntyre, Kennesaw State University, [email protected]. Also submit a 100-word biography.

 

ROMANTICISM AND SOCIO-POLITICAL PROTEST

Keats-Shelley Association of America

Recalling Romantic works of social critique, such as John Keats’s “To Autumn,” Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Mask of Anarchy,” Lord Byron’s Don Juan, and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, Romanticism and Social Justice is an affiliated session of the Keats-Shelley Association of America at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama (Nov 2-4, 2018). This panel seeks papers related to second-generation Romantic-era writers and/or their literary circles, including those which may address the transnational turn in literary studies and of postcolonial theory to a more inclusive understanding of British Romanticism.  Proposals addressing the works of John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and William Hazlitt as well as those which address the aesthetics of politics and /or globalism will receive priority. Proposals that engage with the conference theme (“Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies”) are especially welcome. Subjects to be considered might include (but are not limited to) Romantic literature in relation to contemporary socio-political activism or modern activism, the role of genre in the Romantics’ socio-political activism, forms of protest in Romantic literature, and reimagining Romantic protest literature through alternative lenses--such as digital forms.  Please send a 250-word abstract, bio or CV (one page only), and audio-visual requests to Tina Iemma, St. John’s University, [email protected] and Jamie Watson, UNC Greensboro, [email protected] by 11 May 2018.

 

TEACHING SHAKESPEARE'S LANGUAGE

This panel focuses on the fundamental hurdle every Shakespeare teacher faces: how to teach the language. Papers will consider strategies for teaching Shakespeare’s language at the undergraduate level, including to English language learners. Please submit a brief bio and a 300-word abstract for a presentation that explores pedagogy to Session Chair, M. Tyler Sasser, at the University of Alabama: [email protected]. The deadline for submission is 8 June 2018.

 

TOLKIEN AS COMMENTATOR: PHILOLOGY, MYTHOLOGY, AND FANTASY

In his introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey argues that “The Lord of the Rings has established itself as a lasting classic, without the help and against the active hostility of the professionals of taste; and has furthermore largely created the expectations and established the conventions of a new and flourishing genre.” The impact Tolkien has made on not only high fantasy, but also on the importance of language and mythology studies is undeniable. The influences of World War I, modern industrialization, and more are evident in his works as socio-political commentary, despite his personal dislike of allegory. Tolkien studies reflects a thriving culture in and outside the university. To that end, this panel seeks work that explores the lasting impressions of Tolkien’s projects, whether it covers classic Tolkien texts like The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, more obscure texts like The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, or more miscellaneous projects like his translations, interpretations, histories, art, short stories, poetry, and language studies. Work that analyzes Tolkien’s effect on pop culture, politics, and sociology is also welcome, as is work that incorporates the personal influence and/or texts of his close friend, C.S. Lewis. By April 30, 2018, please submit a 200-300 word abstract to Bryana Fern with the University of Southern Mississippi at [email protected]. Within your abstract, please include a short bio, along with any A/V requirements. 

 

T.S. ELIOT AND SOCIAL CHANGE

T.S. Eliot Society

This special panel sponsored by the T. S. Eliot Society invites papers on Eliot’s life and work   The SAMLA 90 theme – “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies” – invites us to examine in particular Eliot’s work in the context of socio-political change -- as well as his associations with, usages by, or role as a conservative force against, socio-political activists and activism. The recent watershed of previously unpublished material from Eliot offers rich ground for exploring these relationships.  But the panel would like to invite, too, work which in general takes up new work on Eliot in light of this recently available material – that is, whether it quite fits the conference theme or not...  It is an exciting time for Eliot scholarship, and we want to continue to build momentum. By June 1, 2018, please submit, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Craig Woelfel, at Flagler College ([email protected]).

 

VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN ADVENTURE FICTION AND SOCIAL CHANGE

This panel welcomes submissions that explore how popular adventure fiction/boy’s books of the long nineteenth century were used as agents of social change. While often viewed as works for adolescents, such novels played subversive roles in dismantling traditional ideas and establishing new cultural norms. We are especially interested in papers that explore novels set in locations outside the colonial center that worked to challenge British assumptions about education/the educational system. Potential authors could include Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells, or Edgar Rice Burroughs as well as lesser-known authors such as Louis Becke or authors popularized through translation, such as Jules Verne. By May 11, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (inclusive of academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Jennifer Fuller, Idaho State University, at  [email protected].