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Call for Proposals: NACBS November 11-13

NACBS November 11-13: Call for Proposals

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The North American Conference for British Studies
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Call for Presenters: The North American Conference for British Studies

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: November 11-13, 2016

Abstract due: January 30, 2016

Panel Topic: The Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Britain

As part of the NACBS protocol, I’m soliciting for paper proposals to be submitted as a full panel to this year’s conference in Washington. The panel will give focus to new scholarship on transatlantic Britain in the eighteenth century. As it strives to be interdisciplinary, scholars from all fields may submit an abstract.

The eighteenth-century British Atlantic is a dynamic space and time, when the formation of the modern world evolved though colonization, displacement, enslavement, and revolution. In understanding the British metropole in the eighteenth century, it is important to contextualize it by the flows and counterflows generated by its trade and social networks with its North American and Caribbean colonies. The following topics will be of special interest to the formation of this panel:

• Piracy and Privateering
• The Rise of the Novel
• Slavery and Emancipation
• Hemispheric Connections
• Revolutions (American, Haitian)
• Empire and the Social Imagination
• Commercial Trade, Consumable Goods (coffee, tea, chocolate)
• Commercial Trade, Non-consumable Goods (Mahogany)
• Plantation Life
• Art and Architecture
• Medical Discourse and Sciences

This is just a brief listing of possible topics, and by no means excludes other paper proposals related to the eighteenth-century Transatlantic Britain.

For more information or to send your 250-300 word abstracts, please email Victoria Barnett-Woods at Abstract deadline is January 30th, 2016. You will be informed of your acceptance by February 12th. Should your paper be selected for this panel, it will then be forwarded to the NACBS committee members as a part of a full panel proposal. Unfortunately, your acceptance in the panel does not guarantee your acceptance into the conference. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Conference: Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific (5–8 July 2017))

Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific (5–8 July 2017))

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Society for the Study of American Women Writers and Université Bordeaux Montaigne
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Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific

Society for the Study of American Women Writers & Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Dates: 5th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

Conference director: Stéphanie Durrans

To maintain a continuity with our previous conference (in Philadelphia, November 2015) on liminality and hybrid lives, we would like this first SSAWW conference in Europe to address the significance of “border crossing[s]” in the lives and works of American women writers.

Such experiences have always been important to American women. Early diaries and travel notes left by 17th– and 18th-century women provide us with valuable records of and about their migratory experience to the New World and their lives and experiences in America. Besides offering more records of such experiences, the 19th century also witnessed an explosion in travel writing, fiction, and poetry treating with travel, as growing numbers of American women writers could afford to travel across Europe and more widely. Throughout the 20th century, more American women writers found in foreign lands a source of inspiration and creativity (e.g. Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Kay Boyle, and Djuna Barnes in France, Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil, Katherine Anne Porter in Mexico) and some of them even made the choice to write from abroad. Meanwhile, women writers originating from other countries drew on their first-hand experience of migration, border-crossing, and uprooting to add to the growing canon of American literature (e.g. Jumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Shirley Geok-lin Lim).

No study of border-crossing can afford to neglect the rich mine of writing contributed by Chicana writers throughout the 20th century. As pointed out by Carmen Tafolla, “[Chicanos] did not cross the border; the border crossed [them].” This was also true of many other women, moving into or across America. From such a perspective, crossing borders lends itself to the most radical strategies of subversion and defamiliarization. Last but not least, such writers as Toni Morrison explored the darker side of border-crossing by seeking to express and represent the trauma of the Middle Passage for whole generations of Africans, and the multiple dilemmas facing African American women down the decades.

The conference theme invites participants to explore the broad spectrum of possibilities generated by such cross-cultural interactions, as well as the challenge consequently posed to literary canons. How has this experience affected women writers’ worldview and conception of language? To what extent do their modes of exploration differ from that of their male counterparts? How important were such contacts in allowing women writers to develop a consciousness of otherness and/or forge a community of feeling and experience transcending national and/or cultural barriers? “Chroniclers bind the inner and outward history of isolated humanity, but travellers connect all humanity together,” stated Grace King in one of the first entries to her diary. More often than not, indeed, geographical borders assume an ontological dimension, and crossing them amounts to an exploration of the self as much as to a confrontation with otherness.

Crossings have always involved a necessary stage of transition, transformation, and consequent redefinition of the self that questions the very stability and permanence traditionally associated with women’s conventionalized roles. Thus we are very happy to consider writers using the idea of border crossing and travel symbolically or metaphorically as well as literally: early female travellers, explorers, and adventurers crossed borders in more ways than one, often by transgressing gender expectations, using this experience or awareness to reshape the conventions of many genres. One might also approach the topic by focusing on what happens when literary works cross national borders to reach foreign readers in translation. In this respect, translation studies and studies of American women writers’ reception abroad constitute another potentially fruitful arena.

As a multiethnic, multilingual society, the U.S. undoubtedly provides fertile terrain for the development of a transnational consciousness that will be pivotal to our questioning on the topic. Possible approaches to the conference theme may include but are not limited to such keywords and ideas as:

Women writers and travel writing
The migratory experience
Expatriate American women writers
Expatriate women writers in Paris
The Lost Generation
Redefining the national canon
Transatlantic studies
Transcontinental/Transpacific/Transatlantic literary relationships
Geographical borders/ontological issues
Representations of otherness
Cross-cultural interactions
Cross-linguistic perceptions/living between two languages
Women and frontier experiences
Translation studies
American women writers’ reception in foreign countries
Women writers’ reception in America and Europe

Submission Instructions
Deadline: August 31, 2016 (Individual Papers)

Submissions are electronic. Submit individual proposals and completed panel proposals to both attached in Word or rtf, and pasted into the body of the message.

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete session submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. Affiliate associations and regional groups should follow the submission guidelines for complete session submissions.

Conference participants may appear on the program twice as presenters: once on a panel presenting a formal academic paper, and once in an additional way (for example, on a roundtable, as a respondent, or in a “professionalization” session).

Global Emersons at ALA

Global Emersons at American Literature Association

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, American Literature Association
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Global Emersons
This panel examines the way that Emerson has been figured as an international (transatlantic, global) figure or been appropriated across national boundaries as relevant to local histories, politics, and culture. We are interested in Emerson as an international figure, and we welcome presentations that investigate Emerson’s travels abroad, his engagement with literatures and philosophy from across the globe, his understanding of international politics and cross-border conflicts, and his reputation–contemporary or contemporaneous–abroad. We also welcome presentations that examine Emerson in translation, and we are especially interested in presentations from international scholars whose work examines Emerson as a global figure or whose papers describe or theorize the state of Emersonian scholarship in their home countries.
E-mail 300 word abstracts to Roger Thompson ( by Dec. 20, 2015. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. The Emerson Society also provides grants that may be of interest to presenters, including a Research Grant and a Graduate Student Travel Grant. The travel grant provides $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2016) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2016). Further information can be found at

CFP: Canada, Brazil, and Beyond

CFP: Canada, Brazil, and Beyond (abstract due by March 1, 2016)

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Canada, Brazil, and Beyond: Call for Papers, a special issue of Canada and Beyond
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Guest Editors: Diana Brydon and Vanessa A. Nunes

The Brazilian comparison makes good sense for Canadianists yet our different histories of colonialism, indigenous relations, and cultural debates about capitalism, democracy, multiculturalism, and globalization have seldom been investigated with the sustained attention they deserve. In literary studies, only a few names such as P.K. Page, Elizabeth Bishop, Jan Conn, and (more recently) Priscila Uppal have attracted much attention in their portrayals of Brazil, while the presence of Canada in Brazilian literature is even scarcer. This call for a special issue on Canada, Brazil, and Beyond begins to address the question of what might be learned from thinking about Brazil and Canada together. What creative works and new angles of analysis have been missed by neglecting this comparison? What revised frameworks might such a focus call for?

Canadian Studies has traditionally been oriented toward an Atlantic Studies paradigm working in English or French. Pacific and Northern studies functioned as supplements to this transatlantic orientation. Neither multicultural nor postcolonial studies succeeded in fundamentally dislodging it. A shift away from Europe toward situating Canada within the Americas was signaled by a few texts, which, however, paid scant attention to Brazil. Albert Braz proposes the label “Outer America” for Canada and Brazil as these two large countries are often forgotten in continental dialogues (119). With the exception of a few special journal issues and the journal Interfaces Brasil/Canadá, the journal of the Brazilian Association for Canadian Studies, the Canada-Brazil relation remains under-discussed.

Indigenous and Latin American decolonial studies, developing concurrently with the rise of interest in global and hemispheric studies, are creating an environment more receptive to thinking about Canada and Brazil, their changing relations, and the varied contexts in which they might illuminate each other. Canadian studies scholars, an international community, now look, not only to the east and west but also south and north from Canada as disciplinary alignments react to changing pressures. This contextual broadening, indicated by the launch of the journal, Canada and Beyond, from its base in Spain, now works across languages as well as across oceans and continents. It is in the light of these changes that we issue a call for papers rethinking the relations between Canada, Brazil, and Beyond.

We invite original papers on any dimension of this theme from scholars working within and across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Essays should be 6,000 – 8,000 words, double-spaced, and follow MLA style. Please email queries any time and completed papers and by March 1, 2016. Papers will be reviewed with an aim of publication in the Spring 2017 issue.

SSSL Conference: The South in the North

Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference Boston, March 10‐12, 2016 The South in the North

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Society for the Study of Southern Literature
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SSSL’s meeting in Boston will be the first the organization has held in a location north of the Mason‐Dixon line. Ironically, in many ways this has never mattered less, as Southern literary studies’ formative focus on regional difference and distinctiveness has been retrained to take in a broader view of the South’s reciprocal material and imaginary relations with the US North, other regions, the nation, and transnational permutations of North/South dynamics. As scholars of a regional literature, we have been invigorated by innovative scholarship on the way the imagining of region figures in the imagining of nation, on the construction and consequences of Southern exceptionalism, on the continued expansion of analytical concepts of Southernness (and Northernness) in hemispheric, transatlantic, and global contexts. Now well‐established, the shift from east‐west to north‐south axes in cultural as well as economic, political, and other fields, invites continued exploration of its local, regional, national, hemispheric, and global manifestations.

Some broad issues with literary consequences the conference hopes to explore under the rubric of “The South in the North” include:
*regional fantasies and the national imaginary: the South as projection, the North as disavowal of region?
* climate change and Northern “tropicalization”
* alternatives to north/south dyads in conceptualizing region, area, hemisphere
* effect of native studies on north/south monoliths
* continental, Caribbean, hemispheric, transatlantic and global Norths and Souths
* circuits of production, consumption; foodways
* geography and periodization of the US civil rights movement
* Southern expatriation
* southern and post-southern imaginaries
Please see the full description of the conference topic and detailed cfp on our website:

We welcome proposals for individual papers and full panels. Pre‐arranged panels are also welcomed. We invite calls for papers for panels, and will post them on the SSSL Facebook and webpage. Feel free to contact us as early as you’d like about preliminary ideas and suggestions. Please direct all correspondence to John Matthews at

Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2015.

Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group Graduate Student Colloquium

Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group Graduate Student Colloquium, April 8-9, 2016 (Abstract due December 31, 2015)

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Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group
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10th Annual Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group Graduate Student Colloquium
April 8-9, 2016

Theme: Transatlantic Circulation: Ideas out of Bounds

Purdue’s Early Atlantic Reading Group (EARG) invites graduate student scholars to participate in the tenth annual graduate student colloquium. Continuing in its tradition of widening the scholarly spectrum, this year’s colloquium will consider the circulation of ideas, trends, material objects, and texts across continents in the seventeenth, long eighteenth, and early to mid-nineteenth centuries. The conference theme aims to spark re-visions of the texts, images, objects, people, places, literatures, and languages of the early Atlantic world through inter- and multi-disciplinary scholarship. Proposals are welcome that employ a transatlantic, transnational, or other spatial lens, or that illuminate a particular North or South American, British, African, or Caribbean facet within these literary or historical frameworks.

The colloquium will take place from April 8-9, 2016. Dr. Melissa J. Homestead, Professor of English and Program Faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will serve as our featured speaker. Dr. Homestead is known for numerous articles on eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century American women writers such as Susanna Rowson, Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Willa Cather, as well as four books including an edition of Sedgwick’s Clarence (1830) and American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869 (2005). The keynote will be entitled: “Adventures in Transatlantic Circulation: Tracking Women Authors and their Books, the 1790s to the 1850s.”

We welcome individual papers, panels, and non-traditional presentations, such as pre-circulated papers, roundtables, or poster sessions. All disciplines are encouraged to participate.

We encourage paper and presentation topics including, but not limited to:

• Representations of Nature & the Natural World
• Constructions of Nationalism(s) & Creole Experience
• Discussions of Science, Medicine & Natural History
• Aesthetics and Literary Form
• Women’s Writing
• Native Writings
• Children’s Literature
• Reform writing
• Transoceanic/Terraqueous Studies
• Caribbean Literatures
• Cultural Studies
• Queer Theory
• Trans, Circum, & Cis Atlantic or Hemispheric Studies
• Print & Material Culture
• History of the Book
• Media Transformations & Visual Culture
• Modern Rhetorics
• Creative Interpretations (visual, prose, verse, etc.)

Please send abstracts of about 300 words by December 31, 2015 to the colloquium organizers at
Panels will be finalized and participants notified by no later than January 31, 2016.

New Seminar: MVSA SEMINAR: The Transatlantic Periodical Press (April 8-10, 2016)

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Midwest Victorian Studies Association
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MVSA SEMINAR: The Transatlantic Periodical Press
Seminar Leader: Jennifer Phegley, Department of English, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) 2016
Conference Topic: Victorian News: Print Culture & The Periodical Press

April 8-10, University of Missouri, Columbia

Recent studies of nineteenth-century transatlantic culture have overturned the standard narrative of Anglo-American literary relations that cast British literature as original, dominant, or colonizing and American literature as derivative, subservient, or rebellious. As Paul Giles points out in Transatlantic Insurrections, transatlantic culture is often characterized by the “more discomfiting figures of mirroring and twinning” indicative of two cultures developing in parallel rather than in opposition to each other. The conception of an American literature borne primarily out of insurgence against British cultural production becomes even more tenuous when we abandon our focus on authorial and national identities to examine the development of the periodical press, which frequently involved collaboration, imitation, homage, borrowing, copying, repurposing, and reprinting of authors, formats, images, serials, poems, and articles on both sides of the Atlantic. In The Culture of Reprinting in America, Meredith McGill argues that our author-centered nationalist frameworks have, until recently, prevented us from examining the importance of the ways in which “foreign literature is repackaged and redeployed” on both sides of the Atlantic. While American editors, publishers, and readers engaged with cheap reproductions of British authors and texts, the more established and centralized British publishing system was also seeking new writers, periodical genres, and markets in the United States.

This seminar welcomes scholars interested the interdependence of the two national literary cultures or the ways in which British and American authors, editors, and publishers knowingly collaborated or covertly adapted each other’s work. Possible topics include but are not limited to the publication and reception of British writers in the United States and American writers in Great Britain; novel serialization, poetry publishing, and illustration in periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic; the international exchange of news and information through the press; the creation and imitation of magazine formats; and reader responses to transatlantic print culture.

Participants in MVSA seminars will write 5-7 page papers that will be pre-circulated to the other participants prior to the conference. During the seminars, the seminar leader and participants will identify important points of intersection and divergence among the papers and identify future areas of inquiry and collaboration. The seminar format allows a larger number of scholars to participate in MVSA and to seek financial support from their respective institutions to attend the conference and discuss a shared area of scholarly interest. Seminars are limited to 12 participants.

Send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (both as MWord documents) by October 15, 2015, to Jennifer Phegley at

For more information, please visit

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization welcoming scholars from all disciplines who share an interest in nineteenth-century British history, literature, and culture.

Call for Monographs 2015: Book Series on East‐West Cultural Encounters in Literature & Cultural Studies

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National Taiwan University Press
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This Series seeks scholarly works on intercultural encounters in literature, particularly East‐West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re‐create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

● Colonial literature in the countries of the Asian Pacific Rim
● Transpacific or transatlantic cultural or literary routes/roots
● New cultural identities in literature in neocolonial and global Asia
● The relationship between Asia and Oceania
● The contacts between Asia and Europe or the Americas
● Theoretical paradigms of globality and worlding
● Convergences and divergences of exile, diaspora, and expatriation
● Asian diasporic writing in the new millennium
● Canons and genres
● Classics in modern contexts
● Cultural translations of Sinophone, Anglophone, Francophone and/or Hispanophone literatures

A leading university in the world, National Taiwan University is striving for more international collaborations and scholarly exchanges. NTU Press, playing an important role in disseminating
top‐notch research and scholarship in the Chinese‐speaking academy, is now expanding its scope of publication in English. All submissions will be assessed by the Editors and reviewed by anonymous readers. Once the book project is approved, the author(s) will receive a contract from NTU Press. Please send a book prospectus, the author’s CV, and a sample chapter to the Editors. The manuscript should employ the MLA format and style, and only a completed manuscript will be considered.

Series Editors
Dr. Bennett Yu‐Hsiang Fu (
Dr. Chi‐She Li (

New Conference: Transatlantic Connections, January 13-17 2016: Drew University, Ireland

Transatlantic Connections Conference 3 January 2016 13-17

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Drew University
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Call For Papers
The Transatlantic Connections Conference is a unique, multi-disciplinary gathering that aims to encourage conversation between scholars and researchers of Irish and Irish-American culture and the writers, artists, local historians, surfers, musicians, skaters, chefs, poets, thinkers and readers of Irish and Irish-American culture.This is the third year of Transatlantic Connections, and the overall theme of this year is Ireland and the Diaspora.

The location is in Bundoran, in County Donegal, an incredibly cultural and scenic county, sandwiched between the province of Northern Ireland to the east, the counties of Sligo and Leitrim to the south, and the wild Atlantic Ocean all along the west coast. Bundoran is a small seaside town that has experienced the vicissitudes of Ulster history, a community of people who share a love of Irishness, hospitality, the ocean and the craic (that’s a Gaelic word for fun!)
History and Culture matter in Ireland. It has always been a country that is very aware of its political and cultural past. But there are less well-known aspects of Irish culture. Irish creativity is well-known in literature, it was inevitable that it would spill into other areas of popular culture, especially where subcultures such as surfing and skating began to thrive. Interesting things are happening in Irish film and media, music, art and design. The same talents that launched a thousand books and poems are now busy being creative in all sorts of contemporary directions. This deserves our attention.

American influence and opinion has always been important in Ireland, and Irish people have made very important contributions to the culture of the United States. This conference aims to identify some of these experiences, discuss them, celebrate them and encourage their continuity. Our range of panels reflects the eclectic nature of these experiences, and our objective of integrating the academic conference experience with an authentic experience of a vibrant and current Irish Culture.
Papers are invited in the following areas:

Diaspora Studies
Literary Studies
Creative Writing
Popular Culture
Traditional Irish music
Film & Media Studies
Irish Language: An Ghaeilge
Medical Humanities
Peace Studies

For further information, please email or

Conference: The tenth biennial Symbiosis conference

shipSymbiosis stages a biennial conference featuring keynote addresses, panels, workshops and excursions. Papers engage with a variety of transatlantic and/or transnational topics in the literatures and cultural histories of the Atlantic world. The tenth biennial Symbiosis conference  is booked provisionally to be held at the University of Essex from 9th – 12th July 2015, local coordinator/organizer, Dr. Susan Oliver. Email: