CfP: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions

Paper proposals are sought for a collected volume titled "Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions," edited by Chris Vanderwees and Percy Walton.

With 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world’s prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the “Stand Your Ground” laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these “self-defence rulings” tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching. The U.S., of course, is also the only developed country in the world (with the exception of Japan), that still retains the death penalty, or, what David Garland calls: “America’s peculiar institution” (playing on the title of Kenneth M. Stampp’s 1956 book on slavery). We are interested in papers that explore the state of the U.S. prison system, prison writings, executions, and Stand your Ground laws, in any literary genre, in the hope of coming to some understanding of the social, cultural, and racial dynamics of discipline and punishment in the U.S. Currently, we have interest from a publisher and will seek to publish successful papers as an edited collection.

Please send a 500 word abstract (or completed papers) and a CV to Chris Vanderwees and Priscilla Walton. Completed papers will be given preference.
contact e-mail: chrisvanderwees@gmail.com

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CfP: Representations of Cruel Children in Popular Texts

Paper proposals are invited for a collected volume on "The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts," edited by Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes.

Much has been written about the subject of cruelty against children, but this volume of collected essays seeks to focus critical attention instead on the representation of the cruel child. As a cultural sign, the cruel child lies at the nexus of many different and competing discourses that construct the child and childhood. By examining the cruel child in many kinds of popular texts we can sharpen our understanding of the changing nature of the representation of the child.

CfP: Victorian Self-Fashioning

The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) seeks paper proposals for their annual conference on "Victorian Self-Fashioning," to take place from October 22-24, 2015 in Denver, CO USA.

CfP: The Vampire and the Posthuman

Paper proposals are sought for a special session titled "The Vampire and the Posthuman. Following a Migrating Literary Form" at  the International Gothic Association Conference 2015 "Gothic Migrations," to take place from July 28 to August 1, 2015 in Vancouver, BC.

Following the migratory route of the generic, literary and aesthetic, and the historical, cultural and political form of the vampire in literature, film and television, a tantalizingly composite, hybridic, shape-shifting figure emerges--at once well preserved yet in a state of transmogrification; at once human yet not human. We know a vampire when we read and see one, but each one appears differently as it/he/she dematerializes and reforms, moving from text to text and from screen to screen. It is always in transit. It is always trans-.

This panel explores the migrations of the figure of the vampire in literature, film and television that engage the posthuman. How does the vampire move from century to century, country to country, culture to culture, and genre to genre while maintaining a semblance of a familiar guise as it also shifts identity and appearance? What is the aesthetic and cultural ontology of this trans-species figure? For this panel, I am interested in explorations of the vampiric and posthuman that are micro- and macro- in scale and methodology--that focus on individual vampires, texts, films, or television series and that situate specific vampiric incarnations in wider literary, cultural, political and historical contexts. Any reading of a specific vampire, text, film, or show should explore the place of this vampire in the wider contexts of vampire narratives and the gothic genre.

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be emailed by Friday, March 20, 2015 to Chris Koenig-Woodyard: chris.koenig.woodyard@utoronto.ca

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CfP: Weird South

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites proposals for a panel on weird South, to take place at the 31st annual MLA (Modern Language Association) convention from January 7-10, 2016 in Austin, Texas.
The south has long been tied to adjective “weird,” and not just in Austin, Texas. As a slogan that began as a way to promote local businesses, the idea of “keeping ________ weird,” resonates with representational practices, economic structures, and counter-cultural mystique. But what does it mean to be weird in a region that already seems to be a repository for weirdness? And how does one talk about the “weird,” without re-inscribing southern exceptionalism? This panel invites papers that recover, examine, interrogate, and theorize the weird south. All approaches and archives are welcome as we attempt to make sense of the relationship between the weird and the southern.

By March 20, 2015, please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words along with A/V requirements to Gina Caison, Georgia State University, at gcaison@gsu.edu and Stephanie Rountree, Georgia State University, at srountree3@gsu.edu.

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CfP: The Science Fiction We Don't (Usually) See

The Science Fiction Research Association seeks paper proposals for a conference titled "The SF We Don't (Usually) See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media," to take place from June 25 to 27, 2015 at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY (https://goo.gl/maps/tJN19).

Guests of Honor:
M. Asli Dukan (film) http://invisibleuniversedoc.com/
Alexis Lothian (digital) http://www.queergeektheory.org/
Vandana Singh (fiction + physics) http://users.rcn.com/singhvan/


CfP: Intoxication, Desire, and Fiction, 1850-1950

Paper proposals are invited for a one day conference co-hosted by the University of Leeds and City University of Hong Kong, to take place on Monday 22 July 2015, at the School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.