CfP: Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) invites papers on "Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk" for its annual conference themed “Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture”, to take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from February 11th – 14th 2015.

Submission Deadline: November 1st 2014 at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org

CfP: Victorian Bodies

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2015 conference, “Victorian Bodies” to take place in the Manteo lakeside resort, Kelowna, British Columbia from April 10-11, 2015. The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of the body. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies’ enduring interest in the body and embodiment, and we look forward to exploring ways in which Victorians engaged with aesthetic, scientific, economic, and moral distinctions among bodies.

CfP: Mystery and Detective Fiction,

The Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015. We seek proposals—for individual papers as well as for panels—on all aspects and periods of mystery and detective fiction, including history, criticism, theory, and current trends.

CfP: Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy

This publication takes up the question from the July “Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy” conference’s final keynote speaker: is there any use in using the concept of evil in cultural, psychological, or other secular evaluations of the world and its productions, and if there is, what is it? This interdisciplinary project seeks papers that take a stand on evil, either exploring it as a linguistic/theoretical concept or looking at the pragmatism of evil as an evaluative tool in everyday moral/ethical situations. We are interested in both interdisciplinary papers that engage with the issue of evil and disciplinary papers that are clearly articulated for an interdisciplinary audience.

CfP: Horror, Southwest PCA/ACA

The area chair for Horror at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, digital and online as well as general culture to be considered for the 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on February 11-14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

CfP: Plant Horror / The Monstrous Vegetal

Dawn Keetley and Rita Kurtz call for chapters for an edited collection on Plant Horror.
Deadline for abstracts: January 2, 2015.

The recent critical “nonhuman” turn asks, as Elizabeth Grosz has eloquently put it, about all those “animal, plant, and material forces that surround and overtake the human.” Of all those “forces,” it is perhaps the plant that has been most neglected, although that neglect is being redressed in such recent publications as Matthew Hall’s Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany (2011), Michael Marder’s Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (2013), and Randy Laist’s Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies (2013). Theorists are recognizing the inherent importance of grappling with the ontological strangeness of plants, which have long inhabited what Michael Marder calls the “zone of absolute obscurity.” And vegetal life also plays a vital role in the project of re-thinking the past, present, and future of both human subjectivity and human survival.


CfP: The Victorian

The Victorian journal on 19th century society and literature will publish a new edition in September, 2014. Please send your articles, reviews and unpublished conference papers for consideration.
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