Updated: February 26, 2020
1. Toronto, ON, Canada – January 7-10, 2021
Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2020
“Where are the Wonder Girls? Heroines and Persistence in Campus Novels”
Modern Language Association Convention
January 7-10, 2021
Enormous reading pleasure can be derived from Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys but where are the wonder girls? Where are American (campus) novels about gallivanting women academics and writers based in academia, getting into trouble, having multiple lovers in different countries, shoplifting, dancing naked in the rain (the list is suggestive, not exhaustive)? Yet novels which are comic, feel-good, and sporting happy endings? There is a discernible tendency to cast as protagonists of campus novels and artist novels unhappy and unlucky women, tormented victims rather than fierce individuals with agency.
I’m seeking papers on representations of women academics and writers in contemporary US campus literature depicting women’s efforts to survive as artists. I’m interested in e.g. how an artist heroine navigates the nexus between and the lacunae of intellectuality, creativity, and sexuality, juggling different roles the society has burdened her with, while battling various obstacles, exterior and interior and, if she doesn’t have an inherited income and a house of her own, being torn between the need to create and the need to live, caught in a double-bind between art and life, succeeding and/or failing as a woman or as an artist. I’m primarily interested in portrayals of active women artists who protagonists not mere characters.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2020.
2. Chicago, IL – March 19th-22nd, 2020
Deadline for abstracts: September 23, 2019
“The American Campus Novel in the 21st Century“
Seminar organized within the framework of the
annual ACLA conference.
Please apply via acla.org (portal opens September 1st) before September 23.
Information about the seminar: https://www.acla.org/american-campus-novel-21st-century
The campus novel, an Anglo-American genre, having as its protagonists alternately students, teaching staff, and full professors, acts as a barometer measuring the state of the nation and education. While critically commenting on campus life, often spotlighting subversive behaviors and contesting the status quo, the campus novel portrays the individual’s struggle for personal advancement and definition of one’s own identity and values. It serves as a battleground for concepts and ideologies pervasive in the times it depicts. Many established American and British authors, and a few international writers living and working in the US, explored the potential of this subgenre, especially its satirical penchant and “pejorative poetics” (Kenneth Womack), in order to comment on contemporaneous issues.
This seminar aims to explore the various interactions between academe and the real world primarily in contemporary American campus fiction in connection with modern day discourses and trends, but it can also tackle non-fiction and film/TV series. Proposals may concern campus fiction, academic life writing, and film about academia, and the following areas and topics:
- Indigenous studies
- Postcolonial studies
- Race studies
- Queer and feminist theory & gender studies
- Ecocriticism and environmental studies
- Posthumanism and animal studies
- Trauma, illness, and disability studies
- Critical university studies
- Refugees, migrations, and immigration
- Digital media and technology
- Media and journalism
- Politics and activism
Please direct all queries to email@example.com.
Marta J. Lysik
Department of Literary and Documentary Genres
Institute of Journalism and Social Communication
The University of Wroclaw
Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2019-2020
Department of English
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
3. Cracow, Poland – 15-16 November 2019
Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2019.
SEMINAR ON ACADEMIC FICTION
Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
15-16 November 2019
The Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Professor Merritt Moseley invite abstracts for twenty-minute papers on academic fiction.
Papers addressing any aspect of the relationship between academic fiction and the real world, literary commentary on the crises of university education, the lives of academics, creative writers in academia, academia and race, class, or gender, or other relevant topics are welcomed. Relevant non-fiction and film may also be considered. There is no cost for participation.
Submit an abstract of around 150 words with a brief biographical statement to Merritt Moseley, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2019. Notifications will follow on 10 October.
Time: Friday-Saturday, 15-16 November 2019
Venue: Institute of English Studies, al. Mickiewicza 9,
31-120 Kraków, Poland
Organizers: Professor Merritt Moseley email@example.com
Dr hab. Bożena Kucała firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Kaunas, Lithuania – 27-28 April 2017
Deadline for abstracts: February 6, 2017
“Representations of Textual and Contextual Boundaries
in Academic Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Film”
Session organized within the framework of the
“Texts and Contexts: The Phenomenon of Boundaries” conference
Vilnius University Kaunas
This panel aims to explore the representations of different boundaries at work in academic fiction, non-fiction and film, be they referring to genre and its textual fabric, or the reality and different contexts these narratives depict.
Submissions can relate, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Textual vs. material reality in academic narratives,
- Student-teacher boundaries and off-limits behaviors in academic narratives,
- Divisions in the academe,
- No limits – academic utopias and dystopias,
- Breaking the boundary of realism – sci-fi academic narratives,
- Limits of empathy and identification – academics reading and writing academic novels,
- Frontiers and trailblazers in the academe,
- Probing the limits of truth, or facts and fiction in academic narratives and life writing – autofiction, roman à clef etc.,
- Academic metafiction and breaking down of the fourth wall – writers writing about writers and writing,
- Limitless navel-gazing? Self-reflexivity in academic narratives, or academics writing about academe and academics
- Academic novel – genre boundaries and margins
Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) for a 20-minute paper, and a bio note by 6 February, 2017 to the session organizer Marta Lysik at email@example.com.
5. Kyiv, Ukraine – 17-18 March 2016
Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2016
“The Concepts of Home in the Context of Academe and Academic Fiction”
Panel organised within the framework of the International Conference in Literary Studies “Poetics of Home/House”
Kyiv National Linguistic University
(Panel language: English)
6. Gdansk, Poland – 2-4 October 2015
Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2015
Parallel International Conferences, University of Gdańsk:
I. Scholars as Fictionists, or On-/Off-Campus Creative Writing
Literaturoznawca literatem: Artystyczne kreacje profesorów humanistyki
(conference languages: English, Polish)
II. ‘Pictures From An Institution’: Academy Across Time and Media
(conference language: English)
7. Sibiu, Romania – 29 – 31 May 2014
EXTENDED Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 APRIL 2014
EAST-WEST CULTURAL PASSAGE CONFERENCE:
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania
8. Bucharest, Romania – 5-7 June 2014
Deadline for proposals: March 15