CFP: Sharing the Planet Journal

by Dr Davis on July 31, 2015

Sharing the Planet (journal submissions)
full name / name of organization:
contact email:
[email protected]
We invite contributions for a special issue of Caliban, “Planète en partage/ Sharing the Planet” to appear in June 2016. We encourage prospective contributors to submit papers by December 15, 2015. Papers should comprise not more than 30000 characters (MLA presentation). They should be sent to Aurélie Guillain ([email protected]), Wendy Harding ([email protected]) and (Françoise Besson ([email protected]). Papers must sent to the three editors.

Call For Papers: Sharing the Planet

“Sharing” comes from the Old English sceran meaning to cut or split something into parts. So sharing the planet means first of all dividing it, tracing borders and boundaries with the intention of taking possession of it to convert it into private or public property thanks to a form of birthright that gives humans precedence over other species. Can we get beyond this premise so as to imagine and put into practice another form of sharing? The Cartesian view of man as “master and possessor” of nature has been analyzed as an example of the dualistic naturalism that divides subject from object, human from non-human, and mental from material domains and that characterizes a specifically Western ontology (Descola). But if we replace the vision of man as nature’s master and possessor by that of “master and protector,” do we still manage to escape that vision of the world in which the non-human is reified and considered as property to share?

What might it mean in theory and practice to treat non-humans (animals, vegetals, places) not as objects to share but as beings with whom to share? We can find numerous works of fiction that show how naturalistic and animistic visions coexist and come into conflict within a single text, just as they can coexist within one individual’s experience (as Descola himself suggests). Fiction or memoirs seem like privileged sites not only to observe situations of companionship, symbiosis, or parasitism (whether or not mutualistic) between humans and non-human species, but also to initiate, beyond the pathetic fallacy, thought experiments that imagine what it might mean, including in terms of politics, to “think like a mountain” and thus to share the planet with that mountain, to take up Aldo Leopold’s phrase and initiative.

The issue of sharing also raises the question of what it is that should be shared by all members of a community. Thus, at the end of the nineteenth century a division was made between ordinary places and sanctuaries, as we see, for example, in the history of the National Parks, especially in the U.S.A. Certain places and certain natural resources are then treated as common or public property and are spared the systematic exploitation of nature. But is this a way to guarantee environmental justice? Or is it, on the contrary, a way to create environmental hotspots or wilderness temples, the better to forget about environmental problems elsewhere (Cronon), notably in the places occupied by the economically dispossessed?

In the English-speaking world writers relay these questions and debates, but it is important to notice that most of the time within their writings certainscarcely modified natural sites are envisioned as sanctuaries and continue to play a central role and to be associated with an emotional or sacramental experience that the writing itself transforms and circulates as an intangible form of property.

Finally, the appropriation of land by colonizers or by the political forces that follow and organize that appropriation puts into play a concept of sharing that is both unequal and “leonine” in its principle. Moreover, the spoliation of native lands by multinational companies reveals not only an unequal power dynamic, but also a conception of resource allotment in which the land is res nullius, not common property but something that belongs to no one and is therefore available for an economic system geared to productivity. Literature can play a crucial role in the representation and critical understanding of this kind of sharing, notably in the case of protest writings like those of biologist and veterinarian, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner in 2009, who relates Jean Giono’s widely diffused Provençal tale, The Man Who Planted Trees, to the African context.

Note: Seems like this would be a good place for a paper on the rhetoric of space.


CFP: Papers and Creative Writing

by Dr Davis on July 30, 2015

the quint 7.4 DEADLINE 15/08/15
full name / name of organization:
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north
contact email:
[email protected]
The quint’s twenty eighth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books.

The deadline for this call is 15th August 2015—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.

All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board.

Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint’s editors or outside readers.
Hard copies of manuscripts should be sent to Dr. Sue Matheson at the quint, University College of the North, P.O. Box 3000, The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, R9A 1M7. We are happy to receive your artwork in digital format, PDF preferred. Email copies of manuscripts, Word or RTF preferred, should be sent to [email protected]

Essays should range between 15 and 25 pages of double-spaced text, including all images and source citations. Longer and shorter submissions also will be considered. Bibliographic citation should be the standard disciplinary format.


CFP: FYC Conference

by Dr Davis on July 29, 2015

Trends in Teaching College Composition Conference (8/28/2015)
full name / name of organization:
Collin College
contact email:
[email protected]
Collin College, a two-year institution serving Collin County, is hosting its third annual conference on trends in the teaching of college composition. This year’s conference will focus specifically on the teaching of argument and persuasion in first-year writing programs. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University.

This one-day conference will take place at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney, Texas, just north of Dallas, on Friday, October 23, 2015. Conference organizers would like to invite scholars to take part in this conference and submit proposals for individual papers, full sessions, or workshops. Graduate students, in particular, are encouraged to submit their work.

Potential topics might include:
• Best practices
• Critical thinking in the composition class
• Use of technology and multimedia
• Visual rhetoric
• Teaching research and/or documentation strategies
• Collaborative and team-building pedagogies
• Civic engagement
• Strategies for dealing with plagiarism

Those interested should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, Professor of English, at [email protected], by Friday, August 28, 2015. Please write “Composition Conference Proposal” in the subject line. Abstracts should also include name, e-mail address, phone number, a brief biography, and requests for technology. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes long, depending on number of submissions accepted. For more information, please contact Dr. Kirby.


CFP: Teaching, Edited Collection

by Dr Davis on July 28, 2015

Edited Collection: “Theory Lessons: Theorizing the Classroom” Deadline: September 1, 2015
full name / name of organization:
book editor: Becky McLaughlin / book publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
contact email:
[email protected]
This collection emerges from a growing interest in the ways in which theory can illuminate not just the products and ideas of high culture but also the ins and outs of everyday life. Taking the university classroom, broadly construed, as a site of theoretical investigation, this collection asks if theory can help us to understand classroom dynamics, offer pedagogical strategies, and illuminate current pressures on higher education that find expression in the classroom. As a forum for these issues, this collection particularly welcomes psychoanalytic, Marxist, Deleuzian, and feminist approaches, recognizing not only that these approaches are often in conflict but also that collectively they enhance our understanding of the classroom. For example, (how) can we combine a Marxist or Foucaultian emphasis on the disciplinary and hegemonic practices of educational institutions with a Lacanian or Barthesian appreciation for the disruptive pleasures and drives that the Unconscious might produce within and through students, teachers, and classrooms? Which theoretical and pedagogical innovations can help teachers and students to “get the job done” and to theorize “the job”—i.e., simultaneously practice education and imagine other forms and ends for education? How can theory help us to historicize, criticize, and re-draw the productive but sometimes-disabling lines that “make” the classroom and its subjects: e.g., lines between English and Communications, Literature and Creative Writing, Consuming and Making, Reading and Viewing and Listening, Teacher and Student, Administrator and Teacher, School and State? A site for lively theoretical debate about these and related issues, this collection invites paper proposals on, but not limited to, the following in relationship to the classroom (broadly construed):

• power, knowledge, and authority
• the subject-supposed-to-know, the Unconscious, and Other ways of knowing
• discipline and punish
• class, race, and gender
• confessions and examinations
• analyst and analysand; transference and countertransference
• models and mentorship; imitation and plagiarism
• sexuality and perversion; text and fetish
• performance, stage fright, and the masquerade
• cultural literacies, cultural capital
• communities, institutions, and group dynamics
• virtuality and authenticity
• non-traditional pedagogies and the fundamental pedagogical fantasy
• technology and the Luddite

Please send 500-word proposals along with a brief CV to [email protected] with “Theory Lessons” as the subject line. Deadline for receipt of proposals is September 1, 2015. Accepted papers should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and will be due December 1, 2015.


CFP: Creative Writing

by Dr Davis on July 26, 2015

CFP: New Writing – international creative / critical writing journal (Routledge) – (8/1/15)
full name / name of organization:
New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
contact email:
[email protected]
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Call for Critical or Creative Work

“New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory” is open for submissions for Volume 12 (Issue 12.3, in 2015) and Volume 13 (13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 2016).

The journal considers critical work relating to Creative Writing practice and the critical examination of Creative Writing. Strong pedagogically focused papers are considered.

Creative work (in any genre) is also welcome.

Word length and submission guidelines at:

Submissions welcome via this journal submission site.

*New* – creative or critical “work in progress” will also be considered, with the opportunity to highlight your projects. Such work can be submitted with the words “work in progress” in the submission line.

New Writing is independent of any organisation, and is published internationally in hard copy as well as electronically by Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Journal Editor-in-Chief is Graeme Harper.

The journal includes on its Peer Review Board:

Lisa Appignanesi – independent writer, UK
Homi K. Bhabha – Harvard University, USA
Donna Lee Brien – Central Queensland University, Australia
Liam Browne – Brighton Festival (UK) and Dublin Festival (IRE)
Katharine Coles – University of Utah, USA
Jon Cook – University of East Anglia, UK
Peter Ho Davies – University of Michigan, USA
Chad Davidson – University of West Georgia, USA
Dianne Donnelly – University of South Florida, USA
Greg Fraser – University of West Georgia, USA
Richard Kerridge – Bath Spa University, UK
Jeri Kroll – Flinders University, Australia
Alma Lee – Vancouver International Writers Festival, Canada
Nigel McLoughlin – University of Gloucestershire, UK
Sir Andrew Motion – Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Stephen Muecke – University of New South Wales, Australia
Paul Muldoon – Princeton University, USA
Nessa O’Mahony – independent writer, UK
Robert Pinsky – Boston University, USA
Rob Pope – Oxford Brookes University, UK
Harriet Tarlo – University of Leeds, UK
Stephanie Vanderslice – University of Central Arkansas, USA
Michelene Wandor – independent writer, UK
Joe Woods – Poetry Ireland
Bronwyn T. Williams – University of St Louis, USA

New Writing aims to celebrate the best of Creative Writing creative and critical practice in and around universities and colleges, and beyond.

All work is peer reviewed.


CFP: Medieval/Renaissance Conference

by Dr Davis on July 25, 2015

International Conf on Medieval/Renaissance Thought; DLs: Special session: Aug 15; Abstracts: Nov 1st
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Darci Hill/ Sam Houston State University
contact email:
[email protected]
You are invited to send your 250-300-word abstract to Dr. Darci Hill, Conference Director, on any topic dealing with Medieval and/or Renaissance thought. If you would like to propose a special session, you are welcome to do that as well. We welcome papers and performances on any aspect of this time period. Papers dealing with language and linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, history, art, music, and theatre are all equally welcome.
Please send all inquiries and abstracts electronically to:

Dr. Darci Hill,
Conference Director,
[email protected]
Department of English
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77340

Note: I attended the first of this conference, had an awesome time, and learned a lot. Bring a dressy outfit.


CFP: Literature Today

by Dr Davis on July 24, 2015

LITERATURE TODAY: Call for submissions for October 2015 issue
full name / name of organization:
Literature Today
contact email:
[email protected]
we are inviting submissions for
October 2015 issue of Literature Today. Theme of our October 2015
issue is ‘Love’. You can send us poems, short stories and one act
plays on :

1. love at first sight
2. poem/story/one act play in memory of a loved one
3. love as an aesthetic experience
4. love and teenagers
5. love and romance as predestined event
6. love relationships and role of gods
7. love and marriage
8. love as illusion
9. love in the age of Internet
10. lovers as rebellions
11. platonic love
12. love and immortality
13. disappointment/deceit in love
14. lovers as saints
15 any other relevant theme related to love

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2015

Send all submissions to [email protected]
Submission Guidelines

1. Send not more than 4 poems.

2. Send not more than 2 short stories/one act plays.

3. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished.

4. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome.

5.Send all submissions to [email protected]

6. Please send a cover letter and short Bio-data with your submission.



CFP: Poetry and Prose for Journal

by Dr Davis on July 23, 2015

Journal Seeks Prose and Poetry
full name / name of organization:
Lehigh Valley Vanguard
contact email:
[email protected]
Submissions in PROSE

Generally, we’re looking for people who want to critically examine our society through their writing. This can be done in a variety of ways.

We accept op-eds, book reviews, film reviews, television reviews, memoir narratives, flash fiction, art reviews, and open letters.

Some current topics for consideration:
Intersectional feminism
Working class rhetorics
The body as a site of radical change
Anarchist thought
Exploring masculinity
Critical pedagogy
Community activism
Identity studies

Submissions can be 500-2,500 words. We welcome non-academic and even anti-academic writing.

Please submit in Microsoft Word, Open Office, or Google Docs. Generally, 12 pt. Times New Roman or similar, readable font should be used.

Submissions in POETRY

We accept poetry submissions which touch on the topics mentioned above, or otherwise demonstrate critical engagment with society and/or identity.

Poems of 15-100 lines are considered for publication, although there have been exceptions.

Poets have the unique opportunity to be placed in consideration for a residency with LVV after they have submitted a poem.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected] Expect a response in 1-3 days.


CFP: Virtual/Fan Spaces for Journal

by Dr Davis on July 22, 2015

CFP: Virtual/Physical Fan Spaces for Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies
full name / name of organization:
Elizabeth Nielsen / Journal of Fandom Studies
contact email:
[email protected]
As proven by the popularity of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as their transformative works, metatexual analyses, and cosplay. These spaces exist both physically (as, for example, fan run or commercial conventions, fan meet ups, and pilgrimage sites) and virtually through social media platforms such as Tumblr, twitter, and Archive of our Own.

Papers on virtual and physical fan spaces are being sought for a proposed Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
-creating or delineating fan spaces
-fan shrines or pilgrimage sites
-for-profit conventions such as San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, or any run by Creation
-fan run conventions such as Otakon, 221bCon, or GallifreyOne
-policing and harassment in fan spaces
-virtual fan spaces including Tumblr, twitter, Archive of our Own, and
-fan spaces functioning as or failing to function as “safe spaces”
-cosplay and crossplay
-authenticity of mediated and live fan spaces
-language of fan spaces
-theorizing fan spaces
-differences/similarities between virtual and physical fan spaces

Priority will be given to papers that go beyond introductory level treatment of their topics. In order to round out our existing selection of papers, priority will also be given to those focusing on the physical side of fan spaces. We are especially interested in articles dealing with conventions.

Abstract submissions should be sent to [email protected] by 1 November 2015 and should include the author’s CV, a short biography (100-150 words), and their abstract (250-500 words).

Articles will be due 1 March 2016.


CFP: Beauty and Belief

by Dr Davis on July 21, 2015

Beauty and Belief (deadline for abstracts: July 31; conference: November 5-6, 2015)
Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University
contact email:
[email protected]
The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—

•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.

•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.

•A consideration of the impact of literary theory on religious belief and practice (and vice versa). Postsecular studies will be one topic for discussion, but presentations that cover other aspects of the relationship between theory and religion or theory and belief are equally welcome.

•Any other presentations that explore the complicated and sometimes fraught relationship between beauty and belief as embodied in music, literature, art, or culture.

Presentations should run approximately 15 minutes.


The deadline for abstracts and/or for proposals for category-specific sessions is July 31. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Abstracts and/or proposals for category-specific sessions should be sent to [email protected] or [email protected]


The featured speakers and selected presentations from the conference will be published in a 2016 conference-specific issue of Literature and Belief.

Website for Literature and Belief: