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CFP: Comics sessions at the Northeast MLA in Pittsburgh (Deadline: September 30, 2017)

Updated September 18, 2017

Each year, the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) organizes numerous sessions on topics related to the research and teaching of comics, graphic novels, and other visual texts. The 49th annual convention will take place April 12 to 15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and abstracts are due online by September 30, 2017.

Below is a list of some sessions related to comics. Each link takes you directly to the web page to submit your abstracts. To submit, you will need a free NeMLA CFP List account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP.

For questions about specific sessions, please click the session’s link below for the session’s chairs. For general questions about submitting abstracts or the 49th annual convention, please email support@nemla.org.

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CFP: “New Approaches in Zombie Studies” (Northeast MLA, April 2018, Pittsburgh), submission deadline 9/30/17

I had proposed this session in April because, with the Northeast Modern Language Association meeting in Pittsburgh, where George Romero filmed Night of the Living Dead, it seemed appropriate to consider how his work and those of other artists have altered what we know about zombies in art and popular culture. Sadly, since this session was approved, Romero passed away. I hope this session, in some small way, can honor his accomplishments and critically assess his work in the context of other texts centered on the living dead.

While this session welcomes proposals that look at Romero’s zombies or the fascination with zombies in Pittsburgh, it is opened to all recent critical approaches to zombie narrative, from Haitian folklore to iZombie and The Walking Dead–and all in-between.

Please forward the full call for papers below to potentially interested contributors. 300-word abstracts are due online September 30, 2017, at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16935. If you have any questions, please email me at derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com or message me on Twitter.

Artwork credits: George Romero (Day of the Dead; credit: Rex), Solomon Grundy (Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy #1 March 2009 by Shane Davis), iZombie (CW / Warner Bros / Vertigo), Space Dandy (BONES / Bandai Namco)

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Northeast Modern Language Association releases a statement regarding Public Higher Education in Wisconsin

There are times when you feel even better about where you work.

One of my bosses at the Northeast Modern Language Association, Benjamin Railton, the organization’s president, released a statement on behalf of its Board Members:

In its recently passed budget bill, the state of Wisconsin has significantly eroded all of those elements. A state renowned for its public higher education system, a system that has been a model for the nation for nearly two centuries, has taken steps that will greatly weaken its public universities’ faculty and staff, departments and programs, and academic and scholarly communities. Moreover, and most importantly, these actions will likewise negatively impact the education and experiences of the tens of thousands of students served by Wisconsin’s public education system.

If you have not already, read the full statement at the NeMLA web site.