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CFP: “Slow Violence and Urban Ecology” (Northeast MLA, April 2018, Pittsburgh), Submission Deadline 9/30/17

Photograph: “Le Plan d’Eau à Metz,” Kristina BEDIJS, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plan_d%27Eau_2.jpg

This session is inspired by the work of Rob Nixon, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment and author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2013), who will deliver the keynote address, “Environmental Martyrdom and the Defenders of the Forest,” at the April 2018 convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Therefore, this session is an excellent opportunity for scholars in ecocriticism to share their research with NeMLA’s audience, as well as to attend Professor Nixon’s address. A preliminary summary of Professor Nixon’s address topic is available here.

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/16996. If you have any questions, please email me at derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com or message me on Twitter.

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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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CFP: “Hollywood F. Scott Fitzgerald” and “New Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald” (Northeast MLA, April 2018, Pittsburgh), submission deadline 9/30/17

The Last Tycoon is out on Amazon–so why not submit an abstract about it?

While F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories and The Great Gatsby continue to dominate scholarship and teaching, these conference calls for papers look at a wider scope of his literary output, including the stories and scripts he developed while in Hollywood.

The CFP “New Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald” welcomes a wide range of proposals. And the scope of “Hollywood F. Scott Fitzgerald” is broad enough to focus on multiple ways in which Fitzgerald and California intersect: film adaptations, the place of Hollywood as a setting in his fiction like The Last Tycoon, and his last years living in the state.

300-word abstracts for “New Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald” and “Hollywood F. Scott Fitzgerald” are due September 30th at those links. Please consider sharing the full CFPs below–and also consider submitting to NeMLA’s special event featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald biofiction novelist Stewart O’Nan!

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NeMLA CFP Deadline 9/30: Composition Sessions on Student Writing

We are less than one week away from the September 30th deadline for all calls for papers at the Northeast Modern Language Association.

Submit abstracts about composition pedagogy!

The 47th annual meeting of NeMLA will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, March 17 to 20. The full list of more than 400 CFPs is available at CFP List (https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP), and I have advertised some sessions my peers and I are organizing (and posted some advice for writing abstracts and on one topic).

I also wanted to advertise two sessions organized by my colleague, Heather Urbanski at Fitchburg State University. Both sessions focus on composition classroom practices directed to successful student writing. I have included both CFPs with direct links for submitting abstracts. Both NeMLA members and non-members may submit to as many sessions as desired, with a free CFP List NeMLA account that can be created here.

Please forward these CFPs to anyone you know who would be interested in submitting.


Evaluating Student Writing (Roundtable)

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15870

Abstract
Have you ever wondered, “How on Earth can I grade this poem? Can creativity even be quantified?” Or, “how should revision fit into the overall course grade?” In this roundtable, writing instructors from a variety of fields (rhetoric and composition; technical writing; creative writing; and more) will discuss their systems for assessing and evaluating student writing in the college classroom. Both conceptual and pragmatic concerns will be addressed for making the evaluation and feedback process an integral part of our writing pedagogy.

Description
Writing instructors from various fields (rhetoric and composition; technical writing; creative writing; and more) are invited to share their systems for assessing and evaluating student writing in the college classroom at both conceptual and pragmatic levels.


The Student as Writer: Embodiment, Mindfulness, and Disability in the Composition Classroom

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15869

Abstract
In this session, we review ways to approach the First Year Composition and other writing classrooms by focusing on the students as embodied writers, taking student-centered pedagogy to a new level. Areas of interest for papers include, but are not limited to, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and disability studies. A combination of theoretical and practical perspectives will be employed to locate the student as embodied writer within the disciplinary tradition.

Description
Taking student-centered pedagogy to a new level, presenters review both theoretical and practical perspectives on students as embodied writers in the classroom. Topics include meditation, disability studies, and mindfulness, among others. A combination of theoretical and practical perspectives will be employed to locate the student as embodied writer within the disciplinary tradition.

Call for Papers at Northeast MLA: Failed Film Adaptations, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Superheroes of the Households, and More! (Deadline: September 30, 2015)

Conferences are keeping me busy.

Not only will Keith McCleary at UC San Diego and I be hosting the roundtable “Developments in Comics Pedagogy” at the January 2016 meeting of the Modern Language Association in Austin, Texas, but I get to work on additional panels about comics, graphic narratives, and now film adaptations at another convention.

The Summer 2015 newsletter for the Northeast Modern Language Association, that I co-designed and edited, is arriving soon in members’ mailboxes, with a long list of 400 CFPs for sessions the organization is hosting at its March 2016 meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. You can read (and submit to) the CFPs online now, I’m scheduling daily tweets of CFPs @northeastMLA

But I also want to share some CFPs for sessions I’m co-organizing or that I have discussed with colleagues. I have included links and descriptions of those CFPs below. The deadline is September 30, 2015:

The Marvel Cinematic Universe as LiteratureWith dynamic individual superhuman characters populating a world of complex, interwoven mythologies and origin stories, the films and television series of Marvel Comics Studios experiment with long-form transmedia storytelling. With twelve films and three television series released in less than a decade, all adhering to the same continuity and fictional universe, how can the Marvel Cinematic Universe reveal or offer fresh insight into the ways in which modern cinematic storytelling functions as literature? Approaches may include analysis of one or more films; storytelling across genre and medium; adaptations of the original Marvel Comics to film and television; and applications of various schools of literary and media theory to MCU properties.

The Monster in the House: Domestic Ideology in Superhero NarrativesIn worlds full of superhuman heroes, mythological imaginary creatures and battle narratives of epic scope, what is the role of the domestic? This session seeks proposals investigating the ways in which domestic spaces and domestic ideology function within superhero narratives as sites of union and/or conflict between the human, the subhuman, and the superhuman.

Race and Comics: The Politics of Representation in Sequential ArtThis panel welcomes papers that examine the treatment of race and racial relations in comic books, whether in superhero narratives, graphic memoirs, web comics, or other forms of sequential art both inside and outside the United States. How are comics used to document and represent racialized identities? How have the medium and its surrounding fan communities adapted earlier content to speak to current topics?

“Ruined!” On Failed Adaptations from Page to ScreenThis session will explore adaptations that fail in some way. Among our goals, we would like to identify what could be productive about failed adaptations. How do such failures identify what not to do, and can an adaptation that fails to be faithful to its source material still produce a valuable, worthwhile text? We are particularly interested in proposals that look at the adaptation of older artistic and literary forms in online and/or interactive content.

In addition, I’m happy to see NeMLA feature more panels related to comics: this has been helpful for anyone with an abstract that is related to graphic narratives, as it increases the chances that interested persons can find a session on comics related to their topic, or can find a session that would be more than happy to feature presentations that use comics as their primary texts. I want to see this practice continue at NeMLA, and I am happy to see it take hold at other conferences. 

The deadline is September 30, 2015. Remember that NeMLA now accepts abstracts only submitted to their web site; the links above take you directly to each CFP, and all you need to submit is to register for a free NeMLA user account, for which you may sign up at those links. If you know anyone interested in submitting, please forward these CFP web links via email or social media. 

CFP: Developments in Comics Pedagogy (MLA 2016)

I am pleased to announce that a colleague and I are proposing a special session for the 2016 meeting of the Modern Language Association in Austin, Texas.

Keith McCleary at UC San Diego and I previously had organized, with K. Wayne Yang, at UC San Diego, a similar session at the Northeast Modern Language Association, which featured a productive discussion with comics creators and teachers on innovative pedagogical practices for comics, graphic novels, and other sequential art in the production and appreciation of comics. We look forward to bringing this discussion to the MLA.

Towards forming a roundtable featuring teachers passionate about their teaching of comics, we appreciate feedback. If you have suggestions for how to improve our CFP to best address the current debates in comics pedagogy, please email us at kmccleary@ucsd.edu and derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com.

The brief CFP and the extended description are below.


MLA 2016 (Austin, Texas, January 7-10): “Developments in Comics Pedagogy”

This special session is a roundtable that focuses on innovative teaching practices of the production, research, and appreciation of comics. Submit a 200- to 350-word statement summarizing your approaches to teaching comics by March 1, 2015, to both Keith McCleary (kmccleary@ucsd.edu) and Derek McGrath (derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com).

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CFP reminder: 9/30/2014, “COMEDY AND COMICS: PARODY, SATIRE, AND HUMOR IN SUPERHERO NARRATIVES” (NORTHEAST MLA, TORONTO, APRIL 30, TO MAY 3, 2015)

And speaking of writing abstracts for conferences–don’t forget that abstracts for sessions of the Northeast Modern Language Association are due tomorrow, Tuesday, September 30.

So why not submit to my CFP regarding the use of humor in comics and superhero narratives?

CFP: Comics Read But Seldom Seen–Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media

The University of Florida is hosting an exciting conference on representations of diversity in comics, graphic novels, and related media. Please consider submitting proposals by January 1, 2015—and please forward this CFP to anyone who you think would be interested.

[CFP] 2015 UF Comics Conference

Comics Read But Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media.

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants to submit proposals to the 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Comics Read But Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media.” The conference will be held from Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Sunday, April 12th, 2015.  Proposals are due January 1st, 2015.

Proposals should be between 200 and 300 words. All proposals should be submitted to Najwa Al-Tabaa at naltabaa@ufl.edu.

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Call for Papers, Sept 30 Deadline: “Comedy and Comics: Parody, Satire, and Humor in Superhero Narratives” (Northeast MLA, Toronto, April 30, to May 3, 2015)

Shameless plug: I’m co-organizing a panel.

The Northeast Modern Language Association will host its 46th annual conference for April and May 2015 in Toronto. NeMLA continues to attract scholars from a wide range of specializations and is a productive community for first-time presenters, graduate students, and senior professors.

I have been fortunate to have a session accepted for the 2015 meeting in Toronto, which will focus on comedy, parody, and satire in comics and the larger superhero genre. I am indebted to Dr. Rafael Ponce-Cordero, as this session develops from ideas generated at his session, “Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero? The Politics of Heroic Alterity,” at the April 2014 meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, of NeMLA. I have worked closely with Dr. Ponce-Cordero on the following CFP, and we will be working together on organizing this session. Thanks also to the organizers at NeMLA, especially in the Cultural and Media Studies area.

I have included the CFP abstract below as well as the longer description. NeMLA has created a new user-based system for submitting abstracts to all sessions directly online at NeMLA.org/convention/2015/cfp.html. At this address, please create a user account to submit your abstract (no more than 300 words) to Session #15447, and please consider some of the other 350 sessions hosted in Toronto this year, comprising paper panels, roundtables, and creative sessions. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.

If you are unable to submit your abstract through the web site, please send me an email at derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to assist you with you submission. Please also email websupport@nema.org regarding additional questions about the user-based system.

Now I’m off to watch reruns of The Tick.

ABSTRACT:

Stan Lee bristles at calling them “comic books,” lest readers think they are only “funny books.” This panel identifies how humor operates in works centered around superheroes—as parody, satire, and comedy. Potential topics include comedic twists on the superhero archetype; “campy” TV and film adaptations of “serious” characters; webcomics and humorous children’s books; teaching satire through comics; and cross-cultural appropriation of the superhero motif.

Submit abstracts (no more than 300 words) to Session ID#15447 at NeMLA.org/convention/2015/cfp.html. Visitors to this web site then may sign up for a free account to submit abstract or at NeMLA.org/users/?operation=register. For any questions about submitting electronically, please email websupport@nema.org or derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com.

DESCRIPTION:

This session welcomes submissions on a range of topics.  This session may draw together studies of comics and the superhero motif as captured in works published by mainstream and independent outlets, including the works of Mark Millar, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore, and in works including El Chapulín Colorado, Dr. Horrible, Robocop, El Santos, The Tick, and Tiger and Bunny.  This session also can include presentations focused around children’s literature, based on how often texts directed at younger readers—Bone, Captain Underpants, and The Powerpuff Girls—eschew the conceits of superhero narratives to appeal to audiences across multiple age groups. In addition, camp in comics motivates considerable discussion in gender and sexuality studies, as many scholars develop their scholarship out of the shadow of the Adam West Batman television series (itself continuing in new comic books released by publisher DC Comics). Additional topics can focus on the use of satire built around superheroes in fan communities online, such as The Hawkeye Initiative and Escher Girls.

Comics Forum 2014

Comics Forum has a CFP for submissions to its annual conference, with abstracts due June 14, 2014.

(I anticipate at least one submission will be on Man of Steel.)

Whether they are depicting the never-ending battles of superheroes, dealing sensitively but shockingly with
issues such as domestic violence, or presenting an overview of historical conflicts, the themes of conflict and
violence are common in comics. While media effects debates around the depiction of violence and its impacts
on readers’ minds have now largely moved on to other subjects, there is a historical context of concern around
violence in comics that persists even up to today, with texts such as Murderdrome being banned from the Apple
app store on the basis of objectionable content as recently as 2008. Comics Forum 2014, the sixth event in the
annual conference series, will consider the question of violence in comics and graphic novels, and abstracts are
invited for talks to be given at the event.

Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• The ethics of drawn violence.
• The glorification of and justifications for violence.
• The aesthetics of violence as drawn subject.
• Media effects debates around violence in comics.
• Censorship and the control of violent comics.
• Responses to violence in comics.
• Violence as problem and/or solution.
• Representations of extreme violence.
• Pacifism.
• The normalisation of violence and cultures of violence.
• Depictions of large scale acts of violence, such as war or genocide, in comics and graphic
novels (e.g. The Great War, Maus).
• Texts which consider the nature and implications of violence either in and of itself, or as part
of a wider context (e.g. Dragon Slippers).

Proposals of 250 words are invited for talks of up to 20 minutes in length, and should be emailed along with a short
biography (around 100 words) to comicsforum@hotmail.co.uk. Please put the phrase ‘CF2014 Paper Submission’
in your subject line. Proposals for panels of either 60 or 75 minutes are also welcome. If you wish to submit a panel
proposal, please include the line ‘CF2014 Panel Submission’ in your subject line and make sure you include an
indication of the panel’s length and biographies of all your speakers in your abstract. The deadline for submission
is 14/06/2014 and notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed by or before 01/07/2014.