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Fashion in the Magazines

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference


Co-editors: Ilya Parkins (University of British Columbia) and Lise Shapiro Sanders (Hampshire College)

We seek essays for a special issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies on "Fashion in the Magazines."€ Exploring fashion's complex relationship to the present, the new and the now, this special issue will focus on the significance of fashion to histories of modernity, and to modernism's engagement with history. Questions to be addressed include: How did modernist texts, in concert with periodicals as the primary venue in which fashion writing appeared, address fashion, fashionability, and historical style? In what ways do fashion, clothing, and costume illuminate or complicate notions of literary and historical periodization? What insights can be gained into the presence of the past by exploring the role of fashion in modernism's emphasis on "making it new"? A major goal is to engage the multiple contexts in which fashion circulated from the 1880s through the 1950s -- not only in modernist magazines, but also in popular periodicals, and in advertising, design, and illustration as these intersected with the periodical press.

This special issue is designed to redress the relative critical silence about fashion in feminist periodical studies, which persists even as fashion studies has burgeoned. Recent scholarship in the new modernist studies and the history of popular culture has begun to address this occlusion, and in this special issue we extend this discussion by focusing on fashion in the modern periodical, broadly conceived. Comparative and intersectional scholarship, and studies that engage locations in the Global South, are particularly welcome.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to Ilya Parkins ( and Lise Shapiro Sanders ( by 30 June 2018.

Editor biographies:

Ilya Parkins is Associate Professor of Gender and Women'€™s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. She is the author of Poiret, Schiaparelli, Dior: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity (Berg, 2012) and the co-editor of Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion (UPNE, 2011). Her research on fashion, feminist theory, and mediations of femininities in modernist and contemporary contexts has drawn extensively on fashion magazines and periodical studies, and has appeared in periodicals including Time & Society, Feminist Review, Australian Feminist Studies, and the collection Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-39.

Lise Shapiro Sanders is Associate Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, print media and popular culture, film studies, and women's and gender studies. She is the author of Consuming Fantasies: Labor, Leisure, and the London Shopgirl, 1880-1920 (Ohio State UP, 2006) and, with Amy Bingaman and Rebecca Zorach, co-editor of Embodied Utopias: Gender, Social Change, and the Modern Metropolis (Routledge, 2002). Her articles have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Women's History Review, and several edited collections.

Conference Location: N/A, N/A
Conference Starts: April 16, 2018
Conference Ends: June 30, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

For more information, contact: Lise Shapiro Sanders

James Joyce Quarterly Special Issue: Joyce and the Non-Human

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference

The idea for this issue began with a panel for the Toronto Joyce Symposium on Our Funnaminal World, which later turned into the theme for the 2018 Zurich James Joyce Workshop (Joycean Animals). The topic came about as a result of our growing interest in animal studies and the nonhuman, specifically with reference to an increasingly technologically driven society. This theoretical context is one that intersects nicely with other theories ” (ecocriticism, Marxism, queer studies, gender studies, technology studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction) but it also transcends these frameworks, in that it is specifically relevant to 21st-century issues. The lens of the nonhuman provides new insights into well-trodden pastures such as Bloom’s cat, Garryowen, and cattle, in addition to bestiality, animality, and the beastly. We anticipate the special issue consolidating and building on recent work in Joyce Studies, including Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce (2014) by Brazeau and Gladwin, The Ecology of Finnegans Wake (2015) by Lacivita, and the special issue of the JJQ on Joyce and Physiology (2009); in addition to recent developments in literary theory, such as, The Nonhuman Turn (Grusin, 2015), and the works of Deleuze, Derrida, Haraway, Bennett, and Hayles (to name a few). We believe the nonhuman turn is an especially appropriate methodology for the Joyce community (linking as it does animal studies, the posthuman and ecocriticism), allowing us to examine some neglected and unique aspects of Joyce’s oeuvre. The nonhuman turn provides a framework in which his interests in the potential sentience of rivers, machinery, and insects might speak to each other.

In furtherance of the increased importance of animal studies and the nonhuman turn, this issue seeks to place the works of James Joyce alongside these developments in a conceptualization that prioritizes both aspects of this theoretical paradigm. We welcome papers related to all aspects of animals and animality” from fleas to behemoth; worms to gulls; beast to beastly across the range of Joycean works. We particularly encourage papers that position animal studies/the nonhuman alongside ecocriticism, Marxism, queer studies, gender studies, technology studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, or deconstruction.

Please send bios and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Katherine Ebury ( and Michelle Witen ( by June 30, 2018.

Please find below our strict planned time scale for the issue. It goes without saying, but do only send us an abstract if this schedule looks doable for you.

May - June 2018 Open call for papers for issue (abstracts due June 30)

January 15, 2019 First submission of articles to editors

March 15, 2019 Editors return first round of submissions to contributors

May 15, 2019 Resubmission of articles to editors

May 31, 2019 Editors submit finalized issue to JJQ for Peer Review Process

August 30, 2019 Second round of revisions in response to editorial peer review

October 15, 2019 Final version of journal issue sent to JJQ (depending on peer review results)

Conference Location: University of Tulsa , USA
Conference Starts: May 02, 2018
Conference Ends: June 30, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

For more information, contact: Katherine Ebury

The Bildungsroman: Form and Transformations

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference

The Bildungsroman: form and transformations

A conference hosted by the Novel Network at the University of Sydney, 22-25 November 2018

This conference will explore the past and present condition of the Bildungsroman, with its myriad transformations and diversifications not only in the novel proper but also in memoir, film and long-form television. It will bring together exciting work in disciplines often separated by periodising and disciplinary paradigms and gather experts in prose fiction, film and television from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and from a range of language areas to concentrate on this key narrative form. The novel of the emotional and social development or formation of a young person as they learn to make their way in an often hostile world, the Bildungsroman was a key form taken by the European novel from the early 19th century. How has it made its way across transhistorical formations and transgeneric remediations?


Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis & Edward Lehrman Professor of English, Duke

Joseph Litvak, Professor of English and Chair of Department, Tufts

Katie Trumpener, Emily Sandford Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Yale

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables and single text discussion sessions, on the following or other related topics. The panel format will involve pre-submission of the paper to ensure closer audience engagement with its arguments:

Theory and the bildungsroman

The bildungsroman, the künstlerroman, the erziehungsroman: overlaps and distinctions

The origins of the bildungsroman

The contemporary bildungsroman

The female bildungsroman

The queer bildungsroman

Gender in the bildungsroman

Narrative theory and the bildungsroman

Psychology and the bildungsroman

The postcolonial bildungsroman

The coming of age film as bildungsroman

The bildungsroman and television

The Bildungsroman and the city

Transnationalism and the bildungsroman

Memoir and the bildungsroman

The anti-bildungsroman

The eco-bildungsroman

200 word abstracts should be emailed by June 15 to

Conference Location: Sydney, Australia
Conference Starts: November 22, 2018
Conference Ends: November 25, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018

For more information, contact: Vanessa Smith

Modern Institutions - M/m Print Plus Cluster

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference

The following is a prospective peer-reviewed cluster on Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform

"Modern Institutions"

Editors: Caroline Z. Krzakowski, Northern Michigan University and Megan Faragher, Wright State University-Lake Campus

After using his position as PEN International's president to expel Nazi sympathizers from the organization in the 1930s, H.G. Wells drafted a new Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1940, arguing emphatically that dangerous political circumstances made it "imperative to adjust man's life and institutions." Facing times that are similarly troubled, we think now is a pivotal time to reconsider the engagement of modernism with, or even against, institutions and bureaucracies.

In the twentieth century, national and transnational institutions such as PEN International, UNESCO, and state actors such as the British Council transformed literature and culture. This prospective peer-reviewed cluster for the Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform brings together brief position papers that define the aims and influences of institutions-whether private or public, national or transnational-and the relationship of these institutions to modernist aesthetics and practices.

Typically, scholarly discourse on the intersection of modernism and institutions has been dominated by Rainey's vision of modernism as a "strategy whereby the work of art solicits its commodification" through its integration "into a different economic pursuit of patronage, collecting, speculation, and investment" (5). As productive as these conversations have been, they have often stunted potential discussions of modernist interactions with institutions in their more everyday sense: governmental, bureaucratic and public institutions of all stripes that have often crossed paths with modernism in ways less concretely connected to the economics of modernism's self-commodification.

Contributions might address the following questions:

How does increasing bureaucratization impact the possibilities of aesthetic production?
What role have modern institutions played in creating reading publics and audiences?
How do bureaucrats defend or otherwise transform art from within institutions?
How do the interactions between cultural producers and institutions impact literary or artistic artifacts?

Examples of institutions include, but are not limited to:

Radio networks (eg: BBC, CBS)
Governmental cultural agencies and initiatives (eg: The British Council, Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration)
Educational institutions (eg: Workers Educational Association)
Governing bodies or agencies (eg: Parliament, Congress)
International governmental bodies (eg: League of Nations)
International aesthetic institutions (eg: PEN International)
Governmental departments (eg: Office of War Information; Ministry of Information)
Non-profit institutions, both international and local (eg: UNESCO, The National Trust, NAACP)

Article lengths should be 2500-3000 words. Please email abstracts of 300-500 words to Caroline Z. Krzakowski and Megan Faragher by June 1, 2018

Conference Location: N/A, N/A
Conference Starts: March 20, 2018
Conference Ends: June 01, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 01, 2018

For more information, contact: Caroline Krzakowski & Megan Faragher

Modern Horizons June issue CFP - 'Authority and Transgression'

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference


Modern Horizons ( invites submissions of essays on the theme of ‘Authority & Transgression’ for its June 2018 issue.

Ours is a particularly relevant time to think about authority and transgression in all of their given and potential forms. Politically, in local communities and globally, authority is undergoing a transformation, becoming less legitimate while at the same time becoming more powerful and violent. This is a dangerous trend for many reasons, one being that it skews and disfigures real, possible forms of authority. On the other hand, recent forms of transgression seem to betray the term’s etymology of going beyond or across rule, law and authority, and instead seek to destroy from within or subvert from below, forgoing any potential future benefits. One could call this a nihilistic form of transgression opposing a recklessly utopian, pseudo-fascist authority—to recall our 2016 conference theme.

While the current climate urgently calls for serious discussion of ideas and forms of authority and transgression, we should not limit our scope to the present. We wish to think about the ways authority and transgression are manifest historically. Is authority taken or granted? If so, who or what bestows authority? Does authority rely on time, as in tradition (cf. our 2015 issue “Conversations with Tradition”) or can it (ostensibly) appear without precedence? What are the personal and social benefits of having and/or adhering to authority? Can it be self-regulating, that is can authority safeguard itself from being abused, or is external moderation required? If so, where does this authority come from? Perhaps, to put it simply, transgression—and its possibility— is the only true form of regulating authority. Is this transgression’s only motivation? Does it have to be particular or is there such a thing a general transgression? What is its role in identity- and community-building? Is there such a thing as transgression for transgression’s sake? And, finally, what is at stake when it becomes authoritative, or rather authoritarian?

We are particularly interested in papers that address questions of authority and transgression outside of a strictly political realm. How can literature, film, painting, music, sculpture, dance, etc. offer alternative ways of thinking about authority and transgression? What does it mean to call an image or a text authoritative? In what ways has art been used and abused for authoritative and/or transgressive ends? In terms of spiritual life, while it is easy to find examples of authority gone awry, which forms of spiritual or theological authority maintain their vital presence and fulfill the old Greek sense of authority as ‘that which proceeds from the essence of the matter’?

When thinking about authority and transgression in these (perhaps) less pragmatic terms, one needs to address the question of limits and what is possible. It is too easy to define authority as that which sets limits, and transgression as that which crosses them. Authority, understood as the exercise of power and knowledge, transgresses that which precedes it; transgression adheres to an authority that is other than the one it exceeds. Is the idea of limit, then, what defines both authority and transgression as codependents bound by prescription? If so, limits seem to exist because of the possibility, real or imagined, of their invalidation. Hence the importance of literature and art for exploring the resilience of limits and the ways they are or may be transgressed. Historically, both authority and transgression have always been motivated by and have mobilized texts, images, ideas and language. How do they create or disavow meaning? Are certain forms of knowledge and/or esthetic expression/creation more likely to be authoritative? Transgressive?

Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:

-(mis)recognising forms of authority
-private and public transgression
-satire as positive transgression
-historical examinations and critiques of authority and its transgressors
-war as reinforcement of status quo
-the dangers of polemics
-monotheism and authority
-the health of boundaries/the boundaries of health
-delimitation as integrity
-feast, fest, carnival
-against critique: the inevitability of tradition
-maturity and immaturity
-transgression and transgredience
-ideas of congress, egress, redress
-when writers go ‘mad’
-transgression, excitement, thrills, enthusiasm
-desire, obedience, submission

Please submit full papers to by 15 May, 2018.

Modern Horizons editors
Nicholas Hauck
Andrew Bingham
Ahmed Saad

Conference Location: Toronto, Canada
Conference Starts: June 01, 2018
Conference Ends: June 01, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 01, 2018

For more information, contact: Modern Horizons editors

Vanguard U. (MSA 2018 seminar)

This CFP IS for a MSA Conference

Vanguard U: Research Universities as Infrastructures of the Avant-Garde
Organizers: Joyce Tsai (University of Iowa) and Jennifer Buckley (University of Iowa)

The term “avant-garde” often conjures images of cultural radicals bucking tradition, agitating against the stifling confines of the academy and other institutions, and dismantling established traditions and values. Yet the constitution of any avant-garde is premised upon either the invention or (more often) the seizure and transformation of infrastructures of circulation – publications, exhibition spaces, teaching institutions, etc. – to disseminate their ideas, artworks, and activities.

With the exception of avowedly experimental institutions like Black Mountain College, the New School for Social Research, and Cal Arts, North American universities are not typically imagined as sites of vanguard activity, and scholars rarely consider the ways avant-garde thought and practice rely upon, transform, and even nurture existing public institutions. This seminar aims to account for the presence, practices, and legacies of avant-garde writers and artists in universities, particularly in large land-grant schools geographically far removed from long-established east- and west-coast urban centers of cultural production.

We invite papers that focus on research universities as incubators of avant-garde thought and practice, in the past, present, and future. How have universities (especially land-grant public universities), as both infrastructure and philosophical enterprise, advanced avant-garde ideas and practices in multiple, at times coordinated, domains -- for example, in collecting, teaching, and practice?

We intend for this discussion to constitute a significant contribution to ongoing interdisciplinary efforts to constitute a critical vanguard studies for the twenty-first century.

Papers might address:
- How aesthetic-political vanguards impacted state university student bodies, including programs of study, forms of affiliation and association, etc.
--- Papers on artists and activists of color (for example, on the Black Arts Movement) are especially welcome.
- Departmental and cross- or extra-departmental initiatives that facilitate experimental arts practices (for example, the University of Iowa’s Experimental Theatre courses [1920s-40s] and Intermedia Program [1968-present])
---Of particular interest are university-based arts “workshops” or “laboratories” created to function as incubators for experimental practices.
- How practitioners and researchers engage the expertise, equipment, and other resources at research universities to advance their projects.
---For example, how would our understanding of experiments in art and technology in postwar art potentially shift if universities, and not just private corporations, gained prominence in interpretations of this material?
--- What aspects of vanguard activity can the research university catalyse or support that other institutions or networks cannot?
- Individual or associated avant-garde artists who taught at, were commissioned by, and/or formally visited state universities.
- How university-based performing arts presenters and venues have introduced local and regional audiences to experimental performance practices.
- How university libraries and museums have collected, housed, conserved, and provided access to avant-garde art, in every medium.
- How does the presence of avant-garde repositories activate, or otherwise enable, asynchronous models of interpretation and practice?
- How universities have funded experimental arts practices (for example, with individual donations, university endowments, or outside grants derived from federal, state, or private sources).
- University-based initiatives that support scholarship on the avant-gardes.

Conference Location: Columbus, USA
Conference Starts: November 08, 2018
Conference Ends: November 11, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 01, 2018

For more information, contact: Jen Buckley