ACCUTE CFP: Jointly Sponsored Panels

Joint Panel CFPs

The following CFPs are for panels, held at the ACCUTE conference, that are jointly sponsored by ACCUTE and another organization. (Click to see our general, open-field call for papers, our member-organized panels, and our board-sponsored panels.) In addition to the joint panels, two allied associations, CLSG and ARCYP, also meet during ACCUTE’s conference. Click their titles to go to their websites, where you will find their CFPs and submission information. For joint panels, all submissions should be directed to the contact person named in the relevant CFP and should include the following (in PDF when possible):

Note: You must be a member in good standing, either of ACCUTE or of the co-sponsoring organization, to apply to a joint panel. However, only ACCUTE members are eligible for travel funds from ACCUTE. If the joint organizer rejects your submission for its panel with ACCUTE, the panel organizer does not generally forward your paper to the general pool. If the organizer does forward it, the association may still consider your proposal for its other programming during ACCUTE 2018 if space and time allow, and if the association feels that it would be a good fit in a generalist panel, but at that point you will need to be an ACCUTE member. See answers to some FAQs about joint panels. The deadline for all joint panel proposals is 15 November 2017.

To view proposals for a particular association, click on the association name below, or click here to jump down to the full list of proposals.



The Margaret Atwood Society (MAS)
“Some books just escape from the box”: The Handmaid’s Tale in Contemporary Culture
Organizer: Karen Macfarlane (Mount Saint Vincent), karen(dot)macfarlane(at)msvu(dot)ca

In a recent interview with Tom Power, Margaret Atwood noted that The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) was one of those books that “escape from the box”, that “the story [has] escaped from its original container and expanded”.
This panel invites proposals for papers that consider this escape; that explore the ways in which the novel resonates and means in contemporary popular culture. Papers may consider the novel itself, adaptations such as the 1990 film or the recent television series, manifestations of the text and/or the figure of the handmaid in social media, in public political protest, as a trope for oppression and protest, and in any other aspect of contemporary culture.

Please send required files to: karen(dot)macfarlane(at)msvu(dot)ca

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Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS)
American Monuments and White Supremacy
Organizers: Dana Medoro (University of Manitoba), Dana(dot)Medoro(at)umanitoba(dot)ca and Ross Bullen (OCAD University), rbullen(at)faculty(dot)ocadu(dot)ca

In 1999 the Middle Passage Monument Project lowered a memorial off the coast of New York and onto the ocean floor, commemorating the lives of the African people who died throughout the centuries of the transatlantic slave trade. According to Raphael-Hernandez in Blackening Europe (2012), because we cannot gather at this monument, we are faced with a kind of “counter monument,” one that marks the impossibility of ever adequately grieving the enormity of the Middle Passage.
This process of grieving has taken place on land in another way: as the demand for the removal of Confederate monuments and flags throughout the United States. As evidenced by the organized Charlottesville protest—“they had a permit!”— black grief has also been forced to proceed through white supremacy, with the alt-right/neo-nazi organizations reasserting their presence in public spaces and contending that their traditions are under attack.
The clashes have put into relief questions surrounding the nature and power of public commemoration; the effect of statues upon different onlookers; the notion of marking or making immortal a loss or victory in time and space; the context that accompanies or falls away from something like a Confederate symbol or statue; the need for monuments and/or counter monuments.
The aim of this panel is to explore and expand upon questions such as these. We welcome proposals on topics ranging from the representation of monuments in American history and literature, to the notion of history and literature as monuments themselves; from the affective forces surrounding public memorials, to the pigeons who see them as nothing but urban perches; and from the clashing notions of permanence and transience, to the objects themselves and what they are carved out of or into. Inquiries regarding possible topics are most welcome.

Please send required files to: Dana(dot)Medoro(at)umanitoba(dot)ca and rbullen(at)faculty(dot)ocadu(dot)ca

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John Thelwall Society (JTS)
Romantic Urbanature
Organizer: Kate Scarth (University of Prince Edward Island), kscarth(at)upei(dot)ca

“I may contemplate the wide spread varieties of wave and wood, vales, meads, and villages, white sails, and glittering spires that court the eye below,” writes John Thelwall in The Peripatetic (169). Again and again, Thelwall praises such diverse landscapes, here combining the natural and the cultivated, the residential and the industrial, the workaday and the spiritual. This panel explores urbanature (city and nature combined) by Thelwall and other Romantic writers, particularly urbanature’s implications for ecological and social justice, human and animal rights. More broadly, this panel will enrich green and urban Romanticisms. Papers will build on the recent scholarship that has added urbanism to Romanticists’ traditional emphasis on nature and more recent focus (since the 1990s) on ecocriticism (see Chandler and Gilmartin, Hess, Nichols, Rigby). In line with Congress’ 2018 theme, the panel will highlight the diversity of Romantic urbanature. Papers in whole or in part on Thelwall’s urbanature are particularly welcome but work on other Romantic writers engaging in a Thelwallian spirit of democracy will also be considered.

Please send required files to: kscarth(at)upei(dot)ca

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North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
Victorian Print Culture: New Mediations
Organizer: Susan Johnston (University of Regina), Susan(dot)Johnston(at)uregina(dot)ca

For nearly two decades, Victorianists have been taking note of print culture’s capacity to mediate between and among both our sources and our scholarship: juxtaposing broadsheets and bildungsroman, street literature and sensation novels, even as it renewed the interdisciplinary methods that lie at the heart of Victorian studies. Thus Barbara Leckie calls us to “illustrate the unexpected alliances that follow from juxtaposing forms of print that haven’t been set side-by-side before as well as returning forms of print that were once side-by-side to their original print contexts” (Leckie 903; see Hughes 1-2). We welcome papers that address these alliances through a range of print culture practices and readers, with particular attention to the ways in which print culture studies illuminate and enliven the literary focus of English literary studies.
This call invites 300-500-word proposals for individual or collaborative papers, or completed papers, on the theme of Victorian Print Cultures.
Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Serial publication and the Victorian novel
  • Street literature and sensation fiction
  • Crime reporting and the Newgate novel
  • Emerging celebrity cultures
  • Tabloid and newspaper reporting
  • The novel vs. the news
  • Badness & madness in the ballad
  • Gendering media
  • The masculinization of violence
  • Media and spectacle
  • Mediating monstrosity / Monstrosity across media
  • Novelistic characterizations of media
  • Advertising the Victorian home

Works Cited:
Hughes, Linda. “SIDEWAYS! Navigating the Material(ity) of Print Culture.” Victorian Periodicals Review 47.1 (2014): 1-30.
Leckie, Barbara. “On Print Culture: Mediation, Practice, Politics, Knowledge.” Victorian Literature and Culture 43 (2015): 895-907.

Please send required files to: Susan(dot)Johnston(at)uregina(dot)ca with NAVSA/ACCUTE in the subject line

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Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN)
Podcasting and the Transformation of Scholarly Communication
Organizers: Hannah McGregor (SFU/CISP), hannah(underscore)mcgregor(at)sfu(dot)ca & Siobhan McMenemy (WLUP), smcmenemy(at)wlu(dot)ca

With the rise of Open Access publishing and calls for scholars to increase the impact of our work beyond the university, scholarly communication is in the midst of a major transformation. The scholarly publishing community simultaneously faces sizeable challenges as it attempts to meet the various needs of scholars while coping with rising costs, diminishing sales, and limited (or no) financial support from publishers’ home institutions. Despite the exciting potential of O/A and new forms of media, a significant barrier to these changes in the practices of academics and publishers alike has been, to date, an unwillingness to experiment with the conventions that underpin our system of scholarly research, writing, and dissemination. Universities, publishers, and funding agencies all recognize the need to move beyond the monograph and the journal article as the benchmarks of productive research, but alternative forms of scholarly production have nevertheless struggled to gain legitimacy.

For this roundtable, we invite scholars who are interested and engaged in podcasting as a form of scholarly communication to join us for a conversation about the possibilities and perils of embracing this new medium. We will also use this opportunity to share information about the collaborative work Wilfrid Laurier University Press and the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing are currently undertaking in developing methods for peer-reviewing podcasts. The roundtable discussion will touch on issues of academic credit for non-traditional scholarly work, the role of scholarly presses in moving scholarly communication forward, and future possibilities for collaborations between researchers and publishers. Participants need not be experienced podcasters; we encourage all those interested in pushing the boundaries of scholarly communication to submit a provocation!

Please send required files to: hannah(underscore)mcgregor(at)sfu(dot)ca and smcmenemy(at)wlu(dot)ca

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Christianity and Literature Study Group (CLSG)
Christianity and Reconciliation
Organizers: Johannah Bird (Briercrest College & Seminary and McMaster University), birdj1(at)mcmaster(dot)ca and Matthew Zantingh (Briercrest College & Seminary), mzantingh(at)briercrest(dot)ca

As Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s summary of their final report, makes clear: “The residential school system was based on an assumption that European civilization and Christian religions were superior to Aboriginal culture, which was seen as being savage and brutal” (4). The relationship between Christianity and Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples is deeply troubled, to say the least. Residential school survivor testimonies and literature, like Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen, amply attest to the collaboration of church and state in seeking to extinguish Indigenous sovereignty, culture, and languages, while also pushing conversion and assimilation as the only viable path forward for residential school wards. Such actions have caused irreparable harm and contemporary Christians in Canada are now beginning to grapple with this long legacy of colonial evil. While the United, Anglican, and Presbyterian churches have already offered apologies to Indigenous peoples for residential schools with commitments to working with Indigenous peoples on various projects for reconciliation and education, much work remains to be done. As Highway told Adrienne Clarkson in 1990, “A lot of kids got some really severe physical punishment, and there were a lot of darker occurrences which to this very, very day are next to impossible to talk about.”

This panel seeks to open a space for a discussion of the violent colonial collision of Indigenous peoples and institutional Christianity as represented in literary texts. Indigenous writers have already been navigating these complex and tangled relations, as Highway’s novel attests. In light of the TRC’s belief that the “reconciliation must inspire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to transform Canadian society so that our children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share” (8), this panel seeks to think about issues of spirituality and epistemology in Indigenous literary texts.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • texts that bring the “darker occurrences” into the light, particularly as they relate to spirituality
  • how Indigenous writers represent Christianity and/or Christian missionaries
  • how writers like Highway have negotiated the relationship between Indigenous spirituality and Catholic/Protestant faith
  • residential schools as sites of complex negotiations, especially in light of controversial comments by Canadian Senator Lynn Beyak
  • spaces of tension between Indigenous beliefs and Christians practices and/or beliefs
  • texts that suggest paths towards reconciliation between different forms of spirituality

Works Cited
Highway, Tomson. “Tomson Highway: Native Voice.” Adrienne Clarkson Presents. DVD. CBC Educational Video Sales. 1990.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Web. Accessed 2 August 2017.

Please send required files to: birdj1(at)mcmaster(dot)ca and mzantingh(at)briercrest(dot)ca

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International Gothic Association (IGA)
Gothic Adaptations
Organizer: Karen Macfarlane (Mount Saint Vincent University), karen(dot)macfarlane(at)msvu(dot)ca

Proposals are invited for papers that focus on the particular ways that adaptation works with/on/through Gothic texts.

Thinking of the Gothic as a mode that plays on instabilities, indecipherablility, transgressions, mutations, unnatural blending and fusions, etc., the notion of adaptation seems both something that is inherent in the Gothic and somehow alien to it. If we are talking about a shift from one form to another is that an adaptation or is it just Gothic? How are adaptations Gothic? How are Gothic texts adapted? How does adaptation work as a way of keeping the Gothic relevant? How does it water down the Gothic elements of a text? Does this notion of being “watered down” even matter in the twenty-first century? What adaptations happen in the Gothic? Papers may consider any number of possible adaptations: novel, graphic novel, games and gaming, podcasts, web content, film, television, fan sites, Cons, etc. to/from each other (eg. film to television; web to Con costume/performance, graphic novel to game) and any others not included here.

Proposals are invited to consider the theoretical implications of the bringing together of these terms. Papers may address any, some, of none of these specific questions in their discussion of this topic.

Please send required files to: karen(dot)macfarlane(at)msvu(dot)ca

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North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)
Romantic (An)aesthetics: Pleasure (I) and Pain (II)
Organizer: Marc Mazur (Western Unviversity), mmazur4(at)uwo(dot)ca

This proposal consists of two jointly sponsored (NASSR/ACCUTE) panels (each with three presentations of twenty minutes apiece). These panels will explore, in ways that critics such as Robert Mitchell, Noel Jackson, and Kevis Goodman have demonstrated, how science and the study of aesthetic experience productively inform each other in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Traditionally, Romantic scholarship frames aesthetics in terms developed by German Romantic Idealists such as Kant, Schiller, and Schlegel, while the relationship between medicine and art is grounded upon their assumed therapeutic goals. Beyond this traditional relationship between poetry and medicine, this panel invites papers that explore how the medical, biological, as well as physiological and anatomical sciences played a part in Romantic conceptions of pleasure and pain by asking what new insights might the entanglement of Romantic science and poetry yield? How might we understand, for instance, Wordsworth’s poem, “The world is too much with us,” from the point of view of an “(an)aesthetics,” literally, the negation or blocking of feelings? How might other theories of sensation have been excited by scientific experiment, and how might poetry be an instrument in bringing about such sensations? These panels welcome papers in British and European Romanticism that range across the period from 1780-1850 to accommodate different national and international transmissions.

Please send required files to: mmazur4(at)uwo(dot)ca

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Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO)
Victorian Spaces: Real and Imagined
Organizer: Lin Young (Queen’s University), l(dot)young(at)queensu(dot)ca and Emily Rothwell (Carleton University), ejrothwell(at)gmail(dot)com

The Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO) and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) invite papers for a jointly sponsored session on Victorian Spaces: Real and Imagined. From haunted attics, to enchanted flower beds, to housing reform, Victorians were deeply preoccupied with new conceptions of space. Their penchant for exploring the shifting role of the production of space can be seen as deriving from historical spatial forms, such as architecture, urban philanthropic projects and social-improvement publications. In another sense, such spatial conceptions can be seen as having been represented culturally, whether through the imagined landscapes of Alice’s wonder-filled garden afternoon, Pip’s navigation of London, or the Pre-Raphaelites’ reconceiving of medievalist spaces as contemporary portals. The Victorian Studies Association of Ontario invites papers that consider the ways in which space was imagined, represented and conceived during this historical moment, exploring the ways in which both real and imagined spaces often converged on a proverbial continuum of representations. Papers might examine how real or physical spaces were manifested, planned and represented by Victorians as they conceived of and interacted with spatial theories and formations in myriad modes and discourses. Others may inquire as to the ways in which the spaces Victorians imagined are potentially seen as cultural representations of their collective affective lives, their utopian forecasts, their escapist dreamscapes and their socio-political and imperial constructions and agendas.

Possible themes might include but are not limited to:

  • Social, legal, and/or political histories of space, both urban and rural
  • Spatial theory
  • Genre and space (social reform novels, sentimental fiction, popular press narratives, children’s literature, Romantic painting, utopia/dystopia, etc.)
  • Visual and print culture’s imagined spaces such as traditional visual forms (photography, architecture, painting) and non-traditional visual forms (ephemera, cartography, games, advertising, etc.)
  • Landscapes, gardens, ecocriticism
  • Medical, corporeal and scientific histories
  • Architectural spaces
  • Factories, social reform, cultural geography
  • Supernatural spaces: occultist practices, haunted houses, séance rooms, afterlives
  • Film, video, digital and new media criticism as well as criticism on contemporary visual artists and writers whose historically-minded practices engage with Victorian conceptions of space
  • Spaces of Empire: race, travel, histories, transnational and translocal contexts
  • Interior design histories and design print culture (catalogues, pamphlets, journals, magazines)

Speakers must be members of VSAO and ACCUTE at the time of the conference. The second oldest Victorian studies association in the world, the VSAO welcomes new members from universities, libraries, museums – all those who share an interest in Victorian culture. For more information about VSAO, please visit

Please send required files to: l(dot)young(at)queensu(dot)ca and ejrothwell(at)gmail(dot)com

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Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS)
Indigenizing the Early Modern Period (1400-1700)
Organizers: Madeline Bassnett (Western University), m(dot)bassnett(at)uwo(dot)ca and Margaret Reeves (The University of British Columbia, Okanagan), margaret(dot)reeves(at)ubc(dot)ca

Proposals are sought for a joint panel to be co-sponsored by the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies and ACCUTE for the 2018 meeting of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Regina. The panel will be scheduled May 26-28, 2018.
Thomas King’s A Coyote Columbus Story (2007) offers readers of all ages a witty, entertaining revisioning of the stories told about early colonial encounters between First Nations peoples and Europeans. King’s narrative and Kent Monkman’s illustrations satirize the inaccuracies of Eurocentric historical perspectives on the “Gathering [of] diversities” (to invoke the Congress 2018 theme) that occurred during what Western scholars have variously termed the “Renaissance” and the “early modern period.” We invite proposals that speak to the question of how storytelling can enable rethinking of these relations during these first centuries of interaction (roughly 1400-1700). How can Indigenous approaches to knowledge further our understanding of First Nations’ experiences during these first centuries of interaction?

Possible topics to address include the following:

  • Although the complexity of traditional indigenous knowledge systems precludes any simple opposition between oral and written histories, what do First Nations’ oral traditions reveal about their experiences of the early modern period, and how do these compare to the written colonialist versions documented in Western scholarship?
  • In what ways do Eurocentric approaches to periodization for the early colonial era–most commonly described as the “Renaissance” or “early modern”– limit understanding of relations between First Nations peoples and early European visitors to Turtle Island?
  • Literary scholars and historians have traced at length how European explorers, missionaries, and settlers depicted–and misrepresented–First Nations at points of first contact, but how do First Nations’ stories depict early modern Europeans? How are early encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans represented in First Nations’ stories, both traditional and contemporary?Please send required files to: m(dot)bassnett(at)uwo(dot)ca and margaret(dot)reeves(at)ubc(dot)ca<