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Americanist Colloquium ‘Flash’ Conference: 
"America, Fragments of an Idea"
Call for Papers 
On February 21, 2014 the Americanist Colloquium (Princeton Department of English) will host an on-campus ‘Flash’ Conference: a series of panels in which each presenter has 5 minutes to read a short paper, introduce a topic, throw out an idea, describe a problem, expand upon a close-reading, or give an abstract of a larger project. Our hope is that the event will allow graduate students to test out ideas in an environment that is casual, welcoming, and interdisciplinary, but also fast-paced and engaging.
In the spirit of a forum that should be both open and tentative, the theme of the conference will be: 
“America, Fragments of an Idea.” 
Let your imagination make of that what you will. (Any historical period, any critical perspective, any long-fermenting side-projects that could be somehow fitted to those concepts. Members of all departments are encouraged to join in. Media devices will be provided for those requiring them.) 
Please submit abstracts--fragments of fragments--of no more than 200 words to Brian Gingrich ( by Sunday, February 9.
We will do our best to find a way to gather submissions into coherent groups of panels, but unfortunately we cannot assure that we will find a way to fit every submission into the program. We hope that, in any case, you will all consider stopping by on February 21 to hear peers’ and colleagues’ ideas in formation.

The 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences 
Call for Papers
(for full conference details visit our website at: )
Submission/Proposal Deadline: January 24th, 2014
(Submit well in advance of the above date to take advantage of our
Early Bird Registration Rate. For details, click here. )
The 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences will be held from May 28th (Wednesday) to 31st (Saturday), 2014 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. Oahu is often nicknamed "the gathering place". The 2014 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from social science related fields from all over the world.
Topic Areas (All Areas of Social Sciences are Invited)
·          Anthropology
·          Area Studies
·          Communication
·          Economics
·          Education
·          Energy Alternatives
·          Ethnic Studies/International Studies
·          Geography
·          History
·          Intergenerational Studies
·          International Relations
·          Journalism
·          New Urbanism
·          Political Science
·          Preservation and Green Urbanism
·          Psychology
·          Public Administration
·          Social Work
·          Sociology
·          Sustainable Development
·          Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods
·          Urban and Regional Planning
·          Women's Studies
·          Other Areas of Social Science
·          Cross-disciplinary areas of Social Science
Submitting a Proposal/Paper:
You may submit your paper/proposal by following the instructions on our website. To make a submission, and for detailed information about submitting see:
Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences
P.O. Box 75023
Honolulu, Hawaii 96836

Call for papers...
The Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives (JASEP) is an international peer-reviewed journal, published semi-annually. The Institute of Language and Communications Studies and the Macro World Publishing jointly edit the journal. It invites research on the topics of American literature, art and humanities including U.S. culture and literature, socio-linguistics, migration to U.S., feminism, socio-cultural approaches to American life, social problems and social changes, human rights, ethnic and racial studies, terrorism and public service. Its main focus, however, is on the various European and Asian perspectives on these issues.

JASEP seeks to open a debate on the legacy of Europeans and Asians to the Americas, and in turn examine the socio-political and cultural ways in which America shapes the continents of Europe and Asia. The journal aims to shape an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and to seek innovative research issues related to ethnic studies disciplines that critically examine the history, culture, politics, and experiences of the people of Eurasia in an encounter with the American continent.
JASEP also focuses on exploring American mind reflections in the people of Eurasia ancestry. Moreover, the journal centers on the reflections of history, culture, literature, etc. of USA in the mind of Asian and European people.

The Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives is an interdisciplinary platform that publishes articles representing a wide range of academic disciplines, including sociology, history, political science, literature, cultural and gender studies and a variety of research methods. 

Submissions of paper proposals should be made to

Assistant Editor

Lion Koenig,
Heidelberg University
South Asia Institute
Department of Political Science
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
69120 Heidelberg/Germany
Tel.:    +49 6221 54-8825
Fax:    +49 6221 54-4591



Conference on Language Revitalization:Sleeping and Awakened Languages New Orleans, LA, March 7-9, 2014 Submission Deadline: Jan 31st, 2014

Call for Papers:
of the Gulf South
A language dies every two weeks. In Louisiana, two of the original ten
indigenous languages are still spoken in daily communication, but all these
founder populations feel a vital connection to their linguistic and cultural
roots; many have active language revitalization programs either in place or
on the drawing board. This conference* aims to build a community where
indigenous tribe members, linguists, pedagogues, and materials developers
can come together and share experiences, methodologies, linguistic analyses,
and cultural knowledge. Our goal is to share successes and failures in
order to create and improve available resources for strengthening indigenous
We welcome abstracts on topics related to our panels:
- Methodology for teaching and studying indigenous language
- Archival materials use
- Practical orthographies
- Analytic software
- Interactive media for language promotion
- Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
- Teaching materials
- Linguistic analyses of Gulf Coast languages
- Language revitalization - linguistic, ethnographic, and practical studies
This is not an exhaustive list and individual papers and/or colloquia on
topics outside these remits are warmly welcomed.
* Sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Tulane
Linguistics Program
Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any
language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region.
Authors may submit no more than one individual and one joint proposal.
ABSTRACTS ARE DUE BY Jan 31st, 2014 with notification of acceptance by
Feb 17th, 2014
We ask for ABSTRACTS OF 400 WORDS and a 50 WORD SUMMARY for inclusion
in the conference program. All abstracts will be submitted to blind peer
* PAPERS will be allowed 15 minutes plus 5 minutes of question time.


Public Scripture: Reading out of Context
Graduate Student Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation and Practice
March 30-31 st , 2014
University of Virginia
Plenary Speaker: Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University

The 2014 Graduate Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice welcomes submissions of original research from graduate students on the topic “Public Scripture.”
For many religions, particularly the three so-called 'Abrahamic' traditions, the reading and interpretation of Scriptural texts are core communal practices. But Scriptural texts do not always remain within the bounds of particular communities. Rather, religious communities have frequently appealed to their Scriptures in the context of public debates and interfaith encounters -- with a wide range of surprising, fruitful, or even violent consequences.
With this conference, we seek to gather an interdisciplinary and interfaith group of graduate students to examine concrete examples of the public use of Scripture—what happens when religious people take scripture outside their religious communities? We hope participants will address this topic from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives -- historical, legal, theological, hermeneutic, ethical, and more.
Possible paper topics include:
• Scripture on billboards
• Scripture in early Jewish and Christian apologetics
• Scripture in the establishment of governments or constitutions
• Scripture in political campaigns or political rhetoric
• Scripture in medieval interfaith theological disputes
• Scripture in the civil rights movement
• Scripture as overheard in the call to prayer
• Scripture as read by philosophers
• Scripture, sexuality, and sexual ethics
• Scriptural allusions in literature
• Scripture and biomedical or environmental ethics
Proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract should be emailed to by January 20th, 2014 . Acceptance notifications will be sent out by February 3rd, 2014.
Final papers, not to exceed 2000 words, must be submitted by March 3rd, 2014.
This colloquium is sponsored by The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, The Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, The University of Virginia Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, The Society for Scriptural Reasoning, The University of Virginia Office of Diversity & Equality and The Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia.

American Literature in the World Graduate Conference  
Yale University
April 11, 2014

The conference hopes to broaden the scope of American literature, opening it to more complex geographies, and to a variety of genres and media. Part of the impetus comes from a survey of what is currently in the field: it is impossible to read the work of Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat, Robert Hass and Jorie Graham, Dave Eggers and Jhumpa Lahiri without seeing that, for all these authors, the reference frame is no longer simply the United States, but a larger, looser, more contextually varied set of coordinates, populated by laboring bodies, migrating faiths, generational sagas, memories of war, as well as the accents of unforgotten tongues, the taste and smell of beloved foods and spices.

The twenty-first century is a good century to think about American literature in the world. But other centuries are equally fertile ground, as the writings of Anne Bradstreet, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, Richard Wright, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and Elizabeth Bishop make abundantly clear. To study these and countless other authors is to see that the United States and the world are neither separate nor antithetical, but part of the same analytic fabric. Our conference explores these extended networks through many channels: from the cultural archives circulating across the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, to the dynamic interactions between indigenous populations and those from other continents; from the institutions of print, to the tangled ecologies of literature, art, theater, music, and film, to the digital globalism of the present moment.

The conference is generously supported by the Beinecke Library, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The English Department, the American Studies Program, the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program, the Comparative Literature Department, the Italian Department, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. We are offering a $300 travel stipend to those coming from outside the tri-state area. Conference participants are also invited to attend a research workshop with Melissa Barton, Curator at the Beinecke Library, and a publication workshop with Gordon Hutner, editor of American Literary History, who will be working closely with participants to develop individual essays.

Please send a 1-page abstract to Anusha Alles ( by December 1.