Past Calls for Papers
(2.1.) 2nd Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference
Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio
June 2nd-4th 2016
We welcome proposals on any topic relevant to Dos Passos's career or life. We are especially interested in his relationship to Spain and Spain's relationship to Dos Passos's legacy. The meeting will include a screening of Robles, Duelo al Sol, a new documentary about the fate of José Robles during the Spanish Civil War, and its impact on Dos Passos and his relationship to Hemingway. Possible topics may include John Dos Passos and:
The Iberian World
The expatriate experience
His ideological journey/changing politics
Sex, sexuality and gender
Labor, the proletarian novel and the Popular Front
Ernest Hemingway, José Robles and/or others involved in the Spanish Civil War
Realist, Modernist, and late-modernist aesthetics
Regionalism and Internationalism
Genre: histories, travel writing, poetry, essays and so on
His influence on contemporary literature
We will also hold a roundtable on "Teaching Dos Passos," and welcome short position papers on classroom experiences with his work.
The Conference will be hosted by Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, at its Madrid-Chamartín Campus where the Faculty of Music and Performative Arts is located.
Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30th, 2016. Make note of any A/V requests in your abstract. And please note that the language of the conference will be English.
May 21-25, 2015
Intersections of E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos
This collaborative panel invites varied approaches to examining the intersections between E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos. Their careers overlap and in striking ways: both authors went to Harvard, were visual artists, wrote experimental dramas, served in ambulance services during World War I, endured the horrors of warfare and the censorship of the government, and engaged in the activism of the radical political environment of the early 20th century and the resulting hardships of the literary marketplace. In the 1930s, Cummings and Dos Passos both visited the Soviet Union and wrote about their experiences and impressions of the culture, and both experienced drastic shifts in political beliefs during that period.
We welcome submissions related to form and genre, modernism and modernity, war, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, print culture, archival study, politics, activist writing, and related topics. Collaborative papers and pedagogical approaches are also welcome.
300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan, President of the John Dos Passos Society (email@example.com) and Michael Webster, President of the E.E. Cummings Society (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 1, 2015.
Teaching Dos Passos: Round Table Discussion
In addition to our regular paper session, we will also hold a teaching round table. This is an open-topic call for 5-8 minute papers focused on bringing Dos Passos's writing into the classroom. Participants may choose to focus on undergraduate or graduate classes; university, community college, or high school settings; writing, literature, theory, or comparative literature classes; etc.
300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan (email@example.com) or the John Dos Passos Society (JDPSociety@gmail.com) by January 1, 2015.