CFP: Women's Experimental Forms

JNT invites submissions that engage in questions about the connections between experimental forms and radical politics in works by women writers. What innovative strategies do women writers use to critique systems of power, document war, and investigate past atrocities? Might the same experimental strategies be used to imagine solidarity, to reclaim and rewrite histories of resistance and dissent, or to disrupt linear and totalizing narratives that have been used as tools for exclusion? How might these texts change our understanding of or offer us new ways of engaging with feminist politics and theory? And how might works that offer us new modes for representing radical politics also change how we historicize experimentation? Considering women’s complicated positions within intersecting political movements, it seems particularly important to think about the ways in which these material conditions and the expressive possibilities of language have shaped each other. We invite papers that explore, but are not limited to, topics such as: how women use disciplinary hybridity and cross-genre forms to archive, document, and revise lost histories; the uses of experimentation to subvert and undo the binaries of gender, genre, race, war, sexuality, nation, etc.; theorizing works whose structures resist categorization and genre fixity; teaching hybrid and interactive texts. We invite papers on literature, film, and visual culture.

Please send complete manuscripts of no more than 8000 words, with an abstract, to Rowena Kennedy-Epstein at by November 1, 2016.

CFP: Journal of Narrative Theory, "Dis/enabling Narratives"

JNT invites submissions that further the discussion of disabling and enabling narratives from a disability studies perspective. JNT is a forum for the theoretical exploration of individual narrative texts and of the intersections between narrative, history, ideology, and culture more broadly.

Essays might engage with topics such as literature and dis/enabling environments and social space, how narratives dis/enable at a structural level, theorizing about narrative using disability studies, dis/enabling subjectivities and inter-subjective experiences, disabling meta/master narratives, dis/enabling discourses, dis/enabling personal narratives and cultural narratives, narratives of overcoming, passing, medicalization, masquerade, complex embodiment, narrative prosthesis, compensation, suppression, inclusion, integration, rehabilitation, normalcy, and activism, narrative wholeness, disabling narrative conventions and enabling counter-narratives.

We welcome submissions considering literature of all periods and are especially keen to ensure that some essays in the issue relate to the period before the modern concept of disability emerged in the mid-nineteenth century.

Please send two hardcopies of the complete manuscript in MLA style to Prof. Essaka Joshua, Department of English, 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 USA, and email a digital copy to by 1 September 2016. Recommended submission length is 8000 words. Please omit references to the author in the manuscripts to ensure anonymous review. The journal does not accept manuscripts submitted for consideration simultaneously to other publication venues.