The following is a selected list of resources for CSUSM courses in Literature. For further assistance, contact Judith Downie, Humanities Librarian.
Some lists are more complete and up-to-date than others, but the following list provides links to the sites that have been most consistent in keeping their information updated or attempt to be comprehensive in their scope.
- Washington University Libraries' Comparative Literature site offers a short list of lists including ACLA's, CLCWeb's, and Conference Alerts' lists with (of course) a focus on comparative literature.
- All Conferences.com provides a short list of conferences with direct links. There is also a longer list of past events--many conferences are offered either annually or less frequently, so you might want to look for an announcement of a tenative or proposed future date for a past conference.
- Literature Conferences Worldwide offers the most extensive list of conferences, but the list can be overwhelming by simply being sorted by month, rather than focus of the conference. Keyword searching is available to locate specific interests.
- English Literature and Languages Conferences Worldwide is focused on teaching English and TESOL. Keyword searching is available to locate specific interests.
- Communication, Language and Literature Conferences of Interest does not link to current conferences, but offers information on recurring conferences, their focus and frequency.
- Zuzu's Petals Literary Resource offers a mixed bag of information. The simplest way to find conferences or CFPs is to use the search function and select to only search the Zuzu's Petals pages.
- Literary Listservs (categorized list, some links are broken)
- Literary Listservs (annotated alphabetically arranged list)
Journal and book publishers can also host conferences or offer links to conferences as a service to the discipline.. Check the publisher's website who publishes materials on your focus.
Not everything is published on the Internet, although for some short-turnaround announcements, the internet may be the most likely place to look. Unfortunately, doing a search on literature and conferences using Google turned up about 1,840,000 hits--far too many to look through to find current listings.
A more effective means to locate conferences that would be suitable for your research would be to look at appropriate journals. They may be in paper or electronic format. Here are some titles to look at, but keep in mind other titles may carry an announcement of use to you:
Paper--Browsing the most recent issue of the journals listed here will provide both conference announcements and CFPs.
Chronicle of Higher Education (Periodicals L11 .C47, conferences listed in Gazette/Coming Events section)
Publications of the Modern Language Association of America(Periodicals PB6 .M6)
Writer's Chronicle (Periodicals PN101 .A88)
Once you are in a specific journal, you can type the word conference* (use the asterick to get conference or conferences) and any keywords that identify the specific focus. (For example, a search on just the search word conference* in MLA found over 6700 hits and they were on all types of conferences in different languages and offering different emphasis.)
Some databases such as MLA do not offer full text of the articles. Use the button to check our other resources for full text for further information on the conference of interest.
Reading Today (Upcoming Events section) (found in Academic Search Premier)
Times Educational Supplement (Noticeboard section) (found in Academic Search Premier)
Early Modern Literary Studies (note the conference dates are
past, but could lead to conferences of interest that may
be coming up with new dates.)
EServer.org Iowa State University-hosted site offers a section on CFPs as well as many full-text online journals
Perigee (founded by CSUSM LTWR student) Click on "Advertisements" at the bottom of the screen for CFPs and conferences.
Writer Magazine (conferences of interest to writers in the West, find them through the Classified link)
Another focused resource besides journals is to look at the organizations that address your particular field of study. This will generally lead to a specific conference instead of lists of possible conferences. The following is a short list, for more, refer to the Encyclopedia of Associations (REF AS22 .E5. Vol. 3 has a list of associations sorted by subject area such as 'literature'.)
- African Literature Association
- American Association for Higher Education
- American Communication Association
- ACLA--American Comparative Literature Association
- AWP--Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- British Comparative Literature Association
- ChLA (Children's Literature Association)
- Modern Language Association
- Mythopoeic Society
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Rhetoric Society of America
Calls for Papers (CFP)
Calls for Papers (University of Pennsylvania)
A listserv with supporting archive for literature-focused calls for papers.
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal check the "library" and scroll down to item #10 to view any CFPs.
CSUSM Call For Papers
The Student Research Competition is held every spring to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments. A small number of finalists will be chosen to represent our campus at the prestigious CSU Statewide competition.
Exchanges (CSU faculty publication)
This online journal calls for submissions from CSU faculty on teaching and learning in the CSU.
General Guidelines Websites
While not all guidelines will be appropriate for all conferences or CFPs, reviewing these sites will help you think about what is important in your proposal and focus.
- The Conference Circuit Guidelines for Graduate Students from the University of Toledo and for graduate students of all disciplines.
- Communication, Language and Literature Conferences of Interest has an introductory section on proposal lead times and where to look for CFPs.