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Student & Alumni Opportunities

Publishing Opportunities


Asymptote

Asymptote is a new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. To date, the magazine has published literature from 96 countries and 72 languages, including hitherto unpublished work by writers and translators such as J. M. Coetzee, Patrick Modiano, Can Xue, Ismail Kadare, David Mitchell, Anne Carson, Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, and Herta Müller. They are interested in encounters between languages and the consequences of these encounters. Though a translation may never fully replicate the original in effect (thus the name, “asymptote”: the dotted line on a graph that a mathematical function may tend towards but never reach), it is in itself an act of creation.

Asymptote is currently accepting submissions for "Close Approximations," an international translation contest. Open to emerging translators, this contest invites translations in two genres: fiction and poetry. The winner and two runners-up of each category will walk away with 1,000 USD and 250 USD respectively. Submit between 5 to 10 pages of translated poetry or between 10 to 25 pages of translated fiction. Visit the Asymptote website for details. Deadline: February 1, 2017

Confluence

Confluence is a national, interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) that reflects the best scholarly and creative work of graduate liberal studies programs. Its broad scope will include scholarly essays and creative work such as short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Confluence is an open access journal, however, membership in AGLSP is required for submission and publication in the journal. To join, visit the AGLSP membership page. An annual AGLSP membership currently costs $40.

Confluence welcomes manuscripts from (1) students, (2) faculty, and (3) graduates of AGLSP member programs, including essays, research papers, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art pieces, and photography. The journal also accepts book reviews of interdisciplinary works of interest to the Liberal Arts Community. Students, faculty, and graduates who are not members of the AGLSP may submit if they establish AGLSP individual membership. For more information, visit the Confluence Submission Guidelines.

Palaver

Palaver is the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in their Graduate Liberal Studies program. They seek submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline and explore multiple disciplinary influences. The current Palaver issue is available to view and download.

Palaver is currently seeking submissions. They are extremely interested in exploring interdisciplinarity, not only in content, but also in form, and accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, multimedia submissions, and multimedia-text hybrids. For more information, visit Submit to Palaver.

Verges: Germanic & Slavic Studies in Review

Verges: Germanic & Slavic Studies in Review is accepting submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1. Verges is an online, open-access journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Although Verges primarily encourages submissions from graduate students, outstanding papers from upper-level undergraduate students are welcomed as well. For this issue, they particularly encourage MA students and upper-level undergraduate students to submit.

All articles and interviews must include a 100-150 word abstract, a brief author bio and keywords for indexing purposes. As articles will be blind peer-reviewed, please ensure that you follow the guidelines for a blind review.

Articles on all aspects of Germanic or Slavic Studies are welcomed. While not limited to the following, they invite submissions relating to: literature, linguistics, pedagogy, culture, history, art, music, film, politics, and memory studies.

To submit your article, please visit the Verges website, create an account as ‘author’ and follow the submission steps.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 27, 2017. Please visit the Verges website or email gsreview@uvic.ca for more information.

Zeteo

Zeteo is an online journal of interdisciplinary writing founded by alumni and students of the City University of New York's Masters of Liberal Studies Program. In the summer of 2013, Zeteo became an independent journal. The journal provides a bridge between the study and reflection of interdisciplinary writers and the interests of their ever-growing readership. If you are interested in contributing or learning more about the publication, please see the "Dear Contributors" tab on the Zeteo homepage or email the publication at zeteojournal@gmail.com.

Zeteo is currently looking for short essays that call attention to and explore texts, scenes, sounds, etc. For more information, visit Looking For Writers Who Are Readers.

Conferences & Symposia


Friday, March 31: Brandeis English Department Graduate Student Conference, “The Good Consumer: Consumption, Ethics, and Subjectivity”

On its surface, “consumption” might seem to be a simple act: eating something, buying something, watching something. However, theorists from Marx to Veblen to Bourdieu have explored the topic, and recent theory on consumption illustrates that it is a concept that goes beyond the mere definition of taking something in. Rather than being a straightforward subject-object relationship, consumption redefines and constitutes our subjectivity. Therefore consumption necessarily entails moral and ethical dimensions and has profound social and cultural implications.

“The Good Consumer: Consumption, Ethics, and Subjectivity” seeks to rethink modern subjectivity through the lens of consumption, whether it be of food, luxury goods, or the media. The conference seek to explore various aspects of consumption, asking the question, “Is consumption a ‘good’ interaction between the self and the other?” This topic is particularly relevant today, in light of the prominence of consumption and of concerns about its ethics.

The conference organizers invite a broad range of submissions that explore consumption from both literary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Please submit a 250-word abstract for a fifteen-minute paper to consumption2017@gmail.com by December 22, 2016. Please include your name, e-mail address, name of university, and a working title.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • consumer culture
  • the relationship between consumer and the consumed
  • modes of consuming and being consumed
  • eating/food: survival and excess
  • shopping and luxury
  • tuberculosis
  • consumption as an exercise of freedom (of choice)
  • eating disorders
  • diet, organic foodies, and well-being
  • vegetarianism and ethical consumption
  • taste/distaste
  • consumption as a mode of aesthetic appreciation and its possible alternative
  • ethics of consumption
  • biopolitics and food management
  • starvation
  • melancholia as a consumed state
  • hunger and artist figures
  • self-starvation as a means of resistance
  • sex and the body: consuming as an erotic metaphor
  • production versus consumption
  • consumption and gender

For more information, please contact the conference organizers, Abigail Arnold, SarahGrace Gomez, and Pyunghwa Lee, at consumption2017@gmail.com or visit the conference website.

Friday, April 28: Brandeis Novel Symposium

The Brandeis Novel Symposium, an annual one-day conference, will hold its inaugural event on April 28, 2017. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on the theoretical and scholarly questions it raises. On the one hand, scholars with expertise pertaining to the chosen novel will explore the work and its context: the controversies it has raised, the interpretive possibilities it presents. On the other hand, there will be a panel that treats a broader set of theoretical, critical and conceptual issues.

This year, the BNS board has selected My Struggle (Vol. 1) by the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard. For additional details, visit the BNS 2017 website.

The conference is free to attend but prior registration is required.

Other Opportunities


Applied Literary Translation Program

Dalkey Archive Press is pleased to announce that the program in Applied Literary Translation will now be offered through the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV). The program will now present several options to emerging translators, ranging from a credit-bearing Certificate to an MFA. The first session will be offered online in January 2016.

This unique program provides emerging translators with the opportunity to work closely with editorial staff to produce a book-length translation that will be published by Dalkey Archive. Over the past few years, Dalkey Archive has published, or will be publishing, over 30 literary translations by previous participants from this translation program. In addition to having their first book-length translation published, these translators will also receive training in writing readers’ reports, producing sample translations, acquiring rights, and copy editing translations, as well as gaining a professional understanding of contracts, marketing, and the grant-writing process. The program is open to emerging translators of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities.

Students with superior skills in English from non-English countries are especially encouraged to apply.

The expanded program coincides with Dalkey Archive’s new affiliation with UHV, where it will join the already well-established programs in literary publishing and creative writing, spearheaded by Chax and Cuneiform presses.

Specific information regarding the application process for the Winter-Spring session will be made available in the near future on the UHV and Dalkey Archive websites. Direct any queries to translation@dalkeyarchive.com.