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    CFP MLA 2019 LLC Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
    Chicago, January 3-6
    Guaranteed Session
    Variabilities: Considerations of Embodiment in Early Eighteenth Century
    In 2014 Chris Mounsey coined the idea of “variability” in the introduction to “The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth-century” to move our discussion beyond sameness and difference. This panel takes up the questions around non-normative bodies in early eighteenth-century literature and culture to locate the critical intersections that engage scholars today. In doing so, we hope to hear inquiries in gender and sexuality, science and technology, legal identities, environment, animality, neurodiversity, medicine, war, theology, region, race and ethnicity, aging, and more. We also would welcome more conceptual analyses of disability as an organizing principle. Although a guaranteed session, this panel is completely open, and junior as well as senior scholars are encouraged to submit a proposal. Abstracts or proposals that embrace non-normative modes of presentation are also welcome. 1-2 page abstracts due by March 28, 2018 to runge@usf.edu.

    CFP MLA 2019 LLC Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
    Chicago, January 3-6
    Guaranteed Session
    Other Worlds of the Restoration and Early Enlightenment.
    What modes of knowledge are at work in the representation of new and “other” worlds of the Enlightenment: states of nature, plantations, microcosms, the Orient, economy, planetary, pre-Adamic, inner or interior, domestic, criminal underworld and so on? The panel welcomes papers that enquire into worlds, their spatialization and their temporalities, as well as the literary genres that engage with the philosophical and political complexities of the question of the world especially their constitution and destruction (through war and colonization). In the age of European extroversion, the epistemological forms of travel, cartography, and adventure reveal a process that Heidegger famously described as the conquest of the world as picture. Were there other genres and modes that enabled the constitution of worlds less visible or beyond human scales of perception? This is a guaranteed but open panel and we welcome paper proposals from scholars at all levels.
    1-2 page abstracts to Betty Joseph beejay@rice.edu by March 23.