Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2017
Full name / name of organization: Sandra Hughes/Nathaniel Hawthorne Society/Poe Studies Association
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International Poe & Hawthorne Conference—Kyoto, Japan

The Poe Studies Association, The Poe Society of Japan, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society of Japan invite paper and session proposals for a joint conference to be held in Kyoto, Japan on June 21-24, 2018.

The 2018 Kyoto conference is the successor to the 2006 Oxford conference and the 2012 Florence conference of the Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson societies.

All topics related to these two authors, together or separately, are welcome. Please send 250-word paper proposals to Philip Edward Phillips, Program Committee Chair, at by August 1, 2017

Session proposals, which may be 1,000 words, should include organizer and speaker names and affiliations, as well as paper titles and abstract. They are also due by August 1, 2017.

Possible topics include:

  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and Asia
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and Japan
  • The (Mutual) Influence of Poe and Hawthorne
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne, reception and reputation
  • Teaching Poe and/or Hawthorne
  • Interpreting Poe and/or Hawthorne
  • Poe, Hawthorne, and the visual or performing arts
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and science (or pseudo-science)
  • The Gothic in Poe and/or Hawthorne
  • Allegory in Poe and/or Hawthorne
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne at home and/or abroad
  • Biographies of Poe and/or Hawthorne
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and the Digital Humanities
  • Literary, philosophical, scientific, or cultural influences on Poe or Hawthorne
  • Literary influence of Poe and/or Hawthorne
  • Poe, Hawthorne, and literary theory
  • Poe, Hawthorne, and the supernatural
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and race, class, gender, or sexuality
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and politics
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and transatlantic, transpacific, or global studies
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne, aesthetics and genre
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne in cinema or other popular media (graphic novels, television, video games, etc.)
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne in translation
  • Poe and/or Hawthorne and language

All those whose proposals are accepted for the conference must be members of one of the four sponsoring organizations to present papers or to chair sessions.