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The Legacy of the Grand Tour - 1 August 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:36am
Lisa Colletta, Associate Professor of English, The American University of Rome

Submissions are sought for an edited collection, tentatively entitled The Legacy of the Grand Tour: New Essays on Travel, Literature, and Culture. It has been claimed that there are really only three basic plots in all of literature, boy meets girl (or variations thereof), a stranger comes to town, and someone goes on journey. The topos of the journey is one of the oldest in literature, and even in this age of packaged tours and mediated experience, it still remains one of the most compelling. This volume seeks to examine the ways in which the legacy of the Grand Tour is still evident in works of travel and literature.

Death and Decay (deadline 4th October 2013)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:16am
HARTS & Minds postgraduate journal for the Arts and Humanities

This call for papers invites submissions on the subject of 'Death and Decay' for the third edition of HARTS & Minds, an online postgraduate journal for students of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published online in Winter 2013-14.

Our first edition and further information can be found at and you can get updates on our journal at

Panel, French Shakespeare Society, Paris, 21-27 April 2014, "It's Shakespearean!"

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 3:52am
Line Cottegnies, University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France

Panel proposal for Société française Shakespeare conference, 21-27 April 2014.
"It's Shakespearian!": The critical fortune of a commonplace in France from 1820 to the present. (Line Cottegnies and Gisèle Venet, SOrbonne Nouvelle)

Italian Intellectuals in Exile to the United States During the Interwar Period/ Intellettuali Italiani in esilio negli Stati Uni

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 10:38pm
Filomena Fantarella

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

Panel organiser / Chair : Filomena Fantarella (Brown University)

Many Italian intellectuals left Italy during the Fascist dictatorship and traveled to the United States: Gaetano Salvemini, Franco Modigliani, Egidio Reale, Max Ascoli, Carlo Sforza, Don Luigi Sturzo, Arturo Toscanini, just to mention a few. This panel would like to explore the role of Italian Intellectuals exiled to the United States during the interwar period: what were some of the activities they were engaged in the United States? How did their thought change? What was their view of Italy from America?

[UPDATE] MMLA 2013 Special Session: Irony and Authenticity in Contemporary Artistic Production - Deadline Extended

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 10:06pm
Janessa Toro/ University of Missouri/ New Deadline: June 14

Is there room for earnestness and authenticity in contemporary media? In accordance with the 2013 Midwest Modern Language Association conference theme of "Art & Artifice", This panel explores the intersection of authenticity and irony in literature, film, music, and other media. While stable irony depends upon fixed meanings intended to elicit specific interpretations from an audience, contemporary theories of language, identity, and community emphasize the ultimate contingency and instability of meaning. Thus, the possibility for irony is thrown into question; is irony impossible, or is irony all-pervasive? Likewise, is any form of authenticity or earnestness possible in artistic production?

Call for Chapter Proposals, Book Project on Video Games "Rated M for Mature: Sex and Sexuality in Video Games" (tentative)

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 10:01pm
Matthew Wysocki / Flagler College

The word sex has many implications when it is used in connection with video games. As game studies scholars have argued, games are player-driven experienced. Players must participate in processes of play to move the game forward. You must contribute to keep the game moving forward. The addition of content that incorporates sex and/or sexuality adds complexity that other media do not share. This project seeks to further develop our understanding of the practices and activities of video games, specifically focusing on the intersection of games with sexual content. From the supposed scandal of 'Hot Coffee' to the emergence of same-sex romance options in RPGs, this book will explore the concepts of sex and sexuality in the area of video games.

[UPDATE] San Joaquin Valley Journal Submission Deadline Extension -- August 1, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 7:13pm
Andrew Dorsey / San Joaquin Valley Journal

The San Joaquin Valley Journal is seeking articles for its fourth issue. SJVJ is an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Department of English at California State University, Stanislaus. The annual journal offers a forum for the discussion of literature, critical theory, rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, and issues relevant to teaching in academe. SJVJ is particularly interested in scholarly essays that engage issues and ideas in connection with the literature and culture of the San Joaquin Valley. In view of its regional emphasis, SJVJ also welcomes profiles on San Joaquin Valley writers, creative nonfiction, book reviews, faculty interviews, and commentaries related to the southern portion of California's Central Valley.

The Arts and the Body: NeMLA 2014, Harrisburg, PA

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 5:32pm
Anna Peak / Temple University

The Arts and the Body

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

What role did ideas about race and sexuality play in nineteenth-century British conceptions of art and aesthetic response? Papers might consider (but are not limited to) such topics as: The figure of the gypsy musician; artistic temperament and homosexuality at the fin de siècle; Orientalism and fashion; the arts and crafts movement and British nationalism; or the body of the dancing girl. Please send 250-500 word proposals to Anna Peak at

Modernism and Cuisine: 2014 NeMLA (April 3-6)

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 2:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 3-6, 2014--Harrisburg, PA

The recent emergence of 'modernist cuisine'--a culinary movement codified in the encyclopedic "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking" (2011)--invites a reconsideration of how cuisine within 20th century literary modernism might be understood. From the madeleine in Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu" (1913) to the gorgonzola cheese sandwich in Joyce's "Ulysses" (1922) to the boeuf en daube in Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and beyond, food often emerges in prominent moments in literary modernism. This panel seeks to investigate such moments of 'modernist cuisine.'

Call for Publication: Essays, Commentary, New Media Art, and Design.

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 2:13pm
Digital America

Digital America is a new online journal venture from the University of Richmond that seeks to publish exceptional student work. We believe that Millennials have a unique perspective on the impact of digitization. We also believe that student work is often left undiscussed both in the classroom in in the larger academic community. We are looking for essays, commentary, new media projects, short films, digital art, and documentary pieces that engage digitization and/or digital culture and American life. Our definition of "American" life is broad and includes the role of globalization on American culture.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED 21/6/13: Romantic Lacunae: Silences, Gaps, and Empty Spaces

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:49am
Queen's University Belfast, UK

We invite paper and panel proposals on topics related to silences, disjunctions, and absences in Romantic-era texts, for a one-day conference hosted by the School of English and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen's University Belfast on 2 August, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Dr Fiona Price, Reader in English Literature at the University of Chichester.

Fifth Annual State of Black Writers Symposium: Activism in the 21st Century, October 24, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:33am
Africana Institute/Essex County College, Newark, NJ

2013 Call for Papers

Fifth Annual State of Black Writers Symposium
Activism in the 21st Century

Essex County College's Africana Institute in partnership with ECC's Division of Humanities, and the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society at the Newark Public Library.

The symposium will convene on Thursday, October 24, 2013
Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.

The 2013 State of Black Writers symposium will examine "activism" as a continuing paradigm lives and writings of people of African descent. Writers from all academic disciplines, as well as those outside of academia, are invited to participate in this day-long symposium as we consider the state of activism in the African diaspora.

UPDATED POST: The Gothic Body: The Physical Depiction of the Female Gothic (NeMLA)

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:31am
Neena Cinquino/ The City College of New York

Since Ellen Moers' original designation of the Female Gothic, the term continues to evolve: The amalgamation of femininity's depiction in literature and Gothic studies does not conclude with Literary Women (1976). Therefore, this panel will concentrate on the female body's involvement in what is considered Gothic; as Moers denotes, what "predominates over reality, the strange over the commonplace, and the supernatural over the natural, with one definite auctorial intent: to scare." At the root of this fear is a woman's anxiety of childbirth and the subsequent call to motherhood, according to Moers. This fear can be dealt with in a variety of ways: avoidance, elimination, and torture.

"50 Years after the Civil Rights Act: Post-Black but not Post-Race"

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 10:20am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Session description:
How does being 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Act affect the politics of the question, as Fred Moten asks, 'What will blackness be?' What does this distance from such legislation do to our interrogation of the tensions between the fluidity & freedom of blackness in this moment and the enduring conditions undermining post-racialism? Given both the Civil Right Act & the fraught relationship between law and blackness in the US, how do we think post-Black(ness, Arts)/soul? Please send 200-300 word abstract and CV to