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Near-Death Experience in the Renaissance (RSA 2014, New York 27-29 March)

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:26pm
Giulio Pertile and Emily Vasiliauskas, Princeton University

Hamlet called death the "undiscovered country from whose bourn | No traveller returns." Yet from the ghost of King Hamlet himself, to the resurrection of Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Donne's claim to be "every dead thing," many early modern writers tested that assumption. In this panel, we will be considering the various ways in which early modern writers approached, mimicked, or transcended death—and yet returned, precisely as travelers, to report on their experience. We will be thinking about the ways in which proximity to death enables thinking about consciousness, about the relationship between body and soul, the shape of a literary career, generational conflict and obligation, and the classical tradition.

Comparative American Ethnic Literatures—Special Session, PAMLA – submissions due April 15, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:20pm
PAMLA--Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

November 1-3, 2013, San Diego, CA


This special session welcomes submissions that deploy comparative analytical frameworks to re-imagine topics within American studies often limited by the scope of specialized ethnic subfields. This session is particularly intended for those papers that are not easily categorized within one specific ethnic subfield because the analysis attempts to read texts or artifacts across ethnicities in the service of a pan-ethnic American studies.

[UPDATE] Science Fiction and the Social Construction of Science and Technology (Nottingham, July 22-23)

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:41pm
Science in Public conference, University of Nottingham

The 2013 "Science in Public" conference at the University of Nottingham from July 22 to 23, 2013 aims to examine relations among science, publics, politics and publics. Harry Collins will be a keynote speaker, and in addition Sujatha Raman will lead a roundtable on the implications of Prof. Collins's work.

"Mapping the Mediterranean: Space, Memory, and the Long Road to Modernity" 11-12 October 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 6:18pm
Mediterranean Topographies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Keynote Panel: "The Present and Future of Mediterranean Studies"
Yasser Ellhariry, Dartmouth College
Gail Holst-Warhaft, Cornell University
Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
Karla Mallette, University of Michigan (chair)

The Mediterranean served as a site of transit, exchange, and interaction for well over two millennia, demonstrating tendencies towards both unification and dispersion. With the onset of modernity, however, linguistic, ethnic, and national boundaries solidified across the region. Language, history, memory, and space itself were literally reshaped by the tools of archaeology, architecture, tourism, mass print, national education, and transportation.


Monday, April 8, 2013 - 4:49pm
Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture, University of Virginia

The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation of the University of Virginia. We invite submissions for our fourth issue on the theme of 'Collaboration'. We also accept general submissions on interdisciplinary topics on an ongoing basis.

[UPDATE] Edith Wharton and The Custom of the Country: Centennial Reappraisals; Symposium 22/ 23 August 2013, Liverpool Hope Univ

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 3:45pm
William Blazek and Laura Rattray

Edith Wharton and The Custom of the Country: Centennial Reappraisals
Symposium: 22 and 23 August 2013, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Symposium Directors: William Blazek (Liverpool Hope University) and Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow)
Call for Papers:
2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton's much-read and much-analyzed novel The Custom of the Country. Described as the writer's "greatest book" by Hermione Lee in her 2007 biography, and listed by Wharton herself at the end of a long and prolific career as one of her own favourite works, The Custom of the Country arguably remains the author's most complex and controversial novel.

[REMINDER] When "I" Means "We": Poetry and Social Life

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:47pm
Princeton Comparative Poetry and Poetics Colloquium

REMINDER: Abstract submission deadline is April 10, 2013.


When "I" means "We": Poetry and Social Life

Eighth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetry & Poetics Colloquium

Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Panel on Film Noir and Neo-Noir, Abstracts due April 15th

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:10pm
Panel on Film Noir and Neo-Noir, Abstracts due April 15th

Out of the Past, Into the Postmodern: From Film Noir to Neo-Noir

From the Coen brothers to Christopher Nolan, the concept of film noir is being re-articulated in ever more provocative ways today. Submissions on aspects of film noir are welcome, especially in terms of the relationship between neo-noir and classic midcentury noir.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

The femme fatale
Visual style
Hard-boiled masculinity
Political/economic contexts for Noir and Neo-Noir
The city
Neo-noir and postmodernity

CFP 'Corporealities: Body Limits' for a special issue of Word and Text

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 11:35am
Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics

Treatments of corporeality have piled high in literary and cultural studies, especially in the last twenty years or so, while questions of embodiment continue to proliferate in philosophical discussion. At the same time, metaphorical bodies loom large: humanities scholars have shown renewed critical interest in variously shaped ideas of the body politic, past and present; corpus linguistics works with ever-larger 'corporae' of everyday language. Bodies, 'real' or 'imagined', never lose the potential to unsettle. However, discussions of corporeality tend to be carried, more or less subtly, by the reassuring promise of the material body as a site of indisputable fact.

Hypervisibility III - Beyond the Closet: Coming-Out Narratives in Transnational Visual Cultures

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 11:06am
University of Ottawa, Canada


In 'La Queer Theory est made in the USA', Lawrence R. Schehr underlines the pitfalls on an uncritical, un-problematized re-appropriation of Queer Theory to national and cultural contexts other than its original one (North America). Queer Theory itself is predicated upon specific signifiers characteristic of the English-speaking context, that is the closet metaphor (which determines visibility in binary terms) and homophobia. Eager to challenge universalising North American queer thought, Schehr argues for Post-Queer Theory instead, a theory that would extend the problematique of Queer Theory to other national contexts while taking into account the specificities of other cultural environments.

The 3rd International Conference Buddhism & Australia

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:58am
Buddhism & Australia Inc

IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to announce call for papers for the 3rd International Conference Buddhism & Australia, that
will be held on 6 – 8 February 2014, in Perth, Western Australia.

The conference investigates Buddhism in Australasian region, without the reference to any particular schools or disciplines such as Theravada, Mahayana or Vajrayana.

The main theme is: "History, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasian region"
The conference is open to proposals for contributions on * Buddhism history, * philosophy, * texts (Sutras, Tantras, commentaries, translations) as well for proposals on *open topics related to Buddhism e.g. art, psychology, science, astrophysics, etc.

UPDATE: Great Writing Creative Writing Conference (UK) 05/10/13: 06/29-13 - 06/30/13

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:52am
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference

Dear Colleagues,

re: Great Writing
UK's International Creative Writing Conference
Imperial College, London
Sat. June 29th – Sun. June 30th 2013

Great Writing 2013 continues the fine trend of the past 16 years, with Creative Writing presentations confirmed from around the world and across the United Kingdom. The variety of critical and creative work to be presented promises to be remarkable!

Although presentation places are largely filled (see below*), there is some room for additional audience/participants.

[UPDATE] Nomadic and Processual Poetics: A Symposium with Pierre Joris and Allen Fisher, 18th May 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:49am
Bangor University


This one-day symposium will consider the scope and applicability of the ideas of Pierre Joris and Allen Fisher and related poetics, including issues of translation and place-specific writing, in the light of the archipelagic World-and-UK context of the many 'devolved voices' of contemporary poetry.

[UPDATE] Mapping Identity - April 15th Deadline

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:28am
Megan Cannella/PAMLA Conference

In this session, papers will look at the different ways place can determine one's identity. Whether discussing immigrant narratives, narratives of displacement, coming of age narratives or something all-together different, geographic location determines a great deal about one's personal narrative. Place can determine as much about a person as his or genetic history, making the relationship between identity and place subject to boundless exploration.

See more and submit proposals at: