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NeMLA 2014 CFP - Vexing Gender in 19th-Century American Women's Writing

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 11:48am
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania cfp

When existing conditions actively work to suppress women's expression, how can the female subject assert herself? Performing female selfhood becomes a vexed notion in the context of nineteenth-century American women's writing, in which women faced "separate spheres" ideology, the cult of domesticity, and other complex and often-contradictory social circumstances necessitating private performance of idealized gender roles as a means towards securing financial survival in the public sphere.

[UPDATE] Smart, Sincere, and Quirky Auteurs – SAMLA (Atlanta, 11/8 to 11/10)

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 11:04am
Pete Kunze (Louisiana State University)

I seek papers for a panel on auteurship in recent Hollywood cinema, especially films that have alternately been called the "New Sincerity" (Collins), "smart" (Sconce), "Mumblecore" (Masunaga), "post-pop" (Mayshark), and "quirky" (MacDowell).

Bachelors, Bastards, and Bad Boys In the Transatlantic World, 1600-1865 (NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014)

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 10:55am
Jordan Windholz / Fordham University

Bachelors, Bastards, and Bad Boys in the Transatlantic World, 1600-1865.

This seminar will examine how various forms of manhood—including but not limited to bachelors, bastards, and bad boys—are represented in a range of English and American texts from the seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth century. It is particularly interested in how modes of exchange across geographies, classes, genders, or cultures articulate male deviancy or legitimacy. Participants are invited to submit 250-300 word abstracts as MSword or PDF attachments to Jordan Windholz, with BBB in the subject line by September 30, 2013.

[UPDATE] Irish Gothic Conference 5-6 December, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 9:57am
Università degli Studi di Perugia / Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Irish Gothic Conference

5-6 December, 2013

Università degli Studi di Perugia / Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Confirmed Speakers:

• Professor W. J. McCormack (Former Professor of Literary History at Goldsmiths College, University of London)
• Professor Francesca Romana Paci (Full Professor, Università del Piemonte Orientale)
• Dr Laura Pelaschiar (Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Università di Trieste)
• Dr Derek Hand (Senior Lecturer in English, Saint' Patrick's College, Dublin City University)

ARCHAEOACOUSTICS: The Archaeology of Sound

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 9:13am
The OTS Foundation and The University of Malta


Conference 19-22 February 2014 in MALTA

ARCHAEOACOUSTICS: The Archaeology of Sound
a multidisciplinary look at early sonic/aural awareness and lithic sound behavior, toward a better understanding of human and music development.

The intent of this conference is to explore the importance of sound in antiquity, sharing focused expertise from a variety of backgrounds in order to provide a forum for expanding previous conceptions and introducing new methodologies. We are particularly interested in the role acoustic behavior may have had in the development and design of important architecture and ritual spaces throughout the ancient world.

Civic Literacy and Social Action in American Women's Journalism (NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014)

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 5:11pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

At the turn of the twentieth century, American journalism opened up new opportunities for women to establish professional identities as writers and social advocates. This panel invites papers addressing how female reporters used journalism to heighten readers' awareness of, and civic involvement in, crucial issues facing America at the turn of the twentieth century. In what various ways did female reporters promote civic literacy? How did women journalists construct a persuasive ethos capable of spurring social change? What audiences did they move to action, and through what rhetorical strategies? Send 300-500 word abstracts and brief bio to Grace Wetzel, St. Joseph's University,

NeMLA 2014: Bridging the Gap: Integrating Social Media into the College Writing Classroom

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 3:13pm

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

This panel seeks proposals that demonstrate awareness of technology's effect on discourse - not simply as a means of delivery, but as a mode of signification necessary for today's college composition students. We hope to stimulate a conversation about facilitating our students' engagement with these discourses in the writing classroom by exploring deep structural integration of technology in these courses. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to William Magrino and Peter Sorrell,

The Photographic Moment in Literature; SAMLA 2013; Nov 08-10; Atlanta

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 1:34pm
Elizabeth Howie and Tripthi Pillai, Coastal Carolina University

This special session invites papers that explore the interplay of literature and photography, particularly as manifested in the photographical logics operating within the literatures that predate the advent of photography. What is the place of the ocular (the photographical/the photographic image) in literature? How are self-reflexivity, interiority, memory, and subjectivity performed as photographic moments within literature? What does the insertion of a photographic moment suggest in terms of interruptions, digressions, or linear movements within a novel? How does the stillness of a moment in a play borrow or differ from the stasis of a photograph? What, if any, are the coincidences of poetic and photographic lenses?

The Communication Review

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 10:04am
Michael L. Wayne/University of Virginia

The Communication Review is an interdisciplinary journal bridging the fields of communications and media studies currently accepting manuscripts for publication in 2014. We particularly encourage historical and feminist scholarship and invite submissions from those employing critical theoretical and empirical approaches to those seeking to create new knowledge across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

Religion and Migration in the Black Sea Region- Edited Collection of Essays

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 9:44am
Eleni Sideri and Lydia Roupakia/ International Hellenic University, Greece

The Black Sea region is currently being transformed from a closed sea - due to the legacy of the Cold War - to a bridge facilitating human, economic and cultural flows. The strategic importance of the Sea as a crossroads of civilizations and religions is gradually gaining wide recognition. The various types of migration from and into the region have contributed to new renegotiations of differences between "us" and "them" and have reinforced the need to (re)think, (re)vise and (re)invent definitions of belonging. In the context of these new mobilities, processes of dislocation and resettlement have also resulted in a resignification of religious practice and religious identity.

Representations of Gender and Sexuality in John Dos Passos's Writing

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 8:00am
John Dos Passos Society

Like his modernist contemporaries, John Dos Passos engages themes of gender and sexuality. But unlike many of his contemporaries, his works may allow for relatively progressive readings of gender relations, understandings and representations of homosexuality, media-centered representations of the sexualized body, etc. Such progressivism may be due to his inherently activist stance during his writing career. However, merely writing during the first half of the 20th century may dictate a certain amount of problematic representation.