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SAMLA: Queered Africa

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:54am
Matthew Durkin/ Duquesne University

Sylvia Tamale's recent anthology "African Sexualities: A Reader" encompasses various critical and creative attitudes towards and questions regarding non-normative sexualities throughout Africa. Using Tamale's work as a heuristic, this panel will focus on "queer" sexualities within Africa and throughout the diaspora. Papers can focus on the development of navigating sexualities throughout the diaspora, the emergence of African LGBTI communities and their representation within literature, film, as well as other art forms, sexualities and nation states, the usage of queer theory within an African context, among other questions of sexualities and the diaspora. This panel is open to various art forms and their expressions of sexualities.

The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 5:33am
The international Academic Forum (IAFOR)

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is pleased to announce the Second Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary 2013, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from 8-10 November 2013.

FilmAsia 2013 Conference Themes:

UPDATE: Call for Journal Articles: "The Writer's Experience" - Deadline: May 27, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:48pm
Journal of South Texas English Studies

The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions for its Summer 2013 issue, themed "The Writer's Experience." Submission deadline: May 27 2013.

Readers often think of writers as special creatures who possess magical knowledge or are influenced by mystical muses hidden and inaccessible to everyone else. However, when asked to discuss the experience of writing, authors often respond with figurative comparisons: writing is like building a house, pulling teeth, pounding a wall, riding a wild horse, conducting an exorcism, throwing a lump of clay on a potter's wheel, performing surgery on yourself without anesthesia. Good writing doesn't just magically appear on paper. There is no secret. But there is a process.

[Reminder] Explorations of Childhood in Nineteenth Century Working Class Life Writing (PAMLA, San Diego, CA, Nov 1-3, 2

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel is designed to examine ideas of childhood based on the life writing of working class people. The life writing could include autobiographies, diaries, letters, and/or compilations of life writing fragments. How is child labor/schooling discussed in life writing from working class individuals? How are ideas of childhood vs. adulthood altered through the necessities of class and work? Questions such as these can highlight how ideas of childhood are frequently tied to middle class identity and development, especially during the nineteenth century. A comparison can be made between working class presentations in fiction as opposed to life writing.


Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:53am

Global Research Journal On Humanities And Social Science is an international peer-reviewed academic research journal, which has a interdisciplinary approaches. The journal serves as a forum for review, reflection and discussion informed by the results of recent and ongoing research in the field of Humanities and Social sciences. It adopts a broad-ranging view of Humanities and Social Sciences, graphing new questions and new research, and mapping the transformation of humanities and social sciences in the years to come. GRJHSS is interdisciplinary bringing together articles from a textual, philosophical, and social scientific background, as well as from cultural studies.

Best Practices: Designing the Capstone Course for Undergraduate English Majors

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 8:08am
Special Session: South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, November 8-10, 2013, Atlanta, GA

This special session will feature presentations that outline practical models for supervising the undergraduate capstone project in English studies; these models should reflect a proven track record of faculty success in both design and implementation. By May 20, 2013, please submit proposals of 250-300 words as Word attachments to Tom Mack, University of South Carolina Aiken at

Wordsworth Summer Conference 5-15 August 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 3:50am
Wordsworth Conference Foundation

The 42nd Wordsworth Summer Conference
Monday 5 August to Thursday 15 August 2013
Rydal Hall, Rydal, Cumbria, England
Keynote Lecturers
Part 1: 5–10 August
Sally Bushell, Gregory Leadbetter, Stacey McDowell
Christopher Simons, Seamus Perry, Sharon Ruston

Part 2: 10–15 August
David Chandler, Deirdre Coleman, Tim Morton
Ralph Pite, Adam Potkay, Heidi Thomson

CFP: Bicycles / Bicycling in Literature and Culture, edited collection (proposals 8/1/13, essays 2/1/14)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:51pm
Jeremy Withers and Daniel Shea, Editors of Collection on Bicycles in Literature and Culture

The American author Charles Morley once said: "The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets." As Morley's quote suggests, many people have perceived an intimate connection between cycling and literature, and this edited collection aims to further reflect on that relationship between bicycles and art. We are seeking interdisciplinary essays from scholars interested in analyzing the role and significance of the bicycle in the novels, poems, short stories, plays, memoirs, films, television shows, songs (etc.) of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Essays on texts other than literature and mass media will be considered, so long as they are primarily still engaging in textual or literary analysis.

Beyond Mad Men: Personal and Collective Nostalgia in British and American Period Dramas; SAMLA, Nov 8-10

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:07pm
Anthony Dotterman/Adelphi University

In his article "The Forty Year Itch," Adam Gopnik argues that the past "is not simply a good setting for a good story, but a good setting for you." While Gopnik's article focuses on nostalgia as a cyclical product that imagines "whatever happened or [we] thought to have happened" in American culture in the context of the popularity of AMC's Mad Men, the popularity of the BBC's period drama Downton Abbey complicates Gopnik's hypothesis.

The Family Dynamic as Cultural Zeitgeist: Comparing the Novels of Jonathan Franzen and Jeffery Eugenides; Nov 8-10, SAMLA

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:03pm
Anthony Dotterman/Adelphi University

While Jonathan Franzen has "persistently claimed natural descent from Don Delillo," readers have continually compared Franzen to Jeffery Eugenides on the basis of their mutual exploration of Midwestern and generational heritage. Indeed, as Evan Hughes points out, Franzen and his contemporaries have been engaged "in a kind of generational struggle to make sense of the post modern literary legacy . . . especially as a guide to writing about the new, weird America of the eighties and nineties."

Exploring the Dynamics of Media and Communication Education & Research

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 2:50pm
Media Watch communication journal

Globally media education and research is in its dynamic flux after the emergence of new/social media. The traditional models/process of communications is redefined. Classrooms turned to be virtual and multi-mediated. Teaching and learning began to challenge the concepts of space and time. Teaching and learning becomes more stake-holder centered. Industry and market response is getting narrow casted. Catering for the niche world is vital. Solutions for all problems are now in apps!. Media education will very soon become apps centered.