This session seeks to promote new knowledge about the nature and function of metaphor in public discourse. Interpretations of contemporary events tend to use metaphorical expressions to describe cultural and social changes in society, illuminating but also hiding concepts embedded in discourse. Academicians from various fields of studies will highlight ways in which conceptualizations govern our understanding of key issues and actions in current times. Participants are encouraged to explore metaphor as expressed through written, oral, visual, and gestural languages in public discourse.
The editors of Queen: a journal of rhetoric and power are pleased to announce a new imprint - Queen: Calliope.
Queen: Calliope is dedicated to the poetic and narrative arts. We accept submissions from any and all who wish to participate. We publish ad hoc, with no particular deadlines.
We will accept a wide variety of media encompassing the written, spoken and performed word. Multi-media submissions are encouraged.
Please feel free to visit us at:
or contact the senior editor James Bluewolf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Accepting proposals for the PAMLA panel Modern Austrian Literature. Potential panelists are welcome to submit proposals on any aspect of MAL.
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2009.
Conference will take place in San Francisco, CA, 6-7 November 2009.
Members may present only one paper per conference.
Presenters must be members of PAMLA by 15 April 2009.
Papers may not be read in absentia.
Please submit proposals using an online Papers Proposal Submission Form: http://www.pamla.org/2009/proposals.
Contact Laura McLary, University of Portland for more information: email@example.com
The How They Got Game Project at Stanford University is currently seeking for papers that explore the connections between mapping, cartographic practices, electronic gaming and virtual worlds for an illustrated book that will be published in 2010. Specifically, we are interested in essays that address the notion of representing spaces in video games and virtual worlds through the aid of maps and mapping tools. Video games and virtual worlds establish new topographies and geographies that - while often making references to preexisting models - create a new understanding of the fictional worlds that we explore. Our goal is to show and explain how digital spaces are being mapped by a new generation of cartographers.
Topics might include:
Papers are welcome for the standing "Chaucer and Related Topics" panel for the 2009 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, to be held at San Francisco State University on November 6th and 7th, 2009.
The deadline has been extended to April 10th. Please disregard any earlier deadlines mentioned on conference websites.
Papers an any aspect of Chaucer studies, fourteenth-century English literature, Chaucer's sources and contemporaries, or Chaucerian adaptations are very welcome.
Please submit your proposal using the online proposal form:
Please submit a 500 word maximum proposal for this session of next PAMLA's Conference, which will take place November 6-7, 2009, in San Francisco.
Papers can be given either in English or in French.
Submit proposal using the online form that can be find at www.pamla.org
Please make sure you click on the correct session.
Deadline for submission: March 30th, 2009
Feel free to contact me by e-mail with your questions.
The conference will explore the themes of the modernist 'self' - envisioned as embracing the construction of the figure of the artist, character, gender and sexuality - and modernist 'society', inclusive of visions of nationhood and reflections on war and early twentieth-century politics more widely. The conference will offer the opportunity for a wide-ranging discussion of the intersection of these two spheres in the work of Modernist artists of the period.
Panel co-chairs: Greg Siegel, UC-Santa Barbara & Jules Odendahl-James, Duke University
Following the success of our inaugural conference last year, the Mid-Atlantic College Student Literary Magazine Conference co-chairs are issuing a Call for Presentations for the October 9, 2009, conference to be held at Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
e-Utama, an online journal of the Malay Language and Culture Department of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, is inviting submissions for its second issue (due to be published at the end of the year). The call for papers can be viewed at
Call for Papers
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
2009 Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Constructing the Other in the Age of Defoe's Friday
The First Biennial Conference of the Defoe Society
Tulsa, OK—September 25-26, 2009
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. JMMS papers address historical and contemporary phenomena as well as speculative essays about future spiritualities.
The 2009 JNZL Prize for New Zealand Literary Studies
The Journal of New Zealand Literature offers an annual prize for a publication in the area of New Zealand literary studies.
• The prize is available to graduate students, and to emerging scholars who have completed their PhDs within the last three years.
• There is a cash prize.
• The winning entry will be published in JNZL 27 (2009)
• The prize is open internationally.
• Entries will be judged anonymously.
• The adjudicating panel consists of the Editorial Committee and the Editorial Board of JNZL. Judging will be by majority decision.
• The Editorial Committee reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.
I will be chairing a panel on Ancient-Modern Relations at November's Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's conference in San Francisco. The conference tends to be wide-ranging, so work on anything related to the topic is welcome. Of particular interest are issues related to: Romanticism, the C19, and Modernism; "Orientalism" and/in the Ancient World; Postcolonial approaches to and definitions of the "Ancient"; and Critical Theory's debt to Ancient Philosophy.
But again, this is a broadly defined panel, and all proposals dealing with Ancient and Modern Relations are welcome.
The conference dates are November 6-7, 2009, in San Francisco.
Ruth Amossy (Tel Aviv University)
Jean-Louis Dufays (UCL)
Charles Ramírez-Berg (Texas Austin)
Maarten van Delden (USC, California)
David Oubiña (UBA, Buenos Aires)
Over the past ten years, the concept of the 'stereotype' has become a subject of intense debate in literary studies, especially in Europe. Although in daily usage the term 'stereotype' often has a negative connotation, the theoreticians of stereotyping (Amossy, Dufays, Lippman) emphasize its indispensable and constructive role in processes of social communication, including art.
In today's world when governments are rethinking socio-political, economic, and ecological structures on the global level in the light of the recent financial crisis, it is of the most importance to raise the question of ethics. How does literary and artistic production of the French and Francophone world broach this subject? We invite you to investigate the role of ethics in the works of contemporary French and Francophone writers, thinkers, and artists. Please send a 250-word abstract as a Word document to Vera Klekovkina, Scripps College (Vera.Klekovkina@ScrippsCollege.eddu) by March 30, 2009.
Pedagogy in a digital age or digital pedagogy? The SAMLA special session on pedagogy in the digital age welcomes paper, panel, and performance proposals on topics that deal with all aspects of pedagogy in the digital age, such as the uses of the term "digital pedagogy," defining the term, if that's possible; best digital pedagogical practices in the classroom; the tools of digital pedagogy; digital pedagogy and student writing; the politics of digital pedagogy; digital pedagogy and literacy (or multi-literacies); digital pedagogy and globalization; and other relevant topics.
WOMEN'S STUDIES AT MAPACA
The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
November 5-7, 2009
Women's Studies seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture. Topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
*women and the media
*women and politics
*portrayals of motherhood
*women and religion
*women writers, written women
"Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals" is a multi-disciplinary journal for all aspects of handling, preserving, researching, and organizing collections. Practitioners and academics may turn to the journal for the most up-to-date research in collections management. In its pages, they will find both professional guidance and theoretical grounding, drawn from fields such as life science, art history, anthropology, history, conservation, law, museum studies, and library science.
We seek to delve further into the mind of Rowling and examine all aspects of the Harry Potter series that lend themselves to a lavender lens. With Dumbledore's ejection from the closet, queer scholars have taken up Rowling's decision at all three major Harry Potter Conferences (Accio, Portus, and Terminus) over the summer of 2008. As such, we seek papers for an interdisciplinary reader on queer and feminist issues in Harry Potter. We welcome critical and passionate papers catering to both students and scholars in the fields of sexual/gender diversity studies, cultural studies, children's literature, and literary analysis. A non-exclusive list of topics are
*Deadline extended to 4/1/09*
Proposals are sought for a collection of essays on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus that consider the role of bodies, both physical and conceptual, in the text and on the stage.
Renewed scholarly interest in Titus has largely focused on issues of gender and alterity, or the role of the text in its broader critical tradition. The proposed collection, "This Hollow Prison of My Flesh": Bodies in Titus Andronicus, instead approaches the text by examining the pronounced role that bodies of all types play in it.
Butch Voices will be holding its first ever multifocal conference and forum for all selfidentified butches, studs, aggressives, and other allied identities. We are a group of openminded, gender-bending social justice activists who share a commitment to critical thinking and a common goal of building a powerful, inclusive community for us all.
The conference will take place August 20 through August 23, 2009 in Oakland, California. We invite you to join us for four days of workshops, panels, and performances intended to reflect the diversity and complexity of butch gender, identity, and action. On the one hand, butch, stud, and aggressive are hyper-visible identities; on the other, our voices too often go unheard or are misunderstood.
"Drama and Psyche: stage expressions of the mind" , A study day organised by The Research Seminar on Early Modern and Contemporary Drama, Laboratoire Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes, EA180, 7th May 2009
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA)
Panel Topic: Shakespeare and Related Topics
November 6-7, 2009
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
Submission Deadline: April 10, 2009
In his analysis of the history of mathematics, Gaston Bachelard calls for a reversal of perspectives on the complexity of reasoning: "[…] the simple is in fact always simplified: it can only be thought of correctly when appearing to be the product of a process of simplification." (L'Épistémologie non cartésienne.) Likewise, in literature and in the visual arts, the particularity of authors, what one has come to call their "little music", what makes them irreducible to others, is not only the fruit of their genius, but also a meticulous construction, the product of a particularising process, constructions based on what Claude Lévi-Strauss designates as signifying structural choices (La Voie des masques). The particular is thus actually particularised.
Call for Papers MAPACA 2009
Conference November 5-7, 2009
The wealth of material found in the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new works in fiction, film, and other areas, whether through adaptation or incorporation of themes and characters. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or renaissance representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to the following:
-Modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare
-Modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer
For this M/MLA Permanent Panel, we invite papers that respond to the general conference theme of "Migration," especially papers that focus on topics such as immigrant literature, transnational studies, diasporas, bildungsroman/quests/odysseys, racial/ethnic "passing," travel literature, or pedagogical theory and praxis related to these topics. We invite papers that explore these or other "migration" topics through an analysis of issues of navigation/negotiation of the sociocultural borders and barriers in American society as represented in several genres of American Literature before 1870 – novels, short stories, poems, non-fiction prose, slave narratives, essays, speeches, sermons, and letters.
Call for Submissions: Unruly Catholic Women Writers, Vol. II extends its deadline for submissions to March 31, 2009. The editors of The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays (Palgrave 2007) invite submissions for a second anthology, this time of creative pieces—short stories, poems, personal essays—on the topic of unruly Catholic women, following a spirit of inquiry regarding the extent to which the Roman Catholic Church enables or restricts female unruliness. Also in keeping with the first volume, the editors wish to cover varied geographic and ethnic points of view. All submissions must be written in or translated into English.