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The Society for Utopian Studies Conference, Charleston, SC (Nov. 14-17th)

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 9:19pm
The Society for Utopian Studies

"Freedom and Utopia"
38th Annual Meeting
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
November 14-17, 2013

Scholars and artists are encouraged to present on the intersections between freedom and Utopia (but not exclusively). On this 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation we welcome papers that analyze the meaning of utopic freedom and the potential limits to that freedom. As the history surrounding the Proclamation suggests, utopian visions of freedom are often multi-vocal and conflicted. We thus encourage participants to explore the contradictions surrounding invocations of freedom on a variety of topics, from the earliest utopian visions to the speculations and yearnings of the 21st-century.

Misreadings, Misunderstandings, and Other Mis(sed) Communications 10/11/2013

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 4:58pm
Indiana College English Association (ICEA)

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, panels, and creative readings on the conference theme or on related topics both within English and the humanitiesas well as other related fields of inquiry that allow 'misreadings' to be examined from a wide array of angles. The list below proposes a series of topics and themes that allow for theoretical, practical, pedagogical, and creative inquiries and is certainly not exhaustive:

program development
ways of reading
historical revisions
course design
social perceptions
class assignments
individual authors
linguistic issues
cultural transpositions
creative writing

Journal of Jesuit Studies: Artistic Discourses of Liberation Theology (themed edition)

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:30pm
University of Salford, Greater Manchester

The idea of Liberation Theology continues to exert profound challenges - theological, ontological and theoretical - to the Catholic Church, long after the first context of its emergence and reception (the Cold War) and its first attempted censure and routing. At a time of global financial crises and the immiseration of previously comfortable stratas of Western nations, renewed imperial intrigues and grass-root insurrections in the Middle East, and the explosion of zones of the "Global South" in and around the citadels of the North, Liberation Theology holds out the promise of a direct acquaintance with the poor and oppressed of the new millennium.

Call For Papers: Cityscapes of the Future (June 30)

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:29pm
Dr. Yael Maurer, Shawn Edrei, Meyrav Koren-Kuik / Tel-Aviv University

Cityscapes of the Future: Urban Spaces in Science Fiction

The city has played a pivotal role in science fiction narratives since the earliest days of the genre. Towering megastructures, dystopian urbanity and the otherworldly configurations of alien cities have contributed greatly to representations of imagined futures.

Our project aims to take a broad view of the science-fictional cityscape, in any medium (television, film, novels, comics/graphic novels, anime, video games, etc.).

All relevant topics are welcome; we encourage interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, as well as discussions of non-Western texts. We are especially interested in the following subjects:

[Update] Native North American Literatures (PAMLA 2013)

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:02pm
PAMLA 2013 (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

Native North American authors throughout colonial and U.S. histories present complex and distinct challenges to linear time. Considering how "growth" or "age" is complicated by indigenous epistemologies of temporality in Native North American texts illustrates alternatives to the performance of "growth." This panel will examine Native North American authored texts and characters that co-exist in past/present/future and how "growth" and "age" interacts with colonial, historicist time in ways that challenge or illustrate the problematic construction of "aging" for Native populations in North America.

CFP: Growing LCTLs: A Forum for the Less Commonly Taught Languages at CUNY

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 1:50pm
The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC)

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites you to participate in Growing LCTLs: A Forum for the Less Commonly Taught Languages at CUNY on May 3rd at the Graduate Center.

Confirmed Guest Lecturer (4pm-6pm): Dan E. Davidson, President of American Councils for International Education and Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition at Bryn Mawr College. Read more about Dr. Davidson here.

[Reminder] English 1700 to Present (PAMLA Nov. 1-3)

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 1:00pm
Stephanie Harper / California State University, Northridge

This panel is a standing session at PAMLA and invites critical papers on any aspect of English literature since 1700.

Proposals of 500 words or less can be submitted via PAMLA's online submission process found here:

While I welcome potential presenters to email me regarding any questions they may have, please know that I cannot accept proposals via email. They must be processed through the online submission system.

Proposals are due April 15th.

DH SoCal Research Slam

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:57pm
DH SoCal

DH SoCal is a network dedicated to building community and collaboration amongst digital humanists in Southern California. On May 4, 2013 we are holding our first research slam at California State University, Northridge. This one-day event will be designed to showcase Digital Humanities work being done in California and to create opportunities for interaction between digital humanists from around the region.

Special Issue of Italian American Review on Italian-American Foodways; Abstracts submitted by May 1

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:26pm
Italian American Review published by Queens College's John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Italian and Italian-American food has a long history in the homes, markets, and restaurants of the United States. For many immigrants, the hunger and food shortages associated with la miseria (literally, "misery") were a primary motivation for emigration, and thus the foodways these immigrants and their descendants brought to and developed in the United States were not only a means for maintaining ethnic identity and culture, but also a marker of success and assimilation.

Silent Spring: Chemical, Biological and Technological Visions of the Post-1945 Environment - Travel Bursaries Available

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:41am
An AHRC collaborative skills project hosted by Birkbeck, University of London

A number of travel bursaries are available for postgraduates and early career researchers to participate in this project, which uses Rachel Carson's Silent Spring to explore the relationship between arts and science research. Building on the first workshop, which took place at the University of York in March 2013, we are delighted to announce details for the second workshop:

June 7th 2013

School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

Confirmed speakers include: George Ttoouli (Warwick), John Wills (Kent), Amy Cutler (Royal Holloway)

Travel Bursary Deadline: Monday 29th April 2013

Magic and Witchcraft in medieval and early modern Europe

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:23am
Special Session, UVa-Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVII

This session welcomes papers on historical and aesthetic representations of magic and witchcraft from the middle ages through the early modern period. Possible presentations might include: changing views of magic and the supernatural from the medieval to early modern period; associations of the scholar and the magician in art and literature; early modern witchcraft scares; witchcraft and paganism.

250-300 word abstracts by June 17, 2013 to:

Amelia J. Harris, Academic Dean
University of Virginia's College at Wise
1 College Avenue
Wise, VA 24293

Alchemists and Alchemy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (6/17; 9/19-21)

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:08am
Special Session, UVa-Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVII

This session welcomes presentations on all aspects of alchemy and alchemical practices--from the original appearance of alchemy in antiquity to the early modern practices that would eventually give way to post-enlightenment chemistry. Topics can include: literary and artistic representations of alchemy and alchemists; alchemy and religious beliefs; alchemy and related medieval arts and sciences (lapidarism, heraldry, etc.); metaphoric use of alchemy in literature and art; alchemy and its contributions to the modern sciences, among others.

25-300 word abstracts by June 17 to: