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Essay Collection: Graphic Novel Pedagogy -- ABSTRACT 6/1/13

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 10:37am
Matthew L. Miller / University of South Carolina Aiken

Call for Papers: Graphic Novel Pedagogy

Contributions are needed for an edited collection of essays on teaching graphic novels and/or comics. The overall goal of the collection is provide a place to gather ideas about pedagogy, organized generally around three major trends: 1) problems with using graphic novels in the classroom, 2) best practices for teaching graphic novels for college students, and 3) rewards for using graphic novels in various academic settings. References to specific novels and more general discussions are welcomed. The editor encourages essays across multiple disciplines. Possible topics could consist of the following:

The Human journal NOW accepts submissions. May 5, 2013 is the deadline for the June issue.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:57am
The Human, a journal of humanities, social sciences, and arts

The Human ( is an international and interdisciplinary new journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, postcolonial, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, sociology, drama, comparative literature, and cultural studies, as well as creative works of art such as poems, short stories, and plays. To learn more about the journal and its principles, please visit this page:

Literary Responses to Mind Science, MLA 2014, Abstracts Due 3/15

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:42am
Nikki Skillman / American Academy of Arts and Sciences

"In any period," M.H. Abrams writes, "the theory of mind and the theory of art tend to turn on similar analogues, explicit or submerged." How has the literature of the long twentieth century responded to philosophical and cultural transformations brought about by the rise of mind science? What thematic and formal means have literary artists used to explore the ontological, epistemological, and ethical implications of cognitive materialism? How has the explanatory power of cognitive science eclipsed the explanatory power of psychoanalysis in recent fiction and poetry? Possible topics include the neuronovel, drug use, the resistance to science, mental illness, correspondences between biological and textual form.

Anti-Portraiture - 6th June 2013 Birkbeck College, University of London

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 8:59am
School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London

In the disciplines of art history and visual culture, the portrait is often understood as the depiction of a unique human subject. But what are the limits of portraiture? What can a portrait represent other than the visual or essential likeness of an individual or group?

This one-day conference aims to address non-traditional forms of portraiture and self-portraiture, and to explore the potential of the 'anti-portrait' for rethinking the boundaries of the genre. For the purposes of the conference we define the anti-portrait in the broadest possible terms as an artwork that simultaneously engages with and resists the conventional codes of portraiture.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Purity: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 11th-12th July 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:16am
Excursions Journal, University of Sussex, UK

PURITY: A Call For Papers

Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Excursions has had to amend the dates to 11th and 12th July. We have therefore decided to extend our submission deadline until 15th March and still welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, works in progress, and creative performances or displays.

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

Representations of "The Family" in Television (edited collection) [Abstract deadline: 7 June 2013]

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:35am
Kara-Jane Lombard & Alzena MacDonald/Curtin University

We invite contributions for an edited collection that examines the shifts in representations of "the family" in television. It is the aim of this book to trace and critically explore the many permutations of the family in relation to cultural anxieties and socio-political change.

We seek submissions adopting a Cultural Studies approach that critique "the family" in relation to issues including, but not limited to:

· Familial compositions. E.g. "blended", "single parent", "adoptive/foster", "same-sex", "patriarchal nuclear", "dysfunctional".

· Specific subject positions and cultural constructs. E.g. patriarch/father figures, matriarch/mother figures, "the teenager".

· Gender

Upstairs and Downstairs: The British Historical Costume Drama on TV (from The Forsyte Saga to Downton Abbey)

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 9:04pm
Julie Anne Taddeo

The recent popular success of "Downton Abbey" calls for a renewed examination of such earlier BBC/ITV/Masterpiece Theatre serialized period dramas as "Upstairs Downstairs," "The Pallisers,"and "The Forsyte Saga," among others, that have aired (and have been repeated)since the 1970s. We also want to examine how more recent dramas like "Downton Abbey" engage with these earlier productions in terms of style, thematic content, and programming.

"Vulnerability and Survivalism of Humanities in Corporatized Academia" MLA14 Chicago

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 6:07pm
Stacey Lee Donohue/Modern Language Association

Vulnerability and Survivalism of Humanities in Corporatized Academia

MLA 2014 in Chicago. Session Arranged by the Community College Humanities Association (an Allied Organization of the MLA).

A roundtable on how humanities faculty can resist adjunctification and other neoliberal "market-driven" values and corporate structures increasingly prevalent in academia. abstracts/ position papers by 11 March 2013; George Louis Scheper ( and Stacey Donohue (

South Asia At Risk MLA 2014,3/15/13

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:59pm
SALA: South Asian Literary Association

"South Asia at Risk": literary/filmic analyses of violated bodies, homophobia, racism, gender violence, caste barriers, religious intolerance, poverty, economic vulnerability, environmental degradation, oppression of all kinds. 150 word abstracts to

100 Years of Bollywood, MLA 2014, 3/15/13

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:57pm
SALA: South Asian Literary Association

"100 Years of Bollywood:"Presenters will offer critical reflections on a century of films coming out of Mumbai and shooting to stardom in the West. Themes can range from directors, film stars, identity and representation, music, global reception, economic impacts, etc. 250-word abstracts by March 15. Rahul K. Gairola (

South Asian Diasporas Beyond the US, MLA 2014, 3/15/13

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:54pm
SALA: South Asian Literary Association

Joint session of SALA and South Asian Languages and Literatures (SALL) at MLA 2014
"South Asian Diasporas beyond the US": Intersections, parallels, and tensions between South Asians and other Groups outside the US, including Australia, Africa, and South East Asia. Send 150-word abstracts to by March 15.

Eastern European and US American Cultures, (MLA 2014)

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 10:13am
2014 MLA special session

Seeking papers on connections between Eastern European and US literatures, cultures, or media post-1989; please send a 300-word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2013 to Claudia Sadowski-Smith and Ioana Luca
Please note that this is a special session panel proposal for the MLA Convention which will be held January 9-12, 2014 in Chicago.

CFP for newly established, peer reviewed International Journal of American Studies

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 2:18am
Irakli Tskhvediani Professor of English and American Literature English Studies Department Akaki Tsereteli State University 59 Tamar Mepe st., Kutaisi 4600, Georgia

Supporters: US Embassy in Georgia; John Dos Passos Association of Georgia; Prof. Vakhtang Amaglobeli Center for American Studies at Akaki Tsereteli State University