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Contemporary Studies

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:10pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Papers:
Contemporary Studies
2013 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2013
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, A Doubletree by Hilton
Deadline: April 30, 2013

The Great War and Modern Literature (MLA Special Session 2014 [Jan. 9-12] ; proposals by March 1, 2013)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 2:14pm
Marguerite Helmers

I invite proposals for a special session at the 2014 MLA Convention in Chicago (January 9-12, 2014). As the centenary of the First World War approaches in 2014, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the significance of the Great War to literature, particularly its role in fiction published from 1970 to the present. The war is either taken as the subject of or figures into works by Pat Barker, Sebastian Barry, Sebastian Faulks, Mark Helprin, Alan Hollinghurst, Michael Morpurgo, Charles and Caroline Todd, and Jacqueline Winspear, among many others. Considerations of gender, class, and race are opportune, as well as perspectives drawn from animal studies. Proposals that address the 2014 convention theme Vulnerable Times are particularly welcome.

[UPDATE] The Cultural Politics of Memory 14-16 May 2014

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 11:31am
Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Cardiff University

The politics of remembering and forgetting are important social and cultural issues. The authority, power and resources with which to create hegemonic versions of the past – to give authoritative accounts that are available in the public domain – are largely the property of institutions. Questions of power, voice, representation and identity are central to Cultural and Collective Memory.

Edith Wharton and The Custom of the Country: Centennial Reappraisals; Symposium 22/ 23 August 2013, Liverpool Hope University

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:28am
William Blazek and Laura Rattray

Edith Wharton and The Custom of the Country: Centennial Reappraisals
Symposium: 22 and 23 August 2013, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Symposium Directors: William Blazek (Liverpool Hope University) and Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow)
Call for Papers:
2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton's much-read and much-analyzed novel The Custom of the Country. Described as the writer's "greatest book" by Hermione Lee in her 2007 biography, and listed by Wharton herself at the end of a long and prolific career as one of her own favourite works, The Custom of the Country arguably remains the author's most complex and controversial novel.

Emerging Perspectives graduate conference. May 2-3, 2013.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 9:56am
UCD English Graduate Society

May 2-3, 2013 at University College Dublin in association with the UCD English Graduate Society and Humanities Institute

The UCD English Graduate Society warmly invites MA and PhD students of all levels to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words which engage with the theme 'Emerging Perspectives' for the 2013 EGS Postgraduate Symposium.

Since 2010 the UCD English Graduate Society has provided early stage scholars in universities across Ireland with the opportunity to share their research in a supportive environment. Selections from conferences and seminars have been published annually in the postgraduate journal Emerging Perspectives.

The Edgar Allan Poe Review

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:44am
Poe Studies Association and The Pennsylvania State University Press

Essays on Poe's work, life, and influence from all perspectives as well as original work influenced by Poe are welcome.

Essays submitted for possible publication in Spring issues must be received by December 28; acceptances will be given by January 26. For publication in Fall issues, essays must be received by July 20, and acceptances will be sent by August 20.

Essays should be submitted to

Reanimating Playbooks: Editing for Performance, Performance for Editing - May 10

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 6:37am
The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

A one-day symposium to engage in the conversation between performance and text. We wish to provide a space to explore editorial practices on both sides of publication (from preparation to practice) and to explore how we use, compose, and conceptualise critical editions of Renaissance plays. The day will include a plenary panel of editors and theatre practitioners and two practical workshops.

CFP- Lasting Stars: Personas that Endure and Images that Fade

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 5:18am
Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright/Queen Mary, University of London

Project Overview:

Film star studies have often focused on star images noted for their longevity and enduring status. The question of longevity, however, has been largely buried beneath the surface of the discipline. Although many studies have touched on the prolonged existence of some film stars, few studies have tackled longevity as a vital aspect of stardom. Underpinning longevity and film stardom are issues of aging, charisma, emblematic status, type and uniqueness, suggesting that many issues contribute to the lasting status of star images. In fact, these same areas factor into the fading of a star image, illustrating how closely success and failure are linked.

Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities Call for Papers

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 2:32am
College of Liberal Arts, National Sun Yat-sen University

Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities
Call for Papers
1. Published semi-annually in January and July, the Journal solicits scholarly papers on literature, history, musicology and other humanities subjects. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal will be expected to contain original work and should not have been published or presented in abridged or other form elsewhere. (Qualified master's theses or doctoral dissertations will be deemed as 'presented' and will not be considered by the Editorial Board.)

Call for Papers LiNQ Volume 40 2013: Capture

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 1:21am
Literature in North Queensland/ James Cook University

The verb 'capture' implies both acts of preservation and of restraint. In his novel 'The Collector', John Fowles explores this duality, implying that the paradox of art is that "in signalling the importance of freedom, art inaugurates another kind of imprisonment." In 'The Collector' the imprisoned Miranda believes "when you draw something it lives and when you photograph something it dies." Similarly, Jeanette Winterson argues that the act of capturing is not mere reproduction:

Vulnerable Victorians: Identity and "Deviance" (MLA 2014)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:59pm
Brandy Schillace

FOR MLA 2014:
We seek papers that explore boundaries of normative behavior and "moral disability" in Victorian Britain: identity, deviance and the vulnerable personhood of women, homosexuals, the disabled. Abstract due to 3/15/2013.

[UPDATE] 10th Annual MEGAA Symposium: "The Human and the Non-Human" DEADLINE EXTENDED

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:35pm
Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA)

The 10th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium
In Conversation with the 2012-13 Altman Program:
The Human and the Non-Human

March 22nd, 2013 -- Oxford, OH

"Beyond the edge of the so-called human, beyond it but by no means on a single opposing side, rather than "The Animal" or "Animal Life" there is already a heterogeneous multiplicity of the living or more precisely...a multiplicity of organizations of relations between living and dead" - Jacques Derrida