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The Unreal in Literature for Children and Young Adults (PAMLA November 2013)

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 1:29pm
PAMLA San Diego CA November 1-3, 2013

Alternate realities create a challenge, a puzzle, a beacon, perhaps a threat to young readers' sense of the real. Explorations of such literature, whether " science fiction" or not, are invited. Imagined realities might include time/space travel, non-human sentient beings, futuristic/post-apocalyptic city-scapes, alternate social structures or histories, encountering/becoming the Other. …

Contact Kate C. Watt at with questions.

Use PAMLA's online submission form to submit.


Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:51pm
University of Chicago Society of Fellows

Call for Papers:
Universality and Its Limits
The 2013 Weissbourd Annual Conference
Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
The University of Chicago
Franke Institute for the Humanities
**May 3–4, 2013**

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania
(Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013)

The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago invites paper
proposals for the annual Weissbourd Memorial Conference, to be held May 3–4, 2013 at the
Franke Institute for the Humanities. Its theme is "Universality and Its Limits."

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities at SCMLA (3/31/13; New Orleans 10/3-5/2013)

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:47am
Carol Bunch Davis

We invite proposals on the topic of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities for presentation at the 70th annual South Central Modern Language Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 3-5, 2013.

Please send abstracts of 500 words, your name and affiliation and a statement identifying any A/V needs to the session chair and secretary by March 31, 2013:
Carol Bunch Davis (
Dustin Morrow (

Abstracts on all topics are welcome and will receive full consideration, but we are particularly interested in receiving abstracts on interdisciplinary projects.

Call for Screendance (Dance Film/Media) Papers for April Conference, Burgundy France

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:09am
International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France) seeks 20 minute presentations for its screendance conference to be held April 5, 2013 at the National Theatre of Burgundy (one hour by train from Paris). The 2013 conference's key note speaker will be Patrick Bensard, director of la Cinémathèque de la Danse in Paris. Presentation proposals linked to any aspect of screendance are welcome and may include:

The history of dance films
Contemporary aesthetics and practices
Exhibition and screening platforms and models
Analysis of individual artists or films/videos
Dance and new media in installations
Philosophy and politics of screen dance

Ernest Hemingway in Venice, 2014

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:53am
The Ernest Hemingway Society

The Ernest Hemingway Society will hold its 16th biennial international conference in Venice, Italy, from 22-27 June 2014. In addition to enjoying one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we will explore the Veneto, a region of the world Hemingway held dear and immortalized in Across the River and Into the Trees.

Victorian Orientalism(s) - Ragusa Ibla, 28-29 June 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:13am
Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture (Ghent University) - School of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Ragusa (University of Catania)

The 'Victorian Orientalism(s)' joint international conference between the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Ghent University (Belgium) and the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Ragusa (University of Catania, Italy) aims to discuss the continuing relevance of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) as a paramount attempt to define the latent and manifest traces of the East in Western literature and culture. Starting with the postulate that all Eastern societies are fundamentally different from one another, 'Victorian Orientalism(s)' seeks to explore what Sherry Simon (2000) calls 'aesthetics of cultural pluralism', i.e. the many ways in which the Victorians envisioned the East.

[UPDATE] registration open: ASLE-UKI one-day symposium Literature and Sustainability, March 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 2:00am
Louise Squire, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, University of Surrey

Reminder: registration is now open for the ASLE-UKI one-day symposium on Literature and Sustainability, 15th March 2013, to be held on the Lampeter Campus of University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Supported by INSPIRE.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Claire Colebrook (Penn State University)
Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey)

Reflection on Sustainability
Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and former Minister for Sustainability in Wales.

This symposium seeks to energise scholarly discussions about how literary criticism may fruitfully engage with the sustainability debate.

Farscape - Essay Collection

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 1:07am
Margo Collins

Articles on issues related to any element of the television series Farscape—including the original series, the concluding mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, the graphic novel continuation of the series, spin-off novels set in the Farscape universe, or fan productions—are invited for inclusion in an edited collection. The following categories suggest possibilities but are by no means exhaustive:

Illness and Disability Memoir as Embodied Knowledge

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 10:42pm
Modern Language Association

Sponsored by MLA Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession

Life writing about illness and disability as a form of theoretical knowledge. New ways of conceiving the relationship of memoir to embodiment, environment, and community. 500 word abstracts by 8 March 2013; Rachel Adams ( and Helen Deutsch (

This is a sponsored panel to be convened at the 2014 Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, January 9-12

67th Annual RMMLA Convention: Panel on Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 9:41pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

67th Annual
RMMLA Convention
Vancouver, Washington, USA
October 10-12, 2013

Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

Please consider submitting one-page abstracts for papers that focus on contemporary rhetorical theory, including but not limited to rhetorical listening, the rhetoric of propaganda, rhetorical practices of social change, 21st century literacies, digital literacies, disability studies, cybernetics and systems thinking, feminist, deconstructionist, Marxist, psychoanalytic and pedagogical approaches to the study, theory and practice of rhetoric today.

Special Section on Writing Center Theory and Practice

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 9:31pm
Academic Exchange Quarterly

The Winter 2013 (Vol. 17, Iss. 4) Issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly, an independent double-blind-peer-reviewed print journal, is now accepting submissions for its special section on Writing Center Theory and Practice. Articles may explore issues of theory, practice, and experience in writing center work, including qualitative and empirical studies and discussions of pedagogy.

"Past Tense, Future Tensions" SCLA Conference Oct. 18-19, 2013 (abstract deadline 5/10/13)

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 5:29pm
Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts

39th Annual Conference of the SCLA to be held October 18-19, 2013
at Guilford College (Greensboro, NC).

The tenuous relationship between the past, present, and future complicates the practice of creating as well as translating time in imaginary works. Grammatically, tense marks more than temporality; it also highlights degrees of being that remain unreachable or forever distant. At the 2013 SCLA conference we will examine what it means to stage the past and direct the future in our literary and artistic texts. Whether anachronistic, politicized, or asynchronous, tense marks the uneasy space where recollection and projection meet.

Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society 20 September 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 5:29pm
The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

Articles on any aspect of the life and work of Sylvia Townsend Warner are invited for the 2013 issue of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society.
Contributions should be no more than 5000 words long, and be emailed to the editor by 20 September 2013.
Further information is available from the editor at or from The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society at