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PAMLA 2013 (Nov. 1-3)-World Literature in Theory and in Practice

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11:00pm
William Arighi

Scholarly interest in world literature is on the rise, yet this endeavor has more often taken place in academic writing and colloquia than in teaching. This session will explore various ways to bring theories of world literature into classrooms and institutions, which are necessarily limited in scope and scale. We hope to include questions regarding use of translations, pairing of texts, periodizing, genre, cultural and historical context, the literature classroom, and literary value (high/low). Pedagogical research is welcome, as are theoretical and exploratory papers on the topic of world literature pedagogy.

Please feel free to contact the organizer with any questions you might have.

CFP: Folklore and Mythology panel at PAMLA

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:26pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Concepts of, and related to, folklore and mythology are seemingly greater than ever, and as such we embrace a wide variety of takes on the panel's theme.

Proposals are now being taken until April 15, 2013 via the online system. Please note that emailed proposals cannot be accepted. The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association is celebrating its 111th annual conference November 1-3 in San Diego this year.

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the 2013 PAMLA Call for Proposals site at:

Thanks so much for your time and consideration!

"CASCA" – Journal of Social Science, Culture and Arts (Deadline September 1st 2013.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:57pm
Centre for Alternative Social and Cultural Activities, Belgrade

Interdisciplinary journal CASCA enables authors to publish papers in various areas of social sciences, culture and art. The journal publishes scientific papers and book reviews thematically related to literary theory, history of art, philosophy, anthropology, history, archeology, sociology, culturology, politicology, communicology, etc.

We are interested in publishing scientific and expert papers, book reviews, exhibition reviews, web portals, etc.

SAMLA Creative Nonfiction Panel November 8-10, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1:31pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

SAMLA's 2013 conference theme, "Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds," speaks deeply to the mission of creative nonfiction. The creative nonfiction panel is seeking submissions that are rich in imagery that invite the reader into the home of story through windows opened by the human experience – the windows that allow us to travel through and between genres, print, and various media that "make meaning" in creative nonfiction. Possible submissions could address culture, context, images, texts, and networked worlds.

Cognitive Poetics -- May 1st 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 7:32am
Enthymema. International journal of literary criticism, literary theory, and philosophy of literature

Initiated in English speaking countries, in the last few years studies in cognitive poetics have increased and spread significantly. Many traditional issues of literary theory, such as the construction of text worlds, characterization, narrative focalization, the role of emotions in literary reading and the cognitive function of figures of speech, have been framed and approached within a cognitive perspective.

Midwest Popular Culture Association 2013, CFP for area of Art History and Visual Culture

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 6:28pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Papers
Art History and Visual Culture Area
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 Art History and Visual Culture Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2013.

Proposals will be accepted from any area relating to art history and visual culture. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Museum Studies
• Representations of artists in film and/or literature
• Illustrated texts
• Single-artist studies
• Visual Advertisements

(25-26 October, 2013)"Ebbs, Flows and Limits": Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery, Pittsburgh

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 5:39pm
(Des)Articulaciones 2013, University of Pittsburgh, Hispanic Languages and Literatures Department

With an interdisciplinary approach, (Des)articulaciones 2013 invites creative reflections on the possibility of many Others (and various Selves), and the examination of continuous cultural flows from and between so-called peripheries. Our purpose is to continue a reflection of Latin America vis-à-vis various contacts with peripheral Others and their epistemological relationship to the West.
Graduate students who would like to participate in the conference should send an abstract (between 250-300 words), their research interests and academic affiliation to the Selection Committee at by April 15, 2013. Each presentation will be between 15 and 20 minutes.

Reading Across and Between: Transnational and Trans-Indigenous Aesthetics

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 4:34pm
PAMLA 2013 San Diego

Recent innovations in the field of transnational and trans-indigenous studies have encouraged reading across or between political and geographic boundaries, economies, cultures, spaces, places, and times. This session encourages submissions concerned with the analysis of the recent "transitive turn" in American Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, with an eye toward new developments in the field that focus on comparative indigenous aesthetics and visual art practice.

[UPDATE] The Sentimental Worlds of Ray Bradbury (MLA, 9-12 January 2014, Chicago), Final extension to 3/23/2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 1:50pm
Adam Lawrence and Andrea Krafft

Ray Bradbury was writing science fiction during the infancy of the genre and gained mainstream popularity during the 1950s. However, even today, when so many science fiction giants like Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and Robert Heinlein have been celebrated in critical studies and articles, Bradbury remains on the margins of academia.

One of the reasons for Bradbury's marginality is that his writing is often categorized as sentimental fantasy. As Thomas Disch says of Bradbury in On SF, "his imagination so regularly gets mired in genteel gush and self-pity." Other scholars have critiqued Bradbury for his focus on small-town life, claiming that he does not examine relevant social and political issues.

Science Fiction and the Social Construction of Science and Technology (Nottingham, July 22-23)

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 3:20am
Science in Public conference, University of Nottingham

This preapproved panel for the 2013 Science in Public conference at the University of Nottingham from July 22 to 23 investigates the ways in which scientists and engineers have used science fiction as an imaginative, collaborative space to actively participate in the popularization, politicization, and diffusion of technology. Although stories of scientists and engineers who have been inspired to join their fields because of science fiction are fairly well known, I would like this panel to elaborate the extent to which science fiction participates in the social construction of science and technology.

[new deadline: 30 April 2013] Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:09pm
University of Liverpool

Link to CFP:


- Dr Nick Davis, University of Liverpool
- Professor Chris Eccleston, University of Bath
- Professor Ronald Levao, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Dr Mary Ann Lund, University of Leicester
- Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Bristol, The University of the West of England
- Professor Andrej Stancak, University of Liverpool
- Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

CFP: Hotel in 19th-Century Literature and Culture, edited collection

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:08pm
Monika Elbert

Hotels and Inns in Britain and in the United States in the Long Nineteenth Century

We invite submissions for a collection of essays on the hotel in literary works, in journals and correspondences, in travelogues, or in other texts written or published during the long nineteenth century. Our predominant focus is on literary and cultural studies.

AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 4:28pm
Anime Expo / Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation /

Call for Papers / Call for Speakers
2013 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

July 4 – July 7
Anime Expo 2013
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2013

Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) represent one of the major contributions that Japan has made to global visual and popular culture. Indeed, for many people, their first – and sometimes only – contact with Japanese culture at all is through Japanese visual culture.

When, 30 years ago, Frederik Schodt published his Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics, he almost single-handedly created the field of English-language anime and manga studies – a field that has been evolving and growing ever since.

Humor in the Digital Age -- SAMLA (Atlanta, 11/8-11/10)

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 4:21pm
Pete Kunze (Louisiana State University)

The American Humor Studies Association seeks papers for a panel, "Humor in the Digital Age," for the 2013 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference at the Marriott Atlanta from November 8-10. This panel will examine how the rise of new media (including social media and blogs) has created new contexts for the production, distribution, and exhibition of American humor. We welcome papers on humor and comedy as they are employed in viral videos, blogs or vlogs, web series, webisodes, parodies, participatory culture online, memes, or remixes.