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MLA 2014: Harriet Monroe, Poetry Magazine, and Chicago Modernism (Jan 9-12, 2014)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 3:21pm
Erin Kappeler, Sarah Ehlers

We invite papers on the central role Harriet Monroe, Poetry magazine, and the Chicago literary scene played in shaping poetic modernism. 250-word abstracts by 4 March 2013; Erin J. Kappeler ( and Sarah Ehlers (

PLEASE NOTE: This CFP is for a proposed, not a guaranteed, session, meaning it is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee (which will make its decisions after April 1). All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than 7 April 2012.

MMLA 2013 Special Session (Proposed): Is the Artist Present?: Post-Modern Conceptions of the Author (Milwaukee; Nov. 7-10, 2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:19pm
W Brett Wiley (MVNU)

This is a CFP for a proposed special session at the 2013 M/MLA Conference in Milwaukee, to be held Nov. 7-10.

In 2010, performance artist Marina Abramović presented a retrospective show at MOMA entitled Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present that included one new performance. From March 14 to May 31, Abramović performed a solo piece in the museum's atrium; she invited visitors to sit silently across from her for as long as they chose. In this way, she was "present" in more ways than one; being present was her piece, she was present in her piece, and she presented her piece all simultaneously. This unique and profound performance, and the title of the show itself, raises questions about the conception of the artist in contemporary art.

Text and Context—An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:13pm
Michael Sollars/Texas Southern University

Introductions: Text and Context—An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Spring 2013 – 15th Annual McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Department of English at Texas Southern University will host the Fifteenth Annual Interdisciplinary McCleary Symposium on April 18th .

Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Proposals (400-500 words) for essays (max 5000 words) due 1 April 2013.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:12pm
Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice, published by Carysfort Press.

This essay collection situates the histories and contemporary practice of devised performance in Irish theatre. The use of devised performance techniques within Irish theatre harnesses the artistic potential of diverse sites, participants, sources and techniques as one of its major aims. The named theatrical genres frequently employed vis-à-vis a devised working process include but are not limited to physical, immersive, site-specific, improvised, collaborative, community, adapted, documentary and verbatim theatre.

Short-Term Research Fellowships, NYPL, 2013-2014

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:07pm
New York Public Library

I am glad to be able to announce the NYPL Short-Term Research Fellowships, though sorry that again they are only for people who can legally work in the US.

If anyone is interested in applying for a Food Studies Fellowship at the Pforzheimer Collection, we have Thomas Love Peacock's ms. recipe books, a manuscript of his entitled "The Science of Cookery," in addition to a number of published cookbooks (including vegetarian cookbooks and volumes promoting vegetarian diet).


Liz Denlinger

Short-Term Research Fellowships 2013

[UPDATE] CFP: Assembling Identities Postgraduate Conference

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:54pm
University of Glasgow


Keynote Speakers:
Professor Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)
Professor Pierre Joris (SUNY at Albany)
Ruth Washbrook (Scottish Screen Archive/NLS)

The University of Glasgow's Graduate School of the College of Arts is delighted to announce Assembling Identities, an international and cross-disciplinary conference focusing on how we understand identity and the process of identity formation.

Film Theory & Criticism

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:19pm
2013 Rocky Mountain MLA (RMMLA) Convention

Inviting 15-20 minute papers on any topic in film theory or criticism for the "Film Theory & Criticism" session at the 2013 RMMLA Convention in Vancouver, WA (across the Columbia river from Portland, OR) from Oct. 10-12, 2013. Please send via email a brief abstract (250 words) of propsed paper along with name, affiliation, and contact info. Deadline: March 5, 2013. Send to Ed Cameron at

For further information about RMMLA and the upcoming convention, please visit

Irish Gothic Conference, 5-6 December 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:00pm
Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Università degli Studi di Perugia


Irish Gothic Conference
5-6 December, 2013
Confirmed Speakers:

• Professor W. J. McCormack (Former Professor of Literary History at Goldsmiths College, University of London)
• Dr Laura Pelaschiar (Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Università di Trieste)
• Dr Derek Hand (Senior Lecturer in English, Saint' Patrick's College, Dublin City University)

Techne: Women's Art and Artifice in Early Modern Iberia and the New World. GEMELA session at the M/MLA 11/7-11/11/2013.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:46pm

As wives, mothers, servants, and slaves, women were responsible for such essential domestic tasks as food preparation and family medicine in early modern Spain and the New World. Their labor required extensive knowledge and practical skill—techne—that discomfitted uninitiated men, including authors, doctors, and agents of the law. Inquisitors, for instance, tried a disproportionately large number of women for Judaizing precisely because they prepared suspicious family meals. In literature, figures like Celestina bespeak profound anxiety over skilled women's potential to undermine the patriarchal lineage system by remaking virgins.

[UPDATE] ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference - Ecological Encounters: Agency, Identity, Interactions, 2013. Deadline: Mar 31, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 11:57am
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) and the University of Surrey

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI)
Biennial Conference, University of Surrey, 29-31 August 2013

Ecological Encounters: Agency, Identity, Interactions

Confirmed keynotes:

Mike Hulme (University of East Anglia)
Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University)
Catriona Sandilands (York University, Canada)

Call for Papers

Eighteenth-Century English Literature Session

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:54am
Rocky Mountain MLA (RMMLA)

We would like to announce a call for papers for the Eighteenth-Century English Literature session(s) that will be held at the 2013 RMMLA Convention in Vancouver, WA from October 10-12.

Call for papers from 20th Feb.2013 to end of April 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:52am
The Department of English and Literatures of English Expression of the Higher Teacher Training College of the University of Maroua in Cameroon invites papers for the inaugural issue of Springs to be published in June 2013

Springs is an international peer-reviewed journal. It features theoretical and analytical research articles that focus on various aspects of English Language studies and the various genres of literature. It captures and addresses research problems with methods and critical insights borrowed from multiple established disciplines.Accepted papers will be published after the peer-review process.
original unpublished works are equally invited in the following areas:
-Aspects of English language/ English language teaching
-English literature
-Postcolonial literature
-Linguistics: applied/ general/ eco
-Critical theories
- African/ American studies
- Gender studies
- Immigrant literature

Film Panel -- SCMLA, New Orleans, LA - Oct. 3-5, 2013: "Masking and Unmasking the Subject."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:39am
Kristopher Mecholsky

We invite presentation abstracts on all aspects of film that relate to the 2013 South Central Modern Language Association conference theme "Masking and Unmasking the Subject." Please send abstracts of around 500 words (or complete papers) to the session chair by the end of March 31, 2013.

Chair: Dr. Kristopher Mecholsky, Louisiana State University

May 31, 2013
Deadline for New Orleans 2013 conference participants to become members of SCMLA

August 31, 2013
Deadline for registration for New Orleans 2013 conference