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Representations of Age, 31 May 2012 (ASTR/TLA, Nashville, 1-4 Nov. 2012)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 4:57pm
American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association


Papers are sought for this Working Session of the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, taking place in Nashville November 1-4.

The rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of Age and Aging Studies opens onto gerontology, sociology, bioethics, anthropology, and a wide range of approaches springing from the humanities and arts, especially in Europe. However, as reflected at the recent European Network in Age Studies (ENAS) conference, the theatrical representation of Age and Aging has just begun to emerge as a major subject of critical inquiry.

"Infamous Form" (EC/ASECS 11/1-11/3, Baltimore)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 2:50pm
East Central/ American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Samuel Johnson may have been wrong about the staying power of Tristram Shandy, but it's nevertheless clear that some of the eighteenth century's oddest works didn't "do long." Prompted by renewed attention to these oddities, this panel seeks papers that theorize the experimental novel of eighteenth-century Britain. Must the experimental novel be defined against the emergent realist novel? What texts might comprise the experimental canon? What contemporary discourses (scientific? philosophical? commercial? political?) might help us to understand these forms? (Papers that reject the term "experimental novel" with disgust also welcome!)

"The Politics of Fantasy in XX-XXI Century Latin American/Peninsular Literature and Cultural Studies"

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 1:28pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Phallogocentric discourse minimazes imagination, fabulation and fantasy as a matter for women and children, but Fantasy is powerful, liberating and therefore dangerous to those who fear change. The porpouse of this session is to rescue Fantasy and confront the legalistic yoke of Reason. Papers in English and Spanish are welcome. Send submissions to Deadline August 30, 2012
SAMLA 2012, Location Duraham, NC

CFP: Academic Mystery (Deadline: 6/6/12)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 1:30am

We seek proposals for a collection of critical essays on the academic mystery (e.g., campus mystery, college mystery, university mystery, Oxford mystery—though we are also interested in exploring the definition of the genre itself through intersections with literary suspense, bibliomystery, etc.)

Literary Science: Approaches to Teaching Literature with Scientific Themes and Contexts [SAMLA / Nov. 9-11/ Durham, NC]

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 4:26pm
Paul Tolliver Brown

This panel investigates how to effectively teach literature that contains strong scientific elements. Literature actively participates in the ongoing rhetoric of scientific inquiry and discourse and gives voice to the promise and fears associated with technological advancement. Many literary works engage very particular aspects of theory and practice from fields such as neurobiology or quantum physics while others engage with the rhetoric associated with science and/or its misinterpretations (Social Darwinism for Evolution or relativism for Relativity, etc.).

Performance and Migration: Questions of Methodology and Historiography

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 4:20pm
American Society for Theatre Research Working Group

What is the relationship between performance and migration? Performances that narrate the experiences of people on the move, whether refugees or asylum seekers, immigrants following established diasporic routes, or seasonal laborers undertaking journeys fueled by a globalized economy, have appeared of late in a variety of aesthetic and social practices from the work of Los Angeles-based Teatro Jornalero sin Fronteras to Fire and Ice's "Asylum Monologues" in the UK to Théâtre du Soleil's Le Dernier Caravansérail. Yet an emphasis on the contemporariness of the relationship between performance practice and migration risks obscuring the broader implications of this phenomenon.

REMINDER: Call for Papers: Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Literature and Culture

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:55pm
The Victorian Network

Victorian Network is an MLA-indexed (from 2012) online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.

The sixth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Dr Greta Depledge (Royal Holloway), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century constructions and understandings of sex, courtship and marriage. Although the heteronormative and companionate marriage was vital for economic and reproductive reasons - as well as romantic impulses - recent scholarship has illuminated its status as but one of several diverse paradigms of marriage/sexual relationship accessible to the Victorians

UPDATE: Growing Up Asian American in Children's Literature, Proposed Edited Collection - Deadline Extended to June 1, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:32pm
Ymitri Mathison, Ph.D.

"Growing Up Asian American in Children's Literature" seeks to explore some of the major issues Asian American children and adolescents face growing up in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Defining the term Asian American inclusively, it will include all the "Asian" ethnicities from the Asian continent, the Pacific Rim, and also from around the world. Asian Americans are either lumped under one monolithic umbrella with their individual ethnicities reduced to the catch-all terms of "Asian," "Chinese," or "Indian, " or, frequently, South Asians and Middle Easterners are excluded from the Asian category altogether.

RSA 2013 (San Diego): The Ironies of Alchemy

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 7:21pm
Chad Engbers / Calvin College

The Ironies of Alchemy in Early Modern English Literature
Renaissance Society of America
San Diego
April 4-6, 2013

The Ironies of Alchemy in Early Modern English Literature

Chaucer's "Canon's Yeoman's Tale" is the first great satire of alchemy in English literature, but in its final lines it nevertheless suggests that the Philosopher's Stone is a genuine secret deeply hidden in the knowledge of Christ. As Stanton Linden observes, Chaucer's sustained ridicule of alchemy is thus accompanied by the suggestion that the opus alchymicum is not entirely a fool's errand.

Call for Chapters: On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural--Abstracts Due June

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 5:39pm
Susan George (UC Merced) and Regina Hansen (Boston University)

Call for Chapters:
On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural

One-page Abstracts Due June 20th, 2012
First complete draft (15-20 pages plus works cited) due by September 20th, 2012.
(See below for more detailed information regarding submission)

European Studies Journal

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 3:29pm
Centre for European Studies

The Centre for European Studies at Dalhousie University is pleased to announce the creation of its journal, European Studies: History, Society and Culture / Études européens: Histoire, société, culture. This will be a peer-reviewed, semi-annual journal published by the Centre. It will aim to publish original scholarship in European Studies, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary research.

Call for Submissions

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 3:22pm
Megan Adams

"We have no being beyond our stories. Our stories explain us, justify us, sustain us, humble us, and forgive us." Malea Powell, CCCC 2012 Chair's Address

We all have C's (Conference on College Composition and Communication) stories. Some are profound, some are quirky, some are sad, some are unsettling, some are insightful, some are scandalous, and some are just plain hilarious. We've told them over beers, in cars over miles, and within faculty lounges. Our field is based on these stories. We think it's time for the field to hear your story.

Theoretical Interpretations of Community--Deadline June 3, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:46pm
Ann-Gee Lee, University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Hailed as the best new comedy of the year by critics nationwide, Community, on the NBC network, emerged as a new favorite among television/internet viewers in Fall 2010. Very recently, according to Hulu, "With the help of its Twitter-happy cast and a tireless fanbase, Community took down AMC's force of a zombie show, The Walking Dead, by more than 11,000 votes to win Hulu's 2012 Best in Show competition."