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"Images of Violence in Contemporary Southern Film" Panel at SAMLA 2013 (8-10 November)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 8:54pm
Southerns in Contemporary Film

This panel invites papers that examine depictions of the U. S. South and southerners in contemporary film. We are especially interested in essays that address the conference's theme "Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds" in terms of the ways films portray violence in (and of) the U. S. South.

Please e-mail abstracts (250 to 500 words) to Amy K. King at akking at by 1 June 2013.

RSA 14: "Border Rhetorics" (San Antonio) - Submissions Due July 1, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 8:34pm
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

San Antonio is an ideal city for thinking about borders. Not only has the city been positioned along different national borders, but it also exists at the interesting intersection of diverse cultures and histories. "Border Rhetorics" not only invites consideration of these kinds of geographic, political and cultural borders but also invites consideration of a wider range of borders: the borders between identities, between roles, between disciplines, between concepts, etc. The 2014 conference theme seeks to spur a broad conversation about the borders that unite and divide us, the ways in which these borders are constructed and deconstructed, confirmed and contested.

Call for Presenters: Best Teaching Practices Workshop

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 4:15pm
Forrest C. Helvie / Plymouth State University Medieval & Renaissance Forum

"Travel, Contact, Exchange" Call for Papers and Submissions
34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013
"Travel, Contact, Exchange"
Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College

Call for Papers: Wounds, Torture, and the Grotesque

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 4:00pm
Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed, peer-reviewed, and born-digital journal devoted to the culture, literature, history, and society of the medieval past. Published semi-annually, the journal collects exceptional examples of work by graduate students on a number of themes, disciplines, subjects, and periods of medieval studies. We also welcome book reviews of monographs published or re-released in the past five years that are of interest to medievalists. For the spring issue we are highly interested in reviews of books which fall under the current special topic.

Universality and Its Limits

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:38pm
Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, University of Chicago

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
April 19–20, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Seyla Benhabib, Yale University

(Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2013)

Supernatural Studies Journal CFP

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:34pm
Supernatural Studies Association

Supernatural Studies (ISSN 2325-4866), a new, peer-reviewed journal welcomes article and book review submissions for its first two issues (Spring and Fall 2013). We welcome articles on any aspect of the representation of the supernatural.

Standing submission dates are March 1 and October 1.

The journal focuses on representations of the supernatural in popular culture, including (but not limited to) art, literature, film, and television. We welcome any approach, but request that authors minimize jargon associated with any single-discipline studies.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended to 1/30 CfP: "The Campus Novel as Equipment for Living" Session, May 22-25 Ghent, Belgium

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 2:58pm
Marta J. Lysik/Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin

I am inviting 300-word (maximum) abstracts for a session titled "The Campus Novel as Equipment for Living." The sessionl will be organized within the framework of an international conference on "Rhetoric as Equipment for Living. Kenneth Burke, Culture and Education," scheduled to take place May 22-25, 2013 in Ghent, Belgium. More information about the conference can be found here: Deadline: January 30th, 2013. Please email the abstracts to .

Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con International, July 18-21 (Proposals Due March 1)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 2:27pm
Comics Arts Conference

The Comics Arts Conference is accepting 100-200 word proposals for papers, presentations, panels and posters taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for a meeting of scholars and professionals at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, CA from July 18-21, 2013. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.

Epistolary Children's and Young Adult Literature (MLA Chicago 2014)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 12:49pm
Modern Language Association

Epistolary Children's and Young Adult Literature

Children's and Young Adult literature is replete with first person narratives told through journals or letters in order to create a sense of immediacy and the semblance of truth. The narrative strategies these texts employ seek to replicate or comment ironically on the nonfictional genres of autobiography and memoir. And often readers more comfortably relate to and empathize with first person protagonists

CFP: 2013 International Conference: Migrants and Their Memories

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:18am
Research Center for Humanities / National Sun Yat-sen University

Scientists recently found that migration was a main factor that shaped human behavior (Don Jones, Nature News). According to John Hines, the most extensive human migration took place in the early Middle Ages, while other large-scale migrations include the Puritan migration, the great Serb migrations, the migrations of the Middle Passage, and the nineteenth and twentieth century migrations of impoverished Europeans to the Americas. Apart from with poverty and religion, migration is also often associated with war; climate change becomes a factor that forces people to become migrants. Migration is a matter of geographic movement (diaspora), but also of human psychology (e.g. un-homing, longing, nostalgia, depression); of human rights (e.g.

[UPDATE] International Conference on Contemporary English Studies: Society, Culture and Language March 6-8, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:12am
Department of English, Assam University & Forum for English Studies, Assam University


The Department of English, Assam University and the Forum for English Studies, Assam University will jointly organize a three-day International Conference on "Contemporary English Studies: Society, Culture and Language." The conference would include a key-note speech and other invited lectures by eminent scholars as well as presentations by participants. The maximum number of participants which the conference could welcome is approximately 200. Proposals for participation from interested faculty members, research scholars and other academicians engaged with the various branches/areas of English studies are welcome.

The Concept Note:

Terrorism and Temporality (Abstracts due 15 March 2013)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 9:29am
Todd Kuchta

I invite proposals on the relation between terrorism and temporality for a special session at the 2014 MLA Convention in Chicago. Notions of temporality are central to terrorism, from the attempt to destroy the home of Greenwich mean time in Joseph Conrad's _Secret Agent_, to Frantz Fanon's claim that anticolonial violence can "embody history," to the pervasive belief that 9/11 ushered in a new era. How do terrorist literary narratives reflect, respond to, or reconfigure notions of temporality, including but not limited to chronology, periodization, history, the present, Jetztzeit, futurity, the new, the "post-," or repetition? 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2013 to Todd Kuchta (

The Art of English - London - Friday 21st June 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 8:32am
Queen Mary, University of London

The Art of English
Queen Mary, University of London
Friday 21st June 2013.

Faced with pressure to quantify and possibly to commodify our research and our teaching through the narrow and potentially homogenizing parameters of concepts such as 'impact', many researchers and teachers in English departments seem to retreat from the challenge of affirming what it is that we value in the study and teaching of English.