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Call for Papers

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:48pm
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

Catalogued at the National Library in Ottawa, Canada, the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north is now in its fourth year of publication. Publishing top quality academic articles, poetry, fiction, reviews, and art, the quint welcomes a diversity of disciplines and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. The quint's thirteenth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th May 2012—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time. Links to the quint are accessible at

CONFERENCE "Crossing: Travels, Transformations, and Transgressions in and out of Codes and Canons"

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 4:44pm
Department of English, Universitas Padjadjaran

"To be or not to be" may certainly be the question. It draws the boundary separating order and chaos, dividing the light from darkness, so to speak. The question resents the authoritative order of "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." while not readily accepting the risk of "the undiscovered Country." This dilemma drives Hamlet to play within the sphere of conspiracy and performance, representing in general the "dialectic between codification and play [which] is an enduring feature of human existence," as Robert Scholes asserts in his Textual Power.

Trans-Disciplinary Journal (Open Submissions)

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 4:12pm
Trans-Portal: The Hub of Trans-Formation Studies

Trans-Portal is seeking submissions of scholarly and lyric essays for its third issue. We seek essays that concern trans-nationalism, trans-culturalism, and trans-identity, and which approach their subjects with creativity and verve. Visit for more details and complete submission guidelines.

Calls for Edited Collection: Ethnic Perspectives on Ethnic Literatures: A Contemporary Critical and Theoretical Reader (1 Sept)

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 1:59pm
Editors J. Stephen Pearson and Carrie Louise Sheffield

Inspired by Simon Ortiz's "Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism" and Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Robert Allen Warrior's American Indian Literary Nationalism, this collection will be a site for emerging as well as well-known ethnic critics and theorists to illustrate where they see their respective fields heading and construct perspectives outside of western ideologies. This collection will include 5 key areas: African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and Arabic American literature and criticism. The first four areas represent the larger areas of ethnic studies in the academy today and will provide a necessary counter-point to the predominantly western (i.e.

Film: Indebted Reflections (deadline: June 1, 2012)

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 1:52pm
Todd Comer and Isaac Vayo (Midwest Modern Language Association)

Lars von Trier's movies constantly thematize debt, but never so memorably as in Dancer in the Dark which links hospitality to insanity and blindness, and, yet, such giving, such indebtedness, is also framed by an excessive, formal exuberance as Selma (played by Björk) dances and sings her way to the gallows.

[UPDATE] Pleasures of Romance (deadline extended to May 30, 2012)

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 11:54am
International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

The Fourth Annual International Conference on Popular Romance Studies

The Pleasures of Romance

York, United Kingdom
27-29 September, 2012

Deadline Extended to May 30, 2012. Travel funding available.

Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
--Roland Barthes

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
--Oscar Wilde

A New Look at the Gothic Monster: SAMLA 2012 (Nov. 9-11, 2012)

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 11:52am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

A New Look at the Gothic Monster
This panel explores the cultural roles that monsters inhabit in Gothic fiction. Since the late-Victorian period, popular fiction has featured a panoply of monsters—vampires, werewolves,ghosts, zombies, mummies, shape-shifters, unknowable, and amorphous "things," and a variety of other undeads. The evolutionof monsters, what they represent, and why audiences need them are subjects of interest for this panel. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: psychology and the monster;

Call for papers - Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 11:24am
Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism

Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism ( is an open access, peer reviewed online journal, committed to publishing rigorous but accessible critical writing that is responsive to the detailed texture and artistry of film and television, old and new.

We are currently inviting submissions for issues 4 & 5. Articles should be up to 8,000 words, although we are also open to the possibility of longer pieces, to be judged on a case-by-case basis. Articles should be submitted as email attachments to

UPDATE: Florida

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 11:06am
CFP: Florida Collection

CFP: Collection


Everyday Ethos: Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 13-16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 10:28am
Susanna Engbers

The theme for the CCCC 2013 conference is "The Public Work of Composition," with particular attention to basic writers. An interest in writing as a public work naturally invites consideration of the moral questions inherent in writing for a public audience. (e.g., What is my relationship to my readers? By what means should I persuade? And so on.) The rhetorical concept of ethos should be a natural part of this discussion, given that a rich understanding of ethos leads writers to reflect on the manifestation of their identity in public discourse and the related ethical questions that such presentation entails—among them the age-old question of whether an author must be a "good man," vir bonus, and by what means that goodness may be measured.


Monday, April 16, 2012 - 8:50am

All papers should focus on some novel interpretations or suggestions on twentieth century literary theories especially ranging from New Criticism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Aesthetics, Reader Response Theory especially that propounded by Roland Barthes, Wolfgang Iser, Norman Holland, David Bleich, Hans Robert Jauss, Stanley Fish, etc. Some comments on recent advances by Jonathan Culler and Gerald Prince. Papers invited to this cause will come out in the shape of a book co-edited by Dr. Aashish Pande at The English and Foreign Languages University, India. We expect only serious candidates with sound academic background to send their papers in MLA Format not exceeding 7000 words.

[Call for Articles] Writing Commons: Style Handbook

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 8:41am
Writing Commons

Writing teachers have been talking about style forever, yet the errors keep rolling in. What's the deal? Isn't the medium the message? Here at Writing Commons, we're interested in ways new media can be used to revisit a vital but persistent problem—style. We ask that you creatively address (using multimedia components or through unique activities) a principle/topic from the list below:

Subject/verb agreement
Pronoun-antecedent relationships
Comma splices
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Run-on sentences
Sentence fragments
Shifts in verb tense