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Connections: A Critical Thinking Conference

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:20pm
Kathy Whitaker/East Georgia State College

"Critical thinking is a desire to seek, patience to doubt, fondness to meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to consider, carefulness to dispose and set in order; and hatred for every kind of imposture." Francis Bacon (1605)

[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: Into the Void, March 29-30, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:08pm
University of Iowa

The 13th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
"Into the Void"
March 29-30, 2012
University of Iowa

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 8, 2013***

See our new website at

But in the midst of the long row there hangs a canvas which differs from the others. . . . on this one plate no name is inscribed, and the linen within the frame is snow-white from corner to corner, a blank page.
— Isak Dinesen, "The Blank Page"

Ol3Media: Media Stardom

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:58pm
Barbara Maio

Media Stardom edited by Barbara Maio

For the next issue of the Ol3Media e-journal we are seeking short papers about Stardom in cinema, TV, web and music, from the past or the present.
The issue wants to explore the topic, both offering an overview and studying the meaning of "the star" for the audiovisual industry, from the point of view of production and of the commercial side. Papers could be about actors and actresses, singers, directors, producers.
We are accepting monographic papers or cross-connected papers that touch several characters and themes.

South Central MLA Autobiography/Biography/Memoir panel

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:07pm
South Central Modern Language Association

The 2013 South Central MLA Conference is accepting paper proposals for its Autobiography/Biography/Memoir panel. Literary paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, and memoir are welcome. Please submit a 200-word abstract by 3/21/12 to

Picking Through the Trash - May 10th and 11th, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 4:03pm
York University, Toronto

Picking Through the Trash
English Graduate Students' Association Conference at York University, Toronto
May 10th and 11th, 2013

"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures." – Ray Bradbury
"I love trash!" – Oscar the Grouch

Mod Bods Graduate Conference, February 22-23, Laramie WY

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:55pm
University of Wyoming, Master of the Arts in English

We are now welcoming papers on topics related to bodies and modernism, each understood broadly, for our graduate student conference, to be held at the University of Wyoming, February 22-23. Because the definition of "body" is perpetually adapting to modern thought and criticism, we ask that papers discuss bodies (human, animal, textual, political, cultural, geographical, etc) and their relationships to emotion, environment, medicine, science, rhetoric, or language. These bodies may be scarred, gendered, criminal, captive, veteran, traumatized, disabled, and so on. How do we think about bodies and their position in relation to their context? This context, much like the definition of body, is fluid and subject to interpretation.

[UPDATE] Representations of Moral Bankruptcy on Television (ASA Nov 21-4, 2013 panel)

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:46pm
Amy Parziale, University of Arizona

This is a proposed panel for the 2013 American Studies Association annual meeting in Washington D.C. (November 21-24 at the Hilton Washington DC). Papers on this panel would look at the representation of morals and ethics on television, particularly the draw of immoral and corrupt characters. Some of the questions papers on this panel could consider are: Are "guilty pleasures" simply a waste of time, or can they be related to our ethics? How is the consumption of such programs related to ethical considerations? Are we simply passive witnesses, or is there something more at stake? What relationships are there between reality television and other programming?

Rhetoric of the Wisewoman and the Madwoman: Perspectives on Confined Women Throughout History -- SAMLA 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:40pm
Courtney Polidori/SAMLA

From wisewomen, witches and warriors, to madwomen and monsters, confined females have been represented through a variety of rhetorical strategies that mask the complexities of their characters. This panel seeks papers that look beyond the rhetoric to the nuances of imprisoned women in fiction and non-fiction, such as "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Anne Frank's diary, to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and prisoners' memoirs. Women's prison literature is the focus of the panel, and papers by women prisoners and their teachers will be welcomed enthusiastically, but papers on male prisoners are also invited.

Barbara Pym Centenary Conference, July 12th 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:31pm
Nick Turner, University of Central Lancashire, UK

This one-day international conference will celebrate the achievement of Barbara Pym in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of her birth. Pym is now recognised as an increasingly important post-war British novelist,and we are seeking papers that discuss any aspect of her writing and that may open up new avenues in scholarship.

Abstracts may consider, but are not limited to the following:

An Unfamiliar World that We Recognise: Essay Collection on Rick Hudson's Shrapnel

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:22pm

2012 saw the publication of the short story writer Rick Hudson's first novel Shrapnel; this collection invites submissions of essays between 3,000 and 6,000 words long which interrogate this novel from a variety of perspectives and engage with a the numerous themes and issues that arise in the text. We believe that this novel is worthy of critical assessment for numerous reasons including the novelist's unusual position of his work being located in both 'literary' and 'popular' fiction and, of course, the novelist's distinction as a remarkably skilled writer and his claim (albeit comic) to be 'The Writer Hero Reborn'.

Pre-Raphaelitism: Past, Present and Future 13–14 September 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:09pm
Dinah Roe / Oxford Brookes University

Keynote speakers

Dr Alison Smith (Tate Britain)
Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck)

Context and aims

In the wake of recent major exhibitions and publications such as Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde and The Cambridge Companion to Pre-Raphaelitism, this two-day conference will present new and innovative approaches to the study of Pre-Raphaelitism by bringing together established academics, museum curators and research students. This conference also seeks to examine Pre-Raphaelitism as a bridge between Romanticism and Aestheticism, and to engage with current critical work regarding its relationship to Modernism in literature.

*Reading Badly* (Essay Collection)

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 9:23am
Will Stockton, Clemson University

I seek essays that advance readings their authors do not believe in. Or rather, I seek essays that advance bad readings alongside a defense of their badness. Reading can take many forms: interpreting, assessing, studying, translating, extracting, detecting, speaking, etc. Bad can too: poor, unpersuasive, worthless, inferior, counterfeit, impure, incomplete, invalid, inappropriate, evil, unpleasant, etc. All contributions will make a case for the critical value of reading badly. All will rage against the disciplinary machines that manufacture distinctions between good and bad. All the same, all will be good essays. I especially welcome contributions that discuss past or present experience with the peer-review and publication process.

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature. May 24-25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 9:09am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature
Eleventh Annual Academic Conference
The Department of English
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
24-25 May, 2013
Submission Deadline 15 March, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Michael Davidson, Vice Chair of the Department of
Literature, University of California, San Diego

[Reminder] Worlds Between: Exploring the Borders, Boundaries, and Gaps that Divide and Bind

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:23am
Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi Chapter / California State University, Northridge

"Worlds Between: Exploring the Borders, Boundaries, and Gaps that Divide and Bind"

Saturday, April 27, 2013
California State University, Northridge
Graduate Conference
"Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge." – Lord Byron

This conference is interested in exploring the concept of the spaces between – genres, cultures, times, people, movements, nations – the possibilities are endless. How do these spaces confine? How do they enable? What moves between? What exists within?

Technologies and Locales of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Discourse, Meaning, and Power

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 8:39pm
Uuniversity of Texas San Antonio English Graduate Symposium

2013 UTSA English Graduate Symposium Celebrating Women's History Month: "Technologies and Locales of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Discourse, Meaning, and Power"

Sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Women's Studies Institute/Consortium for Social Transformation, the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, Dr. Sonja Lanehart, and Dr. Joycelyn Moody

March 30, 2013 at The University of Texas San Antonio in San Antonio, TX

Keynote Speaker: Julia Serano, Transgendered writer, musician and spoken word artist and activist, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity