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Specters of Du Bois: Dissent as Decolonization

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 9:41pm
ASA Conference November 21-24 in Washington DC 2013

This panel considers the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, as discussions commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 2013 take place internationally. For Du Bois, abolition (often neglected in narratives of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation) persists as an exemplar of an ethics of collective dissent: a "moral battle" that "cannot be truthfully minimized or forgotten." C.L.R. James, Toni Morrison, and Angela Davis (through Black Reconstruction) also draw upon the specter of abolitionism for an ongoing practice of dissent.

The Power of the Word International Conference. Poetry: Word Made Flesh: Flesh Made Word. Gdansk, 12-14 September 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 4:45pm
University of Gdańsk, Poland

The third Power of the Word conference, to be held this time in Gdańsk, Poland on 12-14 September 2013, focuses on the themes of revelation, incarnation and human embodiment in relation to poetry. It seeks to take further a dialogue inaugurated by Heythrop College, University of London, in 2011, where the first conference was held, and continued at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study (also University of London) in 2012, between theologians, philosophers, literary scholars and creative writers.

The Cine-Files

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 4:04pm
The Savannah College of Art and Design

The graduate students of the Cinema Studies master's program at the Savannah College of Art and Design recently published the third issue of their bi-annual online journal, The Cine-Files ( This issue was open and features scholarship on Jessica Chastain, the Great Depression, and Play Misty for Me. It additionally features a retrospective of the 2012 Savannah Film Festival, including articles, reviews, interviews, and footage of our panel, "A Critical Eye on Film." There's also the following call-for-papers for Issue 4, which is also attached:

The 'Holocaust Metaphor': Cultural Representations of Traumatic Pasts in the 20th Century 30-31 May 2013, Zaragoza, Spain

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 3:36pm
Chiara Tedaldi, Irish Research Council CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow, University College Dublin and Universidad de Zaragoza, Anna Rosenberg, ARAID Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad de Zaragoza

Call for Papers
The 'Holocaust Metaphor': Cultural Representations of Traumatic Pasts in the 20th Century
30th and 31st May 2013, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Keynote Speakers: Alejandro Baer, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota (tbc); Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez, Trent University

Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety.

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 1:47pm
David Wright

Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2013 at 5pmCT.

We are seeking authors with completed or nearly completed projects to contribute chapters of 5,000-10,000 words for an upcoming anthology tentatively titled Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety. This book will be part of a series sponsored by the IEEE Professional Communication Society, entitled "Professional Engineering Communication" and published through Wiley-IEEE Press. Queries concerning content are welcome.

April 18-19 Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group Colloquium

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 1:14pm
Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group

During Captain Cook's 1769 transoceanic voyage, he collected a rust fungus in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. That rust fungus was carried around the globe until it returned across the Atlantic and the American midwest to arrive at Purdue University's herbarium where it remains to this day. The journey this rust fungus took reflects the global nature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, full of circulations between continents and islands, specimens and texts, peoples and cultures. Purdue's Early Atlantic Reading Group invites you to celebrate this interconnectedness through a graduate student colloquium exploring the material and miscellany, pictures and people, literatures and locations of the early Atlantic world.

Call for papers: NEA Higher Ed conference (due Jan 3!)

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 1:10pm
National Education Office

The 2013 NEA Higher Education conference will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, from March 22-24, 2013.

This year's theme, "Faculty, Students, and the Common Good," asks, "As our nation becomes increasingly partisan and polarized, especially between rich and poor, and as public education becomes increasingly underfunded and targeted by anti-egalitarian forces, what is the role of faculty, academic professionals, higher education support professionals and students in creating a more democratic, more decent society? What is the public good, and what does it mean to fight for it?"

Writing Life -- Postgraduate Symposium, Malta, 22-23 March 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 4:44am
University of Malta

Writing Life
Postgraduate Symposium
22–23 March 2013
University of Malta

Keynote speakers:
Dr Stefan Herbrechter (Coventry University)

'Life itself is a quotation.'
– Borges

'We, not Hamnet who died young, nor Susanna and Judith, who survived their father, are Shakespeare's true children.'
– C. Kegan Paul

'But now all my life grows to be story and there is nothing of my own left to me.'
– Susan Barton in Coetzee's Foe

"William T. Vollmann and Transgression" at ALA--Boston, May 23-26, 2013 (Deadline: 1/21/13)

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:12pm
Ralph Clare, Boise State University

One of the notable features of William T. Vollmann's work is its ability to defy simple classification. Whether through its excessive display of language, genre, and experiential "research," as well as its sheer page count, footnotes, and glossaries, Vollmann's expanding oeuvre eludes the usual conceptual categories we might draw upon to understand it. This can be both exhilarating and frustrating, as one of the primary strengths of Vollmann's texts also makes them difficult to deal with critically and pedagogically.

New Essays on Marilynne Robinson/Deadline March 15

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:16pm
Rodopi Press

The CFP below contains a correction. This version preempts the one that you received earlier this weekend from Rodopi. Please post this version. Thank you.

Call For Papers

The Rodopi Press Dialogue Series seeks proposals for new writings to be included in a volume of critical essays devoted to Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson's fiction with specific emphasis on the novels Gilead and Home, as well as her first novel, Housekeeping, and her collected and uncollected essays. The volume seeks submissions in the following areas: