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East European Women's Tales of Relocation

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:29am
Romanian Studies Discussion Group, MLA 2014

The increasing pervasiveness of narratives in the everyday life of today's global mediated world has been explored extensively in literary theory and criticism, linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and policy making. Narratives are associated with traditional genres such as the novel and the short story, but also with the stories we live by, with the idea of story and storytelling as reflected in newspaper articles, websites, blogs, forums, visual narratives, oral stories, testimonies. Yet, very few studies address tales of women's permanent or temporary transnational relocation.

Dickens Day 2013: Dickens and History

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:00am
Ben Winyard / Birkbeck, University of London

Dickens Day: Dickens and History
Senate House, London
Saturday 12th October 2013

Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens's life and work. Dickens's early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works.

[UPDATE] Interrogating the Human: Literary and Epistemological Interchange - July 9-11 2013 Annual AUETSA Conference

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:00am
Association of University English Teachers of South Africa / Rhodes University

This conference will consider the interrelationship between formal structures of knowledge and literary writing / discourse. It will interrogate the deep discursive interplay between non-fictive and fictive forms and address critical issues associated with this historical division.

How are paradigms for the collection and transmission of knowledge about the natural world informed, transmitted, and transmuted by literary means? How might literary criticism play a role in the interrogation of epistemological genres associated with the categorization of the human, including but not limited to philosophy, jurisprudence, anthropology and biology?

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

The Other Detective

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:43am
Shannon Takeuchi, California State University, Fullerton

PAMLA 2013 Conference (Nov. 1-3): The Other Detective (deadline April 15)

The detective has nearly always been seen as an Other, a figure that occupies some other space, between law and criminality, between society and its fringes. This panel will expand on this understanding to include the overtly Other Detective, the one that exists as a racial, ethnic, class, gendered or any Other.

Please submit proposals via the PAMLA website:

LIMINA JOURNAL 2013 CONFERENCE - "Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference", June 14th 2013 @ The University of Western Australia

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:39pm
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, at The University of Western Australia


Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference

To celebrate the launch of volume 19 of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Collective is pleased to announce...

The 8th Annual Limina Conference will be held on Friday June 14, 2013 at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

[UPDATE] MLA 2014 -- ASECS-Sponsored, Guaranteed Session--Writing Wrongs: Literature and Human Rights in the 18th Century

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:34pm
Ramesh Mallipeddi

Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that one is entitled to by virtue of being human. In her recent study _Inventing Human Rights_ (2008), Lynn Hunt argues that rights were imagined as natural, inalienable, and universal in eighteenth-century sentimental literature, prior to their promulgation in the revolutionary Declarations. Specifically, for Hunt, it is by extensively documenting the flagrant wrongs suffered by various disenfranchised groups—women, slaves, prisoners, the insane— in the form of rape, enslavement, and carceral torture that sentimental fiction implicitly underscored their rights to bodily integrity and self-possession.

Jewish Monsters (MLA Chicago, January 2014)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 7:01pm
MLA Jewish Cultural Studies & Jewish-American Lit Discussion Groups

Notions of monstrosity or the monstrous in Jewish tradition and in representations of Jews. Potential issues: containment/contagion, normality, pathology, inclusion/exclusion, ritual, heresy, health/disease. Abstract of 250 words or less by 15 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (

Zionisms Past, Present, and Future (MLA Chicago, January 2014)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 6:58pm
MLA Jewish Cultural Studies Discussion Group

The Zionist imagination in global literatures and cultures. Potential topics: pre- or proto-Zionist texts, Christian Zionism, post-Zionism, Israel and its others. Abstract, 250 words maximum by 10 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (

Call for Editors and Submissions: Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:53pm
Jessica Gildersleeve /Katherine Mansfield Society

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies.

Revelations is a peer-reviewed, open-access blog which provides a forum to showcase and distribute emerging work on Katherine Mansfield. It establishes a communal space for academic conversation by early career researchers in this rapidly developing field.

Applied Pedagogy: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction [Submission Deadline: May 1]

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 3:26pm
Editors: Daniel Ruefman (University of Wisconsin--Stout) & Abigail Grant-Scheg (Elizabeth City State University)

Over the past several years, a debate regarding the place of online writing instruction has endured on college campuses around the world. Although online course delivery increases educational access to some segments of the population, there are some scholars who believe that the online delivery is inherently inferior to more traditional methods of instruction. Compound that with the traditional lack of formal education in online pedagogy that most instructors receive.

Global Perspectives on Death in Children's Literature, Special Session, PAMLA Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1-3, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 1:44pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel will focus on the verbal and visual depictions of death as a physical reality, philosophical concept, and/or social construct in children's literature from a range of theoretical perspectives and literature from varied cultural backgrounds, time periods, genres, and media forms. Submit a proposal of approximately 500 words though PAMLA's Online Proposal system by April 15, 2013:

If you have any questions about this particular session, please contact Lesley Clement at

[UPDATE] The pastoral turn in contemporary literature

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:27pm
Dr Judith Seaboyer, University of Queensland

The President of the MLA, Marianne Hirsch, has announced her theme for the 2014 meeting of the MLA in Chicago: "Vulnerable Times addresses vulnerabilities of life, the planet, and our professional disciplines, in our own time and throughout history. Its aim is to illuminate acts of imagination and forms of solidarity and resistance that promote social change."

Law of Desire?: Interferences, fusions and confusions between law and y sexuality. Deadline 1 September 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:08pm
Journal: Ambigua: Revista de Investigaciones de Género y Estudios Culturales. University Pablo de Olavide, Seville.

Ambigua: Revista de Investigaciones de Género y Estudios Culturales
Monograph edited by Juan Jiménez Salcedo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) and Thomas Hochmann (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:50am
Dr Rachel Douglas

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History
International conference to be held at the International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 27–28 October 2013