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SCSECS annual meeting in Austin, TX Feb. 21-23 2013

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 3:20pm
South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

This year's SCSECS meeting will be held February 21-23 in Austin, Texas, the "live music capital of the world"; the theme will be "Frontiers of Friendships, Close and Distant."

Our conference aims to explore how people in the long eighteenth century conceived of and experienced friendships. What philosophical changes developed with regard to the idea of friendship? How did class and gender affect attitudes toward friendship? What personal, political and societal virtues supported friendship? In SCSECS's tradition of friendly openness, we welcome papers on other topics as well.

Our presenters typically come from a variety of disciplines covering the period of the "long" eighteenth century, 1650-1830.

CFP: Tra Scilla e Cariddi – Arte, miti e società nel paese dei mostri dimenticati

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 2:46pm
Entre Charybde et Scylla

Vi è una terra nel sud Italia, ricca di miti, credenze e tradizioni, che sembra soffrire ancora oggi, spesso suo malgrado, di molteplici pregiudizi e di una apparentemente inesorabile tendenza all'oblio. Laddove il mar Tirreno e quello Ionio si incontrano e si fondono, nelle cui correnti tuttora si nasconderebbero creature divine, laddove le montagne imponenti e al contempo benevole contemplano i tremori delle proprie pendici in un dialogo non sempre silenzioso con i propri fratelli vulcani, in questo territorio crudo e familiare c'è chi si impegna affinché il tesoro della cultura, motore portante ed imprescindibile di una mutazione, nonostante tutto, in continua evoluzione, si tramandi.

[DEADLINE EXTENDED--11/10] Pastoral for the 21st Century (ASLE 2013, May 28-June 1, Lawrence, Kansas)

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 1:34pm
T.J. Welch, Florida State University

Seeking abstracts for a pre-formed panel to be proposed for the ASLE Biennial Conference May 28th-June 1 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
This panel will explore the pastoral mode as a viable form of eco-critique for the 21st century. Proposals from all disciplines and perspectives are welcome. Works analyzed may be from any time period and any genre.
Subjects and methods may include, but aren't limited to:
--the conference theme: "Migrations, Energies, and Limits" See:
--urban/rural divides: "The Country and the City"
--pastoral elegy and apocalyptic environmentalism
--living in a "risk society"

Special Themed Issue on African-American Literature & Culture (Spring 2014)

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 12:54pm
Special Issue of The South Carolina Review: Locating African-American Literature

Essay proposals are invited for a special themed issue of The South Carolina Review that examines race, place, and space in African-American literature and culture. We seek original, unpublished essays that address questions such as the following:

• How have racial geographies delineated the borders of literary history and aesthetic production?

• What are the regional roots of a global, diasporan, or transnational African-American literary imagination?

• How have particular sites—from urban or rural spaces to university campuses, residential neighborhoods, historical places such as plantations or battlefields, cemeteries, public monuments, and so on—been produced and indelibly marked by a racial past?

[UPDATE] "Navigating Place and Power" Graduate student conference at Duke, with keynote speaker Thomas Laqueur

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 12:40pm
Duke University Department of History

The Graduate Students of the Duke University Department of History are pleased to invite graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers for Navigating Place and Power, an annual one-day conference at Duke University on Friday, February 15, 2013. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Laqueur, professor of history at University of California, Berkeley. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to promote dialogue between scholars of various disciplines in order to explore how individuals and groups negotiate systems of power. Papers may engage with various scales of power and explore dimensions of place, from broad transnational networks to the politics of everyday life.

Special Illustrated Issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, "Framing Lives"

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 11:00am
a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

CFP: Special Issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, "Framing Lives"

The editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, in collaboration with Guest Editor Paul Arthur of the Australian National University, invite submissions for a special illustrated issue that grows from the 2012 International Auto/Biography Association Conference, "Framing Lives."

20th Lesbian Lives conference: THE MODERN LESBIAN - at the University of Brighton, 15&16th February 2013

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:55am
Univeristy of Brighton and UCD


20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference
'The Modern Lesbian'
15-16th February 2013
Hosted by University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with Women's Studies Centre, University College Dublin

The theme for the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference is The Modern Lesbian.

19th Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference, February 15-17 2013, Charleston, SC, Keynote Speaker: Nikky Finney

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:42am
John Cusatis / Robinson Jeffers Association

The 19th Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference
February 15-17, 2013, Charleston, SC
"Integrity is Wholeness": The Moral, Aesthetic, and Social Implications of Jeffers's Worldview
Keynote Speaker: Nikky Finney, 2011 National Book Award Winner

Translating the City: Cartographies of Cultural Contact and Change - ACLA 2013 - Nov 15 abstract deadline

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:07am
Regina Galasso (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Evelyn Scaramella (Manhattan College)

Cities are sites of ever-changing cultural and historical encounters, and languages have a significant role in shaping the urban experience. Both predictable and surprising challenges and opportunities arise when city borders are crossed, voices meet, and artistic traditions find their counterparts. Using the Latin word for "translation," translatio, or "to carry across," as a theoretical point of departure, this seminar examines the dynamics of translation in urban spaces and the constructions of imaginative geographies. Translation, in this sense, is not solely a linguistic matter, but more broadly a sensory experience that manifests its traces and residues in music, visual media, architecture, and literature.

[UPDATE] ICAF: International Comic Arts Forum

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 9:37am
International Comic Arts Forum

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites proposals for scholarly papers for its sixteenth annual meeting, to be held at the White Stag Building at the University of Oregon in Portland, from Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25, 2013.

The REVISED deadline to submit proposals is November 12, 2012. (Scroll down for proposal guidelines and submission information.)

"The reality and the prospects of gender equality after "the Arab spring" May 30-31, 2013

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 9:33am
The program on gender, society and human development and the research group “Identity and Difference,” at the faculty of Letters, Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco

As we all witnessed over the last 2 years, the Arab world has been shaken as it has never been in its entire history. Autocratic regimes crumbled like sand castles; others started reforms that would have been unthinkable a few years ago; social dynamics have been reconfigured and long crushed and silenced identities came to the surface. The whole world discovered for the first time that the monolithic image they had of this vast region and its cultures was a media-entertained ideological construction. Yet it came as no surprise to anyone in the region that from Casablanca to Sanaa women played a key role in the success of the uprisings that wiped out long ruling oligarchies in the region, ushering in an era of political reforms.

African American Comics, Graphic Novels, and Animation, (12/15/2012)

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 8:34am
Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College April 19 – 21 2013

This is a special topics call for papers for the Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference to be held at Dartmouth College April 19 – 21 2013.

Papers are sought that investigate the recent outpouring of works by and about African Americans and black history.

A keynote discussion for the conference will celebrate the accomplishments of Jeremy Love, author and artist of DC Comics _Bayou_, and Milton Knight, veteran animator and illustrator of comics adaptations of Zora Neal Hurston as well as many other authors in the _Graphic Classics_ series. Papers that address any of their works are particularly welcome.

In addition, we seek papers that respond to some of the following questions:

The Human and the Hand-Drawn Image (12/1/12) Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College April 19 – 21 201

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 8:07am
Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College April 19 – 21 2013

This special topics panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between the human and the hand-drawn image in all of its contemporary forms in media from comics and illustrations in childrens literature to animated cartoons.

Some particular questions to respond to include:

In what ways do these images theorize the human?

What is the status of the hand-drawn image in the age of digital reproduction? How does that status relate to the human?

To what extent do such images intervene upon the aesthetics and politics of realism?

How might the study of hand-drawn images and visual culture pertain to the current status of the humanities?