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Home: Domesticity and Nationalism in the Literature of the Caribbean Diaspora

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 3:08pm
Kim Evelyn Northeast Modern Language Association

This NeMLA 2013 panel examines the ways in which home is conceptualized in terms of the imagery and rhetoric of domesticity and nationalism in the literature of the Caribbean diaspora.

What: Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Where: Boston, MA
When: March 21-24, 2013

Diasporas can be seen in contrast to "home" nations, but diasporas can also function as homes themselves for those who immigrate in that diasporic subjects may become at home with, and in, communities of movement and relocation, and define their identities by their shifting subject positions.

[UPDATE] Shakespeare's Blood (Abstracts Due September 30, 2012)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 2:01pm
NeMLA (Boston Mar. 21-24, 2013)

Shakespeare's Blood (Abstracts Due September 30, 2012)
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"Shakespeare's Blood"

Julius Caesar mocks his wife's ominous dream:
"She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
Which like a fountain with a hundred spouts
did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it." (2.2.76-79)

Mechademia 9: Origins. A volume on Japanese popular visual culture (1/4/13)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:24pm


Mechademia is an annual volume published by the University of Minnesota Press for writing about Japanese visual and popular culture, including anime, manga, and fan arts. For volume 9 (2014), the editors of the series seek submissions linked to the broad theme of "origins."

Call for fellows: Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. 9/15, 1//28-2/1/2013

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:36am
Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan

Call for Fellowship Applicants
Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. An Arts-Based Research Symposium with playwright Alanis King.

Directors: Margaret Noori and Petra Kuppers

January 28th to February 1st 2013, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Deadline for applications: September 10th 2012, notification: September 15th 2012.

Straddling Boundaries: Hemispherism, Cultural Identity, and Indigeneity (25th-27th May 2013; CFP Deadline: 30th Nov 2012)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 5:58am
Culture and the Canada-US Border

The Culture and the Canada-US Border (CCUSB) network invites proposals for 20 minute papers, or full panels, for its inaugural conference to be held at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, from 25th-27th May 2013.

Where border studies in North America has hitherto focused primarily on US engagement with Mexico to the south, the CCUSB network seeks to shift border discussion North to the 49th parallel, and to investigate the representation of the border in both American and Canadian culture and cultural production.

Call for Manuscripts; Teaching History

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:52am
Academic Exchange Quarterly

We welcome manuscripts on teaching any historical subject, time period, or region. Here are some questions that may be addressed... other questions as well as proposals from diverse perspectives are encouraged.
1. What pedagogical or andragogical approaches should be used in teaching an undergraduate or graduate history class?
2. As our understanding of history and historical development changes, how should we adjust our teaching and learning facilitation methods to reflect these changes?
3. What types of methods work best at each level--high school, community college, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate?

Writing Gender: When Science Meets Fiction, NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 7:19pm
Angela Monsam, Fordham University

This panel will explore the intersection of scientific and literary discourses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and its impact on the formation of contemporary constructions of gender. I am especially interested in papers that examine the various ways in which writers of this period engaged with and, at times, adopted scientific rhetoric to comment on or challenge existing gender norms. Please send paper proposal and brief cv to Angela Monsam

MLA Session, "Deliver Us To Normal: Children's Literature and the Midwest" (Chicago 2014)

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 7:03pm
Kate Slater / University of California, San Diego

Unlike the literature of the South or New England, Midwestern writing is often absent from academic discussions of American literary regions. Andrew R. L. Cayton argues that the Midwest constitutes an "anti-region," a slippery zone that lacks a consistent or distinct identity. The Midwest contains multiplicities and paradoxes that cannot easily be reconciled with one another to produce a cohesive, unifying concept of place. It is known for its cultures of niceness, of normalcy, and rootedness, but it is also ground zero for nineteenth century hypercolonization. Despite its reputation as a locus of rural Americana, it also contains major urban areas, some with international reach.

Gaskell Project 2015: Place, Progress, and Personhood (Abstract deadline 31 October 2012)

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 6:49pm
Emily Morris/Saskatchewan, Sarina Gruver Moore/Calvin College, Lesa Scholl/Emmanuel College, UQ

In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of Gaskell's death, we are seeking abstracts for an edited volume on the subject of Place, Progress, and Personhood in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell. The nineteenth century saw dramatic changes in the landscape of Britain as industry and technology reshaped the geographical space. The advent of the railway and the increasing predominance of manufactory machinery reoriented the nation's physical and social countenance. But alongside the excitement of progress and industry, there was also a sense of fear and loss manifested through an idealisation of the country home, the pastoral retreat, and the agricultural South.

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature (NEMLA 2013)

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 6:01pm
NEMLA 2013--Boston

This panel will explore the 'cognitive turn' in literary studies as it emerges in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction. Since George H. W. Bush declared the 1990's the "decade of the brain," there has been a surge of cross-disciplinary work done at the site of cognitive studies, neuroscience and the humanities. For example, scholars such as Lisa Zunshine and Paul John Eakin have called for literary methodologies that account for cognition and perception in their analyses. Additionally, a growing number of fiction and non-fiction texts use cognitive studies and neuroscientific research to upend generic constraints, as well as challenge assumptions about how we construct, perceive, and describe the world and ourselves within it.

The Ambassadorship of Literature, a symposium at New York University, November 2-3, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 5:25pm
Greg Londe and Caroline Zoe Krzakowski, New York University

The figure of the diplomat has received relatively little consideration in the study of transnational literature. We are organizing a symposium on diplomacy and literature that will bring together scholars and practitioners to address the relationship between embodied statecraft and the literary voice in realms of extraterritorial jurisdiction. As agents of mediation, alert to linguistic ambivalence, the ambassador and the author alike fulfill a privileged role of joining and compromise, of mediation and experimentation at the points where cultures and languages meet.

Rara Avis: Avian Erotics in Medieval and Pre-Modern French Literature

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 5:22pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel seeks to explore the role of birds in the erotic imagination of medieval and pre-modern French literature. Why are fowl such important symbols of erotic desire? How do bestiaries, dietetic texts, and medical theories affect the literary uses of edible birds and those who consume them? How do portrayals of birds relate to those of animals in general? What can avian figures teach us about conceptions of human amatory and sexual appetites?

A few possible topics of interest might be (but are by no means limited to):