Signaled in colonial portrayals of a New World rife with lush resources and intense mortal dangers to contemporary discourses surrounding public healthcare and its monetary costs/benefits---the country's physical and economic "well being" have long been connected in the public psyche. Recognizing the symbolic possibilities behind this connection, American authors frequently used it to explore public and social issues affecting their nation and its citizenry. This panel seeks projects which explore such connections. Essays may pertain to any American literary period or genre. In addition, all cross-disciplinary and/or hemispheric approaches will be considered. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
This panel proposal seeks papers that theorize and study the frontier and autobiographical travel narratives as places of transnational confluence.
During the antebellum period in America, when literacy rates increased, there was an explosion of autobiographical travel narratives. These narratives served multiple purposes, from pioneer advertisements to dire political warnings. They explored multiple identities created by the places from and to which they traveled, and they provided textual spaces to explore multiple transnational topics, in part because they described the constituencies of frontier cultures.
Idaho State University
April 12-14, 2012
Proposal Deadline: January 30, 2012
The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association is soliciting proposals for papers and panels concerning the categories and classifications used to understand the Medieval and Renaissance worlds, both in the period and now.
Topics might include: Anachronism, Class, Dictionaries, Disciplines, Epistemology, Estates, Ethnicity, Gender, Genres, Grammars, Guilds, Medievalism, Narratives, Nationalism, Natural Histories, Periods, Professions, Race, Regionalism, or Travel.
Papers sought for an approved PAMLA special session panel on Shakespeare's Roman plays Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, and Cymbeline. The playwright's representation of Roman history and characteristics is of particular interest, but other classical concentrations may work well. Since the conference theme is "Migration, Immigration, and Movement," papers that address this broad topic would be appreciated.
The conference will take place at Seattle University, Washington from October 19-21, 2012.
Submission Deadline: Saturday March 31, 2012.
29 June, 2012
Derwent Building, University of Hull
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2012
POSTGRADUATE BURSARY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent: 'Adaptations and Period Dramas: Questions of Genre and Style'
Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, will lead a postgraduate training session focussed on career development and adapting to an academic career
For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.
This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.
CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Gender, Musical Creativity and Age'
6-7 October 2012, University of Huddersfield, UK.
Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI). Director: Dr Lisa Colton. http://www.hud.ac.uk/mugi/
Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century. Post-2000 writing has proved itself as arguably wide-ranging and innovative as its predecessors. Keynote address: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)
In keeping with this year's theme of "Death and Eros," the Eudora Welty Society invites submissions which explore the complex relationship between love and death in the modern world in the works of Eudora Welty. Many of Welty's works, such as The Optimist's Daughter or "The Wide Net," focus on her characters' reactions to the death of a loved one. Yet others, such as "A Piece of News" or "Flowers for Marjorie," consider relationships in which love turns to murder. In many of these texts, a world changing under the forces of modernity exerts pressure on the characters and their relationships.
The 6th Annual International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Oct. 26-27, 2012
"Infinite riches in a little room": Collecting as a Cultural Practice and Literary Theme in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance
The World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)
is Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter and IEEE K/W Section. The WorldCIS-2012 is an international forum dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practical implementation of security on the Internet and Computer Networks. The inability to properly secure the Internet, computer networks, protecting the Internet against emerging threats and vulnerabilities, and sustaining privacy and trust has been a key focus of research. The WorldCIS aims to provide a highly professional and comparative academic research forum that promotes collaborative excellence between academia and industry.
The Southern Utah University Global Engagement Center and Women's and Gender Studies program are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd annual Global Engagement Academic Conference, held jointly with the 1st annual Women's and Gender Studies Academic Conference. This year's conference will be held April 12-13, 2012, on the SUU campus in Cedar City, Utah.
The title of this year's conference is Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices. Anuradha Koirala, founder of Maiti Nepal and 2010 CNN Hero of the Year, is the confirmed keynote. Andrew Levine, director and producer of The Day My God Died, will also be presenting.
We would like to announce a call for papers for the Eighteenth-Century English Literature session(s) that will be held at the 2012 RMMLA Convention in Boulder, Colorado, this fall.
This panel to be proposed for the ALA Conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012, will attempt to bring discussions of Pynchon "down to earth" by examining the role of the physical landscape, whether natural or man-made, in Thomas Pynchon's fiction. Topics might include the significance or significations of wandering, travelling, map-making, going under the ground, or flying over it; real estate development; feng shui; real, imaginary, and disappeared geographies; strange weather; hollow earths; borders of land and sea; geology; freeways; places of power; the power of place.
Proposals dealing with more than one work are particularly encouraged, though papers on single works are also welcome.
This proposed panel will explore the intersections of race, girlhood and social justice in children's literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Focusing especially upon the work of children's authors and illustrators of color, this panel will examine how and why narratives of girlhood often function as a medium for social commentary. Through the lens of literature, we will also consider how race, gender, and sexuality shape the contours of coming-of-age for girls in the United States and beyond.