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CFP Journal Special Issue: "The Poetics of Surplus"

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 1:29pm
College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

We are currently inviting submissions for a special issue of College Literature on "The Poetics of Surplus," guest-edited by Ranjan Ghosh.

Essay Collection on T. S. Eliot and the Other Arts: Final CFP

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 10:58am
Frances Dickey, University of Missouri and John Morgenstern, Clemson University

Deadline: 1 February

We invite 500-word abstracts for a collection of essays that will explore intermedial dimensions of T. S. Eliot's poetry and thought, presenting new research on the relations between his work and extraliterary art forms, such as music, the visual arts, dance, drama, and cinema. Contributions may investigate Eliot's engagement with one or more extraliterary artist, artwork, or artistic medium; use Eliot's work as the occasion to theorize the relationship between poetry and another art; or trace the manifold ways in which his poetry and/or critical writings stimulated developments in the other arts.

[UPDATE] (anti)foundations: An Interdisciplinary Conference March 15-16, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 8:04am
Duquesne University English Graduate Organization

Duquesne University

With traditionalists hearkening for a return to founding principles while protestors of various stripes look forward to dismantling the very notion of norms themselves, questions about the foundations of societal structures occupy a central place in myriad contemporary debates. For the (anti)Foundations Conference—the Duquesne University English Graduate Organization invites considerations of societal structures, their foundations, and the ways that these structures are both reinforced and challenged by works of literature and culture.

A window on antiquity: the Topham Collection at Eton College Library - Collecting and the Grand Tour in Eighteenth-Century Engla

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 8:01am
Eton College/Paul Mellon Centre/University of Buckingham

We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of the Topham Collection of eighteenth century drawings of Roman antiquities. Consideration will be given to papers examining the Topham Collection in relation to British and European antiquarian and artistic culture. Cross-disciplinary and comparative studies are particularly welcome.

The conference, jointly hosted by Eton College, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The University of Buckingham, will be held in London at The Paul Mellon Centre on 17 May, 2013. Selected papers may be published in an edited volume.

For further information please contact Dr Adriano Aymonino (University of Buckingham) or Lucy Gwynn (Eton College Library) at the addresses below.

MLA 2014: Publishing a Persona (9-12 January; Chicago)

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 2:40am
Melanie Wattenbarger

This proposed special session will examine the typefication, marketing practices and consumption of a diasporic author's identity in the publishing process. Some questions to consider include: How does the publishing industry create and sell a persona of authors with hybrid/hyphenated identities? How are diasporic authors' identities sold and consumed in the literary market? Are authors presented as fully assimilated to the host country or as concretely tied to "ethnic" roots? Particularly when second and third generation immigrant writers are being marketed in relation to the motherland, how is their identity accepted as authentic?

Ishaan Literary Review - Submissions for Issue 3 (ends February 28, 2013)

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 12:06am
Ishaan Literary Review (an online journal of poetry and short fiction)

Spring 2013 Call for Submissions

The submission period for Issue #3, Spring 2013 ends February 28, 2013 (extended from December 2012).

Ishaan Literary Review publishes works of poetry and short fiction.

We publish (roughly) 50% invited authors and 50% blind read/peer reviewed authors twice a year (Winter and Summer). We encourage your to submit a good range of work to give you a better chance of being published with us.

To Submit:

All submissions should be sent to our email address:

Sentiment and the Anti-Sentimental in 20th and 21st Century America

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 9:25pm
Edited Collection

We are seeking additional essays for this collection, which is slated to be released by McFarland in 2014. The collection features essays that examine how authors of the 20th and 21st centuries continue the use of sentimental forms and tropes of nineteenth-century literature. Current literary and cultural criticism maintains that American culture engaged in a turn-of-the-century refutation of the sentimental mode; however, the analysis of 20th and 21st century narratives contained within these essays reveals ongoing use of sentimental expression that draws upon its ability to instruct and influence readers through emotional identification.

Urban's Space, Media's Place

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 7:05pm
UCLA Mediascape

COLUMNS – "Urban Space, Media's Place"

The massive growth of both urban environments and media worldwide has created a new and unique area of scholarly interest across the humanities and social sciences. The proliferation of media, especially socially oriented iterations, across the urban landscape has affected people from both within these urban centers, as well as outside them. The aim of this issue is to address the ways that media has placed itself front and center in modern urban spaces. Of particular interest is research that comments on the use of "urban space" and "place" across media, especially incorporating social media.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 3:39pm
International Departments of English Association (IDEA)

International Departments of English Association (IDEA) is pleased to announce: In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies, an international interdisciplinary conference for language teachers, translators and literary scholars to be held in Kyrenia in collaboration with Near East University, on September 26th and 27th, 2013. The symposium aims to discuss the narrative aspect of English Language Teaching in conjunction with Literary and Translation Studies.

[UPDATE] PURITY: A Call For Papers

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 3:18pm
Excursions Journal

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

PURITY is a division, a concept, a value-system, a fallacy, an ideal state, a doctrine, a transfer. It marks the territories of sex and contamination, mathematics and martyrdom, economy and resistance, music and annihilation.

Renaissance Conference of Southern California Annual Meeting (cfp 1/30/13; meeting 6/1/13)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:36pm
Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Renaissance Conference of Southern California
57th Annual Meeting
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Huntington Library, San Marino CA

Keynote Speaker
Heidi Brayman Hackel
University of California, Riverside

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science)

Please send a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to:

Andrew Fleck (

or by mail to:

[UPDATE] CFP: special issue on mise-en-scene

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:21pm
The Cine-Files, a scholarly journal of cinema studies,


Submission Deadline: March 30, 2013 for articles. February 15, 2013 for abstracts.

The Cine-Files, a peer-reviewed online journal of cinema scholarship, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2013 special issue on mise-en-scène.

Topic: Cinematic Mise-en-scène

[UPDATE] 26th Annual GAFIS Symposium at UW-Madison: (Dis)illusion, April 12th-13th 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 12:20pm
GAFIS (Graduate Association of French & Italian Students), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Illusion is commonly defined as a false idea or belief, often the product of misperception or deception, intentional or otherwise. Its etymological basis in the Latin verb illudere reveals an element of mockery that is evidently lost in the modern connotation of illusion and yet remains, arguably, in that intriguing phase of disillusion that often follows it. How does one distinguish illusion from reality? How do our evolving perceptions of the world around us affect our understanding of self and the human condition? Is disillusion a necessary evil, or an essential part of this understanding as it leads to new possibilities for development and discovery?

CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED: "Consent: Terms of Agreement," IU Grad Conference 2013 (feat. keynote Lauren Berlant)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 2:22am
Indiana University Graduate Conference (Hosted by Dept. of English GSAC)

Call for Proposals: "Consent: Terms of Agreement"
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
Submission Deadline EXTENSION: Jan. 15th

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled, "Consent: Terms of Agreement," to be held at Indiana University - Bloomington from March 21-23, 2013. Join us for our 10th annual conference, hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English. See below for details: