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The Worlds of Thomas Pychon -- RMMLA 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 8:35pm
(RMMLA) Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Thomas Pynchon has codified himself in the Postmodern cannon as one of the most prolific and inspirational authors alive. His published literature includes works such as Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49, and Against the Day, among other novels and short stories. The extent of Pynchon's literature reflects cultures contextualized in the uniquely prophetic and veiled prose; a prose which, while in the postmodern genre, analogize the development of technology and society. Thomas Pynchon is an experimental author, at times using science as metaphors in his novels and short stories, worthy of analysis. As Pynchon continues to write, it is important for scholars to discuss his literature as it develops.

III Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture - Lisbon, June 24 to June 30 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 7:27pm
The Lisbon Consortium

There is perhaps nothing more contentious than culture. Both as value and practice, it has certainly become the new discursive paradigm of the 21st century, despite of or maybe even because of its prolific signification to address matters that range from philosophy to politics, the economy to religion, ethnicity and aesthetics. Either as value or material creation, culture informs actions and labour practices. In its variety and spoken by many voices, culture is always at work, in a way that will necessarily require that it be graphed in the plural, as cultures.

Science and Literature Panel-RMMLA 2013 Vancouver, Washington

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 7:04pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

The Literature and Science session of the RMMLA invites interpretive
papers focusing on science and its intersection with written
methods of transmission. They might include the reuse of
scientific matter in literary forms; the relationship of
individual writers to science and of certain scientists to
literary figures of their day; the combination of scientific
and literary methods of knowledge making. Papers focusing on
the representation or integration of science in specific
literary texts are especially encouraged. However, proposals
dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of
literature and science are welcome.

'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 6:51pm
Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

Call for Papers
Issue 3.2 (Summer 2013) 'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'
This is a Joint Special Issue between Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Peking University Journal of Comparative Literature, and Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature.
In this special issue, Inquire invites article submissions that consider the relationship between geography and the study of literature. As always, Inquire encourages intellectual discussions that approach the text from inside and outside, considering the movement of literary artifacts across geographical spaces as well as the significance of geographical movement within literature.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 6:21pm
7th Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

7th Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul Jay, Loyola University Chicago

Call for Submissions: Interstices #14 "Immaterial Materialities"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 4:44pm
Sandra Karina Loschke/ UTS

Interstices Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, Issue 14

Immaterial Materialities: Materiality and Interactivity in Art and Architecture

Materiality has recently claimed centre stage in architectural discourse and practice, yet its critical meaning is ever receding. Tropes like material honesty, digital materiality, material responsiveness and dematerialisation mark out an interdisciplinary field where scientific fact and artistic experimentation interact, and where what in fact constitutes materiality and immateriality is constantly re-imagined.

CFP: Open Issue with the Thrust Area Recent Achievements in World Literature

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 1:56pm
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

We are happy to announce the theme for the next issue (Vol. V, No 1) from Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (ISSN 0975-2935). From the year 2013 onwards, we will include thrust areas in the issues along with regular articles and book reviews on other areas in the form of open issues. In other words, there will be Open issues with particular thrust areas. For the next issue the thrust area is "Recent Achievements in World Literature". However, articles and book reviews on Indian Writings in English will not be accepted.

Topics for contribution include:
• Fiction
• Poetry
• Drama
• Autobiography
• Electronic literature
• Other relevant forms

[UPDATE] Joss In June Conference on the Works of Joss Whedon. (Conference on 29 June 2013 - Proposal Deadline 15 February 2013)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 11:15am
Cleveland Community College

Joss In June is a one-day multidisciplinary conference focusing on the works of Joss Whedon, including: Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, comics (Buffy Seasons 8 & 9, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Fray, Sugarshock), as well as Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, and Much Ado about Nothing.

The conference will be held at the LeGrand Conference Center at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina, USA on June 29, 2013.

Neo-Victorian Villainy Symposium 25 May 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 11:09am
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, UK

Neo-Victorian Villainy:
Adaptation and Reinvention on Page, Stage and Screen

This one-day symposium aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion between scholars in Film, Theatre, Television, Neo-Victorian Studies, Literature, Adaptation Studies, and Fan and Popular Culture Studies. At its heart is the research question:

In what ways do modern representations of the villain in popular culture draw on the popular culture and iconic villains of the Victorian period?

Texas Tech Annual Comparative Literature Symposium on Gendering Globalization (April 12-13, 2013)

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 9:27pm
Texas Tech University

Comparative Literature Symposium Call for Papers
Texas Tech University
April 12-13, 2013
Keynote Speakers

Shu-mei Shih, Professor of at the Department of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA

Ketu Katrak, Professor of Drama at University of California, Irvine

Ileana Rodríguez, Distinguished Humanities Professor of Spanish, Ohio State University

Neville Hoad, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

"Competing Visions" Graduate Conference CFP deadline 1/15/13

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 4:12pm
UMass Amherst Graduate History Association

Graduate History Association Ninth Annual Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Saturday, March 9th, 2013

"Competing Visions:Changing Landscapes in the Past, Present, and Future"

Call for Conference Proposals: Deadline January 15th, 2013

The Graduate History Association of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites graduate students to submit proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference. This year's conference, entitled "Competing Visions: Changing Landscapes in the Past, Present, and Future," will be held Saturday, March 9th, 2013.

Call for Submissions: Turkish Poetry Today, May 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 12:16pm
Turkish Poetry Today

We are looking for outstanding Modern Turkish Poetry translated into English for Turkish Poetry Today, published annually in England and edited by poet-translator George Messo.

We also invite interviews with Turkish writers, reviews of recent Turkish books, essays in the field of Turkish Literature, and pretty much anything related to our field.

Submissions should include 3 to 10 poems in translation, pasted in the body of your email, and addressed to The Editors at

[UPDATE] CFP Submission Deadline Extended to January 10, 2013 for CEA -Caribbean Chapter Annual Conference 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:55am
College English Association- Caribbean Chapter


The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English, welcomes proposals for presentations (20-minute papers) for our 2013 annual conference which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, in Arecibo on Friday, March 15 and Saturday March 16, 2013.

Although modern technologies largely benefit the individual and have changed the nature of social and political interactions, they have also served to make for a more dangerous world inasmuch as our lives are revealed for public consumption, and privacy becomes a disputed right. Many writers and artists have exposed the benefits and perils of technology.