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The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:47pm
English Graduate Conference at Southern Methodist University

English Graduate Conference at Southern Methodist University

Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.

Comparative Ethnicities: Intersectional Identities in the New Millenium

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:39pm
Christopher Rivera, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

This panel will look at the way race, ethnicity, nationality and even religion are often times associated with one specific group from a speicific geographical region and a specific set of shared cultural values. The goals of the papers in this panel will be to 1) employ a transnational comparative methodological approach and 2)to challenge stereotypical assumptions made in popular culture and rhetoric that inevitably suggest that conflicting and intersecting identities (ranging from but in no way limited to Latin@ Muslims, Black/Gay Republicans, Atheists Arabs, Quasi-European/Quasi-Asian Turks, Polish Argentines, and the list goes on) can and do frequently appear.

William Carlos Williams and the Visual Arts: A Hundred Years after the Armory Show

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:36pm
Daniel Morris / Paul Cappucci

Original work is sought for a collection of critical essays on William Carlos Williams and the visual arts. As evident in his friendships with artists and his commentary about art, William Carlos Williams thought deeply about the relation of art and his poetics. "I might easily have become a painter," he memorably recounts in I Wanted to Write a Poem, "… except that the articulate art of poetry gave a more immediate opportunity for the attack" (3). The 1913 Armory Show centennial provides a unique time for new study of the ways visual arts influenced Williams's thoughts and writings; it is our hope that this volume will generate renewed interest among literary scholars and art historians about this dynamic aspect of Williams's legacy.

[REMINDER] Gendering the Book in the Long Eighteenth Century - Deadline 1st March 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:27am
University of Leeds

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for Gendering the Book, a one-day conference to be held at the University of Leeds. The conference will close with a keynote address from Professor Richard Cronin (University of Glasgow).
This conference aims to connect recent scholarship in the areas of book-history and material culture to work on Romantic constructions of masculinity and femininity by considering how men and women in the long eighteenth century imagined their relationship to textual objects. How did cultures of production, consumption, and exchange contribute to the construction of gendered identities? Did these practices and identities change over time, and how far was the book itself a gendered object?

UPDATE: Edith Wharton & Cosmopolitanism, ALA Boston May 2013, deadline extended to 24 January

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:33am
Emily Orlando / Fairfield University

Call for Papers, American Literature Association (ALA)
Boston, Massachusetts
May 23-26, 2013
Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton's relationship to cosmopolitanism. Presentations might address Wharton's positions on questions of travel, expatriotism, the transatlantic, the urban, and/or the foreign. Papers might also consider Wharton's complicated relations to emergent theories of cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitics. Please send abstracts and one-page CVs to Emily Orlando at by January 24, 2013.

Ways of Being / Modes of Existence: Human, animal, machine

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:42am
Louisiana State University Department of French Studies

Keynote Speakers:
Dominique Lestel, Ecole Normale Supérieure-Paris
Verena Andermatt Conley, Harvard University
Jeffrey T. Nealon, Penn State University

[UPDATE] ASA 2013, Washington DC: "Transatlantic Approaches to African American Women's Literature"; January 20, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:05am
Kristin Allukian

CFP for a Panel Proposal for ASA 2013, Washington DC:
"Transatlantic Approaches to African American Women's Literature"

Description: Transatlantic approaches to literature by African American women that foreground discussions of "debt," broadly defined. All time periods welcome.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal, 1 page CV

Deadline for submissions:
January 20, 2013

Contact information:
Kristin Allukian

Workshop on Innovation in Border Control 2013, 13-14 August 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 7:21am
Frontex, JRC, Borders


Workshop on Innovation in Border Control 2013
13-14 August 2013
Uppsala, Sweden

The workshop will be co-located with the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC 2013)

The workshop is jointly organised by:
- the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the
European Union (Frontex),
- the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), and
- the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (Borders), University of Arizona (USA).


CFP: ON WALKING 28-29 June 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:24am
Heather Yeung / University of Sunderland

The last decade seen an upsurge in the study of walking across many disciplines; many walking-related events and research groups have been established in the arts and within academia. This two-day conference, held at the University of Sunderland, and organised by the research group W.A.L.K. (, and in association with WALK ON, an exhibition at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, aims to provide a critical and discursive meeting-point for artists, writers, thinkers, and academics who are engaged in the study of walking, documenting the many diverse approaches to the study of walking.

Transformations - CFP Teaching Pop Culture extended deadline Feb 15

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:02am
Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Extended Deadline for
Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
special issue



The editors of Transformations seek jargon-free submissions that explore popular culture from all pedagogical contexts and interdisciplinary perspectives. We accept articles (5,000-10,000 words), media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words) and items for an occasional feature, "The Material Culture of Teaching."

This Rough Magic - Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Lit. – 5/21/13

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 9:31pm
This Rough Magic (

This Rough Magic ( is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Philosophy and Rhetoric