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Science/Fiction: Deadline 1st August 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 8:24am
Excursions Journal, University of Sussex Doctoral School

'Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.'
Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1963. London: Routledge, 2002), 66.

'Arts research needs to change direction, to look outwards, and investigate the audience not the texts. It needs to link up with sociology and psychology and public health, and create a body of knowledge about what the arts actually do to people. Until that happens, we cannot even pretend that we are taking the arts seriously.'
John Carey, What Good Are the Arts? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 167.

TYCA-NE annual conference October 25-27, 2012- Syracuse, NY CFP

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:38am
Two Year College Association Northeast (TYCA-NE) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

2012 TYCA (Two-Year College Association) Northeast Call for Proposals

From the World Desk: Situating Our Practice within a Global Context

October 25-27, 2012 Conference

Syracuse, New York

TYCA-NE of the National Council of Teachers of English is currently seeking presentation proposals for its October 2012 conference in Syracuse, NY. Presentations should focus on some aspect of the TYCA purpose: "… the intellectual and pedagogical growth of English teachers and administrators in the two-year colleges throughout the northeast region."

Presentation topics may include: pedagogical creativity, instructional innovation, research, partnerships with four-year colleges, high schools, or community groups.

Representing Main Street (MSA 14, Oct. 18-21, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 2:46am
Kirin Makker/Hobart and William Smith Colleges

During the 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly referenced Main Street, a place of equality economically, socially, politically—an intimate space where differences might be put aside for the greater good of the nation, an economy where a minority of corporate capitalists do not reign, but a majority of everyday Americans prosper.

CFP: Sanctuary, Sacred Space & Theology of Place (PAMLA: Seattle, WA; October 19-21, 2012; Extended Dea

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:31am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

"Place is a space which has historical meanings, where some things have happened that are now remembered and which provide continuity and identity across the generations. Place is a space in which important words have been spoken which have established identity, defined vocation and envisioned destiny...Place is indeed a protest against an uncompromising pursuit of space. It is a declaration that our humanness cannot be found in escape, detachment, absence of commitment, and undefined freedom... Whereas pursuit of space may be a flight from history, a yearning for place is a decision to enter history with an identifiable people in an identifiable pilgrimage." Walter Brueggeman

Architecture and Literature (PAMLA Convention, Oct. 19-20, 2012) Deadline: April 22, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:12pm
John D. Schwetman / University of Minnesota Duluth

Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively.

Update: The classroom without walls: Social software, cross institutional collaboration and working across cultures

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:54pm
The Journal of Learning Design

The Grammar Gang cordially invites contributions for the Journal of Learning Design, 2012.

The Grammar Gang is a cross-institutional community of educators and bloggers spanning four institutions, three countries and two hemispheres.

We have been invited to compile a special issue of the Journal of Learning Design, around the theme of 'The Classroom without walls'.

Our intent is to compile an issue which examines innovation in higher education, as boundaries between institutions blur and policy makers are constantly challenged to keep up with the amorphous technological landscape.

Personal Narratives about Western Washington State

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:22pm
Western Washington Project

Editors seek personal narratives rooted in Western Washington State (I-5 corridor). Essays with a strong sense of place will be considered for publication in a collection under consideration by The History Press. The editors seek essays written by Western Washington residents and/or those who have a connection to specific locales in Western Washington.
The editors will contact authors for permission in the collection. Narratives should be no fewer than 2000 words and no more than 4000 words in length. Please note that authors accepted in the collection will need to provide 2-3 illustrations (photographs, drawings or other graphic materials) to complement the text.

MSA 2012- Modernism and Spectacle: The Little Magazines- Deadline April 5th

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 4:20pm
Louise Kane, De Montfort University

In keeping with this year's MSA Conference theme, Modernism and Spectacle, this proposed panel seeks proposals for papers that explore the many representations of this theme within modernist little magazines and periodicals.

How do early-twentieth century little magazines and periodicals explore the idea of spectacle or the spectacular? Is this exploration part of an overarching cross or inter-disciplinary purpose of the magazine? How do little magazines and periodicals, in their material form as objects of artistic merit, exist as miniature spectacles?

Papers may address (but are not limited to) the following:

14th issue of the journal Trans-: "CONTEMPORARY UTOPIAS"

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:54pm
Revue TRANS- de Littérature Générale et Comparée

Claudio Magris' 1999 work, Utopia e disincanto, begins with his observation that the present moment pleasures in apocalyptic pessimism. This pessimism is tied to the death of the myth of the Revolution, confirmed by the fall of communism. If there is a question of irrelevance, it is that of utopias. Current conversations in literary theory deal with finding definitive criteria for "dystopias" or "counter-utopias," ideas which are very much in vogue in the science fiction genre. Apocalyptic narratives, or post-apocalyptic narratives, have been invading bookstores as well as movie screens – as seen most recently with Lars von Trier's latest film, Melancholia. One could say that this is symptomatic of the state of contemporary art.

Bollywood and the Crises of Representation: Terrorism, Us, Them, and 9/11

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:04pm
South Asian Cinema-Victoria College

Popular Indian cinema has witnessed a steady rise in the production of movies related to terrorism and threat to national security since 2001. While critically and aesthetically examining the perpetual threats that India lives under, these movies have successfully captured the jingoistic fervor and pride that have repeatedly trumped such adversity. In addition, Bollywood's focus has interestingly shifted from cross-border terrorism to the global terrorism revolving around America and her allies, their insurgencies in the Middle East and the subsequent tremors felt everywhere, especially by Indian expatriates.

"The Brothers Grimm and the folktale: narrations, readings, transformations", Athens, 22 - 24 November 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:02pm
Organized by the Faculty of Philology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly and the Department of Primary Education of the University of the Aegean

Celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of the Brothers Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmarchen, the question we can ask is why their stories still have a great impact on the imagination of contemporary children and adults around the world. Older and recent folk and fairy tale research has raised awareness about the universal and multi-dimensional role of this collection in its historical and political context as well as its uses today, in shaping contemporary cultural representations and identities.

Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:32pm
The Burney Society

Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies
The Burney Society invites submissions for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, named in honour of the late Joyce Hemlow, Greenshields Professor of English at McGill University, whose biography of Frances Burney and edition of her journals and letters are among the foundational works of eighteenth-century literary scholarship.

Books Available for Review - Book Submissions Welcome - Open Deadline

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00pm
Anaphora Literary Press

Book Reviews: The Pennsylvania Literary Journal is looking for academics with tenure-track appointments to write book reviews of recent titles that have been released in their field of interest. Several academic publishers, including Harvard UP, Pearson, Random House, Penguin, Cambridge UP, Duke UP, and SUNY, have agreed to send free books to writers in exchange for the reviews. Unlike with other journals - it is up to you to find the book you want to read and that is helpful for your current research and to send a specific request to PLJ that will be forwarded to the publisher (if the author is qualified to write about the topic).