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[UPDATE] Third Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 8:28pm
FSG/WSCP CUNY Graduate Center


Call for Papers: Feminist Pedagogy Conference November 6, 2009

The Third Feminist Pedagogy Conference seeks participants for a day-long conference entitled The Praxis of Feminist Pedagogy

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Fine

The Conference will take place on Friday, November 6, 2009, at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

[Update] Queering Harry Potter

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 7:39pm
Andrew Buzny

We seek to delve further into the mind of Rowling and examine all aspects of the Harry Potter series that lend themselves to a lavender lens. With Dumbledore's ejection from the closet, queer scholars have taken up Rowling's decision at all three major Harry Potter Conferences (Accio, Portus, and Terminus) over the summer of 2008. As such, we seek papers for an interdisciplinary reader on queer and feminist issues in Harry Potter. We welcome critical and passionate papers catering to both students and scholars in the fields of sexual/gender diversity studies, cultural studies, children's literature, and literary analysis. A non-exclusive list of topics are

MSA 11: The Voicing of Poetry

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 6:38pm
Alessandro Porco

In her study of voice, Adrianna Cavarero writes that "there is a realm of speech in which the sovereignty of language yields to that of the voice. I am talking, of course, about poetry." Taking Cavarero's philosophical cue as its jumping-off point, as well as Charles Bernstein's related call for "close listening," this panel welcomes papers that attend, in material ways, to the vocal performance of modern and postmodern poetries. That is, how do poets "voice" or perform their poetry? How does vocal performances inflect andor complicate textual readings of poems? Voice, then, for the purposes of this panel, is disarticulated from homogenizing metaphors of disembodied selfhood (i.e. finding your voice) and community (i.e. vox populi).

Modernism and Scientific Knowledge (MSA 2009)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 3:23pm
Modernist Studies Association 2009

MSA 2009 (Nov 5-8, Montreal): Modernism and Scientific Knowledge Panel CFP

The first half of the twentieth century produced both scientific and cultural revolutions; what it also produced, as CP Snow pointed out in The Two Cultures, was the perception of an even greater divide between scientific and "non-scientific" knowledge.

But in fact, throughout the modernist period, scientific knowledge and non-scientific knowledge—like literature and literary criticism—proved to be inextricably linked. And this is what this panel hopes to explore: how 20th century science can inform our understanding of modernist literary practice and how literary modernism can change the way we discuss the history and practice of science.

The Taste of 1759

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 1:33pm
Canadian and North East American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

"The Taste of 1759"

The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) and the North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) will be jointly hosting their annual conference in Canada's scenic capital city on November 5-8, 2009. The theme of the conference is "1759".

Textual Ancestry (5/17/09; GEMCS, 10/22/09-10/25/09)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 11:00am
Misty Krueger / University of Tennessee

The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies; October 22-25, 2009; Dallas, Texas

Textual Ancestry

In keeping with the GEMCS conference's theme of "tracing footprints," this panel explores how a text's literary ancestors affected the conception, production, and/or dissemination of that text. Papers should examine the impact of textual predecessors on a specific work or body of work, or papers could address how one author's work directly influenced another's. Papers that address all genres and historical periods related to early modern studies are welcome.

The Story of the Story: Ethics, Therapy, and Life Writing

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 9:16pm
Flinders University

The Story of the Story: Ethics, Therapy, and Life Writing

28th-­30th September 2009.

Flinders University, Adelaide. South Australia.

Convenors: Dr Kylie Cardell and Dr Kate Douglas

Keynote Speaker: Dr Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex UK.

Modernism and Scientific Knowledge (MSA 2009)

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 5:48pm
Modernist Studies Association 2009

Modernist Studies Association 2009 (Nov 5-9, Montreal): CFP, Modernism and Scientific Knowledge Panel

The first half of the twentieth century produced both scientific and cultural revolutions; what it also produced, as CP Snow pointed out in The Two Cultures, was the perception of an even greater divide between scientific and "non-scientific" knowledge.

CFP: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Legend NEPCA (6/1/09; Queens, NY 10/23-24/09)

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 3:10pm
Michael A Torregrossa/The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

2009 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Queensborough Community College (Bayside, Queens, New York City) , Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24, 2009
Proposals by 1 June 2009

Proposals are invited from scholars of all levels for papers to be presented in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length and may address any aspect of science fiction, fantasy, and/or legends in popular culture.

Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies: Third International Conference on Adoption and Culture

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 10:17am
Marianne Novy/Sally Haslanger/Emily Hipchen/Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Adoption has often, though not always, involved secrecy. How has secrecy or openness affected the history, experience, and representations of adoption? How have literature and film portrayed the impact of secrecy and disclosure on adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents? What is the impact of recent revelations of secret histories in memoir, books such as _The Girls Who Went Away_, documentaries such as _First Person Plural_ (the creators of both will be keynote speakers)? How and why did adoption secrecy, and the practices it hides, develop differently in different cultures, countries, and even different states? Where are alternatives to secrecy practiced and how do they work?

After Writing Back. Present and future perspecives in Postcolonial Studies (13-15 October 2009 -University of Bergamo Italy)

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 6:03am
Flaminia Nicora/ Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures -PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet "Literary and Cultural Studies")

International conference

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies.

University of Bergamo, Italy 13-15 October 2009

Call for Papers

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 5:38am

"Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities" calls for papers for the second issue on the following areas: English Literature, Literature written in other languages, Postcolonial Literature, Critical theories, Aesthetic Studies, Literature and environment, Visual arts, Photography, Digital arts, Philosophy and Art, History of Art. Articles should focus on interdisciplinary connections of a specific topic.
Contact info:
Journal address:
Last date of Submission: July, 2009.

CFP: "Spenser's Duplicity: Copies, Facsimiles, and Simulacra in the Work of Edmund Spenser" GEMCS 10/22-25/09; 5/17/09

Friday, May 1, 2009 - 12:48pm
Kris McAbee / UCSB; Jessica C. Murphy / UT-Dallas

Archimago's creation of Una's double at the end of the first canto of The Faerie Queene exposes a critical tension at work throughout his poetry: namely, the formation of facsimiles. How is it that Una, the very embodiment of unity, can have a double, not to mention an evil counterpart like Fidessa—who is herself redoubled in her own alter-ego, Duessa?

This panel aims to tackle the confusions and consequences of the virtual glut of copies, replications, and doubles at work in the poetry of Edmund Spenser. Possible topics include:
• Characters and Counterparts
• Mirrors and Reflection
• Copies and Reprints
• Simulacra

Romantic Intermediality -ICLA conference in Korea 2010 (ASAP)

Friday, May 1, 2009 - 9:35am
Dr. Leena Eilitta / University of Helsinki/Mainz,

Intermedial relations between literature, visual arts and music became important during the Romantic era which forms a turning -point in the understanding of such relations. German Romantic philosopher Friedrich Schlegel even introduced the concept of ´Universalpoesie´with an idea to include different forms of arts and knowledge into the literary narrative. In this session, which will take place at the ICLA conference in Korea 2010, we will discover the various forms of artistic intermediality in the works of Romantic writers. Apart from literature it is possible to present papers about other forms of Romantic art as long as they have some connection to literature.
Contact as soon as possible: Dr. Leena Eilittä, University of Mainz, Germany

Popular Romance Studies: an International Conference (August 13-14, 2009, Brisbane)

Friday, May 1, 2009 - 8:06am
Eric Murphy Selinger / International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

For decades, scholars have studied popular romance, whether in romance novels, films, comics, or other media. They have studied its sexual politics and aesthetic structures, its audiences, its authors, and the industry that produces and distributes it world-wide. For the most part, however, they have done so in isolation, divided by boundaries of nation, genre, and academic discipline.

[UPDATE] 14 NOV 2009 CFP Postgraduate Conference: History, Mystery & Myth

Friday, May 1, 2009 - 7:57am
Kate Holeywell


2009 Postgraduate Conference: History, Mystery & Myth

Saturday 14th November 2009 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

In recent years trends in biography have shifted from the desire to present a definitive life to a more self reflexive approach. Metabiographies such as Lucasta Miller's The Bronte Myth, Sarah Churchwell's The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder provide alternative renderings of both the biographical subject and his or her entry into collective cultural consciousness.

This one day postgraduate conference intends to respond to these recent innovations in life writing by offering the opportunity to explore such questions as:

CFP [Inter]sections, online American Studies journal, monthly submissions

Friday, May 1, 2009 - 2:58am
American Studies Program, University of Bucharest, Romania

This is a Call for Papers for [Inter]sections, the online [under]graduate journal of American Studies at the University of Bucharest, Romania, available on the home page of

Since [Inter]sections is a monthly publication, this CFP is open throughout the academic year. Please see for more details.

[UPDATE} Indian Popular Culture October 30-November 1, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 8:59pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association


The Indian Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming conference. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held Friday-Sunday, October 30-November 1, 2009 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, Michigan.

Immanence / Imminence (4/09-8/09)

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:41pm
RECONFIGURATIONS: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry / Literature & Culture, ISSN: 1938-3592

RECONFIGURATIONS: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry / Literature & Culture

ISSN: 1938-3592,

Volume 3: Immanence / Imminence

Submissions: April thru August, 2009

Publication: November, 2009

Courtly Environments [5/15/09; SAMLA, Atlanta, GA, 11/6-11/8]

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 4:27pm
Julie Singer

Panel at the South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA) sponsored by the International Courtly Literature Society.
We seek papers addressing the theme of environment and the natural world in medieval courtly texts. Topics may include, but are not limited to: ecocritical approaches, architecture and space, gardens and loci amoeni, nature vs. nurture debates, fantasy worlds. Please email 250-word abstract by 15 May 2009 to Julie Singer, Assistant Professor of French, Washington University in St. Louis (

[UPDATE] Southerners in Contemporary Film (06/01/09; SAMLA, Atlanta GA 11/06/09-11/08/09)

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 1:54pm
Southerners in Contemporary Film

This SAMLA special session invites papers on any aspect of southerners as represented in contemporary film. We are especially interested in essays that address the transnational turn in southern film, as well as issues of authenticity, mythology and folklore in southern film. Other topics might include (but are not limited to) the southern documentary impulse, expressions of race, class and sexuality in contemporary southern film, adaptation and re-imaginings of southern literature, and new southern studies and southern cinema. We welcome submissions considering independent or popular films. By June 1, 2009, please send 250-word abstracts, institutional affiliations, and contact information via email to Dr.