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English Renaissance Literature, RMMLA, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 5:12pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session seeks papers on any aspect of English Renaissance literature. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Kirsten Inglis ( by March 1, 2012. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2012. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.


Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:31am
Commonwealth cultural studies group

The Commonwealth Cultural Studies Group welcomes submissions of abstracts and chapters on the above theme.
We welcome papers that examine the negotiation between migration, culture and Transnational identities in Commonwealth Literature. Papers may investigate and analyse travel literature, literature of the black diaspora and manifestations of culture in diasporic writings as well as identities.
Consequently, we encourage papers that interrogate critical transformations that Africans, Caribbeans, Asians etc undergo in the diaspora. How do they raise questions significant to present day realities?

CFP: Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses (travel writing), UK, 2-5 July 2012. Proposal deadline 31/3/12

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:04am
Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, UK


Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses

An international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing

2-5 July 2012
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, England

Organised by
Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies
University of Birmingham

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the eleventh Borders and Crossings conference from 2-5 July 2012. The conference will be held at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, a residential study and conference centre with comfortable accommodation, good food and wonderful gardens in Birmingham, England.

Call for Papers for Edited Volume, July 15th Deadline, Exploring the Intersections of Rhetoric and Mass Media Discourse

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:48pm
Dr. Marianne Mason, Georgia State University

With the purpose of evaluating, exploring, and focusing on the role of media discourse in evoking social, cultural, and/or ideological viewpoints, we are creating an edited volume that explores the intersections of rhetoric and mass media discourse. We invite contributors who are doing research on media discourse to participate in this volume. Papers dealing with the analysis of either theoretical or practical-applications based rhetoric and linguistics in a wide-range of media discourses (e.g., the press, television discourse, internet discourse, radio discourse, etc.,) are welcome. Some possible topics include:

[UPDATE] Call for Environmental Literature

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:30pm
Kudzu Review

Kudzu Review is looking for environmental essay, art, fiction & poetry for issue 1.2, Summer Solstice!

March 1st!

We look for savvy, sharp, well polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world, & publish work, bi-annually, that is outstanding and motivated by concerns with human's place in the world.

Visit the site for details:

Somaesthetics Essay Prize 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 5:48pm
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its first annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2012 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies. The prize essay will be recommended for publication in an upcoming special issue of the philosophical journal Pragmatism Today on somaesthetics.

CFP for the Spring 2012 issue of The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 4:11pm
Cynthia Baron/The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

The Projector is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the study of the intersections between media and culture. We are currently seeking essays for our Spring 2012 issue. We are particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of media texts, including those that examine media from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. We invite essays that engage with theoretical debates in media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices. We are also interested in essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.

Word Meets Image: The Graphic Novel (3/31/2012; 10/19/2012-10/21/2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 3:42pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This special session invites papers on the graphic novel and related genres of literature that combine graphic elements with textual elements. Papers that examine the history of the graphic novel, that theorize the rapidly evolving visual rhetoric of this form of literature or that investigate some other aspect of the genre are welcome.
Please submit paper title, 500-word proposal, and 50-word abstract online at by March 31, 2012.
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2012 conference will take place October 19-21 at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

[UPDATE:Extended Deadline and New Email Address] "Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 3:05pm
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students

"Rough Music": Representing Violence – an interdisciplinary graduate conference sponsored by the Southern Methodist University Department of English on
March 31, 2012

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."

Mapping the Atlantic: Digital Humanities and Atlantic Studies. April 13-14 at the University of Michigan

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 2:29pm
The Atlantic Studies Workshop, University of Michigan

This graduate student conference seeks to foster interdisciplinary discussion among scholars studying the American, European, and African continents as well as those engaged in global and transnational projects. Research incorporating new methods for researching the Atlantic with the aid of digital materials and methodologies is particularly welcome. The Atlantic Studies Workshop invites submissions of abstracts from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, Volume 4 (annual)

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 1:45pm
AMS Press

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (RAE), an annual published by AMS Press, is accepting articles for volume 5, due out the spring of 2014. Articles received by Nov. 15, 2012 will be considered for this volume; articles received after this date will likely be considered for a later volume. Please visit the following link for a description of RAE's scope and focus, and for detailed submission guidelines:

Volumes 1 and 2 of RAE are now available at

SANEjournal Seeks Articles, Rationales, and Reviews for 2012, 2013 issues

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 1:25pm
SANEjournal: sequential art narrative in education

The founding editor of _SANEjournal: sequential art narrative in education_, an open-access, peer reviewed, online journal recently added to the Directory of Open Access Journals, seeks research-based and practitioner-based articles on teaching comics or with comics in every setting, from preschool to graduate school.

The editor also seeks rationales and book reviews and announces two calls:

1. The 3rd issue is scheduled for a late 2012 release and focuses on the "viewing" and "visually representing" prongs of NCTE/IRA's six-pronged definition of "English Language Arts" and their ramifications for using comics in the classroom. Submissions should be made via registering at the journal online and submitted by June 1, 2012.