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Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities, 11-13 February 2010

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 10:47am
Cyber Echoes

Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities

We invite paper proposals for the symposium Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities, to be held at the University of Umeå, Sweden, 11-13 February 2010.

Keynote speakers: Kristina Busse, University of South Alabama, USA, and Elizabeth Woledge, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, UK.

5th 'Medievalism Transformed' postgraduate conference - Keynote: Catherine Batt, University of Leeds

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 7:59am
Bangor University

20th June 2009
Translating the Middle Ages.

Submission Deadline: 17th April 2009

'Medievalism Transformed' is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference for researchers in a variety of disciplines. The one-day event, which is supported by the Centre for Medieval Studies, will be held at Bangor University on the 20th of June. The theme for this year's conference will be Translating the Middle Ages: we will be convening to explore the practice of translating in the Middle Ages, but also to discuss the various ways in which medieval culture has been translated or adapted to the modern era. Topics within the general scope of the conference will be considered, including (but not limited to):

Spoken Word Conference - 18/09/2009 (Deadline 1/07/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:52am
Kingston University/Rose Theatre

It was the UK that gave the world 'le chav', first broadcast the social interaction of the inarticulate through reality television and were so busy testing our children in school that we forgot to teach them how to communicate effectively. Now we reap the results: an epidemic of "word poverty" and a widespread lack of communication skills. In response, the government has designated 2011-12 the National Year of Speech, Language and Communication.

Kingston University is proud to announce a new Institute of the Spoken Word, and an associated conference which for the first time brings together all those with an interest in this emerging research agenda.

Our conference will be opened by a distinguished panel of spoken word experts:

Extension to Call for Papers: New Postgraduate Journal – Victorian Network

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 3:30am
Victorian Network

Victorian Network is a new online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies. We are extending the deadline for submissions until 1st May 2009.

The journal is guest edited by established scholars in the field and peer-reviewed by other doctoral students. Two types of submissions are now accepted for the first issue. We are seeking essays of no longer than 7000 words which engage with the topic of the first issue, "The British Empire and Victorian Literature and Culture". Topics might include but are not limited to:

Lenses on Composition Studies

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 9:38pm
Sheryl Fontaine & Steve Westbrook, eds./ Parlor Press

The editors of Lenses on Composition Studies, a new series from Parlor Press, are currently seeking brief book-length manuscripts. We invite prospective authors to write on any topic within the field of composition—e.g., feminism, ethnography, visual rhetoric—provided the work is targeted toward an audience of advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students who are new to the discipline. Manuscripts should introduce this population of students to the selected topic by providing necessary terminology and historical explanation.

Reception Study and Genre Studies

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 9:19pm
James L. Machor, Kansas State University

Papers proposals are invited for a session on the relation between reception study and genre study, which is being organized for the Reception Study Society Conference in September 2009 at Purdue University. Proposals exploring any aspects of that relation are welcome. Some possible topics include examinations of new perspectives that reception study can provide for genre study. How can reception theory or practice impact the role of genre study in shaping literary history and our conceptions of that history? Conversely, does genre study provide any new avenues for reconceiving reception theory and practice?

Class Migration on Popular Television (proposed MMLA special session, St. Louis, MO, 11/12/09-11/15/09)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 3:01pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

If one function of television viewing is wish fulfillment, then it is perhaps unsurprising that television series that focus on the lives of the wealthy continue to be popular. Often, these series include at least one character who is an "outsider" to the world depicted and who must attempt to migrate between social classes; such characters' awe, envy, and, at times, revulsion towards the lives of those in this world are meant to reflect the attitudes of the audience. What, then, do such series/characters tell us about the possibility of migrating between classes in contemporary society? Do such shows ultimately argue that such class migration is something to aspire to or to avoid?

The Jewish Woman and Her Body

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:34pm
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, Youngstown State University

The Jewish Woman and her Body
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
March 7-9, 2010

Call for Papers deadline: October 1, 2009

Since Eve, the woman and her body have had a central position in Jewish tradition. Experiences such as childbirth, violence, sexuality, hunger, infertility, and aging have preoccupied Jewish life. Representations of the female body in Jewish texts include idealization, restriction, and objectification. This interdisciplinary conference will explore real and imagined constructions of the Jewish woman and her body.

Proposals from all disciplinary approaches, historical periods and geographical locations are welcome.

CFP: [Transatlantic] Atlantikos (5/1/09; journal issue)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 1:53pm
Atlantikos: A Journal of Transatlantic Scholarship

Atlantikos: A Journal of Transatlantic Scholarship

Atlantikos seeks articles, position pieces, and book reviews for its Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 issues.

As a resource for young scholars new to the field of transatlantic studies, Atlantikos is particularly interested in publishing the work of advanced graduate students and new professors. We encourage submissions that join an ongoing conversation about the current status and evolution of transatlantic scholarship, both generally and in relation to specific texts, figures, and concepts.

New Journal - Journal of Jewish Identities

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 1:51pm
Journal of Jewish Identities

The Journal of Jewish Identities is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed forum for contesting ideas and debates concerning the formations of, and transformations in, Jewish identities in its various aspects, layers, and manifestations. The aim of this journal is to encourage the development of theory and practice in a wider spread of disciplinary approaches; to promote conceptual innovation and to provide a venue for the entry of new perspectives. Submissions are invited from all fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences and from the full range of methodologies. Diverse theoretical and philosophical approaches and methodologies, interdisciplinary research studies, as well as instructive case studies are particularly welcome.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:25am
shahriar valipour

i would like to apply to your web site in order to submm it for call for papers concerning novels and short stories.
i am an English literature student getting my BA.

2009 World Picture Conference

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 8:43am
World Picture

The 2009 World Picture Conference

October 23-24, 2009
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma


Keynote Speakers:

Edward Branigan (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Alexander García Düttmann (Goldsmiths College)

Short Story: Stories with Histories. MMLA St. Louis Nov. 12-15, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:55pm
Shiela Pardee / Midwest Modern Language Association

Short Story: Stories with Histories. Short stories are a literary genre especially given to migration, appearing in different formats and venues as they are expanded into novels, reprinted in different collections, or adapted for television or film. Papers for this panel should focus on short stories with a history of rewriting, reproduction, translation, and/or adaptation. Speculative or archival explorations that recover palimpsests from previous drafts, electronic files, or other, more elusive traces, are also welcome. Please send a 250 word abstract to Shiela Pardee, Southeast Missouri State University by April 15. E-mail submission preferred:

The Everyday Languages of Modernism

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:50pm
Modernist Studies Association

CFP: 11th annual Modernist Studies Association conference; Montreal, Canada, Nov 5-8, 2009

The Everyday Languages of Modernism

Young Adult Literature

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 5:07pm
Pacific Modern Language Association (PMLA)

Proposals sought for a session on young-adult literature at the Pacific Modern Language Association conference in San Francisco, November 6-7, 2009. Proposals of 500 words and a 50-word abstract must be submitted at

The official cfp is at

Deadline extended to April 13th. Questions, please contact

Elise Ann Wormuth
San Francisco State University

SLSA 2009 Conference: Ecocriticism and the Biological Sciences (ASLE)

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4:12pm
Helena Feder

Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Annual Conference (2009)

Panel: Ecocriticism and the Biological Sciences (ASLE)

Fifteen minute papers on any aspect of the intersection of ecocritical theory and a biological/ ecological science are welcome. As this year's conference theme is "decodings," papers on the encoding/decoding/commodification of life are particularly welcome, as are papers presenting a "biological" reading of ecocriticism or an ecocritical text (or papers that discuss a biologist reading or responding to an ecocritical theory or text).

[UPDATE]Graduate Symposium--Spatialities--Keynote: Sharon Marcus

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 3:45pm
Rice University

Shifting Spatialities: The Dynamic Boundaries of Place and Space

Rice Graduate Symposium
October 2-3, 2009
Rice University, Houston, TX

Call For Papers
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Marcus; Professor of Literature, Columbia University

As the citizen of the nation becomes the consumer of the multinational corporation, our roles as inhabitants of space become increasingly complicated. Our literature, our faith, our bodies all speak to the different ways that we find to occupy the shifting territories of the postmodern landscape. Looking both to the past and future can help us to discover the real and imagined ways our cultures can develop in more richly and defined ways.

CFP: Poetry Collection on Adoption

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 2:57pm
Jesse W. Goolsby / Department of English, United States Air Force Academy

This is a call for poetry submissions for a collection thematically centered on adoption. All types of poetry and prose poems are acceptable up to 500 words. The collection will not only serve as a stand alone example of beautiful and engaging work, but will also contribute as a companion piece to courses that deal with the intermingling of behavior, family, and society. Multiple perspectives are encouraged and welcomed.

Deadline: 15 August 2009

The Global and the Local in Contemporary Literature and Film

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 2:07pm
Department of Foreign Languages, West Virginia University

The Global and the Local
in Contemporary Literature and Film

Thirty-Third Colloquium on Literature and Film
October 8-10, 2009

Submissions are invited on the many ways that contemporary authors and filmmakers find their inspiration in global and local issues. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

[UPDATE] Bangor University postgraduate Truth and Lies interdisciplinary conference.

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:53am
Bangor University

Truth and Lies: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
June 11th - 12th

Organized by the College of Arts and Humanities, Bangor University, Wales

Call for Papers

Our society bombards us with deception: false reports, embellished
testimony, misleading advertising, and that which goes unsaid. But are we
really being lied to? Or is the truth hiding underneath the deception, and
is it up to us to actively bring it to light?

We invite contributions from postgraduates across the disciplines in the
Arts and Humanities. Topic areas should reflect the interdisciplinary theme
of the conference. Suggestions may include (but are not limited to):

Reflections in the Margins: Representations of the Marginalized in Iberian and Latin American Literatures

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 9:33pm
Spanish Graduate Students Committee

2009 marks, in addition to an historic moment in US politics, the anniversary of many watershed moments in the history of Hispanic Literatures. On the Peninsula, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the expulsion of the moriscos from Spain, ending the era of the so-called convivencia of three cultures in Iberia. In Latin America, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the 1609 publication of the Comentarios Reales by the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, offering a new perspective in the telling of indigenous history in the New World. . In more recent history, we commemorate seventy years since the end of the Spanish Civil War and the ushering in of a dictatorship, which would attempt to silence dissident voices in three ensuing decades.

CFP: Agri-LIterature (MMLA, 6/1/09, 11/12-15/09)

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 8:41pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

"Agri-Literature." This panel will address the way recent American literature responds to the disappearance of the family farm. The rise of agribusiness has produced a number of literary conditions: a crisis of the pastoral imagination, a Depression-born masternarrative of reproletarianization, a renewal of interest in regional fiction, and a development and redevelopment of ecopoetics. Papers will explore this range of conditions, focusing on the way the issue of agribusiness turns literary figures into activists and vice versa.

'Migratory Passings': Poetry and the Visual Arts (Proposed MMLA Special Session--November 12, 2009-November 15, 2009)

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 7:51pm
Magdelyn Hammond Helwig/Western Illinois University

In The Necessary Angel, Wallace Stevens argues that the relationship between arts is migratory, similar to the relationship between the external and internal worlds: "The world about us would be desolate except for the world within us. There is the same interchange between these two worlds that there is between one art and another, migratory passings to and fro, quickenings, Promethean liberations and discoveries." How have poets historically conceptualized the relationship between poetry and the visual arts? How has this relationship been manifested in poetic practice? How do we read collaborative or interart forms?

English Dictionaries in Global and Historical Context

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 7:19pm
Strathy Language Unit and the Department of English at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Proposals for papers, panels, and research seminars are invited for an interdisciplinary conference on the social, historical and political contexts of English-language dictionaries (unilingual or bilingual; contemporary or historical) as well as other language-reference texts (glossaries, wordlists, grammars, etc.). This conference will be hosted by the Strathy Language Unit and the Department of English at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, June 3-5, 2010.

Southern Lit. and Pop Culture area of MPCA/ MACA

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 5:19pm
Anne Canavan/ Northern Illinois University

The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held at the Book Cadillac Westin in Detroit, MI from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
- Literature
- Film
- Drama and performance
- Humor (Blue Collar Comedy, etc.)
- Music and Visual art

CFP: CCCC 2010 - The Politics of Creativity (4/24/09)

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 10:17am
Thomas Girshin Binghamton University

There seem to be two ideas regarding what is called "creative," "expressive," or "personal" writing in composition discourses. In one view, creative writing is seen as the work of the lone genius, who creates the Literature studied by English departments. Such a view, while having fallen out of favor in composition studies, is still considered viable in creative writing departments. Furthermore, as Susan Miller argues, it continues to haunt composition in the form of the split between composition and literature departments, and student writing and "real" writing. In the other view, creative writing is deemed overly subjective, apolitical, and generally inconsequential.