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The May Swenson Centenary Panel at NeMLA in Boston, March 21-24

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 12:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

The year 2013 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of American poet May Swenson, who has been recognized as one of the greatest poets of the Twentieth-Century by critic Harold Bloom among other poets and scholars. In her lifetime, Swenson penned ten collections of poetry along with several plays and short stories, received artistic fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, and served as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1980 to 1989, the year she died.

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 11:51am
NEMLA 2013--Boston

This panel will explore the 'cognitive turn' in literary studies as it emerges in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction. Since George H. W. Bush declared the 1990's the "decade of the brain," there has been a surge of cross-disciplinary work done at the site of cognitive studies, neuroscience and the humanities. For example, scholars such as Lisa Zunshine and Paul John Eakin have called for literary methodologies that account for cognition and perception in their analyses. Additionally, a growing number of fiction and non-fiction texts use cognitive studies and neuroscientific research to upend generic constraints, as well as challenge assumptions about how we construct, perceive, and describe the world and ourselves within it.

National Undergraduate Conference for Student Editors - FUSE - Nov 1st, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 11:47am
FUSE (Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors

Cabrini College will be hosting the first annual FUSE (Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors) conference on Cabrini's campus Thursday, November 1. If your school has a student magazine or literary publication, we invite you to bring students to what should prove to be a productive, informative, (and fun!) conference to compare notes on creating student literary publications.

REMINDER, NeMLA "Network Anxiety" panel abstracts DUE 9/30/12

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 11:16am
Jackie O'Dell

Since the early 1990's, the internet has increasingly influenced how cultural texts are read and disseminated. This media shift has transformed long-held notions of publicness, authority, and the archive. For media scholar Lisa Gitelman, media history is about nothing less than the 'experience of meaning' (18), an experience that the web has changed by 'eschew[ing] the punctual logic of more conventional public discourse' (144). This panel enters ongoing debates about the internet's influence on literature, critics, and their publics, exploring how new media's social network shapes fiction and the critical reading practices that make sense of it.

[UPDATE] Edited Collection on Digital Technology in the Literature Classroom

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 10:46am
Tim Hetland

This collection will be peer reviewed and published by Bedford/St. Martins in 2013.

With the growth of the digital humanities, alongside the general proliferation of information technologies in the public, there is a growing need and opportunity to find new ways of involving digital technologies and new media into the various ventures of the literature classroom, including but not limited to textual analysis, discussion, and projects. The overall aim of this collection, therefore, is to provide literature teachers with a repository of contextualized and theorized literature assignments and activities that involve the use of digital technologies.

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Writing by Degrees 2012: Creative Writing Graduate Conference

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 10:43am
Writing by Degrees

Call for Panels and Papers

Writing by Degrees 2012
October 19-20th, 2012
Binghamton, New York
The Bundy Museum

Keynote Speakers
Marie Howe
Christine Sneed

Writing by Degrees, the nation's oldest graduate-run creative writing conference, is now accepting paper and panel proposals for its 2012 event—a two-day celebration of writing, pedagogy, and community building at Binghamton's historic Bundy Museum.

British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference, 18-21 April 2013

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 7:14am
University of Exeter

British Association for American Studies
58th Annual Conference
18-21 April 2013
Hosted by the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter

Plenary Speakers

Paul Gilroy
Anthony Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics

Dolores Hayden
Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and American Studies at Yale University

Anders Stephanson
Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History at Columbia University

The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: Literature and Language

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 5:56am
University of Bern, Switzerland

The study of the historical and cultural formation of the senses has attracted increasing scholarly interest in recent years. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from medievalists and early modernists (in English literary and cultural studies or in linguistics). Topics may include but are not limited to
 sensory environments
 sensory metaphors
 sensory hierarchies
 sense impairments
 gender and the senses
Papers might explore
 how sensory experiences are expressed and ordered by language
 how literature grows out of and evokes sensory experiences
 how sensations were interpreted in the late medieval and early modern periods

Dictionary of Literary Biography: Contemporary American Poets

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 3:18am
John Cusatis, editor

Dictionary of Literary Biography, which has grown to nearly 400 volumes since the inaugural 1978 volume, continues to be among the most highly esteemed reference works available to students and scholars. Library Journal remarked in 2006, "It is hands-down the best overall literary reference work ever published, a proverbial diamond as big as the Ritz..." DLB provides clear, comprehensive literary biographies on important figures spanning every genre, nation and era, written by many of the most prominent literary scholars in the field.

Nexus: A Journal of Cultural Studies. October 31, 2012. Journal. Interdisciplinary.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 3:18am
Nexus: A Journal of Cultural Studies


Nexus: A Journal of Cultural Studies has been envisaged as a premiere journal in Pakistan in the field of literature, language, art, culture, and screen studies. The journal aims at re-vitalizing scholarly debate regarding all aspects of culture and civilizational identity in Pakistan, South Asia, and the Middle East by publishing cutting-edge research from and about the region.

La toma de la palabra: Actores, acciones y agendas literarias y teatrales en América Latina

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:04pm
Congreso de literatura mexicana

La toma de la palabra: Actores, acciones y agendas literarias y teatrales en América Latina.

Es necesario pensar el hecho literario más allá de su propia existencia como texto e incorporar al quehacer crítico el examen de su circulación: desde su producción editorial, su circulación comercial, su lectura, crítica, adopción académica, o, bien sus puestas en escena, adaptaciones. Por decirlo de otro modo, es necesario prestar atención a las figuras que adquiere la fidelidad a un acontecimiento literario.

Este congreso plantea un diálogo vivo entre críticos, editores, autores y animadores culturales, en que se combinen las ponencias académicas de corte tradicional con mesas redondas donde lo que predomine sea el diálogo abierto.

American Indian/Indigenous Film

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 1:28pm
Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference

34rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
February 13-16, 2013
Proposal submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2012

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
located in downtown Albuquerque, NM

Thomas Erskine Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies (deadline: 12/31/12)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 1:22pm
Literature/Film Quarterly

Literature/Film Quarterly, an international journal in adaptation studies with subscriptions in over 30 countries and now in its 40th year of production at Salisbury University, announces a new award for graduate students, the Thomas Erskine Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies. The winning essay will be the lead piece of the journal issue immediately following the bestowal of the award, and the winning student will have three years of free subscription to Literature/Film Quarterly as well as five copies of the journal featuring their essay. The recipient of the award will be announced on the LFQ website as well as being honored in the introductory editorial of that issue which features their work.

Richard Rodriguez Reconsidered

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 1:13pm
Michael Garcia, Clarkson University

This panel invites papers on any topic or treatment of how we read Richard Rodriguez today. Potential themes about Rodriguez and his work include, but are not limited to: ethnicity, religion, assimilation, immigration, class struggle, class mobility, sexual identity, identity politics, multiethnic identities, gender/masculinity, language/bilingualism, sociohistorical context, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, Rodriguez's journalist work, and the context of Chicana/o and Latina/o studies today. Send 200-300 word abstract.