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JNZL Prize for New Zealand Literary Studies 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:49pm
The Journal of New Zealand Literature

The Journal of New Zealand Literature offers an annual prize for a publication in the area of New Zealand literary studies.

* The Prize is available to graduate students and to emerging researchers who have completed their PhDs within the last three years.

* There is a cash prize.

* The winning entry will be published in JNZL 30 (2012).

* Entries are judged anonymously.

* Entries are judged by the International Advisory Board of JNZL. Judging is by majority decision.

* The adjudicating panel reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.

* Non-winning essays may be considered for publication in JNZL in the usual way.

Please submit the following:

Reminder: CFP: "Apocalyptic Imagination" Nov. 16 2012, Detroit MI

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 9:58pm
Sarika Chandra / Wayne State University

The Humanities Center at Wayne State University invites papers on the theme, "Apocalyptic Imagination" for its Fall Symposium scheduled to take place on November 16, 2012 in Detroit, MI.

Deadline Extended to 3/31/12 for Tragedy in Asian American Fiction panel at MLA, January 2013

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:50pm
Sarah Gardam

This panel will explore Asian American literary participation in the tragic mode. Reasons for this exploration include:
- the desire to explore some of the aesthetic dimensions of Asian American fiction that have long been neglected by critics.
- the desire to recuperate tragedy/the tragic for the 20th Century, where it has often been dismissed as no longer applicable
- the desire to break down longstanding binaries between existential and political approaches to the tragic.
- the desire to better understand possible political ramifications of tragedy/the tragic in the 20th Century
- the desire to examine the role of genre in knowledge production and ethics

MLA 2013: Language Change and Changing Work: A Roundtable

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:07pm
MLA Divisions on Language Change and Language Theory

As the academy changes, why does linguistics remain important for MLA disciplines? Papers in any disciplinary context (linguistics, rhetoric, literature and cultural studies) welcome. 250-word abstracts. by 15 March 2012; Chris P. Pearce (

The Airplane Reader: An Anthology of Flight

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:15am
Christopher Schaberg & Mark Yakich / Loyola University New Orleans

Currently seeking short nonfiction narratives for a book project tentatively entitled "The Airplane Reader: An Anthology of Flight."

This book will collect the best of the website Airplane Reading (, and will also feature original contributions.

Submissions should focus on ordinary or extraordinary experiences of air travel: everything from security checkpoint debacles and routines of airport waiting and takeoff, to in-flight stories, strange or noteworthy seatmate tales, harrowing landings, and baggage claim misadventures.

Green Man/Wild Man and Children's Culture 20-21 July 2012, Trinity College Dublin

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 10:51am
Jane Suzanne Carroll, School of English, Trinity College Dublin

This two-day multidisciplinary conference which takes place in Trinity College Dublin 20-21 July 2012, will explore the role of green man and wild man motifs in twentieth and twenty-first century children's culture. From Puck to Captain Planet, the green man motif may help to kindle ecological awareness and excite the environmental imagination. The green man offers education and guidance and a release from the pressures and responsibilities of the civic space. Yet the spaces the green man inhabits - forests and wildernesses - are also sites of wild abandon, savagery and panic where human characters become wild men and slip away from their civilised identities altogether.

SEA 2013 Call for Poets

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 10:22am
Wendy Roberts / Northwestern University

"Early America, Poetically Speaking"

Undercover America at MLA 2013 (3-6 January, Boston) [UPDATE: deadline extended]

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 10:18am
Laura Fisher

This panel examines the methodology and genre of the undercover narrative in U.S. literature. From slumming expeditions and Progressive-era social investigations to cross-class passages into the world of the waitress, factory laborer, and tramp, middle- and upper-class writers have undertaken the journey "down and out" in order to understand and represent workers and the poor in their work. What do such "experiments in misery" tell us about the role of class, and cross-class affiliation, in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature?

Exchange Conference (28/29 June 12), Call for Papers (deadline 4 May 12)

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:59am
Rebecca Green, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

June 28/29// 2012

Call for papers

Doctoral researchers from across the humanities and social sciences are invited to participate in this conference that explores the concept of exchange. By gathering a broad range of perspectives the conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking and help to build new networks between researchers.

In each case, the presentation could look to the present, draw on the past or consider possibilities for the future. Themes could include explorations of exchange in areas of interest such as:

Knowledge or research
Innovation, creativity, learning, communication