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CFP: Captivity Narratives

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:57pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Abstract/Proposals by 16 November 2012

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations 34th Annual Conference Celebrating "Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context"

Albuquerque, NM February 13-16, 2013
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710

ASECS 2013: "Dryden's Dramatic Works" (April 4-7, Cleveland, OH)

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 1:17pm
Geremy Carnes, University of Michigan

2013 marks the 350th anniversary of the theatrical debut of one of English drama's most important writers: John Dryden. While changes in taste, morals, and politics led to the neglect of Dryden's dramatic works in subsequent centuries, his plays were among the most popular and influential on the Restoration and early eighteenth-century stage. This session seeks papers that explore any aspect of Dryden's theatrical works, particularly as it relates to the development of dramatic genres, aesthetics, or theater history, in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries or beyond.

Please submit paper proposals to by September 15.

NeMLA 2013 - Theorizing Tension in Television Drama

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:46am
Roderick Cooke, Columbia University

Recent years have seen the rise of TV dramas (Mad Men, Luck) that downplay tension in favour of atmosphere and characterization: yet tense dramas like True Blood and 24 have also thrived. What can theoretical readings reveal about these diverse series? Papers on all current and recent televised drama series welcomed. Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, psychoanalytic, chronotopic, formalist and ecocritical.

300-word abstracts (include name, affiliation and email) to Rod Cooke,

"States of Suspension" - DEADLINE EXTENDED (Sept. 1)

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 9:00am
Departments of English and Art History, University of Chicago


"States of Suspension: Politics and Histories, Aesthetics and Affects"

University of Chicago, Departments of English and Art History
November 15 – 16, 2012


MOLLY MCGARRY, Associate Professor of History (University of California at Riverside), author of 'Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America' (2008)

ELINA GERTSMAN, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art (Case Western Reserve University), author of 'The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance' (2010)


'The Road Not Taken': Explorations in Narrative Refusals, Disnarration, and Counterfactual Histories: 1-2 March 2013

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 7:17am
Sudha Shastri/Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Papers are invited for a two-day conference on Disnarration from 1st to 2nd March 2013, at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.

Gerald Prince's introduction of the 'disnarrated' in 1988 marks an interesting milestone in the evolution of narrative theory. The notion of what could have, but does not happen in a narrative, opens up new ways of looking at texts and at their visibility, overt and implicit. An early landmark text in this tradition is Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1818), which raises the spectre of the gothic novel through irony and parody, precisely in order to refuse to narrate it.

Absorption and the Arts: Assessing Michael Fried's Legacy (Due September 15th)

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:12am
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Absorption and the Arts: Assessing Michael Fried's Legacy
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, April 4-7, 2013

Hector Reyes, Adjunct Lecturer in Art History, UCLA and Michael Thomas Taylor, Assistant Professor of German, University of Calgary and

[2nd call] "Except Asia: Agamben's Work in Transcultural Perspective" International Conference (June 25-27, 2013)

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:44am
Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

Organized and hosted by Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

with the participation of Institut d'Études Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

Deadline for Abstracts Submission: September 15, 2012

Simone Bignall (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Joyce C. H. Liu (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Brett Neilson (University of West Sydney, Australia)
Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
Naoki Sakai (Cornell University, USA)
Marcelo Svirksy (University of Wollongong, Australia)

*Other speakers to be confirmed

[UPDATE] Wes Anderson

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 2:43am
Pete Kunze

The selection of Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012) as the opening film of this year's Cannes Film Festival attests to Wes Anderson's world-wide visibility and increasing relevance. His films, recognizable for their offbeat characters, eclectic soundtracks, and deadpan humor, have steadily built a loyal fan base since the successful release of his second film, Rushmore (Anderson, 1998). Through two short films and seven feature films, Anderson continues to cultivate a distinctive style that demonstrates the influence of European cinema, New American cinema, literature, classical music, and modern art, among others.

Eudora Welty in the 21st Century, April 4-7, 2013, College Station, TX

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:58pm
“Everybody to their own visioning”: Eudora Welty in the 21st Century: International Conference of the Eudora Welty Society

Call for Papers: The Eudora Welty Society invites proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Welty's life, work and\or reception, including but not limited to the following:

CFP-Kalamazoo 2013 "I just don't want to die without a few scars": Medieval Fight Clubs, Masculine Identity, and Public (Dis)or

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 11:23am
Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University

Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club dramatizes group combat as a means for creating and performing masculine identity. Though composed hundreds of years after the last medieval tournament, Palahniuk's 1996 novel parallels a phenomenon similar to that governing conduct in medieval martial games. Such martial games posed a serious threat to public order, as Juliet Barker and Juliet Vale have argued, and this session builds on their work by extending analysis of medieval martial conduct to include the topic of masculine identity: how does an identity predicated by violence conflict with or bleed into the public sphere?