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Update-Deadline extended to June 30-Modernism and the Environment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 1:27pm
The 2012 SAMLA Convention

In the past two decades, there has been a surge of literary and critical environmental works. Although ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for some years now, literary critics are just beginning to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. Postcolonial eco-/environmental criticism, albeit belatedly, has become a burgeoning field in the past few years. However, most eco-/environmental critics are heavily focused on contemporary environmental texts, so little or no attention has been paid to the aspects of nature in British or in Anglo-phone modern literature. Nature or the environment is rarely considered a part of the imperial colonial process in analyzing modern literary works.

Fifteen Years After the Discovery of a 'New Traherne': Future Directions for Traherne Studies, December 14-15, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 1:15pm
Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Thomas Traherne (c.1637-1674) was a polymath with a distinctive theological vision. He wrote extensively, but remains a relatively obscure figure in seventeenth-century studies. Traditionally misunderstood as a figure somewhat out of his time, he is frequently considered within the contexts of medieval mysticism or post-Enlightenment Romanticism, when in fact he was strongly engaged with the thought of his age. Traherne read, noted and wrote upon a great variety of subjects – philosophical, theological, literary and scientific – perhaps remarkably considering his geographical circumstances and the relative privacy of his life.

HIV/AIDS and GBV in Africa and the Black Diaspora

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:59pm
Gabrie'l J. Atchison, Ph.D.

I am editing an anthology called, Twin Crises: HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women in Africa and the Black Diaspora. I currently have essays which address the situation in Africa and the United States. I need essays addressing this issue from the perspective (1) of women from the Caribbean and Latin America,(2)of women of African descent living in Canada or Europe, (3) and/or essays providing an LGBT perspective.

Please send a brief description of your contribution, a working title, estimated length and a brief bio of the author by July 15th to Entries will be due on September 1, 2012.

Call for Papers IJESET- August-2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:51am
International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies (IJESET)

International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies (IJESET) is a reputable venue for publishing novel ideas, state-of-the-art research results and fundamental advances in all aspects of emerging technologies in sciences and engineering Systems.
IJESET is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bi-monthly and fully refereed international journal focusing on to provide the academic and industrial community a medium for presenting original research and applications related to recent developments in the field of Engineering Sciences and Emerging Technologies. All submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed.

France and the American South: Histories and Poetics of Transatlantic Travel

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:24am
SAMLA panel, sponsored by South Atlantic Center, Institute of the Americas

The South Atlantic Center of the Institute of the Americas (IdA) seeks papers that address the history, reception, and/or theory of texts that link France and the American South. Possible topics include the transformation of travel journals into poetry or fiction; the geography of French immigration in the American South; or constructions of French or Creole identity in Southern literature. Please send a 250-word abstract, contact information, and A/V requests by July 6, 2012 to Audrey Goodman (

Painted Gladiatrices: Women, art and the 18th century Social Arena (11th April 2013 - 13th April 2013)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:15am
Lauren Puzier, Sotheby's Institute of Art; Heather Carroll, The University of Edinburgh

In an oft-quoted letter from 29 July, 1782 to Fanny Burney, Edmund Burke comments on how he lives 'in an age distinguished by producing extraordinary women.' Burke has proved his powers of foresight, for it is difficult to speak of the eighteenth century without mention of at least one woman who made a significant impact on European history. How were so many women able to step beyond their conventional roles and cause those such as Burke to take notice?

This session will explore the development/creation of women's social images through art in the eighteenth century. What were the relationships between social and visual images of women? Of particular interest is how art conveyed women's roles in the social spectrum.

World Picture Journal Annual Conference - "Action" - CfP Deadline Approaching (30th June)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:01am
World Picture Journal

World Picture Journal Annual Conference
University of Sussex, Brighton
2-3 November 2012

Theme: Action

Keynote speakers:
Felix Ensslin, Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart
Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths College, London

The annual World Picture Conference gathers scholars from a range of different disciplines to address the relation between critical theory, philosophy, and aesthetics. For this year's meeting we welcome papers on questions of action. Such considerations might include (but are in no sense limited to):

Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary- Conference- Papers due by 30 October 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:52am
Roehampton University

Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary

Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December 2012

The University of Roehampton, London

Invited speakers include: Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin); Peter Childs (Gloucestershire); Caroline Edwards (Lincoln); Sebastian Groes (Roehampton); M. Hunter Hayes (University of South Carolina, USA); Hugo Spiers (UCL); Philip Tew (Brunel)

En Route: Journeys of the Body and the Soul in Iberian and Latin American Literatures (abstract deadline June 30)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 2:16am
Spanish Graduate Students of the University of Chicago

From the pilgrimage of body and soul in Gonzalo de Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Señora and the nautical textual voyage in Columbus' Diario de a Bordo, representations of the migrant in modern Iberian and Latin American literatures, trope of the "journey" has been essential in shaping literary discourse from the Middle Ages to the present. The word "journey" is understood here as a comprehensive that can encompass all kinds of travel – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – one place to another, near or far, whether it be by land, sea, air, or the imagination regardless of motives, means, and goals.

Looking for "The South" in the Eighteenth Century

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 5:39pm
Amanda Louise Johnson / American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

This panel considers the category of ―the South‖ in the 1700s. During this period, Anglo-American societies such as those of Virginia and Maryland bore the stigma of the "extended Caribbean" complex, which stretched from Brazil to the Chesapeake and found its identity in a shared tropical climate, dependence upon plantation slavery, and stereotypes of creole excess. At the same time, these societies were part of a "New
Republic" stretching from Georgia to New England, and they had to align themselves with Whiggish Revolutionary rhetoric. Conflicting historical, political, and racial discourses on

This Rough Magic - Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Lit. - 10/1/12

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 5:22pm
This Rough Magic (

This Rough Magic ( is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Philosophy and Rhetoric