The passing of the writer David Foster Wallace in September 2008 presents not only a tragic and significant loss to the literary world, but also an important opportunity to consider the impact and magnitude of the remarkable body of work he leaves us. From the irreverency and piercing social commentary of his journalism in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Consider The Lobster to the monumental, sprawling majesty of his gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, Wallace's writing is increasingly considered to be one of the most significant literary canons of the second half of the twentieth century.
This postgraduate conference will explore the rituals and ceremonies of literary commemoration from a variety of perspectives, and in various literary periods. Proposals are invited that examine how anniversaries contribute to the ways in which afterlives are remembered, sustained, and given their distinctive shapes.
Plenary Speaker: Professor Adam Piette (University of Sheffield)
Topics which may be covered include, but are not limited to:
1) The literature of celebration: ritual and ceremony, anniversary,
repetition and the cyclical event
2) The literature of commemoration: elegies, epitaphs, and posthumous
publications - our duties to the dead
Call for Papers:
The Veil and Cultural Dialogue/Conflict in Global Fiction, 4-5th May 2009, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
The veil has become a common sign of cultural conflict in many parts of the world. It can also be seen as a topic for cultural dialogue.
Professor Robert Sheppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) Edge Hill University
Dr Scott Thurston (S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk) University of Salford
Piers Hugill (email@example.com) University of Southampton
Call for Submissions: Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
DEADLINE FOR INCLUSION IN ISSUE 1 - FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2009
The extended deadline is now Friday 27th March.
Glasgow University's postgraduate journal eSharp is currently accepting submissions for its 13th issue on Atlantic Exchanges.
This issue emphasises cross-cultural Atlantic exchanges, noting that the ocean has served not to separate but to connect
the peoples of the Atlantic continents - Africa, South America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe - from 1492 to the present day. 'Atlantic Exchanges' seeks to encourage inter-cultural perspectives in a variety of disciplines.
eSharp welcomes submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research and contributors are invited to interpret the theme broadly.
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Batı Kültürü ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları
Symposium of Western Cultural and Literary Studies
7-8-9 Ekim 2009
7-8-9 October 2009
The BAKEA Symposium welcomes papers from the researchers in the fields of English, American, French and German Cultures and Literatures
Extended deadline for proposals:
31 March 2009
Call for Papers: "Solitude & the Modern Metropolis" @ PAMLA in San Francisco 11-6/7-2009
Those modernist texts, which are concerned about the solitude of the metropolis, are in first place texts about the trauma of moving to the big city. For example, the depressive Malte Laurids Brigge and his impending move to Paris, or Esther Greenwood, in Plath's "The Jar Bell" and her move to New York City. It seems that not so much the city renders its residents lonely, but the loners find in the cityscape the space to realize their solitude.
Call for Papers
Quiddity announces The Teresa A. White Literary Award (known affectionately as the "buck-a-word" contest). $500 prize for an original, unpublished work of prose that is 500 words or fewer. All entries will also be considered for publication in Quiddity.
Linguistic and literary traditions include translation in their myth of origin – thus the linguistic and scholar Gianfranco Folena proposed to substitute the motto In principio fuit poëta with the humbler In principio fuit interpres. Following his suggestion, we welcome papers addressing translation in the Middle Ages, marking the relationship between classical, Middle Eastern and vernacular languages, and studying translation as the representation of ideas and texts in different media.
Plenary speakers: Roger Ellis, Domenico Pezzini, David Wallace.
Papers may be given in English, French, or Italian, and should be twenty minutes long. Please send a 500-word abstract and brief curriculum vitae by 31 August 2009 to:
Call for Entries
Buster Keaton Celebration Student Presentation Competition
The 17th Annual Buster Keaton Celebration, which will be held September 25 and 26, 2009, is hosting its second annual Student Presentation Competition. The winner will receive a spot on the schedule of respected film and cultural authorities who are asked to take part in the celebration each year, and will receive a stipend of $100 and travel expenses up to $400 (airfare or mileage) to facilitate his/her attendance. The student presenter will be expected to present a 30- to 40-minute presentation to the Celebration audience in PowerPoint format (with images—either still or moving) and so must be able to attend the conference as scheduled.
We invite submissions for a special panel titled, "Cities and Citizens: Romanticism in the Liberal Metropolis," part of this year's International Conference on Romanticism, to be held November 5-8 in New York City.
Special issue of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Robert Spencer and Anastasia Valassopoulos (English and American Studies, Manchester)
Title: Literary Responses to the War on Terror
This special issue seeks to bring together scholars working on post September 11th fiction in order to engage with the prolific literary production that has taken as its subject the perceived consequences of September 11th and the subsequent 'war on terror'.
107th Annual Conference
Topics related to studies of Folkore and Mythology
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Proposals of 500 words and a 50-word abstract must be submitted online in the following webaddress:
Call for Papers:
We seek abstracts for our forthcoming anthology to be tentatively published in Spring 2010. "The Bloody screen: a study of violence and masculinity in postcolonial films."
Transforming Visions in African American Literature and Rhetoric
This is an open call for presentations at the Permanent Session on African American Literature. We invite papers that respond broadly the conference theme of "migration." Projects may treat literary, rhetorical, theoretical, and/or pedagogical concerns raised by the work of African American authors from any period. Papers that pursue transnational analytics or concerns are encouraged. Projects that intersect with feminist, queer, disability, and religious/spiritual inquiries are especially welcome. Proposals due by April 20 to T J Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
51st Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association
Gdansk Shakespearean Theatre, the University of Gdansk and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute are proud to announce a conference, entitled "Blending Media. Art in the Theatre/ Theatre in the Arts", to be held in Gdansk, 1 - 5 August, 2009.
Papers are invited on women writers/artists and any aspect of Modernism in various parts of the world. The conference is being held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Already confirmed speakers include Bonnie Kime Scott (San Diego State University), Susan Sheridan (Flinders University), Maryanne Dever (Monash University).
Usual length of papers will be 20 minutes. Deadline for proposals is 30 March 2009.
Session Topics may include:
Call for proposals for a panel submission to the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, first annual conference.
Poetics of Presence
Deadline for CFP: 30 June 2009
As part of its series of meetings on "Early Modern Cartography of Difference", the CREA research group is organising a two-day conference on the politics of exception in the Elizabethan era (broadly interpreted) on 20th-21st November 2009, hosted by the University of Paris Ouest – La Defense.
This conference follows up on a previous gathering in 2006 where we traced ways in which a number of forms of otherness (the deviant, the uncanny…) were negotiated or enacted through language and texts.
Modern Language Association Convention
Philadelphia, 27-30 December 2009
Sponsored by the Melville Society
In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.
Call for Papers
New England American Studies Association
Lowell, Massachusetts, Oct. 16-18, 2009
The Post-American City
David Mitchell is one of Britain's foremost contemporary writers, author of four novels with a fifth forthcoming: his first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; his second, number9dream (2001), was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction; his third novel, Cloud Atlas (2004), was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his fourth novel, Black Swan Green (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Quill Book Award (USA). In 2003, David Mitchell was amongst one of twenty writers named by Granta magazine as 'Best of Young British Novelists'.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Native American Literature
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 6-8, 2009
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
Native American Literature and Human Rights
UPDATE: CALL FOR PAPERS CALL FOR PAPERS
RSS CONFERENCE ON RECEPTION STUDY
Sept 11-13, 2009 -- note change of date
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
James Phelan, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University.
"Rhetoric, Ethics, and Audiences in Fiction and Nonfiction: Austen, Didion, and Others."
Steven Zwicker Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities, Washington University. "The day that George Thomason collected his copy of the 'Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, Compos'd at Several Times'."
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading
Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations that consider modernism in relation to utopia and utopianism, in written, visual, aural, and plastic media.
The aim of the conference is to encourage debate between and across disciplines with a focus on the varied historical, cultural, technological, and intellectual settings in which the modernism-utopia nexus might be clarified and explained.
The decennial Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (PA) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA).
The HECBC invites undergraduate students of all majors to participate in this multidisciplinary event by displaying their work in one of the following conference formats:
• individual or panel paper-presentations
• poster presentations
• musical, theatrical, or oratorical performances
• artistic or technical exhibitions
The conference theme is "Juggling Ambiguity," but students' work does not have to address this theme.
Main Theme: Globalization: Enlightening or Degenerating?
We are looking for a few additional papers to complete an edited book about the Caribbean. Papers on all aspects of the Caribbean and its diasporas, including Central and Latin American countries are welcome.