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Sister Arts: Ekphrasis and Regional American Literature

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 1:50pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

It might be said that regional literature has a photographic memory. Dialect, landscape, micro-culture and spatiality are drawn with exacting precision. The connection between art and authors, or art and regional literature, may be causal or merely influential. This panel will explore how the term ekphrasis has grown in inclusivity, how regional literature intersects with the sister arts, and what these connections imply. Submit 250 word abstracts to Brandi So, Stony Brook University,

Call for papers for Journal of "Caucasian Economic Triangle"

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 1:34pm
Caucasian Institute for Economic and Social Research

Caucasian Institute for Economic and Social Research
Quarterly Electronic Journal "Caucasian Economic Triangle"
Professors, Researchers and even the brilliant students of M.A. and Ph.D. programs are welcome to publish their research papers in "Caucasian Economic Triangle"

Metaphysical Dirt: Teaching Thoreau Outside

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 12:51pm

Thoreau Panel at Northeast Modern Language Association
(NEMLA) Conference
Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013
See for full details.

*Metaphysical Dirt: Teaching Thoreau Outside*

This panel offers teachers an opportunity to reflect upon effective
strategies and practices within or outside of the classroom for teaching Thoreau through a multi-disciplinary lens. Papers that describe challenging students through practical engagement with Thoreau's wide array of practices and corpus of texts are encouraged.

[UPDATE] Word and Image (NeMLA Boston 2013, deadline September 30, 2012)

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 12:18pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Word and Image
Northeast Modern Language Association
Boston, MA March 21-24, 2013

This panel considers the interplay between word and image in works of literature, or in works that defy categorization as either fiction or nonfiction. How does photography function as an "effet de réel" in works by André Breton or W. G. Sebald, for example? How do ekphrastic texts function in relation to an absent visual "other"? Please send 300-word abstracts to Gillian Pierce (

Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies [Papers Due October 22nd]

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 4:59am
Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new, peer-reviewed global journal of Irish Studies later this fall.

The journal will be called Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies. As some of you may know, breac is the Irish word for "trout" but also "speckled," and it is this latter sense of the word that we think particularly captures the spirit and themes of the journal. We are interested in thinking about Ireland's culture, history and literature in a global context with methodologies that are inter- and multidisciplinary. The journal will be entirely digital with a forum section that aims to cultivate an open, global conversation about the published articles.

Native American Literature at CEA, Savannah, GA, April 4-6, 2013

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 1:03am
Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State University

44th Annual Conference | April 4-6, 2013 | Savannah, GA

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Native American Literature for our 44th annual conference.
Submit your proposal at

Special Topic: Native American Literature

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature (NEMLA 2013)

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 1:19pm
NEMLA 2013

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.

Robert Lowell Unbound

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 10:22am
NEMLA 2013 at Tufts University

This panel will explore aspects of Robert Lowell's poetry that may be repressed in analyses of his work that "bind" Lowell to terms of tradition or to biography, as key aspects of Lowell's work from Life Studies (1959) on may be repressed in such analyses, reasonable as they may be. But often unconsidered in such analyses are Lowell's antitraditional stylistic and formal features, as well as ways that Lowell's identities within his verse may be shaped by fantasy rather than being reflections of literal biography.